ANCIENT- EYES
All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1970 item #639070
Ancient Eyes
$1,295.00

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.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Metalwork : Pre 1492 item #665687
Ancient Eyes
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This large bronze figure of Avalokitesvara dates somewhere between the Song Dynasty and the Ming Dynasty in China.

This figure represents one third of a Buddhist Triad, which may have originally been created as an altarpiece in a Buddhist temple.

This bronze figure measures 21 inches tall by 9 inches wide by 8 inches in depth. He/she is depicted wearing a Tang Dynasty upraised hair style and ornate robes and jeweled detailing.

It is in excellent condition with remnants of old gilt and colors remaining in areas. The head is completely covered with a layer of gold and the remainder is covered with a deep brown patina overall.

Traditionally, Avalokitesvara would sit on the left side of Amitabha Buddha in a three figure triad with Mahasthamaprapta sitting on the right side. There are engraved Chinese characterson the reverse side of it's base which translate as left two.

There are additional marks on the Gui held in front of the figure which may represent the date or the original donor of the bronze.

Since the side figures of a triad were smaller than the central figure,the central Buddha must have been fairly large. This fits with the theory of an origin in a temple or possibly a very wealthy home.

In Chinese Buddhism the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara is also known as Guanyin. Among the Chinese, Avalokitesvara is almost exclusively called Guanshiyin Pusa. Some Daoist scriptures give her the title of Guanyin Dashi, and sometimes informally as Guanyin Fozu.

In Chinese Buddhism, the worship of Guanyin as a goddess by the populace is generally not in conflict with the bodhisattva Avalokitesvara's nature. In fact the widespread worship of Guanyin as a "Goddess of Mercy and Compassion" is seen as the boundless salvific nature of bodhisattva Avalokitesvara at work. The Buddhist canon states that bodhisattvas can assume whatsoever gender and form is needed to liberate beings from ignorance

This museum quality gilt bronze figure was purchased from an old collection of Asian antiques originally formed during the early portion of the 20th century.

The authenticity of this bronze is guaranteed without exception.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 2000 item #521791
Ancient Eyes
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This original oil painting on hard panel board measures 8 x 10 inches and is framed 13 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches.

It is signed Guzman in the lower right corner. Juan "Pepe" Guzman is a contemporary California artist. His strong use of color and light is influenced by both his Latin American background and his California roots. His paintings are a mix of Impressionism, Expressionism, Fauve colors and a dash of California Plein Air.

This Fauve impressionist landscape has a outstanding mix of brilliant colors. This little gem also makes use of the palette knife for a strong three dimensional quality

The painting is in OUTSTANDING CONDITION, period. There are a few scuff marks on the upper edges of the nicely detailed frame.

The buyer will not be disappointed!

All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #878595
Ancient Eyes
$1,200.00

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

http://www.smpub.com/ubb/Forum1/HTML/000303.html

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.

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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.

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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.

Biographical Information:

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.

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All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1950 item #796859
Ancient Eyes
$895.00

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 it is not a giclee or copy 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.

(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.

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.

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 : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1920 item #861861
Ancient Eyes
$1,495.00

This jadeite carving measures about 3.5 x 5 inches by .5 inches in depth. It is in the shape of a rectangular plaque with slightly rounded edges.

It features a robed figure of Buddha holding a large lotus leaf while another figure kneels beside him.

This jadeite carving is in excellent condition .

It has colors that range from pale green to variegated colors that include a bright apple green, deep moss green and touches of emerald green.

The colors of the stone have been used to good effect to make the Buddha stand out on the obverse. On the reverse two large lotus leaves are framed utilizing the natural colors of the stone.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 2000 item #768499
Ancient Eyes
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This original contemporary Chinese watercolor painting measures 25 1/2 by 25 1/2 inches (painting only) and about 29 by 65 inches, including the brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has the seal and signature of the artist (unknown at this time)in the lower right corner, and one additional collector's seal.

The subject is a single blue kingfisher flying among a background of blue leaves and pale green delicate flowers.

It is in excellent condition and has very fine and subtle details.

All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Folk Art : Pre 1837 VR item #877013
Ancient Eyes
$595.00

This Chinese Export or English Chinoiserie lacquered box measures about 7 inches by 5 3/4 inches by 1 3/4 inches.

It dates from the late 18th-middle 19th century.

It is hand painted with a scene of eight figures in a pagoda and garden landscape. The figures are painted in gold over a black lacquer and wood base.

It is in very good condition except for a few very minor cracks and small losses to the lacquer.

All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Ceramics : French : Pottery : Pre 1837 VR item #590481
Ancient Eyes
$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 : Oil : Europe : Pre 1910 item #81872 (stock #TR0097)
Ancient Eyes
$2,400.00

This original oil painting on old artist's board measures 12 1/2 by 18 inches and it sits in a gilded oak frame (18 x 24 inches) with a raised antique rake motif on it (see photo).

