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 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.
This original contemporary Chinese ink and watercolor painting measures 23 by 49 inches (painting only) and 28 by 66 inches, including the silk brocaded scroll it is mounted on.
It has two seals and the signature of the artist (reputed to be Yang Ruifen) along the lower right edge. It also has an additional collector's seal (lower left corner).
Yang Ruifen (1950- ) is a contemporary Chinese artist working in China today. She is a member of the Beijing Art Academy and the Chinese Artist's Association. Her works are curently held in the collection of the Chinese National Art Museum. Her works have been sold at auction houses in both Europe and China.
The subject of the painting are three red and orange koi swimming among the lush foliage of a lotus pond.
It has an interesting speckled appearance in a few areas where the painting has been sprinkled with what looks like mica specks: presumably to give the effect of sparkling water.
It is in excellent condition. The brocade border surrounding the painting has a few loose threads along the outside edge: not really worth mentioning, but otherwise in outstanding condition.
This original ink and watercolor painting dates to the late 20th Century in China.
This antique Tibetan necklace consists of a cross pendant of silver with tiny detailed inset stones of coral and turquoise.
The necklace which has numerous old silver and gemstones in combination.
It measures about 18 inches long stretched out end to end.
the pendant measures 1.75 inches by 2 inches by itself.
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.
This original old oil painting on heavy canvas measures 25 inches by 30 inches (image only) and 30 x 36 inches framed .
It is unsigned.
It is in excellent condition, with an overall crackle to the surface as should be expected from a painting between 180-220 years old .
Portraits of this type were very expensive at the time, so this would have been a wealthy or important person of the period.
The level of detail in the face is outstanding, so this was very likely painted by an accomplished artist, unlike the numerous folk artist painters who produced the two dimensional portraits so collectible (and expensive) today.
This original oil painting on masonite board measures 20 x 24 inches (painting only ) and it is framed in a carved and gilded frame that measures 28 x 32 inches.
It dates circa 1930-40 and is signed M. Magnusson in the lower right hand corner. It also has the remnants of one old label ( circa 1930 ) and another old paper label with the title and artist's full name.
It is in outstanding condition, period!
This original watercolor painting measures 15 by 22 inches.
It dates circa 1930-1950. It is from a regional style of painting found primarily in California, but not limited to California in both location and subject matter.
It is painted on heavy stamp watermarked French watercolor paper ( see enlarged photo of stamp).
It is in excellent condition, unsigned and unframed.
This original painting (it is NOT a glycee or print of any kind) is in the style of the early 20th Century painters such as Rex Brandt or Herbert Vincent Olsen. It may have been done by a student or follower of Brandt or Olsen. Both were prolific art teachers and, as such, influenced many new artists at the time.
This is one painting from a small collection of early 20th century watercolor paintings, some of which are also being offered at this time. Check our other listings for additional offerings.
This standing pottery figure measures 11 inches high by 8 inches wide by 5 1/2 inches in depth.
It represents a shaman or tribal leader wearing a feathered cloak. It is Precolumbian in style, but may be a 19th or 20th century copy executed in the same style. It is in very good condition, except for a few small losses.
This carved jade bangle measures 3 inches (outside diameter) by 1 3/8 inches in width. It's interior diameter is 2 1/4 inches.
This is a very heavy carved nephrite jade bracelet with outstanding carved archaic repeating pattern symbols.
Although the carved patterns are archaic in style and execution, this heavy jade cuff most likely dates between 1880-1920. It is in excellent condition and there is a natural inclusion in the stone (see close up photos).
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.
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.
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 rectangular jade box and cover measures approximately 5 inches by 3.5 inches by 2.5 inches (12cm x 9.4cm x 5.5 cm).
It is covered overall with incised decoration in leaf and flower patterns. The top has a simple lotus pond garden scene within a repeating line patterned maze design.
The box was carved from one piece of pale green celadon colored jade with a prominent natural inclusion along with cloud band patterns.
The bottom of the box appears to have been set in separately, but carved from the same piece of jade..
This box dates from the Qing Dynasty in China (1644-1911).
It is in excellent condition except for a couple of insignificant rim chips along the edge. They are difficult to see or photograph, but they can be felt when running a finger along the edge. They are VERY insignificant nicks.
NOTE: This box has very well patterned inclusions that help to document it's origin from a single large translucent stone.
This carving of a dragon in the clouds is carved from one large piece of ruby-zoisite. It measures about 11 by 5 1/2 by 2 inches and weighs about 5 pounds.
Ruby-zoisite is usually found in small pieces of jewelry and sold by the carat. With one carat weighing about 1/5 of a gram, this carving is somewhere around 10,000 carats of ruby-zoisite.
The details of the carving are exceptional and it is excellent condition.
Ruby zoisite fits in well with any collection of jade carvings, because it looks like good jade with rubies floating through it, although it is a completely different mineral from nephrite.
This sterling silver belt buckle measures 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches at it's widest points..
It is set with 21 nugget shaped turquoise gemstones of good color.
We don't know the specific mine that these stones came from on this one, but they are gorgeous.
It is marked .925 on the reverse on an added on rectangular shield.
It has hand tooled repeating leaf patterns around the outside edge.
We estimate it as circa 1950-1960.
It is in excellent condition. Note: Although the photos don't show it properly- the silver post that catches on the belt is complete-although it might appear otherwise. This belt is fully functional and does NOT need any adjustments or repairs.
This ANTIQUE CHINESE EXPORT PEWTER FISH BOWL & COVER measures 8 1/2 inches by 7 inches by 4 inches.
It is in excellent condition with no evidence of restoration or repairs. It does have some tarnish and wear as would be expected on a soft pewter serving dish that is between 120-160 years old.
IT IS HALLMARKED ON BOTH THE BOTTOM OF THE BOWL AND UNDER THE LID.
IT STILL RETAINS IT'S ORIGINAL GLASS EYES.
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).
This original watercolor measures 18 by 24 inches, unmounted and unframed.
The subject is nine boys standing around and swimming in a waterfall fed pond in a lush tropical landscape.
It is in excellent condition .
It is signed W. Thurston C.1987 in the lower right corner.
Preliminary research on the artist is inconclusive. There is or was an artist, William Thurston who worked as an illustrator for the Hawaiian Sugar Planters Association, but this connection has not been verified yet.
This is one of two watercolors we are offering by the same artist. Both have Hawaiian themes.