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All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1930 item #1328468
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all sold, post Vervendi auction
One Finely formed and decorated Japanese blue and white porcelain dish. The deep, foliate rim fired to chocolate brown along the edge is suggestive of kakiemon influence. Decoration of figure seated in royal ease pose, perhaps Kannon, in rich foliate garden setting centered by repetitive characters (perhaps suggestive of sutra or chants) inside the deep rim. The Buddhist motif is unusual. Spurious Ming Chenghua mark. Good condition. Diameter, 7 5/8 inches. Ca 1900/early 20th century. (Five like this available: Winning bidder may acquire one each at the winning bid price, up to five.)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1900 item #1319518
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A handsome pair of horse form menuki. Gold overlay on worked brass or alloy surface. (These would be quite a nice match with another of our listings - a kozuka, item #1318917 - and together would dress up a sword nicely). Very good condition (solder evidence on back as they were previously affixed to a cha-donsu.) Length, 1 3/16 (3.02 cm) and 1 1/4 inches (3.18 cm) respectively.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1900 item #1319508
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A pair of Niō or Kongōrikishi figural menuki. The copper-bronze alloy with traces of black patina suggesting possibly rubbed shakudo (meaning the alloy may have a low gold content which composition would take a blue-black patination.) Gold details decoration of attire. While a pair of Kongōrikishi would typically form Ah-um ("Ah", mouth opened and "Um", mouth closed), this is not easily discerned with the present pair which also strike the same (rather than opposed) posture. It may be that this wasn't deemed important when each would be wrapped on a different side of a tsuka. Or these may be a very well matched menuki from different pairs (there are slight differences.) In any event, they would work very well together on a tsuka. Good condition. Solder evidence on back as they were affixed to a cha-donsu. Each length, 1 3/16 inches (3.02 cm)
All Items : Antiques : Furnishings : Furniture : American : Federal : Pre 1837 VR item #1319397
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Jerome's & Darrow Federal manner hand made shelf clock with wood works, Bristol CT. Provenance, Martin VanBuren Back, 1835-1920 (may already have been in the family for a generation.) We purchased from his direct descendant, David N. Back in the 1990s. We had the clock last serviced in 2006 and in good running order with reliable chimes. Having invested in preservation, our gain will have been our enjoyment of the clock. 2nd quarter, 19th century. Good condition. Height, about 34 3/4 inches. We will defer to a professional shipper for such an item - cost to be arranged between buyer and shipper.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1837 VR item #1319339
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Pair of Kinko (soft metal, as distinguished from iron) menuki. The soft metal copper alloy with dark patination (perhaps shakudo) depicting a pair of shishi or dogs (these are more dog like than most shishi I've seen, which are often thought to be lions.) The dogs with hair defined with fine incising. Decoration in gold including spots and pupils on the dogs, the collars each with a bell, and sprays of flowers. One of the menuki appears to have a miniature gold self-righting figure of Daruma (an 'okiagari koboshi' toy) on its back along with the flower spray. Appear to be earlier Edo. Very good condition. They were "saved" from a Cha-donsu studded with good, old menuki. So we suppose you could call these dogs "rescues" :) There is solder evidence on the back but that is never accessible when mounted on a tsuka. (These would be a good match with another of our listings - a kozuka, item #1318102.) Length, 1 1/8 to 1 1/4 inches (2.86 to 3.17 cm)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1900 item #1318917
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An Edo period kozuka of shakudo and copper with relief decoration of five horses on nanako ground. One horse with full silver overlay, one with full gold overlay, one with gold spots, one with silver spots, the fifth with gold mane and tail. Surfaces of horses not gilt or silvered showing a deep red-brown patina contrasting quietly with the shakudo nanako. Condition is good and serviceable with no dents or pinches to the plate and back but with slight movement of the butt surface including minute perforations. (This would be a good match with another of our listings - a pair of menuki, item #1319518.) Length of kozuka, 3 3/4 inches (9.525 cm)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Snuff Bottles : Pre 1900 item #1318819
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A Chinese inside painted glass snuff bottle. Clear glass with red trim painted with landscape decoration one side (figure in boat in rocky landscape) and precious objects on the other side (lotus, ceramics, bronzes and scrolls). A calligraphic inscription and seals on the side with precious objects. Good condition. Height, about 2 1/2 inches (6.35 cm)
All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1900 item #1318587
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A 19th century American folk art painting. Oil on canvas. Table top still life of bountiful agricultural harvest and a pineapple likely from port trade (pineapples were popular import produce in 19th century port cities and much can be read of pineapples in American tradition and design - most notably relating to hospitality.) Relined - otherwise good, clean and bright condition. Stretcher dimensions 30 1/2 inches x 25 1/4 inches. We acquired this in the late 90s from a long time Georgetown period furniture dealer (and Trocadero member) who had this in his own dining room for years. We have, also, enjoyed it in ours since but it is now time to lighten up as we prepare for a distant move.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1700 item #1318313
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An iron mokogata form iron tsuba with surface and patina indicating significant age. Some folds apparent in the iron, tekkotsu ("iron bones" describing irregularities in surface resulting from gradual wearing away of softer iron, leaving more refined, harder iron), rim slightly raised around the hammered plate. The raised decoration of the hare and vine in quintessentially Japanese taste - thick gold overlaid details. This would work nicely on a Yamashiro or other slender, old blade. Good condition with light rubbing of patina on rim, scratching to the gold overliad hare, and light rust on plate (should be manageable with light application of clove oil until arrested [we have begun this process].) Length, 2 15/16 inches (7.46 cm). Width, 2 11/16 inches (6.82 cm)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1900 item #1318223
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Two nicely matched Edo period mixed metal menuki. Each with decoration of a duck in water. Some difference in the detailing of the water and perhaps different duck species (though one could explain the lack of a crest and color on one because it was the female of a pair of mandarin wood ducks.) For the price, they would work quite well together on a tsuka (sword hilt.) Longer one, about 1 1/2 inches. Good condition.
