This bronze sculpture of a standing figure of Parvati on a lotus stand measures 14.5 inches tall by 4.5 inches square at the base.
It is a very heavy, solid bronze casting and it is in excellent condition.
It dates circa 1890-1940.
This original oil painting on canvas measures 25 by 32 inches and sits in an outstanding carved gilt period frame measuring 28 by 35 inches.
The subject is a extensive mountain landscape with towering cliffs and a lake in the foreground. It appears to be located in one of the US National Parks.
It is signed, somewhat illegibly, Browning or A.Browning, in the lower left corner (see closeup photos).
It is in excellent condition with so apparent damage or repairs. There is one small area of the sky where the varnish was applied thickly and has darkened with age (see photo). Not really worth mentioning, but I try to be as accurate as possible.
Alvah Lincoln Browning commonly known as A. L. Browning was born December 4, 1864 in Atwood, Illinois. His parents were farmers but farming did not appeal to him. So at age sixteen, he became a painter. He was self taught.. Sometimes, he said, he'd get hold of paint left in a bucket or swipe dyes from his mother and try his hand at color. He tried to capture frost on the maples and colored rocks in the stream.
Around 1899 Browning was living in Sioux City, Iowa. Shortly after his first son George was born, he divorced his first wife, Dilly. He then travelled west with his nephew, Franklyn Browning. To pay their way, they painted barns. In his spare time Alvah painted and sold landscapes. After some time, Franklyn settled near Witchita, Kansas while Browning continued traveling west.
By 1914 he remarried, and was livoing with his wife and daughter in Denver, Colorado. The McMurtry Paint and Varnish Company of Denver was expanding and was building a new plant. The building boasted two large display windows. It was in one of these windows A. L. Browning would set up his artist studio. Here onlookers could stand outside watching him paint landscapes using McMurtry housepaints. The scenes were numbered with twenty six available titles available for sale to the public. They included Colorado scenes as Seven Falls, Estes Park, Lake Eldora, Big Thompson, and more. There were also scenes from other places he had traveled to through the USA and Europe.
By 1916 he had moved his family to Colorado Springs where his second son, Robert was born. City directories listed his occupation as an artist. Although they first misspelled his name as Alvin. He set up a shop offering paintings for sale and continued working for the McMurtry Paint Company. From spring through summer he painted in Colorado. Then in the fall he traveled by train to Little Rock, Arkansas where he painted landscapes for the Sherwin Williams Paint Company. A small flyer published by Sherwin Williams in 1944 related he had painted for them for over fifty years. While traveling between Colorado and Arkansas he would get out at he train stations. Here he would paint and sell his landscapes. Some who bought his painings remarked on how quickly he could create these paintings. Many paintings have been found at antique shops and second hand stores along this train route.
Browning traveled throughout the United States. He defied anyone to mention a sizable town in America in which he does not know someone. He had traveled in Mexico and Canada. He made three trips to Europe. On one trip he spent two years there painting. "The prettiest scenery you ever saw is the Baverian Alps," he said. One of the scenes listed on his label is titled "Alps in Switzerland."
When he wasn't traveling or painting landscapes Browning taught art classes. One Sherwin Williams ad pointed out that he had given over three thousand instructions.
In 1923 Browning moved his family to Long Beach, California. He continued painting, teaching and travelling. The Treais Hardware Company in San Diego advertised that he would be demonstating the use of Sherwin Williams paints in the store front window. The ad said he would paint any scene from a photograph and that all of his paintings are of a scenic nature only. It went on to say that his young son Robert who is an achieving artist would accompany him.
Around 1930 the Brownings spent a year in Mineral Wells, Texas. Before returning to Long Beach, A. L. Browning advertised an auction of his paintings. The auction was held at the Crazy Hotel Pavillion where he had his studio. About 250 paintings, most on canvas were auctioned.
After returning to Long Beach he continued painting as well as opening an artist's supply store. Sometime after this, his wife Helena passed away. Alvah L. Browning died December 7, 1947 at the St. Ernie Sanitarium in Inglewood, California.
He is listed on Askart.com: http://www.askart.com/AskART/artists/search/Search_Repeat.aspx?searchtype=AUCTION_RECORDS&&artist=116890 .
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.
