This Museum quality Navaho belt buckle is signed VMB. Victor Moses Begay is a legend in Native American Silver jewelry.
It measures 4.25 by 3.16 inches (80 mm x 107 mm).
It is in excellent condition. It weighs a little over 100+ grams.
Victor Moses Begay, a Navajo silversmith, worked in producing classic Navaho silver from the 1950s to the early 1980s.
His pieces are extremely rare to find since he stopped producing in the early 80's and always gets top dollar in the jewelry market.
His jewelry is also featured in museums around the country including the Heard Museum of Phoenix AZ and the Harvard Peabody Museum.
He was well known for the meticulous detail he put into his work.
This hand worked Turkoman silver ring has fine details of wrapped silver wire and a gold wash.
It measures about 20 mm (interior measurement).
It is mounted with a carnelian cabochon measuring about 10 mm by 20 mm.
It is in excellent condition and weighs about 8 grams.
It was purchased as part of a collection of Afghan jewelry which included Kazak and Turkoman tribal pieces.
These two sterling silver porringers date from the early to middle 20th century.
Both are marked sterling. One is Gorham sterling and the other is Wallace sterling.
The measure 6.25-6.5 inches at their longest point (about 17 cm).
Each is about 4.5 inches in diameter (11.5 cm). They weigh together 8.3 ounces-see the last photo on scale. They came from the same estate collection years ago. One is simply marked "James". The other is marked, " To James Richard Hittle - From His Godfather, Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
They are both in very good condition generally, but have numerous small bungs as would be expected from a gift given to a small child as a christening present.
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 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).
This fine bronze ewer or kettle (aftaba) dates to the 18th Century in Mughal India.
It is of typical form and good weight. It measures: height: 26cm, width: 24cm.
It has a prominent faceted spout along with its original lid with a bud-like finial, an 'S' shaped handle which has a stylized lion head at one end and a lotus bud finial at the other. It stands on four short feet.
The flattened, globular pear shaped body tapers to a long neck. The body has been cast with raised cloud or foliage borders to the top and bottom, The design work on the body is of better quality than usually seen. The body, lid and spout have been engraved overall with repeated stylized vegetable or poppy motifs. The lid has similar patterns.
Ewers of this type originated in Persia and the Middle East. Typical Islamic ewers comprised a central chamber to which a spout, foot, handle and neck were attached. They permitted water to flow - notations in the Koran described flowing water as 'clean'.
Ewers were introduced to India by Muslim invaders during the late thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries. Later Indian inspired designs became more curvaceous and many were decorated with lush plant and floral motifs.
In India, local Muslims used such vessels for hand washing. They became a practical tool of hospitality, being used to welcome visitors by pouring scented water over the hands and feet and into a basin, and took on a great variety of shapes and types whilst adhering to the basic ewer form.
This example is in excellent condition. There are no repairs, splits or dents. as mentioned, the lid is original – usually the lid is missing or replaced.
A slightly larger (39.4 cm tall) sold at Sotheby's on October 5, 2011 for 6250 British pounds( $9784.00 in US dollars) (lot 265) . It had much less surface detailing. ( http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2011/arts-of-the-islamic-world/lot.265.html )
Provenance: The southern California art market prior to 1980.
Reference: Zebrowski, M., Gold, Silver & Bronze from Mughal India, Alexandria Press, 1997.
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 ancient Roman two handled glass vase is in excellent condition. It has no damage, repairs or restoration.
It measures about 4 3/4 inches tall by 3 5/8 inches in diameter at it's widest point.
It has applied glass handles which have been referred to by some as "Dolphin Handles".
It has areas of wear and iridescence overall.
It has parallel striations down the neck below the wide lip.
This is a museum quality glass vase that we have had in our personal collection for about forty years.
This antique silver cup was probably made from melted Spanish silver coins that came from silver produced in the mines of Mexico or South America, c. 1800-1860.
It has engraved and chiseled decorative borders and an applied handle in the shape if a two headed dragon.
It stands 3 1/2" in height, 4 1/4" across the handle and weighs 108 grams or 3.72 Troy ounces.
It is in excellent condition with no dents, losses or repairs.
It also has no marks or monograms and is guaranteed to be at least .900 pure (coin silver).
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 old unique jade comb measures 7.5 inches x 2.25 inches x .25 inches in depth.
It is carved from a piece of semi translucent pale green hard jade. This is not serpentine or another jade simulant -this is JADE.
It has a natural feather inclusion along the top edge- a good sign.
We estimate this to be a Qing Dynasty version of a much earlier style of carving.
It has a stylized dragon with archaic symbols as scales on it's body.
This is a very nice jade. The buyer will not be disappointed.
This triple ceramic dish with handle dates to the 19th through early part of the 20th century.
It is designed with a shape similar to a shamrock or three leaf clover.
It measures about 11 inches by 11 inches by about 4 inches tall.
It is hand painted with numerous designs of yellow daisies.
It is in excellent condition with losses to the gilding--primarily on the handle.
It appears to be European or Baltic in origin.
This may have originally been used as a relish or condiment dish.
There are no marks, makers names or country of origin. That in itself helps to date it to about circa 1900 or earlier.
This antique mesh bracelet has an old classic carved shell cameo mounted in the clasp.
It is surrounded by an ornate Pinchbeck frame which measures about 1.25 to 1.5 inches. It is attached to a gold color mesh bracelet or cuff that measures 6.5 inches clip to clip. It also measures about 1.5 inches in width.
It dates from the late 18th century to the early 19th century.
It is not marked in any way and we have not tested it for gold content.
"Pinchbeck" is a form of brass, an alloy of copper and zinc, mixed in proportions so that it closely resembles gold in appearance. It was invented in the 18th century by Christopher Pinchbeck, a London clockmaker. Since gold was only sold in 18-carat quality at that time, the development of pinchbeck allowed ordinary people to buy gold 'effect' jewelry on a budget. Pinchbeck was used to replace gold for a very short period of time.
This nephrite jade carving is a pale celadon to yellow jade altered to brown overall.
It appears to have been buried for an extended period of time, based on the level of alteration or oxidation.
We conservatively estimate that this antique nephrite jade dates to the late 19th - early 20th century.
It may actually be much older. Please view the detailed photos carefully.
The buyer will not be disappointed.
It measures 80 mm x 45mm x 12 mm in depth.
It is in very good condition with the exception of a slight loss to one wing tip, which appears to have happened ages ago because it shows wear and toning consistent with the rest of the carving.
The shape of the tail is unusual in that it looks like a sea monster . Without its pointed beak, it could be mistaken for a dragon or a kylin.
This original carving of a Chinese lions and cub.
It dates from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).
Each one holds a lingzhi in its mouth.
It measures about 55 mm x 41 mm x 20 mm ( 2.1 x 1.5 x .75 inches)
It is carved from a uniformly pale celadon jade.
This original painting on watercolor 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 giclee 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.
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 also 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. In addition, he is listed on www.askart.com and other art and auction websites.
This carved jade dog in a reclining position measures 3.25 inches long by about 1.25 inches tall by 1.5 inches in depth.
It is carved from a piece of nephrite jade that has colors that range from off white and pale celadon to pale yellow and brown in areas.
It dates from the late 19th to early 20th Century in China.
It is in excellent condition with no damage or restoration.
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. _________________________________________________________________________________