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 oil painting on artist's canvas panel board measures about 12 by 16 inches, not including the simple wooden frame it sits in.
The subject is a nude woman reclining on a bed under partially draped covers.
It dates circa 1950-1960.
It is signed PL (with initials) in the lower right corner. It also has a name tag on the reverse : Peggy Lancaster ( see closeup photo).
it is in excellent condition.
Price on Request
This original OIL PAINTING on artist's canvas panel board measures 16 by 20 inches, not including the gilded frame it sits in (20 x 24 inches).
It appears to have been signed in the lower right corner, but it is mostly illegible. It is difficult to see in good light and virtually impossible to photograph.
Although it is somewhat similar to the early works of Fairfield Porter, we are not selling it as one of his works.
This is an unattributed painting.
This beautifully colored and detailed oil painting is in outstanding condition and was obviously done by a very accomplished hand.
This glazed pottery incense burner measures 7 inches tall by 4 3/4 inches in diameter.
It is covered with hand painted floral designs on a coral colored background. It has a lid with gilded spiderweb designs and a seated kylin finial.
It dates circa 1880-1910.
It is in good condition with the exception of an old repaired break on one leg (see enlarged photo). It still retains a good portion of it's original gilding, except on the legs or finial.
It is unmarked, except for a partial calligraphic mark on the inside lid.
This original oil painting measures 12 by 16 inches and is mounted in a 15 by 19 inch wooden frame. It is painted on a Fredrix canvas panel board.
It is an impressionist seashore with homes and a rock strewn cove beyond. It is unsigned, but by a talented artist. This painting would fit right in with a collection of California School or plein air paintings.
It is in excellent condition.
This original, signed artist proof print measures 9 by 11 inches (image only) and it is double matted in a frame that measures about 15 by 18 inches.
It is pencil signed (left to right) 1/18/70, THE ESKIMOS, Jean Chain, print #6.
It is in excellent condition.
This original Chinese watercolor painting measures 20 by 42 inches (ink and watercolor painting only) and 24 by 71 inches, including the brocaded scroll it is mounted on.
It has the seal and signature of the artist, along with one or two additional seals which may be collector's seals.
The subject is a classic Chinese motif which includes people walking across bridges in a small village situated in an extensive mountain and waterfall landscape. There is also a temple on the highest point of the mountain which is likely their destination.
It dates from the late 20th Century.
It is in excellent condition.
This original, signed painting on wooden panel measures 17 1/2 inches by 18 inches (44cm x 46 cm) not including the ornately carved wooden frame it sits in. With frame, it measures 23 1/2 by 24 inches.
The subject of the painting is two samurai with drawn blades.
It is signed on both the front and reverse of the painting. There is also an additional hand painted seal in the upper right corner.
We date this painting to the late Meiji Period, although it is quite possible that it could be much earlier.
The condition of the painting is very good, but there are a few minor scrapes to the soft wood evident in the picture, but only from a certain angle. They really do not detract from the charm of this outstanding work.
Last, but not least, the frame is an amazing example of wood carving, and in outstanding condition.
This antique Chinese nephrite jade carving of a naturalistic motif, possibly a squash or gourd.
It measures 2 inches long by 1 1/8 inches tall by about 1/2 inch in depth.
It dates to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)in China and is carved from a pale green celadon jade.
This original work of art consists of a painting applied over what appears to be a serigraph. It is interesting in that the artist who signed and gifted it to his friends at the bottom, was known to be proficient in both mediums: print and watercolor or gouache.
It measures 13 by 19 inches (image only) on an 18 by 24 inch panel board.
It is signed: Jara Valenta, on the lower right portion of the panel. It is also signed: To Teresa and Frans, lower left.
Jaroslav Henry Valenta was born May 23, 1899 in Czechoslovakia. He is listed in Who Was Who in American Art as a Brooklyn artist.
He was also listed as a member of the America Artist's Congress ( est 1936).
He exhibited works at the Federal Art Gallery in New York City and the American Artists Congress. He is also listed as a WPA Artist.
Jaroslav (Yaroslav) Henry Valenta (1899- )is listed in Davenport's Art Reference and Price Guide. He is also listed on Artprice.Com. In addition, he has work held in the Smithsonian Art Collection.
He also has work held in the Indianapolis Museum of art: (http://www.imamuseum.org/art/collections/artist/jara-h-valenta).
He also has work that can be viewed in the AMICA Library (http://www.davidrumsey.com/amica/amico1062343-112516.html).
Additional links to other works by Jara Henry Vanenta below:
This original oil painting on wooden panel board measures approximately 20 by 26 inches and sits in a carved and gilded frame measuring about 26 by 32 inches.
It is signed J. Winterholler just left of center bottom.
