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All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Pre 1940 item #658263
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$1,195.00

This large seated pottery figure of a woman measures 11 1/2 inches tall by 7 1/4 inches wide by 7 1/4 inches in depth.

It is in very good condition with the exception of a old repaired break on the leg below the figure's right knee.

It still has remnants of old applied colors on the head band, loin cloth, nose ring, arm bands and jar. It also shows the effect of having been burned black in some areas. The mouth is in an unusual open position, as if singing or chanting.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Pre 1800 item #1206291
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This fine bronze ewer or kettle (aftaba) dates to the 18th Century in Wughal India.

It is of typical form and good weight. It measures: height: 26cm, width: 24cm.

It has a prominent faceted spout along with its original lid with a bud-like finial, an 'S' shaped handle which has a stylized lion head at one end and a lotus bud finial at the other. It stands on four short feet.

The flattened, globular pear shaped body tapers to a long neck. The body has been cast with raised cloud or foliage borders to the top and bottom, The design work on the body is of better quality than usually seen. The body, lid and spout have been engraved overall with repeated stylized vegetable or poppy motifs. The lid has similar patterns.

Ewers of this type originated in Persia and the Middle East. Typical Islamic ewers comprised a central chamber to which a spout, foot, handle and neck were attached. They permitted water to flow - notations in the Koran described flowing water as 'clean'.

Ewers were introduced to India by Muslim invaders during the late thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries. Later Indian inspired designs became more curvaceous and many were decorated  with lush plant and floral motifs.

In India, local Muslims used such vessels for hand washing. They became a practical tool of hospitality, being used to welcome visitors by pouring scented water over the hands and feet and into a basin, and took on a great variety of shapes and types whilst adhering to the basic ewer form.

This example is in excellent condition. There are no repairs, splits or dents. as mentioned, the lid is original – usually the lid is missing or replaced.

A slightly larger (39.4 cm tall) sold at Sotheby's on October 5, 2011 for 6250 British pounds( $9784.00 in US dollars) (lot 265) . It had much less surface detailing. ( http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2011/arts-of-the-islamic-world/lot.265.html )

Provenance: The southern California art market prior to 1980.

Reference: Zebrowski, M., Gold, Silver & Bronze from Mughal India, Alexandria Press, 1997.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Ethnic : Far Eastern : Pre 1960 item #1221006
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$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.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Pre 1970 item #754696
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$395.00

This original stone carving of a fisherman throwing his nets measures 6 3/4 inches tall by 5 1/2 inches wide by about 3 inches in depth.

It originated in China from about the middle -late part of the 20th century (circa 1960-1980).

It is carved from a mottled beige to brown stone known in China as Shoushan stone. It is a semi hard stone, often used for carving finely detailed calligraphic seals. It is softer than jade and harder than soapstone (steatite).

It is in outstanding condition, except for a very tiny (pencil point sized) rim chip on the edge of the fisherman's hat.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 2000 item #116841 (stock #scr1003)
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$1,200.00

This original contemporary Chinese ink and watercolor painting measures 26 by 26 inches,and 31 by 70 inches, including the silk brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has the seal and signature of the artist, Zhao Bin (1939- )on the right hand edge. It also has one collector's seal in the lower left corner.

The subject is a view of temples in a high mountain landscape shrouded in fog.

It is in excellent condition,with the exception of a few marks on the scroll, but not on the painting itself.

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 1990 item #561084
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$1,600.00

This original watercolor measures 18 by 24 inches, unmounted and unframed.

The subject is nine boys standing around and swimming in a waterfall fed pond in a lush tropical landscape.

It is in excellent condition .

It is signed W. Thurston C.1987 in the lower right corner.

Preliminary research on the artist is inconclusive. There is or was an artist, William Thurston who worked as an illustrator for the Hawaiian Sugar Planters Association, but this connection has not been verified yet.

This is one of two watercolors we are offering by the same artist. Both have Hawaiian themes.

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$4,800.00
This 17th to 18th century bronze figure of the elephant headed god GANESH is from Northern India or Nepal. It measures 11 1/2 inches tall by 6 1/2 inches wide by 4 inches in depth. This bronze figure is in outstanding condition. It pictures a standing Ganesh with four arms holding religious symbols, with a Naga mounting it and a large surround behind it with a Nepalese demon/dragon finial.
All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1960 item #1170423
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$2,600.00

This original painting on watercolor 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 giclee or print of any kind.

This is one painting from a collection of original California watercolors, originally purchased from a student of the noted California watercolor artist, Robert Landry.

The collection had been in storage for about 25 years.

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 and 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.

His 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 also 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. In addition, he is listed on www.askart.com and other art and auction websites.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1187517
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$6,500.00

This Chinese ceramic or porcelain charger measures 15-15.25 inches in diameter. It measures about 2.5 inches in depth.

It dates to the Qing Dynasty in China (1644-1911).

It is hand painted in the Famille Rose palette and design.

It has a black ground border with green scrolling leaves and foliage and rose to pink colored flowers.

The level of detail and the quality of the painting is exceptional.

It is in outstanding condition with no repairs or restoration. It has an amazing clear ring and there are no hidden or hairline cracks.

