All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1950 item #795528
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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 a similar page 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 of similar period watercolor paintings.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Ethnic : Far Eastern : Pre 1940 item #782250
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These hand tooled silver bracelets or bangles are Asian (possibly Miao or Tibetan) and date from the early 20th century.

They are almost identical but not a matched pair. One of them is slightly larger than the other.

The larger one measures approximately 3 1/8 inches (7.7 cm) in diameter and just under 2 1/2 inches (6.3 cm) on the interior diameter. The smaller one measures approximately 3 inches (7.4 cm) in diameter and just under 2 3/8 inches (6.1 cm) on the interior diameter.

There are no silversmiths marks, silver marks or country of origin marks of any kind on either bracelet.

We haven't weighed these, but they are appear to be hollow, with lovely hand worked details overall. They are in excellent condition.

They are part of a small collection of Asian silver items (Tibetan, Chinese & SE Asian that were acquired from the same source(see photo enlargement ) and will be offered, or are currently being offered for sale.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1492 item #1084482
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Nepalese Bronze Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara Padmapani

11th to 14th century: circa 1000-1300 AD.

This outstanding bronze statue of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara Padmapani stands 13.5 inches tall not including the two rectangular mounts that extend into it's bronze base.

It stands 15 inches tall including it's bronze lotus base.

It is in excellent condition with much of it's original gilt remaining on the raised areas and his face. The remainder of the original gilt has been lost over the last thousand years or so, exposing a deep copper colored bronze surface.

Among the many forms of Avalokiteshvara, Padmapani is probably the oldest.

Avalokiteshvara is the embodiment of all of the Buddha's infinite compassion.

Padmapani means "lotus in hand". His left hand holds the lotus stalk, while his right hand is lowered in the gesture of granting favors.

This is an early example the use of semi precious stone inlays, a distinctive feature of Tibetan and Nepali sculpture.

His smooth torso and broad shoulders reflect the impact of the Gupta style, which existed in Northern India from the fourth to sixth century. The armlets and crown are traditionally found on 10th to 12th century sculpture.

Additional Nepalese or Nepali scuptural traditions can be seen in the shape of the broad face and full cheekbones which differ from the smaller and fuller facial features found in Indian art. The curves of the eyebrows and eyes and the long line of the nose are also typically Nepalese in style. In addition, the delicately engraved or incised floral pattern of the sarong around his waist is also typically found on early Nepali sculptures .

A larger, but stylistically similar example of an 11th century bronze Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara Padmapani is held in the Cleveland Museum of Art:

On September 21, 2007 Christies NY sold a 14 inch gilt bronze Avalokitesvara Padmapani for $577,000.00 .

Recently - On March 20, 2012, a 17 7/8 inch tall bronze Padmapani was sold for $2.8 million dollars by Christies Auction House in New York.


All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Ceramics : Pre 1910 item #1185861
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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 : Watercolor : Pre 1950 item #708130
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This original watercolor on heavy watercolor paper measures 15 by 22 inches, unframed and unmounted.

It is signed, Ruth Ann Younglove in the lower right corner (see photo).

Most of her paintings, done with transparent watercolors, depict Southern California landscapes. She was a school teacher for many years and also did work as a print maker. This information is based on an interview with her in 1983 – The Watercolor Style - McClelland 1985.

It is in excellent condition, with remnants of an old mounting on the reverse.

Many old watercolors were mounted in non archival mats or backings and must be changed to protect them from eventual staining or foxing. This watercolor is in excellent condition, but was removed from an old non archival mount before any staining could occur on the watercolor itself. ______________________________________________________________________

Artist Biography: Ruth Ann Younglove (1909-2002)

Born in Chicago, Illinois, she became a resident of Pasadena, California where she lived and worked for many years. She studied at UCLA and took private lessons from Marion Wachtel and Orrin White. She also studied with Bessie Ella Hazen, Helen Chandler, and Belle Whitice. She was the wife of B. R. Loxley and a resident of Pasadena until her death on Jan. 17, 2002.

Biographical References:

1. Davenport's Art Reference and Price Guide -The Gold Edition 2005

2. The Artists Bluebook: 34000 North American Artists to March 2005

3. Hughes’ Artists in California 1786-1940

4. Who Was Who In American Art (1564-1975) (3 vol.) (Falk) (1999) Also in earlier WWAA editions (1993, 1986)

5. Encyclopedia of Women Artists of the American West (Kovinick)

6. California Watercolors (1850-1970) (McClelland and Last)

7. The California Style California Watercolor artists 1925-1955 (McClelland)

Member: California Watercolor Society, Pasadena Society of Artists, LAAA, Laguna Beach Art Association

Exhibitions: LA Co. Fairs, 1936-41 (awards). WWAA 1936-62; California Art &Artists; Invw; KOV. RT:

Ruth Ann Younglove is also listed on (an art auction and research website): (

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1960 item #635632
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This original oil painting on stretched canvas and wooden stretcher bars measures 24 by 30 inches unframed.

It is signed Dega Vierra in the lower left corner.

It is in outstanding condition, period.

We estimate the period on this original oil painting as circa 1940-1960.

the subject is an open landscape with beech trees in the foreground and a few homesteads in the distance.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1220077
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This Japanese bronze handled mirror measures about 8 inches in diameter (21cm) with an extended handle which increases the full height to about 12 inches or 30 centimeters(cm).

