All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Metalwork : Pre 1910 item #724493
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This old Sino Tibetan bronze seated figure riding a Chinese Lion measures 6 1/2 inches wide by 6 1/4 inches tall by 3 1/4 inches in depth.

The seated figure appears to be a Hotai or Budai wearing a crown and holding a mongoose in one hand and making the Karana symbol in the other.

It dates from the late 19th through early 20th Century.

It is in excellent condition, except that it has no bottom seal ( covering on the base). This may be another case of a bronze figure's base being opened while searching for hidden jewels. It also has two small areas of green verdigris: one on the lions mouth and the other near the left foot of the figure. There is additional verdigris evident up inside the base, leading to the conclusion that the bottom has been exposed for some time.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1950 item #1089796
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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.


All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1960 item #795533
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This original watercolor painting measures 15 by 22 inches.

It dates circa 1940-1950. It is unsigned.

It is painted on heavy watercolor paper.

It is in excellent condition, unmatted and unframed. The paper has a French watermark embossed in one corner.

It is not a giclee, print or copy of any kind.

It was purchased as part of a collection of original watercolor paintings amassed by a student of the well known, published and listed American artist, Robert Landry. Her name was Nancy Louise Hickman and she died in the 1980's.

These watercolor were kept in deep storage so that there has been very little light on them for decades. Many of them are as crisp, bright and clean as the day they were painted : 50 to 60+ years ago. ___________________________________________

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1920 item #861861
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This jadeite carving measures about 3.5 x 5 inches by .5 inches in depth. It is in the shape of a rectangular plaque with slightly rounded edges.

It features a robed figure of Buddha holding a large lotus leaf while another figure kneels beside him.

This jadeite carving is in excellent condition .

It has colors that range from pale green to variegated colors that include a bright apple green, deep moss green and touches of emerald green.

The colors of the stone have been used to good effect to make the Buddha stand out on the obverse. On the reverse two large lotus leaves are framed utilizing the natural colors of the stone.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #306175
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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.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Roman : Bronze : Pre 1800 item #604185
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This substantial bronze handled pitcher measures 6 inches tall by 4 inches wide by 7 inches in depth.

We are dating this one to circa 1790-1820, but it may be much, much older. It is either a Neoclassical bronze copy of a Roman bronze or the real thing. We have priced it as a copy, but if real, you can add a couple of "00"s to it's price.

It is in excellent condition, except for a few small bungs and a restoration to the base. The bottom appears to have had three holes filled a long time ago. It may also have been leveled a bit to allow it to sit evenly (this part is speculation).

It has an even greenish black patina overall.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1940 item #100191 (stock #TR0163)
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This ORIGINAL OIL PAINTING on stretched canvas measures about 31 by 36 inches framed (25 x 30 inches - oil only).


It is signed Elizabeth Crawford (see photo enlargement #5) in the UPPER LEFT corner.

This painting dates to the early part of the 20th century.

Elizabeth Crawford is listed in as a 20th century artist.

All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Pewter : Pre 1837 VR item #835155
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This late 18th century to early 19th century whale oil lamp measures approximately 11 inches tall by 4.5 -5 inches in diameter at it's widest points.

It was crafted in pewter and is Swiss or Austro Hungarian in origin, as it was acquired with a set of very similar figural Swiss candlestands with readable Hallmarks dating to about the same time period. Even so, this oil lamp is not marked or the marks have worn off over the centuries.

It consists of a standing figure in 17th-18th Century costume, holding up a four spigot oil font. The figure wears a cap with a crossed hammer insignia on it (partially obscured by wear)

It is signed with a date and initials on the base (18 GPP 27) which translates as GPP 1827.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 2000 item #124859 (stock #scr1008)
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This original contemporary Chinese watercolor painting measures 24 by 24 inches (watercolor only) and about 27 by 62 inches, including the brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has the seal and signature of the artist, Li Tong Yuan (1958- ) along with two collector's seals.

The subject is two colorful parrots sitting in a palm tree.

It is in excellent condition and has very fine and subtle details.

This is an outstanding example of how some Contemporary Chinese Art can be influenced as much by Western Art as by the traditional Chinese styles of painting.

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

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1940 item #450139
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This original oil painting measures 11 by 14 1/4 inches (16 3/4 by 19 1/2 inches, including gilded frame). It is painted on an old Windsor Newton artist's canvas panel and set in a period style gilded frame.

It is in excellent condition.

It is signed Clif Sawyer, lower left.

Clifton Howard Sawyer was a California artist ( 1896-1966) who lived in Altadena, California. He is listed in numerous artist's biographical references such as Hughes' Artist's in California 1786-1940: Volume 2 and Davenport's Art References.

His works have sold at Butterfields and John Moran Auctions, among others.

All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Pre 1900 item #1147962
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This set of 5 matching porcelain dishes with flying cranes pattern dates from the late 19th through the early 20th Century in China.

Each dish measures about 6 1/8 inches in diameter.

The dishes are in generally good condition with minor edge roughness or rim frits as often found with this type of delicate thin porcelain.

The pattern of six flying cranes is transfer printed rather than hand painted: a type of detailing that became popular in the 19th century although it originated slightly earlier than that. In China it was used in the early 20th Century (Republic Period) and it's use ended about WWII.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Ethnic : Far Eastern : Pre 1920 item #540897
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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 : Tempera : Pre 1960 item #177212 (stock #TR0254)
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This original opaque watercolor painting measures 9 by 12 inches and is framed under glass approximately 14 by 17 inches. It was purchased in Bali circa 1960. and is in excellent condition. It is signed lower right, imo Sintee.
All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1930 item #151483 (stock #TR0239)
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This original oil painting on stretched canvas and wooden stretchers measures 26 by 40 inches unframed.

It is signed Paine in the upper left portion of the canvas. It is also signed Louise Paine on the reverse and again on the stretchers bars.

Marie Louise Mattingly Paine is listed on and as Marie Louise Paine. She is also listed in Who was Who in American Art and Davenport's Art Reference & Price Guide as M.L. Mattingly.

It dates circa 1920-35.

It is in excellent condition with the exception of one small triangular dent or puncture and a slight loss to the outside edge of the canvas where it wraps around the stretcher (see photo enlargements).

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Wood : Pre 1800 item #850231
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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.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : Pre 1940 item #314995
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This large oil painting on canvas was apparently painted during the early 20th Century, based on the age and quality of the canvas and the paints used. It is unusual in that it is painted on the "inside" of the stretched canvas and the painted image extends onto and over the stretcher bars.

It is painted in the style of David Siqueros or other Mexican Muralist painters.".

The subject is an intense woman. One name for the woman comes to mind but we are not allowed to mention it without suffering the wrath (and possible lawsuits) of overly protective name/copyright owners (One name that comes to mind would have the initials, FK).

It measures 24 by 32 inches, unframed.

It is in outstanding condition and the paint is applied with thick, heavy and powerful brush strokes.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1920 item #143232 (stock #TR0233)
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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.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1837 VR item #1013105
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This original old oil painting on heavy canvas measures 25 inches by 30 inches (image only) and 30 x 36 inches framed .

It is unsigned.

It is in excellent condition, with an overall crackle to the surface as should be expected from a painting between 180-220 years old .

Portraits of this type were very expensive at the time, so this would have been a wealthy or important person of the period.

The level of detail in the face is outstanding, so this was very likely painted by an accomplished artist, unlike the numerous folk artist painters who produced the two dimensional portraits so collectible (and expensive) today.