ANCIENT- EYES
All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 2000 item #792303
Ancient Eyes
$1,295.00

This original contemporary Chinese ink and watercolor painting measures 25 1/2 by 52 inches (painting only) and 29 by 72 inches, including the silk brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has two seals and the signature of the artist (undetermined at this time) along the left edge. It also has three additional collector's seal (along the right edge, center and bottom.)

The subjects of the painting are three monkeys playing with a sage or scholar who is sleeping under a tree.

It is in excellent condition.

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

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 2000 item #126017 (stock #scr1009)
Ancient Eyes
$1,295.00

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

It has the seal and signature of the artist, Shen Mei (1947- ) on the left hand edge. It also has two additional collector's seals.

Shen Mei is a contemporary artist working in China today. She was a student of Tian Shiguang and He Jia Ying. She is currently the president of the Huanghe Art College. Her works are held in the Henan Art Museum in China.

The subject is a still life of a fan with a view of the Chinese garden beyond.

This painting has intricate details and subtle colors and shading.

It is in excellent condition.

Additional information about Contemporary Chinese scroll paintings is available in our Newsletter by clicking on Newsletter on our Home page.

All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Ceramics : French : Pottery : Pre 1837 VR item #590481
Ancient Eyes
$6,500.00

This antique majolica bowl on an ornately detailed bronze stand measures 17 inches wide by 15 inches tall by 7 1/2 inches in depth.

It dates circa 1760-1840. It is European, and most likely French in origin.

It is in outstanding condition, period. The majolica bowl is in excellent condition with no chips or losses, although there is a lovely crackle to the glaze on the interior of the bowl. The bronze mounts retain much of their original gilding, with no apparent repairs to their delicate, almost spiderweb designs.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #83192 (stock #TR0118)
Ancient Eyes
$750.00

This original 19th century wooden carving of a Chinese Emperor with gilded and polychrome details measures 11 inches tall, 5 3/4 inches wide and 4 1/2 inches deep. It is in outstanding condition with ornate detailing and symbols in high relief on it's golden robe.

The one exception to it's unusually good condition is the loss of one hand. The hair in it's beard is REAL.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1900 item #656890
Ancient Eyes
$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 : Estate Jewelry : Ethnic : Native American : Pre 1960 item #686737
Ancient Eyes
$695.00
This sterling silver and turquoise bracelet measures 2 1/2 by 1 3/4 by 5/8 inches (the interior measurement is 2 1/4 by 1 5/8 inches). It is set with 10 channel set rectangular turquoise gemstones of excellent color. The channel set turquoise forms most of the body and the rest is carved in silver.

It has a small.925 mark stamped on the reverse. It is guaranteed to be sterling silver.

The kachina figure is set against a hand tooled repeating pattern background. It is in excellent condition.

It dates circa 1950-1960.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1990 item #561084
Ancient Eyes
$1,600.00

This original watercolor measures 18 by 24 inches, unmounted and unframed.

The subject is nine boys standing around and swimming in a waterfall fed pond in a lush tropical landscape.

It is in excellent condition .

It is signed W. Thurston C.1987 in the lower right corner.

Preliminary research on the artist is inconclusive. There is or was an artist, William Thurston who worked as an illustrator for the Hawaiian Sugar Planters Association, but this connection has not been verified yet.

This is one of two watercolors we are offering by the same artist. Both have Hawaiian themes.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1990 item #735646
Ancient Eyes
$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 : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1910 item #113078 (stock #TR0193)
Ancient Eyes
$1,495.00

This original oil painting on old artists board measures 9 by 13 inches (12 by 16 inches with carved frame).

Apparently unsigned, although the dark varnish may hide small details.

It has an old label from E.B. Heimstreet in Janesville, Wisconsin.

It dates to circa 1870-1900.

