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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1492 item #736633
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$900.00

This antique hardstone carving of a reclining ox dates from the Song Dynasty (960-1279 AD) or the early portion of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 AD).

It measures about 2 3/4 x 1 1/2 X 1 1/4 inches or 58mm x 31mm x 30 mm.

It is carved from white variegated stone with a small area of pale gray in the center.

It is in excellent condition with a substantial amount of reddish brown oxidation on it's base.

We are describing this as hard stone because it does not pass the scratch test for jade. The possibility exists, however, that it is actually altered jade which has been softened over time and proximity to the elements.

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 : Estate Jewelry : Ethnic : Native American : Pre 1960 item #686737
Ancient Eyes
$695.00
This sterling silver and turquoise bracelet measures 2 1/2 by 1 3/4 by 5/8 inches (the interior measurement is 2 1/4 by 1 5/8 inches). It is set with 10 channel set rectangular turquoise gemstones of excellent color. The channel set turquoise forms most of the body and the rest is carved in silver.

It has a small.925 mark stamped on the reverse. It is guaranteed to be sterling silver.

The kachina figure is set against a hand tooled repeating pattern background. It is in excellent condition.

It dates circa 1950-1960.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Metalwork : Pre 1492 item #665687
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This large bronze figure of Avalokitesvara dates somewhere between the Song Dynasty and the Ming Dynasty in China.

This figure represents one third of a Buddhist Triad, which may have originally been created as an altarpiece in a Buddhist temple.

This bronze figure measures 21 inches tall by 9 inches wide by 8 inches in depth. He/she is depicted wearing a Tang Dynasty upraised hair style and ornate robes and jeweled detailing.

It is in excellent condition with remnants of old gilt and colors remaining in areas. The head is completely covered with a layer of gold and the remainder is covered with a deep brown patina overall.

Traditionally, Avalokitesvara would sit on the left side of Amitabha Buddha in a three figure triad with Mahasthamaprapta sitting on the right side. There are engraved Chinese characterson the reverse side of it's base which translate as left two.

There are additional marks on the Gui held in front of the figure which may represent the date or the original donor of the bronze.

Since the side figures of a triad were smaller than the central figure,the central Buddha must have been fairly large. This fits with the theory of an origin in a temple or possibly a very wealthy home.

In Chinese Buddhism the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara is also known as Guanyin. Among the Chinese, Avalokitesvara is almost exclusively called Guanshiyin Pusa. Some Daoist scriptures give her the title of Guanyin Dashi, and sometimes informally as Guanyin Fozu.

In Chinese Buddhism, the worship of Guanyin as a goddess by the populace is generally not in conflict with the bodhisattva Avalokitesvara's nature. In fact the widespread worship of Guanyin as a "Goddess of Mercy and Compassion" is seen as the boundless salvific nature of bodhisattva Avalokitesvara at work. The Buddhist canon states that bodhisattvas can assume whatsoever gender and form is needed to liberate beings from ignorance

This museum quality gilt bronze figure was purchased from an old collection of Asian antiques originally formed during the early portion of the 20th century.

The authenticity of this bronze is guaranteed without exception.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1920 item #302005
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$895.00

This outstanding example of a Muhuashi (Petrified Wood Scholar's Rock) measures 8 inches by 5 1/2 inches by 4 inches tall (including the carved wooden stand it sits in). One photo enlargement shows the stand and the bottom of the rock.

It has the appearance of a craggy old mountain. It was at one time part of a collection of jade mountains. The mineralized wood is actually as hard or harder than jade.

It is difficult to put an actual age on this stone, but we can easily assume that it's age can be measured in centuries, lot's of them!

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1940 item #636906
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This original oil painting on masonite board measures 20 x 24 inches (painting only ) and it is framed in a carved and gilded frame that measures 28 x 32 inches.

It dates circa 1930-40 and is signed M. Magnusson in the lower right hand corner. It also has the remnants of one old label ( circa 1930 ) and another old paper label with the title and artist's full name.

It is in outstanding condition, period!

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : Pre 1940 item #314995
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This large oil painting on canvas was apparently painted during the early 20th Century, based on the age and quality of the canvas and the paints used. It is unusual in that it is painted on the "inside" of the stretched canvas and the painted image extends onto and over the stretcher bars.

It is painted in the style of David Siqueros or other Mexican Muralist painters.".

