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All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1940 item #899043
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$695.00

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.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Pre 1940 item #658263
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$1,195.00

This large seated pottery figure of a woman measures 11 1/2 inches tall by 7 1/4 inches wide by 7 1/4 inches in depth.

It is in very good condition with the exception of a old repaired break on the leg below the figure's right knee.

It still has remnants of old applied colors on the head band, loin cloth, nose ring, arm bands and jar. It also shows the effect of having been burned black in some areas. The mouth is in an unusual open position, as if singing or chanting.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 2000 item #753219
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$450.00

This original contemporary Chinese ink and watercolor painting measures approximately 18 1/2 by 38 inches, and 22 1/2 by 65 inches, including the silk brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has the seal and signature of the artist along the middle right side edge.

The subject is a somewhat impressionist view of a waterfall with a pair of birds sitting in a tree in the foreground, surrounded by floral blossoms.

It is in excellent condition.

It dates to the second half of the 20th Century.

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.

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All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Pre 1940 item #796202
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$12,000.00

This carved jade or hardstone figure of Xipe-Totec measures 8.5 inches tall x 4.5 inches in width x 3.25 inches in depth.

It is in basically good condition, with the loss of the bottom portion of both legs. It also has some old repairs to its left hand and right arm at the shoulder. A few other interior cracks round out it's condition problems.

All things considered, it is in pretty good shape, coming from a culture that ritually killed it's pots and figures on a regular basis (along with numerous human slaves and prisoners).

Although it has some stylistic similarities with Olmec figures (except around the mouth), it has more similarities with the Aztec or Mayan Cultures

It shows a figure wearing a second (flayed) skin, with hanging hands and stitch work up the backside to the head which would hold the flayed skin in place. The level of detail on the reverse stitchwork carving is remarkable and an indication of the importance of this piece.

Although we seriously believe this antique jade carving to be authentic and extremely old, we are not going to date this piece. . The buyer should make his or her own judgement as to the merits of this carving.

We never attempt to misrepresent or oversell a piece. For that reason we have priced this huge, well carved jade statue as if it were an old copy. If it turns out that this carving can be verified to be older than that, we are certain the buyer will not be disappointed. _________________________________________________________________________

Xipe-Totec, the flayed god, originated in Teotihuacán culture and continued in importance into Aztec times. In Aztec mythology, Xipe Totec ("our lord the flayed one") was a life-death-rebirth deity, god of agriculture, the west, disease, spring, goldsmiths and the seasons. He supposedly flayed himself to give food to humanity, symbolic of the maize seed losing the outer layer of the seed before germination. He represented a fertility cult and was said to assist the earth in making her new skin each spring.

Annually, slaves were selected as sacrifices to Xipe Totec. These slaves were carefully flayed to produce a nearly whole skin which was then worn by the priests during the fertility rituals that followed the sacrifice. Some accounts indicate that a thigh bone from the sacrifice was defleshed and used by the priest to touch spectators in a fertility blessing.

Paintings and several clay figures have been found which illustrate the flaying method and the appearance of priests wearing flayed skins. Without his skin, Xipe-Totec was depicted as a golden god. The priests of Xipe-Totec impersonated him by wearing a gold-dyed human skin for twenty days, or until the skin rotted away. The priest would then emerge reborn. .

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This 17th to 18th century bronze figure of the elephant headed god GANESH is from Northern India or Nepal. It measures 11 1/2 inches tall by 6 1/2 inches wide by 4 inches in depth. This bronze figure is in outstanding condition. It pictures a standing Ganesh with four arms holding religious symbols, with a Naga mounting it and a large surround behind it with a Nepalese demon/dragon finial.
All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 2000 item #177753 (stock #scr1014)
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$850.00

This original contemporary Chinese ink and watercolor painting measures 24 by 24 inches (image only) and 27 by 62 inches, including the silk brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

It has the seal and signature of the artist, lower right. There are additional seals that may be collector's seals on the painting also.

The subject: A cat pursuing a cricket.

This painting has intricate details and a combination of strong colors and subtle shading.

It is in excellent condition.

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All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 2000 item #633715 (stock #TR-0190)
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This original oil painting on artist's canvas panel measures 11 x 14 inches and is framed 13 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches.

It is signed J. Guzman in the lower left corner.

Juan "Pepe" Guzman is a contemporary California artist.

His strong use of color and light is influenced by both his Chilean background and his California roots.

His paintings are a mix of Impressionism, Expressionism, Fauve colors and a dash of California Plein Air.

It is in OUTSTANDING CONDITION, period.

All of my paintings by Juan Guzman were purchased directly by me from the artist himself and are guaranteed authentic unconditionally. Category: Fine Art:Paintings:Oil:N. America:American

All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Ceramics : French : Pottery : Pre 1837 VR item #590481
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$6,500.00

This antique majolica bowl on an ornately detailed bronze stand measures 17 inches wide by 15 inches tall by 7 1/2 inches in depth.

It dates circa 1760-1840. It is European, and most likely French in origin.

