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All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Oceanic : Sculpture : Pre 1950 item #635387
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$1,800

This Melanesian carved wooden mask measures 23 inches top to bottom by 9 inches wide by 2 inches in depth.

It was produced by the Middle Sepik River Culture of Papua New Guinea; most likely from the Washkuk region.

It dates from the early to middle 20th century and is in excellent condition.

The mask is carved in a representation of an elongated face with stylized tatoos overall, with a frog shaped headdress and a flying bird post or goatee. It has shell eyes and the bird is also set with red stone or glass eyes.

It is interesting in it's multiple use of imagery. The mask has a handle bar mustache which also serves as both the wings of the flying bird and the feet of the running frog. This is an exceptional design and also very well executed.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Ethnic : Bedouin : Pre 1900 item #547041
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$1,250

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 : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1960 item #578558
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$895

This original oil painting measures 12 by 16 inches and is mounted in a 15 by 19 inch wooden frame. It is painted on a Fredrix canvas panel board.

It is an impressionist seashore with homes and a rock strewn cove beyond. It is unsigned, but by a talented artist. This painting would fit right in with a collection of California School or plein air paintings.

It is in excellent condition.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1970 item #84739 (stock #TR0127)
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$650

This original painting on heavy watercolor paper measures 21 by 29 inches, unmounted and unframed.

It is signed A. Shepstone in the lower right corner. It was acquired as part of a collection of paintings purchased directly from the artist many years ago.

It is in outstanding condition.

It will be shipped to the buyer rolled carefully in a wide tube or shipping container.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #83192 (stock #TR0118)
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$750

This original 19th century wooden carving of a Chinese Emperor with gilded and polychrome details measures 11 inches tall, 5 3/4 inches wide and 4 1/2 inches deep. It is in outstanding condition with ornate detailing and symbols in high relief on it's golden robe.

The one exception to it's unusually good condition is the loss of one hand. The hair in it's beard is REAL.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1800 item #1121793
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This bronze figure of Jambhala (also known as Vaisravana) measures about 11.5 inches tall by 9 inches wide by 5 inches in depth (including the bronze lotus mount and lion that it sits on).

He is commonly considered to be the god of wealth and protector of the north, riding on a lion.

A mongoose sits on a lotus under his left foot.

His right hand holds a citron or lemon (a symbol of fertility).

The character of Jambhala or Vaisavana is founded upon the Hindu deity Kubera, but although the Buddhist and Hindu deities share some characteristics, each of them has different functions and associated myths.

Although brought into East Asia as a Buddhist deity, Vaisravana has become a character in folk religion and has acquired an identity that is independent of the Buddhist tradition .

Vaisravana is the guardian of the northern direction, and his home is in the northern quadrant of the topmost tier of the lower half of Mount Sumeru. He is the leader of all the yaksas who dwell on the Sumeru's slopes.

He is often portrayed with a yellow face.

He is also sometimes displayed with a mongoose, often shown ejecting jewels from its mouth.

The mongoose is the enemy of the snake, a symbol of greed or hatred; the ejection of jewels represents generosity.

In Tibet, Vaisravana is considered a worldly dharmapala or protector of the Dharma, a member of the retinue of Ratnasambhava.

He is also known as the King of the North. As guardian of the north, he is often depicted on temple murals outside the main door.

He is also thought of as a god of wealth. As such, he is sometimes portrayed carrying a citron(a type of lemon), the fruit of the jambhara tree, a pun on another name of his, Jambhala . The fruit helps distinguish him iconically from depictions of Kuvera.

He is sometimes represented as corpulent and covered with jewels.

His mount is a snow lion.

This intricate bronze has much of it's original over painting remaining on the faces of both Jambala and his mount. There is a large amount of gilding applied to jeweled portions and accent details. This was a style of decoration that was popular during the later portion of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and also occasionally during the early portion of the Qing Dynasty( 1644-1912).

We estimate this antique bronze to date to the 17th or 18th century, but it may be a bit earlier than that.

This antique bronze is in excellent condition, with one exception. It sits on three mount pins that extend into the sealed lotus base. One of these pins has broken off and is apparently roaming around within the base itself. Sitting on two pins rather than three has had no adverse effect on it's stability whatsoever.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1950 item #796859
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$895

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 it is not a giclee or copy of any kind.

This is one painting that was acquired as part of 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 auctions over the years, such as John Moran Auctions in Pasadena, California. He is also listed on Askart.com and other art websites.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : Pre 1940 item #861213
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$12,000

This is an original oil painting on canvas panel mounted on wooden stretchers.

