ANCIENT- EYES
Ancient Eyes
$695.00

This 18th-19th century Tibetan or Nepalese bronze oil lamp measures approximately 6 inches tall by 6 inches wide (pan tip to dragon tail).

It was designed to be used as a lamp using either Yak butter or oil.

It has a standing dragon for a handle and a pan with Ganesha on a shield. It is a classic design which incorporates motif from the two cultures (India and China) which are major influences on Tibet (situated between the two of them).

It dates from the late 18th through the middle of the 19th century.

It is in excellent condition with a small amount of verdigris in the recessed areas. It does appear to have been cleaned at some time in it's history and appears to be toning down nicely. It also has some wax residue remaining in a few crevices.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Ivory : Pre 1900 item #879067
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$4,800.00

This 19th century Japanese carved ivory okimono measures approximately 9 inches tall by 2 1/2 inches in diameter at it's widest point.

It is intricately carved with fully delineated scales and teeth on the fish. The figure riding a fish is carved from one solid walrus tusk and it sits on a separate oval section as a base. The crystalline pattern that is so indicative of walrus ivory can be seen in many places on the carving, including Kinko's robe (interior front left) and the belly of the carp or koi.

It dates from the Meiji Period in Japan (circa 1870-1900).

It is in very good condition with some stabilized antique ivory fractures as are seen on many of these okimonos that are well over 100 years old.

Japan originally imported and adapted many Taoist and Buddhist teachings from China, which were then combined with native Shinto beliefs.

One Taoist figure incorporated into Japanese artwork was Kinko, a holy hermit. He is often depicted mounted on the enormous carp that carried him to the Undersea Kingdom. There, sea creatures taught him that all life is sacred.

In Japan the carp (koi) is also a symbol of persistence, longevity, and fertility. Land-locked farmers have kept carp in their ponds to provide food for centuries and also bred them for their beautiful colors.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1960 item #694397
Ancient Eyes
$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 : Watercolor : Pre 2000 item #124859 (stock #scr1008)
Ancient Eyes
$1,695.00

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

It has the seal and signature of the artist, Li Tong Yuan (1958- ) along with two collector's seals.

The subject is two colorful parrots sitting in a palm tree.

It is in excellent condition and has very fine and subtle details.

This is an outstanding example of how some Contemporary Chinese Art can be influenced as much by Western Art as by the traditional Chinese styles of painting.

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 : Watercolor : Pre 2000 item #768499
Ancient Eyes
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This original contemporary Chinese watercolor painting measures 25 1/2 by 25 1/2 inches (painting only) and about 29 by 65 inches, including the brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has the seal and signature of the artist (unknown at this time)in the lower right corner, and one additional collector's seal.

The subject is a single blue kingfisher flying among a background of blue leaves and pale green delicate flowers.

It is in excellent condition and has very fine and subtle details.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1920 item #1082261
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This small jade or hard stone carving of a stylized face measures 2.25 inches x 2.75 inches x 1.5 inches in depth.

It's colors range from a medium to dark green to a pale green with areas of translucence. It also has natural inclusions in the stone with areas of dark brown or off white oxidation.

It is carved in the style of old Olmec carvings, but it may be early 20th century. It may also be Chinese, rather than Latin American in origin, but neither origin has been documented yet.

It is unusual in that it has a mounting bracket extending from the reverse side. Similar brackets have been seen on occasion to allow for mounting as architectural components or as decorations in religious settings.

If this stylized carving actually is older than our estimate, it would be worth a great deal more than our asking price.

The mounting bracket would allow for this piece to be worn as a belt slide or buckle, or as a large pendant.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1950 item #795162
Ancient Eyes
$240.00

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.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1990 item #765569
Ancient Eyes
$1,195.00

This original contemporary 20th Century Chinese watercolor painting measures 24 by 50 inches (painting only) and about 28 by 72 inches, including the brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has the seals and signature of the artist, along with what appears to be a collector's seal.

The subject is a black and white Chinese dog watching a ladybug sitting on a pear on a low hanging branch.

It is in excellent condition and has very fine and subtle details. This is an outstanding example of Contemporary Chinese Art as influenced by Western Art .

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Ethnic : Far Eastern : Pre 1940 item #782250
Ancient Eyes
$295.00

These hand tooled silver bracelets or bangles are Asian (possibly Miao or Tibetan) and date from the early 20th century.

They are almost identical but not a matched pair. One of them is slightly larger than the other.

The larger one measures approximately 3 1/8 inches (7.7 cm) in diameter and just under 2 1/2 inches (6.3 cm) on the interior diameter. The smaller one measures approximately 3 inches (7.4 cm) in diameter and just under 2 3/8 inches (6.1 cm) on the interior diameter.

There are no silversmiths marks, silver marks or country of origin marks of any kind on either bracelet.

We haven't weighed these, but they are appear to be hollow, with lovely hand worked details overall. They are in excellent condition.

They are part of a small collection of Asian silver items (Tibetan, Chinese & SE Asian that were acquired from the same source(see photo enlargement ) and will be offered, or are currently being offered for sale.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #688672
Ancient Eyes
$240.00

This glazed pottery incense burner measures 7 inches tall by 4 3/4 inches in diameter.

It is covered with hand painted floral designs on a coral colored background. It has a lid with gilded spiderweb designs and a seated kylin finial.

It dates circa 1880-1910.

It is in good condition with the exception of an old repaired break on one leg (see enlarged photo). It still retains a good portion of it's original gilding, except on the legs or finial.

It is unmarked, except for a partial calligraphic mark on the inside lid.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Ethnic : Native American : Pre 1980 item #1276710
Ancient Eyes
$3,600.00

This Museum quality Navaho belt buckle is signed VMB. Victor Moses Begay is a legend in Native American Silver jewelry.

