This fine bronze ewer or kettle (aftaba) dates to the 18th Century in Wughal India.
It is of typical form and good weight. It measures: height: 26cm, width: 24cm.
It has a prominent faceted spout along with its original lid with a bud-like finial, an 'S' shaped handle which has a stylized lion head at one end and a lotus bud finial at the other. It stands on four short feet.
The flattened, globular pear shaped body tapers to a long neck. The body has been cast with raised cloud or foliage borders to the top and bottom, The design work on the body is of better quality than usually seen. The body, lid and spout have been engraved overall with repeated stylized vegetable or poppy motifs. The lid has similar patterns.
Ewers of this type originated in Persia and the Middle East. Typical Islamic ewers comprised a central chamber to which a spout, foot, handle and neck were attached. They permitted water to flow - notations in the Koran described flowing water as 'clean'.
Ewers were introduced to India by Muslim invaders during the late thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries. Later Indian inspired designs became more curvaceous and many were decorated with lush plant and floral motifs.
In India, local Muslims used such vessels for hand washing. They became a practical tool of hospitality, being used to welcome visitors by pouring scented water over the hands and feet and into a basin, and took on a great variety of shapes and types whilst adhering to the basic ewer form.
This example is in excellent condition. There are no repairs, splits or dents. as mentioned, the lid is original – usually the lid is missing or replaced.
A slightly larger (39.4 cm tall) sold at Sotheby's on October 5, 2011 for 6250 British pounds( $9784.00 in US dollars) (lot 265) . It had much less surface detailing. ( http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2011/arts-of-the-islamic-world/lot.265.html )
Provenance: The southern California art market prior to 1980.
Reference: Zebrowski, M., Gold, Silver & Bronze from Mughal India, Alexandria Press, 1997.
This jade carving of a Chinese lion, Chimera or Fu dog sits at an alert posture on all four paws.
It has a split or bifurcated tail and stylized wings.
It measures 2 1/2 inches by 1 7/8 inches by 1 1/4 inch (57 mm x 49 mm x 31 mm).
It is carved from a piece of off white to celadon colored jade with natural striations running through it. There is a natural brown irregularity which runs from it's foot to it's ear on one side along with a small area of brown suffusion on it's flank.
(This is the fancy way of saying it has few areas of rust. Not a bad thing for a genuine antique jade carving.)
We are dating this one to the late Ming through early Qing Dynasty, but it may actually be earlier.
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.
This is an original pair of 18th-19th century wooden carvings of Chinese eunuchs or officials. Each one measures 8.5 inches tall, 3 inches wide and 2.5 inches deep (at the base). They are in good condition with most of the original painted detailing remaining on their faces and some painted details remaining in other areas, such as the hat, sash, and ceremonial jade disk held by one of them. One figure holds what appears to be a representation of an old ceremonial jade. These appear to have been tomb figures that lost much of their original colors.
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.
This original oil painting on stretched canvas measures 18 by 24 inches and sits in a 25 by 31 inch painted wooden frame.
It is apparently unsigned, but has Bernice Jensen 1970, written lightly in pencil on the reverse stretcher bar.
It is in excellent condition, period.
This is an original oil painting on canvas panel mounted on wooden stretchers.
It measures 21 3/4 x 28 inches, not including the carved and gilded period frame it sits in. It measures 26 x 30 inches, including the frame.
It is signed, Josephine E. Hyde in the lower left corner of the canvas. It is also stamped "OTIS" & "HYDE" on the cross braces on the reverse side of the painting. Otis Hyde was Josephine's husband and a very well known artist in his own right. It would appear that Josephine "borrowed" some of her husband's art supplies for her own use.
The subject is a still life wth a small Japanese figure seated on a table with an oriental carpet, with a green pitcher and a Chinese porcelain charger.
The painting is in excellent condition. It has a few tiny scuff marks near the signature that can be easily touched up.
It is painted in a broad pallette of colors: toned down by both time and grime. It could use a good cleaning to make the already strong colors even more vivid and bright.
Josephine Hyde was a listed California painter born in Columbus, Ohio in 1885.
She studied at Stanford University with painters, Nell Walker Warner, Edward Withers and Will Foster. She became an art teacher in the Los Angeles and Long Beach school systems from 1923 to the 1950’s. She was also married to the well known artist, Otis Hyde. She died in 1965.
She was a member of the California Art Club, Women Painters of the West, Long Beach Art Association, Painters of the Southwest, and the La Jolla Art Association.
She is listed in Who’s Who in American Art 1953-1962, Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Milton Hughes, Davenport’s Art Reference & Price Guide.
She is also listed on the internet with biographical information and auction sale listing on Askart.com
This original contemporary Chinese watercolor painting measures 24 by 50 inches (watercolor only) and about 28 by 70 inches, including the brocaded scroll it is mounted on.
It has the seal and signature of the artist, Li Tong Yuan (1958- ) along with one collector's seal.
The subject is a group of five cranes standing and preening in a rippled pond.
