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All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : Pre 1900 item #720892
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This original oil painting measures 16 by 24 inches (painting only) and 18 1/2 by 26 1/2 inches including the carved and gilded frame that it sits in.

It is signed J.R. Ashton in the lower left corner (see closeup photo). It is also signed, dated and titled: Woodland, Merri Creek, J.R. Ashton 1900 on a paper label on the reverse of the frame (see closeup photo).

It is in outstanding condition, period.

This is a museum quality, plein air painting in an impressionist style by one of the most renown Australian artists of the 19th-20th centuries.

Julian Rossi Ashton is listed in many published artists biographical references. His works are held by many national museums throughout the world. One museum in Australia (The AG in New South Wales ) has 17 of his paintings in their permanent collection. Many of his accomplishments are listed in the artist biography below. He also has auction estimates and records for his truly exceptional works that range up into six figures.

Earlier this year(2010), an Australian auction house sold a tiny(6 x 9 inches) and somewhat similar oil painting for $18,000.00 including added costs. this works out to about $275.00 per square inch. If we used a similar or comparable measure for evaluating our early, signed and titled work, we would have to ask over $100,000.00 for it. Every painting is a one of a kind entity and although we believe that our painting is actually better, That is only one small criteria that we used to determine it's value. _____________________________________________________________________

Artist Biography : Julian Rossi Ashton was an influential portrait and landscape artist, and teacher known for his vigorous support of the Australian Impressionist Heidelberg School to which his authority has been both powerful and extensive.

Ashton attended the West London School of Art and the Academie Julian in Paris. He arrived in Australia in 1878 when he was invited to Melbourne by newspaper owner David Syme to work as an illustrator for the Illustrated Australian News. Due to creative differences with the editorial staff, he was forced to resign and transfer to the Australasian Sketcher. When Edmund Smith of the Howard Shipping Line offered Ashton a free trip to Sydney in 1883 he began working as an illustrator for The Picturesque Atlas of Australia, and regularly contributed to the Sydney Bulletin Magazine.

Working in both oil paint and watercolor, Ashton used landscapes, portraits and figure composition as subjects in his works which were effectively complemented by his poignant style of precise draftsmanship and delicate atmospheric effects.

His artistic skills proved to help him greatly when teaching at the Art Society of New South Wales from 1892 to 1896 when as a teacher he stressed the importance of accuracy in drawing and the plein air style.

His influence over the Australian art world attracted a wide circle of followers including Charles Conder, Alfred James Daplyn and Albert Henry Fullwood, who often accompanied him to paint in the picturesque Hawkesbury River Region in New South Wales.

Upon completion of one of his most well-known works, Evening, Merri Creek (1882; Sydney, A.G. NSW) he claimed to have accomplished the first plein air landscape in Australia. His works were outstanding examples of the desolate majesty of the Australian landscape.

In 1887 Julian Ashton became President of the Art Society of New South Wales. He used his position to vigorously campaign for the cause of Australian art. Later, as a trustee of the Art Gallery of New South Wales he helped emerging Australian artists of the Impressionist or Heidelberg School. The decision to keep a permanent collection of these works owes much to Ashton’s influence. As a trustee he declared that not less than 500 pounds be spent annually on the purchase of Australian Art. He also encouraged Government purchases which made possible the NSW Society of Artists’ Traveling Scholarship and the foundation of the Education Department Gallery in Sydney in 1913.

Ashton organized the first overseas exhibition of Australian art which helped the artists of the Heidelberg School to be recognized as significant contributors to the international art world.

Ashton also established the Sydney Art School in 1896, later renamed the Julian Ashton Art School. This institution, since it's inception, has been a center of activity for many aspiring young artists. With such prominent artists as William Dobell, John Passmore, John Olsen and Brett Whiteley among those who attended, the art school became famous to generations of students and continues its rich heritage in educating art students today.

A highly regarded gentleman of Australian art until his death in 1942 Ashton continued to push for the cause of Australian Art in which his influence is still strongly felt today.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1950 item #797706
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$1,600.00

This original watercolor painting on water color paper measures 15 by 22 inches.

It dates circa 1940-1960 from a regional school of watercolor painting found in, but not limited to California.

It is in excellent condition and ready to be matted and framed.

This is an original watercolor painting and NOT a glycee, print or copy of any kind.

This painting was part of a collection of original California watercolors that was in storage for decades. Most are signed, but many of the unsigned works are of comparable styles, period and quality to the signed ones.

A portion of the collection is represented by signed watercolors by Robert Landry. A few others, unsigned or with different names appear to have been painted by his students.