It is a view of Garmisch-Partenkirchen in the Bavarian Alps (site of the 1936 Winter Olympics).
The condition of the painting is very good except for a very small one inch long wood split on either edge, with no losses (see photo enlargements of both). The painting appears to date to the 1940-50 period, or possibly earlier. The frame is newer and has a few very minor losses to detail, but is overall quite presentable.
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.
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.
This original oil painting on old artist panel board measures 22 1/2 by 31 1/2 inches.
It is unframed.
It is signed F.A. DeHaven on the lower left corner.
It is in excellent condition except for a band of color change along the far right edge, which appears to be either light staining or varnish discoloration.
It dates circa 1890-1920.
This outstanding old American School landscape is one of two oils by the same artist that I am currently offering. Both offer different views of Mount Rainier in Washington State.
This original oil painting on old artist's board measures 12 1/2 by 18 inches and it sits in a gilded oak frame (18 x 24 inches) with a raised antique rake motif on it (see photo).
It is unsigned and dates circa 1880-1910. It appears to be Russian or Baltic in origin and the simple frame with rake motif seems to verify that observation.
It is in excellent condition with no evidence of restoration or repairs. It has the remnant of an old label on the reverse. The simple frame appears to be contemporary with the work itself.
This original watercolor painting measures 18 by 26 inches, including the mat and frame (under glass) that it is set in.
The subject is a young man resembling Ringo Starr of the Beatles rock group, wearing a robe and sash with stylized angel wings.
It is in excellent condition.
It is signed: g.gill 1964, middle to lower right.
It appears to be part of the "Christ Today " series of paintings by the artist Gene Gill in 1964. See photo enlargement #6.
Gene Gill was an established artist in the Los Angeles area. Born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1933, he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Chouinard Art Institute (California Institute of the Arts) and has exhibited widely in the Los Angeles area since 1970.
He spent most of his career as both an artist and an art teacher. In 1975 Reseda High became the first school in the LA City School District to offer Advanced Placement, Studio Art with Gene Gill as the teacher. He started teaching Art at Reseda in 1968 after spending five years teaching art at Gardena High School. He would remain at Reseda until his retirement in 1988. At Reseda, Gill developed his own art program where "select" senior art students were able to work more independently and use materials not available to an entire class. When the "Gifted" adviser at Reseda came to him in 1974, about the possibility of offering a new Advanced Placement class in art, he immediately put the program into the art curriculum.
His work has ranged from paintings to mixed media and three dimensional architectural renderings or models. He is listed in Davenports Art Reference and Price Guide, Who Was Who in American Art. He is also listed on the Askart.com and Artprice.com websites. http://www.askart.com/askart/artist.aspx?artist=11000091 His paintings and graphics are included in the permanent collections of The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Palm Springs Desert Museum, and the Container Corporation of America, Atlantic Richfield Corporation, the Northrop Corporation, Home Savings, and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.
This original bronze figure of a seated and robed official holding a jui (symbol of power) measures 8 1/2 inches tall by 5 inches wide by 3 1/2 inches.
It is covered overall with a very subtle and dark patina. It has a softness of detail that only comes from hundreds of years of handling. It also has a few cracks and slight losses to it's surface that do not detract from it's overall appearance.
It dates to a period ranging from the 15th through the 17th centuries in China.
The buyer will not be disappointed, as it is nicer than the photos would indicate. This bronze figure is guaranteed to be an original ( of the period. It is NOT a copy or reproduction of any kind.
This seated bronze Buddha in Sukhothai style most likely dates from the 16th to 18th century in Thailand. It may actually be earlier. but we prefer to be conservative in estimations .
It measures 16 inches tall by about 11 inches wide by 7 inches in depth.
It is in very good condition with areas of green patination and overall oxidation in various shades of pale to rusty brown. It has a few areas of casting loss, particularly on one end of the base (see the photo close ups). It also has a few areas where the bronze has either thinned out or pitted (again, primarily on the reverse of the base,)
The history of Thai sculpture dates from sometime during the thirteenth century, when a distinct national school emerged and broke away from Cambodian and Mon influences in terms of the stylistic development of Buddha images. Specific schools and sub-styles are defined on the basis of relatively slight variations in the prescribed dress, the treatment of the hair and so on.
This Buddha is seated on an undecorated pedestal in the cross-legged yogic posture of satvaparyankasana, the right leg placed over the left. His right hand is lowered, long fingers pointing downward in the earth touching gesture. The latter symbolizes Shakyamuni's triumph over the forces of the demon Mara, who attempted to distract him from his quest for enlightenment, a ubiquitous theme in Thai Buddhist art. The Buddha's monastic robe is worn leaving his right shoulder bare, and a long thin section of cloth representing his narrowly folded shawl falls downs from his left shoulder to below his navel terminating in two points.