Neolithic blade core, used as a hammer stone, Height 3 7/8". From an old German collection. Flint, excellent condition. Beautifully sculptural blade core. The upper end as the core appears in the photo was used as a hammer stone. This was an auction purchase as part of an old German collection, no dates or find location information was furnished. Probably originally from Germany or Denmark. 7500-4000 BCE.
The Warren Court - 1968 Supreme Court Justices, Signatures of Justices John Marshall Harlan II, Hugo Black, Earl Warren, Abe Fortas, Potter Stewart, William O. Douglas, Byron White, William J. Brennan Jr., and the first African American Justice Thurgood Marshall. First Day Issue U.S. Postal Stamp of Oliver Wendell Holmes, dated March 08, 1968. Prominent Americans Series. The Warren Court refers to the Supreme Court of the United States during the period when Earl Warren served as Chief Justice...
A nice set of 6 Neolithic Willow-leaf blades or points from the Sahara. Flint, heights between 1 3/4" and 2 1/8". Auction purchase, point of origin unknown (I think probably Algeria or Morocco). All bifacially worked, all in excellent condition with fine varied patinas. Dating to approximately 3500 BCE.
A set of 2 larger Neanderthal multi-tools. Jasper, Heights 3 3/8" and 3 1/2". Fontmaure, France, legal surface finds. Excellent condition. Both lithics showing extensive retouches on all edges except the proximal ends, making for a variety of functional tools. Lovely examples of Fontmaure jasper. Dating to approximately 80,000-50,000 BCE.
Neanderthal biface axe/scraper. Flint, height 2 5/8". Grand-Pressigny, France. Legal surface find. Excellent condition. Beautiful small multi-edged scraper. All edges are functional tools on this lithc, so that despite its small size it is comprised of a convex scraper, two straight scrapers, a nosed end scraper and a burin-like point. Excellent ergonomics for a small hand, suggesting that this might have been a child's tool. Dates to approximately 50,000 BCE.
Large Neanderthal scraper on a Levallois flake. Flint, height 3 1/2". Grand-Pressigny, France. Legal surface find from a dried river bed. Missing one small chip at the proximal end, otherwise in excellent condition with a luminous river patina. Both edges are convex scrapers and exhibit fine retouches along the entire edge. Dates to approximately 80,000-50,000 BCE.
Neanderthal monoface hand axe. Flint, height 3 5/8". Vallee de la Creuse, near Grand-Pressigny, France. Legal surface find from a dried river bed. Missing several small chips. Gorgeous, glossy river patina on this finely wrought small axe. Beautiful and well-balanced piece. Dates to approximately 50,000 BCE.
Fine grouping of 4 miniature Neanderthal points. Chert, heights between 1 3/4" and 1 7/8". Marbach, Germany. Legal site finds. All in excellent condition. Exquisitely worked, gemlike points. These would not have served, by all evidence to date, as weapons or projectile points. Rather they were likely to have been used as burins for piercing leather or scoring bones to obtain marrow. They all exhibit worked blade or scraper edges. Dating to approximately 80,000-50,000 BCE. Lovely set.
2 beautiful Neanderthal discoid scrapers on flakes. Jasper, heights 2 1/4" and 2 3/4". Fontmaure, France. Legal surface finds. Both on exquisite jasper flakes in excellent condition. Dating to approximately 80,000-50,000 BCE.
Group of 4 Neanderthal tools from Marbach, Germany. legal surface finds, jasper, heights between 2 1/2" and 2 7/8". All 34 are finely worked examples of Neanderthal multi-tools, all 4 with burins and scrapers. Date to approximately 80,000-50,000 BCE.
Very rare lower Paleolithic proto hand axe. Jasper, height 3 7/8". Fontmaure, France, legal surface find. Excellent condition. Very summarily executed proto axe, using hard hammer percussion. While the distal end was to some degree refined, there is no evidence of the edges having been further fashioned into workable tool edges...
Neanderthal burin. Jasper, height 3 1/4". Fontmaure, France, legal surface find. Beautiful burin or pic on a nice, green jasper. Fine ground patina. Burins were an extremely important tool during the Paleolithic as they were used to score bones to extract marrow, a major source of iron at the time. Dates to approximately 50,000 BCE.