The subject is an intense woman. One name for the woman comes to mind but we are not allowed to mention it without suffering the wrath (and possible lawsuits) of overly protective name/copyright owners (One name that comes to mind would have the initials, FK).

It measures 24 by 32 inches, unframed.

It is in outstanding condition and the paint is applied with thick, heavy and powerful brush strokes.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 2000 item #119142 (stock #scr1006)
Ancient Eyes
$1,495.00

This original contemporary Chinese watercolor painting measures 27 by 52 inches (painting only) and about 31 by 70 inches, including the brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has the seal and signature of the artist, Shang Xiao Fang along with one collector's seal.

The subject is a pair of red headed cranes standing amidst pine foliage.

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

Additional information about Contemporary Chinese scroll paintings is available in our Newsletter by clicking on Newsletter on our Home page.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Metalwork : Pre 1800 item #1107919
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Pair of Imperial Bronze Dragon Seals: Qianlong Marks and Period

This large pair of dragon handled bronze seals date from the period of Qianlong (1735-1795), emperor of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) in China.

The rectangular base measures 8 ½ inches by 7 ¼ inches (21.5 cm x 19.5 cm). The dragon handle stands up about 3 inches tall (8 cm.).

The top portions of the seals are covered with chiseled and engraved patterns of dragons and swirling lines representing the ocean or the sky. Standing on top of all this is the dragon handle.

The bottom of the seals are covered in archaic old Chinese pictogram script (see closeup photos). They also include traditional Chinese characters in one corner which are easily interpreted as Qianlong Reign Marks.

Some folks thought these might be paperweights because of their rather large size, compared to most seals of either bronze or jade. A recent article in the Jakarta Post referred to a very similar bronze seal as a “casted paperweight from the Qianlong Period”. See link below:

( http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2011/04/04/scholar-objects-undervalued-small-treasures.html )

These bronzes may have served double duty, with an original purpose yet to be determined by deciphering the archaic script and the possibility of also having been used as massive scroll weights.

The Emperor Qianlong had a serious interest in painting and was known to dabble in it himself on occasion. Some scrolls are exceptionally long and might have required a substantial scroll weight to keep them open for viewing (or possible two or more to hold the whole long thing open in the privacy of one's palace).

On April 4, 2010 , one identical bronze seal/scroll weight was sold at auction in China for the amount of RMB 651,200. (about $108,000.00 US ). The auction estimate had originally been 600,000-800,000 RMB (about $100,000-$130,000) for one single bronze seal.

The pair of bronze seals or scroll weights or “paperweights” are both in excellent condition. The buyer will not be disappointed.

They were purchased about 30 years ago in Southern California.

NOTE: Although the photos below make the the bronzes appear to be of different sizes , only the photos are of different sizes, not the bronzes themselves.

ADDITIONAL NOTE: THERE ARE A FEW VERY TINY SPOTS OF VERDIGRIS ON ONE OF THE SEALS . THIS IS NOT UNUSUAL FOR A BRONZE ITEM THAT IS OVER 200 YEARS OLD. IT IS REALLY NOT WORTH MENTIONING BUT WE ALWAYS LIKE TO HAVE FULL DISCLOSURE SO THERE ARE NO SURPRISES FOR THE BUYER.

All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Pewter : Pre 1837 VR item #835155
Ancient Eyes
$2,495.00

This late 18th century to early 19th century whale oil lamp measures approximately 11 inches tall by 4.5 -5 inches in diameter at it's widest points.

It was crafted in pewter and is Swiss or Austro Hungarian in origin, as it was acquired with a set of very similar figural Swiss candlestands with readable Hallmarks dating to about the same time period. Even so, this oil lamp is not marked or the marks have worn off over the centuries.

It consists of a standing figure in 17th-18th Century costume, holding up a four spigot oil font. The figure wears a cap with a crossed hammer insignia on it (partially obscured by wear)

It is signed with a date and initials on the base (18 GPP 27) which translates as GPP 1827.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 2000 item #126017 (stock #scr1009)
Ancient Eyes
$1,295.00

This original contemporary Chinese ink and watercolor painting measures 25 by 25 inches, and 29 by 69 inches, including the silk brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has the seal and signature of the artist, Shen Mei (1947- ) on the left hand edge. It also has two additional collector's seals.

Shen Mei is a contemporary artist working in China today. She was a student of Tian Shiguang and He Jia Ying. She is currently the president of the Huanghe Art College. Her works are held in the Henan Art Museum in China.

The subject is a still life of a fan with a view of the Chinese garden beyond.