It is unsigned and dates circa 1880-1910. It appears to be Russian or Baltic in origin and the simple frame with rake motif seems to verify that observation.

It is in excellent condition with no evidence of restoration or repairs. It has the remnant of an old label on the reverse. The simple frame appears to be contemporary with the work itself.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1492 item #736633
Ancient Eyes
$900.00

This antique hardstone carving of a reclining ox dates from the Song Dynasty (960-1279 AD) or the early portion of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 AD).

It measures about 2 3/4 x 1 1/2 X 1 1/4 inches or 58mm x 31mm x 30 mm.

It is carved from white variegated stone with a small area of pale gray in the center.

It is in excellent condition with a substantial amount of reddish brown oxidation on it's base.

We are describing this as hard stone because it does not pass the scratch test for jade. The possibility exists, however, that it is actually altered jade which has been softened over time and proximity to the elements.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : Pre 1940 item #314995
Ancient Eyes
Currently Being Researched

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.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1990 item #738420
Ancient Eyes
$495.00

This original contemporary Chinese ink and watercolor painting measures about 18 by 27 inches (painting only) and 22 by 72 inches, including the silk brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has one seal and the signature of the artist along the upper right hand edge (see close up photo).

The subjects of the painting are two rabbits playing with a half eaten carrot underneath hanging wisteria

It is in excellent condition. NOTE: There is an old, small one inch diameter paper repair to the border underneath the painting. It is not on the painting and only shows up when hit with a strong light from the back. It is virtually invisible under normal light. It does not show up when photographed with a flash. We tried - twice!

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

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1990 item #765569
Ancient Eyes
$1,195.00

This original contemporary 20th Century Chinese watercolor painting measures 24 by 50 inches (painting only) and about 28 by 72 inches, including the brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has the seals and signature of the artist, along with what appears to be a collector's seal.

The subject is a black and white Chinese dog watching a ladybug sitting on a pear on a low hanging branch.

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

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 2000 item #722905 (stock #scr-00200)
Ancient Eyes
$1,800.00

This original Chinese ink & watercolor painting measures 13 1/2 by 52 inches (watercolor only) and about 18 1/2 by 72 inches, including the brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has the seal and signature of the artist, Ma Yongquiang.

The subject is leopard climbing a tree. It is in excellent condition and has crisp and vibrant details.

Ma YongQuian is a 20th century artist of Chinese ancestry, who was born and working in Indonesia. In April 2007, an exhibition of his work was held at the Haisu Art Museum in Shanghai, China.

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

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1920 item #302005
Ancient Eyes
$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 1900 item #1161393
Ancient Eyes
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This Qing Dynasty Chinese carved jade double tube vase or nuptial cup measures just slightly less than 7 inches tall by about 4 inches wide by 3 inches in depth.

It is also known as a "Champion Vase".

It is carved from one piece of celadon colored nephrite jade with inclusion of lighter jade that give it the appearance of cloud formations. It also has a few rust colored inclusions that follow the natural inclusions of the stone.

It is carved in the shape of a mythological bird or phoenix standing on a Chinese lion or Chilung while holding two ornately carved tubular vases with its wings. The lids of both vases are conjoined by a dragon wrapped around both sides.

Double jade carvings of this type have been described not only as “Marriage or Nuptial Cups”, but also as “Champion Vases” by their owners over the centuries.

These are quite rare and can be found in museum collections throughout the world. There is a jade champion vase in the Victoria and Albert museum in England.

There is also one at the National Palace Museum in Taiwan.

Prices for similar but not absolutely identical jade champion vases have been increasing over the last decade or so. There are major similarities in most all of these vases but the minor details often vary from one to the next.

On November 1, 2004 , Christies Hong Kong sold a calcified green jade Champion vase for $80,256.00 against an estimate of $25,831.00- $38, 746.00 (sale 2177-Lot 834).

On November 27, 2007, Christies Hong Kong sold a white jade Champion vase for $248,842.00 (sale 2388-Lot 1547). It had an estimate of $38,730.00 - $51,640.00. It was 5 1/8 inches tall ( 13 cm).It was exceptional and from a well known collection.

On March 18, 2008, Christies Auction House sold a Champion Vase of somewhat similar appearance for $50,000.00 US (Christies: Sale 2267-Lot #440) It was 5 7/8 inches tall. On June 12, 2012, another jade Champion vase was sold for $64,000.00 (Christies –Sale 3509 /Lot #161). It was 5 1/8 inches tall.

Another jade champion vase is scheduled to go up to auction very soon ( Christies NY- September 13, 2012 (sale 2580- Lot # ?). Estimated Value: $50,000.00-$70,000.00. _________________________________________________________________________________