All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #288084 (stock #AC-3891)
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This is an old carved nephrite jade in the form of a coiled dragon.

It measures approximately 2 inches (50 cm) in diameter by 1/8 inch (.8 cm)thick.

Archaic Style (Han - Song Dynasty).

We are listing this as 18th - 19th century although it may actually be somewhat older.

The dragon is a pale green-yellow with multi tonal brown suffusions which give it an overall mottled brown appearance.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Pre 1920 item #105368 (stock #TR0180)
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It measures 7 1/2 inches long by 4 inches in diameter.

It has finely detailed silver work with leaf, bird and animal motifs. It also has mounted on it nine old turquoise and coral cabachons.

This antique conch horn appears to have been handled for generations as can be seen by the overall even wear on the heavy repousse silver detailing.

Conch horns are one of the earliest types of wind instruments . They have been used to make sound offerings in religious rites for hundreds of years. The conch shell is also one of the eight auspicious symbols of Buddhism and is an integral part of many monastic rites and ceremonies.

Insured delivery is included within the United States.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #599883
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This original 18th -19th century wooden carving of a Guanyin or Kwan Yin with gilded and polychrome details measures 10 1/2 inches tall, 5 inches wide and 4 1/2 inches deep. It is in outstanding condition with ornate detailing and symbols in high relief on it's golden and vermillion robe.

The one exception to it's unusually good condition is the loss of two fingers on one hand. There are a few very minor age cracks and paint losses, but overall it is in exceptional condition.

All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1980 item #1096611
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This is an outstanding necklace and pendant combination.

It was fashioned of silver, turquoise and other gemstones, cut and inlaid into an exceptional piece of jewelry.

The pendant was created out of sterling silver as were all of the other gemstone mountings and fittings.

The center pendant is a Tibetan "om" or "aum" symbol created out of mother of pearl, lapis lazuli, and coral mounted in silver.

The necklace consists of silver mounted turquoise, with additional beads of turquoise, coral, and patterned Tibetan agate.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1492 item #547594
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This antique jade lion is very similar to others from the Han Dynasty (about 200BC-200AD), but may have been created later during either the Song Dynasty (960-1279 AD) or the early portion of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 AD).

It measures about 3 1/2 x 2 3/8 x 1 1/2 inches or 90mm x 55mm x 40 mm.

It is carved from nephrite with colors ranging from a pale celadon to a deep blue grey. It also has some light brown oxidation and tiy areas of calcification. It also has a slightly irregular surface: most likely from a previous period of exposure to the soil or the elements.

It is in excellent condition for a 600-900+ year old jade.

All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Pre 1920 item #133001 (stock #TR0223)
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This antique bronze tazza or footed dish measures 10 inches in diameter by 5 inches tall.

It features winged cherubs or angels playing musical instruments surrounded by classical motifs of alternating griffins and people facing each other. There is an additional band of griffins around the base.

This old tazza is in excellent condition and most likely dates between 1880-1920. It is very substantial and is a heavier bronze than it appears to be.

There is a residual trace of a dark stain or paint on the underside of the dish. It in no way affects the beauty or integrity of this heavy bronze dish or tazza.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #726954
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This original Japanese porcelain jar measures about 2 1/2 inches in diameter and 3 1/4 inches in height.

The exterior of this little gem is covered overall with hand painted Japanese court figures in robed splendor, including, geishas, and Daimo figures set against a gilt background. The fineness of figures details is amazing, but pales when you observe the hand painted calligraphic stories or poetry that cover the entire interior of the cup. The hand painted Asian calligraphic symbols are so minute and so detailed that one can imagine an artist going blind in the process of painting them one stroke at a time deep inside the cup. It requires a magnifying glass to completely appreciate the details.

This cup or jar is in outstanding condition, but it is missing the original lid.

A comparable cup sold Nov 17, 2007 at live auction on ebay(#150180899539) for $500.00. It was chipped, but it had the lid that this cup lacks.

All Items : Archives : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : Pre 1920 item #575688
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This original oil painting on canvas and stretcher bars measures 10 by 12 inches and is unframed.

It is signed in the lower left corner, LONE WOLF.

