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All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1930 item #87839 (stock #TR0136)
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$1,695.00

THIS LARGE ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING ON HEAVY WATERCOLOR PAPER IS SIGNED RUTH LEE(LR)

IT MEASURES 22 BY 29 INCHES (UNFRAMED).

RUTH HUDSON LEE (1885-?) was born in Syracuse, New York. She studied with Hawthorne, Adams, George Pearce Ennis, Eliot O'Hara & Paul Ludwig Gill. She also was a member of and exhibited at: the American Watercolor Society in NY, the Washington Watercolor Club and the National Association of Women Artists in New York City. In addition, she was associated with the SYRACUSE EIGHT watercolorists. Her works were shown at the Philadelphia and Baltimore Watercolor Societies, Argent Gallery, Rochester Memorial Art Gallery, Munson Williams Proctor Institute, Binghampton Art Gallery (1 WOMAN SHOW), Auburn Art Museum, ETC, ETC.

She is well listed in numerous artist's biographies and price guides.

This MUSEUM QUALITY WATERCOLOR is in OUTSTANDING CONDITION !!

This unframed work will be shipped ROLLED IN A WIDE TUBE to protect it.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #105013 (stock #TR0175)
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$375.00

This blue & white ceramic bottle or jar measures 9 inches tall by 3 1/4 inches in diameter.

It is hand painted with scenes in cobalt blue on a white ground.

It is in excellent condition with a few natural fissures and irregularities to the glaze (see close up photos).

We estimate it to date circa 1700-1900.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #834235
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This large Chinese Cloisonne covered box measures 15 inches in diameter. It actually measures 17.5 inches wide, when you include the bronze handles on either side. It also measures 8 inches tall.

It is in excellent condition with the exception of a small circular restored spot on the bottom of the exterior. It appears to have been repaired in the late 19th century, based on the odd shade of green enamel that was used in the repair.

The cloisonne scene on the lid consists of a phoenix (fenghuang) looking down on a mountain range across the waters and under a red sun (a possible reference to Japan).

The chrysanthemums in the foreground may refer to Japanese royalty. This could have been designed as a gift for Japanese royalty.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1492 item #600751
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$1,295.00

This white nephrite jade carving of a pig dates from the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD).

It measures 4 inches nose to tail, by about 1 3/8 inches tall by 1 inch in width.

It is an overall white color with traces of brown oxidation in the crevices. It has areas of irregularity on it's flat and rounded surfaces that create an almost spider web like pattern (off white on white colors).

It is in excellent condition except for one drill hole in the tail which does not appear to be contemporary with the piece. It was most likely added so it could be worn as a pendant.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1990 item #735646
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$995.00

This original contemporary Chinese ink and watercolor painting measures 18.5 by 19 inches, and 22 by 59.5 inches, including the silk brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has the seal and signature of the artist, Zhao Bin (1939- ) on the left hand edge. It also has one collector's seal in the lower right corner.

The subject is a view of a high mountain landscape shrouded in fog with a small temple with people viewing it in the distance.

It is in excellent condition.

This is one scroll painting from our collection of over 400 original Chinese ink and watercolor paintings on paper or silk that we collected over a period of about 20 years. Most were purchased directly from the artist or their agents and mounted for us in China prior to shipping them home. All are guaranteed to be original paintings, not prints or copies of any kind.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1960 item #797685
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$1,495.00

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

It dates circa 1940-1960 from a regional school of watercolor painting found in, but not limited to California.

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

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

This is one painting from a collection of original California watercolors.

A portion of the collection is represented by signed watercolors by Robert Landry. A few others, unsigned or with different names appear to have been painted by his students.

Check our other listings for additional offerings of similar signed and unsigned period watercolor paintings. We will be adding more as time permits.

(NOTE) We will be keeping some of both the signed and unsigned paintings from this collection for ourselves. In a weak economy, with a falling dollar, they are great investments that can be hung on a wall and enjoyed, feeding both one's soul and pocketbook at the same time.

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 various auction houses over the years including John Moran Auctions in Pasadena, California.

He is also listed on Askart.com and other art websites.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 2000 item #753219
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$450.00

This original contemporary Chinese ink and watercolor painting measures approximately 18 1/2 by 38 inches, and 22 1/2 by 65 inches, including the silk brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has the seal and signature of the artist along the middle right side edge.

The subject is a somewhat impressionist view of a waterfall with a pair of birds sitting in a tree in the foreground, surrounded by floral blossoms.

It is in excellent condition.

It dates to the second half of the 20th Century.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Pre 1950 item #1205817
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$4,800.00

This original oil painting on stretched canvas and stretcher boards measures 15 by 30 inches, not including the split bamboo frame that surrounds it.

The subject of this charming painting is two geishas on a bridge with a pagoda and flowers.

It was painted and signed, lower right, by Aubrey Leech.

Aubrey Leech was known as a New York lamp designer of motion lamps in the early 20th Century and is specifically associated with the Econolite Jr. Models.

These rotating and painted lamps were very popular from 1920-1960 and have even had a resurgence of collecting interest today.

