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).
This sterling silver belt buckle measures 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches at it's widest points..
It is set with 21 nugget shaped turquoise gemstones of good color.
We don't know the specific mine that these stones came from on this one, but they are gorgeous.
It is marked .925 on the reverse on an added on rectangular shield.
It has hand tooled repeating leaf patterns around the outside edge.
We estimate it as circa 1950-1960.
It is in excellent condition. Note: Although the photos don't show it properly- the silver post that catches on the belt is complete-although it might appear otherwise. This belt is fully functional and does NOT need any adjustments or repairs.
This two inch wide silver bracelet in the shape of a cuff contains fifty-eight(58)faceted emeralds.
Each gemstone measures ranges in size from about 8 x 10 mm to about 10 mm x 14 mm in size. There are 17 tear drop shaped stones and 41 oval stones.
The colors range from a slightly pale green to a very rich brilliant green.
There are inclusions in all of the stones as should be expected in emerald or beryl (which is what all emerald really is, regardless of it's color.)
The silver is marked .925 on the clasp and all of the stones are in excellent condition with no obvious damage or repairs.
This bracelet measures about 2.5 inches on it's internal diameter. (This is an estimate, but it's a careful estimate).
Words really don't do justice to this bracelet, but the pictures help.
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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.
This original oil painting on canvas mounted on wooden panel board measures 15 by 23 inches (image only). It measures 18 by 26 inches including the carved period frame it sits in.
The subject is a landscape with a series of buildings by a river, including waterfalls and a logging flume. The location of the scene is most likely the Northwest corner of the US (Oregon, Washington or Northern California) or Western Canada.
The condition of the painting is excellent, although it is slightly dry and could use a touch of light varnish to bring up the depth of the colors a bit.
It is signed, somewhat illegibly, in the lower right corner. It appears to be Fanelli or something very similar.
There is an old label on the reverse of the frame: "Duncan Vail Co, Established 1869, Los Angeles, San Francisco".
This green nephrite jade carving measures approximately 8 inches by 4 inchs by 3/4 of an inch high.
The subject is a Chinese lion astride a flattened and curling leaf.
Although archaic in style it most likely dates to late 19th or early 20th Century.
It is in very good condition, except for some minor roughness around the edges of the leaf.
This original, unsigned oil painting on panel board measures 10 by 15 inches , not including the simple gilded wood frame it sits in.
The subject is a strand of eucalyptus trees overlooking the water with a sunset sky in the background.
It is in excellent condition, period.
It dates circa 1920-35.
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.
These two original Chinese bronze figures date from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) along with the gilt bronze screens behind them.
The bronze Buddha measures 7 3/4 inches tall by 5 3/4 inches wide by 3 3/4 inches in depth. (19.5 cm x 14.5 cm x 10.0 cm). The Buddha has a large percentage of it's original gilding remaining as do both of the gilt bronze backs. The Buddha also has a Wan symbol on his chest.
The bronze Guanyin or Avalokitesvara measures 8.25 inches tall by 5 inches wide by 3.5 inches in depth. (21 cm x 12.5 cm x 8.5 cm).
We are offering both of the bronzes and both of the finely detailed gilt bronze backs as a group (4 pieces -2 figures and 2 screen backs -all at one price.)
A comparable seated bronze Buddha of the same size (8.25 inches) sold at auction recently at Christies London, South Kensington on May 18th 2012 for $81, 349.00
All of these bronzes are original, of the period (Ming Dynasty) and guaranteed as such.
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.
This 18th-19th century Tibetan or Nepalese bronze oil lamp measures approximately 6 inches tall by 6 inches wide (pan tip to dragon tail).
It was designed to be used as a lamp using either Yak butter or oil.
It has a standing dragon for a handle and a pan with Ganesha on a shield. It is a classic design which incorporates motif from the two cultures (India and China) which are major influences on Tibet (situated between the two of them).
It dates from the late 18th through the middle of the 19th century.
