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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 : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1980 item #655513
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$280.00
This original oil painting on Fredrix artist's canvas board measures 16 by 20 inches and is framed slightly larger. It is signed Ann Nyikos in the lower right corner. . This little view of the California coastline has an Impressionist style and a pleasing mix of subtle colors. It is in excellent condition.
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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 : 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 : Pottery : Pre 1700 item #173287 (stock #TR0251)
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$2,400.00

This outstanding quality Ding Yao covered ceramic box, although Song Dynasty in appearance, may actually date from the Ming or Ching Dynasty.

It measures 8 inches in diameter by about 3 inches in height.

The domed cover is incised with repeating leaf patterns around a central leaf set within a circle.

It is in excellent condition with a circular kiln fracture around the outside of the bottom rim (see enlargement photo). This is original to the piece and is not considered damage.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Metalwork : Pre 1700 item #805933
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$12,000.00

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,)

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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.

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$2,400.00

This antique Persian Silver vase measures 7 inches tall (17 cm) by 5 1/2 inches in diameter (14.5 cm).

It dates circa 1700-1850 or earlier.

It is finely engraved with alternating medallions of bird in an ornate floral landscape and medallions of symmetrical calligraphy. Between the medallions are additional engraved floral wreaths

There are three silver hallmarks on the base. The usual standard of Persian silver is .84 or 84/100 pure silver.

Condition is excellent except for a small bung (see enlargement). Overall, this is an outstanding work of art and much nicer than my poor photos would indicate. Any color changes in the photos are from the flash and not on the vase itself.

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.

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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$2,400.00

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 : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1960 item #186296 (stock #TR0269)
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$695.00

This original California School oil painting on stretched canvas measures 16 by 20 inches and is framed in a finely detailed wood frame.

It dates circa 1950-1960, and although unsigned, it was obviously painted by an experienced and very talented artist.

It is in outstanding condition.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Metalwork : Pre 1837 VR item #95378 (stock #TR0154)
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$695.00

This pair of charming 18th-19th century copper censors are in the form of small archaic wine jars. They have some verdigris on them but they are in excellent condition.

They measure 5 1/4 inches tall by about 4 1/2 inches wide.

The tripod feet are comprised of foo dogs or temple lions with elongated tongues. They have been used as candle holders at some time and retain a small amount of wax on the interior.

There are no marks on these censors. Circa 1780-1840's.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Contemporary item #124016 (stock #scr1007)
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$2,800.00

This original contemporary Chinese watercolor painting measures 24 by 50 inches (watercolor only) and about 28 by 70 inches, including the brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

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

The subject is a group of five cranes standing and preening in a rippled pond.

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 more than the traditional Chinese styles.

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

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1980 item #1136729
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$2,400.00

This large natural water worn jade is in the shape of a flattened oblong stone. It fits well in the palm of the hand and feels like it has been held that way for generations.

It measures about 3.75 inches by 2 inches by 1.5 inches in depth.

It has a carved figure of Shou Xing nestled within the stone, wrapped in a leaf and with a bat holding a ruyi in its mouth resting spread winged below him. Often, a Ru Yi is depicted with a bat. The bat symbolizes health and longevity. It is considered to be a lucky object, adding good luck to the powers of the Ruyi.

this carving was carefully crafted from a natural water worn piece of either nephrite or jadeite-we are not sure which-but we guarantee it to be jade.

This is an outstanding fondling piece-one we are tempted to keep, but with thousands of pieces already, we can't keep them all.

We estimate that this substantial jade(it weighs 8.27 troy ounces or 257.22 grams) dates from about the middle of the 20th century or possibly earlier.

It is in excellent condition. The buyer will not be disappointed.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1960 item #592079
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$895.00

This original, unsigned oil painting on panel board measures about 18 by 24 inches, not including the simple frame it currently sits in.

The scene is the ocean with storm swept skies and heavy waves breaking against the rocks. In the background, a portion of the Northern California coastline can be seen.

It is in outstanding condition, period.

It dates circa 1940-1960 based on the style of painting, the subject matter, and the board it is painted on.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1970 item #698182
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$650.00

This original oil painting on stretched canvas measures 16 by 20 inches and sits in a dark, heavily carved antique style frame measuring 20 by 24 inches.

Although painted in a much older style, this painting dates to the middle of of the 20th century.

It is signed Burgy, in the lower right corner.

It is in excellent condition.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Pre 2000 item #775666
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$4,500.00

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.

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 : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1950 item #181360 (stock #TR0302)
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$16,000.00

This original oil painting on canvas measures 24 by 36 inches and sits in a 31 by 43 inch carved frame.

It is signed W.E. Rollins in the lower right corner.

It is is excellent condition with the exception of a patched repair with a very small paint loss to the canvas off center right in the area of the tidepool (see enlarged photos of front and rear of repair). This is an outstanding image; even so, this old oil could use a good cleaning to brighten up the colors and a very minor touchup on the old repair.

Warren Eliphalet Rollins (1861-1962) was born in Carson City, Nevada and raised in Northern California. Following his study at the San Francisco School of Design, he traveled throughout the southwest, living with a number of Native American Tribes. He lived and painted in Pasadena, California from 1910-1917, at which time the Santa Fe Railroad Company lured him to Arizona with the offer of a studio on the Grand Canyon. He remained in Arizona for the rest of his life. He has often been called the dean of the Santa Fe and Taos Art colonies, he died in Arizona in 1962.

He is listed in many artist's publications and also online on ArtPrice.com and Askart.com. He is also listed as a WPA artist in Who Was Who In American Art(1985). Many examples of his southwest works have been offered and sold at auctions during the last decade. Very few outstanding examples of his California paintings have come to auction during that period, although a few lesser ones have.