2 late Neolithic or mid bronze age hammer stones. Flint, heights 2 1/2" and 2 3/8". From a mid bronze age site at Great Barton, UK. Legal surface find. Both of these hammer stones exhibit extensive use, and are in excellent condition. Uncertain as to dates on these, most likely later Neolithic, 2500-1500 BCE.
2 Neolithic blades, one a retouched knife/sickle, and one a blade blank. Flint, heights 5 1/2" and 6 5/8". Both in excellent condition, legal surface finds. Larger blades such as these were struck from the large flint pebbles found in the Grand-Pressigny region, leaving behind the large sculptural cores known as the "livres du beurre" (butter loaves) (see my stock numbers 2784, 2160 and 2249 for examples)...
A group of 3 small, Native American Paleolithic cores from the Lima Lake bottomland, NW Adams County, Illinois. Chert, heights between 1 1/4" and 1 3/4". Part of a large group of artifacts purchased at auction in provenance from one ancient camp site. All three are asymmetric flake cores, with fine, luminous colors due to being buried in a rich, organic soil for centuries. Dating to approximately 8000-1000 BCE.
3 beautiful Neanderthal knives from Fontmaure, France. Jasper, heights between 3" and 3 3/8". All in excellent condition, no recent damage. All legal surface finds. A fine, diverse and colorful set of knives, well defined with beautiful retouching on most edges. The knife on the left is a backed blade, somewhat thicker than the other two, which are blades on flakes. Dating to approximately 80,000-50,000 BCE.
3 larger, eccentric Neanderthal multi-tools from Fontmaure, France. Jasper, heights between 2 1/2" and 4". From an old Dutch collection purchased at auction. Three stunning tools, each with a variety of worked edges and multiple functioning tools. All with a beautiful patina and in excellent condition with no modern damage. Fine examples both of Neanderthal tool making and the gorgeous jasper from Fontmaure. All date to approximately 80,000-50,000 BCE.
5 Neanderthal tools on flakes. These came from the Wady el Amud caves, Tabgha, Galilee, from a 1926 archaeological expedition. Chert, heights between 2 3/8" and 3 1/4". All in excellent condition. Interesting variety of scrapers/blades and a burin (second from right). From the collection of John and Marcia Friede, well known for their spectacular collection of Oceanic Art (see: Jolika Collection, DeYoung Museum).
5 Danish Mesolithic blades from the Ertebolle-Ellerbek ("Kitchen Midden") culture. Legal surface finds. Flint, heights between 2 3/8" and 3 3/8". All in excellent condition, one with truncation, indicating it may have been an inset sickle blade with a wooden handle. Nice variety of blade edges, expertly retouched by the tool maker. Very beautiful, variegated and multi-colored flint. Date to 5300-3900 BCE
3 Neanderthal flake tools, jasper, heights between 2 1/8" and 2 3/4". Excellent condition, no damage, legal surface finds. 3 fabulous examples of Neanderthal flake tools on flakes less than 1/4" thick. We would be delighted to send lateral photos if desired. Beautiful examples of Fontmaure jasper. Each flake has been reworked into a multi-tool which could serve a number of purposes. Dating to approximately 50,000 BCE.
3 Neanderthal tools, a backed blade on the left, a straight scraper center, and a multi-tool on the right. From Fontmaure, France. Heights between 2 3/8" and 2 5/8". All legal surface finds, in excellent condition with no modern damage. Beautiful examples of the famous Fontmaure jasper, and excellent examples of master tool making. Dating to approximately 80,000-50,000 BCE.
4 Neanderthal multi-tools on flakes, Fontmaure, France. Jasper, heights between 1 7/8" and 2 1/4". All are legal surface finds. Flake tools are tools made on flakes struck off a pebble and then further refined into the desired tool. In the case of these 4 tools a number of various working edges were made on each tool. Approximately dating to 50,000 BCE.
Neanderthal partial biface multi-tool, flint, height 5 1/4". Excellent condition with fine, variegated patina. Large and very boldly constructed tool, with a prominent burin. This is a bit difficult to classify, but was obviously a multi-tool with a wide variety of functions. Given its size and weight I would imagine it was used to score and crack open large bones to extract bone marrow, an important source of iron at the time. Dates to 80,000-50,000 BCE...
