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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1220077
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$295.00

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 : Pre 1960 item #82789 (stock #TR0114)
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$795.00

This original mid 20th Century California School oil painting on artist's canvas panel board measures 22 by 28 inches.

It is in excellent condition and UNFRAMED.

It is signed J.Hansen in the lower right.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1900 item #143243 (stock #TR0234)
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$3,600.00

This original oil painting on old artist panel board measures 22 1/2 by 31 1/2 inches.

It is unframed.

It is signed "Mt. Rainier, Wash, by F.A. DeHaven, Artist, 840 Raymond Ave" in pencil on the reverse.

It is in excellent condition.

It dates circa 1890-1920.

This outstanding old California landscape is one of two oils by the same artist that I am currently offering. Both offer different views of Mount Rainier.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1837 VR item #1013105
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$8,400.00

This original old oil painting on heavy canvas measures 25 inches by 30 inches (image only) and 30 x 36 inches framed .

It is unsigned.

It is in excellent condition, with an overall crackle to the surface as should be expected from a painting between 180-220 years old .

Portraits of this type were very expensive at the time, so this would have been a wealthy or important person of the period.

The level of detail in the face is outstanding, so this was very likely painted by an accomplished artist, unlike the numerous folk artist painters who produced the two dimensional portraits so collectible (and expensive) today.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1990 item #735646
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$995.00

This original contemporary Chinese ink and watercolor painting measures 18.5 by 19 inches, and 22 by 59.5 inches, including the silk brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has the seal and signature of the artist, Zhao Bin (1939- ) on the left hand edge. It also has one collector's seal in the lower right corner.

The subject is a view of a high mountain landscape shrouded in fog with a small temple with people viewing it in the distance.

It is in excellent condition.

This is one scroll painting from our collection of over 400 original Chinese ink and watercolor paintings on paper or silk that we collected over a period of about 20 years. Most were purchased directly from the artist or their agents and mounted for us in China prior to shipping them home. All are guaranteed to be original paintings, not prints or copies of any kind.

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 : Estate Jewelry : Other Metals : Period : Pre 1837 VR item #1184654
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This antique mesh bracelet has an old classic carved shell cameo mounted in the clasp.

It is surrounded by an ornate Pinchbeck frame which measures about 1.25 to 1.5 inches. It is attached to a gold color mesh bracelet or cuff that measures 6.5 inches clip to clip. It also measures about 1.5 inches in width.

It dates from the late 18th century to the early 19th century.

It is not marked in any way and we have not tested it for gold content.

"Pinchbeck" is a form of brass, an alloy of copper and zinc, mixed in proportions so that it closely resembles gold in appearance. It was invented in the 18th century by Christopher Pinchbeck, a London clockmaker. Since gold was only sold in 18-carat quality at that time, the development of pinchbeck allowed ordinary people to buy gold 'effect' jewelry on a budget. Pinchbeck was used to replace gold for a very short period of time.

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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #82890 (stock #TR0116)
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$1,995.00

This ANTIQUE CHINESE EXPORT PEWTER FISH BOWL & COVER measures 8 1/2 inches by 7 inches by 4 inches.

It is in excellent condition with no evidence of restoration or repairs. It does have some tarnish and wear as would be expected on a soft pewter serving dish that is between 120-160 years old.

IT IS HALLMARKED ON BOTH THE BOTTOM OF THE BOWL AND UNDER THE LID.

IT STILL RETAINS IT'S ORIGINAL GLASS EYES.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1940 item #100191 (stock #TR0163)
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$4,800.00

This ORIGINAL OIL PAINTING on stretched canvas measures about 31 by 36 inches framed (25 x 30 inches - oil only).

It is in EXCELLENT CONDITION!

It is signed Elizabeth Crawford (see photo enlargement #5) in the UPPER LEFT corner.

This painting dates to the early part of the 20th century.

Elizabeth Crawford is listed in Artprice.com as a 20th century artist.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Pre 2000 item #775666
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$4,500.00

This original contemporary Chinese ink and watercolor painting measures 27 by 53 inches, and 31 by 75 inches, including the silk brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has the seal and signature of the artist, Jiao Loushi, on the upper left hand edge. It also has one collector's seal in the lower right corner.

The subject is a view of a temple in a high mountain landscape with waterfalls and trees.

It is in excellent condition.

Chinese 20th Century paintings have been an excellent investment lately as prices have been escalating dramatically in both auctions and private sales.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1920 item #1178744
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$4800.00

This original carving of a Chinese lions and cub.

It dates from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).

Each one holds a lingzhi in its mouth.

It measures about 55 mm x 41 mm x 20 mm ( 2.1 x 1.5 x .75 inches)

It is carved from a uniformly pale celadon jade.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1960 item #694397
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$2,495.00

This original watercolor painting measures about 20 by 26 inches (image only) and 27 by 32 inches under glass in it's mat and frame.

It is a mountaintop view of an island with the sea and more mountains in the background.

We estimate this painting to be circa 1940-1950.

It is signed N. Kirk , Lower right.

It is in excellent condition.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1800 item #1097959
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$4,800.00

This jade carving of a Chinese lion, Chimera or Fu dog sits at an alert posture on all four paws.

It has a split or bifurcated tail and stylized wings.

It measures 2 1/2 inches by 1 7/8 inches by 1 1/4 inch (57 mm x 49 mm x 31 mm).

It is carved from a piece of off white to celadon colored jade with natural striations running through it. There is a natural brown irregularity which runs from it's foot to it's ear on one side along with a small area of brown suffusion on it's flank.

(This is the fancy way of saying it has few areas of rust. Not a bad thing for a genuine antique jade carving.)

We are dating this one to the Qing Dynasty, but it may actually be much earlier.

All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Ceramics : Pre 1910 item #1185861
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$240.00

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 #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 : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1970 item #747935
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$495.00

This original oil painting on stretched canvas and wooden stretcher bars measures 12 by 16 inches, not including the simple black wooden frame it sits in.

The wooden stretchers are from Grumbacher, a New York Artist's material company.

It most likely dates to the latter portion of the 20th century (circa 1960-1980).

The oil painting is in excellent condition except for a few very tiny scuffs where it touches the inside top of the frame. There is a small chip out of the upper left corner of the frame. Even with the minor imperfections, it is still in excellent condition overall.

The subject of this oil portrait is an Asian or Asian American woman wearing a brightly colored robe or kimono.

It is signed MARIAN in the lower left.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 2000 item #753219
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$450.00

This original contemporary Chinese ink and watercolor painting measures approximately 18 1/2 by 38 inches, and 22 1/2 by 65 inches, including the silk brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has the seal and signature of the artist along the middle right side edge.

The subject is a somewhat impressionist view of a waterfall with a pair of birds sitting in a tree in the foreground, surrounded by floral blossoms.

It is in excellent condition.

It dates to the second half of the 20th Century.