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All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : Europe : German : Pre 1910 item #1051827
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$485
$485
German or Dutch oil on canvas with stylized signature S.E. Bruyn. Horse drawn cart approaching along tree lined path. Late 19th or early 20th century. Purchased at C.G. Sloan's auctioneers in the '90s. Decent condition needing only a light cleaning and restretching. The frame is in salvage state - mostly stripped of gesso and with a coat of gold paint. Stretcher dimensions 31 3/4" by 15 3/4" (frame 37 3/4" by 22 1/4") Shipping additional (account for special packing - with our without frame [would ship most cost effectively in a mailing tube sans the stretcher].)
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : Pre 1960 item #1052391
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$100
$100
19th century imari covered vase. High cover with knop finial atop baluster urn form vase. The vase in good condition. The cover with finial restuck (see illustrations.) The finial is a relatively clean break that should restore tightly. Vase height 5 in. With cover on, 8 in.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Glass : American : Pre 1910 item #1052413
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$195
$195
A set of five Victorian cranberry glass fingerbowls of compressed form with waisted rim. Raised on a tapered foot with polished pontil. Condition is good - varying slightly from bowl to bowl. No cracks or abrasions. Rim diameter 4 7/8 in. About 5 1/2 diameter at the broadest point. Foot diameter about 2 3/4 in.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1900 item #1053099
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$195
$195
Japanese teabowl with unctuous, earthy orange glaze over a course, white earthenware body. According to Morse, the mark reads "Kagura" (also could be read Shinraku or Kanraku) and was produced through the end of the Edo period in the village of Okazaki (the ware's namesake) by Bunzaburo (last of a line?) A simple but pleasing bowl with glaze casually burnt along one side. Some glaze losses (how we know the body color) not detracting from the bowl's aesthetics. Good condition otherwise. (Just tried some tea from it - good too.)Diameter, 5 5/8 in. Height 2 1/8 in.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Ceramics : American : Pottery : Pre 1980 item #1053442
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$1,000
$1000
I visited the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington DC a little more than a year ago and saw some really creative ceramics with leather incorporated into the composition among related, sculptural works. It did make a spontaneous and lasting impression that led me to recognize and purchase a wonderful and unusual work by the same hand found in an antiques and collectibles market.

Featured here is a monumental mixed media salt glazed pottery charger. My first impression was a landscape with sun (concentric iron colored circles on clay body) on the horizon (leather upon iron colored band) over blue colored area (suggesting water?) Where the horizon meets is reminiscent of Rothko. But the hanger suggests it may have been intended with the concentric rings below, as if a valley. The blue area, in that case, might represent the sky (if indeed it is intended as a landscape.) The horizon would not sit level if the hanger shows intent. One might also remove the hanger and place as a centerpiece. The charger is signed "TURKER GWU CORCORON [sic] 1971".

The artist is Turker Ozdogan, Fellow of Corcoran College of Art and Design. He also received an MFA at George Washington University. As faculty, he established the ceramics program at GWU and continues as the Director. Ozdogan previously received recognition from the Applied Fine Arts School, Istanbul, the Eczacibasi Ceramics Factory also in Turkey, and Furst Adolf Werkstatte Fur Keramik, Buckeburg, Germany. He has achieved recognition, awards or exhibitions with Corcoran Gallery of Art, the International Monetary Fund, the World bank, Meridian House, and the United Nations Plaza, Turkevi Gallery. His work has been featured in the press and in publications and is in many private and public collections including The George Washington University Permanent Collection, and Kale Ceramics Museum, Turkey. Condition is good. Diameter, 22 inches.