It is in excellent condition and has very fine and subtle details. This is an outstanding example of how some Contemporary Chinese Art is influenced by Western Art more than the traditional Chinese styles.
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This original oil painting on old artist's board measures 12 1/2 by 18 inches and it sits in a gilded oak frame (18 x 24 inches) with a raised antique rake motif on it (see photo).
It is unsigned and dates circa 1880-1910. It appears to be Russian or Baltic in origin and the simple frame with rake motif seems to verify that observation.
It is in excellent condition with no evidence of restoration or repairs. It has the remnant of an old label on the reverse. The simple frame appears to be contemporary with the work itself.
This 19th century Japanese carved ivory okimono measures approximately 9 inches tall by 2 1/2 inches in diameter at it's widest point.
It is intricately carved with fully delineated scales and teeth on the fish. The figure riding a fish is carved from one solid walrus tusk and it sits on a separate oval section as a base. The crystalline pattern that is so indicative of walrus ivory can be seen in many places on the carving, including Kinko's robe (interior front left) and the belly of the carp or koi.
It dates from the Meiji Period in Japan (circa 1870-1900).
It is in very good condition with some stabilized antique ivory fractures as are seen on many of these okimonos that are well over 100 years old.
Japan originally imported and adapted many Taoist and Buddhist teachings from China, which were then combined with native Shinto beliefs.
One Taoist figure incorporated into Japanese artwork was Kinko, a holy hermit. He is often depicted mounted on the enormous carp that carried him to the Undersea Kingdom. There, sea creatures taught him that all life is sacred.
In Japan the carp (koi) is also a symbol of persistence, longevity, and fertility. Land-locked farmers have kept carp in their ponds to provide food for centuries and also bred them for their beautiful colors.
This original oil painting on stretched canvas measures 16 by 20 1/2 inches( unframed ) and 23 by 27 1/2 inches (framed).
It is in excellent condition, except for some scuffing on the frame.
It is unsigned and has a stamp on the reverse of the canvas (see photos).
This original painting on heavy watercolor paper measures 21 by 29 inches, unmounted and unframed.
It is signed A. Shepstone in the lower right corner. It was acquired as part of a collection of paintings purchased directly from the artist many years ago.
It is in outstanding condition.
It will be shipped to the buyer rolled carefully in a wide tube or shipping container.
This black and iridescent art glass vase measures about 12 inches in height and about 7-7.25 inches in diameter.
It has a wonderful overall iridescence and was created in the threaded style of art glass like that found in Loetz or Pallme Koenig.
It is unmarked but does have a ground spot on it's base where an etched signature would most likely go.
It is in excellent condition, period. No chips cracks or repairs.
We estimate this classic Art Nouveau vase to date circa 1895-1910.
The copper and silver lid is covered with repeating patterns, auspicious symbols and tiny cabachons in turquoise and coral.
The lid is topped by a large (24mm) turquoise bead giving the appearance of a small globe of the earth. In addition, it has four silver shield shapes with large inset carved jades that may represent the four directions (North, South, East, West).
It dates from the late 19th to early 20th century in Tibet or Nepal.
It is in excellent condition with a nice even patinas on the both the copper and silver areas.
This original contemporary Chinese ink and watercolor painting measures about 18 by 27 inches (painting only) and 22 by 72 inches, including the silk brocaded scroll it is mounted on.
It has one seal and the signature of the artist along the upper right hand edge (see close up photo).
The subjects of the painting are two rabbits playing with a half eaten carrot underneath hanging wisteria
It is in excellent condition. NOTE: There is an old, small one inch diameter paper repair to the border underneath the painting. It is not on the painting and only shows up when hit with a strong light from the back. It is virtually invisible under normal light. It does not show up when photographed with a flash. We tried - twice!
This original ink and watercolor painting dates to the late 20th century in China.
This original Chinese watercolor painting measures 25 by 53 inches (watercolor only) and about 30 by 72 inches, including the brocaded scroll it is mounted on.
It has the seal and signature of the artist, along with one collector's seal.
The subject is two Chinese horses grazing in a brightly colored landscape.
It is in excellent condition and has very fine and subtle details. This is an outstanding example of how some Contemporary Chinese Art is influenced by Western Art as much as traditional Chinese styles.
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.
This Chinese ceramic or porcelain charger measures 15-15.25 inches in diameter. It measures about 2.5 inches in depth.
It dates to the Qing Dynasty in China (1644-1911).
It is hand painted in the Famille Rose palette and design.
It has a black ground border with green scrolling leaves and foliage and rose to pink colored flowers.
The level of detail and the quality of the painting is exceptional.
It is in outstanding condition with no repairs or restoration. It has an amazing clear ring and there are no hidden or hairline cracks.
NOTE: It does have a small number of tiny flake losses to the painting. They are not significant and can be seen in the photographs- if you look closely. They do not detract from it's overall appearance.
This has been in our personal collection for well over thirty years.