Neanderthal biface handaxe with notch, chert, height 2 7/8" Excellent condition. This handaxe came from the Wady el Amud caves, Tabgha, Galilee, during an archaeological expedition in 1926. Ex collection John and Marcia Friede (reference: Jolika collection of Oceanic art). Dates to approximately 80,000 BCE.
Small Neanderthal ovate biface handaxe, flint, height 2 5/8". Intact and flawless condition. Surface find, Grand-Pressigny, France. This is a little gem, extremely finely worked. Difficult to convey in the photos the quality of craftsmanship in this small ovate axe. Approximately 50,000 BCE.
Neanderthal concave scraper, jasper, height 3 3/16" From Marbach, Germany. Excellent, elegant and sculptural example of a Neanderthal scraper, in flawless condition. Fine retouching along the scraper edge. Approximately 50,000 BCE.
Two beautiful Neanderthal flake cores from Fontmaure in France. Jasper, heights 3" and 2 3/4". Excellent condition. Beautiful patina and fine examples of the legendary Fontmaure jasper. Sold as a pair. 80,000-50,000 BCE.
Neanderthal biface handaxe, "Amygdaloid a talon", flint, height 4 1/4".Excellent and intact. Surface find, Grand-Pressigny region, France. 80,000-50,000 BCE.
Thisi s Mizuya, tea chest / shelf used for tea ceremony that measures 29" high by 31.5" wide by 17" deep. Made with Hinoki ( cypress ) and bamboo. Removing the board on top, you can see nice details inside and drawers is used for water.
A very nice calico covered English grammar book published in Hartford Ct. The inscription in side the cover is Oliver H. Almy (Jr?) Book Little Compton RI.
May 5th AD 1845.
The book is 7 1/4" by 4 1/2". The cover shows wear at the corners. There is a nice shadow inside indicating the cloth cover has been on a very long time.
Exceedingly rare early text on the Japanese Tea Ceremony - 210 years old. The only book of the tea ceremony in our family collection.
Profusely illustrated with woodblock images depiciting a wide variety of tea accoutrements.
A beautiful example of Japanese life and expression, and an exquisite addition for the discriminating collector of Japanese antiques and Tea Ceremony items.
Such old books about the tea ceremony are mostly hold in museums...
Large (D: 35mm) coin from the Pyu city state of Sri Ksetra circa 6th century CE. Obv Bhadrapitha/rev.Srivatsa. Free shipping worldwide via Hong Kong registered airmail. Reference in last enlargement; Early Coins of Myanmar
Calling all Mixologists...Create a great cocktail with a past? This 1946 First Edition of The Stork Club Bar Rinehart and Company, Inc., New York, is the real thing. Hardcover. Book Condition is very good with age appropriate use. No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall, having the Rinehart seal at the top of the copyright page. Book is bound in bright red cloth. Has decorative illustration (of a stork) on the front cover...
By Susan E. Stuart. It is hard to overstate the importance of the Gillow material in relationship to the history of both British and North American furniture. No other furniture archive covers the same period of time and in as much detail...
A brilliant mint state United States Morgan 1891-S silver dollar with exceptional eye appeal and outstanding luster. The coin was cleaned more than 45 years ago, but the re-toning is very appealing. The coin exhibits a sharp full detailed strike with exceptional detail in the feathers on the reverse and in the cheeks and hair on the obverse, and is virtually free of marks.
The image is almost certainly a tinted salt print mounted between two pieces of glass and matted to appear similar to a daguerreotype. Most of the original paper seal is still on the glass, but where it is missing the edge of a piece of paper is visible between the pieces of glass. It is translucent when held to a strong light...
Sterling silver flask that holds 1/2 pint. It is hand-engraved on the front with a design and the wording "little brown jug". It measures almost 6.5" tall including the top and 4.25" at its widest. The top unscrews but there is a ring holding it in place so it cannot be lost. It is in great condition and the overall weight is 173 grams. Circa 1910, it is marked on the bottom (please see the pictures.)