Check our other listings for additional offerings of similar signed and unsigned period watercolor paintings. We will be adding more as time permits.

(NOTE) We will be keeping many of both the signed and unsigned paintings from this collection for ourselves. In a weak economy, with a falling dollar, they are great investments that can be hung on a wall and enjoyed, feeding both one's soul and pocketbook at the same time.

Biographical information: Robert Landry (1921-1991) ... Born: Washington, D.C.

Studied: Abbott Art School, Art Instruction, Inc. Member: San Diego Watercolor Society, Watercolor West.

Robert Landry attended high school on the East Coast then went into the military service during World War 11. After the war, he studied art in Washington, D.C. and Minneapolis on the G.I. Bill.

He became a commercial illustrator for the United States Air Force Graphic Arts Division at the Pentagon, and art director for the Federal Aviation Agency and Convair Astronautics.

After the late 1940s, Landry began a serious painting career and started exhibiting fine art watercolors. His paintings often depicted regional subjects with buildings, boats or coastline structures. Creating a mood was important to him and gives his works a narrative quality.

Robert Landry's watercolors were primarily sold through art galleries in San Diego and Dallas. He also taught at watercolor workshops near his home in San Diego and in traveling workshops held in Oregon, Arizona and Hawaii.

He is listed in numerous artist's biographical publications. His works have also sold at various auction houses over the years including John Moran Auctions in Pasadena, California.

He is also listed on Askart.com, along with other art websites.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : Canadian : Contemporary item #123680 (stock #TR0211)
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$240.00

This original, contemporary oil painting on stretched canvas measures 16 by 20 inches and sits in a simple wood frame (18 by 22 inches).

It is signed in ink on the stretcher, "Spring Bouquet" 3/90 R.D.Kick.

Insured shipping is included within the United States.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1950 item #84677 (stock #TR0125)
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$3,200.00
This original oil painting on panel measures about 28 by 40 inches including it's original carved and gilded frame. It is signed Leonard Borman in the lower left corner. Condition is excellent and any white spots that show up are bounce back from the FLASH.

Leonard Borman, an exceptional California artist, died in 1995. This large and attractive oil is a sleeper.

Biographical Information:Leonard Borman was born in the 19th century and started painting in 1917 while recovering from a war injury, sustained as a Canadian veteran. His mother was an artist and encouraged her son, who attended the Art Institute of Chicago where he studied under Joseph Pennell and George Bellows. Borman came to Pasadena in 1924, settling in the nearby town of Sierra Madre. His desert and other plein air landscapes are most often encountered, but he also was an etcher and painted portraits of animals. Borman lived to the age of 101.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 2000 item #722905 (stock #scr-00200)
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$1,800.00

This original Chinese ink & watercolor painting measures 13 1/2 by 52 inches (watercolor only) and about 18 1/2 by 72 inches, including the brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has the seal and signature of the artist, Ma Yongquiang.

The subject is leopard climbing a tree. It is in excellent condition and has crisp and vibrant details.

Ma YongQuian is a 20th century artist of Chinese ancestry, who was born and working in Indonesia. In April 2007, an exhibition of his work was held at the Haisu Art Museum in Shanghai, China.

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

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1940 item #450139
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$2,400.00

This original oil painting measures 11 by 14 1/4 inches (16 3/4 by 19 1/2 inches, including gilded frame). It is painted on an old Windsor Newton artist's canvas panel and set in a period style gilded frame.

It is in excellent condition.

It is signed Clif Sawyer, lower left.

Clifton Howard Sawyer was a California artist ( 1896-1966) who lived in Altadena, California. He is listed in numerous artist's biographical references such as Hughes' Artist's in California 1786-1940: Volume 2 and Davenport's Art References.

His works have sold at Butterfields and John Moran Auctions, among others.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1960 item #650014
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$750.00

This original oil painting on masonite measures 18 by 24 inches and is framed 20 by 26 inches.

it is signed Cal Bailey 60 in the lower left corner.

Artist Biography: Calvin Bailey (1915- )

Calvin (Cal) Bailey is listed on Askart.com and in additional publications:

Who Was Who in American Art 1564-1975 (3 Vol) 1999 Falk, Peter Hastings (Editor)

Afro-American Artists: A Bio-Bibliographical Directory 1973 Cederholm, Theresa Dickason

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1940 item #506715
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This original oil painting on canvas measures 25 by 32 inches and sits in an outstanding carved gilt period frame measuring 28 by 35 inches.

The subject is a extensive mountain landscape with towering cliffs and a lake in the foreground. It appears to be located in one of the US National Parks.

