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$2,400.00

This antique Persian Silver vase measures 7 inches tall (17 cm) by 5 1/2 inches in diameter (14.5 cm).

It dates circa 1700-1850 or earlier.

It is finely engraved with alternating medallions of bird in an ornate floral landscape and medallions of symmetrical calligraphy. Between the medallions are additional engraved floral wreaths

There are three silver hallmarks on the base. The usual standard of Persian silver is .84 or 84/100 pure silver.

Condition is excellent except for a small bung (see enlargement). Overall, this is an outstanding work of art and much nicer than my poor photos would indicate. Any color changes in the photos are from the flash and not on the vase itself.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1800 item #85306 (stock #TR0131)
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$3,600.00

These two bronze figures date from the 17-18th century or earlier.

Each one represents either Mahakala or Samantabhadra standing on a prostrate human figure surrounded by a ring of fire and wearing a garland of severed human heads.

Each measures about 8 inches tall by 5 inches wide.

Both are in excellent condition except for a small square opening on the back of one.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #834235
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This item is currently being auctioned

This large Chinese Cloisonne covered box measures 15 inches in diameter. It actually measures 17.5 inches wide, when you include the bronze handles on either side. It also measures 8 inches tall.

It is in excellent condition with the exception of a small circular restored spot on the bottom of the exterior. It appears to have been repaired in the late 19th century, based on the odd shade of green enamel that was used in the repair.

The cloisonne scene on the lid consists of a phoenix (fenghuang) looking down on a mountain range across the waters and under a red sun (a possible reference to Japan).

The chrysanthemums in the foreground may refer to Japanese royalty. This could have been designed as a gift for Japanese royalty.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1950 item #795162
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$240.00

This original watercolor painting measures 15 by 22 inches.

It dates circa 1930-1950. It is from a regional style of painting found primarily in California, but not limited to California in both location and subject matter.

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

It is in excellent condition, unsigned and unframed.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1940 item #594238
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$2,800.00

This original watercolor painting on heavy watercolor paper measures approximately 20 by 28 inches, unmatted and unframed.

It is in outstanding condition, period.

It is signed Ellen Carpenter, 1940 in the lower right corner.

Ellen Carpenter is listed in Davenport's Art Reference and Price Guide and also in Hughes, Artist's in California.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1950 item #850113
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$1,295.00

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 or print 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.

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:

http://www.askart.com/AskART/artists/search/Search_Repeat.aspx?searchtype=ART_FOR_SALE&artist=105026

All Items : Fine Art : Mixed Media : Two Dimensional : Pre 1930 item #700806
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$1200.00

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:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/americanartmuseum/3302781232/

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1940 item #689709
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$16,000.00

This original oil painting on stretched canvas measures 22 by 28 inches (image only) and 26 by 32 inches framed.

The subject is a view of San Francisco Bay from a hillside vantage point, with old buildings in the foreground. The view looks down on covered docks or wharfs with ships and the bridge in the background.

It is signed Helen Louise Conser in the lower left corner.

It is in outstanding condition overall.

It is painted in a loose Impressionist style which incorporates strong brush strokes and the use of a pallette knife.

This is one of two paintings by the artist that we are currently offering. Although they are not an exact matching pair, they are similar in size, colors and subject matter.

Artist Biographical Information: Helen Louise Conser was born in Portland, Oregon on July 17, 1899. She settled in San Francisco in the early 1930s. She studied with George Post. She was a painter and worked with other WPA artists on projects at the time. She was also a member of the SWA (Society of Western Artists.) She apparently never married and died in San Francisco on Nov. 25, 1980 at 81 years of age. She is listed in the following publications: 1. Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940, Volume 2. 2. Peter Falk, “Who Was Who In American Art (1564-1975)” 3 City Directory; Death record; San Francisco Chronicle, 11-27-1980.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1950 item #575412
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$6,500.00

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.

All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Folk Art : Pre 1837 VR item #877013
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$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.

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$595.00

This is a Tibetan copper & white metal/silver prayer box or portable shrine (Gao) with a small bronze figure of Ganesh inside.

It dates circa 1890-1930, or possibly earlier.

It also has stitched covers from the early to middle 20th Century.

The front cover is covered with wonderfully hand tooled images, including a Tibetan mythical beast or lion surrounded by Buddhist calligraphy, topped by a flame. The rest of the box is copper, under the protective, stitched cover.

It measures 5 inches tall by 4 1/4 inches wide by 1 1/2 inches in depth.

It is part of a small collection of antique Asian silver artifacts that were originally acquired together. Some of these items will also be offered for sale, now or at a later date.

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$4,800.00
This 17th to 18th century bronze figure of the elephant headed god GANESH is from Northern India or Nepal. It measures 11 1/2 inches tall by 6 1/2 inches wide by 4 inches in depth. This bronze figure is in outstanding condition. It pictures a standing Ganesh with four arms holding religious symbols, with a Naga mounting it and a large surround behind it with a Nepalese demon/dragon finial.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1800 item #354954
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This is an antique jade carving of a seated monkey holding a Peach (Late Ming to Qing Dynasty)

It is a finely polished blue grey nephrite jade with white jade areas utilized to accent the nose and extremities.

There are remnants of oxidation or calcification in the crevices.

This antique carved jade is in outstanding condition. It is an excellent example of 17th-19th century jade carving.

Subject is a seated monkey with a finger in his mouth, holding a peach

3 1/4 x 1 1/2 X 1 1/2 inches (79mm x 40mm x 42 mm)

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #637323
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$6,000.00

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.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Metals : Brass : Pre 1920 item #174652 (stock #TR0243)
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$695.00

This tinned brass covered box in the shape of a duck or goose measures 11 x 8 x 10 1/2 inches. It is covered with intricately hand tooled designs. It is in outstanding condition.

It is marked illegibly on the bottom and retains most of it's original tinning.

It dates circa 1880-1920. Most likely from the Far East, although there are some stylistic similarities with Russian or Balkan motifs on the wing.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1800 item #334387
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$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 : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1940 item #689725
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$16,000.00

This original oil painting on old hard panel board measures 22 by 28 inches (image only) and 26 by 32 inches framed.

The subject is a view of San Francisco Bay from a hillside vantage point, with old buildings in the foreground. The view looks down on covered docks or wharfs with ships in the background.

It is signed Helen Louise Conser in the lower left corner.

It is in outstanding condition overall.

It is painted in a loose Impressionist style which incorporates strong brush strokes and the use of a pallette knife.

This is one of two paintings by the artist that we are currently offering. Although they are not an exact matching pair, they are very similar in size, use of colors and subject matter.

Artist Biographical Information:

Helen Louise Conser was born in Portland, Oregon on July 17, 1899. She settled in San Francisco in the early 1930s. She studied with George Post. She was a painter and worked with other WPA artists on projects at the time. She was also a member of the SWA (Society of Western Artists.) She apparently never married and died in San Francisco on Nov. 25, 1980 at 81 years of age. She is listed in the following publications: 1. Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940, Volume 2. 2. Peter Falk, “Who Was Who In American Art (1564-1975)” 3 City Directory; Death record; San Francisco Chronicle, 11-27-1980.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #326723 (stock #Jap-1001)
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$695.00

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.