All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1492 item #1166326
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These two original Chinese bronze figures date from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) along with the gilt bronze screens behind them.

The bronze Buddha measures 7 3/4 inches tall by 5 3/4 inches wide by 3 3/4 inches in depth. (19.5 cm x 14.5 cm x 10.0 cm). The Buddha has a large percentage of it's original gilding remaining as do both of the gilt bronze backs. The Buddha also has a Wan symbol on his chest.

The bronze Guanyin or Avalokitesvara measures 8.25 inches tall by 5 inches wide by 3.5 inches in depth. (21 cm x 12.5 cm x 8.5 cm).

We are offering both of the bronzes and both of the finely detailed gilt bronze backs as a group (4 pieces -2 figures and 2 screen backs -all at one price.)


A comparable seated bronze Buddha of the same size (8.25 inches) sold at auction recently at Christies London, South Kensington on May 18th 2012 for $81, 349.00


All of these bronzes are original, of the period (Ming Dynasty) and guaranteed as such.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1960 item #862363
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This small jadeite carving measures approximately 3 x 2.25 x 1.5 inches (70 mm x 60 mm x 30mm).

This original jade carving represents a fruit in the shape of Buddha's Hand citron, a citrus fruit. It is very fragrant and used predominantly for perfuming rooms and personal items, such as clothing.

The fruit is also given as a religious offering in Buddhist temples. According to tradition, Buddha prefers the fingers of the fruit to be in a position where they resemble a closed rather than open hand, as closed hands symbolize to Buddha the act of prayer.

The origin of Buddha's Hand is traced back to Northeastern India and is believed to be the first citrus fruit known in Europe. It is speculated that the Greeks and Romans brought them back from Asia.

This jadeite carving is in excellent condition. period.

It dates to the middle of the 20th century (circa 1950-60).

It ranges in color from pale green to patches of apple green, emerald green and dark moss green.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Pre 1900 item #807787
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This large bronze figure of Tara on a double lotus base is seated in lalitasana with one hand raised in vitarka mudra. She is also holding lotus stalks in each hand that flank her shoulders.

It measures 15 inches tall by about 12 inches wide by 9 inches in depth (at it's widest point).

It is in excellent condition with no damage or losses. It has a very pleasing and generally even patina covering it overall.

All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Ethnic : Native American : Pre 1970 item #786485
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This silver and turquoise bracelet measures 2 3/4 by 2 by 7/8 inches (the interior measurement is 2 1/4 by 1 1/2 inches).

It is set with 5 old round to oval turquoise gemstones of excellent color. It is unmarked, but we guarantee this to be a solid silver bracelet of .900-.925 quality.

It is a custom piece and has "By Roy Vandever" and the monogram "RV" engraved on the reverse. This Navajo silversmith is listed briefly in Barton Wright's book Hallmarks of the Southwest. Reportedly Vandever is from the Prewitt, New Mexico region and his initials (RV) are printed with the two letters wedged together in Gothic print.

We estimate it to date from the middle to late 20th Century.

This is a substantial bracelet and although relatively small, it weighs about 70 grams.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1980 item #905389
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250 Years Of Japanese Art.

By Roni Neuer, Herbert Libertson and Susugu Yoshida. Copyright 1979 by Mondadori -Shueisha. Published by Gallery Books 1979.

With the Glossy pictorial dust jacket

A detailed study of the development of the technical and artistic achievement of Ukiyo-e (Japanese graphic art - pictures of the floating world).

It contains a 49-page essay on the history of Ukiyo-e followed by 328 pages of art - full-color plates, most full-page, all with accompanying detailed descriptions.

390 pages. Oversized volume 12.5" by 9.5".

This book is very close to mint condition.

It has spent years in a closed (and properly ventilated - no mold) glass front bookcase, along with many of it's friends.

I have seldom even opened it, only because I have thousands of old reference books and catalogues (really - 40+ years worth) and it was deposited in the wrong place.

So it was recently discovered during a major cleaning. As it turns out, it is one of two copies that I own. The other one is well used and looks it. I am selling the one in nearly mint condition but the knowledge in both copies is priceless.

The dust jacket has a tiny tweak at the top of the spine area which I did while I was taking pictures for this listing. Dumb, huh?

It also has many full color pictures taken from original woodblock prints which accounts for the subtle colors, especially on the really old woodblock prints.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1700 item #809626
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This original bronze figure of a seated and jeweled Guanyin (Kwan-Yin) measures 10.75 inches tall by 5.5 inches wide by about 4 inches deep.

It consists of two separate pieces: the seated figure of Guanyin and the lotus stand. This is not unusual--old Chinese bronzes often consisted of more than one piece. Everything is original and it is not a marriage or mismatch.

It is covered overall with a dark patina that is dusty in most areas that haven't been handled for a very long time.

It is in very good condition with the exception of the loss of the thumb on the left hand and a couple of pinprick sized casting losses. The face has a nice sheen to the patina which indicates what the entire bronze could look like: should the buyer so desire it.

It dates to a period ranging from the 16th through the 18th century in China.

The buyer will not be disappointed, as it is nicer than the photos would indicate. This bronze figure is guaranteed to be an original (and of the period) and is not a copy or reproduction of any kind.

All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1920 item #1181868
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This antique worked silver and coral pendant with hanging loop dates from the late 19th to early 20th century in Tibet or Nepal.

