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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #604521
Ancient Eyes
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These two museum quality cloisonne enameled censors in the shape of cockerels or mythological birds are a matched pair.

Each one measures 17 inches tall by 13 inches wide by 6 inches in depth.

They are very ornate with fan tails.

Their large, ornate tails are removable, opening them for a possible use as incense burners.

They date from the Ching Dynasty (1644-1911).

They are in outstanding condition, period.

They are covered with double facing dragon and phoenix designs (the symbols of the emperor and empress). They also have archaic plant and bird designs overall.

NOTE: These are outstanding and much more impressive in person than the photos would indicate.

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On May 30th, 2012 Christie's Hong Kong offered a pair of cloisonne roosters (14 inch tall) from the 18th century( Qianlong period) at an estimate of $370,000.00-$450,000.00. They were in a standing position -versus the position of repose of the pair we are offering.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1800 item #334387
Ancient Eyes
$4,800.00

This rather substantial jade carving of a frog is in a style which originated in the late Neolithic to Shang Period, but we estimate it to actually date from the middle to late Ming Period (15th -17th Century).

It measures 2 1/2 by 4 1/2 by 1 inch in depth.

It is a gray-green celadon color with dark brown suffusions on it's back.

It is covered with symmetrical designs and shows evidence of much handling. It also has fully articulated toes on the bottom of it's feet. Location-GH-BX6

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #893016
Ancient Eyes
$8,000.00

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.

All Items : Fine Art : Prints : Etchings : Pre 1970 item #593379
Ancient Eyes
$200.00

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.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Ethnic : Pre 1980 item #1222139
Ancient Eyes
$120.00

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.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Metals : Pewter : Pre 1920 item #695385
Ancient Eyes
$1,295.00

This early 20th century tea set consists of 5 pieces of hand hammered pewter (a 4 piece tea set and tray). Although its style could be described as Arts and Crafts, it also has aspects of Art Nouveau in the extensions of the lines of the feet.

Stamped on the base of each piece is a symbol of a lady in a bonnet, "My Lady”over "English”over“Hand Hammered” over “Pewter” which denotes the maker as George Lee & Co. of Sheffield, who used the "My Lady" trade mark some time during the 1920s.

The tea set sits on an old Art Nouveau Kayserzinn pewter tray which dates circa 1900-1910. It is an outstanding classic and original piece of Art Nouveau pewter. It measures about 15 by 22 inches.

While we recognize that the tea set and tray may not have begun life together; they are together now and we hate to breakup a good marriage.

The tea set is in outstanding condition with no dents or dings.

The tray is also in very good condition with a few light scratches as should be expected, given its age and the relative softness of its material. Overall, however, its appearance is quite pleasing.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1950 item #797706
Ancient Eyes
$1,600.00

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 NOT a glycee, print or copy of any kind.

This painting was part of a collection of original California watercolors that was in storage for decades. Most are signed, but many of the unsigned works are of comparable styles, period and quality to the signed ones.

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 many 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 various auction houses over the years including John Moran Auctions in Pasadena, California.

He is also listed on Askart.com, along with other art websites.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Ethnic : Bedouin : Pre 1900 item #547041
Ancient Eyes
$1,250.00

This silver Turkoman or Kazak fibula (breastplate) measures approximately nine inches from top to bottom. The diamond shape measures about five inches side to side or 4 1/2 inches when measured straight across as a square. It is about 1/4 inch or 6-7 mm in thickness. It appears to be solid rather than hollow. It has a black linen pad hand stitched to the reverse , which helps to document that it was actually a family heirloom, rather than merely having been produced to sell to tourists. It dates from the latter part of the 19th century and is in excellent condition. It is inset with carnelian, jade and black onyx or jet cabachons. It is covered on the front with gilding and triangular silver shapes covered with silver dots. It is unmarked, but guaranteed to be about .900 silver or better. Many silversmiths melted old silver coins to obtain their silver for making jewelry. Most coins were about .900 silver in quality.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1980 item #1136729
Ancient Eyes
$2,400.00

This large natural water worn jade is in the shape of a flattened oblong stone. It fits well in the palm of the hand and feels like it has been held that way for generations.

