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.
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. .
This ancient Roman two handled glass vase is in excellent condition. It has no damage, repairs or restoration.
It measures about 4 3/4 inches tall by 3 5/8 inches in diameter at it's widest point.
It has applied glass handles which have been referred to by some as "Dolphin Handles".
It has areas of wear and iridescence overall.
It has parallel striations down the neck below the wide lip.
This is a museum quality glass vase that we have had in our personal collection for about forty years.
This original oil painting on old hard panel board measures 22 by 28 inches (image only) and 26 by 32 inches framed.
The subject is a view of San Francisco Bay from a hillside vantage point, with old buildings in the foreground. The view looks down on covered docks or wharfs with ships in the background.
It is signed Helen Louise Conser in the lower left corner.
It is in outstanding condition overall.
It is painted in a loose Impressionist style which incorporates strong brush strokes and the use of a pallette knife.
This is one of two paintings by the artist that we are currently offering. Although they are not an exact matching pair, they are very similar in size, use of colors and subject matter.
Artist Biographical Information:
Helen Louise Conser was born in Portland, Oregon on July 17, 1899. She settled in San Francisco in the early 1930s. She studied with George Post. She was a painter and worked with other WPA artists on projects at the time. She was also a member of the SWA (Society of Western Artists.) She apparently never married and died in San Francisco on Nov. 25, 1980 at 81 years of age. She is listed in the following publications: 1. Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940, Volume 2. 2. Peter Falk, “Who Was Who In American Art (1564-1975)” 3 City Directory; Death record; San Francisco Chronicle, 11-27-1980.
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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 original watercolor painting on heavy watercolor paper measures approximately 22 by 27 inches, unmatted and unframed.
It is in outstanding condition, period.
It is signed Ellen Carpenter in the lower left corner. This original watercolor was most likely influenced by the work of Marie Laurencin. The similarities are obvious. It is not, however a copy of Laurencin's work, but a reinterpretation, in the same way Picasso "copied" African art in his paintings.
Ellen Carpenter is listed in Davenport's Art Reference and Price Guide and also in Hughes, Artist's in California.
This original watercolor painting measures 15 by 22 inches.
It dates circa 1940-1950. It is from a regional style of painting found primarily in California, but not limited to California in both location and subject matter.
It is painted on heavy stamp watermarked French watercolor paper (see enlarged photo of a similar page stamp).
It is in excellent condition, unsigned and unframed.
This original painting (it is NOT a glycee or print of any kind) is in the style of the early 20th Century painters such as Rex Brandt or Herbert Vincent Olsen. It may have been done by a student or follower of Brandt or Olsen. Both were prolific art teachers and, as such, influenced many new artists at the time.
This is one painting from a small collection of early 20th century watercolor paintings, some of which are also being offered at this time.
Check our other listings for additional offerings of similar period watercolor paintings.
This large jadeite carving of Guanyin (Kwan Yin) measures 4.5 inches wide by 3.5 inches in depth by 12.5 inches tall (including the period carved wooden base it sits on).
We estimate the jade itself to be about 11.5 inches tall without the stand. It sits about a half inch down in the stand and is bolted down (actually bolted down to the stand) (Someone was VERY careful with this old jade).
It is carved fom one piece of multicolored apple green jade with various shades of green flowing through it and a wonderfully rich color on it's face. It also has a few small inclusions of very dark green jade near it's base. These are all natural colors. This is NOT a color enhanced jade, guaranteed.
It dates from the late 18th century through the latter part of the 19th century.
It is in excellent condtion with no losses or repairs. It does have some natural inclusions on it's reverse that could be mistaken for damage. Be assured, they are natural fissures in the stone that have oxidized over the last century or so.
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.
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.
This carved jade dog in a reclining position measures 3.25 inches long by about 1.25 inches tall by 1.5 inches in depth.
It is carved from a piece of nephrite jade that has colors that range from off white and pale celadon to pale yellow and brown in areas.
It dates from the late 19th to early 20th Century in China.
It is in excellent condition with no damage or restoration.
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This original oil painting on stretched canvas measures approximately 24 by 36 inches (image only) and it is mounted in a simple carved and painted wooden frame.
The subject is a small European or Baltic village set in a snow covered landscape by a lake or river.
It is signed, somewhat illegibly, in the lower right corner (see enlarged photo). It appears to be E. Brac--- (Possibly E Bracht or E. Bracket?)
We estimate this painting to be between late 18th to 19th century in style and execution.
The quality of the work is exceptional and was obviously painted by a very talented artist.
The condition of the painting is generally good, but it has an overall craquelure which shows up more obviously under certain lighting conditions.
It also has a small, less than professional repair in the lower left corner (see enlarged photo). It is not that obvious because it is in a dark bush, but it is there.
For a collector with a bit of imagination, this painting may turn out to be an amazing work of art, after a little repair and additional research.