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All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1940 item #593627
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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.

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 even have had a resurgence of collecting interest today.

This original painting is in very good condition with the exception of a few very small scuffs to the canvas, causing a minor amount of paint loss ( easily restoreable).

This painting should be of interest to any serious lamp collector, especially one who collects the type of lamps that Aubrey Leech designed. The fact that the subject of the painting is also a lamp or lantern can be considered an added bonus.

This is one of two similar paintings by the same artist that we are currently offering. A discount of 25% is available if both paintings are purchased at the same time. They are close enough in style, content and size to look like a matched pair.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Metalwork : Pre 1492 item #1166326
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These two original Chinese bronze figures date from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) along with the gilt bronze screens behind them.

The bronze Buddha measures 7 3/4 inches tall by 5 3/4 inches wide by 3 3/4 inches in depth. (19.5 cm x 14.5 cm x 10.0 cm). The Buddha has a large percentage of it's original gilding remaining as do both of the gilt bronze backs. The Buddha also has a Wan symbol on his chest.

The bronze Guanyin or Avalokitesvara measures 8.25 inches tall by 5 inches wide by 3.5 inches in depth. (21 cm x 12.5 cm x 8.5 cm).

We are offering both of the bronzes and both of the finely detailed gilt bronze backs as a group (4 pieces -2 figures and 2 screen backs -all at one price.)

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A comparable seated bronze Buddha of the same size (8.25 inches) sold at auction recently at Christies London, South Kensington on May 18th 2012 for $81, 349.00

http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/lot/a-gilt-bronze-figure-of-a-seated-5564312-details.aspx?from=searchresults&intObjectID=5564312&sid=9fa10335-1106-4707-9a6c-05e1583ac92b

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All of these bronzes are original, of the period (Ming Dynasty) and guaranteed as such.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1920 item #302005
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$895.00

This outstanding example of a Muhuashi (Petrified Wood Scholar's Rock) measures 8 inches by 5 1/2 inches by 4 inches tall (including the carved wooden stand it sits in). One photo enlargement shows the stand and the bottom of the rock.

It has the appearance of a craggy old mountain. It was at one time part of a collection of jade mountains. The mineralized wood is actually as hard or harder than jade.

It is difficult to put an actual age on this stone, but we can easily assume that it's age can be measured in centuries, lot's of them!

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Pre 2000 item #775666
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$4,500.00

This original contemporary Chinese ink and watercolor painting measures 27 by 53 inches, and 31 by 75 inches, including the silk brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has the seal and signature of the artist, Jiao Loushi, on the upper left hand edge. It also has one collector's seal in the lower right corner.

The subject is a view of a temple in a high mountain landscape with waterfalls and trees.

It is in excellent condition.

Chinese 20th Century paintings have been an excellent investment lately as prices have been escalating dramatically in both auctions and private sales.

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$2,400.00

This antique Persian Silver vase measures 7 inches tall (17 cm) by 5 1/2 inches in diameter (14.5 cm).

It dates circa 1700-1850 or earlier.

It is finely engraved with alternating medallions of bird in an ornate floral landscape and medallions of symmetrical calligraphy. Between the medallions are additional engraved floral wreaths

There are three silver hallmarks on the base. The usual standard of Persian silver is .84 or 84/100 pure silver.

Condition is excellent except for a small bung (see enlargement). Overall, this is an outstanding work of art and much nicer than my poor photos would indicate. Any color changes in the photos are from the flash and not on the vase itself.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1940 item #82862 (stock #TR0115)
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$1,295.00

This original CALIFORNIA SCHOOL MISSION OIL PAINTING on old artist's canvas panel board measures 18 by 24 inches, UNFRAMED.

It is approximately 60-70 years old and in very good condition except for one small tear (with no losses) in the canvas.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1950 item #513384
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$1,200.00

This original oil painting on stretched canvas measures 15 by 21 inches, unframed. It is in excellent condition with no damage, flaking, losses or repairs. The varnish is a bit dry and it's colors would improve with a new coat of varnish, but we will leave that decision to the new owner. It is signed O'loughlin 52 in the lower right corner. (Thomas) O'loughlin is a listed California Artist in Davenport's Art Reference & Price Guide (1994-5 Edition). This is a loose attribution and not verified. This painting was purchased about 35 years ago in Southern California.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : Pre 1900 item #720892
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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 : Oil : Europe : Pre 1930 item #741462
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$650.00

This original oil painting on stretched canvas measures 28.5cm by 33cm (about 11 1/4 by 13 inches, not including the simple but detailed wooden frame it sits in.

