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All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #878595
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$1,200.00

This engraved Sterling Silver tankard dates from the decade following the American Civil War (circa 1870-79 ).

It measures 3.5 inches tall by 2.5 -2.75 inches in diameter (not including the handle). It also measures 4 inches from the handle to the front edge of the cup.

It weighs 189 grams or 6.08 troy ounces.

It is marked on the bottom of the cup: ENG' STERLING 925-100 .

This is an American Silver Tankard Dated 1879 which may have served as a Christening cup.

A somewhat similar mark can be seen at the link below

http://www.smpub.com/ubb/Forum1/HTML/000303.html

It has been suggested that ENG may mean English Silver. This is incorrect because all English silver from this period had to be hallmarked in the English manner. However, before the sterling standard was fully adopted by the American silver manufacturing establishment, manufacturers who WERE making sterling often marked their wares "ENGLISH STERLING", as in this example.

This piece is not English, it just is up to the English sterling standard.

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It also has the number 26 with gothic B's in diamond stamps on either side (B 26 B)

In 1866 William Bogert bought out the business of prominent New york City manufacturer Charles Grosjean, and formed William Bogert & Co. with Bernard Beiderhase. We believe that this silver cup or tankard was manufactured by Bogert and Beiderbase (B and B) under the eventual name of William Bogert and Company.

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This is a solid sterling silver tankard and guaranteed as such.

It is in excellent condition with a nice even finish and a subtle patina.

It has a couple of extremely minor scrapes along the outside bottom edge where it appears to have been tested for silver purity during the last 130 years.

It is also engraved on the front: Tracey Lay Turner --September 1879 (surrounded by a delicate flowing engraving of wheat and or berries.)

Overall, this is a very clean and pristine example of late 19th century American Silver with documentation that leads us all the way back to it's original owner.

Biographical Information:

Tracey lay Turner was a Stock broker and banker (among other things) who lived and worked in 19th century Chicago.

The following information is an excerp from the Book Of Chicagoans (a sort of Who’s Who from the 19th-20th Century):

TURNER, Tracy lay, stock broker: born Chicago, Aug. 26, 1879*

Son of Edward H. and Ida B. (Foster) Turner; educated in private schools; married Chicago, Oct. 3, 1899, Claribel Countiss; 2 sons: Tracy L.,Jr. and Foster.

Began in Marshall Field & Co.'s wholesale house, 1896, and later was with Whiteside & Wentworth, real estate.

In 1897 he entered the employ of Chapln & Gaylord, stock and bond brokers and later became office manager.

In February 1901, he is lsted as a partner in the firm of S. B. Chapln & Co , bankers and brokers.

Republican. Episcopalian. Clubs: Chicago Athletic, Union League, South Shore Country, Glen View, Kenwood Country, Tuscumbia. Recreations: golf, fishing and motoring. Residence: 1120 E. 48th St. Office: The Rookery.

*Note_ Tracey Lay Turner was born on August 26, 1879, so either the Chicagoan or the engraver got it wrong by 4 days. It has been suggested that the difference or error may be related to a Christening date. So the date on the cup may actually be the date of christening rather than the date of birth.

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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1187517
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$6,500.00

This Chinese ceramic or porcelain charger measures 15-15.25 inches in diameter. It measures about 2.5 inches in depth.

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

It is hand painted in the Famille Rose palette and design.

It has a black ground border with green scrolling leaves and foliage and rose to pink colored flowers.

The level of detail and the quality of the painting is exceptional.

It is in outstanding condition with no repairs or restoration. It has an amazing clear ring and there are no hidden or hairline cracks.

NOTE: It does have a small number of tiny flake losses to the painting. They are not significant and can be seen in the photographs- if you look closely. They do not detract from it's overall appearance.

This has been in our personal collection for well over thirty years.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Pre 1800 item #1206291
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This fine bronze ewer or kettle (aftaba) dates to the 18th Century in Wughal India.