It measures 4.25 by 3.16 inches (80 mm x 107 mm).

It is in excellent condition. It weighs a little over 100+ grams.

Victor Moses Begay, a Navajo silversmith, worked in producing classic Navaho silver from the 1950s to the early 1980s.

His pieces are extremely rare to find since he stopped producing in the early 80's and always gets top dollar in the jewelry market.

His jewelry is also featured in museums around the country including the Heard Museum of Phoenix AZ and the Harvard Peabody Museum.

He was well known for the meticulous detail he put into his work.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : Asia : Pre 2000 item #179164 (stock #scr1013)
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This original contemporary Chinese watercolor painting measures 17 by 26 inches (watercolor only) and about 21 by 65 inches, including the brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has the seal and signature of the artist, along with one collector's seal.

The subject is two small birds in a lotus pond.

It is in excellent condition and has very fine details. This is an outstanding example of Contemporary Chinese Art.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Metalwork : Pre 1800 item #1107919
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Pair of Imperial Bronze Dragon Seals: Qianlong Marks and Period

This large pair of dragon handled bronze seals date from the period of Qianlong (1735-1795), emperor of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) in China.

The rectangular base measures 8 ½ inches by 7 ¼ inches (21.5 cm x 19.5 cm). The dragon handle stands up about 3 inches tall (8 cm.).

The top portions of the seals are covered with chiseled and engraved patterns of dragons and swirling lines representing the ocean or the sky. Standing on top of all this is the dragon handle.

The bottom of the seals are covered in archaic old Chinese pictogram script (see closeup photos). They also include traditional Chinese characters in one corner which are easily interpreted as Qianlong Reign Marks.

Some folks thought these might be paperweights because of their rather large size, compared to most seals of either bronze or jade. A recent article in the Jakarta Post referred to a very similar bronze seal as a “casted paperweight from the Qianlong Period”. See link below:

( http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2011/04/04/scholar-objects-undervalued-small-treasures.html )

These bronzes may have served double duty, with an original purpose yet to be determined by deciphering the archaic script and the possibility of also having been used as massive scroll weights.

The Emperor Qianlong had a serious interest in painting and was known to dabble in it himself on occasion. Some scrolls are exceptionally long and might have required a substantial scroll weight to keep them open for viewing (or possible two or more to hold the whole long thing open in the privacy of one's palace).

On April 4, 2010 , one identical bronze seal/scroll weight was sold at auction in China for the amount of RMB 651,200. (about $108,000.00 US ). The auction estimate had originally been 600,000-800,000 RMB (about $100,000-$130,000) for one single bronze seal.

The pair of bronze seals or scroll weights or “paperweights” are both in excellent condition. The buyer will not be disappointed.

They were purchased about 30 years ago in Southern California.

NOTE: Although the photos below make the the bronzes appear to be of different sizes , only the photos are of different sizes, not the bronzes themselves.

ADDITIONAL NOTE: THERE ARE A FEW VERY TINY SPOTS OF VERDIGRIS ON ONE OF THE SEALS . THIS IS NOT UNUSUAL FOR A BRONZE ITEM THAT IS OVER 200 YEARS OLD. IT IS REALLY NOT WORTH MENTIONING BUT WE ALWAYS LIKE TO HAVE FULL DISCLOSURE SO THERE ARE NO SURPRISES FOR THE BUYER.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1950 item #795526
Ancient Eyes
$360.00

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 a similar page stamp).

It is in excellent condition, unsigned and unframed.

This original painting (it is NOT a giclee or print of any kind) is in the style of the early 20th Century painters such as Rex Brandt or Robert Landry.

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 of similar period watercolor paintings.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1940 item #83150 (stock #TR0117)
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This original oil painting on stretched canvas measures 22 by 27 inches and sits in an original period frame measuring 27 by 32 inches.

It is signed PETER NIELSEN in the lower left corner.

Peter Nielsen has numerous biographical listings and auction records. A contemporary of William Wendt, Peter Nielsen's works have recently begun to move up in price towards the high prices realized by his peers.

THIS IS AN EXCELLENT CALIFORNIA PLEIN AIR PAINTING AND IT'S AUTHENTICITY IS GUARANTEED.

NOTE: Any white spots on the photos are merely bounce back from the flash. They are not on the painting itself. IT IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION AND READY TO HANG.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1960 item #795533
Ancient Eyes
$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 1960 item #592079
Ancient Eyes
$895.00

This original, unsigned oil painting on panel board measures about 18 by 24 inches, not including the simple frame it currently sits in.

The scene is the ocean with storm swept skies and heavy waves breaking against the rocks. In the background, a portion of the Northern California coastline can be seen.

It is in outstanding condition, period.

It dates circa 1940-1960 based on the style of painting, the subject matter, and the board it is painted on.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Ethnic : Far Eastern : Pre 1960 item #1221006
Ancient Eyes
$360.00

These two apple green jade carvings are close enough in size, style and color to be loosely called a pair.

Each is carved on both sides with a happy Buddha figure also known as a Bodhai or Putai (see photos).

They each measure about 20mm x 25 mm x 5 mm in depth.

They are both apple green jade.

They are a close match, but not absolutely identical-with minor inclusions that differ slightly.

These date to about the middle of the 20th century in China.

They are in excellent condition with no damage or restoration-and drilled for hanging.

We don't believe these are dyed, based on where and when they were acquired, but we cannot guarantee that without testing them- which was not done. Instead we have priced them so that it won't matter either way. In addition, if we are correct and they aren't dyed, the buyer should be even more pleased with the purchase.