Have not found other works available on the market and no archival basis to establish comparative value. The artist is apparently aesthetically rather than commercially motivated. This will be weighty and careful packing so at the buyer's expense.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1930 item #1053736
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$200
$200
This later, stoutly potted porcelain hexagonal Ao-Kutani censer may be Meiji or as late as Taisho era. But the six biscuit panels with relief depictions of sages are noteworthy each with an associated animal from Chinese lore. Green yellow and red enameled decoration of blossoms and clouds. The cover with Shishi also in blue and aubergine (cover only fits one way.) Rims with chocolate brown glaze. All raised on six shaped feet. The bottom also unglazed biscuit. A bit more weight than one might expect. Some firing stress faults seen inside and bottom but no damage. Good condition. Height with cover on, 5 1/2 in.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1055193
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$185
$185
A good sized Imari porcelain bowl. Blue underglaze cobalt and Red, green, aubergine and gold overglaze enamel decoration. Good decorative impact. A "crows foot" crack inside the foot is stable and barely at all visible inside the bowl. Minor enamel losses. Diameter, 10 1/8 in. Height 3 3/4 in.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Glass : American : Pre 1900 item #1055201 (stock #0101)
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$365
$365
A fine pair of 19th century clambroth glass candle holders. Stout but elegant baluster turned sticks with broad, stable feet. Fine and practical decorative accents. The reference to clambroth says it all - the milky glass almost translucent (more so toward the foot - see second illustration) with opaque bubbles throughout. Good condition. These are probably pretty early and likely not common to fetch a pair. Would be a refreshing "stand in" for brass in period interior. They are tall at height 10 1/8 inches each.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Textiles : Accessories : Pre 1900 item #1056904
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$395
$395
A fine paisley shaw of some length and in very good condition. Much lighter than expected given the length and with an engaging range of colors. Acquired from amongst unlikely accompanying offerings from a firehouse community sale some years ago (Station 2, North Market Street, Frederick MD). This was obviously well cared for and likely seldom used over time. Third quarter, 19th century. Length: 133 in. (337 cm), Width: 63 in. (160 cm)
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Numismatics : Medals : Pre 1970 item #1064818
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$90
$90
An octagonal miniature Japanese bronze, bell metal mirror. Relief decoration of phoenix, kirin, pheasants and other birds among cloud wisps and floral decoration. The mirror forms one of the three Imperial regalia of Japan (the other two being the sword and magatama bead.) A small four character mark appears along the edge (have been told it is an Imperial Japanese mint mark but have not confirmed this.) Probably a presentation medal or token of appreciation. Diameter from flat edges 2 5/8" (6.67cm), from points 2 13/16" (7.14cm). A clear bell tone is heard when struck. Condition is very good with full detail of decoration but with distressed gilding (faint traces remaining on the front) and one deeper scratch (among other scratching) to the flat side of the mirror (perhaps noticeable because of the more extensive remaining gilt on that side.) Our camera and lighting apparently did not pick up on the traces of gilt. Note that while this is in the form of a traditional mirror, it was never intended as a functional mirror. The first enlarged view approximates actual size. The remaining enlarged views are larger than actual size. Seems to be mid 20th century.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Ceramics : Chinese Export : Pre 1900 item #1065883
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$95
$95
The bowl portion of a 19th century Chinese Export porcelain Blue Fitzhugh sauce tureen is offered. No cover. No under plate. Impeccable condition - not even a scratch. An attractive, faint celadon tinge pooling in recesses does not successfully appear in our photographs. Pleasing, ripply surface inside the foot. Handle to handle is about 7 3/4" (19.68cm) long. Side to side is about about 5 1/8" (13cm) wide. The height is about 3 1/4" (8.25cm). If you already have a cover, you are in luck. If you also have an under plate, you are doing better. Would work famously with potpourri
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Metals : Copper : Pre 1930 item #1067372
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$125
$125
A fascinating manipulation of fired on patination to the copper or bronze, shouldered vase. A rich, earthy copper red fired on patina is on the interior and on the exterior serving as background to irregular streams, inlets and pools of dappled verdigris among, and picked out by, (seemingly) flames of speckled gold fading into the background color. We included one picture with filtered sunlight to better pick out the colors. Reasonably good condition - allowing for presentable display from a cabinet. There are two small impacts to the side accompanying some patination loss. One of these impacts is small enough that a little repatination or color touch up should suffice. The other could be similarly conserved before or after tapping out the impact. Other minor color touch up - particularly to an area along the shoulder of the vase - might be needed (unless you like to leave things as they are.) Impressed or incised WMF Ikora mark, with tower in circle, to the foot. Height 5 1/8" (13cm)
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1837 VR item #1067644
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$465
$465
A fine set of eight Georgian King's Pattern sterling silver spoons. Marked Sarah and John William Blake, 1815. Excellent condition. Each length about 5 1/2" (13.9cm) and averaging nearly 31 grams each for a total of 247 grams (8.7oz total). Look for our listing of two additional, similar spoons.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Organics : Wood : Pre 1970 item #1070493 (stock #3456)
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$235
$235
