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All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1950 item #795524
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$350.00

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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Stoneware : Pre 1837 VR item #565889
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$6,400.00

This glazed ceramic seated Buddha measures 7 inches tall by 6 1/2 inches wide by about 5 inches in depth.

It consists of a blue glaze over buff ceramic. The glaze is a deep sky blue ranging to shades of turquoise and pooling to black in the crevices. The bottom has a very fine mesh pattern embedded in it that resembles linen. There are no marks of any kind on it.

This seated figure dates to the Kangxi period of the Ching Dynasty (1644-1911) or possibly earlier.

It is in excellent condition, period.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Pre 1940 item #796202
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$12,000.00

This carved jade or hardstone figure of Xipe-Totec measures 8.5 inches tall x 4.5 inches in width x 3.25 inches in depth.

It is in basically good condition, with the loss of the bottom portion of both legs. It also has some old repairs to its left hand and right arm at the shoulder. A few other interior cracks round out it's condition problems.

All things considered, it is in pretty good shape, coming from a culture that ritually killed it's pots and figures on a regular basis (along with numerous human slaves and prisoners).

Although it has some stylistic similarities with Olmec figures (except around the mouth), it has more similarities with the Aztec or Mayan Cultures

It shows a figure wearing a second (flayed) skin, with hanging hands and stitch work up the backside to the head which would hold the flayed skin in place. The level of detail on the reverse stitchwork carving is remarkable and an indication of the importance of this piece.

Although we seriously believe this antique jade carving to be authentic and extremely old, we are not going to date this piece. . The buyer should make his or her own judgement as to the merits of this carving.

We never attempt to misrepresent or oversell a piece. For that reason we have priced this huge, well carved jade statue as if it were an old copy. If it turns out that this carving can be verified to be older than that, we are certain the buyer will not be disappointed. _________________________________________________________________________

Xipe-Totec, the flayed god, originated in Teotihuacán culture and continued in importance into Aztec times. In Aztec mythology, Xipe Totec ("our lord the flayed one") was a life-death-rebirth deity, god of agriculture, the west, disease, spring, goldsmiths and the seasons. He supposedly flayed himself to give food to humanity, symbolic of the maize seed losing the outer layer of the seed before germination. He represented a fertility cult and was said to assist the earth in making her new skin each spring.

Annually, slaves were selected as sacrifices to Xipe Totec. These slaves were carefully flayed to produce a nearly whole skin which was then worn by the priests during the fertility rituals that followed the sacrifice. Some accounts indicate that a thigh bone from the sacrifice was defleshed and used by the priest to touch spectators in a fertility blessing.

Paintings and several clay figures have been found which illustrate the flaying method and the appearance of priests wearing flayed skins. Without his skin, Xipe-Totec was depicted as a golden god. The priests of Xipe-Totec impersonated him by wearing a gold-dyed human skin for twenty days, or until the skin rotted away. The priest would then emerge reborn. .

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1940 item #593322
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$895.00

This original, unsigned oil painting on panel board measures 10 by 15 inches , not including the simple gilded wood frame it sits in.

The subject is a strand of eucalyptus trees overlooking the water with a sunset sky in the background.

It is in excellent condition, period.

It dates circa 1920-35.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1990 item #561096
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$1,600.00

This original watercolor measures 22 by 30 inches, unmounted and unframed.

The subject is young boys playing in a waterfall and swimming in a pond set in a lush tropical mountain landscape.

It is in excellent condition .

It is signed William M Thurston C.1988 in the lower right corner.

There is an artist, William Thurston who worked as an illustrator for the Hawaiian Sugar Planters Association, but this connection has not been fully documented yet.

This is one of two similar Hawaiian theme watercolors that we are offering by this artist.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Metals : Brass : Pre 1920 item #174652 (stock #TR0243)
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$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 : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 2000 item #521791
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Price on Request

This original oil painting on hard panel board measures 8 x 10 inches and is framed 13 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches.

It is signed Guzman in the lower right corner. Juan "Pepe" Guzman is a contemporary California artist. His strong use of color and light is influenced by both his Latin American background and his California roots. His paintings are a mix of Impressionism, Expressionism, Fauve colors and a dash of California Plein Air.

