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.
This original oil painting on stretched canvas and wooden stretchers measures 26 by 40 inches unframed.
It is signed Paine in the upper left portion of the canvas. It is also signed Louise Paine on the reverse and again on the stretchers bars.
Marie Louise Mattingly Paine is listed on Askart.com and Artprice.com as Marie Louise Paine. She is also listed in Who was Who in American Art and Davenport's Art Reference & Price Guide as M.L. Mattingly.
It dates circa 1920-35.
It is in excellent condition with the exception of one small triangular dent or puncture and a slight loss to the outside edge of the canvas where it wraps around the stretcher (see photo enlargements).
This original oil painting on canvas measures 24 by 36 inches and sits in a 31 by 43 inch carved frame.
It is signed W.E. Rollins in the lower right corner.
It is is excellent condition with the exception of a patched repair with a very small paint loss to the canvas off center right in the area of the tidepool (see enlarged photos of front and rear of repair). This is an outstanding image; even so, this old oil could use a good cleaning to brighten up the colors and a very minor touchup on the old repair.
Warren Eliphalet Rollins (1861-1962) was born in Carson City, Nevada and raised in Northern California. Following his study at the San Francisco School of Design, he traveled throughout the southwest, living with a number of Native American Tribes. He lived and painted in Pasadena, California from 1910-1917, at which time the Santa Fe Railroad Company lured him to Arizona with the offer of a studio on the Grand Canyon. He remained in Arizona for the rest of his life. He has often been called the dean of the Santa Fe and Taos Art colonies, he died in Arizona in 1962.
He is listed in many artist's publications and also online on ArtPrice.com and Askart.com. He is also listed as a WPA artist in Who Was Who In American Art(1985). Many examples of his southwest works have been offered and sold at auctions during the last decade. Very few outstanding examples of his California paintings have come to auction during that period, although a few lesser ones have.
This is an original oil painting on canvas panel mounted on wooden stretchers.
It measures 21 3/4 x 28 inches, not including the carved and gilded period frame it sits in. It measures 26 x 30 inches, including the frame.
It is signed, Josephine E. Hyde in the lower left corner of the canvas. It is also stamped "OTIS" & "HYDE" on the cross braces on the reverse side of the painting. Otis Hyde was Josephine's husband and a very well known artist in his own right. It would appear that Josephine "borrowed" some of her husband's art supplies for her own use.
The subject is a still life wth a small Japanese figure seated on a table with an oriental carpet, with a green pitcher and a Chinese porcelain charger.
The painting is in excellent condition. It has a few tiny scuff marks near the signature that can be easily touched up.
It is painted in a broad pallette of colors: toned down by both time and grime. It could use a good cleaning to make the already strong colors even more vivid and bright.
Josephine Hyde was a listed California painter born in Columbus, Ohio in 1885.
She studied at Stanford University with painters, Nell Walker Warner, Edward Withers and Will Foster. She became an art teacher in the Los Angeles and Long Beach school systems from 1923 to the 1950’s. She was also married to the well known artist, Otis Hyde. She died in 1965.
She was a member of the California Art Club, Women Painters of the West, Long Beach Art Association, Painters of the Southwest, and the La Jolla Art Association.
She is listed in Who’s Who in American Art 1953-1962, Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Milton Hughes, Davenport’s Art Reference & Price Guide.
She is also listed on the internet with biographical information and auction sale listing on Askart.com
This original oil painting on stretched canvas measures 22 by 27 inches and sits in an original period frame measuring 27 by 32 inches.
It is signed PETER NIELSEN in the lower left corner.
Peter Nielsen has numerous biographical listings and auction records. A contemporary of William Wendt, Peter Nielsen's works have recently begun to move up in price towards the high prices realized by his peers.
THIS IS AN EXCELLENT CALIFORNIA PLEIN AIR PAINTING AND IT'S AUTHENTICITY IS GUARANTEED.
NOTE: Any white spots on the photos are merely bounce back from the flash. They are not on the painting itself. IT IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION AND READY TO HANG.
This seated bronze Buddha in Sukhothai style most likely dates from the 16th to 18th century in Thailand. It may actually be earlier. but we prefer to be conservative in estimations .
