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 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 watercolor painting measures about 20 by 26 inches (image only) and 27 by 32 inches under glass in it's mat and frame.
It is a mountaintop view of an island with the sea and more mountains in the background.
We estimate this painting to be circa 1940-1950.
It is signed N. Kirk , Lower right.
It is in excellent condition.
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:
Each of these four knives measures approximately 8 1/4 inches by 1 inch by 1/2 inch. They all have walrus tusk handles, carved in the shape of stylized fish.
They were made in Alaska or possibly Canada circa 1920-30.
They are in excellent condition, except for one old small fracture at the mounting point where the ivory was pinned to the steel blade. It is is visual only and does not affect the knife's strength or utility.
Each of the blades is stamped KROME-PLATE & RESISTS STAINS.
Included will be an old, damaged box which may be from the period.
This 18th-19th century Tibetan or Nepalese bronze oil lamp measures approximately 6 inches tall by 6 inches wide (pan tip to dragon tail).
It was designed to be used as a lamp using either Yak butter or oil.
It has a standing dragon for a handle and a pan with Ganesha on a shield. It is a classic design which incorporates motif from the two cultures (India and China) which are major influences on Tibet (situated between the two of them).
It dates from the late 18th through the middle of the 19th century.
It is in excellent condition with a small amount of verdigris in the recessed areas. It does appear to have been cleaned at some time in it's history and appears to be toning down nicely. It also has some wax residue remaining in a few crevices.
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This original oil painting on stretched canvas measures approximately 24 by 36 inches (image only) and it is mounted in a simple carved and painted wooden frame.
The subject is a small European or Baltic village set in a snow covered landscape by a lake or river.
It is signed, somewhat illegibly, in the lower right corner (see enlarged photo). It appears to be E. Brac--- (Possibly E Bracht or E. Bracket?)
We estimate this painting to be between late 18th to 19th century in style and execution.
The quality of the work is exceptional and was obviously painted by a very talented artist.
The condition of the painting is generally good, but it has an overall craquelure which shows up more obviously under certain lighting conditions.
It also has a small, less than professional repair in the lower left corner (see enlarged photo). It is not that obvious because it is in a dark bush, but it is there.
For a collector with a bit of imagination, this painting may turn out to be an amazing work of art, after a little repair and additional research.
This original oil painting is in the style of a well known California Plein Air Painter of the 1920's-1930's. It is, however, unsigned.
It measures 16 by 20 inches and sits in a period 22 by 26 inch frame.
Both the frame and the painting are in outstanding condition.
This Meiji period JAPANESE KUTANI VASE measures 7 inches in diameter and 11 inches tall. We date this one circa 1880-1910.
It is in excellent condition overall with the raised gilding in outstanding condition.
It is unsigned, but there is a hand painted mark on the bottom edge that looks like: I I I O .
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 # ?). It is estimated to bring $50,000.00-$70,000.00. _________________________________________________________________________________
This original American carved wooden sculpture of a seated woman dates circa 1930-1950.
It measures 17 inches tall by about 7 inches in diameter.
It is unsigned and unmarked.
This 1940's American Folk Art Carving is in the style of the sculptures of Henry Moore.
It is in very good condition and appears to have been carved from the limb of an old weathered tree.
This black and iridescent art glass vase measures about 12 inches in height and about 7-7.25 inches in diameter.
It has a wonderful overall iridescence and was created in the threaded style of art glass like that found in Loetz or Pallme Koenig.
It is unmarked but does have a ground spot on it's base where an etched signature would most likely go.
It is in excellent condition, period. No chips cracks or repairs.
We estimate this classic Art Nouveau vase to date circa 1895-1910.
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 original 19th century wooden carving of a Chinese Emperor with gilded and polychrome details measures 11 inches tall, 5 3/4 inches wide and 4 1/2 inches deep. It is in outstanding condition with ornate detailing and symbols in high relief on it's golden robe.
The one exception to it's unusually good condition is the loss of one hand. The hair in it's beard is REAL.
This original painting on thin stretched linen on canvas measures 7 by 11 inches, including the bamboo style wooden frame it sits in.
The subject is a young Chinese girl in a colorful robe holding a fan made of peacock feathers.
This painting is in "As Found" condition which means it needs some level of restoration. The painting shows a heavy level of crackle (similar to that found on old Chinese ceramics. It also has a 3 to 4 inch split along the right side. There are a few other other small problems in this painting. It will require some restoration, but will be worth it. This little gem will be a classic after restoration. However,it is being sold AS-IS, due to it's current condition.
It is unsigned but there are Chinese characters on the reverse stretcher, which may be the equivalent of a signature.
This original contemporary Chinese ink and watercolor painting measures 18.5 by 19 inches, and 22 by 59.5 inches, including the silk brocaded scroll it is mounted on.
It has the seal and signature of the artist, Zhao Bin (1939- ) on the left hand edge. It also has one collector's seal in the lower right corner.
The subject is a view of a high mountain landscape shrouded in fog with a small temple with people viewing it in the distance.
It is in excellent condition.
This is one scroll painting from our collection of over 400 original Chinese ink and watercolor paintings on paper or silk that we collected over a period of about 20 years. Most were purchased directly from the artist or their agents and mounted for us in China prior to shipping them home. All are guaranteed to be original paintings, not prints or copies of any kind.
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.
This Japanese Carved Wooden Mask measures 10 inches tall by 7 3/4 inches wide (ear to ear) by 4 inches in depth. It is also about 1 1/2 inches in thickness at center narrowing down to about 3/4 inch thick at edges.
It is carved from a tightly grained wood similar to those found in 19th century Japanese furniture.
It has a nice patina and retains traces of original pale maroon color in some areas.
It is in excellent condition and has wonderful parallel grooves over entire interior: most likely carving marks, but very finely detailed. They do not show up well in photos.