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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Ethnic : Far Eastern : Pre 1980 item #1139493
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$495.00

This carved jade pendant measures about 2 inches tall by 1 1/4 inches wide by about 1/2 inch in depth.

It is carved from a piece of jade that has a basic colors ranging from brown to pale celadon green . It also has a few natural forest green inclusions in the shape of a feather. The strong brown tones were created by utilizing the skin of the jade which is an indication of a water worn worn pebble.

It is carved in the shape of a fish in front of a natural plant shape or lotus leaf.

It weighs 37.6 grams.

It dates to about the middle of the 20th Century in China

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1800 item #334387
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$4,800.00

This rather substantial jade carving of a frog is in a style which originated in the late Neolithic to Shang Period, but we estimate it to actually date from the middle to late Ming Period (15th -17th Century).

It measures 2 1/2 by 4 1/2 by 1 inch in depth.

It is a gray-green celadon color with dark brown suffusions on it's back.

It is covered with symmetrical designs and shows evidence of much handling. It also has fully articulated toes on the bottom of it's feet. Location-GH-BX6

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1940 item #594259
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$1,800.00

This original watercolor painting on heavy watercolor paper measures approximately 22 by 27 inches, unmatted and unframed.

It is in outstanding condition, period.

It is signed Ellen Carpenter in the lower left corner. This original watercolor was most likely influenced by the work of Marie Laurencin. The similarities are obvious. It is not, however a copy of Laurencin's work, but a reinterpretation, in the same way Picasso "copied" African art in his paintings.

Ellen Carpenter is listed in Davenport's Art Reference and Price Guide and also in Hughes, Artist's in California.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1960 item #795533
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$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 2000 item #633715 (stock #TR-0190)
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$1,895.00

This original oil painting on artist's canvas panel measures 11 x 14 inches and is framed 13 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches.

It is signed J. Guzman in the lower left corner.

Juan "Pepe" Guzman is a contemporary California artist.

His strong use of color and light is influenced by both his Chilean background and his California roots.

His paintings are a mix of Impressionism, Expressionism, Fauve colors and a dash of California Plein Air.

It is in OUTSTANDING CONDITION, period.

All of my paintings by Juan Guzman were purchased directly by me from the artist himself and are guaranteed authentic unconditionally. Category: Fine Art:Paintings:Oil:N. America:American

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 2000 item #119101 (stock #scr1005)
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$795.00

This original contemporary Chinese watercolor painting measures 27 by 27 inches (painting only) and about 32 by 72 inches, including the maroon brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has the seal and signature of the artist, Sun Jing (1945- )lower right along with one collector's seal.

The subject is a young girl playing a flute in a garden setting.

It is in excellent condition.

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 : Watercolor : Pre 2000 item #116841 (stock #scr1003)
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$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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pottery : Pre 1800 item #806896
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This item is currently being auctioned

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 : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1940 item #689709
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$16,000.00

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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1492 item #736633
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$900.00

This antique hardstone carving of a reclining ox dates from the Song Dynasty (960-1279 AD) or the early portion of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 AD).

It measures about 2 3/4 x 1 1/2 X 1 1/4 inches or 58mm x 31mm x 30 mm.

It is carved from white variegated stone with a small area of pale gray in the center.

It is in excellent condition with a substantial amount of reddish brown oxidation on it's base.

We are describing this as hard stone because it does not pass the scratch test for jade. The possibility exists, however, that it is actually altered jade which has been softened over time and proximity to the elements.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1900 item #1161786
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$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 : 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 : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1930 item #587829
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$2,995.00

This original oil painting is in the style of a well known California Plein Air Painter of the 1920's-1930's. It is, however, unsigned.

It measures 16 by 20 inches and sits in a period 22 by 26 inch frame.

Both the frame and the painting are in outstanding condition.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : Pre 1940 item #314995
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Currently Being Researched

This large oil painting on canvas was apparently painted during the early 20th Century, based on the age and quality of the canvas and the paints used. It is unusual in that it is painted on the "inside" of the stretched canvas and the painted image extends onto and over the stretcher bars.

It is painted in the style of David Siqueros or other Mexican Muralist painters.".

The subject is an intense woman. One name for the woman comes to mind but we are not allowed to mention it without suffering the wrath (and possible lawsuits) of overly protective name/copyright owners (One name that comes to mind would have the initials, FK).

It measures 24 by 32 inches, unframed.

