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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre 1900 item #1188953
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$750.00

This antique silver cup was probably made from melted Spanish silver coins that came from silver produced in the mines of Mexico or South America, c. 1800-1860.

It has engraved and chiseled decorative borders and an applied handle in the shape if a two headed dragon.

It stands 3 1/2" in height, 4 1/4" across the handle and weighs 108 grams or 3.72 Troy ounces.

It is in excellent condition with no dents, losses or repairs.

It also has no marks or monograms and is guaranteed to be at least .900 pure (coin silver).

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 2000 item #179655 (stock #scr1088)
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This original contemporary Chinese watercolor painting measures 25 by 26 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, Li Tong Yuan.

The subject is a pair of blue kingfishers both trying to eat the same fish.

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

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1960 item #906174
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$1,800.00

This original painting on water color paper measures 15 by 22 inches.

It dates circa 1940-1960 from a regional school of watercolor painting found in, but not limited to California.

It is in excellent condition and ready to be matted and framed.

This is an original watercolor painting and NOT a glycee or print of any kind.

This is one painting from a collection of original California watercolors, originally purchased from a student of the noted California watercolor artist, Robert Landry.

The collection had been in storage for about 25 years.

The collection included a number of signed originals by Robert Landry and additional, signed works by the student.

There were also a number of unsigned works that can be attributed stylistically to either Robert Landry or his student.

Check our other listings for additional offerings of similar signed and unsigned period watercolor paintings from this collection.

(NOTE) We will be keeping some of both the signed and unsigned paintings from this collection for ourselves. In a weak economy, with a falling dollar, they are great investments that can be hung on a wall and enjoyed, feeding both one's soul and pocketbook at the same time.

Biographical information: Robert Landry (1921-1991) ... Born: Washington, D.C. Studied: Abbott Art School, Art Instruction, Inc. Member: San Diego Watercolor Society, Watercolor West.

Robert Landry attended high school on the East Coast then went into the military service during World War 11.

After the war, he studied art in Washington, D.C. and Minneapolis on the G.I. Bill and became a commercial illustrator for the United States Air Force Graphic Arts Division at the Pentagon, and art director for the Federal Aviation Agency and Convair Astronautics.

After the late 1940s, Landry began a serious painting career and started exhibiting fine art watercolors. His paintings often depicted regional subjects with buildings, boats or coastline structures.

Creating a mood was important to him and gives his works a narrative quality.

His watercolors were primarily sold through art galleries in San Diego and Dallas. He also taught at watercolor workshops near his home in San Diego and in traveling workshops held in Oregon, Arizona and Hawaii.

He is listed in numerous artists’ biographical publications. His works have also sold at various auction houses over the years including John Moran Auctions in Pasadena, California.

He is also listed on Askart.com and other art websites.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1930 item #87839 (stock #TR0136)
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$1,695.00

THIS LARGE ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING ON HEAVY WATERCOLOR PAPER IS SIGNED RUTH LEE(LR)

IT MEASURES 22 BY 29 INCHES (UNFRAMED).

RUTH HUDSON LEE (1885-?) was born in Syracuse, New York. She studied with Hawthorne, Adams, George Pearce Ennis, Eliot O'Hara & Paul Ludwig Gill. She also was a member of and exhibited at: the American Watercolor Society in NY, the Washington Watercolor Club and the National Association of Women Artists in New York City. In addition, she was associated with the SYRACUSE EIGHT watercolorists. Her works were shown at the Philadelphia and Baltimore Watercolor Societies, Argent Gallery, Rochester Memorial Art Gallery, Munson Williams Proctor Institute, Binghampton Art Gallery (1 WOMAN SHOW), Auburn Art Museum, ETC, ETC.

She is well listed in numerous artist's biographies and price guides.

This MUSEUM QUALITY WATERCOLOR is in OUTSTANDING CONDITION !!

This unframed work will be shipped ROLLED IN A WIDE TUBE to protect it.

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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #326723 (stock #Jap-1001)
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$695.00

This Japanese Carved Wooden Mask measures 10 inches tall by 7 3/4 inches wide (ear to ear) by 4 inches in depth. It is also about 1 1/2 inches in thickness at center narrowing down to about 3/4 inch thick at edges.

It is carved from a tightly grained wood similar to those found in 19th century Japanese furniture.