The subject is an alpine mountain landscape with a Swiss or Bavarian style building and a dome topped church or building beyond. The scene includes snow capped mountains in the distance.

It is signed J. Felsinger in the lower right portion of the painting. Josef Felsinger (1908-1972) is listed on Artprice.com with a history of auction sales.

This painting is executed in a very crisp, well detailed impressionist style.

The colors are vibrant and better looking in person than the photos would indicate. Any white dots on the pictures are the result of flash bounce back and are NOT on the painting itself.

There is a very fine spiderweb pattern of crackling of the canvas from age that does not show up in the photos, but only when the painting is lit from behind.

Overall, this is a very attractive little gem of a painting by a known artist. The buyer will not be disappointed.

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$595.00

This antique bronze figure of the Monkey God Hanuman measures 5 x 4 x 1 1/2 inches (13 x 10 x 3 cm).

It is in excellent condition.

This ancient bronze figure was most likely crafted in Northern India, Tibet or Nepal.

We are dating it to the 17th - 18th century, although it may actually be much earlier, based on it's stylistic similarities with small Pala period bronze figures.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Oceanic : Sculpture : Pre 1950 item #635387
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$1,800.00

This Melanesian carved wooden mask measures 23 inches top to bottom by 9 inches wide by 2 inches in depth.

It was produced by the Middle Sepik River Culture of Papua New Guinea; most likely from the Washkuk region.

It dates from the early to middle 20th century and is in excellent condition.

The mask is carved in a representation of an elongated face with stylized tatoos overall, with a frog shaped headdress and a flying bird post or goatee. It has shell eyes and the bird is also set with red stone or glass eyes.

It is interesting in it's multiple use of imagery. The mask has a handle bar mustache which also serves as both the wings of the flying bird and the feet of the running frog. This is an exceptional design and also very well executed.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Pre 1930 item #107531 (stock #TR0185)
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$1,295.00

This bronze figure of a seated shogun or emperor measures 14 inches tall by 12 inches wide by approximately 8 inches in depth.

It is in excellent condition, although it appears to have been mounted to a base at one time (with two drill holes in a bronze cross brace on the interior).

It appears to date to the late Meiji Period (circa 1900), but it may be slightly later (1920-30)..

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1990 item #561096
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$1,600.00

This original watercolor measures 22 by 30 inches, unmounted and unframed.

The subject is young boys playing in a waterfall and swimming in a pond set in a lush tropical mountain landscape.

It is in excellent condition .

It is signed William M Thurston C.1988 in the lower right corner.

There is an artist, William Thurston who worked as an illustrator for the Hawaiian Sugar Planters Association, but this connection has not been fully documented yet.

This is one of two similar Hawaiian theme watercolors that we are offering by this artist.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1930 item #587829
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$2,995.00

This original oil painting is in the style of a well known California Plein Air Painter of the 1920's-1930's. It is, however, unsigned.

It measures 16 by 20 inches and sits in a period 22 by 26 inch frame.

Both the frame and the painting are in outstanding condition.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1930 item #151483 (stock #TR0239)
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$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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1900 item #1187101
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$4,800.00

This old unique jade comb measures 7.5 inches x 2.25 inches x .25 inches in depth.

It is carved from a piece of semi translucent pale green hard jade. This is not serpentine or another jade simulant -this is JADE.

It has a natural feather inclusion along the top edge- a good sign.

We estimate this to be a Qing Dynasty version of a much earlier style of carving.

It has a stylized dragon with archaic symbols as scales on it's body.

This is a very nice jade. The buyer will not be disappointed.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Pre 2000 item #132825 (stock #scr1010)
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$7,500.00

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 : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1940 item #689725
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$16,000.00

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.