It measures about 3.75 inches by 2 inches by 1.5 inches in depth.

It has a carved figure of Shou Xing nestled within the stone, wrapped in a leaf and with a bat holding a ruyi in its mouth resting spread winged below him. Often, a Ru Yi is depicted with a bat. The bat symbolizes health and longevity. It is considered to be a lucky object, adding good luck to the powers of the Ruyi.

this carving was carefully crafted from a natural water worn piece of either nephrite or jadeite-we are not sure which-but we guarantee it to be jade.

This is an outstanding fondling piece-one we are tempted to keep, but with thousands of pieces already, we can't keep them all.

We estimate that this substantial jade(it weighs 8.27 troy ounces or 257.22 grams) dates from about the middle of the 20th century or possibly earlier.

It is in excellent condition. The buyer will not be disappointed.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pottery : Pre 1900 item #603086
Ancient Eyes
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This blue glazed on buff colored ceramic or pottery figure of a seated Buddha measures just over 4 inches tall by 2 1/2 inches wide by 1 1/4 inches in depth.

It is in excellent condition with the glaze pooling to black in the crevices.

It dates to the Qing (Ching) Dynasty (1644-1911).

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1950 item #143636 (stock #TR0235)
Ancient Eyes
$550.00

This old original oil painting on canvas panel board measures 12 x 16 inches and 17 x 21 inches in the period frame it sits in.

It is signed: "Helen Burke Waggonman, painted August 1950, Albuquerque, New Mexico" on the reverse (see photo).

It is in good condition except for some slight losses to the paint in the lower left corner of the oil.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1930 item #151483 (stock #TR0239)
Ancient Eyes
$12,000.00

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).

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Central Asian : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #812604
Ancient Eyes
$1,495.00

This bronze sculpture of a standing figure of Parvati on a lotus stand measures 14.5 inches tall by 4.5 inches square at the base.

It is a very heavy, solid bronze casting and it is in excellent condition.

It dates circa 1890-1940.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1900 item #1161393
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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. _________________________________________________________________________________

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 2000 item #179655 (stock #scr1088)
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This original contemporary Chinese watercolor painting measures 25 by 26 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, Li Tong Yuan.

The subject is a pair of blue kingfishers both trying to eat the same fish.

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

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1800 item #1097959
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This jade carving of a Chinese lion, Chimera or Fu dog sits at an alert posture on all four paws.

It has a split or bifurcated tail and stylized wings.

It measures 2 1/2 inches by 1 7/8 inches by 1 1/4 inch (57 mm x 49 mm x 31 mm).

It is carved from a piece of off white to celadon colored jade with natural striations running through it. There is a natural brown irregularity which runs from it's foot to it's ear on one side along with a small area of brown suffusion on it's flank.

(This is the fancy way of saying it has few areas of rust. Not a bad thing for a genuine antique jade carving.)

We are dating this one to the late Ming through early Qing Dynasty, but it may actually be earlier.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1950 item #574483
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$1,200.00

This original California School oil painting is painted on artist's canvas board measures 16 by 20 inches and it sits in a 22 by 26 inch frame.

It is unsigned and in excellent condition, except for a few scuffed areas on the frame.

If this outstanding old oil painting was executed in shades of green, rather than blue, we would probably assume it was done by William Wendt or by a student of his, in his style.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1950 item #795531
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$240.00

This original, unsigned watercolor painting measures 15 by 22 inches.

It dates circa 1950.

It is painted on heavy stamp watermarked French watercolor paper (see enlarged photo of a similar page stamp).

It is in excellent condition, unsigned and unframed.

This original watercolor painting (it is NOT a copy or print of any kind) is in the style of the early 20th Century painters such as Rex Brandt or Herbert Vincent Olsen. It may have been done by a student or follower of Brandt or Olsen. Both were prolific art teachers and, as such, influenced many new artists at the time.

This is one painting from a small collection of early 20th century watercolor paintings, from the estate of a student of the listed artist, Robert Landry. We do not know the specific artist who painted this original watercolor..

Check our other listings for additional offerings of similar period watercolor paintings.