All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #594674
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This Chinese Carved Cinnabar lacquer vase measures 7 inches tall by 3 3/4 inches in diameter.

It dates from the Ching Dynasty (1644 -1911).

It is ornately carved overall with scrolling leaf and plant motifs and mountain landscapes with trees and robed sages.

It is in excellent condition with the exception of an irregularity at the base near the brass bottom rim.

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 : 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 #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 : Collectibles : Prehistorical item #1054961
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This naturally water worn viewing stone consists of nephrite jade embedded in a serpentine matrix.

It appears to be all nephrite, but it has nodules thst are physically harder than the metamorphic stone they are part of.

It measures 6.5 inches by 4.5 inches by 2.5 inches at it's widest points.

It also weighs just under 4 pounds (estimated with a bathroom scale).

It has a general overall softness from decades or, even centuries of water pouring over it, slowly wearing it down to it's current condition.

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 : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1930 item #560183
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This Chinese filigree bracelet dates to the early 20th Century about 70- 80 years ago.

It is gilded silver with five wire wrapped sections holding cabachons of turquoise that could be described as Persian turquoise in a pale sea foam green color. It measures 6 3/4 inches in length by 3/4 inch across.

It is in excellent condition with most of the original gilding intact. It is marked silver on the clasp and still retains it's security chain. Four of the five turquoise cabachons are perfectly matched with one just slightly darker, but it appears to be original and not a replacement.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #729963
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This is a pair of standing anthropomorphic bronze figures, sitting on a single combined bronze platform. They are each dressed in crowns and regalia, with each one holding children or subordinates.

These bronze figures are about 11.5" and 12.5" in height. They are also 12 inches in combined width and about 3 inches in depth.

They date from the late 19th Century through the early 20th Century.

Their condition is excellent with a nice patina and a small area of verdigris. _____________________________________________________________________

The ancient Yoruba city of Owo, one of the largest on the Guinea coast, was established in the ninth century, and is located approximately midway between Ile-Ife and Benin City, the capital of the Benin kingdom. Although this was a highly vulnerable position, the Owo not only survived but managed to carve out and sustain a sizeable kingdom of their own in pre-colonial days. Owo flourished during the 15th and 16th centuries primarily because of its location along the well established trade route connecting the cities of Ife and Benin. These early trade routes significantly contributed in bringing the Benin and Ife art to the early Yoruba peoples, and Yoruba art, especially the metal work, was notably influenced by trade with both the Portuguese and the Benin and Ife Kingdoms during the 16th century. The Owo royal palace, extending over more than 108 ½ acres, was by far the largest palace in Yoruba land.

The Osugbo (Ogboni) are a society of male and female elders responsible for the selection, installation, and burial of kings, and who render judgment and stipulate punishment in cases of serious crimes in the society, including the removal of errant rulers. The powers and pacts between women and men are seen in paired images used among this society as the primary symbols of Osugbo are the paired male and female figures.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1910 item #314366
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Ching Dynasty Jade Carving of a lion.

Pale gray/green jadeite with striations and areas of brown suffusion on the feet. This carved jade is in outstanding condition.

Subject is a stylized and slightly flattened lion with parallel carved ribs along it's back.

Measurements: 2 1/2 x 1 1/4 X 3/4 inches (65mm x 33mm x 18 mm)

This is one piece from our personal collection of approximately 4600 antique jade carvings.

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 : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #129220 (stock #TR0216)
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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.

All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Ethnic : Far Eastern : Pre 1900 item #1101476
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This antique jade cuff, bangle or bracelet measures 3.5 inches in diameter (89 mm) on the outside, and 3 1/8 inches (78 mm) for the inside diameter.

It is carved from an off white jade with slight tinges of green and a few very small dark green or black spots on the interior of the bracelet.

It is carved in a repeating low relief pattern of dragons and undulating leaf patterns.

It is in outstanding condition, period.

We estimate this jade bangle to date somewhere in the Ching Dynasty in China (1644-1911).

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1910 item #107532 (stock #TR0186)
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This bronze head shaped mask of a bodhissatva measures 10 inches tall by 6 inches wide by 2 1/2 inches in depth. It has exceptionally fine detailing in the crown or headband.


It is Himalayan in origin (Northern India, Tibet or Nepal).

It dates circa 1900 or earlier.

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 : Indian Subcontinent : Pre 1900 item #592819
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This antique bronze figure of a Buddha standing upon a turtle or tortoise measures 6 inches tall by 2 inches wide by about 5 inches in depth (nose to tail).

It dates from the 18th to 19th Century in India or Nepal (It may actually be somewhat earlier). It has silver inlaid eyes as can be found on antique Jain bronzes or bronzes from earlier periods.

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 : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1900 item #1160516
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This small bronze figure measures about 3.25 inches tall by 2.5 inches wide and about 1.25 inches in depth.

He appears to be a half naked demon in a loin cloth.

He looks to date to the 19th century or earlier-possibly much earlier.

He has a incised wedge with a drilled hole on his shoulders, where it appears that something was attached. It may have been a fire surround or he may have served as a portion of a footed based for something larger, which would likely make him somewhat older than 19th Century.

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.