ANCIENT- EYES
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1900 item #1161786
Ancient Eyes
$2,495.00

This carved jade dog in a reclining position measures 3.25 inches long by about 1.25 inches tall by 1.5 inches in depth.

It is carved from a piece of nephrite jade that has colors that range from off white and pale celadon to pale yellow and brown in areas.

It dates from the late 19th to early 20th Century in China.

It is in excellent condition with no damage or restoration.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Metals : Brass : Pre 1920 item #174652 (stock #TR0243)
Ancient Eyes
$695.00

This tinned brass covered box in the shape of a duck or goose measures 11 x 8 x 10 1/2 inches. It is covered with intricately hand tooled designs. It is in outstanding condition.

It is marked illegibly on the bottom and retains most of it's original tinning.

It dates circa 1880-1920. Most likely from the Far East, although there are some stylistic similarities with Russian or Balkan motifs on the wing.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Pre 1950 item #1221698
Ancient Eyes
$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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Pre 1970 item #754696
Ancient Eyes
$395.00

This original stone carving of a fisherman throwing his nets measures 6 3/4 inches tall by 5 1/2 inches wide by about 3 inches in depth.

It originated in China from about the middle -late part of the 20th century (circa 1960-1980).

It is carved from a mottled beige to brown stone known in China as Shoushan stone. It is a semi hard stone, often used for carving finely detailed calligraphic seals. It is softer than jade and harder than soapstone (steatite).

It is in outstanding condition, except for a very tiny (pencil point sized) rim chip on the edge of the fisherman's hat.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #566281
Ancient Eyes
$2,495.00

This Japanese ceramic figure of Kannon measures 17 inches tall and about 6 inches in diameter at its widest point.

It has four incised marks on it's base, two Kutani marks and two potters mark (see closeup photo).

It dates to the Meiji Period in Japan. Kwannon is also known as Kannon or Kwan Yin and Guanyin in China.

It is in outstanding condition with no flaws, cracks, chips or losses.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Metalwork : Pre 1940 item #1045156
Ancient Eyes
$795.00

This Burmese silver case measures 80 mm by 112 mm by 13 mm in depth. It weighs 4.40 troy ounces.

It's original function was to hold cigarettes, but nowadays it can serve other functions, such as holding business cards, etc.

It has an overall engraved pattern of scrolling leaves with a three dimensional Standing temple lion set in a fluted, oval shield. The detail of the work is truly exceptional. The buyer will not be disappointed.

Burmese silver cases are much, much rarer than the more common Siamese Silver cases although both cultures are good investments these days with the rise of silver prices.

This silver case is unmarked, but guaranteed to be solid silver ranging from .900 to .925 pure.

It dates from the early 20th century,

It is in excellent condition overall. However, the catch slips; it needs minor adjustment to stay closed. It is also missing the original elastic straps: not unusual for it's age (70-80 years).

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #893016
Ancient Eyes
$8,000.00

This Japanese painted bronze figure of Daikoku measures approximately 13.5 inches tall by 6 inches wide by 5 inches in depth.

It is a substantial bronze figure, weighing around 13+ pounds or about 6 kilos.

It is signed or marked on both the figure and the separate base of rice bales (see two of the enlargement pictures).

It dates from the late Meiji to Taisho Period (circa 1890-1912).

It is in excellent condition with most of it's original colored and patinated surfaces intact. An exception to this is the loss of a small triangular shaped piece which was apparently once attached at the figure's midsection (see photo enlargement of loss). This most likely was originally a separate attachment (see the drill hole?) in the shape of a small pouch (or treasure sack) which Daikoku traditionally carried.

Since the 17th century, Daikoku has been known as the Japanese god of wealth, the household and of farmers, although in earlier centuries he was considered a fierce protector deity (Mahakala).

In Japan, artwork of this deity usually shows him wearing a hood and standing on two bales of rice, carrying a sack of treasure and holding a magic mallet. Daikoku is often clad in robes, with a smile on his face.

In some traditions, Daikoku is also considered to be a provider of food, and images of him can still be found in monastery kitchens and in the kitchens of private homes. He is recognized by his wide face, smile, and a flat black hat.

He is often portrayed holding a golden mallet (called a Uchide Nokozuchi), also known as a magic money mallet, and is seen positioned on bales of rice, occasionally with mice nearby (mice signifying plentiful food).

