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All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Metals : Brass : Pre 1920 item #174652 (stock #TR0243)
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$695.00

This tinned brass covered box in the shape of a duck or goose measures 11 x 8 x 10 1/2 inches. It is covered with intricately hand tooled designs. It is in outstanding condition.

It is marked illegibly on the bottom and retains most of it's original tinning.

It dates circa 1880-1920. Most likely from the Far East, although there are some stylistic similarities with Russian or Balkan motifs on the wing.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1950 item #795526
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$360.00

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 giclee or print of any kind) is in the style of the early 20th Century painters such as Rex Brandt or Robert Landry.

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 : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 2000 item #731132
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$795.00

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.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1900 item #1136994
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$1,800.00

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.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Metalwork : Pre 1700 item #630681
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$5,600.00

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.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1960 item #635632
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$360.00

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.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 2000 item #753219
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$450.00

This original contemporary Chinese ink and watercolor painting measures approximately 18 1/2 by 38 inches, and 22 1/2 by 65 inches, including the silk brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has the seal and signature of the artist along the middle right side edge.

The subject is a somewhat impressionist view of a waterfall with a pair of birds sitting in a tree in the foreground, surrounded by floral blossoms.

It is in excellent condition.

It dates to the second half of the 20th Century.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1800 item #1121793
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This bronze figure of Jambhala (also known as Vaisravana) measures about 11.5 inches tall by 9 inches wide by 5 inches in depth (including the bronze lotus mount and lion that it sits on).

He is commonly considered to be the god of wealth and protector of the north, riding on a lion.

A mongoose sits on a lotus under his left foot.

His right hand holds a citron or lemon (a symbol of fertility).

The character of Jambhala or Vaisavana is founded upon the Hindu deity Kubera, but although the Buddhist and Hindu deities share some characteristics, each of them has different functions and associated myths.

Although brought into East Asia as a Buddhist deity, Vaisravana has become a character in folk religion and has acquired an identity that is independent of the Buddhist tradition .

Vaisravana is the guardian of the northern direction, and his home is in the northern quadrant of the topmost tier of the lower half of Mount Sumeru. He is the leader of all the yaksas who dwell on the Sumeru's slopes.

He is often portrayed with a yellow face.

He is also sometimes displayed with a mongoose, often shown ejecting jewels from its mouth.

The mongoose is the enemy of the snake, a symbol of greed or hatred; the ejection of jewels represents generosity.

In Tibet, Vaisravana is considered a worldly dharmapala or protector of the Dharma, a member of the retinue of Ratnasambhava.

He is also known as the King of the North. As guardian of the north, he is often depicted on temple murals outside the main door.

He is also thought of as a god of wealth. As such, he is sometimes portrayed carrying a citron(a type of lemon), the fruit of the jambhara tree, a pun on another name of his, Jambhala . The fruit helps distinguish him iconically from depictions of Kuvera.

He is sometimes represented as corpulent and covered with jewels.

His mount is a snow lion.

This intricate bronze has much of it's original over painting remaining on the faces of both Jambala and his mount. There is a large amount of gilding applied to jeweled portions and accent details. This was a style of decoration that was popular during the later portion of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and also occasionally during the early portion of the Qing Dynasty( 1644-1912).

We estimate this antique bronze to date to the 17th or 18th century, but it may be a bit earlier than that.

This antique bronze is in excellent condition, with one exception. It sits on three mount pins that extend into the sealed lotus base. One of these pins has broken off and is apparently roaming around within the base itself. Sitting on two pins rather than three has had no adverse effect on it's stability whatsoever.

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$595.00

This is a Tibetan copper & white metal/silver prayer box or portable shrine (Gao) with a small bronze figure of Ganesh inside.

It dates circa 1890-1930, or possibly earlier.

It also has stitched covers from the early to middle 20th Century.

The front cover is covered with wonderfully hand tooled images, including a Tibetan mythical beast or lion surrounded by Buddhist calligraphy, topped by a flame. The rest of the box is copper, under the protective, stitched cover.

It measures 5 inches tall by 4 1/4 inches wide by 1 1/2 inches in depth.

It is part of a small collection of antique Asian silver artifacts that were originally acquired together. Some of these items will also be offered for sale, now or at a later date.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1220077
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$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 : 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 : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1990 item #735646
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$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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Eskimo : Sculpture : Pre 1837 VR item #820826
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$16,000.00

This original carved "oosik" or penis bone measures about 11 inches long by 1 inch wide by 1 1/2 inches in depth at it's wide at the base.

Although it has the appearance of ivory, it is actually carved from heavily fossilized walrus penile bone. It is much harder than traditional ivory and as such has been used by native people for generations to producing knives and important implements.

This is likely a fertility totem in as much as it has a hooded woman riding a phallus with the raven and a stylized bear above her.

A work of this quality would have taken a great deal of time talent and effort to create.

The workmanship and details of the carving are outstanding and can honestly be described as museum quality.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1950 item #1149739
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$360.00

This original watercolor painting measures 15 by 22 inches.

It dates circa 1940-1950. It is unframed and unmounted.

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

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

This painting is signed, Nancy L. Hickman, Lower left .

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1960 item #694397
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$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 : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1900 item #1187101
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$4,800.00

This old unique jade comb measures 7.5 inches x 2.25 inches x .25 inches in depth.

It is carved from a piece of semi translucent pale green hard jade. This is not serpentine or another jade simulant -this is JADE.

It has a natural feather inclusion along the top edge- a good sign.

We estimate this to be a Qing Dynasty version of a much earlier style of carving.

It has a stylized dragon with archaic symbols as scales on it's body.

This is a very nice jade. The buyer will not be disappointed.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1492 item #1084482
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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 : Watercolor : Pre 1990 item #738420
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$495.00

This original contemporary Chinese ink and watercolor painting measures about 18 by 27 inches (painting only) and 22 by 72 inches, including the silk brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has one seal and the signature of the artist along the upper right hand edge (see close up photo).

The subjects of the painting are two rabbits playing with a half eaten carrot underneath hanging wisteria

It is in excellent condition. NOTE: There is an old, small one inch diameter paper repair to the border underneath the painting. It is not on the painting and only shows up when hit with a strong light from the back. It is virtually invisible under normal light. It does not show up when photographed with a flash. We tried - twice!

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