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All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 2000 item #778230
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This original Chinese watercolor painting measures 25 by 25 inches (ink and watercolor painting only) and 29 by 69 inches, including the brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has the seal and signature of the artist, reportedly Hongjun, along the lower right side of the painting. It also has a collector's seal in the lower left corner.

The subject is a water garden scene with pink lotus flowers with large leaves in shadow and small fish swimming through.

This painting was painted with a very loose hand, but by an obviously talented artist.

This original ink and watercolor painting mounted as a scroll dates from the middle to the latter part of the 20th Century.

It is in excellent condition.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre AD 1000 item #523969
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$4,500.00

This extremely old hardstone / jade bracelet dates from the Liangzhu Period (3300 BC-2200 BC).

It is a varigated black color with one spot of pale yellow green on the interior.

It is in excellent condition, even though its material has been been degraded over time (The scratch test only works on the green spot due to the degradation of the darker areas). It also has a crystal structure that can be seen under high magnification.

It has an outside diameter of 3 1/4 - 3 1/2 inches (8.5- 9 cm) and an interior diameter of 2 5/8 inches (6.6 cm). It is about 3/4 inch in width (1.8 - 2.0 cm). This is an outstanding piece and is similar in style to another burnt jade bangle of white chicken bone color in published works.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1900 item #82710 (stock #TR0113)
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$695.00

This antique wooden mask is a representation of Mahakala.

It dates from the late 19th or earlier.

It is similar in style and iconography to masks from Nepal, Tibet or Sikkim.

It measures about 13 inches high by 9 inches wide.

It is in very good condition except for a few small cracks and losses to the wood. It has remnants of remaining overpaint in the crevices and recessed areas.

Comparables Note: a slightly larger mask with the original paint remaining is listed in Miller's Price Guide(2003) at $7,800-$9,400 (Sotheby's - NY)(see photo enlargement #4).

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #586936
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$650.00

This Chinese Export or Chinoiserie lacquered wooden box measures 7 1/4 inches by 5 1/4 inches by 1 3/4 inches.

It dates from the late 18th century to middle 19th century.

It is hand painted with a scene of five figures in a pagoda and garden landscape. The figures are painted in gold over a black lacquer and wood base.

It is in very good condition except for a few very minor cracks and small losses to the lacquer.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1970 item #138551 (stock #TR0230)
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$240.00

This original oil painting on artist's panel board measures 11 x 14 inches and sits in a carved wood and gesso period frame measuring 17 x 20 inches.

It is signed Ricardo in the lower right corner.

It is in excellent condition.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Ceramics : Pre 1920 item #626513
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$280.00

This ceramic elephant on a stand measures 6 3/4 inches tall by 6 inches wide by 3 inches in depth.

It dates from the first half of the 20th century.

Although the glaze is identical to certain Chinese glazes, it may be American or European in origin.

It may also be Chinese, but we don't believe so, based on it's design.

It is in excellent condition with the exception of two minor flecks to the glaze and two holes drilled in it's base. It may have been filled with sand at one time to serve as a bookend. If there was a mate to this piece, we've never seen it.

It is a charming little piece, with legitimate age - at least 75 years.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Pre 1950 item #1221698
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$1,200.00

These two sterling silver porringers date from the early to middle 20th century.

Both are marked sterling. One is Gorham sterling and the other is Wallace sterling.

The measure 6.25-6.5 inches at their longest point (about 17 cm).

Each is about 4.5 inches in diameter (11.5 cm). They weigh together 8.3 ounces-see the last photo on scale. They came from the same estate collection years ago. One is simply marked "James". The other is marked, " To James Richard Hittle - From His Godfather, Douglas Fairbanks Jr.

They are both in very good condition generally, but have numerous small bungs as would be expected from a gift given to a small child as a christening present.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1950 item #99787 (stock #TR0162)
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$795.00
This original oil painting on old artist's canvas panel board dates circa 1930-50. It sits in a gilded frame measuring 17 by 21 inches.

It measures 16 x 20 inches, and is in EXCELLENT CONDITION.

It is signed, Lillie Durham in the lower right corner.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1900 item #469542
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$2,495.00
This unusual jade carving of a griffin with a bull's head and a snake in it's mouth measures 6 1/2 inches tall by 4 1/2 inches wide by about 2 1/2 inches in depth. It has colors that range from pale celadon green to pale blue grey in addition to a covering of off white calcification over much of it's surface. it also has an outstanding natural cloud pattern that is evident in pictures of it's backside or wings. It is in outstanding condition except for the loss of a very small tip of one of it's ears (see photo). We are dating this old jade to the Qing Dynasty although it may be older. We prefer to be conservative when it comes to dating jade (Our buyers don't seem to mind.) It's wings are engraved with feather marks and it has well delineated claws on all four extremities. This is a truly interesting carving that is difficult to categorize. The buyer will not be disappointed as it look much better in person than the photos in both detail and depth of color.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Glass : Italian : Pre AD 1000 item #1197032
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This ancient Roman two handled glass vase is in excellent condition. It has no damage, repairs or restoration.

