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All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 2000 item #768499
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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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Americas : Eskimo : Scrimshaw : Pre 1930 item #690790
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Each of these four knives measures approximately 8 1/4 inches by 1 inch by 1/2 inch. They all have walrus tusk handles, carved in the shape of stylized fish.

They were made in Alaska or possibly Canada circa 1920-30.

They are in excellent condition, except for one old small fracture at the mounting point where the ivory was pinned to the steel blade. It is is visual only and does not affect the knife's strength or utility.

Each of the blades is stamped KROME-PLATE & RESISTS STAINS.

Included will be an old, damaged box which may be from the period.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1920 item #1082261
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This small jade or hard stone carving of a stylized face measures 2.25 inches x 2.75 inches x 1.5 inches in depth.

It's colors range from a medium to dark green to a pale green with areas of translucence. It also has natural inclusions in the stone with areas of dark brown or off white oxidation.

It is carved in the style of old Olmec carvings, but it may be early 20th century. It may also be Chinese, rather than Latin American in origin, but neither origin has been documented yet.

It is unusual in that it has a mounting bracket extending from the reverse side. Similar brackets have been seen on occasion to allow for mounting as architectural components or as decorations in religious settings.

If this stylized carving actually is older than our estimate, it would be worth a great deal more than our asking price.

The mounting bracket would allow for this piece to be worn as a belt slide or buckle, or as a large pendant.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 2000 item #730598
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$895.00

This original contemporary Chinese ink and watercolor painting measures 23 by 49 inches (painting only) and 28 by 66 inches, including the silk brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has two seals and the signature of the artist (Yang Ruifen) along the lower right edge. It also has an additional collector's seal (lower left corner).

Yang Ruifen (1950- ) is a contemporary Chinese artist working in China today. She is a member of the Beijing Art Academy and the Chinese Artist's Association. Her works are curently held in the collection of the Chinese National Art Museum. Her works have been sold at auction houses in both Europe and China.

The subject of the painting are three red and orange koi swimming among the lush foliage of a lotus pond.

It has an interesting speckled appearance in a few areas where the painting has been sprinkled with what looks like mica specks: presumably to give the effect of sparkling water.

It is in excellent condition. The brocade border surrounding the painting has a few loose threads along the outside edge: not really worth mentioning, but otherwise in outstanding condition.

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

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.

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 2000 item #792303
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$1,295.00

This original contemporary Chinese ink and watercolor painting measures 25 1/2 by 52 inches (painting only) and 29 by 72 inches, including the silk brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has two seals and the signature of the artist (undetermined at this time) along the left edge. It also has three additional collector's seal (along the right edge, center and bottom.)

The subjects of the painting are three monkeys playing with a sage or scholar who is sleeping under a tree.

It is in excellent condition.

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

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Pre 1960 item #82789 (stock #TR0114)
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$795.00

This original mid 20th Century California School oil painting on artist's canvas panel board measures 22 by 28 inches.

It is in excellent condition and UNFRAMED.

It is signed J.Hansen in the lower right.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Americas : Pre 1980 item #680567
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$495.00

This heavy wooden carving measures about 13 inches tall by 12 inches wide by 10 inches in depth.

It is painted red, white and black over a hand tooled wooden carving. There are no eye holes and the base is carved flat for standing so it may have been used for ceremonies rather than as a mask.

It is in excellent condition except for some scuffing of the paint around the nose. There is also a very minor area of separation at the point where the nose is joined to the face. Otherwise it is in outstanding condition.

This carving is in the Northwest Coast style of carving, however, there are no marks indicating either a maker or country of origin.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Tempera : Pre 1960 item #177212 (stock #TR0254)
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$795.00
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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Metalwork : Pre 1800 item #1107919
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Pair of Imperial Bronze Dragon Seals: Qianlong Marks and Period

This large pair of dragon handled bronze seals date from the period of Qianlong (1735-1795), emperor of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) in China.

The rectangular base measures 8 ½ inches by 7 ¼ inches (21.5 cm x 19.5 cm). The dragon handle stands up about 3 inches tall (8 cm.).

The top portions of the seals are covered with chiseled and engraved patterns of dragons and swirling lines representing the ocean or the sky. Standing on top of all this is the dragon handle.

The bottom of the seals are covered in archaic old Chinese pictogram script (see closeup photos). They also include traditional Chinese characters in one corner which are easily interpreted as Qianlong Reign Marks.

Some folks thought these might be paperweights because of their rather large size, compared to most seals of either bronze or jade. A recent article in the Jakarta Post referred to a very similar bronze seal as a “casted paperweight from the Qianlong Period”. See link below:

( http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2011/04/04/scholar-objects-undervalued-small-treasures.html )

These bronzes may have served double duty, with an original purpose yet to be determined by deciphering the archaic script and the possibility of also having been used as massive scroll weights.

The Emperor Qianlong had a serious interest in painting and was known to dabble in it himself on occasion. Some scrolls are exceptionally long and might have required a substantial scroll weight to keep them open for viewing (or possible two or more to hold the whole long thing open in the privacy of one's palace).

On April 4, 2010 , one identical bronze seal/scroll weight was sold at auction in China for the amount of RMB 651,200. (about $108,000.00 US ). The auction estimate had originally been 600,000-800,000 RMB (about $100,000-$130,000) for one single bronze seal.

The pair of bronze seals or scroll weights or “paperweights” are both in excellent condition. The buyer will not be disappointed.

They were purchased about 30 years ago in Southern California.

NOTE: Although the photos below make the the bronzes appear to be of different sizes , only the photos are of different sizes, not the bronzes themselves.

ADDITIONAL NOTE: THERE ARE A FEW VERY TINY SPOTS OF VERDIGRIS ON ONE OF THE SEALS . THIS IS NOT UNUSUAL FOR A BRONZE ITEM THAT IS OVER 200 YEARS OLD. IT IS REALLY NOT WORTH MENTIONING BUT WE ALWAYS LIKE TO HAVE FULL DISCLOSURE SO THERE ARE NO SURPRISES FOR THE BUYER.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1950 item #795162
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$240.00

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 stamp).

It is in excellent condition, unsigned and unframed.

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 : 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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1910 item #593545
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This small stone figure of a standing Jizo Bosatsu (Buddha)with both hands holding the sacred jewel.

It measures 5 3/4 inches tall or 14.5 cm in height.

It dates to the Meiji Period: circa 1900.

It is in excellent condition with a softening of the lines and contours and very minor losses.

It's origin would be Sadogashima Island, off the coast of Japan, which is famous for its production of figurative stone Jizo.

It is carved from Sado granite from the island and known as Sado Jizo.

Small examples are uncommon and rarely found in such good condition.

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.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #719023
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$895.00

This Meiji period JAPANESE KUTANI VASE measures 7 inches in diameter and 11 inches tall. We date this one circa 1880-1910.

It is in excellent condition overall with the raised gilding in outstanding condition.

It is unsigned, but there is a hand painted mark on the bottom edge that looks like: I I I O .

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).