It has a nice patina and retains traces of original pale maroon color in some areas.

It is in excellent condition and has wonderful parallel grooves over entire interior: most likely carving marks, but very finely detailed. They do not show up well in photos.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1800 item #1181905
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$1,200.00

This nephrite jade carving is a pale celadon to yellow jade altered to brown overall.

It appears to have been buried for an extended period of time, based on the level of alteration or oxidation.

We conservatively estimate that this antique nephrite jade dates to the late 19th - early 20th century.

It may actually be much older. Please view the detailed photos carefully.

The buyer will not be disappointed.

It measures 80 mm x 45mm x 12 mm in depth.

It is in very good condition with the exception of a slight loss to one wing tip, which appears to have happened ages ago because it shows wear and toning consistent with the rest of the carving.

The shape of the tail is unusual in that it looks like a sea monster . Without its pointed beak, it could be mistaken for a dragon or a kylin.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : Pre 1900 item #720892
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This original oil painting measures 16 by 24 inches (painting only) and 18 1/2 by 26 1/2 inches including the carved and gilded frame.

It is signed J.R. Ashton in the lower left corner (photo). It is also signed, dated and titled: Woodland, Merri Creek, J.R. Ashton 1900 on a paper label on the reverse of the frame (photo).

It is in outstanding condition, period.

This is a museum quality, oil painting by one of the most renown Australian artists of the 19th-20th centuries.

Julian Rossi Ashton is listed in many published artists biographical references. His works are held by many national museums throughout the world. One museum in Australia (The AG in New South Wales ) has 17 of his paintings in their permanent collection. Many of his accomplishments are listed in the artist biography below. He also has auction estimates and records for his truly exceptional works that range up into six figures.

Earlier this year(2010), an Australian auction house sold a tiny(6 x 9 inches) and somewhat similar oil painting for $18,000.00 including added costs. this works out to about $275.00 per square inch. If we used a similar or comparable measure for evaluating our early, signed and titled work, we would have to ask over $100,000.00 for it. Every painting is a one of a kind entity and although we believe that our painting is actually better, That is only one small criteria that we used to determine it's value. _____________________________________________________________________

Artist Biography : Julian Rossi Ashton was an influential portrait and landscape artist, and teacher known for his vigorous support of the Australian Impressionist Heidelberg School to which his authority has been both powerful and extensive.

Ashton attended the West London School of Art and the Academie Julian in Paris. He arrived in Australia in 1878 when he was invited to Melbourne by newspaper owner David Syme to work as an illustrator for the Illustrated Australian News. Due to creative differences with the editorial staff, he was forced to resign and transfer to the Australasian Sketcher. When Edmund Smith of the Howard Shipping Line offered Ashton a free trip to Sydney in 1883 he began working as an illustrator for The Picturesque Atlas of Australia, and regularly contributed to the Sydney Bulletin Magazine.

Working in both oil paint and watercolor, Ashton used landscapes, portraits and figure composition as subjects in his works which were effectively complemented by his poignant style of precise draftsmanship and delicate atmospheric effects.

His artistic skills proved to help him greatly when teaching at the Art Society of New South Wales from 1892 to 1896 when as a teacher he stressed the importance of accuracy in drawing and the plein air style.

His influence over the Australian art world attracted a wide circle of followers including Charles Conder, Alfred James Daplyn and Albert Henry Fullwood, who often accompanied him to paint in the picturesque Hawkesbury River Region in New South Wales.

Upon completion of one of his most well-known works, Evening, Merri Creek (1882; Sydney, A.G. NSW) he claimed to have accomplished the first plein air landscape in Australia. His works were outstanding examples of the desolate majesty of the Australian landscape.

In 1887 Julian Ashton became President of the Art Society of New South Wales. He used his position to vigorously campaign for the cause of Australian art. Later, as a trustee of the Art Gallery of New South Wales he helped emerging Australian artists of the Impressionist or Heidelberg School. The decision to keep a permanent collection of these works owes much to Ashton’s influence. As a trustee he declared that not less than 500 pounds be spent annually on the purchase of Australian Art. He also encouraged Government purchases which made possible the NSW Society of Artists’ Traveling Scholarship and the foundation of the Education Department Gallery in Sydney in 1913.

Ashton organized the first overseas exhibition of Australian art which helped the artists of the Heidelberg School to be recognized as significant contributors to the international art world.