This Fauve impressionist landscape has a outstanding mix of brilliant colors. This little gem also makes use of the palette knife for a strong three dimensional quality

The painting is in OUTSTANDING CONDITION, period. There are a few scuff marks on the upper edges of the nicely detailed frame.

The buyer will not be disappointed!

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 2000 item #124859 (stock #scr1008)
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$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 : 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.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Ceramics : Pre 1920 item #626513
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$280.00

This ceramic elephant on a stand measures 6 3/4 inches tall by 6 inches wide by 3 inches in depth.

It dates from the first half of the 20th century.

Although the glaze is identical to certain Chinese glazes, it may be American or European in origin.

It may also be Chinese, but we don't believe so, based on it's design.

It is in excellent condition with the exception of two minor flecks to the glaze and two holes drilled in it's base. It may have been filled with sand at one time to serve as a bookend. If there was a mate to this piece, we've never seen it.

It is a charming little piece, with legitimate age - at least 75 years.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1940 item #737174
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$795.00

This original oil painting on canvas laid down on board measures 12 by 16 inches, and it is mounted in an original carved and gilded frame which measures 16 by 20 inches.

It is unsigned and in excellent condition.

We estimate it to date circa 1930-1940.

The subject is the San Gabriel Mission which has numerous Moorish or Spanish architectural motifs.

It is painted in a loose, impressionist style with very bright, almost Fauve colors.

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The Mission San Gabriel Arcángel is a fully functioning mission and also an historic landmark in San Gabriel, California.

It was founded by Spaniards of the Franciscan Order on "The Feast of the Birth of Mary" (September 8) in 1771.

The Mission often referred to as the "Godmother of the Pueblo of Los Angeles," was designed by Father Antonio Cruzado (who hailed from Córdoba, Spain, which accounts for the strong Moorish influence).

In 1776, a flash flood destroyed much of the crops and ruined the Mission complex, which was subsequently relocated five miles closer to the mountains in present-day San Gabriel (the native settlement of 'Iisanchanga).

The Mission is the base from which the pueblo that became the City of Los Angeles, California was sent. On December 8, 1812 (the "Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin") a series of massive earthquakes shook Southern California. The 1812 Wrightwood Earthquake caused the three-bell campanario, located adjacent to the chapel's east façade, to collapse. A larger, six-bell structure was subsequently constructed at the far end of the capilla.

Legend has it that the founding expedition was confronted by a large group of native Shoshone peoples whose intention was to drive the strangers away. One of the padres laid a painting of "Our Lady of Sorrows" on the ground for all to see, whereupon the natives (known to the settlers as the Gabrieliños) made peace with the missionaries, so moved were they by the painting's beauty. Today the 300-year-old painting hangs in the Mission's sanctuary.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre AD 1000 item #523969
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$4,500.00

This extremely old hardstone / jade bracelet dates from the Liangzhu Period (3300 BC-2200 BC).

It is a varigated black color with one spot of pale yellow green on the interior.

It is in excellent condition, even though its material has been been degraded over time (The scratch test only works on the green spot due to the degradation of the darker areas). It also has a crystal structure that can be seen under high magnification.

It has an outside diameter of 3 1/4 - 3 1/2 inches (8.5- 9 cm) and an interior diameter of 2 5/8 inches (6.6 cm). It is about 3/4 inch in width (1.8 - 2.0 cm). This is an outstanding piece and is similar in style to another burnt jade bangle of white chicken bone color in published works.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1950 item #575412
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$6,500.00

This original, unsigned oil painting measures 24 by 36 inches unframed. It is painted on stretched canvas over wooden stretcher boards.

It is in excellent condition, except for one small paint loss chip measuring about 1/2 by 1 inch. See closeup photo.

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 : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1950 item #795513
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$650.00

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 : Paintings : Pre 1910 item #541661
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$4,800.00

This original oil painting on stretched canvas measures 16 by 20 1/2 inches( unframed ) and 23 by 27 1/2 inches (framed).

It is in excellent condition, except for some scuffing on the frame.

It is unsigned and has a stamp on the reverse of the canvas (see photos).

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1960 item #1170423
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$2,600.00

This original painting on watercolor 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 giclee or print of any kind.

This is one painting from a collection of original California watercolors, originally purchased from a student of the noted California watercolor artist, Robert Landry.

The collection had been in storage for about 25 years.

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 and 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.

His 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 also 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. In addition, he is listed on www.askart.com and other art and auction websites.

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.