This original contemporary Chinese watercolor painting measures 24 by 24 inches (watercolor only) and about 27 by 62 inches, including the brocaded scroll it is mounted on.
It has the seal and signature of the artist, Li Tong Yuan (1958- ) along with two collector's seals.
The subject is two colorful parrots sitting in a palm tree.
It is in excellent condition and has very fine and subtle details.
This is an outstanding example of how some Contemporary Chinese Art can be influenced as much by Western Art as by the traditional Chinese styles of painting.
Additional information about Contemporary Chinese scroll paintings is available in our Newsletter by clicking on Newsletter on our Home page.
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This antique gilt bronze figure of Tara dates to 11th-12th century Nepal.
It measures approximately 12 inches tall (13 inches with custom wooden stand).
It is in outstanding condition, especially considering that it is over 900 years old.
NOTE: This 900+ year old bronze does have one condition issue:
The lotus flower on Tara's left shoulder is bent forward slightly and needs to be repositioned professionally.
It is a relatively simple and inexpensive process, but it should be done by someone with experience in such matters.
Just bending it back might have the unwanted effect of snapping it off. It needs to be heated, softened and gently moved back into place by a pro.
Tara is the most important goddess in the Buddhist pantheon.
She stands, gracefully and powerfully modeled in a hip-shot posture.
Her right hand is held in a gesture of varadamudra (fearlessness and wish granting).
Her left hand is held in a teaching gesture (vitarkamudra) while holding a lotus flower rising to her shoulder.
Her face has a serene expression with downcast eyes flanked by large earrings.
She is wearing a diaphanous dhoti rolled down to the waist. It is incised with floral patterns and secured with a jeweled sash inset with precious stones.
She also wears a jeweled neck piece, armbands and tiara enclosing her up swept hair.
Tara occupies a unique status in that she has mythological origins as a goddess, as a Bodhisattva and is also frequently viewed as a Buddha.
THIS IS A MUSEUM QUALITY BRONZE AND IT IS GUARANTEED TO BE AS DESCRIBED, WITH NO EXCEPTIONS.
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Original 1940-50s Watercolor: New England Village Landscape
This original watercolor painting measures 15 by 22 inches.
It dates circa 1940-1950.
It is from a regional style of painting found in, but not limited to California .
It is painted on heavy watercolor paper, in excellent condition, unsigned and unframed.
This original painting (it is NOT a giclee or print of any kind) is in the style of the early-mid 20th Century painters such as Robert Landry, Rex Brandt or Herbert Vincent Olsen.
This is one painting from a collection of California watercolor paintings that were originally purchased from the estate of a student of the well known and listed California artist, Robert Landry.
This painting is unsigned and we will leave it at that. Further research may very well allow for it to be more specifically described at a later date.
Robert Landry's work may be seen on askart .com, where auction records are available and examples of his signed work are offered for between $2000.00-$4000.00.
NOTE-WE ARE NOT OFFERING THIS WORK AS A SIGNED PAINTING OF ROBERT LANDRY. It is unsigned.
This carving of a dragon in the clouds is carved from one large piece of ruby-zoisite. It measures about 11 by 5 1/2 by 2 inches and weighs about 5 pounds.
Ruby-zoisite is usually found in small pieces of jewelry and sold by the carat. With one carat weighing about 1/5 of a gram, this carving is somewhere around 10,000 carats of ruby-zoisite.
The details of the carving are exceptional and it is excellent condition.
Ruby zoisite fits in well with any collection of jade carvings, because it looks like good jade with rubies floating through it, although it is a completely different mineral from nephrite.
This original oil painting on old artist panel board measures 22 1/2 by 31 1/2 inches.
It is unframed.
It is signed "Mt. Rainier, Wash, by F.A. DeHaven, Artist, 840 Raymond Ave" in pencil on the reverse.
It is in excellent condition.
It dates circa 1890-1920.
This outstanding old California landscape is one of two oils by the same artist that I am currently offering. Both offer different views of Mount Rainier.
This original oil painting measures 11 by 14 1/4 inches (16 3/4 by 19 1/2 inches, including gilded frame). It is painted on an old Windsor Newton artist's canvas panel and set in a period style gilded frame.
It is in excellent condition.
It is signed Clif Sawyer, lower left.
Clifton Howard Sawyer was a California artist ( 1896-1966) who lived in Altadena, California. He is listed in numerous artist's biographical references such as Hughes' Artist's in California 1786-1940: Volume 2 and Davenport's Art References.
