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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #688672
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$240.00

This glazed pottery incense burner measures 7 inches tall by 4 3/4 inches in diameter.

It is covered with hand painted floral designs on a coral colored background. It has a lid with gilded spiderweb designs and a seated kylin finial.

It dates circa 1880-1910.

It is in good condition with the exception of an old repaired break on one leg (see enlarged photo). It still retains a good portion of it's original gilding, except on the legs or finial.

It is unmarked, except for a partial calligraphic mark on the inside lid.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1960 item #906235
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$3,600.00

These two original watercolor paintings are painted on both sides of one heavy sheet of watercolor paper.

They both measure 15 by 22 inches, each.

They date circa 1940-1950 from a California regional style of watercolor painting.

They are in excellent condition and ready to be matted and framed.

These are NOT glycees,prints or copies of any kind.

These are part of a collection of original California watercolors, purchased from the estate of one of the artist's students,Nancy Louise Hickman.

It is signed Robert Landry on both paintings.

Authenticity is guaranteed, unconditionally.

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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 artists’ 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, where examples of his work are offered for $2000.00 $4,000.00 each:

http://www.askart.com/AskART/artists/search/Search_Repeat.aspx?searchtype=ART_FOR_SALE&artist=105026

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1940 item #82862 (stock #TR0115)
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$1,295.00

This original CALIFORNIA SCHOOL MISSION OIL PAINTING on old artist's canvas panel board measures 18 by 24 inches, UNFRAMED.

It is approximately 60-70 years old and in very good condition except for one small tear (with no losses) in the canvas.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1950 item #567375
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$8,000.00
This original oil painting measures 16 by 20 inches and it is framed about 24 by 28 inches. It is signed DARWIN DUNCAN in the lower right corner. This classic California Eucalyptus School landscape is one of the artist's best works. Darwin Duncan is a well listed California artist (1905-2002) with many biographical references and auction records. THIS PAINTING IS IN OUTSTANDING CONDITION WITH NO DAMAGE REPAIRS OR RESTORATION.
All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1960 item #694397
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$2,495.00

This original watercolor painting measures about 20 by 26 inches (image only) and 27 by 32 inches under glass in it's mat and frame.

It is a mountaintop view of an island with the sea and more mountains in the background.

We estimate this painting to be circa 1940-1950.

It is signed N. Kirk , Lower right.

It is in excellent condition.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Glass : Bohemian : Pre 1910 item #841617
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$1,295.00

This black and iridescent art glass vase measures about 12 inches in height and about 7-7.25 inches in diameter.

It has a wonderful overall iridescence and was created in the threaded style of art glass like that found in Loetz or Pallme Koenig.

It is unmarked but does have a ground spot on it's base where an etched signature would most likely go.

It is in excellent condition, period. No chips cracks or repairs.

We estimate this classic Art Nouveau vase to date circa 1895-1910.

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 : Fine Art : Paintings : Pre 1950 item #796594
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$3,600.00

These two original watercolor paintings on are painted on both sides of one piece of heavy water color paper.

Each one measures 15 by 22 inches.

They dates circa 1940-1950 from a regional school of watercolor painting found in, but not limited to California in both location and subject matter.

They are in excellent condition and ready to be matted and framed.

The subject of both paintings is the San Diego Mission. Both paintings are signed by the artist, Robert Landry and one side has the title, "Mission San Diego De Alcala".

These are original paintings and NOT glycees or prints of any kind.

This is only one double painting that we acquired as part of a collection of original California watercolors.

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

Check our other listings for additional offerings of similar signed and unsigned period watercolor paintings. (NOTE) We are also keeping some of both the signed and unsigned paintings from this collection for ourselves. In a weak economy, with a falling dollar, they are investments that can be hung on a wall and enjoyed, nursing 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 auctions over the years,such as Morans in Pasadena, California. He is also listed on Askart.com and other art websites.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1492 item #600751
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$1,295.00

This white nephrite jade carving of a pig dates from the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD).

It measures 4 inches nose to tail, by about 1 3/8 inches tall by 1 inch in width.

It is an overall white color with traces of brown oxidation in the crevices. It has areas of irregularity on it's flat and rounded surfaces that create an almost spider web like pattern (off white on white colors).

It is in excellent condition except for one drill hole in the tail which does not appear to be contemporary with the piece. It was most likely added so it could be worn as a pendant.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Metalwork : Pre 1950 item #1131969
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$450.00

This antique tinned copper tray has traditional engraved bird motif surrounding a Homa bird symbol (Iran Air logo).