Tu Tze-Chun by Naoko Matsubara. 1965 First Edition; Kodansha, Japan. Hardcover with cardboard slipcase covered in hand-laid Japanese paper, complete with wraparound paper band. Condition=Excellent, Collectible.
"No one knows just how long ago the legend of Tu Tze-Chun came to Japan from China, but we do know tat it was retold some forty-odd years ago by Ryuunosuke Akutagawa (known best to Westerners for his popular story "Rashomon".), and that it has subsequently become an extraordinarily pop...
"The Tea Ceremony" by Sen'o Tanaka. First Edition, 1973, Kodansha Japan. With Original Cardboard Cover, Condition - New, highly collectible. 214 pages with numerous color and black and white plates showing tea ceremony culture: prized tea ware and utensils, gardens and architecture, and cha no yu practices. Contents include tea ceremony history, aesthetics, tea masters, styles of tea ceremony, tea architecture and tea gardens, and performance guidelines. "The Tea Ceremony" was a historically imp...
"Surimono: Privately Published Japanese Prints in the Spencer Museum of Art" by Roger Keyes. 1984 First Edition, Kodansha. Clothbound Hardcover with Original Dust Jacket. Condition - New. 199 pages, 60 color plates, 186 B/W reproductions, entries on 268 images, and a comprehensive bibliography. "Keyes focuses on the collaboration between artists and poets. In delightful essays on sixty prints, he draws upon his extensive familiarity with history and legends, language and literature, customs and...
"A Feast for the Eyes: The Japanese Art of Food Arrangement" by Yoshio Tsuchiya. 1985 First Edition, Kodansha. Clothbound Hardcover with original dust jacket. Condition-new. 165 pages, color & B/W plates.
"The Japanese approach to food is a true art, the highest accomplishment of which, is a notch short of impossible. The way of choosing vessels, preparing and arranging food, and dining involves a quietude, a receptivity, a different timing, a space where possibilities are allowed. It leaves ...
"Sekai no Mingei" ("Folk Crafts of the World"). by Hamada Shoji, Tonomura Ichinosuke (Director,) Keisuke. Collections of the Kurashiki Folk Crafts Museum. 1972 First Edition. Hard cover, original dust jacket. In Japanese. Afterword by Hamada Shoji. 222 pages, 106 color plates. Fronts piece handmade woodblock print by Serizawa Keisuke. Condition-Very good, like new. Signed copy by Director Tonomura August 2, 1972. 1972 Museum pamplet included. Photos and descriptions include mainly antique folk c...
"Stoneware and Porcelain: The Art of High-Fired Pottery" by Daniel Rhodes. Chilton Books. Seventh Printing, January 1973 (original copyright 1959.) 217 pages. Clothbound hardcover. Good condition. Some clay residue on back cover.
The classic text on history, clay bodies, glazes, kilns, and firing. Still popular today and well-used by potters around the world.
Four volumes in two books. “L’Empire Chinois” par Thomas Allom, avec les Descriptions par Clément Pelle, Fisher, Fils, Et Cie. Londres, Paris. This is Allom’s classic in its French addition with steel engravings featuring a title page in English, and in French. Front and Back cover have been replaced, otherwise the two books are in good condition. Thomas Allom — 1804-1872 was an English architect, artist, and topographical illustrator. He is remembered for numerous illustrations of ch...
CHINESE CLOISONNE - The Pierre Uldry Collection. 331 pp. of valuable information and 381 black-and-white as well as full-color photos. Excellent used condition. Insured Priority Mail within the U.S., $15. Elsewhere at cost.
Collection of 10 Song Dynasty coins, please see enlargements for reigns and dates; scale in enlargements is metric. All in good condition.
We periodically sell our Asian art Auction Catalogues. Please Contact us to find out what we have available.
This lot includes Japanese auction catalogs from Sotheby's and Christie's. One magazine is from 1997, five are from 1998, one is from 1999, one is from 2001. Four Korean art catalogs from Christie's are from 1997 and 1998.