Ashton also established the Sydney Art School in 1896, later renamed the Julian Ashton Art School. This institution, since it's inception, has been a center of activity for many aspiring young artists. With such prominent artists as William Dobell, John Passmore, John Olsen and Brett Whiteley among those who attended, the art school became famous to generations of students and continues its rich heritage in educating art students today.

A highly regarded gentleman of Australian art until his death in 1942 Ashton continued to push for the cause of Australian Art in which his influence is still strongly felt today.____ http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/collection/works/?q=Julian+Ashton&sort_by=relevance

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 : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Glass : Bohemian : Pre 1910 item #841617
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$1,295.00

This black and iridescent art glass vase measures about 12 inches in height and about 7-7.25 inches in diameter.

It has a wonderful overall iridescence and was created in the threaded style of art glass like that found in Loetz or Pallme Koenig.

It is unmarked but does have a ground spot on it's base where an etched signature would most likely go.

It is in excellent condition, period. No chips cracks or repairs.

We estimate this classic Art Nouveau vase to date circa 1895-1910.

All Items : Fine Art : Mixed Media : Two Dimensional : Pre 1930 item #700806
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$1200.00

This original work of art consists of a painting applied over what appears to be a serigraph. It is interesting in that the artist who signed and gifted it to his friends at the bottom, was known to be proficient in both mediums: print and watercolor or gouache.

It measures 13 by 19 inches (image only) on an 18 by 24 inch panel board.

It is signed: Jara Valenta, on the lower right portion of the panel. It is also signed: To Teresa and Frans, lower left.

Jaroslav Henry Valenta was born May 23, 1899 in Czechoslovakia. He is listed in Who Was Who in American Art as a Brooklyn artist.

He was also listed as a member of the America Artist's Congress ( est 1936).

He exhibited works at the Federal Art Gallery in New York City and the American Artists Congress. He is also listed as a WPA Artist.

Jaroslav (Yaroslav) Henry Valenta (1899- )is listed in Davenport's Art Reference and Price Guide. He is also listed on Artprice.Com. In addition, he has work held in the Smithsonian Art Collection.

He also has work held in the Indianapolis Museum of art: (http://www.imamuseum.org/art/collections/artist/jara-h-valenta).

He also has work that can be viewed in the AMICA Library (http://www.davidrumsey.com/amica/amico1062343-112516.html).

Additional links to other works by Jara Henry Vanenta below:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/americanartmuseum/3302781232/

All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Folk Art : Pre 1837 VR item #877013
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$595.00

This Chinese Export or English Chinoiserie lacquered box measures about 7 inches by 5 3/4 inches by 1 3/4 inches.

It dates from the late 18th-middle 19th century.

It is hand painted with a scene of eight figures in a pagoda and garden landscape. The figures are painted in gold over a black lacquer and wood base.

It is in very good condition except for a few very minor cracks and small losses to the lacquer.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : Europe : German : Pre 1950 item #135243 (stock #TR0225)
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$1,895.00

This original oil painting on wooden panel board measures approximately 20 by 26 inches and sits in a carved and gilded frame measuring about 26 by 32 inches.

It is signed J. Winterholler just left of center bottom.

It is a view of Garmisch-Partenkirchen in the Bavarian Alps (site of the 1936 Winter Olympics).

The condition of the painting is very good except for a very small one inch long wood split on either edge, with no losses (see photo enlargements of both). The painting appears to date to the 1940-50 period, or possibly earlier. The frame is newer and has a few very minor losses to detail, but is overall quite presentable.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : Pre 1960 item #774565
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$650.00

This original oil painting on artist's canvas panel board measures about 12 by 16 inches, not including the simple wooden frame it sits in.

The subject is a nude woman reclining on a bed under partially draped covers.

It dates circa 1950-1960.

It is signed PL (with initials) in the lower right corner. It also has a name tag on the reverse : Peggy Lancaster ( see closeup photo).

it is in excellent condition.

All Items : Fine Art : Prints : Etchings : Pre 1970 item #593379
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$200.00

This original, signed artist proof print measures 9 by 11 inches (image only) and it is double matted in a frame that measures about 15 by 18 inches.

It is pencil signed (left to right) 1/18/70, THE ESKIMOS, Jean Chain, print #6.

It is in excellent condition.

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.

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 : 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.