This original contemporary Chinese ink and watercolor painting measures 24 by 49 inches (painting only) and 27 1/2 by 71 inches, including the silk brocaded scroll it is mounted on.
It has two seals and the signature of the artist along the lower left edge. It also has an additional collector's seal (along right middle edge.)
The subjects of the painting are three monkeys playing in a fruit tree and in the snow.
It is in excellent condition.
This original ink and watercolor painting dates to the late 20th Century in China.
This unusual painted lacquer and carved ivory Shibiyama panel measures about 15 1/4 inches by 12 inches by 1/2 inch thick. It has an outstanding pattern of carved and inlaid ivory pieces creating a finely detailed picture of birds and flowers on a deep sky blue oval background. It is surrounded by raised gilt and vermillion lacquer paintings of fruit and plants.
It dates to the late 19th century or Meiji Period in Japan.
It has an ivory rectangle with the artist's signature in the lower left corner of the blue lacquer oval.
It may have originally been the cover to a book or woodblock print album.
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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.
This original oil painting on wooden panel board measures approximately 20 by 26 inches and sits in a carved and gilded frame measuring about 26 by 32 inches.
It is signed J. Winterholler just left of center bottom.
It is a view of Garmisch-Partenkirchen in the Bavarian Alps (site of the 1936 Winter Olympics).
The condition of the painting is very good except for a very small one inch long wood split on either edge, with no losses (see photo enlargements of both). The painting appears to date to the 1940-50 period, or possibly earlier. The frame is newer and has a few very minor losses to detail, but is overall quite presentable.
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 original watercolor painting measures 10 by 14 inches and it is matted in a carved and gilded frame measuring 12 by 16 inches.
It is signed W.R. Cameron, lower middle right.
The subject is a few of the warships drydocked at the Mare Island Naval shipyard with a sailboat sailing in the foreground.
It is in excellent condition, period.
William Ross Cameron is listed in Edan Hughes, "Artists in California 1786- 1940". Biographical Information from that source is listed below: William Ross Cameron was an illustrator, etcher, watercolorist, lithographer. He was born in NYC on June 14, 1893.
By 1905 Cameron had settled in San Francisco where he later studied under Macky and Martinez at the CSFA and Perham Nahl at the CCAC. After further art studies in London and Paris, he worked as a freelance illustrator and as a staff artist for the Oakland Post, San Francisco Chronicle and Call Bulletin newspapers.
By 1930 he was exhibiting nationally and was known for his miniature watercolors of the San Francisco Bay area. He had then moved across the bay to Alameda and later settled in Berkeley. Cameron died there on Dec. 9, 1971.
He was a member of: SWA; Alameda Art Association; Artists Guild of America; San Francisco Art Association; California Society of Etchers; Oakland Art Association; and Thirteen Watercolorists.
Exhibitions Held: Oakland Art Gallery, 1917, 1928, 1932, 1934; California Society of Etchers, Stanford University., 1928; San Francisco Art Association, 1931; Golden Gate International Exhibition, 1939; Society for Sanity in Art, CPLH, 1940.
His paintings are held in the following collections: AIC; De Young Museum; PAFA. AAA 1917-33; WWAA 1936
His paintings have sold at numerous art auctions over the year, which can be found on askart.com.
This original work of art consists of a painting applied over what appears to be a serigraph. It is interesting in that the artist who signed and gifted it to his friends at the bottom, was known to be proficient in both mediums: print and watercolor or gouache.
It measures 13 by 19 inches (image only) on an 18 by 24 inch panel board.
It is signed: Jara Valenta, on the lower right portion of the panel. It is also signed: To Teresa and Frans, lower left.
Jaroslav Henry Valenta was born May 23, 1899 in Czechoslovakia. He is listed in Who Was Who in American Art as a Brooklyn artist.
He was also listed as a member of the America Artist's Congress ( est 1936).
He exhibited works at the Federal Art Gallery in New York City and the American Artists Congress. He is also listed as a WPA Artist.
Jaroslav (Yaroslav) Henry Valenta (1899- )is listed in Davenport's Art Reference and Price Guide. He is also listed on Artprice.Com. In addition, he has work held in the Smithsonian Art Collection.
He also has work held in the Indianapolis Museum of art: (http://www.imamuseum.org/art/collections/artist/jara-h-valenta).
He also has work that can be viewed in the AMICA Library (http://www.davidrumsey.com/amica/amico1062343-112516.html).
Additional links to other works by Jara Henry Vanenta below:
This original oil painting on stretched canvas measures 25 by 30 inches not including the gilded frame it sits in.
It is in outstanding condition!
It is signed, C.C. Hamilton 1937 in the lower left corner.
The subject is a mountain lake beneath a snow capped mountain.
This original oil painting on canvas measures 24 by 36 inches and sits in a 31 by 43 inch carved frame.
It is signed W.E. Rollins in the lower right corner.
It is is excellent condition with the exception of a patched repair with a very small paint loss to the canvas off center right in the area of the tidepool (see enlarged photos of front and rear of repair). This is an outstanding image; even so, this old oil could use a good cleaning to brighten up the colors and a very minor touchup on the old repair.
Warren Eliphalet Rollins (1861-1962) was born in Carson City, Nevada and raised in Northern California. Following his study at the San Francisco School of Design, he traveled throughout the southwest, living with a number of Native American Tribes. He lived and painted in Pasadena, California from 1910-1917, at which time the Santa Fe Railroad Company lured him to Arizona with the offer of a studio on the Grand Canyon. He remained in Arizona for the rest of his life. He has often been called the dean of the Santa Fe and Taos Art colonies, he died in Arizona in 1962.
He is listed in many artist's publications and also online on ArtPrice.com and Askart.com. He is also listed as a WPA artist in Who Was Who In American Art(1985). Many examples of his southwest works have been offered and sold at auctions during the last decade. Very few outstanding examples of his California paintings have come to auction during that period, although a few lesser ones have.
This Japanese Satsuma pitcher or condiment jar measures about 6 inches tall by 4 inches in diameter at it's widest point.
It dates from the late 19th century-early 20th Century( Meiji Period) (circa 1880-1915).
It is in excellent condition with some minor losses to the gilding on the handle.
It is covered overall with a finely detailed series of patterns, which include a bird and dragon motif with fans.
Based on it's rounded and smoothed edges, it appears that this small vessel never originally had a permanent top or stopper.
It is unmarked as to maker or country of origin . This one fact helps to date it pre 1895 when US import export laws were established. After that date it would have had to have been marked as to country of origin.
This large jadeite carving of Guanyin (Kwan Yin) measures 4.5 inches wide by 3.5 inches in depth by 12.5 inches tall (including the period carved wooden base it sits on).
We estimate the jade itself to be about 11.5 inches tall without the stand. It sits about a half inch down in the stand and is bolted down (actually bolted down to the stand) (Someone was VERY careful with this old jade).
It is carved fom one piece of multicolored apple green jade with various shades of green flowing through it and a wonderfully rich color on it's face. It also has a few small inclusions of very dark green jade near it's base. These are all natural colors. This is NOT a color enhanced jade, guaranteed.
It dates from the late 18th century through the latter part of the 19th century.
It is in excellent condtion with no losses or repairs. It does have some natural inclusions on it's reverse that could be mistaken for damage. Be assured, they are natural fissures in the stone that have oxidized over the last century or so.
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, Hong Jun, 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.