It measures about 16 inches in diameter.

It has a shield with an Arabic inscription at the top and (in English)IRAN AIR in a shield at the bottom of the circular field.

Iran AIR was established in 1946.

This tray probably dates circa 1946-64. The possibility exists that the tray is actually older and the Iran Air markings were added later.

It is in very good condition with the exception of a small dent in the field. it is small and relatively insignificant with all of the detail of the engraved patterns.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1960 item #186296 (stock #TR0269)
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$695.00

This original California School oil painting on stretched canvas measures 16 by 20 inches and is framed in a finely detailed wood frame.

It dates circa 1950-1960, and although unsigned, it was obviously painted by an experienced and very talented artist.

It is in outstanding condition.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Metalwork : Pre 1700 item #805933
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$12,000.00

This seated bronze Buddha in Sukhothai style most likely dates from the 16th to 18th century in Thailand. It may actually be earlier. but we prefer to be conservative in estimations .

It measures 16 inches tall by about 11 inches wide by 7 inches in depth.

It is in very good condition with areas of green patination and overall oxidation in various shades of pale to rusty brown. It has a few areas of casting loss, particularly on one end of the base (see the photo close ups). It also has a few areas where the bronze has either thinned out or pitted (again, primarily on the reverse of the base,)

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The history of Thai sculpture dates from sometime during the thirteenth century, when a distinct national school emerged and broke away from Cambodian and Mon influences in terms of the stylistic development of Buddha images. Specific schools and sub-styles are defined on the basis of relatively slight variations in the prescribed dress, the treatment of the hair and so on.

This Buddha is seated on an undecorated pedestal in the cross-legged yogic posture of satvaparyankasana, the right leg placed over the left. His right hand is lowered, long fingers pointing downward in the earth touching gesture. The latter symbolizes Shakyamuni's triumph over the forces of the demon Mara, who attempted to distract him from his quest for enlightenment, a ubiquitous theme in Thai Buddhist art. The Buddha's monastic robe is worn leaving his right shoulder bare, and a long thin section of cloth representing his narrowly folded shawl falls downs from his left shoulder to below his navel terminating in two points.

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 1990 item #738420
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$495.00

This original contemporary Chinese ink and watercolor painting measures about 18 by 27 inches (painting only) and 22 by 72 inches, including the silk brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has one seal and the signature of the artist along the upper right hand edge (see close up photo).

The subjects of the painting are two rabbits playing with a half eaten carrot underneath hanging wisteria

It is in excellent condition. NOTE: There is an old, small one inch diameter paper repair to the border underneath the painting. It is not on the painting and only shows up when hit with a strong light from the back. It is virtually invisible under normal light. It does not show up when photographed with a flash. We tried - twice!

This original ink and watercolor painting dates to the late 20th century in China.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Metalwork : Pre 1492 item #665687
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This large bronze figure of Avalokitesvara dates somewhere between the Song Dynasty and the Ming Dynasty in China.

This figure represents one third of a Buddhist Triad, which may have originally been created as an altarpiece in a Buddhist temple.

This bronze figure measures 21 inches tall by 9 inches wide by 8 inches in depth. He/she is depicted wearing a Tang Dynasty upraised hair style and ornate robes and jeweled detailing.

It is in excellent condition with remnants of old gilt and colors remaining in areas. The head is completely covered with a layer of gold and the remainder is covered with a deep brown patina overall.

Traditionally, Avalokitesvara would sit on the left side of Amitabha Buddha in a three figure triad with Mahasthamaprapta sitting on the right side. There are engraved Chinese characterson the reverse side of it's base which translate as left two.

There are additional marks on the Gui held in front of the figure which may represent the date or the original donor of the bronze.

Since the side figures of a triad were smaller than the central figure,the central Buddha must have been fairly large. This fits with the theory of an origin in a temple or possibly a very wealthy home.

In Chinese Buddhism the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara is also known as Guanyin. Among the Chinese, Avalokitesvara is almost exclusively called Guanshiyin Pusa. Some Daoist scriptures give her the title of Guanyin Dashi, and sometimes informally as Guanyin Fozu.

