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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.
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
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : References : Fine Art : Pre 1990 item #1316879
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Bronze, Clay and Stone - Chinese Art in the C.C. Wang Family Collection, by Annette L. Juliano, 1988 (first edition, hardcover.) A scholarly catalog of 75 important early works of art in bronze metalwork, clay ceramic, and sculpted stone. Richly illustrated with color plates, the unnumbered pages include additional introduction, appendix of comparable excavated examples, and indices. 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. ISBN 0-295-96805-2 (We include in the illustrations of this volume a picture of a color plate depicting a Han dynasty bronze hu not unlike one we are offering for sale in our online catalog.)
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : Pre 1990 item #1316783
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Art From Ritual, Ancient Chinese Bronze Vessels from the Arthur M. Sackler Collection, introduction and catalogue by Dawn Ho Delbanco, 1983 (first edition, hardcover.) A scholarly study of 70 important ancient bronzes from the Shang to the Eastern Zhou dynasties. 157 pages illustrated profusely with full page color plates and black and white details. Detailed, scholarly discussion of items in the Sackler collection following an informative introduction. Ex Libris Warren E. Burger, 15th Chief Justice of the United States. Including a typed note from Sonnenreich & Roccograndi (a law practice) dated May 23, 1983 to Chief Justice Warren E. Burger "with compliments of Arthur M. Sackler, M.D." We acquired this volume in the mid 1990s from Second Story Books, Rockville Maryland, which company sold the art books from the estate of Chief Justice Burger. 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. ISBN 0-916724-55-7 (Two ISBN numbers are given, one designating paperbound and the other clothbound. But the present hardcover volume has faux leather covered boards, the front with gilt embossed title. We include an additional illustration of the front board.)
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : References : Antiques : Pre 1990 item #1316778
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This is Volume I of Ancient Chinese Bronzes In The Arthur M. Sackler Collections - Shang Ritual Bronzes in the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, by Robert W. Bagley, 1987 (first edition.) A must have for serious students of ancient Chinese bronzes. 599 richly illustrated pages including index and credits. Steeped in substantive historical, cultural, techniques, styles and forms, scientific analyis, and other scholarship. We are not book specialists and are selling from our own library collection. We consider this book to be in good condition with unmarked pages, slightly rubbed dustcover in good condition, light warping to part bottom of some pages from water exposure. ISBN 0-674-80525-9
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #1315212
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A simply shaped porcelain snuff bottle with iron brown landscape decoration expertly painted, as if an ink painting, on the yellow ground before firing. While at first appearing possibly to be grisaille, the iron brown details are not over the yellow but rather softly melded with it. The ridges of the mountains, leaves of the trees, and other details clearly defined and textured with slight heaping. It is difficult to photograph the decoration as well as it presents in person. Depth of field is achieved in the decoration by fading distant or smaller points into the yellow ground with softer brush strokes. A Qianlong four character mark is in blue underglaze inside the foot ring but we think the bottle is probably rather a good 19th century work. Good condition. Height, 2 7/8 inches (7.3 cm)
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Militaria : Souvenirs : Pre 1910 item #1315199
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A German porcelain regimental stein commemorating the service of reservist Kupperling in the 11th Train Battalion at Cassel Germany from 1904 to 1906. Other surnames on the unit roster are painted on the sides. A lithopane bottom shows, against light, a reservist and fraulein against a village landscape. The pewter top is a bit loose at the joint and in its grip on the handle, has a slight warp along the rim and the stein was acquired with the horse flattened a bit but easily pulled back up (probably a fairly high lead content in the pewter alloy.) One of the struts under the horse is severed (see detailed illustration) but could be easily soldered by a metal specialist. Otherwise all good condition with no faults to the porcelain. Total height to top of the horse and rider finial, about 11 1/8 inches (28.26 cm)
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pottery : Pre 1960 item #1310738
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A Yixing pottery teapot imitating a section of knotted tree with branches forming the spout, handle and cover finial. Prunus blossoms issuing within the relief decoration. Marked within the cover. 20th century. We are comfortable estimating the current example to be at least mid-century. Good condition. Length from handle to spout, about 6 1/2 inches (16.5 cm). Height to tallest point, about 2 1/2 (6.35 cm)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Metalwork : Pre 1910 item #1310570
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A Chinese paktong opium smoking suite. The cloisonne decorated base holding cylindrical covered box marked with single character on foot and profusely under hinged lid, two tools in holders, and two part pipe marked with single character on foot (threaded bowl missing.) Condition is good with small enamel losses to the cloisonne decoration (an acceptable method of conservation is hard, colored foundry or casting wax.) Height from bottom of base to top of pipe stem is about 10 1/4 inches (26 cm). Late Qing dynasty.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1310529
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A pair of famille verte palette biscuit porcelain Foo lions. Green, aubergine, yellow and black line enamel decoration of the lions on plinths with butterflies and flowers motif. The slightly taller one with ball and in good condition with only minor color touch up on one eye. The slightly smaller one with young and with one section of broken head restuck sloppily with glue otherwise presents well on a shelf though teeth separated (could be cleaned up easily enough though we don't mess with pieces.) Interchangeably referred to as "lions" or "dogs", they probably derive their inspiration from the Chinese Chow Chow (perhaps the oldest recognizable domestic dog breed.) In some studies, such inspiration can be imagined while in others (such as Kangxi style biscuit figures) the "lions" are more stylized. This subject, along with the palette, is generally thought to be Kangxi and is typically attributed (if not wishfully) to that period. Surviving examples from the Kangxi period of the famille verte palette on biscuit, however, are considered to be few. Most of what we encounter on the market is surely from the Qing dynasty and most from the 19th century which is where we date these - late 19th century. Assuming a value of $495 for the one in good condition and $195 for the one with restuck section of head, we therefore offer this pair at $690. Height (taller), 9 7/8 inches (25.1 cm)