Beautifully carved Chinese jade snuff bottle, nature color
dimension: 2 1/2 inches tall
KO-IMARI PORCELAIN FROM THE COLLECTION OF OLIVER IMPEY, by Barry Davies, published by Barry Davies Oriental Art, Ltd., London, c. 1997. This is a Japanese-English bilingual edition (please see our images), consisting of 227 pages of full-color illustrations and descriptions of pieces in the Oliver Impey collection, most dating from the late 17th and 18th centuries. About 12" x 9" x 1". Priority Mail shipping within the U.S., 15.
Elsewhere at cost.
Extremely rare original handwritten letter in ink from Mme. la Duchesse de Richelieu to Monsieur de Sinner in French, dated 1st July, 1797. Very good condition despite it's age (213 years) with intact original crest/seal. Large, better legible version (22.9 Megabites) available upon request.
Vols. I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII and VIII of THE SHIBATA COLLECTION of Japanese porcelain from the early 17th to the mid 19th C. About 10" x 9.5". All in excellent nearly new condition. USPS Priority or Media Mail from Virginia at cost.
Cheers from the road! An American silverplate folding cup in a covered alligator skin box made by Wm. G. Rodgers, circa 1901. The round shaped box holds a collapsible cup of four sections with hinged handle, marked with makers mark. The cup measures 3" tall extended and 2" diameter. The box measures 2 1/2" diameter x 1 3/4" high. The box is in excellent condition. Cup has minor wear to plate inside base. Toast the future with something from the past!
Rare and out of print for many years, PJ Donnelly's treatise on Blanc de Chine was the first comprehensive book on this subject, and has become a collector's item in its own right. A must-have reference text for blanc de chine (dehua) collectors. Modern scholarship on blanc de chine has evolved considerably since Donnelly's time, but his work is an essential foundation, and this book remains the most thorough single issue treatment of this subject.
Frederick A. Praeger Publishers, 1st E...
An excellent pictorial reference book especially for novice collectors looking to train their eyes regarding how genuine pieces are supposed to look. Highly recommended with wonderful color photos throughout the entire volume. Four main sections addressing Satsuma, Imari, Hirado and Kutani. With so much fake imari and inferior satsuma on the internet these days, this is a must-have guide for novices collecting in these areas.
We have two of these books: This one has been sitting on our she...
Sacred Signs: Hieroglyphs in Ancient Egypt (Very Short Introductions) (Hardcover)
by Penelope Wilson (Author)
The hieroglyphs of ancient Egypt have fascinated people for over three thousand years. In this engaging new study, Penelope Wilson offers a wide ranging look at this ancient form of writing, touching on everything from basic principles of translation to its broader function in Egyptian culture.
Sacred Signs illuminates the cultural significance of hi...
A mid 20th Century polystyrene filled pike. The back is undercoated (painted black) as this item would originally have been mounted in a glued display case. Condition - some very minor losses but good overall.
30 inches (76cm) Long.
ONE OF THE WORLDS TEN LARGEST INTACT SLICES OF RAINBOW PETRIFIED WOOD EXTANT!
DELIVERY WITHIN THE CONTINENTAL US IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE.
This is an absolutely amazing, single intact specimen (90 inches x 64 inches) of the now rare Arizona Rainbow Petrified wood which is 218 million years old! The colors are a brilliant red interlaced with black, while and some yellows. The slice is a horizontal cut from the stump of the enormous tree and therefore has the bark com...
"Geronimo in His Famous War Bonnet"
Rare postmark from around the time of his captivity: "Chickasha OKLA Feb 13 1908".
Slight paper loss around the edges.
This is a diminutive Victorian crystal decanter of oval shape with rich foliate scrolled etching above one row of cut hollows and an applied foot. It is pint size, and has an unusual diamond cut neck with a flared rim topped by a molded ribbed medallion stopper, unmarked but possibly Baccarat. Condition: decanter in very good condition; slight wear to base; stopper has a 3/8" chip. Measurements: 10 _" high x 4 _" diam.
Attention wine lovers: this Victorian etched crystal decanter is classic. It is etched with a lovely classic star and key pattern, while the tall neck has 3 rows of cut hollows; on a molded foot ring with a large cut stopper; unmarked but probably old Baccarat. Quart size. Condition: excellent; one edge of the faceted stopper has a small chip. Measurement: 12" high (with stopper) x 6 " diam.