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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 1940 item #636906
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$1,250.00

This original oil painting on masonite board measures 20 x 24 inches (painting only ) and it is framed in a carved and gilded frame that measures 28 x 32 inches.

It dates circa 1930-40 and is signed M.Magnesson in the lower right hand corner. It also has the remnants of one old label ( circa 1930 ) and another old paper label with the title and artist's full name.

It is in outstanding condition, period!

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1970 item #698182
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$650.00

This original oil painting on stretched canvas measures 16 by 20 inches and sits in a dark, heavily carved antique style frame measuring 20 by 24 inches.

Although painted in a much older style, this painting dates to the middle of of the 20th century.

It is signed Burgy, in the lower right corner.

It is in excellent condition.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : Europe : Pre 1900 item #733335
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This original oil painting on stretched canvas measures approximately 24 by 36 inches (image only) and it is mounted in a simple carved and painted wooden frame.

The subject is a small European or Baltic village set in a snow covered landscape by a lake or river.

It is signed, somewhat illegibly, in the lower right corner (see enlarged photo). It appears to be E. Brac--- (Possibly E Bracht or E. Bracket?)

We estimate this painting to be between late 18th to 19th century in style and execution.

The quality of the work is exceptional and was obviously painted by a very talented artist.

The condition of the painting is generally good, but it has an overall craquelure which shows up more obviously under certain lighting conditions.

It also has a small, less than professional repair in the lower left corner (see enlarged photo). It is not that obvious because it is in a dark bush, but it is there.

For a collector with a bit of imagination, this painting may turn out to be an amazing work of art, after a little repair and additional research.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1960 item #186296 (stock #TR0269)
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$695.00

This original California School oil painting on stretched canvas measures 16 by 20 inches and is framed in a finely detailed wood frame.

It dates circa 1950-1960, and although unsigned, it was obviously painted by an experienced and very talented artist.

It is in outstanding condition.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1960 item #578558
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$895.00

This original oil painting measures 12 by 16 inches and is mounted in a 15 by 19 inch wooden frame. It is painted on a Fredrix canvas panel board.

It is an impressionist seashore with homes and a rock strewn cove beyond. It is unsigned, but by a talented artist. This painting would fit right in with a collection of California School or plein air paintings.

It is in excellent condition.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : Pre 1900 item #720892
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This item is currently being auctioned

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 : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1980 item #655513
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$280.00
This original oil painting on Fredrix artist's canvas board measures 16 by 20 inches and is framed slightly larger. It is signed Ann Nyikos in the lower right corner. . This little view of the California coastline has an Impressionist style and a pleasing mix of subtle colors. It is in excellent condition.
All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : Europe : Pre 1910 item #81872 (stock #TR0097)
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$2,400.00

This original oil painting on old artist's board measures 12 1/2 by 18 inches and it sits in a gilded oak frame (18 x 24 inches) with a raised antique rake motif on it (see photo).

It is unsigned and dates circa 1880-1910. It appears to be Russian or Baltic in origin and the simple frame with rake motif seems to verify that observation.

It is in excellent condition with no evidence of restoration or repairs. It has the remnant of an old label on the reverse. The simple frame appears to be contemporary with the work itself.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : Europe : German : Pre 1950 item #135243 (stock #TR0225)
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$1,895.00

This original oil painting on wooden panel board measures approximately 20 by 26 inches and sits in a carved and gilded frame measuring about 26 by 32 inches.

It is signed J. Winterholler just left of center bottom.

It is a view of Garmisch-Partenkirchen in the Bavarian Alps (site of the 1936 Winter Olympics).

The condition of the painting is very good except for a very small one inch long wood split on either edge, with no losses (see photo enlargements of both). The painting appears to date to the 1940-50 period, or possibly earlier. The frame is newer and has a few very minor losses to detail, but is overall quite presentable.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : Pre 1940 item #861213
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$12,000.00

This is an original oil painting on canvas panel mounted on wooden stretchers.

It measures 21 3/4 x 28 inches, not including the carved and gilded period frame it sits in. It measures 26 x 30 inches, including the frame.

It is signed, Josephine E. Hyde in the lower left corner of the canvas. It is also stamped "OTIS" & "HYDE" on the cross braces on the reverse side of the painting. Otis Hyde was Josephine's husband and a very well known artist in his own right. It would appear that Josephine "borrowed" some of her husband's art supplies for her own use.

