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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 : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1990 item #765569
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$1,195.00

This original contemporary 20th Century Chinese watercolor painting measures 24 by 50 inches (painting only) and about 28 by 72 inches, including the brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has the seals and signature of the artist, along with what appears to be a collector's seal.

The subject is a black and white Chinese dog watching a ladybug sitting on a pear on a low hanging branch.

It is in excellent condition and has very fine and subtle details. This is an outstanding example of Contemporary Chinese Art as influenced by Western Art .

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1940 item #689725
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$16,000.00

This original oil painting on old hard panel board 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 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 very similar in size, use of 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 : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Modernism : Pre 1980 item #1032922
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$3,200.00

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 : 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 : Estate Jewelry : Ethnic : Far Eastern : Pre 1920 item #540897
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Price on Request

This carved jade bangle measures 3 inches (outside diameter) by 1 3/8 inches in width. It's interior diameter is 2 1/4 inches.

This is a very heavy carved nephrite jade bracelet with outstanding carved archaic repeating pattern symbols.

Although the carved patterns are archaic in style and execution, this heavy jade cuff most likely dates between 1880-1920. It is in excellent condition and there is a natural inclusion in the stone (see close up photos).

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1950 item #795162
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$240.00

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.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 2000 item #778230
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$895.00

This original Chinese watercolor painting measures 25 by 25 inches (ink and watercolor painting only) and 29 by 69 inches, including the brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has the seal and signature of the artist, Hong Jun, along the lower right side of the painting. It also has a collector's seal in the lower left corner.

The subject is a water garden scene with pink lotus flowers with large leaves in shadow and small fish swimming through.

This painting was painted with a very loose hand, but by an obviously talented artist.

This original ink and watercolor painting mounted as a scroll dates from the middle to the latter part of the 20th Century.

It is in excellent condition.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre 1800 item #83811 (stock #TR0122)
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$2,400.00

This antique bronze head of Kandoba or Shiva with a Naga canopy dates from 18th century India (Rajastan).

This may also be known as a Muhkalinga.

It measures approximately 10 inches (24 cm) tall and 5 inches (12 cm) in diameter.

This is a very substantial old bronze in both weight and appearance and it is in excellent condition.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1970 item #84739 (stock #TR0127)
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$650.00

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 : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Pre 1950 item #1221698
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$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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #104971
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$1,195.00

This Meiji period JAPANESE KUTANI BOWL measures 10 1/2 inches in diameter and 4 inches deep.

It is in excellent condition with slight wear to the gilding as would be expected .

It is signed on the bottom (see enlargement).

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1900 item #656890
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$2,695.00

This standing nephrite jade carving of a bearded and robed figure with long horns or a headdress of some sort measures about 10 1/2 inches tall by 3 inches wide by 1 1/2 inches in depth.

It is carved from a large piece of nephrite ranging from pale to deep green with a strip of oxidized white to yellow jade down the middle. In addition, there is a crackled stripe of oxidation running down through the center of the face through the figure to the bottom of the robe.

There are also engraved rectangular patterns and additional patterns on the robe.

Although the serious possibility exists that this is an old nephrite carving dating to the Shang period, we are dating this one very conservatively to about circa 1900-1920. If it turns out to be much older, we are certain the buyer will not be too upset.

It is interesting to note, however, that the oxidation and subsequent crackling of the stone that runs right down through the face probably occurred after the jade was carved. The question arises: if this is a copy made in the last 100 years or so, why didn't they turn it around before they carved the face, as the center of the back side is pristine where the face could have been positioned, no crackling or deterioration? It would have been the better choice to use as the front and would have made a more attractive and potentially more saleable copy. If however, the deterioration of the stone actually happened over an extended period of time after it was carved, that would make more sense as an explanation as to why the current positioning of the stone in relation to it's natural flaws or irregularities.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Central Asian : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #812604
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$1,495.00

This bronze sculpture of a standing figure of Parvati on a lotus stand measures 14.5 inches tall by 4.5 inches square at the base.

It is a very heavy, solid bronze casting and it is in excellent condition.

It dates circa 1890-1940.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1900 item #580721
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$800.00

This original painting on thin stretched linen on canvas measures 7 by 11 inches, including the bamboo style wooden frame it sits in.

The subject is a young Chinese girl in a colorful robe holding a fan made of peacock feathers.

This painting is in "As Found" condition which means it needs some level of restoration. The painting shows a heavy level of crackle (similar to that found on old Chinese ceramics. It also has a 3 to 4 inch split along the right side. There are a few other other small problems in this painting. It will require some restoration, but will be worth it. This little gem will be a classic after restoration. However,it is being sold AS-IS, due to it's current condition.

It is unsigned but there are Chinese characters on the reverse stretcher, which may be the equivalent of a signature.

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 : 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 : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1960 item #592079
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$895.00

This original, unsigned oil painting on panel board measures about 18 by 24 inches, not including the simple frame it currently sits in.

The scene is the ocean with storm swept skies and heavy waves breaking against the rocks. In the background, a portion of the Northern California coastline can be seen.

It is in outstanding condition, period.

It dates circa 1940-1960 based on the style of painting, the subject matter, and the board it is painted on.