All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : Europe : British : Pre 1900 item #1318143
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19th century English oil on canvas, artist unknown. Greyhounds and hare with huntsman, castle town and highlands in the background. School of Stubbs, Manner of Charles Towne (perhaps a contemporary or follower.) Compare the present composition with a work of Charles Towne, Christie's sale 7200, lot 51. In both, two greyhounds are depicted in the foreground with a hare and in the distant background are huntsmen on horseback, castle or fortified structures, highlands, and light centered by gathering, gray clouds. This painting in need of cleaning (should bring out a lot ... perhaps a signature too) and light conservation. The canvas has never been laid down and has one, small patch. Stretcher size, about 24 1/8 inches by 26 inches. Frame size, about 30 1/4 inches by 32 1/4 inches. The frame also needs to be cleaned and touched up.
All Items : Antiques : Furnishings : Furniture : English : Centennial : Pre 1910 item #1318108
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An English, George III style mahogany sideboard. Oak secondary wood. Top drawer over large drawer, both flanked by storage with hinged doors. Raised on six tapered legs of square section terminating in spade feet. Brass gallery along the back. Late 19th century to Ca 1900. Good condition with expected movement in wood including some distress and wear from use. The size is good - ample yet small enough for a modestly sized dining room. We picked it up for temporary service but have been content with it for about 20 years. We are lightening up in preparation for a distant move - reasonable offers entertained. length, 63 3/4 inches. Depth, 22 5/8 inches. Height, 37 1/8 inches to top of board.
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Hiroshi Yoshida's Chion-in Temple Gate. The woodblock print signed and sealed. Dated in left margin 10th year of Shôwa (1935). Colors appear to be a bit faded. Laid down - probably when previously framed as light toning of the paper indicates the bounds of prior matting. The current framing is quite nice, opened by ourselves to assess condition.
All Items : Antiques : Furnishings : Furniture : American : Federal : Pre 1837 VR item #1317909
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An unusual and dramatic firescreen abattant. It reminds me of some of the smaller, New York classical parlor furniture I've seen in Southern house tours with late Federal drawing and music rooms furnished with pieces imported by successful merchants - almost, but not quite, over the top in their design yet direct in their function. So an argument could be made for high, New York city style. And the inlaid oval in the center, with pie crimped edge, is reminiscent of some New England work. The passive function is that of a firescreen and explains the distress to the side with inlay which likely faced the fireplace (rather than the upholstered side.) The "surprise" is the enclosed work area with the hinged top dropping to provide a writing surface (abattant [fr], "put horizontal") below the interior fitted with letter or document slots (only the back one of three dividing slats remaining - evidence of two more, and three segments which would have divided at least one of two lateral slots into three sections.) Perhaps because of the narrow profile, there appears to be no secondary wood under or behind any of the solid mahogany. Condition is quite good considering the likely heat exposure as a firescreen and probable stress to the hinged top which relies upon the case as a counter-stop. We had distress to the inlaid surface evened out, filled and finished - disturbing old finish as less as possible - to make it presentable for the decorator yet acceptable to the collector. We left the old upholstery (possibly original) alone for the next steward to decide. Our restorer (specializing in period furniture) had also never before encountered this design. Our photographs illustrate the character of the old, now serviceable inlaid surface. Ca 1800 - 1810. Height, about 42 3/4 inches. Width, about 21 5/8 inches (about 22 1/4 inches wide at the trestle base). We are offering American furniture from our personal collection while lightening up in preparation for a distant move - reasonable offers entertained.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1317892
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A well carved mingei keyaki (zelkova) wood carp from yokogi (pot adjuster). The scales carved with dimension, rather than simply carved outline, and successfully utilizing the elm grain on one side to conform with the shape of individual scales. Rich patina as expected from hanging above hearth for some time. The eyes appear to be an inlaid material with vitreous surface (perhaps crystal, or polished shell or horn.) Some old wood loss at the end of the tail otherwise in good condition with expected wear from use including an old small loss on the carp's lip which could be easily filled. The surface is more consistent in color than our photographs which exhibit some reflection of light. Length, about 14 inches
