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All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1960 item #168329 (stock #scr1011)
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$1,200.00

This hand painted, original ink and watercolor painting measures 23 by 75 inches, including the silk brocaded scroll it is mounted in.

It is in excellent condition, except for a slight loss to the paper along the upper edge before remounting.

It is signed by the artist Zhou Zongbai (1930- ?) in the upper right corner along with his seal. There are three additional seals (most likely collector's seals.)

Although attributed as Chinese, this scroll has many similarities to Meiji period Japanese Art, as well.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Ceramics : Scandinavian : Pottery : Pre 1900 item #137038 (stock #TR0228)
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$695.00

This original antique Chinoiserie wine jar or bottle measures about 9 inches tall by 3 inches in diameter.

It was made in the late 19th century by Rorstrand in Sweden.

It is a classic European interpretation of an Oriental motif, with a robed man holding a tray with serving implements, surrounded by flowering shrubs and plants.

It has TH. WINBORG on it's upper rim. The company TH Winborg was established in Sweden as a seller of vinegar spirits.

It has the Rorstrand mark and additional incised initials (HZ, L and A) on the bottom. The company TH Winborg was established in Sweden as a seller of vinegar spirits.

It is in outstanding condition and much nicer than the photos would indicate.

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 : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1920 item #1178744
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$4800.00

This original carving of a Chinese lions and cub.

It dates from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).

Each one holds a lingzhi in its mouth.

It measures about 55 mm x 41 mm x 20 mm ( 2.1 x 1.5 x .75 inches)

It is carved from a uniformly pale celadon jade.

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 : 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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1800 item #1097959
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This jade carving of a Chinese lion, Chimera or Fu dog sits at an alert posture on all four paws.

It has a split or bifurcated tail and stylized wings.

It measures 2 1/2 inches by 1 7/8 inches by 1 1/4 inch (57 mm x 49 mm x 31 mm).

It is carved from a piece of off white to celadon colored jade with natural striations running through it. There is a natural brown irregularity which runs from it's foot to it's ear on one side along with a small area of brown suffusion on it's flank.

(This is the fancy way of saying it has few areas of rust. Not a bad thing for a genuine antique jade carving.)

We are dating this one to the late Ming through early Qing Dynasty, but it may actually be earlier.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pottery : Pre 1800 item #806896
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This pair of Chinese Seated Lions date from the 17th -19th Century or possibly a bit earlier.

These pottery or earthenware lions each measure about 9.5 - 10 inches tall by 6 inches wide by about 4 inches in depth.

They are in very good condition with only a small loss to one of the tails.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1492 item #600751
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$1,295.00

This white nephrite jade carving of a pig dates from the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD).

It measures 4 inches nose to tail, by about 1 3/8 inches tall by 1 inch in width.

It is an overall white color with traces of brown oxidation in the crevices. It has areas of irregularity on it's flat and rounded surfaces that create an almost spider web like pattern (off white on white colors).

It is in excellent condition except for one drill hole in the tail which does not appear to be contemporary with the piece. It was most likely added so it could be worn as a pendant.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Ethnic : Native American : Pre 1980 item #1276710
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$3,600.00

This Museum quality Navaho belt buckle is signed VMB. Victor Moses Begay is a legend in Native American Silver jewelry.

It measures 4.25 by 3.16 inches (80 mm x 107 mm).

It is in excellent condition. It weighs a little over 100+ grams.

Victor Moses Begay, a Navajo silversmith, worked in producing classic Navaho silver from the 1950s to the early 1980s.

His pieces are extremely rare to find since he stopped producing in the early 80's and always gets top dollar in the jewelry market.

His jewelry is also featured in museums around the country including the Heard Museum of Phoenix AZ and the Harvard Peabody Museum.

He was well known for the meticulous detail he put into his work.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1900 item #1161393
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This Qing Dynasty Chinese carved jade double tube vase or nuptial cup measures just slightly less than 7 inches tall by about 4 inches wide by 3 inches in depth.

It is also known as a "Champion Vase".

It is carved from one piece of celadon colored nephrite jade with inclusion of lighter jade that give it the appearance of cloud formations. It also has a few rust colored inclusions that follow the natural inclusions of the stone.

It is carved in the shape of a mythological bird or phoenix standing on a Chinese lion or Chilung while holding two ornately carved tubular vases with its wings. The lids of both vases are conjoined by a dragon wrapped around both sides.

Double jade carvings of this type have been described not only as “Marriage or Nuptial Cups”, but also as “Champion Vases” by their owners over the centuries.

These are quite rare and can be found in museum collections throughout the world. There is a jade champion vase in the Victoria and Albert museum in England.

There is also one at the National Palace Museum in Taiwan.

Prices for similar but not absolutely identical jade champion vases have been increasing over the last decade or so. There are major similarities in most all of these vases but the minor details often vary from one to the next.

On November 1, 2004 , Christies Hong Kong sold a calcified green jade Champion vase for $80,256.00 against an estimate of $25,831.00- $38, 746.00 (sale 2177-Lot 834).

On November 27, 2007, Christies Hong Kong sold a white jade Champion vase for $248,842.00 (sale 2388-Lot 1547). It had an estimate of $38,730.00 - $51,640.00. It was 5 1/8 inches tall ( 13 cm).It was exceptional and from a well known collection.