It is in outstanding condition, period. The majolica bowl is in excellent condition with no chips or losses, although there is a lovely crackle to the glaze on the interior of the bowl. The bronze mounts retain much of their original gilding, with no apparent repairs to their delicate, almost spiderweb designs.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1940 item #689725
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This original oil painting on old hard panel board measures 22 by 28 inches (image only) and 26 by 32 inches framed.

The subject is a view of San Francisco Bay from a hillside vantage point, with old buildings in the foreground. The view looks down on covered docks or wharfs with ships in the background.

It is signed Helen Louise Conser in the lower left corner.

It is in outstanding condition overall.

It is painted in a loose Impressionist style which incorporates strong brush strokes and the use of a pallette knife.

This is one of two paintings by the artist that we are currently offering. Although they are not an exact matching pair, they are very similar in size, use of colors and subject matter.

Artist Biographical Information:

Helen Louise Conser was born in Portland, Oregon on July 17, 1899. She settled in San Francisco in the early 1930s. She studied with George Post. She was a painter and worked with other WPA artists on projects at the time. She was also a member of the SWA (Society of Western Artists.) She apparently never married and died in San Francisco on Nov. 25, 1980 at 81 years of age. She is listed in the following publications: 1. Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940, Volume 2. 2. Peter Falk, “Who Was Who In American Art (1564-1975)” 3 City Directory; Death record; San Francisco Chronicle, 11-27-1980.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1800 item #1121793
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This bronze figure of Jambhala (also known as Vaisravana) measures about 11.5 inches tall by 9 inches wide by 5 inches in depth (including the bronze lotus mount and lion that it sits on).

He is commonly considered to be the god of wealth and protector of the north, riding on a lion.

A mongoose sits on a lotus under his left foot.

His right hand holds a citron or lemon (a symbol of fertility).

The character of Jambhala or Vaisavana is founded upon the Hindu deity Kubera, but although the Buddhist and Hindu deities share some characteristics, each of them has different functions and associated myths.

Although brought into East Asia as a Buddhist deity, Vaisravana has become a character in folk religion and has acquired an identity that is independent of the Buddhist tradition .

Vaisravana is the guardian of the northern direction, and his home is in the northern quadrant of the topmost tier of the lower half of Mount Sumeru. He is the leader of all the yaksas who dwell on the Sumeru's slopes.

He is often portrayed with a yellow face.

He is also sometimes displayed with a mongoose, often shown ejecting jewels from its mouth.

The mongoose is the enemy of the snake, a symbol of greed or hatred; the ejection of jewels represents generosity.

In Tibet, Vaisravana is considered a worldly dharmapala or protector of the Dharma, a member of the retinue of Ratnasambhava.

He is also known as the King of the North. As guardian of the north, he is often depicted on temple murals outside the main door.

He is also thought of as a god of wealth. As such, he is sometimes portrayed carrying a citron(a type of lemon), the fruit of the jambhara tree, a pun on another name of his, Jambhala . The fruit helps distinguish him iconically from depictions of Kuvera.

He is sometimes represented as corpulent and covered with jewels.

His mount is a snow lion.

This intricate bronze has much of it's original over painting remaining on the faces of both Jambala and his mount. There is a large amount of gilding applied to jeweled portions and accent details. This was a style of decoration that was popular during the later portion of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and also occasionally during the early portion of the Qing Dynasty( 1644-1912).

We estimate this antique bronze to date to the 17th or 18th century, but it may be a bit earlier than that.

This antique bronze is in excellent condition, with one exception. It sits on three mount pins that extend into the sealed lotus base. One of these pins has broken off and is apparently roaming around within the base itself. Sitting on two pins rather than three has had no adverse effect on it's stability whatsoever.

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 : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre AD 1000 item #523969
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$4,500.00

This extremely old hardstone / jade bracelet dates from the Liangzhu Period (3300 BC-2200 BC).

It is a varigated black color with one spot of pale yellow green on the interior.

It is in excellent condition, even though its material has been been degraded over time (The scratch test only works on the green spot due to the degradation of the darker areas). It also has a crystal structure that can be seen under high magnification.

It has an outside diameter of 3 1/4 - 3 1/2 inches (8.5- 9 cm) and an interior diameter of 2 5/8 inches (6.6 cm). It is about 3/4 inch in width (1.8 - 2.0 cm). This is an outstanding piece and is similar in style to another burnt jade bangle of white chicken bone color in published works.

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 #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 : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1960 item #635632
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$360.00

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.

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 : Watercolor : Pre 1990 item #735646
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$995.00

This original contemporary Chinese ink and watercolor painting measures 18.5 by 19 inches, and 22 by 59.5 inches, including the silk brocaded scroll it is mounted on.

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

The subject is a view of a high mountain landscape shrouded in fog with a small temple with people viewing it in the distance.

It is in excellent condition.

This is one scroll painting from our collection of over 400 original Chinese ink and watercolor paintings on paper or silk that we collected over a period of about 20 years. Most were purchased directly from the artist or their agents and mounted for us in China prior to shipping them home. All are guaranteed to be original paintings, not prints or copies of any kind.