A carved wood Mallard Duck decoy with light, hollowed body (in top and bottom section) and nicely defined tail and wing feathers. Painted details and glass eyes. Good, serviceable condition with natural wear from use. This useable decoy would make a great decoration. "H.W. Jones" impressed on the bottom. We were told when acquiring that it was from the Chesapeake Bay area vicinity Delaware. But we found online information from a reputable specialty auction house (with presale estimate for an H.W. Jones hollow black duck decoy) suggesting the Hudson River area of New York. Length from tip of bill to tip of tail: 17 3/8 inches
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Hardstones : Pre 1492 item #1075322
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$1,275
$1275
A Chinese green nephrite jade model of a pig. Carved in good proportion and more suggestive of a pig than more commonly encountered abstract, angular examples of the Han dynasty. Sensitively modeled - swelling at the head, forefeet, back haunches, rump and belly. Relief and incised details for the snout, eyes, ears, neck, hooves, rear and tail. Drilled from center back to belly. The nephrite stone of an even, opaque consistency and of green color with buff colored calcification from the head, along the back and upper-right side, to the rear. Surgical steel does not leave a scratch. Acquired from TK Oriental Antiques as Han Dynasty in the early 90's. But we have seen realistically suggestive examples similar to the current object attributed to the Tang dynasty. 'Chinese Jades In The Avery Brundage Collection' (d'Argence, 1977, 2nd revised ed.) illustrates a primitive Six Dynasties example of comparable proportions and form (plate XXV). d'Argence comments how this similarly modeled example has evolved from the Han. We are very reserved in judging and describing jades - archaic looking jades in particular which we instead refer to as archaistic and possibly from a later period. The principal of TK Oriental Antiques explains the uneven calcification often found on archaic jades as owing to the position of the object relative to earth, minerals and natural forces coming into contact with an object for untold centuries. Good condition. Length from snout to tail is 3 inches (7.62cm). Highest point when standing is 1 3/8 inches (3.49cm)
All Items : Antiques : Furnishings : Accessories : Shelves : Pre 1900 item #1075516 (stock #2345)
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$485
$485
Richly hand carved, in typical Anglo-Indian colonial fashion, hardwood corner hanging shelf. From the uncarved back, it appears the wood may be imported mahogany if not a similarly grained rosewood from the region. An eagle bearing what appears to be a cobra in its beak (hooded head wrapping around the eagle's side) while a mongoose holds the snake's tail in its bite. The group standing upon an acanthus leaf plinth with turned and reeded drop finial. All secured to a corner bracket quartersphere shelf with intricately carved and pierced skirt joined to shaped panels with pierced vine background and broadly gadrooned and reeded edges terminating in a supporting element depicting a large, pierced and inverted acanthus leaf flanked by a pair of peafowl. Details throughout carved and incised. The whole stained with a dark finish. Condition is good. We photographed this 'in situ' with flash. Wear to the finish is not really as dramatic and would improve visually with minor touch-up. Some minor, small distresses to wingtips and edges. A couple screws visible from the front should conceal with little effort (stain or color and perhaps a little clay first - as when made in the 19th century.) This exceeds our 9 lb digital scale and will ship "oversize" so expect bumps in the shipping cost (inquire for a quote.) Height top to bottom from back is 18 1/5 inches (47cm). Span top to bottom from front is about 21 inches (53.34cm). Widest point along top is 15 3/4 inches (40cm). Wingspan of the eagle is about 15 inches (38cm).
All Items : Antiques : Furnishings : Lighting : Lamps : Pre 1910 item #1075727 (stock #12345)
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$395
$395
An Art Nouveau niello egg of large proportion mounted as an oil lamp with decorative metalwork and resting on a rouge marble base - later electrified. The surface of the egg decorated with alternating fleur de lis in silver tone and stylized cross ornaments in gold tone (presumed to be so but very thinly applied) smooth against the black patinated alloy surface. Judging from the similar metalwork of the handles and lamp mountings, the niello egg appears likely intended for the purpose - there also being brass elements dividing the egg in top, mid and bottom section. The top and bottom sections with a further band of gold and silver tone ivy vine decoration after the brass dividing element. It must be Continental and likely French given the rouge marble base and fleur de lis decoration. But the egg form together with the French style might suggest Russian taste. A copper bulb fixture later added atop the decorative brass. It really should be rewired before using. Otherwise good condition with some minor surface distress not in the least distracting from the presentation of this unusual object - most fitting for the interiors of collectors of French or Russian decorative arts. A shade would easily obscure the more noticeable distress on the top section. Someone good with metal finishes could no doubt safely clean the egg and enhance the patination. Total height including the rouge marble vase to top of bulb fixture is 17 3/16 inches (43.66cm). To top of original Art Nouveau brass element is 13 inches (33cm). To top of egg is 9 3/4 inches (24.76cm). The egg alone - some may like to know - is about 7 3/4 inches high (19.68cm)
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Minerals : Shell : Pre 1900 item #1075975
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$95
$95
The lorgnette handle with octagonal mother of pearl paneling in three sections divided by gold filled fixtures. the end with deep, bright engraved end cap and the telescoping gold filled extender with horn, dovetailed retainer and smaller, simple end cap. Good condition with an almost imperceptible small "flea bite" to a corner of one mother of pearl panel and a tiny dent in the gold filled ornamental end cap - also not at all distracting (try to find lower left leaf in our last enlargement.) Length extended 7 3/4 inches (19.69cm). Length closed 4 1/2 inches (11.43cm)