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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre 1900 item #1188953
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$750.00

This antique silver cup was probably made from melted Spanish silver coins that came from silver produced in the mines of Mexico or South America, c. 1800-1860.

It has engraved and chiseled decorative borders and an applied handle in the shape if a two headed dragon.

It stands 3 1/2" in height, 4 1/4" across the handle and weighs 108 grams or 3.72 Troy ounces.

It is in excellent condition with no dents, losses or repairs.

It also has no marks or monograms and is guaranteed to be at least .900 pure (coin silver).

All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Pre 1940 item #658263
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$1,195.00

This large seated pottery figure of a woman measures 11 1/2 inches tall by 7 1/4 inches wide by 7 1/4 inches in depth.

It is in very good condition with the exception of a old repaired break on the leg below the figure's right knee.

It still has remnants of old applied colors on the head band, loin cloth, nose ring, arm bands and jar. It also shows the effect of having been burned black in some areas. The mouth is in an unusual open position, as if singing or chanting.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1492 item #1079064
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This antique gilt bronze figure of Tara dates to 11th-12th century Nepal.

It measures approximately 12 inches tall (13 inches with custom wooden stand).

It is in outstanding condition, especially considering that it is over 900 years old.

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NOTE: This 900+ year old bronze does have one condition issue:

The lotus flower on Tara's left shoulder is bent forward slightly and needs to be repositioned professionally.

It is a relatively simple and inexpensive process, but it should be done by someone with experience in such matters.

Just bending it back might have the unwanted effect of snapping it off. It needs to be heated, softened and gently moved back into place by a pro.

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Tara is the most important goddess in the Buddhist pantheon.

She stands, gracefully and powerfully modeled in a hip-shot posture.

Her right hand is held in a gesture of varadamudra (fearlessness and wish granting).

Her left hand is held in a teaching gesture (vitarkamudra) while holding a lotus flower rising to her shoulder.

Her face has a serene expression with downcast eyes flanked by large earrings.

She is wearing a diaphanous dhoti rolled down to the waist. It is incised with floral patterns and secured with a jeweled sash inset with precious stones.

She also wears a jeweled neck piece, armbands and tiara enclosing her up swept hair.

Tara occupies a unique status in that she has mythological origins as a goddess, as a Bodhisattva and is also frequently viewed as a Buddha.

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THIS IS A MUSEUM QUALITY BRONZE AND IT IS GUARANTEED TO BE AS DESCRIBED, WITH NO EXCEPTIONS.

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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Pre 1800 item #1206291
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$4,500.00

This fine bronze ewer or kettle (aftaba) dates to the 18th Century in Wughal India.

It is of typical form and good weight. It measures: height: 26cm, width: 24cm.

It has a prominent faceted spout along with its original lid with a bud-like finial, an 'S' shaped handle which has a stylized lion head at one end and a lotus bud finial at the other. It stands on four short feet.

The flattened, globular pear shaped body tapers to a long neck. The body has been cast with raised cloud or foliage borders to the top and bottom, The design work on the body is of better quality than usually seen. The body, lid and spout have been engraved overall with repeated stylized vegetable or poppy motifs. The lid has similar patterns.

Ewers of this type originated in Persia and the Middle East. Typical Islamic ewers comprised a central chamber to which a spout, foot, handle and neck were attached. They permitted water to flow - notations in the Koran described flowing water as 'clean'.

Ewers were introduced to India by Muslim invaders during the late thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries. Later Indian inspired designs became more curvaceous and many were decorated  with lush plant and floral motifs.

In India, local Muslims used such vessels for hand washing. They became a practical tool of hospitality, being used to welcome visitors by pouring scented water over the hands and feet and into a basin, and took on a great variety of shapes and types whilst adhering to the basic ewer form.

This example is in excellent condition. There are no repairs, splits or dents. as mentioned, the lid is original – usually the lid is missing or replaced.