It is of typical form and good weight. It measures: height: 26cm, width: 24cm.

It has a prominent faceted spout along with its original lid with a bud-like finial, an 'S' shaped handle which has a stylized lion head at one end and a lotus bud finial at the other. It stands on four short feet.

The flattened, globular pear shaped body tapers to a long neck. The body has been cast with raised cloud or foliage borders to the top and bottom, The design work on the body is of better quality than usually seen. The body, lid and spout have been engraved overall with repeated stylized vegetable or poppy motifs. The lid has similar patterns.

Ewers of this type originated in Persia and the Middle East. Typical Islamic ewers comprised a central chamber to which a spout, foot, handle and neck were attached. They permitted water to flow - notations in the Koran described flowing water as 'clean'.

Ewers were introduced to India by Muslim invaders during the late thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries. Later Indian inspired designs became more curvaceous and many were decorated  with lush plant and floral motifs.

In India, local Muslims used such vessels for hand washing. They became a practical tool of hospitality, being used to welcome visitors by pouring scented water over the hands and feet and into a basin, and took on a great variety of shapes and types whilst adhering to the basic ewer form.

This example is in excellent condition. There are no repairs, splits or dents. as mentioned, the lid is original – usually the lid is missing or replaced.

A slightly larger (39.4 cm tall) sold at Sotheby's on October 5, 2011 for 6250 British pounds( $9784.00 in US dollars) (lot 265) . It had much less surface detailing. ( http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2011/arts-of-the-islamic-world/lot.265.html )

Provenance: The southern California art market prior to 1980.

Reference: Zebrowski, M., Gold, Silver & Bronze from Mughal India, Alexandria Press, 1997.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1950 item #513384
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$1,200.00

This original oil painting on stretched canvas measures 15 by 21 inches, unframed. It is in excellent condition with no damage, flaking, losses or repairs. The varnish is a bit dry and it's colors would improve with a new coat of varnish, but we will leave that decision to the new owner. It is signed O'loughlin 52 in the lower right corner. (Thomas) O'loughlin is a listed California Artist in Davenport's Art Reference & Price Guide (1994-5 Edition). This is a loose attribution and not verified. This painting was purchased about 35 years ago in Southern California.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : Europe : Pre 1930 item #741462
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$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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Americas : Eskimo : Sculpture : Pre 1910 item #177236
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This MUSEUM QUALITY NORTH WEST COAST FIGURAL TOTEM was carved from one solid walrus tusk.

It dates circa 1890-1910.

It measures 25 inches long by about 2 1/4 inches diameter at the base.

It is carved overall with an amazing assortment of carved figures, including many native animals and other tribal figural icons.

It is in outstanding condition, with a wonderful ivory patina and age cracks. Virtually all of the 17+ carved figures have abalone eyes and are beautifully detailed and polished.

The photo enlargements do not begin to do it justice. This is truly a one of a kind item and guaranteed to be antique and authentic.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 2000 item #175818 (stock #scr1012)
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$1,695.00

This original Chinese watercolor painting measures 25 by 53 inches (watercolor only) and about 30 by 72 inches, including the brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has the seal and signature of the artist, along with one collector's seal.

The subject is two Chinese horses grazing in a brightly colored landscape.

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

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 : Watercolor : Pre 1950 item #1089796
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$750.00

Original 1940-50s Watercolor: New England Village Landscape

This original watercolor painting measures 15 by 22 inches.

It dates circa 1940-1950.

It is from a regional style of painting found in, but not limited to California .

It is painted on heavy watercolor paper, in excellent condition, unsigned and unframed.

This original painting (it is NOT a giclee or print of any kind) is in the style of the early-mid 20th Century painters such as Robert Landry, Rex Brandt or Herbert Vincent Olsen.

This is one painting from a collection of California watercolor paintings that were originally purchased from the estate of a student of the well known and listed California artist, Robert Landry.

