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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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #859497
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This rectangular jade box and cover measures approximately 5 inches by 3.5 inches by 2.5 inches (12cm x 9.4cm x 5.5 cm).

It is covered overall with incised decoration in leaf and flower patterns. The top has a simple lotus pond garden scene within a repeating line patterned maze design.

The box was carved from one piece of pale green celadon colored jade with a prominent natural inclusion along with cloud band patterns.

The bottom of the box appears to have been set in separately, but carved from the same piece of jade..

This box dates from the Qing Dynasty in China (1644-1911).

It is in excellent condition except for a couple of insignificant rim chips along the edge. They are difficult to see or photograph, but they can be felt when running a finger along the edge. They are VERY insignificant nicks.

NOTE: This box has very well patterned inclusions that help to document it's origin from a single large translucent stone.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Americas : American Indian : Sculpture : Pre 1950 item #87734 (stock #TR0135)
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$895.00

This original hand made pottery jar measures 12 inches in diameter by 10 inches tall (measurements do not include the stand).

It is stone polished and covered with abstracted bird patterns on the exterior. The interior shows obvious hand patterning and shaping of the clay.

It is in excellent condition, with the exception of a small discolored spot on the bottom.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Ethnic : Far Eastern : Pre 1980 item #1139493
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$495.00

This carved jade pendant measures about 2 inches tall by 1 1/4 inches wide by about 1/2 inch in depth.

It is carved from a piece of jade that has a basic colors ranging from brown to pale celadon green . It also has a few natural forest green inclusions in the shape of a feather. The strong brown tones were created by utilizing the skin of the jade which is an indication of a water worn worn pebble.

It is carved in the shape of a fish in front of a natural plant shape or lotus leaf.

It weighs 37.6 grams.

It dates to about the middle of the 20th Century in China

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 : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Modernism : Pre 1980 item #1032922
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$3,200.00

This two inch wide silver bracelet in the shape of a cuff contains fifty-eight(58)faceted emeralds.

Each gemstone measures ranges in size from about 8 x 10 mm to about 10 mm x 14 mm in size. There are 17 tear drop shaped stones and 41 oval stones.

The colors range from a slightly pale green to a very rich brilliant green.

There are inclusions in all of the stones as should be expected in emerald or beryl (which is what all emerald really is, regardless of it's color.)

The silver is marked .925 on the clasp and all of the stones are in excellent condition with no obvious damage or repairs.

This bracelet measures about 2.5 inches on it's internal diameter. (This is an estimate, but it's a careful estimate).

Words really don't do justice to this bracelet, but the pictures help.

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 1950 item #795524
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$350.00

This original watercolor painting measures 15 by 22 inches.

It dates circa 1940-1950. 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 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.

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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Earthenware : Pre 1900 item #261238 (stock #TR0306)
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$1,200.00

This hand painted ceramic vase measures about 10 inches (24.5 cm)tall by 5 inches (13 cm) in diameter at it's widest point.

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

It is in excellent condition with virtually all of the high relief gilding intact.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Other Metals : Period : Pre 1837 VR item #1184654
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This antique mesh bracelet has an old classic carved shell cameo mounted in the clasp.

It is surrounded by an ornate Pinchbeck frame which measures about 1.25 to 1.5 inches. It is attached to a gold color mesh bracelet or cuff that measures 6.5 inches clip to clip. It also measures about 1.5 inches in width.

It dates from the late 18th century to the early 19th century.

It is not marked in any way and we have not tested it for gold content.

"Pinchbeck" is a form of brass, an alloy of copper and zinc, mixed in proportions so that it closely resembles gold in appearance. It was invented in the 18th century by Christopher Pinchbeck, a London clockmaker. Since gold was only sold in 18-carat quality at that time, the development of pinchbeck allowed ordinary people to buy gold 'effect' jewelry on a budget. Pinchbeck was used to replace gold for a very short period of time.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1910 item #113078 (stock #TR0193)
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$1,495.00

This original oil painting on old artists board measures 9 by 13 inches (12 by 16 inches with carved frame).

Apparently unsigned, although the dark varnish may hide small details.

It has an old label from E.B. Heimstreet in Janesville, Wisconsin.

It dates to circa 1870-1900.

The varnish is dark, somewhat dry and slightly stippled.

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$240.00

This standing pottery figure measures 11 inches high by 8 inches wide by 5 1/2 inches in depth.

It represents a shaman or tribal leader wearing a feathered cloak. It is Precolumbian in style, but may be a 19th or 20th century copy executed in the same style. It is in very good condition, except for a few small losses.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1960 item #592079
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$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 : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1970 item #698361
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$650.00

This original oil painting on stretched canvas measures 18 by 24 inches and sits in a 25 by 31 inch painted wooden frame.

It is apparently unsigned, but has Bernice Jensen 1970, written lightly in pencil on the reverse stretcher bar.

It is in excellent condition, period.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1950 item #795526
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$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.