All Items : Antiques : Furnishings : Furniture : American : Federal : Pre 1837 VR item #1317686
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A fine, late Federal work table. Classical design four column - pedestal base with four swept legs, columns and legs with carved acanthus leaf decoration, terminating in brass paw feet on casters. Supporting a rectangular case of two graduated drawers, the case with deeply concave corners, the hinged top conforming to the case in shape. The top opening to a lined writing surface, also hinged, opening in turn with an easel support providing a canted work surface. Compartments flanking and storage below the hinged work surface. Looks like the original lion mask brasses. Beautiful figured mahogany surface throughout. Poplar secondary wood. Much hay is made by collectors and dealers in attributions of pieces at this level. Sloan's Auctioneers offered a game table in 2001, probably from the same workshop, with citations of a breakfast or parlor table with related design by Duncan Phyfe in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a card table in the Baltimore Museum of Art (sale 913, March 2001, lot 227) [A copy of the Sloan's catalog will accompany this work table.] A dealer showed me another piece with the same type base (though not as nicely carved) and underside, also probably the same work shop, and attributed theirs as Charles-Honoré Lannuier. We will stop short of making a lofty attribution but hold out this table as self evidently excellent work. Good condition with reasonable conservation over its life. Note the slightly more oxidized lower drawer which was exposed to open air from the ventilated underside of the case. Circa 1820. Height, about 32 1/2 inches. Width, about 22 3/8 inches. Depth, about 16 1/4 inches. We are offering American furniture from our personal collection while lightening up in preparation for a far move - reasonable offers entertained. Purchased in neglected condition from a Washington DC consignment shop in the 90s and gave it the preservation it deserved in preparation for the next steward.
All Items : Antiques : Furnishings : Furniture : American : Federal : Pre 1837 VR item #1317299
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Federal Mahogany swell front chest of drawers. Yellow pine and poplar secondary woods. Maryland, probably Baltimore, 1790 to 1810. This chest is similar in ways to an example in "Furniture in Maryland, 1740-1940", Weidman, 1984, item #77, page 123. On both, the top conforms to the bow front case, projecting a bit beyond the case. And both have nicely formed French feet, inlaid banding on the drawers and above the skirt, and inlaid chevrons centering the escutcheons. In fact, the present chest came from the estate of Dr. Harvey William Cushing (1869-1939) while the chest illustrated in the cited volume (in the collection of the Maryland Historical Society) came from a descendant of the Cushing family - with Baltimore roots going back to at least the 1770s. More history regarding the Cushing family can be found in the volume and later history in a letter we obtained from the dealer who sold the chest to us (which also mentions how they acquired the chest.) Unlike the published chest, the inlaid bands on the present chest are along the drawer edges, with oval stringing on the drawer faces, and a single top drawer atop three more graduated drawers. In good, presentable condition, it appears the chest may have had restorative work to the top and likely a later refinish, pulls appear to be replacements. One drawer pull is loose on one side and some distress to inlaid banding. Height, about 42 1/4 inches. Depth about 23 1/16 inches. Height 36 3/4 inches. We are offering American furniture from our personal collection while lightening up in preparation for a far move - reasonable offers entertained. Provenance: Dr. Harvey William Cushing, an unnamed Baltimore dealer, a Frederick Md dealer (disclosed to purchaser), ourselves.
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : References : Antiques : Pre 1970 item #1316882
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The English adaption, by Burton Watson, of Chinese Sculpture, Bronzes And Jades In Japanese Collections, Yuzo Sugimura, 1966 (first English edition, hardcover.) A scholarly catalog format of important Chinese works of art in Japanese collections with sections featuring Tomb Sculpture, Buddhist Figures, Bronzes and Jades. Profusely illustrated with excellent, full bleed black and white plates and a small number of tipped color plates. Embossed, cloth bound hardcover. Ex Libris Gerald D. Schultz. We are not book specialists and are selling from our own library collection. We consider this book to be in excellent condition with unmarked pages. The dust cover is worn and with tears. Library of Congress Card Catalog Number 66-22477