This painting is unsigned and we will leave it at that. Further research may very well allow for it to be more specifically described at a later date.

Robert Landry's work may be seen on askart .com, where auction records are available and examples of his signed work are offered for between $2000.00-$4000.00.

NOTE-WE ARE NOT OFFERING THIS WORK AS A SIGNED PAINTING OF ROBERT LANDRY. It is unsigned.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1960 item #797685
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$1,495.00

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 from 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.

(NOTE) We will be keeping some of both the signed and unsigned paintings from this collection for ourselves. In a weak economy, with a falling dollar, they are great investments that can be hung on a wall and enjoyed, feeding both one's soul and pocketbook at the same time.

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 various auction houses over the years including John Moran Auctions in Pasadena, California.

He is also listed on Askart.com and other art websites.

All Items : Fine Art : Sculpture : Clay : Pre 1990 item #101553 (stock #TR0167)
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$2,800.00

This original, Surrealist,terra cotta sculpture measures about 20 inches long by 7 1/2 inches tall by 5 inches deep.

It dates circa 1950-1965.

It is unsigned.

It is in excellent condition and guaranteed not to be a casting or reproduction, but an original hand formed clay sculpture by an artist of the period.

A 1981 signed litho by Henry Moore shows a somewhat similar design(see thumbnail photo).

Fully insured delivery is included within the United States. Foreign shipping will have a slight surcharge.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Metals : Pewter : Pre 1920 item #695385
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$1,295.00

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.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Enamel : Pre 1900 item #568165
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$3,600.00
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 : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : Europe : Pre 1900 item #733335
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This original oil painting on stretched canvas measures approximately 24 by 36 inches (image only) and it is mounted in a simple carved and painted wooden frame.

The subject is a small European or Baltic village set in a snow covered landscape by a lake or river.

It is signed, somewhat illegibly, in the lower right corner (see enlarged photo). It appears to be E. Brac--- (Possibly E Bracht or E. Bracket?)

We estimate this painting to be between late 18th to 19th century in style and execution.

The quality of the work is exceptional and was obviously painted by a very talented artist.

The condition of the painting is generally good, but it has an overall craquelure which shows up more obviously under certain lighting conditions.

It also has a small, less than professional repair in the lower left corner (see enlarged photo). It is not that obvious because it is in a dark bush, but it is there.

For a collector with a bit of imagination, this painting may turn out to be an amazing work of art, after a little repair and additional research.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Pre 1800 item #1124533
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$3,600.00

This is an original antique Chinese carved lacquer cup.

It measures 2.75 inches in diameter and about 4.2 inches wide (including the Fu Lion handles on either side of the cup.)

It stands about 2 inches tall (measured from top to bottom.)

It has two robed figures seated on clouds set out against a repeating pattern.

This cup dates to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) or, quite possibly, even a bit earlier.

It is in excellent condition except for a tiny loss of lacquer on the interior lip of the cup (see closeup photo).

This cup was part of a small collection of Chinese carved lacquer purchased about 25 years ago from a private collection established in the early 20th century.

This is one of two similar cups that were part of the original collection. The cups were not a matching pair, but are of a very similar style. We will be offering the other cup later on.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Ethnic : Far Eastern : Pre 1960 item #1158154
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$495.00

This antique Tibetan necklace consists of a cross pendant of silver with tiny detailed inset stones of coral and turquoise.

The necklace which has numerous old silver and gemstones in combination.

It measures about 18 inches long stretched out end to end.

the pendant measures 1.75 inches by 2 inches by itself.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Ethnic : Native American : Pre 1960 item #686737
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$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 : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1940 item #636906
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This original oil painting on masonite board measures 20 x 24 inches (painting only ) and it is framed in a carved and gilded frame that measures 28 x 32 inches.

It dates circa 1930-40 and is signed M. Magnusson in the lower right hand corner. It also has the remnants of one old label ( circa 1930 ) and another old paper label with the title and artist's full name.

It is in outstanding condition, period!