LONE WOLF was born and raised on the Blackfoot Reservation of Montana. He became famous for his illustration and commercial art as well as for fine art painting and sculpting of western scenes. His real name was Hart Merriam Schultz, the son of James W. Schultz and Fine Shield Woman. His father was the author of many books about Indian life, including "My Life as an Indian," of which he was the illustrator, having begun painting at the age of eleven. His sketches of western life were entertaining to local cowboys with whom he worked as a range rider. He began sculpting as a child with his grandfather, who taught him how to mold riverbank clay into animals. Lone Wolf was educated in Indian schools and his art was encouraged when he was still a youth by Thomas Moran who saw his work and gave him lessons and told him he should get further training. Charles Schreyvogel, a noted western artist, gave Lone Wolf his first set of oil paints. Later support came from Theodore Roosevelt, Owen Wister, Buffalo Bill Cody, Charles Russell, and Frederic Remington. In 1904, at age 24, he left the reservation and in 1910 attended the Los Angeles Art Students League and then studied in Chicago in 1914 and 1915. During this period, he illustrated his father's books, and one of them "Bird Woman," is dedicated to him by his father. Lone Wolf traveled and painted across the West and set up tepee studios at the Grand Canyon and Glacier National Park. In 1917, he had a sell out show in New York, his first show in that city. There he took further lessons in sculpture and created a bronze titled "Riding High" for which he got much recognition. Another bronze, "Camouflage," is at the Brookgreen Gardens in Brookgreen, South Carolina, and three of his paintings are in the collection of the University of Nebraska. His style was that of Remington and Russell, and he signed his works with a wolf's face. He lived the last fifteen years of his life in Tucson, Arizona, with his wife Naoma, and he is buried on the Blackfeet Reservation.

He is listed in numerous artist biographical references and his paintings have sold at auctions for years.

This painting is in as found condition, which means that it has it's original varnish along with one small hole (1/4 by 1/2 inch )and a few small paint fleck losses. The remainder of the paint is in excellent condition.

This painting will cleanup beautifully and it's low price will rise dramatically after restorations are complete.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 2000 item #381720
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This original contemporary 20th Century Chinese watercolor painting measures 32 by 35 inches (painting only) and about 35 by 75 inches, including the brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has the seals and signature of the artist, Yang Ruifen along with one collector's seal.

The subject is a pair of Chinese dogs watching a butterfly.

It is in excellent condition and has very fine and subtle details. This is an outstanding example of Contemporary Chinese Art as influenced by Western Art .

All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Pre 1950 item #1129159
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This old auction catalog is from 1943 and very rare in any condition.

It's Cover reads: Chinese Porcelains and Pottery. Chinese & Japanese Paintings & Bronzes, Persian and Mesopotamian Pottery. Property from the estate of the Late Mrs. Samuel T. Peters( New York) By Order of the Executors. Part One Public Auction Sale October 15 and 16 at 2PM. Parke-Bernet Galleries 30 East 57 Street. NewYork 1943.

Parke-Bernet Galleries became Sotheby Parke-Bernet and finally changed it's name to Sothebys.

It includes mostly Chinese ceramics from the estate of Mrs. Samuel T. Peters of New York.

Mrs Peters and her husband, Samuel T. Peters were serious collectors of Asian artifacts back in the day.

Mrs Peters left some amazing items to the Metropolitan Museum (and other museums).

This catalog is in very good condition with slight smudgingon the cover as might be expected on a catalog that is nearly 70 years old.

Mrs. Samuel T Peters was also the subject of a famous painting by the well known American artist, Mary Cassatt.

The original paper cover is intact except for a very minor loss to the end tips of the spine. The interior is clean and intact.

The catalog includes the description of 420 lots and 85 pages long. The black and white photos are all of items that are classics by today's standards.

The estimate of values and prices realized sheets are both missing. Their main purpose in today's market would be to show how much prices have risen in the last 69 years. Often a classic catalog like this is valuable for establishing provenance for specific items.

All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Metals : Pewter : Pre 1910 item #82016 (stock #TR0105)
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This is an ORIGINAL, SIGNED ART NOUVEAU PEWTER VASE with a nude woman seated above and leaf motif decoration.

It is signed, CLIO HUNEKER and dates circa 1890-1915.

It measures approximately 8 inches tall and six inches in diameter.

Condition is very good with oxidation in a few areas and a pinprick sized loss of patina on the cheek.

