ANCIENT- EYES
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #878595
Ancient Eyes
$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 1930 item #151483 (stock #TR0239)
Ancient Eyes
$12,000.00

This original oil painting on stretched canvas and wooden stretchers measures 26 by 40 inches unframed.

It is signed Paine in the upper left portion of the canvas. It is also signed Louise Paine on the reverse and again on the stretchers bars.

Marie Louise Mattingly Paine is listed on Askart.com and Artprice.com as Marie Louise Paine. She is also listed in Who was Who in American Art and Davenport's Art Reference & Price Guide as M.L. Mattingly.

It dates circa 1920-35.

It is in excellent condition with the exception of one small triangular dent or puncture and a slight loss to the outside edge of the canvas where it wraps around the stretcher (see photo enlargements).

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Pre 1800 item #1124533
Ancient Eyes
Auction

This is an original antique Chinese carved lacquer cup.

It measures 2.75 inches in diameter and about 4.2 inches wide (including the Fu Lion handles on either side of the cup.)

It stands about 2 inches tall (measured from top to bottom.)

It has two robed figures seated on clouds set out against a repeating pattern.

This cup dates to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) or, quite possibly, even a bit earlier.

It is in excellent condition except for a tiny loss of lacquer on the interior lip of the cup (see closeup photo).

This cup was part of a small collection of Chinese carved lacquer purchased about 25 years ago from a private collection established in the early 20th century.

This is one of two similar cups that were part of the original collection. The cups were not a matching pair, but are of a very similar style. We will be offering the other cup later on.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1940 item #594259
Ancient Eyes
$1,800.00

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.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 2000 item #175818 (stock #scr1012)
Ancient Eyes
$1,695.00

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.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1492 item #736633
Ancient Eyes
$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 : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : Pre 1900 item #720892
Ancient Eyes
Price on Request

This original oil painting measures 16 by 24 inches (painting only) and 18 1/2 by 26 1/2 inches including the carved and gilded frame.

It is signed J.R. Ashton in the lower left corner (photo). It is also signed, dated and titled: Woodland, Merri Creek, J.R. Ashton 1900 on a paper label on the reverse of the frame (photo).

It is in outstanding condition, period.

This is a museum quality, oil painting by one of the most renown Australian artists of the 19th-20th centuries.

Julian Rossi Ashton is listed in many published artists biographical references. His works are held by many national museums throughout the world. One museum in Australia (The AG in New South Wales ) has 17 of his paintings in their permanent collection. Many of his accomplishments are listed in the artist biography below. He also has auction estimates and records for his truly exceptional works that range up into six figures.

Earlier this year(2010), an Australian auction house sold a tiny(6 x 9 inches) and somewhat similar oil painting for $18,000.00 including added costs. this works out to about $275.00 per square inch. If we used a similar or comparable measure for evaluating our early, signed and titled work, we would have to ask over $100,000.00 for it. Every painting is a one of a kind entity and although we believe that our painting is actually better, That is only one small criteria that we used to determine it's value. _____________________________________________________________________

Artist Biography : Julian Rossi Ashton was an influential portrait and landscape artist, and teacher known for his vigorous support of the Australian Impressionist Heidelberg School to which his authority has been both powerful and extensive.

Ashton attended the West London School of Art and the Academie Julian in Paris. He arrived in Australia in 1878 when he was invited to Melbourne by newspaper owner David Syme to work as an illustrator for the Illustrated Australian News. Due to creative differences with the editorial staff, he was forced to resign and transfer to the Australasian Sketcher. When Edmund Smith of the Howard Shipping Line offered Ashton a free trip to Sydney in 1883 he began working as an illustrator for The Picturesque Atlas of Australia, and regularly contributed to the Sydney Bulletin Magazine.

Working in both oil paint and watercolor, Ashton used landscapes, portraits and figure composition as subjects in his works which were effectively complemented by his poignant style of precise draftsmanship and delicate atmospheric effects.

His artistic skills proved to help him greatly when teaching at the Art Society of New South Wales from 1892 to 1896 when as a teacher he stressed the importance of accuracy in drawing and the plein air style.

His influence over the Australian art world attracted a wide circle of followers including Charles Conder, Alfred James Daplyn and Albert Henry Fullwood, who often accompanied him to paint in the picturesque Hawkesbury River Region in New South Wales.

Upon completion of one of his most well-known works, Evening, Merri Creek (1882; Sydney, A.G. NSW) he claimed to have accomplished the first plein air landscape in Australia. His works were outstanding examples of the desolate majesty of the Australian landscape.

In 1887 Julian Ashton became President of the Art Society of New South Wales. He used his position to vigorously campaign for the cause of Australian art. Later, as a trustee of the Art Gallery of New South Wales he helped emerging Australian artists of the Impressionist or Heidelberg School. The decision to keep a permanent collection of these works owes much to Ashton’s influence. As a trustee he declared that not less than 500 pounds be spent annually on the purchase of Australian Art. He also encouraged Government purchases which made possible the NSW Society of Artists’ Traveling Scholarship and the foundation of the Education Department Gallery in Sydney in 1913.

Ashton organized the first overseas exhibition of Australian art which helped the artists of the Heidelberg School to be recognized as significant contributors to the international art world.

Ashton also established the Sydney Art School in 1896, later renamed the Julian Ashton Art School. This institution, since it's inception, has been a center of activity for many aspiring young artists. With such prominent artists as William Dobell, John Passmore, John Olsen and Brett Whiteley among those who attended, the art school became famous to generations of students and continues its rich heritage in educating art students today.