The varnish is dark, somewhat dry and slightly stippled.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1960 item #694397
Ancient Eyes
$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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Central Asian : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #812604
Ancient Eyes
$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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Enamel : Pre 1900 item #568165
Ancient Eyes
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This PAIR OF CLOISONNE TEMPLE LIONS consist of two figures that are not exactly identical, but very similar in style and period. Each animal measures 11 inches long (nose to tail) by 6 inches tall and 4 inches in width. They date from the 18th-19th Century. They are in outstanding condition with the exception of a few extremely minor losses or repairs to the enamel. They are covered with archaic sea plant designs throughout.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1492 item #1084482
Ancient Eyes
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Nepalese Bronze Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara Padmapani

11th to 14th century: circa 1000-1300 AD.

This outstanding bronze statue of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara Padmapani stands 13.5 inches tall not including the two rectangular mounts that extend into it's bronze base.

It stands 15 inches tall including it's bronze lotus base.

It is in excellent condition with much of it's original gilt remaining on the raised areas and his face. The remainder of the original gilt has been lost over the last thousand years or so, exposing a deep copper colored bronze surface.

Among the many forms of Avalokiteshvara, Padmapani is probably the oldest.

Avalokiteshvara is the embodiment of all of the Buddha's infinite compassion.

Padmapani means "lotus in hand". His left hand holds the lotus stalk, while his right hand is lowered in the gesture of granting favors.

This is an early example the use of semi precious stone inlays, a distinctive feature of Tibetan and Nepali sculpture.

His smooth torso and broad shoulders reflect the impact of the Gupta style, which existed in Northern India from the fourth to sixth century. The armlets and crown are traditionally found on 10th to 12th century sculpture.

Additional Nepalese or Nepali scuptural traditions can be seen in the shape of the broad face and full cheekbones which differ from the smaller and fuller facial features found in Indian art. The curves of the eyebrows and eyes and the long line of the nose are also typically Nepalese in style. In addition, the delicately engraved or incised floral pattern of the sarong around his waist is also typically found on early Nepali sculptures .

A larger, but stylistically similar example of an 11th century bronze Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara Padmapani is held in the Cleveland Museum of Art:

On September 21, 2007 Christies NY sold a 14 inch gilt bronze Avalokitesvara Padmapani for $577,000.00 .

Recently - On March 20, 2012, a 17 7/8 inch tall bronze Padmapani was sold for $2.8 million dollars by Christies Auction House in New York.

THIS IS A MUSEUM QUALITY BRONZE AND IT IS GUARANTEED TO BE AS DESCRIBED, WITH NO EXCEPTIONS.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : Europe : Pre 1930 item #741462
Ancient Eyes
$650.00

This original oil painting on stretched canvas measures 28.5cm by 33cm (about 11 1/4 by 13 inches, not including the simple but detailed wooden frame it sits in.

The subject is an alpine mountain landscape with a Swiss or Bavarian style building and a dome topped church or building beyond. The scene includes snow capped mountains in the distance.

It is signed J. Felsinger in the lower right portion of the painting. Josef Felsinger (1908-1972) is listed on Artprice.com with a history of auction sales.

This painting is executed in a very crisp, well detailed impressionist style.

The colors are vibrant and better looking in person than the photos would indicate. Any white dots on the pictures are the result of flash bounce back and are NOT on the painting itself.

There is a very fine spiderweb pattern of crackling of the canvas from age that does not show up in the photos, but only when the painting is lit from behind.

Overall, this is a very attractive little gem of a painting by a known artist. The buyer will not be disappointed.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1220077
Ancient Eyes
$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 : Watercolor : Pre 1950 item #795531
Ancient Eyes
$240.00

This original, unsigned watercolor painting measures 15 by 22 inches.

It dates circa 1950.

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 watercolor painting (it is NOT a copy 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, from the estate of a student of the listed artist, Robert Landry. We do not know the specific artist who painted this original watercolor..

Check our other listings for additional offerings of similar period watercolor paintings.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1950 item #795528
Ancient Eyes
$350.00

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 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 : Pottery : Pre 1900 item #603086
Ancient Eyes
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This blue glazed on buff colored ceramic or pottery figure of a seated Buddha measures just over 4 inches tall by 2 1/2 inches wide by 1 1/4 inches in depth.

It is in excellent condition with the glaze pooling to black in the crevices.

It dates to the Qing (Ching) Dynasty (1644-1911).