This antique wooden mask is a representation of Mahakala.
It dates from the late 19th or earlier.
It is similar in style and iconography to masks from Nepal, Tibet or Sikkim.
It measures about 13 inches high by 9 inches wide.
It is in very good condition except for a few small cracks and losses to the wood. It has remnants of remaining overpaint in the crevices and recessed areas.
Comparables Note: a slightly larger mask with the original paint remaining is listed in Miller's Price Guide(2003) at $7,800-$9,400 (Sotheby's - NY)(see photo enlargement #4).
This original oil painting is in the style of a well known California Plein Air Painter of the 1920's-1930's. It is, however, unsigned.
It measures 16 by 20 inches and sits in a period 22 by 26 inch frame.
Both the frame and the painting are in outstanding condition.
This antique Persian Silver vase measures 7 inches tall (17 cm) by 5 1/2 inches in diameter (14.5 cm).
It dates circa 1700-1850 or earlier.
It is finely engraved with alternating medallions of bird in an ornate floral landscape and medallions of symmetrical calligraphy. Between the medallions are additional engraved floral wreaths
There are three silver hallmarks on the base. The usual standard of Persian silver is .84 or 84/100 pure silver.
Condition is excellent except for a small bung (see enlargement). Overall, this is an outstanding work of art and much nicer than my poor photos would indicate. Any color changes in the photos are from the flash and not on the vase itself.
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.
This original contemporary Chinese watercolor painting measures 27 by 52 inches (painting only) and about 31 by 70 inches, including the brocaded scroll it is mounted on.
It has the seal and signature of the artist, Shang Xiao Fang along with one collector's seal.
The subject is a pair of red headed cranes standing amidst pine foliage.
It is in excellent condition and has very fine and subtle details.
Additional information about Contemporary Chinese scroll paintings is available in our Newsletter by clicking on Newsletter on our Home page.
This original opaque watercolor painting measures 6 1/2 by 10 inches and is framed under glass approximately 12 by 17 inches.
It was acquired in Bali circa 1960 and is in excellent condition.
It is signed lower right, imo Sintee.
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.
This original work of art consists of a painting applied over what appears to be a serigraph. It is interesting in that the artist who signed and gifted it to his friends at the bottom, was known to be proficient in both mediums: print and watercolor or gouache.
It measures 13 by 19 inches (image only) on an 18 by 24 inch panel board.
It is signed: Jara Valenta, on the lower right portion of the panel. It is also signed: To Teresa and Frans, lower left.
Jaroslav Henry Valenta was born May 23, 1899 in Czechoslovakia. He is listed in Who Was Who in American Art as a Brooklyn artist.
He was also listed as a member of the America Artist's Congress ( est 1936).
He exhibited works at the Federal Art Gallery in New York City and the American Artists Congress. He is also listed as a WPA Artist.
Jaroslav (Yaroslav) Henry Valenta (1899- )is listed in Davenport's Art Reference and Price Guide. He is also listed on Artprice.Com. In addition, he has work held in the Smithsonian Art Collection.
He also has work held in the Indianapolis Museum of art: (http://www.imamuseum.org/art/collections/artist/jara-h-valenta).
He also has work that can be viewed in the AMICA Library (http://www.davidrumsey.com/amica/amico1062343-112516.html).
Additional links to other works by Jara Henry Vanenta below:
This original, unsigned oil painting measures 24 by 36 inches unframed. It is painted on stretched canvas over wooden stretcher boards.
It is in excellent condition, except for one small paint loss chip measuring about 1/2 by 1 inch. See closeup photo.
This carved jade dog in a reclining position measures 3.25 inches long by about 1.25 inches tall by 1.5 inches in depth.
It is carved from a piece of nephrite jade that has colors that range from off white and pale celadon to pale yellow and brown in areas.
It dates from the late 19th to early 20th Century in China.
It is in excellent condition with no damage or restoration.
This original oil painting on artist's canvas panel board measures about 12 by 16 inches, not including the simple wooden frame it sits in.
The subject is a nude woman reclining on a bed under partially draped covers.
It dates circa 1950-1960.
It is signed PL (with initials) in the lower right corner. It also has a name tag on the reverse : Peggy Lancaster ( see closeup photo).
it is in excellent condition.
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.
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.
This Chinese Export or English Chinoiserie lacquered box measures about 7 inches by 5 3/4 inches by 1 3/4 inches.
It dates from the late 18th-middle 19th century.
It is hand painted with a scene of eight figures in a pagoda and garden landscape. The figures are painted in gold over a black lacquer and wood base.
It is in very good condition except for a few very minor cracks and small losses to the lacquer.
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.
These two original watercolor paintings are painted on both sides of one heavy sheet of watercolor paper.
They both measure 15 by 22 inches, each.
They date circa 1940-1950 from a California regional style of watercolor painting.
They are in excellent condition and ready to be matted and framed.
These are NOT glycees,prints or copies of any kind.
These are part of a collection of original California watercolors, purchased from the estate of one of the artist's students,Nancy Louise Hickman.
It is signed Robert Landry on both paintings.
Authenticity is guaranteed, unconditionally.
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 artists’ 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 and other art websites, where examples of his work are offered for $2000.00 $4,000.00 each:
This standing nephrite jade carving of a bearded and robed figure with long horns or a headdress of some sort measures about 10 1/2 inches tall by 3 inches wide by 1 1/2 inches in depth.
It is carved from a large piece of nephrite ranging from pale to deep green with a strip of oxidized white to yellow jade down the middle. In addition, there is a crackled stripe of oxidation running down through the center of the face through the figure to the bottom of the robe.
There are also engraved rectangular patterns and additional patterns on the robe.
Although the serious possibility exists that this is an old nephrite carving dating to the Shang period, we are dating this one very conservatively to about circa 1900-1920. If it turns out to be much older, we are certain the buyer will not be too upset.
It is interesting to note, however, that the oxidation and subsequent crackling of the stone that runs right down through the face probably occurred after the jade was carved. The question arises: if this is a copy made in the last 100 years or so, why didn't they turn it around before they carved the face, as the center of the back side is pristine where the face could have been positioned, no crackling or deterioration? It would have been the better choice to use as the front and would have made a more attractive and potentially more saleable copy. If however, the deterioration of the stone actually happened over an extended period of time after it was carved, that would make more sense as an explanation as to why the current positioning of the stone in relation to it's natural flaws or irregularities.
This original watercolor measures 22 by 30 inches, unmounted and unframed.
The subject is young boys playing in a waterfall and swimming in a pond set in a lush tropical mountain landscape.
It is in excellent condition .
It is signed William M Thurston C.1988 in the lower right corner.
There is an artist, William Thurston who worked as an illustrator for the Hawaiian Sugar Planters Association, but this connection has not been fully documented yet.
This is one of two similar Hawaiian theme watercolors that we are offering by this artist.