In Chinese Buddhism, the worship of Guanyin as a goddess by the populace is generally not in conflict with the bodhisattva Avalokitesvara's nature. In fact the widespread worship of Guanyin as a "Goddess of Mercy and Compassion" is seen as the boundless salvific nature of bodhisattva Avalokitesvara at work. The Buddhist canon states that bodhisattvas can assume whatsoever gender and form is needed to liberate beings from ignorance

This museum quality gilt bronze figure was purchased from an old collection of Asian antiques originally formed during the early portion of the 20th century.

The authenticity of this bronze is guaranteed without exception.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Metalwork : Pre 1700 item #630681
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$5,600.00

This original bronze figure of a seated and robed official holding a jui (symbol of power) measures 8 1/2 inches tall by 5 inches wide by 3 1/2 inches.

It is covered overall with a very subtle and dark patina. It has a softness of detail that only comes from hundreds of years of handling. It also has a few cracks and slight losses to it's surface that do not detract from it's overall appearance.

It dates to a period ranging from the 15th through the 17th centuries in China.

The buyer will not be disappointed, as it is nicer than the photos would indicate. This bronze figure is guaranteed to be an original ( of the period. It is NOT a copy or reproduction of any kind.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1900 item #1161393
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This Qing Dynasty Chinese carved jade double tube vase or nuptial cup measures just slightly less than 7 inches tall by about 4 inches wide by 3 inches in depth.

It is also known as a "Champion Vase".

It is carved from one piece of celadon colored nephrite jade with inclusion of lighter jade that give it the appearance of cloud formations. It also has a few rust colored inclusions that follow the natural inclusions of the stone.

It is carved in the shape of a mythological bird or phoenix standing on a Chinese lion or Chilung while holding two ornately carved tubular vases with its wings. The lids of both vases are conjoined by a dragon wrapped around both sides.

Double jade carvings of this type have been described not only as “Marriage or Nuptial Cups”, but also as “Champion Vases” by their owners over the centuries.

These are quite rare and can be found in museum collections throughout the world. There is a jade champion vase in the Victoria and Albert museum in England.

There is also one at the National Palace Museum in Taiwan.

Prices for similar but not absolutely identical jade champion vases have been increasing over the last decade or so. There are major similarities in most all of these vases but the minor details often vary from one to the next.

On November 1, 2004 , Christies Hong Kong sold a calcified green jade Champion vase for $80,256.00 against an estimate of $25,831.00- $38, 746.00 (sale 2177-Lot 834).

On November 27, 2007, Christies Hong Kong sold a white jade Champion vase for $248,842.00 (sale 2388-Lot 1547). It had an estimate of $38,730.00 - $51,640.00. It was 5 1/8 inches tall ( 13 cm).It was exceptional and from a well known collection.

On March 18, 2008, Christies Auction House sold a Champion Vase of somewhat similar appearance for $50,000.00 US (Christies: Sale 2267-Lot #440) It was 5 7/8 inches tall. On June 12, 2012, another jade Champion vase was sold for $64,000.00 (Christies –Sale 3509 /Lot #161). It was 5 1/8 inches tall.

Another jade champion vase is scheduled to go up to auction very soon ( Christies NY- September 13, 2012 ( sale 2580- Lot # ?). It is estimated to bring $50,000.00-$70,000.00. _________________________________________________________________________________

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Ivory : Pre 1900 item #879067
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$4,800.00

This 19th century Japanese carved ivory okimono measures approximately 9 inches tall by 2 1/2 inches in diameter at it's widest point.

It is intricately carved with fully delineated scales and teeth on the fish. The figure riding a fish is carved from one solid walrus tusk and it sits on a separate oval section as a base. The crystalline pattern that is so indicative of walrus ivory can be seen in many places on the carving, including Kinko's robe (interior front left) and the belly of the carp or koi.

It dates from the Meiji Period in Japan (circa 1870-1900).

It is in very good condition with some stabilized antique ivory fractures as are seen on many of these okimonos that are well over 100 years old.

Japan originally imported and adapted many Taoist and Buddhist teachings from China, which were then combined with native Shinto beliefs.

One Taoist figure incorporated into Japanese artwork was Kinko, a holy hermit. He is often depicted mounted on the enormous carp that carried him to the Undersea Kingdom. There, sea creatures taught him that all life is sacred.

In Japan the carp (koi) is also a symbol of persistence, longevity, and fertility. Land-locked farmers have kept carp in their ponds to provide food for centuries and also bred them for their beautiful colors.