This original bronze figure of a seated and robed official holding a jui (symbol of power) measures 8 1/2 inches tall by 5 inches wide by 3 1/2 inches.
It is covered overall with a very subtle and dark patina. It has a softness of detail that only comes from hundreds of years of handling. It also has a few cracks and slight losses to it's surface that do not detract from it's overall appearance.
It dates to a period ranging from the 15th through the 17th centuries in China.
The buyer will not be disappointed, as it is nicer than the photos would indicate. This bronze figure is guaranteed to be an original ( of the period. It is NOT a copy or reproduction of any kind.
This hand painted ceramic vase measures about 10 inches (24.5 cm)tall by 5 inches (13 cm) in diameter at it's widest point.
It dates circa 1870-1900 (during the late Meiji Period) in Japan.
It is in excellent condition with virtually all of the high relief gilding intact.
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.
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This original antique Chinoiserie wine jar or bottle measures about 9 inches tall by 3 inches in diameter.
It was made in the late 19th century by Rorstrand in Sweden.
It is a classic European interpretation of an Oriental motif, with a robed man holding a tray with serving implements, surrounded by flowering shrubs and plants.
It has TH. WINBORG on it's upper rim. The company TH Winborg was established in Sweden as a seller of vinegar spirits.
It has the Rorstrand mark and additional incised initials (HZ, L and A) on the bottom. The company TH Winborg was established in Sweden as a seller of vinegar spirits.
It is in outstanding condition and much nicer than the photos would indicate.
This original contemporary Chinese ink and watercolor painting measures 26 by 26 inches,and 31 by 70 inches, including the silk brocaded scroll it is mounted on.
It has the seal and signature of the artist, Zhao Bin (1939- )on the right hand edge. It also has one collector's seal in the lower left corner.
The subject is a view of temples in a high mountain landscape shrouded in fog.
It is in excellent condition,with the exception of a few marks on the scroll, but not on the painting itself.
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This carved jade pendant measures about 2 inches tall by 1 1/4 inches wide by about 1/2 inch in depth.
It is carved from a piece of jade that has a basic colors ranging from brown to pale celadon green . It also has a few natural forest green inclusions in the shape of a feather. The strong brown tones were created by utilizing the skin of the jade which is an indication of a water worn worn pebble.
It is carved in the shape of a fish in front of a natural plant shape or lotus leaf.
It weighs 37.6 grams.
It dates to about the middle of the 20th Century in China
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.
This original oil painting on artist's canvas panel board measures about 12 by 16 inches, not including the simple wooden frame it sits in.
The subject is a nude woman reclining on a bed under partially draped covers.
It dates circa 1950-1960.
It is signed PL (with initials) in the lower right corner. It also has a name tag on the reverse : Peggy Lancaster ( see closeup photo).
it is in excellent condition.
This MUSEUM QUALITY NORTH WEST COAST FIGURAL TOTEM was carved from one solid walrus tusk.
It dates circa 1890-1910.
It measures 25 inches long by about 2 1/4 inches diameter at the base.
It is carved overall with an amazing assortment of carved figures, including many native animals and other tribal figural icons.
It is in outstanding condition, with a wonderful ivory patina and age cracks. Virtually all of the 17+ carved figures have abalone eyes and are beautifully detailed and polished.
The photo enlargements do not begin to do it justice. This is truly a one of a kind item and guaranteed to be antique and authentic.
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.
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.
This pair of Chinese Seated Lions date from the 17th -19th Century or possibly a bit earlier.
These pottery or earthenware lions each measure about 9.5 - 10 inches tall by 6 inches wide by about 4 inches in depth.
They are in very good condition with only a small loss to one of the tails.
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.
This Museum quality Navaho belt buckle is signed VMB. Victor Moses Begay is a legend in Native American Silver jewelry.
It measures 4.25 by 3.16 inches (80 mm x 107 mm).
It is in excellent condition. It weighs a little over 100+ grams.
Victor Moses Begay, a Navajo silversmith, worked in producing classic Navaho silver from the 1950s to the early 1980s.
His pieces are extremely rare to find since he stopped producing in the early 80's and always gets top dollar in the jewelry market.
His jewelry is also featured in museums around the country including the Heard Museum of Phoenix AZ and the Harvard Peabody Museum.
He was well known for the meticulous detail he put into his work.
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.