NOTE: It does have a small number of tiny flake losses to the painting. They are not significant and can be seen in the photographs- if you look closely. They do not detract from it's overall appearance.

This has been in our personal collection for well over thirty years.

All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Ceramics : French : Pottery : Pre 1837 VR item #590481
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$6,500.00

This antique majolica bowl on an ornately detailed bronze stand measures 17 inches wide by 15 inches tall by 7 1/2 inches in depth.

It dates circa 1760-1840. It is European, and most likely French in origin.

It is in outstanding condition, period. The majolica bowl is in excellent condition with no chips or losses, although there is a lovely crackle to the glaze on the interior of the bowl. The bronze mounts retain much of their original gilding, with no apparent repairs to their delicate, almost spiderweb designs.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1970 item #696911
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$4,800.00

This original watercolor painting measures 18 by 26 inches, including the mat and frame (under glass) that it is set in.

The subject is a young man resembling Ringo Starr of the Beatles rock group, wearing a robe and sash with stylized angel wings.

It is in excellent condition.

It is signed: g.gill 1964, middle to lower right.

It appears to be part of the "Christ Today " series of paintings by the artist Gene Gill in 1964. See photo enlargement #6.

Artist Biography;

Gene Gill was an established artist in the Los Angeles area. Born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1933, he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Chouinard Art Institute (California Institute of the Arts) and has exhibited widely in the Los Angeles area since 1970.

He spent most of his career as both an artist and an art teacher. In 1975 Reseda High became the first school in the LA City School District to offer Advanced Placement, Studio Art with Gene Gill as the teacher. He started teaching Art at Reseda in 1968 after spending five years teaching art at Gardena High School. He would remain at Reseda until his retirement in 1988. At Reseda, Gill developed his own art program where "select" senior art students were able to work more independently and use materials not available to an entire class. When the "Gifted" adviser at Reseda came to him in 1974, about the possibility of offering a new Advanced Placement class in art, he immediately put the program into the art curriculum.

His work has ranged from paintings to mixed media and three dimensional architectural renderings or models. He is listed in Davenports Art Reference and Price Guide, Who Was Who in American Art. He is also listed on the Askart.com and Artprice.com websites. http://www.askart.com/askart/artist.aspx?artist=11000091 His paintings and graphics are included in the permanent collections of The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Palm Springs Desert Museum, and the Container Corporation of America, Atlantic Richfield Corporation, the Northrop Corporation, Home Savings, and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

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 : Pre 1960 item #82789 (stock #TR0114)
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$795.00

This original mid 20th Century California School oil painting on artist's canvas panel board measures 22 by 28 inches.

It is in excellent condition and UNFRAMED.

It is signed J.Hansen in the lower right.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #566281
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$2,495.00

This Japanese ceramic figure of Kannon measures 17 inches tall and about 6 inches in diameter at its widest point.

It has four incised marks on it's base, two Kutani marks and two potters mark (see closeup photo).

It dates to the Meiji Period in Japan. Kwannon is also known as Kannon or Kwan Yin and Guanyin in China.

It is in outstanding condition with no flaws, cracks, chips or losses.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1950 item #575412
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$6,500.00

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.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1920 item #302005
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$895.00

This outstanding example of a Muhuashi (Petrified Wood Scholar's Rock) measures 8 inches by 5 1/2 inches by 4 inches tall (including the carved wooden stand it sits in). One photo enlargement shows the stand and the bottom of the rock.

It has the appearance of a craggy old mountain. It was at one time part of a collection of jade mountains. The mineralized wood is actually as hard or harder than jade.

It is difficult to put an actual age on this stone, but we can easily assume that it's age can be measured in centuries, lot's of them!

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre AD 1000 item #523969
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$4,500.00

This extremely old hardstone / jade bracelet dates from the Liangzhu Period (3300 BC-2200 BC).

It is a varigated black color with one spot of pale yellow green on the interior.

It is in excellent condition, even though its material has been been degraded over time (The scratch test only works on the green spot due to the degradation of the darker areas). It also has a crystal structure that can be seen under high magnification.

It has an outside diameter of 3 1/4 - 3 1/2 inches (8.5- 9 cm) and an interior diameter of 2 5/8 inches (6.6 cm). It is about 3/4 inch in width (1.8 - 2.0 cm). This is an outstanding piece and is similar in style to another burnt jade bangle of white chicken bone color in published works.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #604521
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These two museum quality cloisonne enameled censors in the shape of cockerels or mythological birds are a matched pair.

Each one measures 17 inches tall by 13 inches wide by 6 inches in depth.

They are very ornate with fan tails.

Their large, ornate tails are removable, opening them for a possible use as incense burners.

They date from the Ching Dynasty (1644-1911).

They are in outstanding condition, period.

They are covered with double facing dragon and phoenix designs (the symbols of the emperor and empress). They also have archaic plant and bird designs overall.

NOTE: These are outstanding and much more impressive in person than the photos would indicate.

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On May 30th, 2012 Christie's Hong Kong offered a pair of cloisonne roosters (14 inch tall) from the 18th century( Qianlong period) at an estimate of $370,000.00-$450,000.00. They were in a standing position -versus the position of repose of the pair we are offering.