ANCIENT- EYES
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #306175
Ancient Eyes
$2,800.00

This original, signed painting on wooden panel measures 17 1/2 inches by 18 inches (44cm x 46 cm) not including the ornately carved wooden frame it sits in. With frame, it measures 23 1/2 by 24 inches.

The subject of the painting is two samurai with drawn blades.

It is signed on both the front and reverse of the painting. There is also an additional hand painted seal in the upper right corner.

We date this painting to the late Meiji Period, although it is quite possible that it could be much earlier.

The condition of the painting is very good, but there are a few minor scrapes to the soft wood evident in the picture, but only from a certain angle. They really do not detract from the charm of this outstanding work.

Last, but not least, the frame is an amazing example of wood carving, and in outstanding condition.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Pre 1910 item #541661
Ancient Eyes
$4,800.00

This original oil painting on stretched canvas measures 16 by 20 1/2 inches( unframed ) and 23 by 27 1/2 inches (framed).

It is in excellent condition, except for some scuffing on the frame.

It is unsigned and has a stamp on the reverse of the canvas (see photos).

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1037629
Ancient Eyes
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This antique Burmese Shan bronze figure of a crowned Jambhupati Buddha measures approximately 22 inches tall by 8 inches wide by 7 inches in depth.

It is in excellent condition except for a few areas where the casting has either thinned out or was thin to begin with. Even so, this is a heavy, well detailed bronze with a nice patina.

This bronze Buddha was purchased many years ago and is part of our personal collection of ancient Asian artifacts acquired between 25-40 years ago..

We estimate it to date to the 18th -19th century, but it may actually be somewhat earlier. This is a museum quality bronze and the next owner will not be disappointed.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Metalwork : Pre 1800 item #1107919
Ancient Eyes
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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 2000 item #730598
Ancient Eyes
$1,295.00

This original contemporary Chinese ink and watercolor painting measures 23 by 49 inches (painting only) and 28 by 66 inches, including the silk brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has two seals and the signature of the artist (reputed to be Yang Ruifen) along the lower right edge. It also has an additional collector's seal (lower left corner).

Yang Ruifen (1950- ) is a contemporary Chinese artist working in China today. She is a member of the Beijing Art Academy and the Chinese Artist's Association. Her works are curently held in the collection of the Chinese National Art Museum. Her works have been sold at auction houses in both Europe and China.

The subject of the painting are three red and orange koi swimming among the lush foliage of a lotus pond.

It has an interesting speckled appearance in a few areas where the painting has been sprinkled with what looks like mica specks: presumably to give the effect of sparkling water.

It is in excellent condition. The brocade border surrounding the painting has a few loose threads along the outside edge: not really worth mentioning, but otherwise in outstanding condition.

This original ink and watercolor painting dates to the late 20th Century in China.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Earthenware : Pre 1900 item #92349 (stock #TR0149)
Ancient Eyes
$895.00

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 : Pre 1950 item #1205817
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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 .

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Thank you for looking: William Brooks

All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Metals : Pewter : Pre 1920 item #695385
Ancient Eyes
$1,295.00

This early 20th century tea set consists of 5 pieces of hand hammered pewter (a 4 piece tea set and tray). Although its style could be described as Arts and Crafts, it also has aspects of Art Nouveau in the extensions of the lines of the feet.

Stamped on the base of each piece is a symbol of a lady in a bonnet, "My Lady”over "English”over“Hand Hammered” over “Pewter” which denotes the maker as George Lee & Co. of Sheffield, who used the "My Lady" trade mark some time during the 1920s.

The tea set sits on an old Art Nouveau Kayserzinn pewter tray which dates circa 1900-1910. It is an outstanding classic and original piece of Art Nouveau pewter. It measures about 15 by 22 inches.

While we recognize that the tea set and tray may not have begun life together; they are together now and we hate to breakup a good marriage.

The tea set is in outstanding condition with no dents or dings.

The tray is also in very good condition with a few light scratches as should be expected, given its age and the relative softness of its material. Overall, however, its appearance is quite pleasing.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1950 item #850113
Ancient Eyes
$1,295.00

This original watercolor 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 that was acquired as part of a collection of original California watercolors.

A portion of the collection is represented by signed watercolors by Robert Landry. A few others, unsigned or with different names appear to have been painted by his students.

Check our other listings for additional offerings of similar signed and unsigned period watercolor paintings. We will be adding more as time permits.

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 artist's biographical publications. His works have also sold at auctions over the years, such as John Moran Auctions in Pasadena, California.