It is in outstanding condition and the paint is applied with thick, heavy and powerful brush strokes.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1920 item #1082261
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This item is currently being auctioned

This small jade or hard stone carving of a stylized face measures 2.25 inches x 2.75 inches x 1.5 inches in depth.

It's colors range from a medium to dark green to a pale green with areas of translucence. It also has natural inclusions in the stone with areas of dark brown or off white oxidation.

It is carved in the style of old Olmec carvings, but it may be early 20th century. It may also be Chinese, rather than Latin American in origin, but neither origin has been documented yet.

It is unusual in that it has a mounting bracket extending from the reverse side. Similar brackets have been seen on occasion to allow for mounting as architectural components or as decorations in religious settings.

If this stylized carving actually is older than our estimate, it would be worth a great deal more than our asking price.

The mounting bracket would allow for this piece to be worn as a belt slide or buckle, or as a large pendant.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Metalwork : Pre 1800 item #1107919
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This item is currently being auctioned

Pair of Imperial Bronze Dragon Seals: Qianlong Marks and Period

This large pair of dragon handled bronze seals date from the period of Qianlong (1735-1795), emperor of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) in China.

The rectangular base measures 8 ½ inches by 7 ¼ inches (21.5 cm x 19.5 cm). The dragon handle stands up about 3 inches tall (8 cm.).

The top portions of the seals are covered with chiseled and engraved patterns of dragons and swirling lines representing the ocean or the sky. Standing on top of all this is the dragon handle.

The bottom of the seals are covered in archaic old Chinese pictogram script (see closeup photos). They also include traditional Chinese characters in one corner which are easily interpreted as Qianlong Reign Marks.

Some folks thought these might be paperweights because of their rather large size, compared to most seals of either bronze or jade. A recent article in the Jakarta Post referred to a very similar bronze seal as a “casted paperweight from the Qianlong Period”. See link below:

( http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2011/04/04/scholar-objects-undervalued-small-treasures.html )

These bronzes may have served double duty, with an original purpose yet to be determined by deciphering the archaic script and the possibility of also having been used as massive scroll weights.

The Emperor Qianlong had a serious interest in painting and was known to dabble in it himself on occasion. Some scrolls are exceptionally long and might have required a substantial scroll weight to keep them open for viewing (or possible two or more to hold the whole long thing open in the privacy of one's palace).

On April 4, 2010 , one identical bronze seal/scroll weight was sold at auction in China for the amount of RMB 651,200. (about $108,000.00 US ). The auction estimate had originally been 600,000-800,000 RMB (about $100,000-$130,000) for one single bronze seal.

The pair of bronze seals or scroll weights or “paperweights” are both in excellent condition. The buyer will not be disappointed.

They were purchased about 30 years ago in Southern California.

NOTE: Although the photos below make the the bronzes appear to be of different sizes , only the photos are of different sizes, not the bronzes themselves.

ADDITIONAL NOTE: THERE ARE A FEW VERY TINY SPOTS OF VERDIGRIS ON ONE OF THE SEALS . THIS IS NOT UNUSUAL FOR A BRONZE ITEM THAT IS OVER 200 YEARS OLD. IT IS REALLY NOT WORTH MENTIONING BUT WE ALWAYS LIKE TO HAVE FULL DISCLOSURE SO THERE ARE NO SURPRISES FOR THE BUYER.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1950 item #1149739
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$360.00

This original watercolor painting measures 15 by 22 inches.

It dates circa 1940-1950. It is unframed and unmounted.

It is from a regional style of painting found in, but not limited to, California .

This is one painting from a collection of California watercolor paintings that was originally purchased from the estate of a student of the well known and listed California artist, Robert Landry.

This painting is signed, Nancy L. Hickman, Lower left .

All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Ceramics : Scandinavian : Pottery : Pre 1900 item #137038 (stock #TR0228)
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$695.00

This original antique Chinoiserie wine jar or bottle measures about 9 inches tall by 3 inches in diameter.

It was made in the late 19th century by Rorstrand in Sweden.

It is a classic European interpretation of an Oriental motif, with a robed man holding a tray with serving implements, surrounded by flowering shrubs and plants.

It has TH. WINBORG on it's upper rim. The company TH Winborg was established in Sweden as a seller of vinegar spirits.

It has the Rorstrand mark and additional incised initials (HZ, L and A) on the bottom. The company TH Winborg was established in Sweden as a seller of vinegar spirits.

It is in outstanding condition and much nicer than the photos would indicate.