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.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Pre 1900 item #630202
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This outstanding silver beaker measures 4 inches tall by 3 inches in diameter at the lip of the cup.

It is in excellent condition. It shows a few small repairs around the rim but they are extremely minor and to be expected on a piece of this age with so much hand detailing on it. It is covered overall with chiseled or engraved design motifs. There are eight panels with repeating leaf and floral designs.

Although we are labeling this as an Asian silver beaker, the style of the designs used leads us to believe that this could just as easily be a very old European beaker.

There are no hallmarks or country of origin marks on this wonderful old beaker.

We are dating this old silver beaker to the 18-19th Century, but it may actually be older. It is, of course guaranteed to be silver ( between .800-.950 in purity).

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 : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 2000 item #627681 (stock # (scr1024))
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This original Chinese watercolor painting measures 18 by 27 inches (ink and watercolor painting only) and 21 by 66 inches, including the brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has the seal and signature of the artist, Qi Xin, along with one or two additional seals which may be collector's seals.

The subject is chicks feeding beneath a palm leaf and a persimmon branch hanging heavy with ripe fruit.

It is in excellent condition.

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 : 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.


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This 18th or 19th century bronze figure of GANESH is from Northern India or Nepal.

This bronze figure is in outstanding condition with a wonderful patina.

It has lost it's sealed base cover, possibly from someone looking for smuggled jewels or treasure in it's base (the smuggling of valuables in old bronzes was known to happen, although rarely). It measures about 8 inches tall by 9 inches wide by 4 inches in depth.

It shows the elephant headed god Ganesh with five heads and eight arms, each holding a different symbol.

Five-headed Ganesh (Panchamukha Ganesh) The Nepalese Ganesh often has several heads, as well as numerous arms. This may be from an influence of the tantric art of the Vajrayana (a particularly Tibetan aspect of Mahayana Buddhism).The significance of the five-headed Ganesh may be explained by various factors. The number five frequently occurs in Nepalese iconography. An example would be the five Maha Bhûta of the Tattva theory in the Sâmkhya with their corresponding organs. But the most relevant meaning of the five-headed Ganesh is the five heads symbolize the five kosha experienced by the yogi: 1. Annamaya kosha: the flesh body made of matter, 2. Pranamaya kosha: the breath body, or energy body, 3. Manomayakosha: the mental body, 4. Vighnânamayakosha: the body of the Upper Consciousness, and 5. Anandamayakosha: the body of Cosmic Bless. The fifth head of Ganesh symbolizes the highest level of yogic experience, called Anandamayakosha, or Sat-Chit-Ananda, the Pure Consciousness without qualification.

Photo Note: The last photograph is a picture of the five headed bronze in situ with a few other items from our bronze collection. Not all of the items shown are available at this time______wfb

All Items : Archives : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : Pre 2000 item #870541
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This original oil painting on artist's panel board measures 18 x 24 inches and is framed 25 x 31 inches.

It is signed Guzman in the lower right corner. It is also signed J. Guzman and titled: Rancho Mirage on the reverse.

Juan "Pepe" Guzman is a contemporary California artist.

His strong use of color and light is influenced by both his Cuban American background and his California roots.

His paintings are a mix of Impressionism, Expressionism, Fauve colors and a dash of California Plein Air.

This fauve impressionist landscape has a outstanding mix of strong and vibrant colors.

It also has a textural quality because of the use of a pallette knife for applying pigment.


The buyer will not be disappointed!

All Items : Archives : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : Pre 1940 item #82130 (stock #TR0106)
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This original oil painting measures 16 by 20 inches (19 X 23 with frame)

It is signed lower right, H.H. Woodward.

Hildegard H. Woodward is listed in Mallett's Index of American Artists (Boston 1934).

Hildegard H. Woodward was a Boston, Massachusetts artist who specialized in book illustrations. She first studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and then completed her education in Paris, France.

She was introduced to the field of book illustration by the Boston illustrator, Marguerite Davis. Woodward completed her first illustrated children's book in 1931; Alice Dagliesh's, The Blue Teapot: Sandy Cove Stories.

Several years later Hildegard Woodward moved to New York City and was in constant demand for her illustrations from publishers there. She illustrated many more books by authors such as Elizabeth Coatsworth, Alice Dagliesh and Julia Bristol Bischoff.

