A wonderful European School painting, possibly Italian, of the prophet St. Francis of Paolo, late 17th or early 18th century depicting the cannonized hermit inspired and looking back over his shoulder. A possible artist signature or title in pencil on back.
32" x 40" in a early gilt frame.
Condition: commensurate with age having some scattered paint loss throughout to surface, a pinhole and a 3/8 inch tear to lower half. Otherwise untouched original condition with no conservation undertaken...
A fabulous antique 22K gold and enamel Renaissance Revival pendant featuring a white enamel maiden or goddess with gold goat on diamond-encrusted pedestal. Group framed by wreath with enamel, seed pearls, two large emeralds, and 2 enamel female busts. Italian, ca. 1880. Excellent condition.
H 3 1/4 x W 1 1/2 in. Weight: 25 g. #1134
1930s painted wood netsuke of an actor in a role of Jo standing leaning on a broom. Jo (and his companion Uba) are an elderly couple living as spirits in pine trees in Takasago. Nicely carved in ittobori (one cut) style characteristic of the Hida school of netsuke carvers, painted in saishiki technique - the wood is covered with gesso, which in turn is painted in bright colors. Pleasant patina, some losses to paint as to be expected. Height 2 3/8 inches.
Italian 18K gold pendant with scarab, ca. 1860. Carved cornelian scarab on gold mount with applied filigree and rope ornament. Can be worn as brooch.
Dimensions: H 3 7/8 x W 2 1/8 in. Gross weight: 20 dwt. #1102
French frame with gilt-bronze mounts, ca. 1900. Rectangular and white-painted wood frame with carved reeding and applied gilt bronze mounts. Gilt-bronze laurel wreath and ribbon mounted to top. With glass, lining, and brocade-lined back and hinged support for vertical display. Tiny corner losses. Otherwise good condition.
Dimensions: Frame: H 8 ¾ x W 5 ¾ in. Window: H 5 ¼ x W 3 ¾ in. BJ261
Set of 3 Italian serving pieces in gilt brass and enamel, ca. 1860. This set comprises a spoon, fork, and knife. The handles are straight and tapering with knops and enameled Grotesque ornament on white ground. The spoon has a shaped bowl. The fork has shaped shank and four tines. The knife has a curvilinear blade. The spoon and knife have figural mounts. A beautiful set that reflects the Victorian interest in Renaissance Italy. Excellent condition with good color. Wear to fitted case. ...
19th century wooden shunga netsuke representing seated Okame wearing richly patterned robe and smiling widely as she touches herself as shown on the bottom of the netsuke. The netsuke is skillfully carved out of hinoki (cypress wood) typical for the Hida school. Made in saishiki technique - the wood is covered with gesso, which in turn is painted in bright colors. Perfectly captured facial expressions, beautifully painted, wonderful wear to paint, great feel of age to the piece. Signed CHIKUJU o...
Matching pair of early 19th century altar size Sino-Tibetan thangkas depicting Buddha Shakyamuni and Tsongkhapa, respectively. It is unusual to have a set. Historical Buddha is shown emanating rays of golden light, his right hand in bhumisparsha (earth-touching) mudra, his left hand holding an alms bowl, rich offerings in front of his lotus throne. Tsongkhapa was the great 14th century Buddhist teacher and the founder of the Gelugpa school of Tibetan Buddhism: he is shown meditating, flowers by ...
American Colonial sterling silver bowl. Made by Tiffany in New York, ca 1965. Bowl has curved sides and straight circular foot. Spare historic design that works equally well in Modern interiors. Hallmark includes pattern no. 19750 and phrase: Reproduction / Original by / Joseph Conyers / Boston / about 1700. Fine condition.
Dimensions: H 4 x D 9 in. Weight: 22.5 troy ounces. #BQ855
18th century Tibetan thangka in original mounts depicting Vajradhara seated on a lotus throne holding vajras in his crossed hands, sun and moon among clouds behind him and a pile of offerings in front of the throne. Rather rare icon, Vajradhara (Dorje Chang in Tibetan), whose name means "Ruler of the Vajra Beings”, is the ultimate primordial Buddha, or Adi Buddha, according to the Sakya, Gelug and Kagyu schools of Tibetan Buddhism. He is depicted as dark blue in color, expressing the quintesse...
1930s Chinese jade carving of a resting dog. Beautiful true nephrite jade of very pale celadon, almost white color, wonderful carving, great face, excellent polished finish to the surface, very pleasant to hold. An opening between its front paws can be used for hanging. Length 2 3/8 inches.
1930s Chinese jade carving of a crouching hornless chimera with bumpy spine and bifurcated tail. Beautiful true nephrite jade of celadon color with rich rust/brown color veining, very good carving, great face, wonderful depiction of spine bumps, excellent semimatte finish to the surface, very pleasant to hold, nicely heavy. Length 3 inches.
1930s Chinese jade carving of a resting quail, its head turned slightly to the left. Beautiful true nephrite jade of very even celadon color, very good carving, great face and well delineated wing feathers, excellent polished finish to the surface, very pleasant to hold. An opening under its plume can be used for hanging. Length 3 inches.
1930s Chinese jade carving of a strange crouching two-legged mythical animal similar to the ones seen on ancient Chinese bronzes. Beautiful true nephrite jade of celadon color with extensive areas of tan to rust to black colors, very good carving, its back bearing curly designs of ancient jades and bronzes, great face, excellent finish to the surface, very pleasant to hold. Opening in its mouth provides a hole for hanging if desired. Length 1 3/4 inches.
1930s Chinese jade carving of a one-horned chimera with bifurcated tail resting on its belly as it curls on itself. Beautiful true nephrite jade of celadon color with extensive rust color areas, very good carving, great face, wonderful depiction of the flow of its body, excellent finish to the surface, very pleasant to hold. Length 2 inches.
1930s Chinese jade carved plaque with oval recessed area depicting Boddhisattva Guanyin in low relief (does not photograph well), and the rest of both front and back covered with Chinese characters spelling the Lotus Sutra. The Lotus Sutra describes Guanyin (Avalokiteśvara) as a bodhisattva who can take the form of any type of god, Buddha, king, Heavenly Guardian as well as any gender male or female, adult or child, human or non-human being, in order to teach the Dharma to sentient beings. It a...
1930s Chinese jade carving of a resting dog., its head turned back as it clenches the Fungus of Immortality in its mouth. Beautiful true nephrite jade of celadon color, wonderful carving, great face, excellent polished finish to the surface, very pleasant to hold. An opening between its front paws can be used for hanging. Length 3 3/8 inches.
1930s Chinese jade plaque carved on the front in low relief with the image of Guanyin, the Boddhisattva of compassion and mercy, the one helping all sentient beings. Beautiful true nephrite jade of even celadon color with natural whiter lines, excellent crisp carving of her tranquil face, wonderful matte finish to the surface, very pleasant to hold. Hole at the top provides an opening for hanging if desired. Size 2 5/16 x 1 5/16 x 5/16 inches.