This Japanese bronze handled mirror measures about 8 inches in diameter (21cm) with an extended handle which increases the full height to about 12 inches or 30 centimeters(cm).
It dates to the late Edo Period or Early Meiji period ( about the middle of the 19th century (1840-1860).
It is signed in the left portion of the front. It also has birds flying over churning waves in the ocean.
It still has most of it's silver ovrlay on the two large Kanji marks on the front. It also has remnants of it's silver on the reverse or "Face" of the mirror.
Bronze mirrors were introduced into Japan from China and Korea about 300 BC - AD 300.
At first they had a religious function and were regarded as symbols of authority.
The Japanese soon learned to make their own mirrors using lost-wax casting and decorated them with Japanese or Chinese designs.
By the Nara period (AD 710-794) mirrors were made for everyday use and used designs such as plants and animals to symbolize good fortune.
From the Kamakura period (1185-1333) a design showing Hôraizan (the Chinese 'Island of Immortality') became popular.. More new designs and the first handled mirrors appeared in the Muromachi period (1333-1568).
During the Edo period (1600-1868), mirrors decorated with lucky symbols or Chinese characters were given at weddings. Mirrors became larger as hairstyles became more ornate; some mirrors in Kabuki theatre dressing-rooms were up to fifty centimetres across and were placed on stands. The faces of mirrors were highly polished or burnished, with itinerant tinners and polishers specializing in this work. Since the mirror, together with the sword and the jewel, were symbols of Imperial power, mirror-makers were deeply revered and often given honorary titles such as Tenka-Ichi ('First under Heaven'). However, this title was often misused and was officially prohibited in 1682. Bronze mirrors were replaced by glass mirrors after the Meiji Restoration (1868).
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.
This original watercolor painting measures 10 by 14 inches and it is matted in a carved and gilded frame measuring 12 by 16 inches.
It is signed W.R. Cameron, lower middle right.
The subject is a few of the warships drydocked at the Mare Island Naval shipyard with a sailboat sailing in the foreground.
It is in excellent condition, period.
William Ross Cameron is listed in Edan Hughes, "Artists in California 1786- 1940". Biographical Information from that source is listed below: William Ross Cameron was an illustrator, etcher, watercolorist, lithographer. He was born in NYC on June 14, 1893.
By 1905 Cameron had settled in San Francisco where he later studied under Macky and Martinez at the CSFA and Perham Nahl at the CCAC. After further art studies in London and Paris, he worked as a freelance illustrator and as a staff artist for the Oakland Post, San Francisco Chronicle and Call Bulletin newspapers.
By 1930 he was exhibiting nationally and was known for his miniature watercolors of the San Francisco Bay area. He had then moved across the bay to Alameda and later settled in Berkeley. Cameron died there on Dec. 9, 1971.
He was a member of: SWA; Alameda Art Association; Artists Guild of America; San Francisco Art Association; California Society of Etchers; Oakland Art Association; and Thirteen Watercolorists.
Exhibitions Held: Oakland Art Gallery, 1917, 1928, 1932, 1934; California Society of Etchers, Stanford University., 1928; San Francisco Art Association, 1931; Golden Gate International Exhibition, 1939; Society for Sanity in Art, CPLH, 1940.
His paintings are held in the following collections: AIC; De Young Museum; PAFA. AAA 1917-33; WWAA 1936
His paintings have sold at numerous art auctions over the year, which can be found on askart.com.
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.
This carving of a dragon in the clouds is carved from one large piece of ruby-zoisite. It measures about 11 by 5 1/2 by 2 inches and weighs about 5 pounds.
Ruby-zoisite is usually found in small pieces of jewelry and sold by the carat. With one carat weighing about 1/5 of a gram, this carving is somewhere around 10,000 carats of ruby-zoisite.
The details of the carving are exceptional and it is excellent condition.
Ruby zoisite fits in well with any collection of jade carvings, because it looks like good jade with rubies floating through it, although it is a completely different mineral from nephrite.
This engraved Sterling Silver tankard dates from the decade following the American Civil War (circa 1870-79 ).
It measures 3.5 inches tall by 2.5 -2.75 inches in diameter (not including the handle). It also measures 4 inches from the handle to the front edge of the cup.
It weighs 189 grams or 6.08 troy ounces.
It is marked on the bottom of the cup: ENG' STERLING 925-100 .
This is an American Silver Tankard Dated 1879 which may have served as a Christening cup.
A somewhat similar mark can be seen at the link below
It has been suggested that ENG may mean English Silver. This is incorrect because all English silver from this period had to be hallmarked in the English manner. However, before the sterling standard was fully adopted by the American silver manufacturing establishment, manufacturers who WERE making sterling often marked their wares "ENGLISH STERLING", as in this example.
This piece is not English, it just is up to the English sterling standard.
It also has the number 26 with gothic B's in diamond stamps on either side (B 26 B)
In 1866 William Bogert bought out the business of prominent New york City manufacturer Charles Grosjean, and formed William Bogert & Co. with Bernard Beiderhase. We believe that this silver cup or tankard was manufactured by Bogert and Beiderbase (B and B) under the eventual name of William Bogert and Company.
This is a solid sterling silver tankard and guaranteed as such.
It is in excellent condition with a nice even finish and a subtle patina.