She also received Caldecott Honor Book Citations for Roger and the Fox (1947) and The Wild Birthday Cake (1949), both written by Lavinia Riker Davis. Finally, Hildegard Woodward both authored and illustrated several books, the most notable being, Time Was (1941) and The House on Grandfather's Hill (1961).

Hildegard Woodward's art was not limited to children's books. She also illustrated a large number of works of adult humor and fiction.

Large collections of both her art and correspondence are located at the University of Southern Mississippi and the Children's Literature Research Collection at the University of Minnesota.

Her works have sold at auction as recently as 2006 (see for specifics).

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Oceanic : Pre 1920 item #630025
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This New Zealand Maori Jade Carved Hei Tiki measures 2 3/4 inches by 2 inches and is about 3/8 of an inch in thickness.

It dates from the early 20th century or even earlier.

It is carved from an outstanding piece of deep green jade with a small, lighter colored feather in between the eyes. The edges show translucence when held up to the light.

The third close up photo shows a somewhat similar carving with a much higher estimate that is an illustration in a recent book on Tribal art.

The illustration of another old jade tiki with a $6,000 -$10,000.00 estimate is only shown for comparison. It is not being offered here.

All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Coin : Pre 1960 item #504833
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A sterling silver cup with handle and animal engravings around upper half of field. It is signed on mark on bottom: SANBORN (within rectangular box). Condition is excellent with a few small areas of verdigris around bottom . Measurements: 2 1/2 inches diameter (3 1/2 inches with handle) by 2 inches tall.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Pre 1920 item #84882 (stock #TR0128)
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This intricately detailed silver wrapped mirror measures 16 x 22 cm (about 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches).

It is in excellent condition except for one small scuff on one of the dancers.

The silver is covered overall with dancers and musicians in a Persian garden scene on the reverse. It also has an arch surrounded by gilt and blue enamel plaques.

Although unmarked, the silver is GUARANTEED to be .800 or better.

It dates to the period between 1890-1920.

All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Ethnic : Far Eastern : Pre 1920 item #790516
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This antique Chinese filagree silver bracelet with rectangular barrel shaped jadeite insets measures 7 inches long (opened flat) by about one inch in width.

We estimate it's inside diameter when closed to be two inches across.

It is set with five rectangular jadeite cabachons with colors ranging from very pale green to a bright apple green to an emerald green in areas. These stones have a great deal of clarity or translucency to them. Stones with these colors are usually found set individually in custom made gold rings, rather than in an antique silver setting. The buyer will not be disappointed.

We estimate the bracelet to date circa 1900-1920.

The finely wrapped silver wire which forms most of the bracelet retains a large portion of it's original gilding on the front. The gilding has worn down to the silver on the reverse where it came into contact with skin for over 100 years, but the fine quality of the silver and the tight patterns remain.

It is in excellent condition, which is surprising, given that it was worn for about a century.

It has a small flat silver touch mark with "Chin Silver" on it, which may have been added later as it is not up to the quality of workmanship apparent on the rest of the bracelet.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #261768 (stock #TR0308)
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This 18th-19th Century shoushan stone carving measures 6 1/4 inches (15.5 cm) tall by 3 inches (7 cm) wide by 2 inches (5 cm) in depth. Although Ming in style and motif, it most likely dates from the late 18th to middle 19th Century (Qing Dynasty) instead. It is in excellent condition except for a few extremely minor scuffs along a couple of edges. The subject is an elephant astride a pedestal with low relief Chinese horses carved into shields on each of the four sides.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Pre 1920 item #89459 (stock #TR0142)
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This antique hand painted brass or copper bowl dates from the 1900-1920 period or earlier. Although Russian or Baltic in shape, it most likely originated in Persia or Northern India. It is covered overall in stylized shields and floral motifs. It measures 6 inches tip to tip, 4 1/2 inches wide by 4 inches high and it is in outstanding condition. Shipping and insurance are free within the US. Overseas shipping is a slight surcharge.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1910 item #101672 (stock #TR0168)
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This antique cloisonne enameled cat measures 17 inches (head to tail) by 9 inches tall by 4 1/2 inches wide.

It is covered overall with stylized archaic motifs.

It is in the style of a much earlier period but dates to the late 19th or early 20th century.

It is in outstanding condition.

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 : 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.