Originally a Hindu deity called Mahakala, he was introduced to Japan in the ninth century, and merged with the Shinto deity of good harvests, Oo-kuninushi-no-Mikoto (or Okuninushi-no-Kami, translated as "Prince Plenty"). The lucky mallet in his right hand is called the uchide nokozuchi. This mallet is said to have magical properties that can produce anything desired when struck. Some stories say that coins fall out when he shakes his mallet. Others say that believers are granted their heart's desire by tapping a symbolic mallet on the ground three times and making a wish.

The symbol of the precious Buddhist Jewel, sometimes found on Daikoku's mallet or belt, represents the themes of wealth and unfolding possibility. It is said to give its holder the ability to see all things (like a crystal ball).

The precious jewel is one of the seven symbols of royal power in Buddhism. Daikokyu, himself is considered to be one of the seven household gods of Japan.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1950 item #99787 (stock #TR0162)
Ancient Eyes
$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 : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1960 item #795533
Ancient Eyes
$495.00

This original watercolor painting measures 15 by 22 inches.

It dates circa 1940-1950. It is unsigned.

It is painted on heavy watercolor paper.

It is in excellent condition, unmatted and unframed. The paper has a French watermark embossed in one corner.

It is not a giclee, print or copy of any kind.

It was purchased as part of a collection of original watercolor paintings amassed by a student of the well known, published and listed American artist, Robert Landry. Her name was Nancy Louise Hickman and she died in the 1980's.

These watercolor were kept in deep storage so that there has been very little light on them for decades. Many of them are as crisp, bright and clean as the day they were painted : 50 to 60+ years ago. ___________________________________________

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1940 item #689709
Ancient Eyes
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This original oil painting on stretched canvas 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 and the bridge 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 similar in size, 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.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1950 item #795162
Ancient Eyes
$240.00

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.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Ethnic : Far Eastern : Pre 1960 item #1158154
Ancient Eyes
$495.00

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.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1800 item #1097959
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This jade carving of a Chinese lion, Chimera or Fu dog sits at an alert posture on all four paws.

It has a split or bifurcated tail and stylized wings.

It measures 2 1/2 inches by 1 7/8 inches by 1 1/4 inch (57 mm x 49 mm x 31 mm).

It is carved from a piece of off white to celadon colored jade with natural striations running through it. There is a natural brown irregularity which runs from it's foot to it's ear on one side along with a small area of brown suffusion on it's flank.

(This is the fancy way of saying it has few areas of rust. Not a bad thing for a genuine antique jade carving.)

We are dating this one to the late Ming through early Qing Dynasty, but it may actually be earlier.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 2000 item #731258
Ancient Eyes
$1,295.00

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.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Americas : American Indian : Sculpture : Pre 1950 item #87734 (stock #TR0135)
Ancient Eyes
$895.00

This original hand made pottery jar measures 12 inches in diameter by 10 inches tall (measurements do not include the stand).

It is stone polished and covered with abstracted bird patterns on the exterior. The interior shows obvious hand patterning and shaping of the clay.

It is in excellent condition, with the exception of a small discolored spot on the bottom.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pottery : Pre 1700 item #173287 (stock #TR0251)
Ancient Eyes
$2,400.00

This outstanding quality Ding Yao covered ceramic box, although Song Dynasty in appearance, may actually date from the Ming or Ching Dynasty.

It measures 8 inches in diameter by about 3 inches in height.

The domed cover is incised with repeating leaf patterns around a central leaf set within a circle.

It is in excellent condition with a circular kiln fracture around the outside of the bottom rim (see enlargement photo). This is original to the piece and is not considered damage.

All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Ceramics : Pre 1910 item #1185861
Ancient Eyes
$240.00

This triple ceramic dish with handle dates to the 19th through early part of the 20th century.

It is designed with a shape similar to a shamrock or three leaf clover.

It measures about 11 inches by 11 inches by about 4 inches tall.

It is hand painted with numerous designs of yellow daisies.

It is in excellent condition with losses to the gilding--primarily on the handle.

It appears to be European or Baltic in origin.

This may have originally been used as a relish or condiment dish.

There are no marks, makers names or country of origin. That in itself helps to date it to about circa 1900 or earlier.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1940 item #593627
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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.