It is in excellent condition with a small amount of verdigris in the recessed areas. It does appear to have been cleaned at some time in it's history and appears to be toning down nicely. It also has some wax residue remaining in a few crevices.
These two original watercolor paintings are painted on both sides of one heavy sheet of watercolor paper.
They both measure 15 by 22 inches, each.
They date circa 1940-1950 from a California regional style of watercolor painting.
They are in excellent condition and ready to be matted and framed.
These are NOT glycees,prints or copies of any kind.
These are part of a collection of original California watercolors, purchased from the estate of one of the artist's students,Nancy Louise Hickman.
It is signed Robert Landry on both paintings.
Authenticity is guaranteed, unconditionally.
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.
He 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.
Robert Landry's 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, where examples of his work are offered for $2000.00 $4,000.00 each:
This original oil painting measures 12 by 16 inches and is mounted in a 15 by 19 inch wooden frame. It is painted on a Fredrix canvas panel board.
It is an impressionist seashore with homes and a rock strewn cove beyond. It is unsigned, but by a talented artist. This painting would fit right in with a collection of California School or plein air paintings.
It is in excellent condition.
This is an original oil painting on canvas panel mounted on wooden stretchers.
It measures 21 3/4 x 28 inches, not including the carved and gilded period frame it sits in. It measures 26 x 30 inches, including the frame.
It is signed, Josephine E. Hyde in the lower left corner of the canvas. It is also stamped "OTIS" & "HYDE" on the cross braces on the reverse side of the painting. Otis Hyde was Josephine's husband and a very well known artist in his own right. It would appear that Josephine "borrowed" some of her husband's art supplies for her own use.
The subject is a still life wth a small Japanese figure seated on a table with an oriental carpet, with a green pitcher and a Chinese porcelain charger.
The painting is in excellent condition. It has a few tiny scuff marks near the signature that can be easily touched up.
It is painted in a broad pallette of colors: toned down by both time and grime. It could use a good cleaning to make the already strong colors even more vivid and bright.
Josephine Hyde was a listed California painter born in Columbus, Ohio in 1885.
She studied at Stanford University with painters, Nell Walker Warner, Edward Withers and Will Foster. She became an art teacher in the Los Angeles and Long Beach school systems from 1923 to the 1950’s. She was also married to the well known artist, Otis Hyde. She died in 1965.
She was a member of the California Art Club, Women Painters of the West, Long Beach Art Association, Painters of the Southwest, and the La Jolla Art Association.
She is listed in Who’s Who in American Art 1953-1962, Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Milton Hughes, Davenport’s Art Reference & Price Guide.
She is also listed on the internet with biographical information and auction sale listing on Askart.com
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.
This carving of a dragon in the clouds is carved from one large piece of ruby-zoisite. It measures about 11 by 5 1/2 by 2 inches and weighs about 5 pounds.
Ruby-zoisite is usually found in small pieces of jewelry and sold by the carat. With one carat weighing about 1/5 of a gram, this carving is somewhere around 10,000 carats of ruby-zoisite.
The details of the carving are exceptional and it is excellent condition.
Ruby zoisite fits in well with any collection of jade carvings, because it looks like good jade with rubies floating through it, although it is a completely different mineral from nephrite.
This original oil painting on stretched canvas and wooden stretcher bars measures 24 by 30 inches unframed.
It is signed Dega Vierra in the lower left corner.
It is in outstanding condition, period.
We estimate the period on this original oil painting as circa 1940-1960.
the subject is an open landscape with beech trees in the foreground and a few homesteads in the distance.
This museum quality silvered bronze Nepalese or Sino-Tibetan figure of Tara (also known as Kuan Yin or Guanyin) dates to the 14th to 15th century or earlier.
It stands 10 1/2 inches tall by 3 inches in diameter.
It has exquisite details and very subtle modeling.
It is in excellent condition and retains much of it's original silver finish.
A similar example can be seen in "Oriental Art: India, Nepal & Tibet" by Michael Ridley, 1970, Plate 37 (listed as 14th Century or earlier).