It measures 16 inches tall by about 11 inches wide by 7 inches in depth.
It is in very good condition with areas of green patination and overall oxidation in various shades of pale to rusty brown. It has a few areas of casting loss, particularly on one end of the base (see the photo close ups). It also has a few areas where the bronze has either thinned out or pitted (again, primarily on the reverse of the base,)
The history of Thai sculpture dates from sometime during the thirteenth century, when a distinct national school emerged and broke away from Cambodian and Mon influences in terms of the stylistic development of Buddha images. Specific schools and sub-styles are defined on the basis of relatively slight variations in the prescribed dress, the treatment of the hair and so on.
This Buddha is seated on an undecorated pedestal in the cross-legged yogic posture of satvaparyankasana, the right leg placed over the left. His right hand is lowered, long fingers pointing downward in the earth touching gesture. The latter symbolizes Shakyamuni's triumph over the forces of the demon Mara, who attempted to distract him from his quest for enlightenment, a ubiquitous theme in Thai Buddhist art. The Buddha's monastic robe is worn leaving his right shoulder bare, and a long thin section of cloth representing his narrowly folded shawl falls downs from his left shoulder to below his navel terminating in two points.
This carved jade or hardstone figure of Xipe-Totec measures 8.5 inches tall x 4.5 inches in width x 3.25 inches in depth.
It is in basically good condition, with the loss of the bottom portion of both legs. It also has some old repairs to its left hand and right arm at the shoulder. A few other interior cracks round out it's condition problems.
All things considered, it is in pretty good shape, coming from a culture that ritually killed it's pots and figures on a regular basis (along with numerous human slaves and prisoners).
Although it has some stylistic similarities with Olmec figures (except around the mouth), it has more similarities with the Aztec or Mayan Cultures
It shows a figure wearing a second (flayed) skin, with hanging hands and stitch work up the backside to the head which would hold the flayed skin in place. The level of detail on the reverse stitchwork carving is remarkable and an indication of the importance of this piece.
Although we seriously believe this antique jade carving to be authentic and extremely old, we are not going to date this piece. . The buyer should make his or her own judgement as to the merits of this carving.
We never attempt to misrepresent or oversell a piece. For that reason we have priced this huge, well carved jade statue as if it were an old copy. If it turns out that this carving can be verified to be older than that, we are certain the buyer will not be disappointed. _________________________________________________________________________
Xipe-Totec, the flayed god, originated in Teotihuacán culture and continued in importance into Aztec times. In Aztec mythology, Xipe Totec ("our lord the flayed one") was a life-death-rebirth deity, god of agriculture, the west, disease, spring, goldsmiths and the seasons. He supposedly flayed himself to give food to humanity, symbolic of the maize seed losing the outer layer of the seed before germination. He represented a fertility cult and was said to assist the earth in making her new skin each spring.
Annually, slaves were selected as sacrifices to Xipe Totec. These slaves were carefully flayed to produce a nearly whole skin which was then worn by the priests during the fertility rituals that followed the sacrifice. Some accounts indicate that a thigh bone from the sacrifice was defleshed and used by the priest to touch spectators in a fertility blessing.
Paintings and several clay figures have been found which illustrate the flaying method and the appearance of priests wearing flayed skins. Without his skin, Xipe-Totec was depicted as a golden god. The priests of Xipe-Totec impersonated him by wearing a gold-dyed human skin for twenty days, or until the skin rotted away. The priest would then emerge reborn. .
This ORIGINAL OIL PAINTING on stretched canvas measures 22 by 28 inches unframed.
It is in very good condition with the exception of a tiny canvas puncture in the fruit in the bowl (about 1/4 inch with no loss to canvas).
It is unsigned but has STINE written in pencil across the back of the canvas (see enlargement).
This painting dates circa 1920-1940.
This Japanese painted bronze figure of Daikoku measures approximately 13.5 inches tall by 6 inches wide by 5 inches in depth.
It is a substantial bronze figure, weighing around 13+ pounds or about 6 kilos.
It is signed or marked on both the figure and the separate base of rice bales (see two of the enlargement pictures).
