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All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Glass : Italian : Pre AD 1000 item #1197032
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This ancient Roman two handled glass vase is in excellent condition. It has no damage, repairs or restoration.

It measures about 4 3/4 inches tall by 3 5/8 inches in diameter at it's widest point.

It has applied glass handles which have been referred to by some as "Dolphin Handles".

It has areas of wear and iridescence overall.

It has parallel striations down the neck below the wide lip.

This is a museum quality glass vase that we have had in our personal collection for about forty years.

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 1960 item #686183
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$350.00

This original unsigned oil painting on very heavy canvas (tarp quality) measures 24 by 36 inches (image only).

It is painted on a 29 by 41 inch canvas which needs to be stretched on wooden stretcher bars (standard 24 by 36 inch size).

It is a classic 1950's American Home with a picket fence and a television (note the antenna on the roof). This scene could be 'Anywhere USA___Circa 1955.

We estimate it as circa 1940's-1950's.

Except for needing to be mounted and framed, it is in excellent condition.

It will be delivered rolled in a wide tube. The paint condition is outstanding and it will not be adversely affected by rolling it for shipment.

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 : 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 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 : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 2000 item #722905 (stock #scr-00200)
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$1,800.00

This original Chinese ink & watercolor painting measures 13 1/2 by 52 inches (watercolor only) and about 18 1/2 by 72 inches, including the brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has the seal and signature of the artist, Ma Yongquiang.

The subject is leopard climbing a tree. It is in excellent condition and has crisp and vibrant details.

Ma YongQuian is a 20th century artist of Chinese ancestry, who was born and working in Indonesia. In April 2007, an exhibition of his work was held at the Haisu Art Museum in Shanghai, China.

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

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 : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : Europe : Pre 1910 item #81872 (stock #TR0097)
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$2,400.00

This original oil painting on old artist's board measures 12 1/2 by 18 inches and it sits in a gilded oak frame (18 x 24 inches) with a raised antique rake motif on it (see photo).

It is unsigned and dates circa 1880-1910. It appears to be Russian or Baltic in origin and the simple frame with rake motif seems to verify that observation.

It is in excellent condition with no evidence of restoration or repairs. It has the remnant of an old label on the reverse. The simple frame appears to be contemporary with the work itself.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #105013 (stock #TR0175)
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$375.00

This blue & white ceramic bottle or jar measures 9 inches tall by 3 1/4 inches in diameter.

It is hand painted with scenes in cobalt blue on a white ground.

It is in excellent condition with a few natural fissures and irregularities to the glaze (see close up photos).

We estimate it to date circa 1700-1900.

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 : Watercolor : Pre 2000 item #116841 (stock #scr1003)
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$1,200.00

This original contemporary Chinese ink and watercolor painting measures 26 by 26 inches,and 31 by 70 inches, including the silk brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has the seal and signature of the artist, Zhao Bin (1939- )on the right hand edge. It also has one collector's seal in the lower left corner.

The subject is a view of temples in a high mountain landscape shrouded in fog.

It is in excellent condition,with the exception of a few marks on the scroll, but not on the painting itself.

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 1970 item #639070
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$1,295.00

This original watercolor painting measures 10 by 14 inches and it is matted in a carved and gilded frame measuring 12 by 16 inches.

It is signed W.R. Cameron, lower middle right.

The subject is a few of the warships drydocked at the Mare Island Naval shipyard with a sailboat sailing in the foreground.

It is in excellent condition, period.

William Ross Cameron is listed in Edan Hughes, "Artists in California 1786- 1940". Biographical Information from that source is listed below: William Ross Cameron was an illustrator, etcher, watercolorist, lithographer. He was born in NYC on June 14, 1893.

By 1905 Cameron had settled in San Francisco where he later studied under Macky and Martinez at the CSFA and Perham Nahl at the CCAC. After further art studies in London and Paris, he worked as a freelance illustrator and as a staff artist for the Oakland Post, San Francisco Chronicle and Call Bulletin newspapers.

By 1930 he was exhibiting nationally and was known for his miniature watercolors of the San Francisco Bay area. He had then moved across the bay to Alameda and later settled in Berkeley. Cameron died there on Dec. 9, 1971.

He was a member of: SWA; Alameda Art Association; Artists Guild of America; San Francisco Art Association; California Society of Etchers; Oakland Art Association; and Thirteen Watercolorists.

Exhibitions Held: Oakland Art Gallery, 1917, 1928, 1932, 1934; California Society of Etchers, Stanford University., 1928; San Francisco Art Association, 1931; Golden Gate International Exhibition, 1939; Society for Sanity in Art, CPLH, 1940.

His paintings are held in the following collections: AIC; De Young Museum; PAFA. AAA 1917-33; WWAA 1936

His paintings have sold at numerous art auctions over the year, which can be found on askart.com.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 2000 item #768499
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$895.00

This original contemporary Chinese watercolor painting measures 25 1/2 by 25 1/2 inches (painting only) and about 29 by 65 inches, including the brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has the seal and signature of the artist (unknown at this time)in the lower right corner, and one additional collector's seal.

The subject is a single blue kingfisher flying among a background of blue leaves and pale green delicate flowers.

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

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1960 item #171749 (stock #TR0266)
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This original OIL PAINTING on artist's canvas panel board measures 16 by 20 inches, not including the gilded frame it sits in (20 x 24 inches).

It appears to have been signed in the lower right corner, but it is mostly illegible. It is difficult to see in good light and virtually impossible to photograph.

Although it is somewhat similar to the early works of Fairfield Porter, we are not selling it as one of his works.

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This is an unattributed painting.

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This beautifully colored and detailed oil painting is in outstanding condition and was obviously done by a very accomplished hand.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1940 item #594259
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$1,800.00

This original watercolor painting on heavy watercolor paper measures approximately 22 by 27 inches, unmatted and unframed.

It is in outstanding condition, period.

It is signed Ellen Carpenter in the lower left corner. This original watercolor was most likely influenced by the work of Marie Laurencin. The similarities are obvious. It is not, however a copy of Laurencin's work, but a reinterpretation, in the same way Picasso "copied" African art in his paintings.

Ellen Carpenter is listed in Davenport's Art Reference and Price Guide and also in Hughes, Artist's in California.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 2000 item #124859 (stock #scr1008)
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$1,695.00

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 1950 item #575412
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$6,500.00

This original, unsigned oil painting measures 24 by 36 inches unframed. It is painted on stretched canvas over wooden stretcher boards.

It is in excellent condition, except for one small paint loss chip measuring about 1/2 by 1 inch. See closeup photo.