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All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 2000 item #633715 (stock #TR-0190)
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$1,895

This original oil painting on artist's canvas panel measures 11 x 14 inches and is framed 13 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches.

It is signed J. Guzman in the lower left corner.

Juan "Pepe" Guzman is a contemporary California artist.

His strong use of color and light is influenced by both his Chilean background and his California roots.

His paintings are a mix of Impressionism, Expressionism, Fauve colors and a dash of California Plein Air.

It is in OUTSTANDING CONDITION, period.

All of my paintings by Juan Guzman were purchased directly by me from the artist himself and are guaranteed authentic unconditionally. Category: Fine Art:Paintings:Oil:N. America:American

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Other Metals : Period : Pre 1837 VR item #1184654
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This antique mesh bracelet has an old classic carved shell cameo mounted in the clasp.

It is surrounded by an ornate Pinchbeck frame which measures about 1.25 to 1.5 inches. It is attached to a gold color mesh bracelet or cuff that measures 6.5 inches clip to clip. It also measures about 1.5 inches in width.

It dates from the late 18th century to the early 19th century.

It is not marked in any way and we have not tested it for gold content.

"Pinchbeck" is a form of brass, an alloy of copper and zinc, mixed in proportions so that it closely resembles gold in appearance. It was invented in the 18th century by Christopher Pinchbeck, a London clockmaker. Since gold was only sold in 18-carat quality at that time, the development of pinchbeck allowed ordinary people to buy gold 'effect' jewelry on a budget. Pinchbeck was used to replace gold for a very short period of time.

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This museum quality silvered bronze Nepalese or Sino-Tibetan figure of Tara (also known as Kuan Yin or Guanyin) dates to the 14th to 15th century or earlier.

It stands 10 1/2 inches tall by 3 inches in diameter.

It has exquisite details and very subtle modeling.

It is in excellent condition and retains much of it's original silver finish.

A similar example can be seen in "Oriental Art: India, Nepal & Tibet" by Michael Ridley, 1970, Plate 37 (listed as 14th Century or earlier).

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 : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 2000 item #722905 (stock #scr-00200)
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$1,800

This original Chinese ink & watercolor painting measures 13 1/2 by 52 inches (watercolor only) and about 18 1/2 by 72 inches, including the brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has the seal and signature of the artist, Ma Yongquiang.

The subject is leopard climbing a tree. It is in excellent condition and has crisp and vibrant details.

Ma YongQuian is a 20th century artist of Chinese ancestry, who was born and working in Indonesia. In April 2007, an exhibition of his work was held at the Haisu Art Museum in Shanghai, China.

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 AD 1000 item #523969
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$4,500

This extremely old hardstone / jade bracelet dates from the Liangzhu Period (3300 BC-2200 BC).

It is a varigated black color with one spot of pale yellow green on the interior.

It is in excellent condition, even though its material has been been degraded over time (The scratch test only works on the green spot due to the degradation of the darker areas). It also has a crystal structure that can be seen under high magnification.

It has an outside diameter of 3 1/4 - 3 1/2 inches (8.5- 9 cm) and an interior diameter of 2 5/8 inches (6.6 cm). It is about 3/4 inch in width (1.8 - 2.0 cm). This is an outstanding piece and is similar in style to another burnt jade bangle of white chicken bone color in published works.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1960 item #186296 (stock #TR0269)
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$695

This original California School oil painting on stretched canvas measures 16 by 20 inches and is framed in a finely detailed wood frame.

It dates circa 1950-1960, and although unsigned, it was obviously painted by an experienced and very talented artist.

It is in outstanding condition.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1960 item #686183
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$350

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 : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1980 item #655513
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$280
This original oil painting on Fredrix artist's canvas board measures 16 by 20 inches and is framed slightly larger. It is signed Ann Nyikos in the lower right corner. . This little view of the California coastline has an Impressionist style and a pleasing mix of subtle colors. It is in excellent condition.
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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Americas : Pre 1980 item #680567
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$495

This heavy wooden carving measures about 13 inches tall by 12 inches wide by 10 inches in depth.

It is painted red, white and black over a hand tooled wooden carving. There are no eye holes and the base is carved flat for standing so it may have been used for ceremonies rather than as a mask.

It is in excellent condition except for some scuffing of the paint around the nose. There is also a very minor area of separation at the point where the nose is joined to the face. Otherwise it is in outstanding condition.

This carving is in the Northwest Coast style of carving, however, there are no marks indicating either a maker or country of origin.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1950 item #796719
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$1,695

This original watercolor painting on water color paper measures 15 by 22 inches.

It dates circa 1940-1950.

It belongs to a regional school of watercolor painting loosely known as California Impressionism. A more accurate description might be "California Moderne".

It is in excellent condition and ready to be matted and framed.

This is an original watercolor painting and NOT a giclee or print of any kind.

This is one painting that was acquired as part of a collection of authentic California watercolors originally purchased from the estate of a student of Robert Landry.

Robert Landry is a well known, listed and published painter from the middle 20th century.

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 gallery websites, where they have sold and are currently being offered for up to $4000.00 each.