It has a couple of extremely minor scrapes along the outside bottom edge where it appears to have been tested for silver purity during the last 130 years.
It is also engraved on the front: Tracey Lay Turner --September 1879 (surrounded by a delicate flowing engraving of wheat and or berries.)
Overall, this is a very clean and pristine example of late 19th century American Silver with documentation that leads us all the way back to it's original owner.
Tracey lay Turner was a Stock broker and banker (among other things) who lived and worked in 19th century Chicago.
The following information is an excerp from the Book Of Chicagoans (a sort of Who’s Who from the 19th-20th Century):
TURNER, Tracy lay, stock broker: born Chicago, Aug. 26, 1879*
Son of Edward H. and Ida B. (Foster) Turner; educated in private schools; married Chicago, Oct. 3, 1899, Claribel Countiss; 2 sons: Tracy L.,Jr. and Foster.
Began in Marshall Field & Co.'s wholesale house, 1896, and later was with Whiteside & Wentworth, real estate.
In 1897 he entered the employ of Chapln & Gaylord, stock and bond brokers and later became office manager.
In February 1901, he is lsted as a partner in the firm of S. B. Chapln & Co , bankers and brokers.
Republican. Episcopalian. Clubs: Chicago Athletic, Union League, South Shore Country, Glen View, Kenwood Country, Tuscumbia. Recreations: golf, fishing and motoring. Residence: 1120 E. 48th St. Office: The Rookery.
*Note_ Tracey Lay Turner was born on August 26, 1879, so either the Chicagoan or the engraver got it wrong by 4 days. It has been suggested that the difference or error may be related to a Christening date. So the date on the cup may actually be the date of christening rather than the date of birth.
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.
This substantial bronze handled pitcher measures 6 inches tall by 4 inches wide by 7 inches in depth.
We are dating this one to circa 1790-1820, but it may be much, much older. It is either a Neoclassical bronze copy of a Roman bronze or the real thing. We have priced it as a copy, but if real, you can add a couple of "00"s to it's price.
It is in excellent condition, except for a few small bungs and a restoration to the base. The bottom appears to have had three holes filled a long time ago. It may also have been leveled a bit to allow it to sit evenly (this part is speculation).
It has an even greenish black patina overall.
This original oil painting on stretched canvas measures 16 by 20 inches and sits in a dark, heavily carved antique style frame measuring 20 by 24 inches.
Although painted in a much older style, this painting dates to the middle of of the 20th century.
It is signed Burgy, in the lower right corner.
It is in excellent condition.
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.
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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 Japanese Satsuma pitcher or condiment jar measures about 6 inches tall by 4 inches in diameter at it's widest point.
It dates from the late 19th century-early 20th Century( Meiji Period) (circa 1880-1915).
It is in excellent condition with some minor losses to the gilding on the handle.
It is covered overall with a finely detailed series of patterns, which include a bird and dragon motif with fans.
Based on it's rounded and smoothed edges, it appears that this small vessel never originally had a permanent top or stopper.
It is unmarked as to maker or country of origin . This one fact helps to date it pre 1895 when US import export laws were established. After that date it would have had to have been marked as to country of origin.
This original, signed artist proof print measures 9 by 11 inches (image only) and it is double matted in a frame that measures about 15 by 18 inches.
It is pencil signed (left to right) 1/18/70, THE ESKIMOS, Jean Chain, print #6.
It is in excellent condition.
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.
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.
These hand tooled silver bracelets or bangles are Asian (possibly Miao or Tibetan) and date from the early 20th century.
They are almost identical but not a matched pair. One of them is slightly larger than the other.
The larger one measures approximately 3 1/8 inches (7.7 cm) in diameter and just under 2 1/2 inches (6.3 cm) on the interior diameter. The smaller one measures approximately 3 inches (7.4 cm) in diameter and just under 2 3/8 inches (6.1 cm) on the interior diameter.
There are no silversmiths marks, silver marks or country of origin marks of any kind on either bracelet.
We haven't weighed these, but they are appear to be hollow, with lovely hand worked details overall. They are in excellent condition.
They are part of a small collection of Asian silver items (Tibetan, Chinese & SE Asian that were acquired from the same source(see photo enlargement ) and will be offered, or are currently being offered for sale.
This original watercolor painting measures 15 by 22 inches.
It dates circa 1940-1950. It is unsigned.
It is painted on heavy watercolor paper.
It is in excellent condition, unmatted and unframed. The paper has a French watermark embossed in one corner.
It is not a giclee, print or copy of any kind.
It was purchased as part of a collection of original watercolor paintings amassed by a student of the well known, published and listed American artist, Robert Landry. Her name was Nancy Louise Hickman and she died in the 1980's.
These watercolor were kept in deep storage so that there has been very little light on them for decades. Many of them are as crisp, bright and clean as the day they were painted : 50 to 60+ years ago. ___________________________________________
This pair of charming 18th-19th century copper censors are in the form of small archaic wine jars. They have some verdigris on them but they are in excellent condition.
They measure 5 1/4 inches tall by about 4 1/2 inches wide.
The tripod feet are comprised of foo dogs or temple lions with elongated tongues. They have been used as candle holders at some time and retain a small amount of wax on the interior.
There are no marks on these censors. Circa 1780-1840's.