It dates to the late Edo Period or Early Meiji period ( about the middle of the 19th century (1840-1860).

It is signed in the left portion of the front. It also has birds flying over churning waves in the ocean.

It still has most of it's silver ovrlay on the two large Kanji marks on the front. It also has remnants of it's silver on the reverse or "Face" of the mirror.

Bronze mirrors were introduced into Japan from China and Korea about 300 BC - AD 300.

At first they had a religious function and were regarded as symbols of authority.

The Japanese soon learned to make their own mirrors using lost-wax casting and decorated them with Japanese or Chinese designs.

By the Nara period (AD 710-794) mirrors were made for everyday use and used designs such as plants and animals to symbolize good fortune.

From the Kamakura period (1185-1333) a design showing Hôraizan (the Chinese 'Island of Immortality') became popular.. More new designs and the first handled mirrors appeared in the Muromachi period (1333-1568).

During the Edo period (1600-1868), mirrors decorated with lucky symbols or Chinese characters were given at weddings. Mirrors became larger as hairstyles became more ornate; some mirrors in Kabuki theatre dressing-rooms were up to fifty centimetres across and were placed on stands. The faces of mirrors were highly polished or burnished, with itinerant tinners and polishers specializing in this work. Since the mirror, together with the sword and the jewel, were symbols of Imperial power, mirror-makers were deeply revered and often given honorary titles such as Tenka-Ichi ('First under Heaven'). However, this title was often misused and was officially prohibited in 1682. Bronze mirrors were replaced by glass mirrors after the Meiji Restoration (1868).

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1950 item #84677 (stock #TR0125)
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This original oil painting on panel measures about 28 by 40 inches including it's original carved and gilded frame. It is signed Leonard Borman in the lower left corner. Condition is excellent and any white spots that show up are bounce back from the FLASH.

Leonard Borman, an exceptional California artist, died in 1995. This large and attractive oil is a sleeper.

Biographical Information:Leonard Borman was born in the 19th century and started painting in 1917 while recovering from a war injury, sustained as a Canadian veteran. His mother was an artist and encouraged her son, who attended the Art Institute of Chicago where he studied under Joseph Pennell and George Bellows. Borman came to Pasadena in 1924, settling in the nearby town of Sierra Madre. His desert and other plein air landscapes are most often encountered, but he also was an etcher and painted portraits of animals. Borman lived to the age of 101.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Ethnic : Pre 1980 item #1222139
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This hand worked Turkoman silver ring has fine details of wrapped silver wire and a gold wash.

It measures about 20 mm (interior measurement).

It is mounted with a carnelian cabochon measuring about 10 mm by 20 mm.

It is in excellent condition and weighs about 8 grams.

It was purchased as part of a collection of Afghan jewelry which included Kazak and Turkoman tribal pieces.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1800 item #85306 (stock #TR0131)
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These two bronze figures date from the 17-18th century or earlier.

Each one represents either Mahakala or Samantabhadra standing on a prostrate human figure surrounded by a ring of fire and wearing a garland of severed human heads.

Each measures about 8 inches tall by 5 inches wide.

Both are in excellent condition except for a small square opening on the back of one.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1900 item #691834
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This original oil painting on canvas mounted on wooden panel board measures 15 by 23 inches (image only). It measures 18 by 26 inches including the carved period frame it sits in.

The subject is a landscape with a series of buildings by a river, including waterfalls and a logging flume. The location of the scene is most likely the Northwest corner of the US (Oregon, Washington or Northern California) or Western Canada.

The condition of the painting is excellent, although it is slightly dry and could use a touch of light varnish to bring up the depth of the colors a bit.

It is signed, somewhat illegibly, in the lower right corner. It appears to be Fanelli or something very similar.

There is an old label on the reverse of the frame: "Duncan Vail Co, Established 1869, Los Angeles, San Francisco".

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1960 item #797685
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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 and other art websites.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pottery : Pre 1800 item #806896
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This pair of Chinese Seated Lions date from the 17th -19th Century or possibly a bit earlier.

These pottery or earthenware lions each measure about 9.5 - 10 inches tall by 6 inches wide by about 4 inches in depth.

They are in very good condition with only a small loss to one of the tails.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pottery : Pre 1700 item #173287 (stock #TR0251)
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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 1940 item #506715
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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 .

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Ethnic : Far Eastern : Pre 1920 item #540897
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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).

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre 1900 item #1188953
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This antique silver cup was probably made from melted Spanish silver coins that came from silver produced in the mines of Mexico or South America, c. 1800-1860.

It has engraved and chiseled decorative borders and an applied handle in the shape if a two headed dragon.

It stands 3 1/2" in height, 4 1/4" across the handle and weighs 108 grams or 3.72 Troy ounces.

It is in excellent condition with no dents, losses or repairs.

It also has no marks or monograms and is guaranteed to be at least .900 pure (coin silver).

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Ethnic : Native American : Pre 1960 item #686737
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This sterling silver and turquoise bracelet measures 2 1/2 by 1 3/4 by 5/8 inches (the interior measurement is 2 1/4 by 1 5/8 inches). It is set with 10 channel set rectangular turquoise gemstones of excellent color. The channel set turquoise forms most of the body and the rest is carved in silver.

It has a small.925 mark stamped on the reverse. It is guaranteed to be sterling silver.

The kachina figure is set against a hand tooled repeating pattern background. It is in excellent condition.

It dates circa 1950-1960.