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 : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #133617 (stock #TR0010)
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This original 19th CENTURY FOUR PANEL JAPANESE HAND PAINTED SCREEN measures about 32 by 72 inches.

The subject is a red plum tree with chrysanthemums and ducks on a silver ground (circa 1850).

Condition is good with some light scratches and rubbing to painting in minor areas.

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This miniature Indian bronze figure of Shiva (siva) measures 4 1/2 inches tall by 3 inches wide by 2 inches in depth.

It dates circa 1780-1870.

It is a very high quality casting with intricate detail, which is unusual for such a small bronze figure.

It is in outstanding condition. There is a cylinder mount on the reverse where it may have originally had a fire surround back piece attached .

All Items : Archives : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1920 item #700373
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This original watercolor painting is matted and framed under glass and measures about 16 by 31 cm (sight) or 32 by 48 cm in its nicely detailed frame.

The subject is an Impressionist view of an open coastline with water grasses in the foreground.

It is signed, somewhat Illegibly in the lower left corner. It appears to be : Josz. Von Brochaud or Josz. Von Brochoud.

It is in very good condition, except that it sits in its original mat, which is most likely non archival and will need to be changed to protect the painting from any further staining or foxing. There is a tiny bit of foxing already, which is commonly found on 100 year old paintings on paper and in original condition.

On the reverse is the remainder of the 19th-20th century label from the art shop or gallery. It reads in part: Maison Leon Croller, Rue de Mastricht, 11, Hasselt.

All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Pre 1900 item #98237 (stock #TR0161)
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This COIN SILVER CUP dates to New Orleans in 1871 or earlier. It is signed on the bottom: A. HIMMEL - COIN - NEW ORLEANS. Adolphe Himmel (1825-1877) was one of the premier American silversmiths of the South during the 19th century. This coin silver (.900 silver) cup measures 3 1/4 inches high and just under 3 inches in diameter at it's widest point. It is engraved on the front shield: PPEMIUM Claiborne Agricul---SOCIETY 1871. ( PREMIUM--Claiborne Agricultural Society 1871)

Premiums were prizes won for the best horse, bull, sheep, etc at agricultural fairs during that period (county fairs today). Obviously the engraver could engrave better than he could spell (ppemium not premium).

The engraving is full and crisp even though the photos do not show it. No letters are missing or worn down. There is a old repair where a handle was removed ( see enlargements). Beyond that, the cup is in very good condition and much nicer than the photos indicate.

NOTE: A silver baby cup by Adolphe Himmel sold at auction in 1999 for $935.00.

Insured shipping is included within the United States. Overseas shipping will incur a slight surcharge.

All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Pre 1900 item #557963
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This large (14 by 17 inch) and heavy unmarked silver tray (possibly silver plate) originally belonged to John Pascal Paoli Peck, the founder of the Union Central Insurance Company. It was an anniversary gift commemorating his 25 year union with his third wife (Frances Fitton)( 1858-1883).

It is engraved with a wonderful Arctic scene of a walrus sitting amidst ice flows (under a huge moon) watching a sailing ship in the distance. It also has engraved details with ice stalactites that makes it appear as if the scene is being viewed from within a glacial cave. The purchase of Alaska from Russia occurred in 1867 midway in the 25 years covered by the tray. It was a very appropriate motif and a very popular one among wealthy businessmen and industrialists at that time.

The condition of this silver tray is quite good considering that it is very heavy and over 120 years old. It has a few areas of surface degradation and small areas that have been cleaned (most likely trying to determine if it is pure silver or not). I assumed that it was not, so it was not tested by me. Neither does it have the obvious cuts where previous owners have tested it. It was a gift given to or by a very wealthy man of the late 19th century. The edge details are outstanding and this piece is unmarked. Why? Because it was probably a custom order made to give to a very wealthy man and his wife on their 25th or Silver Anniversary.

All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Ethnic : Bedouin : Pre 1900 item #174519 (stock #TR0258)
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This ANTIQUE TURKOMAN /KAZAK SILVER BRACELET is set with nine gemstone cabachons. It is covered overall with repeating dot patterned triangles on a gilded background.

This heavy antique silver cuff is unmarked, but guaranteed to be .900 silver or better.

It measures 3 1/4 inches wide x 2 1/2 inches high by 3 inches long (interior measurements are 2 3/4 x 2 x 3 inches).

It dates circa 1880-1900.

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 : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1920 item #83720 (stock #TR0121)
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This old figural bronze shrine has a large central six armed figure of Shiva or Vishnu surrounded by six additional dieties. It is either Indian or Nepalese, as it contains iconographic elements of both cultures.