His works have sold at Butterfields and John Moran Auctions, among others.
Each of these four knives measures approximately 8 1/4 inches by 1 inch by 1/2 inch. They all have walrus tusk handles, carved in the shape of stylized fish.
They were made in Alaska or possibly Canada circa 1920-30.
They are in excellent condition, except for one old small fracture at the mounting point where the ivory was pinned to the steel blade. It is is visual only and does not affect the knife's strength or utility.
Each of the blades is stamped KROME-PLATE & RESISTS STAINS.
Included will be an old, damaged box which may be from the period.
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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).
This original watercolor on heavy watercolor paper measures 15 by 22 inches, unframed and unmounted.
It is signed, Ruth Ann Younglove in the lower right corner (see photo).
Most of her paintings, done with transparent watercolors, depict Southern California landscapes. She was a school teacher for many years and also did work as a print maker. This information is based on an interview with her in 1983 – The Watercolor Style - McClelland 1985.
It is in excellent condition, with remnants of an old mounting on the reverse.
Many old watercolors were mounted in non archival mats or backings and must be changed to protect them from eventual staining or foxing. This watercolor is in excellent condition, but was removed from an old non archival mount before any staining could occur on the watercolor itself. ______________________________________________________________________
Artist Biography: Ruth Ann Younglove (1909-2002)
Born in Chicago, Illinois, she became a resident of Pasadena, California where she lived and worked for many years. She studied at UCLA and took private lessons from Marion Wachtel and Orrin White. She also studied with Bessie Ella Hazen, Helen Chandler, and Belle Whitice. She was the wife of B. R. Loxley and a resident of Pasadena until her death on Jan. 17, 2002.
1. Davenport's Art Reference and Price Guide -The Gold Edition 2005
2. The Artists Bluebook: 34000 North American Artists to March 2005
3. Hughes’ Artists in California 1786-1940
4. Who Was Who In American Art (1564-1975) (3 vol.) (Falk) (1999) Also in earlier WWAA editions (1993, 1986)
5. Encyclopedia of Women Artists of the American West (Kovinick)
6. California Watercolors (1850-1970) (McClelland and Last)
7. The California Style California Watercolor artists 1925-1955 (McClelland)
Member: California Watercolor Society, Pasadena Society of Artists, LAAA, Laguna Beach Art Association
Exhibitions: LA Co. Fairs, 1936-41 (awards). WWAA 1936-62; California Art &Artists; Invw; KOV. RT:
Ruth Ann Younglove is also listed on Askart.com (an art auction and research website): (http://www.askart.com/askart/y/ruth_ann_younglove/ruth_ann_younglove.aspx)
This original, unsigned oil painting on panel board measures 10 by 15 inches , not including the simple gilded wood frame it sits in.
The subject is a strand of eucalyptus trees overlooking the water with a sunset sky in the background.
It is in excellent condition, period.
It dates circa 1920-35.
This triple ceramic dish with handle dates to the 19th through early part of the 20th century.
It is designed with a shape similar to a shamrock or three leaf clover.
It measures about 11 inches by 11 inches by about 4 inches tall.
It is hand painted with numerous designs of yellow daisies.
It is in excellent condition with losses to the gilding--primarily on the handle.
It appears to be European or Baltic in origin.
This may have originally been used as a relish or condiment dish.
There are no marks, makers names or country of origin. That in itself helps to date it to about circa 1900 or earlier.
This original oil painting on stretched canvas measures 22 by 27 inches and sits in an original period frame measuring 27 by 32 inches.
It is signed PETER NIELSEN in the lower left corner.
Peter Nielsen has numerous biographical listings and auction records. A contemporary of William Wendt, Peter Nielsen's works have recently begun to move up in price towards the high prices realized by his peers.
THIS IS AN EXCELLENT CALIFORNIA PLEIN AIR PAINTING AND IT'S AUTHENTICITY IS GUARANTEED.
NOTE: Any white spots on the photos are merely bounce back from the flash. They are not on the painting itself. IT IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION AND READY TO HANG.
This antique jade carving of a reclining ox or water buffalo measures 4 inches wide by 2.5 inches tall by about 2.5 inches in depth.
This classic jade is carved in the style of the Song Dynasty (980 AD -1279 AD), but it is more likely that it was carved during the Ming Dynasty (1368 AD - 1644 AD) or the Qing Dynasty (1644 AD-1911 AD).
