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All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1960 item #686183
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$350.00

This original unsigned oil painting on very heavy canvas (tarp quality) measures 24 by 36 inches (image only).

It is painted on a 29 by 41 inch canvas which needs to be stretched on wooden stretcher bars (standard 24 by 36 inch size).

It is a classic 1950's American Home with a picket fence and a television (note the antenna on the roof). This scene could be 'Anywhere USA___Circa 1955.

We estimate it as circa 1940's-1950's.

Except for needing to be mounted and framed, it is in excellent condition.

It will be delivered rolled in a wide tube. The paint condition is outstanding and it will not be adversely affected by rolling it for shipment.

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 # ?). It is estimated to bring $50,000.00-$70,000.00. _________________________________________________________________________________

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 1930 item #587829
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$2,995.00

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.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1970 item #138551 (stock #TR0230)
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$240.00

This original oil painting on artist's panel board measures 11 x 14 inches and sits in a carved wood and gesso period frame measuring 17 x 20 inches.

It is signed Ricardo in the lower right corner.

It is in excellent condition.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1900 item #656890
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$2,695.00

This standing nephrite jade carving of a bearded and robed figure with long horns or a headdress of some sort measures about 10 1/2 inches tall by 3 inches wide by 1 1/2 inches in depth.

It is carved from a large piece of nephrite ranging from pale to deep green with a strip of oxidized white to yellow jade down the middle. In addition, there is a crackled stripe of oxidation running down through the center of the face through the figure to the bottom of the robe.

There are also engraved rectangular patterns and additional patterns on the robe.

Although the serious possibility exists that this is an old nephrite carving dating to the Shang period, we are dating this one very conservatively to about circa 1900-1920. If it turns out to be much older, we are certain the buyer will not be too upset.

It is interesting to note, however, that the oxidation and subsequent crackling of the stone that runs right down through the face probably occurred after the jade was carved. The question arises: if this is a copy made in the last 100 years or so, why didn't they turn it around before they carved the face, as the center of the back side is pristine where the face could have been positioned, no crackling or deterioration? It would have been the better choice to use as the front and would have made a more attractive and potentially more saleable copy. If however, the deterioration of the stone actually happened over an extended period of time after it was carved, that would make more sense as an explanation as to why the current positioning of the stone in relation to it's natural flaws or irregularities.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Ethnic : Bedouin : Pre 1900 item #547041
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$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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1037629
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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.

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 : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1960 item #650014
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$750.00

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

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1950 item #99787 (stock #TR0162)
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$795.00
This original oil painting on old artist's canvas panel board dates circa 1930-50. It sits in a gilded frame measuring 17 by 21 inches.

It measures 16 x 20 inches, and is in EXCELLENT CONDITION.

It is signed, Lillie Durham in the lower right corner.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1950 item #84677 (stock #TR0125)
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$3,200.00
This original oil painting on panel measures about 28 by 40 inches including it's original carved and gilded frame. It is signed Leonard Borman in the lower left corner. Condition is excellent and any white spots that show up are bounce back from the FLASH.

Leonard Borman, an exceptional California artist, died in 1995. This large and attractive oil is a sleeper.

Biographical Information:Leonard Borman was born in the 19th century and started painting in 1917 while recovering from a war injury, sustained as a Canadian veteran. His mother was an artist and encouraged her son, who attended the Art Institute of Chicago where he studied under Joseph Pennell and George Bellows. Borman came to Pasadena in 1924, settling in the nearby town of Sierra Madre. His desert and other plein air landscapes are most often encountered, but he also was an etcher and painted portraits of animals. Borman lived to the age of 101.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Stoneware : Pre 1700 item #95868 (stock #TR0156)
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This original Ming Dynasty ceramic or stoneware tile with a figure of a seated Buddha measures about 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches.

It is in very good condition with minor losses to the glaze in a few areas along with a few small rim chips.

Stylistically, it has more in common with Song Dynasty ceramics, but most likely it dates to the Ming Dynasty.

This architectural tile appears to have been designed to be mounted in the wall of a shrine or temple and has a pattern of large shaped dovetails on the reverse for that purpose (see enlargement photo).

This museum quality piece consists of very dense stoneware covered with colored glazes in turquoise, aubergine and yellow.

This Buddha tile dates from the Ming Dynasty or earlier.

A Few Facts:

The Shanyin Hall at the White Dagoba Temple was built or restored by the Qianlong emperor in 1751, 30 years after a large earthquake damaged the same area in Beijing.

Shanyin Hall currently has 445 Buddha tiles of similar style, but of later manufacture (probably circa 1976 -when it was last restored after the Tangshan earthquake.) (See the last photograph).

It may have have had tiles similar to the one we are offering prior to it's previous restorations in 1751 or 1976.

It is quite possible that this turquoise Buddha tile may be a remnant of one of those earlier changes or restorations.

We currently have in our collection a tile similar to the current tiles that are currently mounted in Shanyin Hall in Beijing. Our tile is marked with Wanli reign Marks (1573- 1619). This is not the tile we are offering with this lot. The one we are offering actually appears to be earlier than this Wanli tile, but it is unmarked.

We can't document it yet, but it is a serious possibility that this old Buddha tile dates to before 1619.

Our research shows that the original tiles were probably held in place with lime mortar-not the best thing to use in an earthquake zone.

This tile we offer here may have been salvaged from an old temple restoration or from a temple no longer in existence. This same area has seen earthquakes in 1679, again in 1730 and again in 1976-to name a few.

All of this is a combination of verifiable facts and speculation, but speculation based on observable and documented facts.

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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #566281
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$2,495.00

This Japanese ceramic figure of Kannon measures 17 inches tall and about 6 inches in diameter at its widest point.

It has four incised marks on it's base, two Kutani marks and two potters mark (see closeup photo).

It dates to the Meiji Period in Japan. Kwannon is also known as Kannon or Kwan Yin and Guanyin in China.

It is in outstanding condition with no flaws, cracks, chips or losses.

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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pottery : Pre 1800 item #806896
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This pair of Chinese Seated Lions date from the 17th -19th Century or possibly a bit earlier.

These pottery or earthenware lions each measure about 9.5 - 10 inches tall by 6 inches wide by about 4 inches in depth.

They are in very good condition with only a small loss to one of the tails.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1960 item #578558
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$895.00

This original oil painting measures 12 by 16 inches and is mounted in a 15 by 19 inch wooden frame. It is painted on a Fredrix canvas panel board.

It is an impressionist seashore with homes and a rock strewn cove beyond. It is unsigned, but by a talented artist. This painting would fit right in with a collection of California School or plein air paintings.

It is in excellent condition.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1910 item #113078 (stock #TR0193)
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$1,495.00

This original oil painting on old artists board measures 9 by 13 inches (12 by 16 inches with carved frame).

Apparently unsigned, although the dark varnish may hide small details.

It has an old label from E.B. Heimstreet in Janesville, Wisconsin.

It dates to circa 1870-1900.

The varnish is dark, somewhat dry and slightly stippled.