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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 : Fine Art : Mixed Media : Two Dimensional : Pre 1930 item #700806
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$1200.00

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:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/americanartmuseum/3302781232/

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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1800 item #873103
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This item is currently being auctioned

This antique jade carving of a reclining ox or water buffalo measures 4 inches wide by 2.5 inches tall by about 2.5 inches in depth.

This classic jade is carved in the style of the Song Dynasty (980 AD -1279 AD), but it is more likely that it was carved during the Ming Dynasty (1368 AD - 1644 AD) or the Qing Dynasty (1644 AD-1911 AD).

It is in excellent condition with subtle details and carving.

This carving may have begun it's existence as a somewhat lighter-off white color, but time and oxidation have worked to give it a lovely pale yellow or honey color with subtle inclusions and minor color changes.

This is a museum quality nephrite jade carving which is evidenced by the subtle modeling of it's overall design. This one is a gem.

The next owner will not be disappointed!

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1960 item #650014
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$750

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 : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 2000 item #731132
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$795

This original Chinese watercolor painting measures 20 by 42 inches (ink and watercolor painting only) and 24 by 71 inches, including the brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has the seal and signature of the artist, along with one or two additional seals which may be collector's seals.

The subject is a classic Chinese motif which includes people walking across bridges in a small village situated in an extensive mountain and waterfall landscape. There is also a temple on the highest point of the mountain which is likely their destination.

It dates from the late 20th Century.

It is in excellent condition.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pottery : Pre 1900 item #603086
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Price on Request

This blue glazed on buff colored ceramic or pottery figure of a seated Buddha measures just over 4 inches tall by 2 1/2 inches wide by 1 1/4 inches in depth.

It is in excellent condition with the glaze pooling to black in the crevices.

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

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1980 item #1136729
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$2,400

This large natural water worn jade is in the shape of a flattened oblong stone. It fits well in the palm of the hand and feels like it has been held that way for generations.

It measures about 3.75 inches by 2 inches by 1.5 inches in depth.

It has a carved figure of Shou Xing nestled within the stone, wrapped in a leaf and with a bat holding a ruyi in its mouth resting spread winged below him. Often, a Ru Yi is depicted with a bat. The bat symbolizes health and longevity. It is considered to be a lucky object, adding good luck to the powers of the Ruyi.

this carving was carefully crafted from a natural water worn piece of either nephrite or jadeite-we are not sure which-but we guarantee it to be jade.

This is an outstanding fondling piece-one we are tempted to keep, but with thousands of pieces already, we can't keep them all.

We estimate that this substantial jade(it weighs 8.27 troy ounces or 257.22 grams) dates from about the middle of the 20th century or possibly earlier.

It is in excellent condition. The buyer will not be disappointed.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #688672
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$240

This glazed pottery incense burner measures 7 inches tall by 4 3/4 inches in diameter.

It is covered with hand painted floral designs on a coral colored background. It has a lid with gilded spiderweb designs and a seated kylin finial.

It dates circa 1880-1910.

It is in good condition with the exception of an old repaired break on one leg (see enlarged photo). It still retains a good portion of it's original gilding, except on the legs or finial.

It is unmarked, except for a partial calligraphic mark on the inside lid.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1960 item #635632
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$360

This original oil painting on stretched canvas and wooden stretcher bars measures 24 by 30 inches unframed.

It is signed Dega Vierra in the lower left corner.

It is in outstanding condition, period.

We estimate the period on this original oil painting as circa 1940-1960.

the subject is an open landscape with beech trees in the foreground and a few homesteads in the distance.

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 : Estate Jewelry : Ethnic : Far Eastern : Pre 1920 item #540897
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This carved jade bangle measures 3 inches (outside diameter) by 1 3/8 inches in width. It's interior diameter is 2 1/4 inches.

This is a very heavy carved nephrite jade bracelet with outstanding carved archaic repeating pattern symbols.

Although the carved patterns are archaic in style and execution, this heavy jade cuff most likely dates between 1880-1920. It is in excellent condition and there is a natural inclusion in the stone (see close up photos).

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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Eskimo : Sculpture : Pre 1837 VR item #820826
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$16,000

This original carved "oosik" or penis bone measures about 11 inches long by 1 inch wide by 1 1/2 inches in depth at it's wide at the base.

Although it has the appearance of ivory, it is actually carved from heavily fossilized walrus penile bone. It is much harder than traditional ivory and as such has been used by native people for generations to producing knives and important implements.

This is likely a fertility totem in as much as it has a hooded woman riding a phallus with the raven and a stylized bear above her.

A work of this quality would have taken a great deal of time talent and effort to create.

The workmanship and details of the carving are outstanding and can honestly be described as museum quality.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1940 item #636906
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$1,250

This original oil painting on masonite board measures 20 x 24 inches (painting only ) and it is framed in a carved and gilded frame that measures 28 x 32 inches.

It dates circa 1930-40 and is signed M.Magnesson in the lower right hand corner. It also has the remnants of one old label ( circa 1930 ) and another old paper label with the title and artist's full name.

It is in outstanding condition, period!

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #637323
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$6,000

This original oil painting on stretched canvas and wooden stretcher bars measures 20 by 28 inches and it sits in a carved frame measuring 24 by 32 inches.

It is signed J.W.McCoy in the lower middle right portion of the painting. It also has the title and the artist's name on the reverse stretcher along with some minor blacked out areas (perhaps a previous owner obscuring the original artist's price tag).

This painting was either mounted or remounted circa 1975, based on notes on the stretcher.

On June 19, 2011 a watercolor/gouache painting (approx. 20" x 28") by John McCoy sold for $12,500.00.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Pre 1950 item #795188
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$650

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.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 2000 item #119101 (stock #scr1005)
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$795

This original contemporary Chinese watercolor painting measures 27 by 27 inches (painting only) and about 32 by 72 inches, including the maroon brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has the seal and signature of the artist, Sun Jing (1945- )lower right along with one collector's seal.

The subject is a young girl playing a flute in a garden setting.

It is in excellent condition.

Additional information about Contemporary Chinese scroll paintings is available in our Newsletter by clicking on Newsletter on our Home page.