It dates from the late Meiji to Taisho Period (circa 1890-1912).
It is in excellent condition with most of it's original colored and patinated surfaces intact. An exception to this is the loss of a small triangular shaped piece which was apparently once attached at the figure's midsection (see photo enlargement of loss). This most likely was originally a separate attachment (see the drill hole?) in the shape of a small pouch (or treasure sack) which Daikoku traditionally carried.
Since the 17th century, Daikoku has been known as the Japanese god of wealth, the household and of farmers, although in earlier centuries he was considered a fierce protector deity (Mahakala).
In Japan, artwork of this deity usually shows him wearing a hood and standing on two bales of rice, carrying a sack of treasure and holding a magic mallet. Daikoku is often clad in robes, with a smile on his face.
In some traditions, Daikoku is also considered to be a provider of food, and images of him can still be found in monastery kitchens and in the kitchens of private homes. He is recognized by his wide face, smile, and a flat black hat.
He is often portrayed holding a golden mallet (called a Uchide Nokozuchi), also known as a magic money mallet, and is seen positioned on bales of rice, occasionally with mice nearby (mice signifying plentiful food).
Originally a Hindu deity called Mahakala, he was introduced to Japan in the ninth century, and merged with the Shinto deity of good harvests, Oo-kuninushi-no-Mikoto (or Okuninushi-no-Kami, translated as "Prince Plenty"). The lucky mallet in his right hand is called the uchide nokozuchi. This mallet is said to have magical properties that can produce anything desired when struck. Some stories say that coins fall out when he shakes his mallet. Others say that believers are granted their heart's desire by tapping a symbolic mallet on the ground three times and making a wish.
The symbol of the precious Buddhist Jewel, sometimes found on Daikoku's mallet or belt, represents the themes of wealth and unfolding possibility. It is said to give its holder the ability to see all things (like a crystal ball).
The precious jewel is one of the seven symbols of royal power in Buddhism. Daikokyu, himself is considered to be one of the seven household gods of Japan.
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.
This original contemporary Chinese ink and watercolor painting measures 14 by 54 inches (painting only) and 18 by 72 inches, including the silk brocaded scroll it is mounted on.
It has two seals and the signature of the artist along the upper edge. It also has three additional collector's seals (lower left and right corners).
It is in excellent condition.
This is one of the illustrations used in our as yet unpublished book on Totemic Jade carvings.
Additional information about Contemporary Chinese scroll paintings is available in our Newsletter which can be reached on our Home Page.
This original oil painting on stretched canvas measures 25 by 30 inches not including the gilded frame it sits in.
It is in outstanding condition!
It is signed, C.C. Hamilton 1937 in the lower left corner.
The subject is a mountain lake beneath a snow capped mountain.
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.
This original, unsigned oil painting measures 24 by 36 inches unframed. It is painted on stretched canvas over wooden stretcher boards.
It is in excellent condition, except for one small paint loss chip measuring about 1/2 by 1 inch. See closeup photo.
This Chinese ceramic or porcelain charger measures 15-15.25 inches in diameter. It measures about 2.5 inches in depth.
It dates to the Qing Dynasty in China (1644-1911).
It is hand painted in the Famille Rose palette and design.
It has a black ground border with green scrolling leaves and foliage and rose to pink colored flowers.
The level of detail and the quality of the painting is exceptional.
It is in outstanding condition with no repairs or restoration. It has an amazing clear ring and there are no hidden or hairline cracks.
NOTE: It does have a small number of tiny flake losses to the painting. They are not significant and can be seen in the photographs- if you look closely. They do not detract from it's overall appearance.
This has been in our personal collection for well over thirty years.
This glazed ceramic seated Buddha measures 7 inches tall by 6 1/2 inches wide by about 5 inches in depth.
It consists of a blue glaze over buff ceramic. The glaze is a deep sky blue ranging to shades of turquoise and pooling to black in the crevices. The bottom has a very fine mesh pattern embedded in it that resembles linen. There are no marks of any kind on it.
This seated figure dates to the Kangxi period of the Ching Dynasty (1644-1911) or possibly earlier.
It is in excellent condition, period.
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.