He is also listed on Askart.com and other art websites:

http://www.askart.com/AskART/artists/search/Search_Repeat.aspx?searchtype=ART_FOR_SALE&artist=105026

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 2000 item #175818 (stock #scr1012)
Ancient Eyes
$1,695.00

This original Chinese watercolor painting measures 25 by 53 inches (watercolor only) and about 30 by 72 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 Chinese horses grazing in a brightly colored landscape.

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

All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Glass : Bohemian : Pre 1910 item #841617
Ancient Eyes
$1,295.00

This black and iridescent art glass vase measures about 12 inches in height and about 7-7.25 inches in diameter.

It has a wonderful overall iridescence and was created in the threaded style of art glass like that found in Loetz or Pallme Koenig.

It is unmarked but does have a ground spot on it's base where an etched signature would most likely go.

It is in excellent condition, period. No chips cracks or repairs.

We estimate this classic Art Nouveau vase to date circa 1895-1910.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 2000 item #753219
Ancient Eyes
$450.00

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 : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 2000 item #116841 (stock #scr1003)
Ancient Eyes
$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 : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1900 item #143243 (stock #TR0234)
Ancient Eyes
$3,600.00

This original oil painting on old artist panel board measures 22 1/2 by 31 1/2 inches.

It is unframed.

It is signed "Mt. Rainier, Wash, by F.A. DeHaven, Artist, 840 Raymond Ave" in pencil on the reverse.

It is in excellent condition.

It dates circa 1890-1920.

This outstanding old California landscape is one of two oils by the same artist that I am currently offering. Both offer different views of Mount Rainier.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1970 item #138551 (stock #TR0230)
Ancient Eyes
$240.00

This original oil painting on artist's panel board measures 11 x 14 inches and sits in a carved wood and gesso period frame measuring 17 x 20 inches.

It is signed Ricardo in the lower right corner.

It is in excellent condition.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1492 item #1079064
Ancient Eyes
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This antique gilt bronze figure of Tara dates to 11th-12th century Nepal.

It measures approximately 12 inches tall (13 inches with custom wooden stand).

It is in outstanding condition, especially considering that it is over 900 years old.

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NOTE: This 900+ year old bronze does have one condition issue:

The lotus flower on Tara's left shoulder is bent forward slightly and needs to be repositioned professionally.

It is a relatively simple and inexpensive process, but it should be done by someone with experience in such matters.

Just bending it back might have the unwanted effect of snapping it off. It needs to be heated, softened and gently moved back into place by a pro.

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Tara is the most important goddess in the Buddhist pantheon.

She stands, gracefully and powerfully modeled in a hip-shot posture.

Her right hand is held in a gesture of varadamudra (fearlessness and wish granting).

Her left hand is held in a teaching gesture (vitarkamudra) while holding a lotus flower rising to her shoulder.

Her face has a serene expression with downcast eyes flanked by large earrings.

She is wearing a diaphanous dhoti rolled down to the waist. It is incised with floral patterns and secured with a jeweled sash inset with precious stones.

She also wears a jeweled neck piece, armbands and tiara enclosing her up swept hair.

Tara occupies a unique status in that she has mythological origins as a goddess, as a Bodhisattva and is also frequently viewed as a Buddha.

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THIS IS A MUSEUM QUALITY BRONZE AND IT IS GUARANTEED TO BE AS DESCRIBED, WITH NO EXCEPTIONS.

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All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Pre 1950 item #796594
Ancient Eyes
$3,600.00

These two original watercolor paintings on are painted on both sides of one piece of heavy water color paper.

Each one measures 15 by 22 inches.

They dates circa 1940-1950 from a regional school of watercolor painting found in, but not limited to California in both location and subject matter.

They are in excellent condition and ready to be matted and framed.

The subject of both paintings is the San Diego Mission. Both paintings are signed by the artist, Robert Landry and one side has the title, "Mission San Diego De Alcala".

These are original paintings and NOT glycees or prints of any kind.

This is only one double painting that we acquired as part of a collection of original California watercolors.

A portion of the collection are signed watercolors by Robert Landry. A few others, unsigned or with different names appear to have been painted by students of Robert Landry.

Check our other listings for additional offerings of similar signed and unsigned period watercolor paintings. (NOTE) We are also keeping some of both the signed and unsigned paintings from this collection for ourselves. In a weak economy, with a falling dollar, they are investments that can be hung on a wall and enjoyed, nursing 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. 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 artist's biographical publications. His works have also sold at auctions over the years,such as Morans in Pasadena, California. He is also listed on Askart.com and other art websites.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1800 item #83811 (stock #TR0122)
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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.