CLIO HINTON HUNEKER BRACKEN (1870-1925) was a pupil of Rodin, Augustus Saint Gaudens, Frederic MacMonnies, Chapu, and Carpeaux. She is listed in Fielding's American Painters, Sculptors and Engravers as Clio Hinton Bracken. Another listing in Davenport's Art Reference lists her under her complete name. An additional listing in Theran's Fine Art Identification and Price Guide of 15 years ago (1990) lists her sculptures ranging between $2750-$8800. A full biography and auction records may also be found on

Although known for her classic art nouveau bronze figures of nude women, she obviously worked in other materials, as evidenced by this work. This may have been a model (in pewter)for a later bronze. More likely this was a custom piece (based on the signature-prliminary castings were seldom signed). It may also be one of a kind.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #443201
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Pair of Jade Carvings: Temple Lions or Fu Dogs.

Pale gray/green celadon colored jadeite with areas of white jade. These carved jade lions are in outstanding condition with traces of calcification or dryness in the crevices.

Circa: Ming Dynasty or Ching Dynasty.

Subjects are a pair of stylized and rounded lions in repose or reclining position with extended tongues.

Measurements: 3 1/2 inches x 2 inches X 1 3/4 inches

The photos do not do them justice. The buyer will not be disappointed.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1910 item #112568 (stock #TR0202)
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This antique sometsuke (blue and white) ceramic tea cup dates to the Meiji Period (1868-1912) in Japan. It measures 3 1/4 inches(8.5 cm) by 2 1/4 inches (6 cm) tall).

This is one cup from a collection of two dozen antique sometsuke tea cups (see enlargement). This antique cup is in perfect condition, except for one tiny rim chip on it's upper edge.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #89765 (stock #TR0143)
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This antique Japanese bronze hand mirror dates from the Edo Period (1800-1868).

It has a finely detailed background including two cranes, a turtle and a large pine tree.

It is in excellent condition with a fine old patina and most of it's original silver remaining on the reverse.

It may have been given as a wedding gift, as was the tradition back then.

Dimensions: 11” high, 7” wide.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #514873
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18-19th Century Jade Carving of Two Dogs: Mother and Pup (Ching Dynasty)

Softly polished white nephrite jade with overall amber/ beige highlights and touches of brown accenting the tail. There are remnants of oxidation in the crevices.

This antique carved jade is in outstanding condition. It is an excellent example of 18th-19th century jade carving.

Subject is a reclining dog with paws set together next to a smaller puppy with the ears of both dogs touching.

The carving measures 3 x 1 X 1 inches (77mm x 26mm x 26 mm)

All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Modernism : Pre 1980 item #679876
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This heavy silver bracelet measures 195 mm (7 1/2 inches)in length (flat /open) by 35 mm (1 1/2 inches) in width. The wrist circumference measurement would be 18 mm (7 inches) when attached. It weighs about 90-95 grams or 3 troy ounces total (including stones).

It is mounted with one hundred individual cut and faceted peridot gemstones ranging from 4mm to 6 mm in various sizes and shapes. All of the stones are original and high quality throughout.

The silver is custom designed and unmarked, but guaranteed to be at least .800 silver, but more likely .925 / sterling silver in quality.

Peridot is the birthstone for August.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Americas : South American : Pre 1910 item #646397
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This hand carved wooden mask of a Bearded man wearing a crown is an outstanding example of Mexican Folk Art from the late 19th century through the early 20th century. It might even date to an earlier period, based on the style of carving on this wonderful old weathered piece.

It measures about 33 inches tall by 14 inches wide by 5 inches in depth.

The condition is "as found". What this means is that the mask is structurally intact, but is covered over all with cracks and crevices from exposure to time and the elements. Some of it's original painted surfaces are intact, but some are not. It is missing one of the top rings of the crown and it appears as if it disappeared a long time ago from the overall weathering of the area.

The turquoise blue of the crown seems to be an old overpainting of an even earlier shade of gold or greenish gold color.

This mask could be described as a classic piece of Spanish Colonial Folk Art.

From it's appearance, the level of wear and the outstanding craftsmanship of it's carving, it is a safe bet that this mask has seen it's share of festivals and religious ceremonies over the many years of it's existance.

All Items : Archives : Fine Art : Prints : Pre 1960 item #898259
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This original woodblock print measures 8.5 by 11.5 inches (unmatted & unframed).

The subject is a Japanese geisha in a colorful kimono arranging flowers in a woven pot.

It is in excellent condition, with rich, vibrant colors.

It is signed, upper right (see the enlargement).

We are including the clean cut mat with this print, although we don't recommend using it again, but we will leave that to the buyer to decide. It may not be archival (acid free). There are no stains on this print, however. It's a beauty! Note: there is a tiny triangular remnant of tape in the upper left corner of the border. No problem, when re matted.