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

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 2000 item #731132
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$795

This original Chinese watercolor painting measures 20 by 42 inches (ink and watercolor painting only) and 24 by 71 inches, including the brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has the seal and signature of the artist, along with one or two additional seals which may be collector's seals.

The subject is a classic Chinese motif which includes people walking across bridges in a small village situated in an extensive mountain and waterfall landscape. There is also a temple on the highest point of the mountain which is likely their destination.

It dates from the late 20th Century.

It is in excellent condition.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1492 item #736633
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$900

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 : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1940 item #450139
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$2,400

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.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 2000 item #731258
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$1,295

This original contemporary Chinese ink and watercolor painting measures 24 by 49 inches (painting only) and 27 1/2 by 71 inches, including the silk brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has two seals and the signature of the artist along the lower left edge. It also has an additional collector's seal (along right middle edge.)

The subjects of the painting are three monkeys playing in a fruit tree and in the snow.

It is in excellent condition.

This original ink and watercolor painting dates to the late 20th Century in China.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1800 item #873103
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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!

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1940 item #506715
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This original oil painting on canvas measures 25 by 32 inches and sits in an outstanding carved gilt period frame measuring 28 by 35 inches.

The subject is a extensive mountain landscape with towering cliffs and a lake in the foreground. It appears to be located in one of the US National Parks.

It is signed, somewhat illegibly, Browning or A.Browning, in the lower left corner (see closeup photos).

It is in excellent condition with so apparent damage or repairs. There is one small area of the sky where the varnish was applied thickly and has darkened with age (see photo). Not really worth mentioning, but I try to be as accurate as possible.

Biographical information:

Alvah Lincoln Browning commonly known as A. L. Browning was born December 4, 1864 in Atwood, Illinois. His parents were farmers but farming did not appeal to him. So at age sixteen, he became a painter. He was self taught.. Sometimes, he said, he'd get hold of paint left in a bucket or swipe dyes from his mother and try his hand at color. He tried to capture frost on the maples and colored rocks in the stream.

Around 1899 Browning was living in Sioux City, Iowa. Shortly after his first son George was born, he divorced his first wife, Dilly. He then travelled west with his nephew, Franklyn Browning. To pay their way, they painted barns. In his spare time Alvah painted and sold landscapes. After some time, Franklyn settled near Witchita, Kansas while Browning continued traveling west.

By 1914 he remarried, and was livoing with his wife and daughter in Denver, Colorado. The McMurtry Paint and Varnish Company of Denver was expanding and was building a new plant. The building boasted two large display windows. It was in one of these windows A. L. Browning would set up his artist studio. Here onlookers could stand outside watching him paint landscapes using McMurtry housepaints. The scenes were numbered with twenty six available titles available for sale to the public. They included Colorado scenes as Seven Falls, Estes Park, Lake Eldora, Big Thompson, and more. There were also scenes from other places he had traveled to through the USA and Europe.

By 1916 he had moved his family to Colorado Springs where his second son, Robert was born. City directories listed his occupation as an artist. Although they first misspelled his name as Alvin. He set up a shop offering paintings for sale and continued working for the McMurtry Paint Company. From spring through summer he painted in Colorado. Then in the fall he traveled by train to Little Rock, Arkansas where he painted landscapes for the Sherwin Williams Paint Company. A small flyer published by Sherwin Williams in 1944 related he had painted for them for over fifty years. While traveling between Colorado and Arkansas he would get out at he train stations. Here he would paint and sell his landscapes. Some who bought his painings remarked on how quickly he could create these paintings. Many paintings have been found at antique shops and second hand stores along this train route.

Browning traveled throughout the United States. He defied anyone to mention a sizable town in America in which he does not know someone. He had traveled in Mexico and Canada. He made three trips to Europe. On one trip he spent two years there painting. "The prettiest scenery you ever saw is the Baverian Alps," he said. One of the scenes listed on his label is titled "Alps in Switzerland."

When he wasn't traveling or painting landscapes Browning taught art classes. One Sherwin Williams ad pointed out that he had given over three thousand instructions.

In 1923 Browning moved his family to Long Beach, California. He continued painting, teaching and travelling. The Treais Hardware Company in San Diego advertised that he would be demonstating the use of Sherwin Williams paints in the store front window. The ad said he would paint any scene from a photograph and that all of his paintings are of a scenic nature only. It went on to say that his young son Robert who is an achieving artist would accompany him.

Around 1930 the Brownings spent a year in Mineral Wells, Texas. Before returning to Long Beach, A. L. Browning advertised an auction of his paintings. The auction was held at the Crazy Hotel Pavillion where he had his studio. About 250 paintings, most on canvas were auctioned.

After returning to Long Beach he continued painting as well as opening an artist's supply store. Sometime after this, his wife Helena passed away. Alvah L. Browning died December 7, 1947 at the St. Ernie Sanitarium in Inglewood, California.

He is listed on Askart.com: http://www.askart.com/AskART/artists/search/Search_Repeat.aspx?searchtype=AUCTION_RECORDS&&artist=116890 .