It measures 8 by 11 inches and has a mounting bracket that extends back about 3 1/2 inches.

This well cast bronze is in excellent condition and weighs about six pounds.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Oceanic : Pre 1940 item #88585 (stock #TR0140)
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This finely turned Hawaiian koa wood bowl with shades of amber & brown measures 10 1/2 inches in diameter by 4 1/2 inches deep. It dates circa 1920-1940. It also has a few cracks with alternating cross hatch repairs on the bottom (see enlargement).

This outstanding old bowl has a wonderful color and patina.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #541479
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This bronze figure of a sage riding a bull measures 7 1/2 inches tall by 8 inches long (nose to tail) by approximately 3 inches in depth.

It dates to the 19th century and carries the makers mark on the reverse (see enlarged photo).

It is in very good condition and much of it's original gilding remains. It does have an added wire strap that runs from the bulls nose to the riders hand that is not original to the piece. At some time in it's history it may have been added by someone who did not know the story of " riding the bull home" and mistakenly thought that something was missing. The concept of riding the bull home represents gaining control over oneself after difficult struggles.

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 : Chinese : Pre 1910 item #587620
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This intricately carved ivory boat with over fifty figures carved in varous positons of repose measures about 12 inches long by 3 inches tall by 2 inches in depth.

The boat has many finely detailed areas of carved scrollwork throughout.

It dates from the late 19th Century to the early 20th Century.

It is in excellent condition except for a few small losses. A few of the fully functional latticework shutters are missing or incomplete. One of the intricate carved dragons below the boat is incomplete. One or two of the removeable flags or parasols are missing. Even so, this piece is an outstanding example of a lost art:ivory carving so fine it shows up better under a magnifying glass.

Although the color appears to be pure white in most of the photographs, it actually is a wonderfully patinated very pale caramel color. It was necessary to adjust the pictures to show off the details, hence the white color. In addition to a wonderful aged color, it also has obvious graining along the base. It is, of course, guaranteed to be a genuine antique ivory carving and NOT a copy of any kind (it is NOT bone, plastic ivory molded or any other method of reproduction).

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1492 item #576658
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This antique nephrite jade rabbit holding a peach is from the Song Dynasty (960-1279 AD) or the early portion of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 AD).

It measures about 2 1/4 x 1 1/2 X 1 inch or 54mm x 35mm x 21 mm.

It is carved from nephrite with colors ranging from a pale beige to a deep rust red. It has a substantial amount of oxidation which has created it's wonderful color patterns. 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.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1910 item #593545
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This small stone figure of a standing Jizo Bosatsu (Buddha)with both hands holding the sacred jewel.

It measures 5 3/4 inches tall or 14.5 cm in height.

It dates to the Meiji Period: circa 1900.

It is in excellent condition with a softening of the lines and contours and very minor losses.

It's origin would be Sadogashima Island, off the coast of Japan, which is famous for its production of figurative stone Jizo.

It is carved from Sado granite from the island and known as Sado Jizo.

Small examples are uncommon and rarely found in such good condition.

All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Metals : Bronze : Pre 1900 item #126530 (stock #TR0214)
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This antique Japanese bronze in the form of a wooden well bucket measures 6 inches (15.3 cm) tall by about 5 inches square (13.3 X 13.5 cm).

It was cast to simulate a wooden well bucket, including wood grain, knot holes and dovetailed joints.

It is unmarked except for a small square with illegible marks on the interior of the bottom.

This old bronze dates from about the late Edo to early Meiji period (to call it 19th century should about cover it, although it may actually be earlier!).

It is in very good condition, except for a few small irregularities to the casting. There are also traces of old solder around the bottom.

It appears as if the bottom came off at one time and was put back on upside down. Subsequently any marks are on the inside.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #576969
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This outstanding jade carving of a reclining camel measures 3 1/4 inches long by 1 1/4 inches tall by 2 1/2 inches in depth.

The carving is an semi opaque gray jade with large areas of brown oxidation and a few small areas of calcification on the bottom.

This carving has a lot of charm and most likely dates to the Ching Dynasty, but it may actually be earlier.

All Items : Archives : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1970 item #552167
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This watercolor measures 15 by 20 inches (unmounted and unframed).

It consists of two separate watercolor paintings on one single sheet (both sides).

One side has an impressionistic view of the interior of a Gothic cathedral with a tall stained glass window and a Madonna statue on the left side. It is signed L. Wiechecki in the lower right corner. The other painting is a city view of modern style architecture and cars in the foreground of that period (1950's - 1960's).

The painting is is excellent condition and probably dates to the early 1960's.