A slightly larger (39.4 cm tall) sold at Sotheby's on October 5, 2011 for 6250 British pounds( $9784.00 in US dollars) (lot 265) . It had much less surface detailing. ( http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2011/arts-of-the-islamic-world/lot.265.html )

Provenance: The southern California art market prior to 1980.

Reference: Zebrowski, M., Gold, Silver & Bronze from Mughal India, Alexandria Press, 1997.

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 : Estate Jewelry : Ethnic : Far Eastern : Pre 1980 item #1139493
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$495.00

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

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Ethnic : Bedouin : Pre 1900 item #547041
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$1,250.00

This silver Turkoman or Kazak fibula (breastplate) measures approximately nine inches from top to bottom. The diamond shape measures about five inches side to side or 4 1/2 inches when measured straight across as a square. It is about 1/4 inch or 6-7 mm in thickness. It appears to be solid rather than hollow. It has a black linen pad hand stitched to the reverse , which helps to document that it was actually a family heirloom, rather than merely having been produced to sell to tourists. It dates from the latter part of the 19th century and is in excellent condition. It is inset with carnelian, jade and black onyx or jet cabachons. It is covered on the front with gilding and triangular silver shapes covered with silver dots. It is unmarked, but guaranteed to be about .900 silver or better. Many silversmiths melted old silver coins to obtain their silver for making jewelry. Most coins were about .900 silver in quality.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 2000 item #768499
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This original contemporary Chinese watercolor painting measures 25 1/2 by 25 1/2 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 (unknown at this time)in the lower right corner, and one additional collector's seal.

The subject is a single blue kingfisher flying among a background of blue leaves and pale green delicate flowers.

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

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 : Fine Art : Paintings : Pre 1910 item #541661
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$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).

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 : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1940 item #100191 (stock #TR0163)
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$4,800.00

This ORIGINAL OIL PAINTING on stretched canvas measures about 31 by 36 inches framed (25 x 30 inches - oil only).

It is in EXCELLENT CONDITION!

It is signed Elizabeth Crawford (see photo enlargement #5) in the UPPER LEFT corner.

This painting dates to the early part of the 20th century.

Elizabeth Crawford is listed in Artprice.com as a 20th century artist.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1960 item #1170423
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$2,600.00

This original painting on watercolor 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 giclee or print of any kind.

This is one painting from a collection of original California watercolors, originally purchased from a student of the noted California watercolor artist, Robert Landry.

The collection had been in storage for about 25 years.

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 and 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.

His 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 also listed in numerous artists’ biographical publications. His works have also sold at various auction houses over the years including John Moran Auctions in Pasadena, California. In addition, he is listed on www.askart.com and other art and auction websites.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1940 item #594259
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$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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Metalwork : Pre 1910 item #724493
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This old Sino Tibetan bronze seated figure riding a Chinese Lion measures 6 1/2 inches wide by 6 1/4 inches tall by 3 1/4 inches in depth.

The seated figure appears to be a Hotai or Budai wearing a crown and holding a mongoose in one hand and making the Karana symbol in the other.

It dates from the late 19th through early 20th Century.

It is in excellent condition, except that it has no bottom seal ( covering on the base). This may be another case of a bronze figure's base being opened while searching for hidden jewels. It also has two small areas of green verdigris: one on the lions mouth and the other near the left foot of the figure. There is additional verdigris evident up inside the base, leading to the conclusion that the bottom has been exposed for some time.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Eskimo : Sculpture : Pre 1837 VR item #820826
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$16,000.00

This original carved "oosik" or penis bone measures about 11 inches long by 1 inch wide by 1 1/2 inches in depth at it's wide at the base.

Although it has the appearance of ivory, it is actually carved from heavily fossilized walrus penile bone. It is much harder than traditional ivory and as such has been used by native people for generations to producing knives and important implements.

This is likely a fertility totem in as much as it has a hooded woman riding a phallus with the raven and a stylized bear above her.

A work of this quality would have taken a great deal of time talent and effort to create.

The workmanship and details of the carving are outstanding and can honestly be described as museum quality.

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.

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All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1940 item #506715
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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.

Biographical information:

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 .