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!
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.
This seated bronze figure of Ganesh or Ganesha measures 5.5 inches tall by 3 inches wide by about 2.5 inches in depth.
It dates from the 18th - 19th Century in India or possibly earlier.
It is in excellent condition with no damage, losses or restoration.
It has a nice patina and does not appear to have been cleaned at any time.
Ganesha, also spelled Ganesa or Ganesh, is also known as Ganapati.
He is one of the most widely worshiped gods in the Hindu pantheon.
His image is found throughout India and Nepal. Hindu sects worship him regardless of other affiliations.
Devotion to Ganesha extends to Jains, Buddhists, and also beyond India, Nepal or Tibet.
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This original oil painting on hard panel board measures 8 x 10 inches and is framed 13 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches.
It is signed Guzman in the lower right corner. Juan "Pepe" Guzman is a contemporary California artist. His strong use of color and light is influenced by both his Latin American background and his California roots. His paintings are a mix of Impressionism, Expressionism, Fauve colors and a dash of California Plein Air.
This Fauve impressionist landscape has a outstanding mix of brilliant colors. This little gem also makes use of the palette knife for a strong three dimensional quality
The painting is in OUTSTANDING CONDITION, period. There are a few scuff marks on the upper edges of the nicely detailed frame.
The buyer will not be disappointed!
This ANTIQUE CHINESE EXPORT PEWTER FISH BOWL & COVER measures 8 1/2 inches by 7 inches by 4 inches.
It is in excellent condition with no evidence of restoration or repairs. It does have some tarnish and wear as would be expected on a soft pewter serving dish that is between 120-160 years old.
IT IS HALLMARKED ON BOTH THE BOTTOM OF THE BOWL AND UNDER THE LID.
IT STILL RETAINS IT'S ORIGINAL GLASS EYES.
This original, contemporary oil painting on stretched canvas measures 16 by 20 inches and sits in a simple wood frame (18 by 22 inches).
It is signed in ink on the stretcher, "Spring Bouquet" 3/90 R.D.Kick.
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This original oil painting on masonite measures 18 by 24 inches and is framed 20 by 26 inches.
it is signed Cal Bailey 60 in the lower left corner.
Artist Biography: Calvin Bailey (1915- )
Calvin (Cal) Bailey is listed on Askart.com and in additional publications:
Who Was Who in American Art 1564-1975 (3 Vol) 1999 Falk, Peter Hastings (Editor)
Afro-American Artists: A Bio-Bibliographical Directory 1973 Cederholm, Theresa Dickason
This antique Burmese Shan bronze figure of a crowned Jambhupati Buddha measures approximately 22 inches tall by 8 inches wide by 7 inches in depth.
It is in excellent condition except for a few areas where the casting has either thinned out or was thin to begin with. Even so, this is a heavy, well detailed bronze with a nice patina.
This bronze Buddha was purchased many years ago and is part of our personal collection of ancient Asian artifacts acquired between 25-40 years ago..
We estimate it to date to the 18th -19th century, but it may actually be somewhat earlier. This is a museum quality bronze and the next owner will not be disappointed.
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.
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.
An attribution to Esther Hunt can be made based on age, size, subject matter, location, and style of painting. A very similar painting, signed Esther Hunt, recently sold at John Moran Auctions in Pasadena (See the last photo).
Biography of Esther Hunt ( from Askart.com)
Born in Grand Island, Nebraska, Esther Hunt became a painter focused on Oriental themes, especially portraits and figures she did from models that she found in Chinatown in San Francisco.
She spent some of her early childhood in Columbus, Nebraska. Her father, Stephen Barton, died when she was four years old in 1879, and two years later her mother remarried, and the family went to California.
Her stepfather, Captain John A. Frazier, took his wife and her children to San Diego County where he acquired 700 acres and established the town of Carlsbad. In 1893, the family moved to Los Angeles, and from 1896 to 1900, Esther Hunt was listed in the City Directory as an artist.
In 1901 she enrolled at the Mark Hopkins Institute in San Francisco, and financed her education with paintings of Chinatown child genre figures and portraits. They became popular and widely circulated when she perfected a color process to make reproductions, which featured the colorful costumes of the children. A marketing agent sold them in the East.Making money, she traveled to New York City and enrolled in the Art Students League from 1903 to 1905 and studied with William Merritt Chase in New York and in Paris for six years. In Paris she studied portraiture.
During her career, she had studios in Los Angeles from 1913-1918, San Francisco from 1918 to 1926, Greenwich Village in New York from 1927 to 1931, San Francisco from 1932 to 1945, and Santa Ana until her death in 1951.
When she returned to Los Angeles in 1913, she again took up her interest in Chinese subjects and made many painting trips to San Francisco. Settling there in 1918, she devoted most of her attention to Oriental subjects and had a nation-wide market for her paintings, prints, postcards, and colored ceramic figurines. She also did portraits of children in France, beach scenes at Laguna and Native American women and children from the Pomo of northern California.
Exhibitions included the San Francisco Art Association, Panama-California Exposition and the Paris Salon. __________________________________________________
This small stone figure of a standing Jizo Bosatsu (Buddha)with both hands holding the sacred jewel.
It measures 5 3/4 inches tall or 14.5 cm in height.
It dates to the Meiji Period: circa 1900.
It is in excellent condition with a softening of the lines and contours and very minor losses.
It's origin would be Sadogashima Island, off the coast of Japan, which is famous for its production of figurative stone Jizo.
It is carved from Sado granite from the island and known as Sado Jizo.
Small examples are uncommon and rarely found in such good condition.