ANCIENT- EYES
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Ivory : Pre 1900 item #879067
Ancient Eyes
$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 : Metals : Silver : Pre 1950 item #1221698
Ancient Eyes
$1,200.00

These two sterling silver porringers date from the early to middle 20th century.

Both are marked sterling. One is Gorham sterling and the other is Wallace sterling.

The measure 6.25-6.5 inches at their longest point (about 17 cm).

Each is about 4.5 inches in diameter (11.5 cm). They weigh together 8.3 ounces-see the last photo on scale. They came from the same estate collection years ago. One is simply marked "James". The other is marked, " To James Richard Hittle - From His Godfather, Douglas Fairbanks Jr.

They are both in very good condition generally, but have numerous small bungs as would be expected from a gift given to a small child as a christening present.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Pre 1990 item #734670
Ancient Eyes
$1,295.00

This original Chinese watercolor painting measures 26 by 27 inches (ink and watercolor painting only) and 29 by 65 inches, including the brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has the seal and signature of the artist, Deng Xiaolin, along the left side of the painting.

The subject is a small village situated in an extensive mountain landscape with floating clouds obscuring some of the distant mountains.

This painting was painted with a high level of attention to details. Deng Xiaolin was a graduate of the China Central Fine Arts Institute in 1970. He was born in Hefei, in Anhui Province in China.

This scroll dates to the latter part of the 20th Century.

It is in excellent condition.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1800 item #1181905
Ancient Eyes
$1,200.00

This nephrite jade carving is a pale celadon to yellow jade altered to brown overall.

It appears to have been buried for an extended period of time, based on the level of alteration or oxidation.

We conservatively estimate that this antique nephrite jade dates to the late 19th - early 20th century.

It may actually be much older. Please view the detailed photos carefully.

The buyer will not be disappointed.

It measures 80 mm x 45mm x 12 mm in depth.

It is in very good condition with the exception of a slight loss to one wing tip, which appears to have happened ages ago because it shows wear and toning consistent with the rest of the carving.

The shape of the tail is unusual in that it looks like a sea monster . Without its pointed beak, it could be mistaken for a dragon or a kylin.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1990 item #561096
Ancient Eyes
$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 : Fine Art : Paintings : Tempera : Pre 1960 item #177212 (stock #TR0254)
Ancient Eyes
$795.00
This original opaque watercolor painting measures 9 by 12 inches and is framed under glass approximately 14 by 17 inches. It was purchased in Bali circa 1960. and is in excellent condition. It is signed lower right, imo Sintee.
All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1960 item #686183
Ancient Eyes
$350.00

This original unsigned oil painting on very heavy canvas (tarp quality) measures 24 by 36 inches (image only).

It is painted on a 29 by 41 inch canvas which needs to be stretched on wooden stretcher bars (standard 24 by 36 inch size).

It is a classic 1950's American Home with a picket fence and a television (note the antenna on the roof). This scene could be 'Anywhere USA___Circa 1955.

We estimate it as circa 1940's-1950's.

Except for needing to be mounted and framed, it is in excellent condition.

It will be delivered rolled in a wide tube. The paint condition is outstanding and it will not be adversely affected by rolling it for shipment.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #105013 (stock #TR0175)
Ancient Eyes
$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 : Watercolor : Pre 2000 item #731258
Ancient Eyes
$1,295.00

This original contemporary Chinese ink and watercolor painting measures 24 by 49 inches (painting only) and 27 1/2 by 71 inches, including the silk brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has two seals and the signature of the artist along the lower left edge. It also has an additional collector's seal (along right middle edge.)

The subjects of the painting are three monkeys playing in a fruit tree and in the snow.

It is in excellent condition.

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

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1970 item #138551 (stock #TR0230)
Ancient Eyes
$240.00

This original oil painting on artist's panel board measures 11 x 14 inches and sits in a carved wood and gesso period frame measuring 17 x 20 inches.

It is signed Ricardo in the lower right corner.

It is in excellent condition.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1950 item #1089796
Ancient Eyes
$750.00

Original 1940-50s Watercolor: New England Village Landscape

This original watercolor painting measures 15 by 22 inches.

It dates circa 1940-1950.

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

It is painted on heavy watercolor paper, 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-mid 20th Century painters such as Robert Landry, Rex Brandt or Herbert Vincent Olsen.

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

This painting is unsigned and we will leave it at that. Further research may very well allow for it to be more specifically described at a later date.

Robert Landry's work may be seen on askart .com, where auction records are available and examples of his signed work are offered for between $2000.00-$4000.00.

NOTE-WE ARE NOT OFFERING THIS WORK AS A SIGNED PAINTING OF ROBERT LANDRY. It is unsigned.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Pre 2000 item #132825 (stock #scr1010)
Ancient Eyes
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This original contemporary Chinese ink and watercolor painting measures 14 by 54 inches (painting only) and 18 by 72 inches, including the silk brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has two seals and the signature of the artist along the upper edge. It also has three additional collector's seals (lower left and right corners).

It is in excellent condition.

This is one of the illustrations used in our as yet unpublished book on Totemic Jade carvings.

Additional information about Contemporary Chinese scroll paintings is available in our Newsletter which can be reached on our Home Page.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Modernism : Pre 1980 item #1032922
Ancient Eyes
$3,600.00

This two inch wide silver bracelet in the shape of a cuff contains fifty-eight(58)faceted emeralds.

Each gemstone measures ranges in size from about 8 x 10 mm to about 10 mm x 14 mm in size. There are 17 tear drop shaped stones and 41 oval stones.

The colors range from a slightly pale green to a very rich brilliant green.

There are inclusions in all of the stones as should be expected in emerald or beryl (which is what all emerald really is, regardless of it's color.)

The silver is marked .925 on the clasp and all of the stones are in excellent condition with no obvious damage or repairs.

This bracelet measures about 2.5 inches on it's internal diameter. (This is an estimate, but it's a careful estimate).

Words really don't do justice to this bracelet, but the pictures help.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1950 item #574483
Ancient Eyes
$1,200.00

This original California School oil painting is painted on artist's canvas board measures 16 by 20 inches and it sits in a 22 by 26 inch frame.

It is unsigned and in excellent condition, except for a few scuffed areas on the frame.

If this outstanding old oil painting was executed in shades of green, rather than blue, we would probably assume it was done by William Wendt or by a student of his, in his style.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Pre 1940 item #796202
Ancient Eyes
$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 : Pre 1950 item #795191
Ancient Eyes
$320.00

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 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 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.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1990 item #738420
Ancient Eyes
$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 : Pre 1920 item #685537
Ancient Eyes
$795.00
This antique copper and silver lidded jar or box measures 6 3/4 inches tall by 6 inches in diameter.

The copper and silver lid is covered with repeating patterns, auspicious symbols and tiny cabachons in turquoise and coral.

The lid is topped by a large (24mm) turquoise bead giving the appearance of a small globe of the earth. In addition, it has four silver shield shapes with large inset carved jades that may represent the four directions (North, South, East, West).

It dates from the late 19th to early 20th century in Tibet or Nepal.

It is in excellent condition with a nice even patinas on the both the copper and silver areas.