It measures about 4 3/4 inches tall by 3 5/8 inches in diameter at it's widest point.

It has applied glass handles which have been referred to by some as "Dolphin Handles".

It has areas of wear and iridescence overall.

It has parallel striations down the neck below the wide lip.

This is a museum quality glass vase that we have had in our personal collection for about forty years.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 2000 item #731132
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$795.00

This original Chinese watercolor painting measures 20 by 42 inches (ink and watercolor painting only) and 24 by 71 inches, including the brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has the seal and signature of the artist, along with one or two additional seals which may be collector's seals.

The subject is a classic Chinese motif which includes people walking across bridges in a small village situated in an extensive mountain and waterfall landscape. There is also a temple on the highest point of the mountain which is likely their destination.

It dates from the late 20th Century.

It is in excellent condition.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1900 item #580721
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$800.00

This original painting on thin stretched linen on canvas measures 7 by 11 inches, including the bamboo style wooden frame it sits in.

The subject is a young Chinese girl in a colorful robe holding a fan made of peacock feathers.

This painting is in "As Found" condition which means it needs some level of restoration. The painting shows a heavy level of crackle (similar to that found on old Chinese ceramics. It also has a 3 to 4 inch split along the right side. There are a few other other small problems in this painting. It will require some restoration, but will be worth it. This little gem will be a classic after restoration. However,it is being sold AS-IS, due to it's current condition.

It is unsigned but there are Chinese characters on the reverse stretcher, which may be the equivalent of a signature.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1900 item #656890
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$2,695.00

This standing nephrite jade carving of a bearded and robed figure with long horns or a headdress of some sort measures about 10 1/2 inches tall by 3 inches wide by 1 1/2 inches in depth.

It is carved from a large piece of nephrite ranging from pale to deep green with a strip of oxidized white to yellow jade down the middle. In addition, there is a crackled stripe of oxidation running down through the center of the face through the figure to the bottom of the robe.

There are also engraved rectangular patterns and additional patterns on the robe.

Although the serious possibility exists that this is an old nephrite carving dating to the Shang period, we are dating this one very conservatively to about circa 1900-1920. If it turns out to be much older, we are certain the buyer will not be too upset.

It is interesting to note, however, that the oxidation and subsequent crackling of the stone that runs right down through the face probably occurred after the jade was carved. The question arises: if this is a copy made in the last 100 years or so, why didn't they turn it around before they carved the face, as the center of the back side is pristine where the face could have been positioned, no crackling or deterioration? It would have been the better choice to use as the front and would have made a more attractive and potentially more saleable copy. If however, the deterioration of the stone actually happened over an extended period of time after it was carved, that would make more sense as an explanation as to why the current positioning of the stone in relation to it's natural flaws or irregularities.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 2000 item #119142 (stock #scr1006)
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$1,495.00

This original contemporary Chinese watercolor painting measures 27 by 52 inches (painting only) and about 31 by 70 inches, including the brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has the seal and signature of the artist, Shang Xiao Fang along with one collector's seal.

The subject is a pair of red headed cranes standing amidst pine foliage.

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

Additional information about Contemporary Chinese scroll paintings is available in our Newsletter by clicking on Newsletter on our Home page.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Modernism : Pre 1980 item #1032922
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$3,200.00

This two inch wide silver bracelet in the shape of a cuff contains fifty-eight(58)faceted emeralds.

Each gemstone measures ranges in size from about 8 x 10 mm to about 10 mm x 14 mm in size. There are 17 tear drop shaped stones and 41 oval stones.

The colors range from a slightly pale green to a very rich brilliant green.

There are inclusions in all of the stones as should be expected in emerald or beryl (which is what all emerald really is, regardless of it's color.)

The silver is marked .925 on the clasp and all of the stones are in excellent condition with no obvious damage or repairs.

This bracelet measures about 2.5 inches on it's internal diameter. (This is an estimate, but it's a careful estimate).

Words really don't do justice to this bracelet, but the pictures help.

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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Earthenware : Pre 1900 item #261238 (stock #TR0306)
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$1,200.00

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.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1900 item #1136994
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$1,800.00

This antique Chinese nephrite jade carving of a naturalistic motif, possibly a squash or gourd.

It measures 2 inches long by 1 1/8 inches tall by about 1/2 inch in depth.

It dates to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)in China and is carved from a pale green celadon jade.