It measures 53 mm long by 15 mm in diameter.

It consists of a piece of natural, undyed red coral covered with two ends of finely worked silver. This is .900+ pure silver and guaranteed as such.

It weighs .98 troy ounces (about 30 grams).

The black spots in the coral are natural imperfections in the stone and do not detract from the stone. Quite the opposite-they help to verify it's authenticity.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #775682
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This incomplete pair of charming 18th-19th century bronze censors consists of one complete censor on extended tripod legs, with a shi shi top and also one additional matching body without the legs, base or top.

These censors both have a series of eight open mouth Buddhist Temple Lion faces around the main body (see closeup)

The complete censor measures 10 inches tall by about 5 inches in diameter.

The tripod legs are set on a circular, flat base with a sunburst pattern engraved on it.

There are no country of origin marks on any of the pieces.

These pieces have nice and even patinas.

They appear to be Chinese, made for the Japanese market. Circa 1840's-1880"s.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #81974 (stock #TR0103)
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This 19th century Japanese bronze vase measures 18 inches tall by about 12 inches in diameter. It has elaborate leaf and vegetable motif in both bronze and champleve enamel.

It dates from the Meiji Period (1868-1912) or earlier.

It is in excellent condition with an outstanding variety of colorful patinas and verdigris.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #601475
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This 19th century bronze and champleve censor measures 4 1/2 inches in diameter by about 4 inches tall.

It has a wonderful brown patina and some very minor verdigris on it. The enamelling is in excellent condition with only a few irregularities as should be expected for this time period. The top rim has Fu Lion heads floating in a recurring pattern of fan shaped waves. The center band is composed of champleve enamel in archaic stylized patterns. Another (bottom) band of bronze repeating fan shaped waves sits on tripod legs.

There are no marks on this censor. It dates circa 1870-1900.

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 : Regional Art : Pre 2000 item #116880 (stock #scr1004)
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This original contemporary Chinese ink and watercolor painting measures 20 by 38 inches (painting only) and 24 by 73 inches, including the silk brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has the seal and signature of the artist lower left. It also has one collector's seal.

The subject is an old monk in contemplation.

It is in excellent condition.

Additional information about Contemporary Chinese scroll paintings is available in our Newsletter by clicking on Newsletter on our Home page.

All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Pre 1920 item #1046674
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A European silversmith created this hallmarked silver goblet or kiddish cup during the last half century of the Austro Hungarian Empire.

It measures 6 inches (15.4 cm) tall and 2.75 inches (7 cm) in diameter.

It weighs 4.13 troy ounces or 128.5 grams.

It is engraved with delicate but ornate leaf and flower designs around an oval plaque that has never been engraved..

The silver marks on it verify its origin as Vienna, Austria (circa 1867-1900) and list the initials of the silversmith in two places on the cup (see the close up photos) as either WH or HM. They also list the silver purity as .800 with is slightly less than sterling, but still qualifies as solid silver.

The confusion arises because while stamping the silver marks in two different places on the cup; one of the marks was rotated 180 degrees and they can now be read two different ways : WH or HM.. There were three silversmiths working in Vienna during this period (1867-1900) : 1. Halpern Mayer (1857-1870), 2. Heinrich Matzka (1867-1892), and 3. Wilhelm Hirschberger (1847-1900)

It is in excellent condition with no dents, dings damage or repairs.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1700 item #725709
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This antique Chinese nephrite jade carving of a reclining lion licking his paw measures 3 1/4 inches long by 1 1/4 inches tall by 1 3/4 to 2 inches in depth.

This carving is a greyish white to celadon color overall. It is accented in the crevices and low areas by brown oxidation.

The quality of the carving is exceptional and much nicer than the photos would indicate.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1800 item #115995 (stock #TR0195)
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This Chinese Paktong (pewter)incense burner measures approximately 12 inches tall by 13 inches wide by 4 inches in depth. It has very delicate brass inlay and trim.

It dates from the late Ming Dynasty through the early Ching dynasty (approx circa 1600-1800).

It is in very good condition except for slight indentations on the rear legs.

All Items : Archives : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : Pre 1970 item #85301 (stock #TR0130)
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This original oil painting of a bell tower is set in an impressionist style landscape. It measures 12 by 16 inches and sits in a carved frame which measures about 17 by 22 inches. This unsigned oil might described as: California school or Craftsman school.

All Items : Archives : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : Pre 1920 item #605911
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This original oil painting measures 8 1/2 by 14 1/2 inches, including the period carved wooden frame it sits in. It is painted on an old black panel board. Edward Lynam Grant (1907- ) is listed on as a Delaware artist. This painting is in excellent condition.
All Items : Archives : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : Pre 1900 item #82632 (stock #TR0111)
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This original oil painting on old dark panel board measures 16 by 20 inches (image only) and is framed in a heavy carved wood and gesso frame (24 by 28 inches.)

It is signed J.L Williams or J.M. Williams in the lower right. The scene includes Indian teepees near a lake and a mountain range which is reminiscent of Yosemite.

On the reverse is the remnant of an old printed label dated 1852 but the painting itself may be as late as the 1870's in execution. It appears to have been mounted in an oval frame at some time based on the pattern of very minor scuffing on the surface of the painting. The frame is more recent than the oil and it has a few minor scuffs.