It is signed, somewhat illegibly, Browning or A.Browning, in the lower left corner (see closeup photos).

It is in excellent condition with so apparent damage or repairs. There is one small area of the sky where the varnish was applied thickly and has darkened with age (see photo). Not really worth mentioning, but I try to be as accurate as possible.

Biographical information:

Alvah Lincoln Browning commonly known as A. L. Browning was born December 4, 1864 in Atwood, Illinois. His parents were farmers but farming did not appeal to him. So at age sixteen, he became a painter. He was self taught.. Sometimes, he said, he'd get hold of paint left in a bucket or swipe dyes from his mother and try his hand at color. He tried to capture frost on the maples and colored rocks in the stream.

Around 1899 Browning was living in Sioux City, Iowa. Shortly after his first son George was born, he divorced his first wife, Dilly. He then travelled west with his nephew, Franklyn Browning. To pay their way, they painted barns. In his spare time Alvah painted and sold landscapes. After some time, Franklyn settled near Witchita, Kansas while Browning continued traveling west.

By 1914 he remarried, and was livoing with his wife and daughter in Denver, Colorado. The McMurtry Paint and Varnish Company of Denver was expanding and was building a new plant. The building boasted two large display windows. It was in one of these windows A. L. Browning would set up his artist studio. Here onlookers could stand outside watching him paint landscapes using McMurtry housepaints. The scenes were numbered with twenty six available titles available for sale to the public. They included Colorado scenes as Seven Falls, Estes Park, Lake Eldora, Big Thompson, and more. There were also scenes from other places he had traveled to through the USA and Europe.

By 1916 he had moved his family to Colorado Springs where his second son, Robert was born. City directories listed his occupation as an artist. Although they first misspelled his name as Alvin. He set up a shop offering paintings for sale and continued working for the McMurtry Paint Company. From spring through summer he painted in Colorado. Then in the fall he traveled by train to Little Rock, Arkansas where he painted landscapes for the Sherwin Williams Paint Company. A small flyer published by Sherwin Williams in 1944 related he had painted for them for over fifty years. While traveling between Colorado and Arkansas he would get out at he train stations. Here he would paint and sell his landscapes. Some who bought his painings remarked on how quickly he could create these paintings. Many paintings have been found at antique shops and second hand stores along this train route.

Browning traveled throughout the United States. He defied anyone to mention a sizable town in America in which he does not know someone. He had traveled in Mexico and Canada. He made three trips to Europe. On one trip he spent two years there painting. "The prettiest scenery you ever saw is the Baverian Alps," he said. One of the scenes listed on his label is titled "Alps in Switzerland."

When he wasn't traveling or painting landscapes Browning taught art classes. One Sherwin Williams ad pointed out that he had given over three thousand instructions.

In 1923 Browning moved his family to Long Beach, California. He continued painting, teaching and travelling. The Treais Hardware Company in San Diego advertised that he would be demonstating the use of Sherwin Williams paints in the store front window. The ad said he would paint any scene from a photograph and that all of his paintings are of a scenic nature only. It went on to say that his young son Robert who is an achieving artist would accompany him.

Around 1930 the Brownings spent a year in Mineral Wells, Texas. Before returning to Long Beach, A. L. Browning advertised an auction of his paintings. The auction was held at the Crazy Hotel Pavillion where he had his studio. About 250 paintings, most on canvas were auctioned.

After returning to Long Beach he continued painting as well as opening an artist's supply store. Sometime after this, his wife Helena passed away. Alvah L. Browning died December 7, 1947 at the St. Ernie Sanitarium in Inglewood, California.

He is listed on Askart.com: http://www.askart.com/AskART/artists/search/Search_Repeat.aspx?searchtype=AUCTION_RECORDS&&artist=116890 .

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 2000 item #792303
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$1,295.00

This original contemporary Chinese ink and watercolor painting measures 25 1/2 by 52 inches (painting only) and 29 by 72 inches, including the silk brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has two seals and the signature of the artist (undetermined at this time) along the left edge. It also has three additional collector's seal (along the right edge, center and bottom.)

The subjects of the painting are three monkeys playing with a sage or scholar who is sleeping under a tree.

It is in excellent condition.

This original ink and watercolor painting dates to the late 20th Century in China.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Pre 1950 item #1205817
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$4,800.00

This original oil painting on stretched canvas and stretcher boards measures 15 by 30 inches, not including the split bamboo frame that surrounds it.

The subject of this charming painting is two geishas on a bridge with a pagoda and flowers.

It was painted and signed, lower right, by Aubrey Leech.