The subject is a still life wth a small Japanese figure seated on a table with an oriental carpet, with a green pitcher and a Chinese porcelain charger.

The painting is in excellent condition. It has a few tiny scuff marks near the signature that can be easily touched up.

It is painted in a broad pallette of colors: toned down by both time and grime. It could use a good cleaning to make the already strong colors even more vivid and bright.

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Artist Biography:

Josephine Hyde was a listed California painter born in Columbus, Ohio in 1885.

She studied at Stanford University with painters, Nell Walker Warner, Edward Withers and Will Foster. She became an art teacher in the Los Angeles and Long Beach school systems from 1923 to the 1950’s. She was also married to the well known artist, Otis Hyde. She died in 1965.

She was a member of the California Art Club, Women Painters of the West, Long Beach Art Association, Painters of the Southwest, and the La Jolla Art Association.

She is listed in Who’s Who in American Art 1953-1962, Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Milton Hughes, Davenport’s Art Reference & Price Guide.

She is also listed on the internet with biographical information and auction sale listing on Askart.com

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 2000 item #521791
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This original oil painting on hard panel board measures 8 x 10 inches and is framed 13 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches.

It is signed Guzman in the lower right corner. Juan "Pepe" Guzman is a contemporary California artist. His strong use of color and light is influenced by both his Latin 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 brilliant colors. This little gem also makes use of the palette knife for a strong three dimensional quality

The painting is in OUTSTANDING CONDITION, period. There are a few scuff marks on the upper edges of the nicely detailed frame.

The buyer will not be disappointed!

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1940 item #689709
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$16,000.00

This original oil painting on stretched canvas measures 22 by 28 inches (image only) and 26 by 32 inches framed.

The subject is a view of San Francisco Bay from a hillside vantage point, with old buildings in the foreground. The view looks down on covered docks or wharfs with ships and the bridge in the background.

It is signed Helen Louise Conser in the lower left corner.

It is in outstanding condition overall.

It is painted in a loose Impressionist style which incorporates strong brush strokes and the use of a pallette knife.

This is one of two paintings by the artist that we are currently offering. Although they are not an exact matching pair, they are similar in size, colors and subject matter.

Artist Biographical Information: Helen Louise Conser was born in Portland, Oregon on July 17, 1899. She settled in San Francisco in the early 1930s. She studied with George Post. She was a painter and worked with other WPA artists on projects at the time. She was also a member of the SWA (Society of Western Artists.) She apparently never married and died in San Francisco on Nov. 25, 1980 at 81 years of age. She is listed in the following publications: 1. Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940, Volume 2. 2. Peter Falk, “Who Was Who In American Art (1564-1975)” 3 City Directory; Death record; San Francisco Chronicle, 11-27-1980.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1970 item #639070
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$1,295.00

This original watercolor painting measures 10 by 14 inches and it is matted in a carved and gilded frame measuring 12 by 16 inches.

It is signed W.R. Cameron, lower middle right.

The subject is a few of the warships drydocked at the Mare Island Naval shipyard with a sailboat sailing in the foreground.

It is in excellent condition, period.

William Ross Cameron is listed in Edan Hughes, "Artists in California 1786- 1940". Biographical Information from that source is listed below: William Ross Cameron was an illustrator, etcher, watercolorist, lithographer. He was born in NYC on June 14, 1893.

By 1905 Cameron had settled in San Francisco where he later studied under Macky and Martinez at the CSFA and Perham Nahl at the CCAC. After further art studies in London and Paris, he worked as a freelance illustrator and as a staff artist for the Oakland Post, San Francisco Chronicle and Call Bulletin newspapers.

By 1930 he was exhibiting nationally and was known for his miniature watercolors of the San Francisco Bay area. He had then moved across the bay to Alameda and later settled in Berkeley. Cameron died there on Dec. 9, 1971.

He was a member of: SWA; Alameda Art Association; Artists Guild of America; San Francisco Art Association; California Society of Etchers; Oakland Art Association; and Thirteen Watercolorists.

Exhibitions Held: Oakland Art Gallery, 1917, 1928, 1932, 1934; California Society of Etchers, Stanford University., 1928; San Francisco Art Association, 1931; Golden Gate International Exhibition, 1939; Society for Sanity in Art, CPLH, 1940.