It measures 21 3/4 x 28 inches, not including the carved and gilded period frame it sits in. It measures 26 x 30 inches, including the frame.

It is signed, Josephine E. Hyde in the lower left corner of the canvas. It is also stamped "OTIS" & "HYDE" on the cross braces on the reverse side of the painting. Otis Hyde was Josephine's husband and a very well known artist in his own right. It would appear that Josephine "borrowed" some of her husband's art supplies for her own use.

The subject is a still life wth a small Japanese figure seated on a table with an oriental carpet, with a green pitcher and a Chinese porcelain charger.

The painting is in excellent condition. It has a few tiny scuff marks near the signature that can be easily touched up.

It is painted in a broad pallette of colors: toned down by both time and grime. It could use a good cleaning to make the already strong colors even more vivid and bright.

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Artist Biography:

Josephine Hyde was a listed California painter born in Columbus, Ohio in 1885.

She studied at Stanford University with painters, Nell Walker Warner, Edward Withers and Will Foster. She became an art teacher in the Los Angeles and Long Beach school systems from 1923 to the 1950’s. She was also married to the well known artist, Otis Hyde. She died in 1965.

She was a member of the California Art Club, Women Painters of the West, Long Beach Art Association, Painters of the Southwest, and the La Jolla Art Association.

She is listed in Who’s Who in American Art 1953-1962, Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Milton Hughes, Davenport’s Art Reference & Price Guide.

She is also listed on the internet with biographical information and auction sale listing on Askart.com

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Sculpture : Pre 1492 item #570738
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This ancient marble carving of a reclining lion measures 6 1/2 inches wide by 5 inches in depth by 4 1/2 inches high.

It dates to either the Tang Dynasty in China (618 AD 907 AD) or slightly earlier in one of the Roman provinces ( possibly 300-400 AD). It is in excellent condition and quite rare.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1960 item #635632
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$360

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 : Pre 1900 item #688672
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$240

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 #795533
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$495

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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Pre 1800 item #1124533
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$3,600

This is an original antique Chinese carved lacquer cup.

It measures 2.75 inches in diameter and about 4.2 inches wide (including the Fu Lion handles on either side of the cup.)

It stands about 2 inches tall (measured from top to bottom.)

It has two robed figures seated on clouds set out against a repeating pattern.

This cup dates to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) or, quite possibly, even a bit earlier.

It is in excellent condition except for a tiny loss of lacquer on the interior lip of the cup (see closeup photo).

This cup was part of a small collection of Chinese carved lacquer purchased about 25 years ago from a private collection established in the early 20th century.

This is one of two similar cups that were part of the original collection. The cups were not a matching pair, but are of a very similar style. We will be offering the other cup later on.

All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Glass : Italian : Pre AD 1000 item #1197032
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This ancient Roman two handled glass vase is in excellent condition. It has no damage, repairs or restoration.

It measures about 4 3/4 inches tall by 3 5/8 inches in diameter at it's widest point.

It has applied glass handles which have been referred to by some as "Dolphin Handles".

It has areas of wear and iridescence overall.

It has parallel striations down the neck below the wide lip.

This is a museum quality glass vase that we have had in our personal collection for about forty years.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1950 item #795524
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$350

This original watercolor painting measures 15 by 22 inches.

It dates circa 1940-1950. 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 : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1950 item #795513
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$650

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 but not limited to California.

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 giclee or print of any kind) is in the style of the early 20th Century painters such as Rex Brandt or Herbert Vincent Olsen. Both were prolific art teachers and, as such, influenced many new artists at the time.

This painting was originally purchased from the estate of Nancy Louise Hickman, a student of the listed artist, Robert Landry. A number of his signed and unsigned works were discovered in the collection. This may be one of the unsigned ones. It is that good!

Check our other listings for additional offerings of similar period watercolor paintings.

All Items : Fine Art : Sculpture : Wood : Pre 1940 item #123672 (stock #TR0210)
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$2,495

This original American carved wooden sculpture of a seated woman dates circa 1930-1950.

It measures 17 inches tall by about 7 inches in diameter.

It is unsigned and unmarked.

This 1940's American Folk Art Carving is in the style of the sculptures of Henry Moore.

It is in very good condition and appears to have been carved from the limb of an old weathered tree.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1940 item #593627
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$4,800

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.