This early 20th century tea set consists of 5 pieces of hand hammered pewter (a 4 piece tea set and tray). Although its style could be described as Arts and Crafts, it also has aspects of Art Nouveau in the extensions of the lines of the feet.
Stamped on the base of each piece is a symbol of a lady in a bonnet, "My Lady”over "English”over“Hand Hammered” over “Pewter” which denotes the maker as George Lee & Co. of Sheffield, who used the "My Lady" trade mark some time during the 1920s.
The tea set sits on an old Art Nouveau Kayserzinn pewter tray which dates circa 1900-1910. It is an outstanding classic and original piece of Art Nouveau pewter. It measures about 15 by 22 inches.
While we recognize that the tea set and tray may not have begun life together; they are together now and we hate to breakup a good marriage.
The tea set is in outstanding condition with no dents or dings.
The tray is also in very good condition with a few light scratches as should be expected, given its age and the relative softness of its material. Overall, however, its appearance is quite pleasing.
This antique tinned copper tray has traditional engraved bird motif surrounding a Homa bird symbol (Iran Air logo).
It measures about 16 inches in diameter.
It has a shield with an Arabic inscription at the top and (in English)IRAN AIR in a shield at the bottom of the circular field.
Iran AIR was established in 1946.
This tray probably dates circa 1946-64. The possibility exists that the tray is actually older and the Iran Air markings were added later.
It is in very good condition with the exception of a small dent in the field. it is small and relatively insignificant with all of the detail of the engraved patterns.
This original oil painting on stretched canvas and wooden stretcher bars measures 24 by 30 inches unframed.
It is signed Dega Vierra in the lower left corner.
It is in outstanding condition, period.
We estimate the period on this original oil painting as circa 1940-1960.
the subject is an open landscape with beech trees in the foreground and a few homesteads in the distance.
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.
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.
This original, unsigned California School oil painting on canvas board measures 16 by 20 inches and sits in a 22 by 26 inch carved and gilded frame.
This classic mountain lake landscape is reminiscent of many locations in California, Colorado, Utah, Washington, Idaho or even Oregon
It is in excellent condition and ready to hang.
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.
This Burmese silver case measures 80 mm by 112 mm by 13 mm in depth. It weighs 4.40 troy ounces.
It's original function was to hold cigarettes, but nowadays it can serve other functions, such as holding business cards, etc.
It has an overall engraved pattern of scrolling leaves with a three dimensional Standing temple lion set in a fluted, oval shield. The detail of the work is truly exceptional. The buyer will not be disappointed.
Burmese silver cases are much, much rarer than the more common Siamese Silver cases although both cultures are good investments these days with the rise of silver prices.
This silver case is unmarked, but guaranteed to be solid silver ranging from .900 to .925 pure.
It dates from the early 20th century,
It is in excellent condition overall. However, the catch slips; it needs minor adjustment to stay closed. It is also missing the original elastic straps: not unusual for it's age (70-80 years).
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.
This original watercolor painting on water color 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 glycee or print of any kind.
This is one painting that was acquired as part of a collection of original California watercolors.
A portion of the collection is represented by signed watercolors by Robert Landry. A few others, unsigned or with different names appear to have been painted by his students.
Check our other listings for additional offerings of similar signed and unsigned period watercolor paintings. We will be adding more as time permits.
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. He 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.
Robert Landry's 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 listed in numerous artist's biographical publications. His works have also sold at auctions over the years, such as John Moran Auctions in Pasadena, California.
He is also listed on Askart.com and other art websites:
This original California School oil painting on stretched canvas measures 16 by 20 inches and is framed in a finely detailed wood frame.
It dates circa 1950-1960, and although unsigned, it was obviously painted by an experienced and very talented artist.
It is in outstanding condition.
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.
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.
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!
This Museum quality Navaho belt buckle is signed VMB. Victor Moses Begay is a legend in Native American Silver jewelry.
It measures 4.25 by 3.16 inches (80 mm x 107 mm).
It is in excellent condition. It weighs a little over 100+ grams.
Victor Moses Begay, a Navajo silversmith, worked in producing classic Navaho silver from the 1950s to the early 1980s.
His pieces are extremely rare to find since he stopped producing in the early 80's and always gets top dollar in the jewelry market.
His jewelry is also featured in museums around the country including the Heard Museum of Phoenix AZ and the Harvard Peabody Museum.
He was well known for the meticulous detail he put into his work.
This is an original pair of 18th-19th century wooden carvings of Chinese eunuchs or officials. Each one measures 8.5 inches tall, 3 inches wide and 2.5 inches deep (at the base). They are in good condition with most of the original painted detailing remaining on their faces and some painted details remaining in other areas, such as the hat, sash, and ceremonial jade disk held by one of them. One figure holds what appears to be a representation of an old ceremonial jade. These appear to have been tomb figures that lost much of their original colors.