This painting has intricate details and subtle colors and shading.

It is in excellent condition.

Additional information about Contemporary Chinese scroll paintings is available in our Newsletter by clicking on Newsletter on our Home page.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1920 item #1082261
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This small jade or hard stone carving of a stylized face measures 2.25 inches x 2.75 inches x 1.5 inches in depth.

It's colors range from a medium to dark green to a pale green with areas of translucence. It also has natural inclusions in the stone with areas of dark brown or off white oxidation.

It is carved in the style of old Olmec carvings, but it may be early 20th century. It may also be Chinese, rather than Latin American in origin, but neither origin has been documented yet.

It is unusual in that it has a mounting bracket extending from the reverse side. Similar brackets have been seen on occasion to allow for mounting as architectural components or as decorations in religious settings.

If this stylized carving actually is older than our estimate, it would be worth a great deal more than our asking price.

The mounting bracket would allow for this piece to be worn as a belt slide or buckle, or as a large pendant.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1960 item #795533
Ancient Eyes
$495.00

This original watercolor painting measures 15 by 22 inches.

It dates circa 1940-1950. It is unsigned.

It is painted on heavy watercolor paper.

It is in excellent condition, unmatted and unframed. The paper has a French watermark embossed in one corner.

It is not a giclee, print or copy of any kind.

It was purchased as part of a collection of original watercolor paintings amassed by a student of the well known, published and listed American artist, Robert Landry. Her name was Nancy Louise Hickman and she died in the 1980's.

These watercolor were kept in deep storage so that there has been very little light on them for decades. Many of them are as crisp, bright and clean as the day they were painted : 50 to 60+ years ago. ___________________________________________

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1930 item #87839 (stock #TR0136)
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$2,400.00

THIS LARGE ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING ON HEAVY WATERCOLOR PAPER IS SIGNED RUTH LEE(LR)

IT MEASURES 22 BY 29 INCHES (UNFRAMED).

RUTH HUDSON LEE (1885-?) was born in Syracuse, New York. She studied with Hawthorne, Adams, George Pearce Ennis, Eliot O'Hara & Paul Ludwig Gill. She also was a member of and exhibited at: the American Watercolor Society in NY, the Washington Watercolor Club and the National Association of Women Artists in New York City. In addition, she was associated with the SYRACUSE EIGHT watercolorists. Her works were shown at the Philadelphia and Baltimore Watercolor Societies, Argent Gallery, Rochester Memorial Art Gallery, Munson Williams Proctor Institute, Binghampton Art Gallery (1 WOMAN SHOW), Auburn Art Museum, ETC, ETC.

She is well listed in numerous artist's biographies and price guides.

This MUSEUM QUALITY WATERCOLOR is in OUTSTANDING CONDITION !!

This unframed work will be shipped ROLLED IN A WIDE TUBE to protect it.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Americas : American Indian : Sculpture : Pre 1950 item #87734 (stock #TR0135)
Ancient Eyes
$895.00

This original hand made pottery jar measures 12 inches in diameter by 10 inches tall (measurements do not include the stand).

It is stone polished and covered with abstracted bird patterns on the exterior. The interior shows obvious hand patterning and shaping of the clay.

It is in excellent condition, with the exception of a small discolored spot on the bottom.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Pre 1990 item #734670
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$1,295.00

This original Chinese watercolor painting measures 26 by 27 inches (ink and watercolor painting only) and 29 by 65 inches, including the brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has the seal and signature of the artist, Deng Xiaolin, along the left side of the painting.

The subject is a small village situated in an extensive mountain landscape with floating clouds obscuring some of the distant mountains.

This painting was painted with a high level of attention to details. Deng Xiaolin was a graduate of the China Central Fine Arts Institute in 1970. He was born in Hefei, in Anhui Province in China.

This scroll dates to the latter part of the 20th Century.

It is in excellent condition.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 2000 item #778230
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This original Chinese watercolor painting measures 25 by 25 inches (ink and watercolor painting only) and 29 by 69 inches, including the brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has the seal and signature of the artist, reportedly Hongjun, along the lower right side of the painting. It also has a collector's seal in the lower left corner.

The subject is a water garden scene with pink lotus flowers with large leaves in shadow and small fish swimming through.

This painting was painted with a very loose hand, but by an obviously talented artist.

This original ink and watercolor painting mounted as a scroll dates from the middle to the latter part of the 20th Century.

It is in excellent condition.

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.