Aubrey Leech was known as a New York lamp designer of motion lamps in the early 20th Century and is specifically associated with the Econolite Jr. Models.

These rotating and painted lamps were very popular from 1920-1960 and have even had a resurgence of collecting interest today.

This original painting is in very good condition with the exception of a few small losses along the right side.

We prefer payment by Paypal, but also accept other forms of payment .

All payments must clear completely prior to shipment.

Thank you for looking: William Brooks

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Pre 1950 item #795188
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$650.00

This original watercolor painting measures 15 by 22 inches.

It dates circa 1930-1950. It is from a regional style of painting found primarily in California, but not limited to California in both location and subject matter.

It is painted on heavy stamp watermarked French watercolor paper ( see enlarged photo of stamp).

It is in excellent condition, unsigned and unframed.

This original painting (it is NOT a glycee or print of any kind) is in the style of the early 20th Century painters such as Rex Brandt or Herbert Vincent Olsen. It may have been done by a student or follower of Brandt or Olsen. Both were prolific art teachers and, as such, influenced many new artists at the time.

On the reverse is a strip of masking tape which appears to be possible matting and / or framing directions. In addition on the tape are the names Rex Brandt and Herb Olsen. This is just for information purposes -we are not attributing this painting to either artist at this time.

This is one painting from a small collection of early 20th century watercolor paintings, some of which are also being offered at this time. Check our other listings for additional offerings.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Pre 1910 item #541661
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$4,800.00

This original oil painting on stretched canvas measures 16 by 20 1/2 inches( unframed ) and 23 by 27 1/2 inches (framed).

It is in excellent condition, except for some scuffing on the frame.

It is unsigned and has a stamp on the reverse of the canvas (see photos).

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1960 item #795533
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$495.00

This original watercolor painting measures 15 by 22 inches.

It dates circa 1940-1950. It is unsigned.

It is painted on heavy watercolor paper.

It is in excellent condition, unmatted and unframed. The paper has a French watermark embossed in one corner.

It is not a giclee, print or copy of any kind.

It was purchased as part of a collection of original watercolor paintings amassed by a student of the well known, published and listed American artist, Robert Landry. Her name was Nancy Louise Hickman and she died in the 1980's.

These watercolor were kept in deep storage so that there has been very little light on them for decades. Many of them are as crisp, bright and clean as the day they were painted : 50 to 60+ years ago. ___________________________________________

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1837 VR item #1013105
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$8,400.00

This original old oil painting on heavy canvas measures 25 inches by 30 inches (image only) and 30 x 36 inches framed .

It is unsigned.

It is in excellent condition, with an overall crackle to the surface as should be expected from a painting between 180-220 years old .

Portraits of this type were very expensive at the time, so this would have been a wealthy or important person of the period.

The level of detail in the face is outstanding, so this was very likely painted by an accomplished artist, unlike the numerous folk artist painters who produced the two dimensional portraits so collectible (and expensive) today.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1960 item #694397
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$2,495.00

This original watercolor painting measures about 20 by 26 inches (image only) and 27 by 32 inches under glass in it's mat and frame.

It is a mountaintop view of an island with the sea and more mountains in the background.

We estimate this painting to be circa 1940-1950.

It is signed N. Kirk , Lower right.

It is in excellent condition.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1960 item #686183
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$350.00

This original unsigned oil painting on very heavy canvas (tarp quality) measures 24 by 36 inches (image only).

It is painted on a 29 by 41 inch canvas which needs to be stretched on wooden stretcher bars (standard 24 by 36 inch size).

It is a classic 1950's American Home with a picket fence and a television (note the antenna on the roof). This scene could be 'Anywhere USA___Circa 1955.

We estimate it as circa 1940's-1950's.

Except for needing to be mounted and framed, it is in excellent condition.

It will be delivered rolled in a wide tube. The paint condition is outstanding and it will not be adversely affected by rolling it for shipment.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1950 item #83217 (stock #TR0119)
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$1,695.00

This original, unsigned California School oil painting on canvas board measures 16 by 20 inches and sits in a 22 by 26 inch carved and gilded frame.

This classic mountain lake landscape is reminiscent of many locations in California, Colorado, Utah, Washington, Idaho or even Oregon

It is in excellent condition and ready to hang.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 2000 item #177753 (stock #scr1014)
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$850.00

This original contemporary Chinese ink and watercolor painting measures 24 by 24 inches (image only) and 27 by 62 inches, including the silk brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has the seal and signature of the artist, lower right. There are additional seals that may be collector's seals on the painting also.

The subject: A cat pursuing a cricket.

This painting has intricate details and a combination of strong colors and subtle shading.

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.