A highly regarded gentleman of Australian art until his death in 1942 Ashton continued to push for the cause of Australian Art in which his influence is still strongly felt today.____ http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/collection/works/?q=Julian+Ashton&sort_by=relevance

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1930 item #87839 (stock #TR0136)
Ancient Eyes
$2,400.00

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 : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1970 item #698182
Ancient Eyes
$650.00

This original oil painting on stretched canvas measures 16 by 20 inches and sits in a dark, heavily carved antique style frame measuring 20 by 24 inches.

Although painted in a much older style, this painting dates to the middle of of the 20th century.

It is signed Burgy, in the lower right corner.

It is in excellent condition.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1950 item #555764
Ancient Eyes
$895.00

This original watercolor measures approximately 12 by 16 inches (sight) and it is matted under glass in a 15 by 19 inch frame.

It is signed lower left, Verna Evans.

Verna Evans was an artist living in San Marino, California during the early to middle 20th century. She was a student of Millard Sheets and also exhibited at local art shows in San Bernardino County.

This is only one work from a folio collection purchased many years ago from a local estate.

It is in excellent condition.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #685537
Ancient Eyes
$795.00
This antique copper and silver lidded jar or box measures 6 3/4 inches tall by 6 inches in diameter.

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.

Ancient Eyes
$695.00

This 18th-19th century Tibetan or Nepalese bronze oil lamp measures approximately 6 inches tall by 6 inches wide (pan tip to dragon tail).

It was designed to be used as a lamp using either Yak butter or oil.

It has a standing dragon for a handle and a pan with Ganesha on a shield. It is a classic design which incorporates motif from the two cultures (India and China) which are major influences on Tibet (situated between the two of them).

It dates from the late 18th through the middle of the 19th century.

It is in excellent condition with a small amount of verdigris in the recessed areas. It does appear to have been cleaned at some time in it's history and appears to be toning down nicely. It also has some wax residue remaining in a few crevices.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1940 item #737174
Ancient Eyes
$795.00

This original oil painting on canvas laid down on board measures 12 by 16 inches, and it is mounted in an original carved and gilded frame which measures 16 by 20 inches.

It is unsigned and in excellent condition.

We estimate it to date circa 1930-1940.

The subject is the San Gabriel Mission which has numerous Moorish or Spanish architectural motifs.

It is painted in a loose, impressionist style with very bright, almost Fauve colors.

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The Mission San Gabriel Arcángel is a fully functioning mission and also an historic landmark in San Gabriel, California.

It was founded by Spaniards of the Franciscan Order on "The Feast of the Birth of Mary" (September 8) in 1771.

The Mission often referred to as the "Godmother of the Pueblo of Los Angeles," was designed by Father Antonio Cruzado (who hailed from Córdoba, Spain, which accounts for the strong Moorish influence).

In 1776, a flash flood destroyed much of the crops and ruined the Mission complex, which was subsequently relocated five miles closer to the mountains in present-day San Gabriel (the native settlement of 'Iisanchanga).

The Mission is the base from which the pueblo that became the City of Los Angeles, California was sent. On December 8, 1812 (the "Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin") a series of massive earthquakes shook Southern California. The 1812 Wrightwood Earthquake caused the three-bell campanario, located adjacent to the chapel's east façade, to collapse. A larger, six-bell structure was subsequently constructed at the far end of the capilla.

Legend has it that the founding expedition was confronted by a large group of native Shoshone peoples whose intention was to drive the strangers away. One of the padres laid a painting of "Our Lady of Sorrows" on the ground for all to see, whereupon the natives (known to the settlers as the Gabrieliños) made peace with the missionaries, so moved were they by the painting's beauty. Today the 300-year-old painting hangs in the Mission's sanctuary.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Sculpture : Pre 1492 item #570738
Ancient Eyes
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This ancient marble carving of a reclining lion measures 6 1/2 inches wide by 5 inches in depth by 4 1/2 inches high.

It dates to either the Tang Dynasty in China (618 AD 907 AD) or slightly earlier in one of the Roman provinces ( possibly 300-400 AD). It is in excellent condition and quite rare.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #82890 (stock #TR0116)
Ancient Eyes
$1,995.00

This ANTIQUE CHINESE EXPORT PEWTER FISH BOWL & COVER measures 8 1/2 inches by 7 inches by 4 inches.

It is in excellent condition with no evidence of restoration or repairs. It does have some tarnish and wear as would be expected on a soft pewter serving dish that is between 120-160 years old.

IT IS HALLMARKED ON BOTH THE BOTTOM OF THE BOWL AND UNDER THE LID.

IT STILL RETAINS IT'S ORIGINAL GLASS EYES.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Pre 2000 item #132825 (stock #scr1010)
Ancient Eyes
Auction

This original contemporary Chinese ink and watercolor painting measures 14 by 54 inches (painting only) and 18 by 72 inches, including the silk brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has two seals and the signature of the artist along the upper edge. It also has three additional collector's seals (lower left and right corners).

It is in excellent condition.

This is one of the illustrations used in our as yet unpublished book on Totemic Jade carvings.

Additional information about Contemporary Chinese scroll paintings is available in our Newsletter which can be reached on our Home Page.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Metalwork : Pre 1800 item #1107919
Ancient Eyes
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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 : Pre 1910 item #541661
Ancient Eyes
$4,800.00

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).