This original painting is in very good condition with the exception of a few small losses along the right side.

We prefer payment by Paypal, but also accept other forms of payment .

All payments must clear completely prior to shipment.

Thank you for looking: William Brooks

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1492 item #736633
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$900.00

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 : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #878595
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$1,200.00

This engraved Sterling Silver tankard dates from the decade following the American Civil War (circa 1870-79 ).

It measures 3.5 inches tall by 2.5 -2.75 inches in diameter (not including the handle). It also measures 4 inches from the handle to the front edge of the cup.

It weighs 189 grams or 6.08 troy ounces.

It is marked on the bottom of the cup: ENG' STERLING 925-100 .

This is an American Silver Tankard Dated 1879 which may have served as a Christening cup.

A somewhat similar mark can be seen at the link below

http://www.smpub.com/ubb/Forum1/HTML/000303.html

It has been suggested that ENG may mean English Silver. This is incorrect because all English silver from this period had to be hallmarked in the English manner. However, before the sterling standard was fully adopted by the American silver manufacturing establishment, manufacturers who WERE making sterling often marked their wares "ENGLISH STERLING", as in this example.

This piece is not English, it just is up to the English sterling standard.

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It also has the number 26 with gothic B's in diamond stamps on either side (B 26 B)

In 1866 William Bogert bought out the business of prominent New york City manufacturer Charles Grosjean, and formed William Bogert & Co. with Bernard Beiderhase. We believe that this silver cup or tankard was manufactured by Bogert and Beiderbase (B and B) under the eventual name of William Bogert and Company.

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This is a solid sterling silver tankard and guaranteed as such.

It is in excellent condition with a nice even finish and a subtle patina.

It has a couple of extremely minor scrapes along the outside bottom edge where it appears to have been tested for silver purity during the last 130 years.

It is also engraved on the front: Tracey Lay Turner --September 1879 (surrounded by a delicate flowing engraving of wheat and or berries.)

Overall, this is a very clean and pristine example of late 19th century American Silver with documentation that leads us all the way back to it's original owner.

Biographical Information:

Tracey lay Turner was a Stock broker and banker (among other things) who lived and worked in 19th century Chicago.

The following information is an excerp from the Book Of Chicagoans (a sort of Who’s Who from the 19th-20th Century):

TURNER, Tracy lay, stock broker: born Chicago, Aug. 26, 1879*

Son of Edward H. and Ida B. (Foster) Turner; educated in private schools; married Chicago, Oct. 3, 1899, Claribel Countiss; 2 sons: Tracy L.,Jr. and Foster.

Began in Marshall Field & Co.'s wholesale house, 1896, and later was with Whiteside & Wentworth, real estate.

In 1897 he entered the employ of Chapln & Gaylord, stock and bond brokers and later became office manager.

In February 1901, he is lsted as a partner in the firm of S. B. Chapln & Co , bankers and brokers.

Republican. Episcopalian. Clubs: Chicago Athletic, Union League, South Shore Country, Glen View, Kenwood Country, Tuscumbia. Recreations: golf, fishing and motoring. Residence: 1120 E. 48th St. Office: The Rookery.

*Note_ Tracey Lay Turner was born on August 26, 1879, so either the Chicagoan or the engraver got it wrong by 4 days. It has been suggested that the difference or error may be related to a Christening date. So the date on the cup may actually be the date of christening rather than the date of birth.

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All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1900 item #143243 (stock #TR0234)
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$3,600.00

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.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #83192 (stock #TR0118)
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$750.00

This original 19th century wooden carving of a Chinese Emperor with gilded and polychrome details measures 11 inches tall, 5 3/4 inches wide and 4 1/2 inches deep. It is in outstanding condition with ornate detailing and symbols in high relief on it's golden robe.

The one exception to it's unusually good condition is the loss of one hand. The hair in it's beard is REAL.

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 : Europe : Pre 1900 item #733335
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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.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 2000 item #179655 (stock #scr1088)
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This original contemporary Chinese watercolor painting measures 25 by 26 inches (painting only) and about 29 by 65 inches, including the brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has the seal and signature of the artist, Li Tong Yuan.

The subject is a pair of blue kingfishers both trying to eat the same fish.

It is in excellent condition and has very fine and subtle details.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Pre 1970 item #754696
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$395.00

This original stone carving of a fisherman throwing his nets measures 6 3/4 inches tall by 5 1/2 inches wide by about 3 inches in depth.

It originated in China from about the middle -late part of the 20th century (circa 1960-1980).

It is carved from a mottled beige to brown stone known in China as Shoushan stone. It is a semi hard stone, often used for carving finely detailed calligraphic seals. It is softer than jade and harder than soapstone (steatite).

It is in outstanding condition, except for a very tiny (pencil point sized) rim chip on the edge of the fisherman's hat.

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.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #104971
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$1,195.00

This Meiji period JAPANESE KUTANI BOWL measures 10 1/2 inches in diameter and 4 inches deep.

It is in excellent condition with slight wear to the gilding as would be expected .

It is signed on the bottom (see enlargement).