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This Chinese seated bronze figure of the Songzi Guanyin measures about 8 inches tall by 5 inches in diameter.
It dates to the Ming Dynasty in China (1368-1644).
It is in excellent condition with a large percentage of its original gilding still intact.
This is an original bronze that is hundreds of years old and also has two or three different colors of serious oxidation on its interior (see closeup photos).
This museum quality bronze has been in our personal collection for over thirty years.
It is unconditionally guaranteed to be authentic and of the period.
This bronze is unusual in that it is holding a child. This is not common to Ming bronze figures of Avolokitesvara.
The Songzi Guanyin is a symbol of the "Giver of Children" and the "Dispenser of Fecundity". Although women were viewed as significant in their role of providing offspring in China, they were isolated during events relating to bearing of children. The Songzi Guanyin became important to women because she is credited with assisting women in becoming pregnant, protecting women during childbirth, and protecting unborn and born children.
Songzi Guanyin images evolved over the centuries. During the 14th through 16th centuries, Jesuit and Portuguese missionaries visited China, and, having witnessed the magnificent carvings of the Guanyins there, asked the carvers to rendered depictions of Madonna and Child images to send back to northern Europe. The Chinese carvers, being exposed to statues in which a child rested on the lap of an adoring mother figure, then began to depict Guanyin in this way as well. Thus, from the 14th century onward Songzi images displayed a blending of eastern and western cultures into a new iconographic form.
A seated bronze Guanyin/Bodhisattva similar to the one we are offering was included in the Warren Cox collection, illustrated in Hugo Munsterberg, Chinese Buddhist Bronzes, Tokyo 1967.
A very similar Lacquered Gilt Bronze of Songzi Guanyin sold at Christies Auction House (New York) on March 22, 2012 for $32,500.00. (http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/sculptures-statues-figures/a-gilt-lacquered-bronze-figure-of-songzi-guanyin-5542084-details.aspx?from=salesummary&intObjectID=5542084&sid=fc890e32-8ee5-4a15-91a0-a163e8863e86)
A custom modern wood stand is included with this lot.
This Mogul India or Persian silver inlaid dagger and matching sheath has a figural rams's head motif.
The dagger is covered overall with beautifully inlaid designs of leaves and interwoven line motifs in silver inlaid on iron/steel.
It dates to the Mogul Period in India or possibly Persia in the 18th-19th century. This is one piece from a small collection of Middle Eastern weapons (see last photo).
It is in outstanding condition with one small break in the silver inlay; possibly an old repair to the scabbard.
The blade has an unusual patterning on it, somewhat similar to the type of designs seen on Samurai swords caused by the constant folding of the steel upon itself when producing the blade. The blade may be old Damascus Steel.
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.
NOTE: ANY WHITE DOTS IN THE PHOTOS ARE FROM THE FLASH AND NOT ON THE OIL ITSELF.
This original OIL PAINTING on artist's canvas panel board measures 17 by 19 inches, including the period carved and gilded frame(14 x 16 oil only).
It is unsigned and dates circa 1900-1920.
Both the oil painting and the original period frame are in outstanding condition. In addition, the oil painting has both subtle details and wonderful colors. This early 20th Century oil can be described as "Craftsman School" in style.
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.
This bronze figure of a seated ascetic (thin to emaciated) Buddha measures 6.3 inches tall by 4 inches wide by 3.25 inches in depth.
It dates to the middle of the 20th century.
It is in excellent condition with minor green verdigris in some of the small crevices.
The last enlargement show this figure with others from the same collection, some of which are also available at this time.
This 19th century figure consists of gilded bronze and copper overlay with added details in the form of flowing robes attached with pins at the arms.
All details appear to be original. It is quite naive and charming in design. It still has most of it's original painted colors (on the head and on the back of the robes).
It stands about 11 inches high and 4 inches square at the base.
It is in excellent condition with a few missing flourishes on the arms and earlobes.
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.
It is in excellent condition except for a slight irregularity on the base: it is slightly out of round at one point.
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.
This sterling silver(.925) serving set consists of two pieces: a fork and a spoon.
Each one measures approximately 8 1/2 inches long by 2 1/8 inches at the widest point. Both are stamped with the Sanborns mark: Two owls & SANBORNS, MEXICO, STERLING set within a small rectangle. The marks are slightly obscured from either a light strike originally, or from polishing and wear, but still easily recognizable and guaranteed to be as described.
They date from Mexico, circa 1920-1940.
Both sterling silver serving pieces are in excellent condition and still weigh about 6 ounces between the two pieces. They are well made, hefty, and have feeling of substance when held.
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.
This is a MATCHING PAIR OF CLOISONNE MYTHICAL BEASTS. Each animal measures 14 inches long (nose to tail) by 7 inches tall and 3 inches in width.
They date circa 1880-1920.
They are in outstanding condition with the exception of a few extremely minor losses or repairs to the enamel.
They are covered with archaic bird and leaf designs throughout.
This original contemporary Chinese ink and watercolor painting measures 26 by 26 inches (painting only) and 31 by 72 inches, including the silk brocaded scroll it is mounted on.
It has the seals and signature of the artist, Jiang Jinyu, a professor at the Nan Jing school of art.
The painting is in excellent condition.
Additional information about Contemporary Chinese scroll paintings is available in our Newsletter which can be reached on our Home Page.
This outstanding antique Japanese Iron Tsuba or sword hilt is covered on both sides by leaf patterns in gold inlay.
It measures 2 7/8 x 3 inches and it is in very good condition with no cracks or repairs evident.
It dates to the 19th century or earlier.
It is not signed.