On March 18, 2008, Christies Auction House sold a Champion Vase of somewhat similar appearance for $50,000.00 US (Christies: Sale 2267-Lot #440) It was 5 7/8 inches tall. On June 12, 2012, another jade Champion vase was sold for $64,000.00 (Christies –Sale 3509 /Lot #161). It was 5 1/8 inches tall.

Another jade champion vase is scheduled to go up to auction very soon ( Christies NY- September 13, 2012 ( sale 2580- Lot # ?). It is estimated to bring $50,000.00-$70,000.00. _________________________________________________________________________________

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 2000 item #753112
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$395.00

This original contemporary Chinese ink and watercolor painting measures approximately 18 by 27 inches, and 21 by 61.5 inches, including the silk brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has the seal and signature of the artist on the upper left hand edge. It also has one collector's seal in the lower right corner.

The subject is a stylized and somewhat modern view of the waterfall with a cliff in the foreground and people viewing the falls from a small pavillion, with a substantial number of pink blossoms dangling precariously from the cliff below.

It is in excellent condition.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Ethnic : Bedouin : Pre 1900 item #547041
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$1,250.00

This silver Turkoman or Kazak fibula (breastplate) measures approximately nine inches from top to bottom. The diamond shape measures about five inches side to side or 4 1/2 inches when measured straight across as a square. It is about 1/4 inch or 6-7 mm in thickness. It appears to be solid rather than hollow. It has a black linen pad hand stitched to the reverse , which helps to document that it was actually a family heirloom, rather than merely having been produced to sell to tourists. It dates from the latter part of the 19th century and is in excellent condition. It is inset with carnelian, jade and black onyx or jet cabachons. It is covered on the front with gilding and triangular silver shapes covered with silver dots. It is unmarked, but guaranteed to be about .900 silver or better. Many silversmiths melted old silver coins to obtain their silver for making jewelry. Most coins were about .900 silver in quality.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1960 item #795533
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$495.00

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 : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1950 item #143636 (stock #TR0235)
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$550.00

This old original oil painting on canvas panel board measures 12 x 16 inches and 17 x 21 inches in the period frame it sits in.

It is signed: "Helen Burke Waggonman, painted August 1950, Albuquerque, New Mexico" on the reverse (see photo).

It is in good condition except for some slight losses to the paint in the lower left corner of the oil.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Pre 1910 item #541661
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$4,800.00

This original oil painting on stretched canvas measures 16 by 20 1/2 inches( unframed ) and 23 by 27 1/2 inches (framed).

It is in excellent condition, except for some scuffing on the frame.

It is unsigned and has a stamp on the reverse of the canvas (see photos).

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #893016
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$8,000.00

This Japanese painted bronze figure of Daikoku measures approximately 13.5 inches tall by 6 inches wide by 5 inches in depth.

It is a substantial bronze figure, weighing around 13+ pounds or about 6 kilos.

It is signed or marked on both the figure and the separate base of rice bales (see two of the enlargement pictures).

It dates from the late Meiji to Taisho Period (circa 1890-1912).

It is in excellent condition with most of it's original colored and patinated surfaces intact. An exception to this is the loss of a small triangular shaped piece which was apparently once attached at the figure's midsection (see photo enlargement of loss). This most likely was originally a separate attachment (see the drill hole?) in the shape of a small pouch (or treasure sack) which Daikoku traditionally carried.

Since the 17th century, Daikoku has been known as the Japanese god of wealth, the household and of farmers, although in earlier centuries he was considered a fierce protector deity (Mahakala).

In Japan, artwork of this deity usually shows him wearing a hood and standing on two bales of rice, carrying a sack of treasure and holding a magic mallet. Daikoku is often clad in robes, with a smile on his face.

In some traditions, Daikoku is also considered to be a provider of food, and images of him can still be found in monastery kitchens and in the kitchens of private homes. He is recognized by his wide face, smile, and a flat black hat.

He is often portrayed holding a golden mallet (called a Uchide Nokozuchi), also known as a magic money mallet, and is seen positioned on bales of rice, occasionally with mice nearby (mice signifying plentiful food).

Originally a Hindu deity called Mahakala, he was introduced to Japan in the ninth century, and merged with the Shinto deity of good harvests, Oo-kuninushi-no-Mikoto (or Okuninushi-no-Kami, translated as "Prince Plenty"). The lucky mallet in his right hand is called the uchide nokozuchi. This mallet is said to have magical properties that can produce anything desired when struck. Some stories say that coins fall out when he shakes his mallet. Others say that believers are granted their heart's desire by tapping a symbolic mallet on the ground three times and making a wish.

The symbol of the precious Buddhist Jewel, sometimes found on Daikoku's mallet or belt, represents the themes of wealth and unfolding possibility. It is said to give its holder the ability to see all things (like a crystal ball).

The precious jewel is one of the seven symbols of royal power in Buddhism. Daikokyu, himself is considered to be one of the seven household gods of Japan.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 2000 item #177753 (stock #scr1014)
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$850.00

This original contemporary Chinese ink and watercolor painting measures 24 by 24 inches (image only) and 27 by 62 inches, including the silk brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has the seal and signature of the artist, lower right. There are additional seals that may be collector's seals on the painting also.

The subject: A cat pursuing a cricket.

This painting has intricate details and a combination of strong colors and subtle shading.

It is in excellent condition.

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