It is in excellent condition with subtle details and carving.
This carving may have begun it's existence as a somewhat lighter-off white color, but time and oxidation have worked to give it a lovely pale yellow or honey color with subtle inclusions and minor color changes.
This is a museum quality nephrite jade carving which is evidenced by the subtle modeling of it's overall design. This one is a gem.
The next owner will not be disappointed!
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.
This original contemporary Chinese ink and watercolor painting measures 27 by 53 inches, and 31 by 75 inches, including the silk brocaded scroll it is mounted on.
It has the seal and signature of the artist, Jiao Loushi, on the upper left hand edge. It also has one collector's seal in the lower right corner.
The subject is a view of a temple in a high mountain landscape with waterfalls and trees.
It is in excellent condition.
Chinese 20th Century paintings have been an excellent investment lately as prices have been escalating dramatically in both auctions and private sales.
This rectangular jade box and cover measures approximately 5 inches by 3.5 inches by 2.5 inches (12cm x 9.4cm x 5.5 cm).
It is covered overall with incised decoration in leaf and flower patterns. The top has a simple lotus pond garden scene within a repeating line patterned maze design.
The box was carved from one piece of pale green celadon colored jade with a prominent natural inclusion along with cloud band patterns.
The bottom of the box appears to have been set in separately, but carved from the same piece of jade..
This box dates from the Qing Dynasty in China (1644-1911).
It is in excellent condition except for a couple of insignificant rim chips along the edge. They are difficult to see or photograph, but they can be felt when running a finger along the edge. They are VERY insignificant nicks.
NOTE: This box has very well patterned inclusions that help to document it's origin from a single large translucent stone.
This antique tinned copper tray has traditional engraved bird motif surrounding a Homa bird symbol (Iran Air logo).
It measures about 16 inches in diameter.
It has a shield with an Arabic inscription at the top and (in English)IRAN AIR in a shield at the bottom of the circular field.
Iran AIR was established in 1946.
This tray probably dates circa 1946-64. The possibility exists that the tray is actually older and the Iran Air markings were added later.
It is in very good condition with the exception of a small dent in the field. it is small and relatively insignificant with all of the detail of the engraved patterns.
This carved jade or hardstone figure of Xipe-Totec measures 8.5 inches tall x 4.5 inches in width x 3.25 inches in depth.
It is in basically good condition, with the loss of the bottom portion of both legs. It also has some old repairs to its left hand and right arm at the shoulder. A few other interior cracks round out it's condition problems.
All things considered, it is in pretty good shape, coming from a culture that ritually killed it's pots and figures on a regular basis (along with numerous human slaves and prisoners).
Although it has some stylistic similarities with Olmec figures (except around the mouth), it has more similarities with the Aztec or Mayan Cultures
It shows a figure wearing a second (flayed) skin, with hanging hands and stitch work up the backside to the head which would hold the flayed skin in place. The level of detail on the reverse stitchwork carving is remarkable and an indication of the importance of this piece.
Although we seriously believe this antique jade carving to be authentic and extremely old, we are not going to date this piece. . The buyer should make his or her own judgement as to the merits of this carving.
We never attempt to misrepresent or oversell a piece. For that reason we have priced this huge, well carved jade statue as if it were an old copy. If it turns out that this carving can be verified to be older than that, we are certain the buyer will not be disappointed. _________________________________________________________________________
Xipe-Totec, the flayed god, originated in Teotihuacán culture and continued in importance into Aztec times. In Aztec mythology, Xipe Totec ("our lord the flayed one") was a life-death-rebirth deity, god of agriculture, the west, disease, spring, goldsmiths and the seasons. He supposedly flayed himself to give food to humanity, symbolic of the maize seed losing the outer layer of the seed before germination. He represented a fertility cult and was said to assist the earth in making her new skin each spring.
Annually, slaves were selected as sacrifices to Xipe Totec. These slaves were carefully flayed to produce a nearly whole skin which was then worn by the priests during the fertility rituals that followed the sacrifice. Some accounts indicate that a thigh bone from the sacrifice was defleshed and used by the priest to touch spectators in a fertility blessing.
Paintings and several clay figures have been found which illustrate the flaying method and the appearance of priests wearing flayed skins. Without his skin, Xipe-Totec was depicted as a golden god. The priests of Xipe-Totec impersonated him by wearing a gold-dyed human skin for twenty days, or until the skin rotted away. The priest would then emerge reborn. .