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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Earthenware : Pre 1900 item #92349 (stock #TR0149)
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$895

This forest green glazed Kochi ware vase with handles measures 12 cm tall by 12 cm in diameter by 19 cm wide (handle to handle). It most likely dates to the beginning of the 20th century. The glaze pools dark green in the crevices.

There are NO marks or signatures on this vase.

It is in excellent condition. No chips, cracks, hairlines, repairs, etc. It does have a few very light surface scratches to the glaze. There are four round felt pads on the bottom of the vase (see enlargement photos).

The glaze is even and complete. Any white spots or lines are from the flash and are NOT on the vase itself.

Japanese Awaji ware was influenced by or copied after, Chinese Cochin ware: a 16th century pottery originally produced in Southern China or Vietnam. It consisted primarily of green glazed wares with low relief decoration* (*Ceramic Art of Japan, Seattle Art Museum, Page 164)(CAJ).

Another theory about the origin of Cochi or Cochin ware is that it was carried from China to South East Asia (modern Day Vietnam and Thailand) during the Song or Yuan Dynasty . In 1206 the Mongolian tribes met and agreed to unite under Genghis Khan. In 1215 Genghis Khan captured Beijing. In 1279 Kublai Khan, his grandson, completed the Quest of China, ending the Song Dynasty. The Yuan dynasty that they created lasted from 1279 to 1368 (1368- 1644 A.D. Ming dynasty). Faced with Mongol rule artists, potters, merchants and exporters left China and set up their operations in Vietnam and Thailand. The Sung kiln and glaze technologies were transferred to Vietnam. Bat Trang (in Vietnam) prospered and continued to do so as the Ming dynasty maintained a closed-door policy until 1567. It was not until 1684 that the Chinese competed effectively with Vietnamese ceramics exporters. By this time Vietnamese pottery had achieved such popularity in Japan that even the Japanese potters produced ceramics in the Vietnamese style, which they called Cochi or Kochi ware. During the late Edo Period there was a fashion among Kyoto potters (including Eiraku Hozen, Ogata Kenzan, and Aoki Mokubei) to emulate the Chinese wares of the 16th century, especially the export blue and white, gosu-akae, and Kochi ware** (**CAJ-pg 158).

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 2000 item #778230
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This item is currently being auctioned

This original Chinese watercolor painting measures 25 by 25 inches (ink and watercolor painting only) and 29 by 69 inches, including the brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has the seal and signature of the artist, reportedly Hongjun, along the lower right side of the painting. It also has a collector's seal in the lower left corner.

The subject is a water garden scene with pink lotus flowers with large leaves in shadow and small fish swimming through.

This painting was painted with a very loose hand, but by an obviously talented artist.

This original ink and watercolor painting mounted as a scroll dates from the middle to the latter part of the 20th Century.

It is in excellent condition.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1960 item #906174
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$1,800

This original painting on water color 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 glycee 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.

The collection included a number of signed originals by Robert Landry and additional, signed works by the student.

There were also a number of unsigned works that can be attributed stylistically to either Robert Landry or his student.

Check our other listings for additional offerings of similar signed and unsigned period watercolor paintings from this collection.

(NOTE) We will be keeping some of both the signed and unsigned paintings from this collection for ourselves. In a weak economy, with a falling dollar, they are great investments that can be hung on a wall and enjoyed, feeding both one's soul and pocketbook at the same time.

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 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.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Metalwork : Pre 1910 item #724493
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This old Sino Tibetan bronze seated figure riding a Chinese Lion measures 6 1/2 inches wide by 6 1/4 inches tall by 3 1/4 inches in depth.

The seated figure appears to be a Hotai or Budai wearing a crown and holding a mongoose in one hand and making the Karana symbol in the other.

It dates from the late 19th through early 20th Century.

It is in excellent condition, except that it has no bottom seal ( covering on the base). This may be another case of a bronze figure's base being opened while searching for hidden jewels. It also has two small areas of green verdigris: one on the lions mouth and the other near the left foot of the figure. There is additional verdigris evident up inside the base, leading to the conclusion that the bottom has been exposed for some time.