His paintings are held in the following collections: AIC; De Young Museum; PAFA. AAA 1917-33; WWAA 1936

His paintings have sold at numerous art auctions over the year, which can be found on askart.com.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1960 item #171749 (stock #TR0266)
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This original OIL PAINTING on artist's canvas panel board measures 16 by 20 inches, not including the gilded frame it sits in (20 x 24 inches).

It appears to have been signed in the lower right corner, but it is mostly illegible. It is difficult to see in good light and virtually impossible to photograph.

Although it is somewhat similar to the early works of Fairfield Porter, we are not selling it as one of his works.

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This is an unattributed painting.

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This beautifully colored and detailed oil painting is in outstanding condition and was obviously done by a very accomplished hand.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1940 item #737174
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$795.00

This original oil painting on canvas laid down on board measures 12 by 16 inches, and it is mounted in an original carved and gilded frame which measures 16 by 20 inches.

It is unsigned and in excellent condition.

We estimate it to date circa 1930-1940.

The subject is the San Gabriel Mission which has numerous Moorish or Spanish architectural motifs.

It is painted in a loose, impressionist style with very bright, almost Fauve colors.

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The Mission San Gabriel Arcángel is a fully functioning mission and also an historic landmark in San Gabriel, California.

It was founded by Spaniards of the Franciscan Order on "The Feast of the Birth of Mary" (September 8) in 1771.

The Mission often referred to as the "Godmother of the Pueblo of Los Angeles," was designed by Father Antonio Cruzado (who hailed from Córdoba, Spain, which accounts for the strong Moorish influence).

In 1776, a flash flood destroyed much of the crops and ruined the Mission complex, which was subsequently relocated five miles closer to the mountains in present-day San Gabriel (the native settlement of 'Iisanchanga).

The Mission is the base from which the pueblo that became the City of Los Angeles, California was sent. On December 8, 1812 (the "Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin") a series of massive earthquakes shook Southern California. The 1812 Wrightwood Earthquake caused the three-bell campanario, located adjacent to the chapel's east façade, to collapse. A larger, six-bell structure was subsequently constructed at the far end of the capilla.

Legend has it that the founding expedition was confronted by a large group of native Shoshone peoples whose intention was to drive the strangers away. One of the padres laid a painting of "Our Lady of Sorrows" on the ground for all to see, whereupon the natives (known to the settlers as the Gabrieliños) made peace with the missionaries, so moved were they by the painting's beauty. Today the 300-year-old painting hangs in the Mission's sanctuary.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1900 item #580721
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$800.00

This original painting on thin stretched linen on canvas measures 7 by 11 inches, including the bamboo style wooden frame it sits in.

The subject is a young Chinese girl in a colorful robe holding a fan made of peacock feathers.

This painting is in "As Found" condition which means it needs some level of restoration. The painting shows a heavy level of crackle (similar to that found on old Chinese ceramics. It also has a 3 to 4 inch split along the right side. There are a few other other small problems in this painting. It will require some restoration, but will be worth it. This little gem will be a classic after restoration. However,it is being sold AS-IS, due to it's current condition.

It is unsigned but there are Chinese characters on the reverse stretcher, which may be the equivalent of a signature.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1950 item #181360 (stock #TR0302)
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$16,000.00

This original oil painting on canvas measures 24 by 36 inches and sits in a 31 by 43 inch carved frame.

It is signed W.E. Rollins in the lower right corner.

It is is excellent condition with the exception of a patched repair with a very small paint loss to the canvas off center right in the area of the tidepool (see enlarged photos of front and rear of repair). This is an outstanding image; even so, this old oil could use a good cleaning to brighten up the colors and a very minor touchup on the old repair.

Warren Eliphalet Rollins (1861-1962) was born in Carson City, Nevada and raised in Northern California. Following his study at the San Francisco School of Design, he traveled throughout the southwest, living with a number of Native American Tribes. He lived and painted in Pasadena, California from 1910-1917, at which time the Santa Fe Railroad Company lured him to Arizona with the offer of a studio on the Grand Canyon. He remained in Arizona for the rest of his life. He has often been called the dean of the Santa Fe and Taos Art colonies, he died in Arizona in 1962.

He is listed in many artist's publications and also online on ArtPrice.com and Askart.com. He is also listed as a WPA artist in Who Was Who In American Art(1985). Many examples of his southwest works have been offered and sold at auctions during the last decade. Very few outstanding examples of his California paintings have come to auction during that period, although a few lesser ones have.