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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Roman : Bronze : Pre 1800 item #604185
Ancient Eyes
$2,400.00

This substantial bronze handled pitcher measures 6 inches tall by 4 inches wide by 7 inches in depth.

We are dating this one to circa 1790-1820, but it may be much, much older. It is either a Neoclassical bronze copy of a Roman bronze or the real thing. We have priced it as a copy, but if real, you can add a couple of "00"s to it's price.

It is in excellent condition, except for a few small bungs and a restoration to the base. The bottom appears to have had three holes filled a long time ago. It may also have been leveled a bit to allow it to sit evenly (this part is speculation).

It has an even greenish black patina overall.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 2000 item #124859 (stock #scr1008)
Ancient Eyes
$1,695.00

This original contemporary Chinese watercolor painting measures 24 by 24 inches (watercolor only) and about 27 by 62 inches, including the brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has the seal and signature of the artist, Li Tong Yuan (1958- ) along with two collector's seals.

The subject is two colorful parrots sitting in a palm tree.

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

This is an outstanding example of how some Contemporary Chinese Art can be influenced as much by Western Art as by the traditional Chinese styles of painting.

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

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

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #586936
Ancient Eyes
$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 1910 item #113078 (stock #TR0193)
Ancient Eyes
$1,495.00

This original oil painting on old artists board measures 9 by 13 inches (12 by 16 inches with carved frame).

Apparently unsigned, although the dark varnish may hide small details.

It has an old label from E.B. Heimstreet in Janesville, Wisconsin.

It dates to circa 1870-1900.

The varnish is dark, somewhat dry and slightly stippled.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Other Metals : Period : Pre 1837 VR item #1184654
Ancient Eyes
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This antique mesh bracelet has an old classic carved shell cameo mounted in the clasp.

It is surrounded by an ornate Pinchbeck frame which measures about 1.25 to 1.5 inches. It is attached to a gold color mesh bracelet or cuff that measures 6.5 inches clip to clip. It also measures about 1.5 inches in width.

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

It is not marked in any way and we have not tested it for gold content.

"Pinchbeck" is a form of brass, an alloy of copper and zinc, mixed in proportions so that it closely resembles gold in appearance. It was invented in the 18th century by Christopher Pinchbeck, a London clockmaker. Since gold was only sold in 18-carat quality at that time, the development of pinchbeck allowed ordinary people to buy gold 'effect' jewelry on a budget. Pinchbeck was used to replace gold for a very short period of time.

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 : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1970 item #639070
Ancient Eyes
$1,295.00

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.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Americas : Pre 1980 item #680567
Ancient Eyes
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This heavy wooden carving measures about 13 inches tall by 12 inches wide by 10 inches in depth.

It is painted red, white and black over a hand tooled wooden carving. There are no eye holes and the base is carved flat for standing so it may have been used for ceremonies rather than as a mask.

It is in excellent condition except for some scuffing of the paint around the nose. There is also a very minor area of separation at the point where the nose is joined to the face. Otherwise it is in outstanding condition.

This carving is in the Northwest Coast style of carving, however, there are no marks indicating either a maker or country of origin.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1960 item #797685
Ancient Eyes
$1,495.00

This original watercolor painting on water color 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 glycee or print of any kind.

This is one painting from a collection of original California watercolors.

A portion of the collection is represented by signed watercolors by Robert Landry. A few others, unsigned or with different names appear to have been painted by his students.

Check our other listings for additional offerings of similar signed and unsigned period watercolor paintings. We will be adding more as time permits.

(NOTE) We will be keeping some of both the signed and unsigned paintings from this collection for ourselves. In a weak economy, with a falling dollar, they are great investments that can be hung on a wall and enjoyed, feeding both one's soul and pocketbook at the same time.

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.

He 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.

Robert Landry's 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 listed in numerous artist's biographical publications. His works have also sold at various auction houses over the years including John Moran Auctions in Pasadena, California.

He is also listed on Askart.com and other art websites.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : Europe : Pre 1900 item #733335
Ancient Eyes
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This original oil painting on stretched canvas measures approximately 24 by 36 inches (image only) and it is mounted in a simple carved and painted wooden frame.

The subject is a small European or Baltic village set in a snow covered landscape by a lake or river.

It is signed, somewhat illegibly, in the lower right corner (see enlarged photo). It appears to be E. Brac--- (Possibly E Bracht or E. Bracket?)

We estimate this painting to be between late 18th to 19th century in style and execution.

The quality of the work is exceptional and was obviously painted by a very talented artist.

The condition of the painting is generally good, but it has an overall craquelure which shows up more obviously under certain lighting conditions.

It also has a small, less than professional repair in the lower left corner (see enlarged photo). It is not that obvious because it is in a dark bush, but it is there.

For a collector with a bit of imagination, this painting may turn out to be an amazing work of art, after a little repair and additional research.

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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1980 item #1136729
Ancient Eyes
$2,400.00

This large natural water worn jade is in the shape of a flattened oblong stone. It fits well in the palm of the hand and feels like it has been held that way for generations.

It measures about 3.75 inches by 2 inches by 1.5 inches in depth.

It has a carved figure of Shou Xing nestled within the stone, wrapped in a leaf and with a bat holding a ruyi in its mouth resting spread winged below him. Often, a Ru Yi is depicted with a bat. The bat symbolizes health and longevity. It is considered to be a lucky object, adding good luck to the powers of the Ruyi.

this carving was carefully crafted from a natural water worn piece of either nephrite or jadeite-we are not sure which-but we guarantee it to be jade.

This is an outstanding fondling piece-one we are tempted to keep, but with thousands of pieces already, we can't keep them all.

We estimate that this substantial jade(it weighs 8.27 troy ounces or 257.22 grams) dates from about the middle of the 20th century or possibly earlier.

It is in excellent condition. The buyer will not be disappointed.

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 : Fine Art : Paintings : Pre 2000 item #132825 (stock #scr1010)
Ancient Eyes
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This original contemporary Chinese ink and watercolor painting measures 14 by 54 inches (painting only) and 18 by 72 inches, including the silk brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has two seals and the signature of the artist along the upper edge. It also has three additional collector's seals (lower left and right corners).

It is in excellent condition.

This is one of the illustrations used in our as yet unpublished book on Totemic Jade carvings.

Additional information about Contemporary Chinese scroll paintings is available in our Newsletter which can be reached on our Home Page.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Central Asian : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #812604
Ancient Eyes
$1,495.00

This bronze sculpture of a standing figure of Parvati on a lotus stand measures 14.5 inches tall by 4.5 inches square at the base.

It is a very heavy, solid bronze casting and it is in excellent condition.

It dates circa 1890-1940.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 2000 item #116841 (stock #scr1003)
Ancient Eyes
$1,200.00

This original contemporary Chinese ink and watercolor painting measures 26 by 26 inches,and 31 by 70 inches, including the silk brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has the seal and signature of the artist, Zhao Bin (1939- )on the right hand edge. It also has one collector's seal in the lower left corner.

The subject is a view of temples in a high mountain landscape shrouded in fog.

It is in excellent condition,with the exception of a few marks on the scroll, but not on the painting itself.

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

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.