All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Pewter : Pre 1837 VR item #835155
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$2,495

This late 18th century to early 19th century whale oil lamp measures approximately 11 inches tall by 4.5 -5 inches in diameter at it's widest points.

It was crafted in pewter and is Swiss or Austro Hungarian in origin, as it was acquired with a set of very similar figural Swiss candlestands with readable Hallmarks dating to about the same time period. Even so, this oil lamp is not marked or the marks have worn off over the centuries.

It consists of a standing figure in 17th-18th Century costume, holding up a four spigot oil font. The figure wears a cap with a crossed hammer insignia on it (partially obscured by wear)

It is signed with a date and initials on the base (18 GPP 27) which translates as GPP 1827.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1950 item #1149739
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$360

This original watercolor painting measures 15 by 22 inches.

It dates circa 1940-1950. It is unframed and unmounted.

It is from a regional style of painting found in, but not limited to, California .

This is one painting from a collection of California watercolor paintings that was originally purchased from the estate of a student of the well known and listed California artist, Robert Landry.

This painting is signed, Nancy L. Hickman, Lower left .

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Pre 1800 item #1206291
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$4,500

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 : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1950 item #84677 (stock #TR0125)
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$3,200
This original oil painting on panel measures about 28 by 40 inches including it's original carved and gilded frame. It is signed Leonard Borman in the lower left corner. Condition is excellent and any white spots that show up are bounce back from the FLASH.

Leonard Borman, an exceptional California artist, died in 1995. This large and attractive oil is a sleeper.

Biographical Information:Leonard Borman was born in the 19th century and started painting in 1917 while recovering from a war injury, sustained as a Canadian veteran. His mother was an artist and encouraged her son, who attended the Art Institute of Chicago where he studied under Joseph Pennell and George Bellows. Borman came to Pasadena in 1924, settling in the nearby town of Sierra Madre. His desert and other plein air landscapes are most often encountered, but he also was an etcher and painted portraits of animals. Borman lived to the age of 101.

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.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Pre 1940 item #658263
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$1,195

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 : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1980 item #655513
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$280
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 : N. America : American : Pre 1837 VR item #1013105
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$8,400

This original old oil painting on heavy canvas measures 25 inches by 30 inches (image only) and 30 x 36 inches framed .

It is unsigned.

It is in excellent condition, with an overall crackle to the surface as should be expected from a painting between 180-220 years old .

Portraits of this type were very expensive at the time, so this would have been a wealthy or important person of the period.

The level of detail in the face is outstanding, so this was very likely painted by an accomplished artist, unlike the numerous folk artist painters who produced the two dimensional portraits so collectible (and expensive) today.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1900 item #82710 (stock #TR0113)
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$695

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).

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1800 item #83811 (stock #TR0122)
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$2,400

This antique bronze head of Kandoba or Shiva with a Naga canopy dates from 18th century India (Rajastan).

This may also be known as a Muhkalinga.

It measures approximately 10 inches (24 cm) tall and 5 inches (12 cm) in diameter.

This is a very substantial old bronze in both weight and appearance and it is in excellent condition.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 2000 item #753219
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$450

This original contemporary Chinese ink and watercolor painting measures approximately 18 1/2 by 38 inches, and 22 1/2 by 65 inches, including the silk brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has the seal and signature of the artist along the middle right side edge.

The subject is a somewhat impressionist view of a waterfall with a pair of birds sitting in a tree in the foreground, surrounded by floral blossoms.

It is in excellent condition.

It dates to the second half of the 20th Century.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #566281
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$2,495

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 : Pre 1950 item #795191
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$320

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.

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.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : Pre 1940 item #314995
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This large oil painting on canvas was apparently painted during the early 20th Century, based on the age and quality of the canvas and the paints used. It is unusual in that it is painted on the "inside" of the stretched canvas and the painted image extends onto and over the stretcher bars.

It is painted in the style of David Siqueros or other Mexican Muralist painters.".

The subject is an intense woman. One name for the woman comes to mind but we are not allowed to mention it without suffering the wrath (and possible lawsuits) of overly protective name/copyright owners (One name that comes to mind would have the initials, FK).

It measures 24 by 32 inches, unframed.

It is in outstanding condition and the paint is applied with thick, heavy and powerful brush strokes.