A beautiful antique Tibetan necklace with silver and turquoise coral amber beads ending in a beautiful silver inlaid pendant.
An original John Gould Hummingbird lithograph published in 1861 Beautifully hand colored with watercolor and added iridesence. Hallmandel and Walto printers London in good antique condition some age toning and light foxing. Slightly trimmed measuring approx. 14 x 21 overall size. A fine example of this important work one of the finest images.
A Monograph of the Trochilidae, or Family of Humming-Birds
Written by John Gould
Published by John Gould (London, England)
5 volumes and supplement, 1861-1887
John Gould (1804-1881) was a British ornithologist, artist, and successful businessman. Sometimes referred to as the "English Audubon," Gould had an illustrious career in which he served as official taxidermist to King George IV and established himself as Queen Victoria's favorite illustrator of birds. Gould was so devoted to the study of birds that he asked for his epitaph to read: "Here lies John Gould, the Bird Man." Though he chronicled a wide variety of bird species, from partridges to toucans, spanning all corners of the globe from Great Britain to Australia, Gould had a particular interest in hummingbirds. He developed a personal collection of 1500 mounted and 3000 unmounted specimens, containing at least 300 different species of hummingbird. A Monograph of the Trochilidae represents Gould's stunning effort to create a comprehensive guide to all the varieties of hummingbird with a high degree of accuracy, detail, and beauty.Gould's five volumes on the hummingbird contain 360 hand-colored lithographic illustrations. Gould would draw rough pencil or watercolor sketches of hummingbird specimens, which then served as guides for a team of artists (including his wife, Elizabeth). Gould also worked with lithographers, who used pure gold and silver leaf (applied underneath the watercolor) to achieve a lifelike illustration of the hummingbird's iridescent feathers.
Chinese Export armorial bowl c.1780 with exquisite hand painted crest measuring approx. 6.5 inches in diameter and 1.5 inches deep. In excellent condition except for two very faint fine hairlines hardly effecting the extraordinary quality of this fine piece.
A beautiful quality original watercolor marine painting of ships off the coast and braking waves by george howell gay signed lower right. Painted on a heavy watercolor paper laid on matte board measuring approx. 14 x24 inches framed in a quality gold leafed frame. In very good condition no tears or creases some areas of age discoloration and fading typical with watercolors of this age please view pictures.
george h. Gay was well known for his watercolor landscapes, seascapes and paintings of rivers and ships, mostly along the shores of new england. Gay also painted snowscapes, but these are scarcer. It is unusual to find an oil painting by this artist, as he worked mainly in watercolor. Some of his works display a tonalist aesthetic.
He was born in milwaukee, wisconsin on july 2, 1858, and lived in chicago and then in 1889, settled in bronxville, new york. Gay was a pupil of paul brown and henry elkins in chicago.
He is known to have exhibited at the national academy of design in 1890; boston art club, 1890-1900; and boston art club, 1897.
Shortly before his death in 1931, george gay's address in 1929 was known to be 100 kraft ave., bronxville, ny.
Japanese sterling silver overlay blue crackle glaze porcelain candlesticks c.1910. A beautiful set of export ware impressed under the glaze Japan measuring 6 inches tall and 4 inches wide at the base. The condition is excellent no damage or repairs. A fine addition to any collection or a beautiful accent to a table setting.
A beautiful Japanese Ivory carving of a tiger attacking a Hippo. Finely carved details measuring approximately 3.5 inches long in excellent condition
A beautiful and rare Washburn Mandolin Venetian style circa 1900 serial number 213922 with rosewood back and fine spruce top and elaborate decoration consisting of mother of pearl finger board tortoise and mother of pearl pick guard Ivory and marquetry bindings and original case. In virtually mint condition no restorations or damage. An investment quality instrument plays and sounds great.
Gorham sterling overlay art glass perfume bottle c.1910. The bottle is an elegant form with intricate silver design work. Hall marked and numbered on the bottom measuring 3-1/4 inches tall the condition is excellent. This piece would be a fine gift item for someone special.
A beautiful painting by this highly recognized early California painter depicting a wooded landscape with cows and oaks. Done in a impressionist style oil on board signed lower left.
Measuring approx. 10x12 inches framed in a one of a kind custom carved and gilt frame 16.5 x 19 inches overall. A fine example would make a nice addition to any collection.
Carl Henrik Jonnevold (1856-1955) was born in Norway on June 1, 1856. He immigrated to the United States in the 1880s and is known to have painted in the Northwest before moving to California in 1887. Settling in San Francisco, he maintained a studio at 1617 California Street. He was a self-taught painter except for brief study in the galleries of Paris in 1908. While in France, he was greatly influenced by the Barbizon painters and their dark palette. Returning to California, he continued to paint the beauty of northern California in the Barbizon style. Often working in late afternoon when shadow prevails, he produced hundreds of attractive tree and meadow scenes which he exhibited in local galleries. By the time of the stock market crash in 1929, Jonnevold was poverty stricken and living alone at his small studio at 560 Kearny Street. In that year he was sentenced to two months in jail for aiming a gun at his landlord. Jonnevold disappeared from San Francisco about 1930. A letter at the Oakland Museum gives his date of death as June 9, 1955 but does not state where. Member: San Francisco Art Ass'n. Exhibited: Alaska-Yukon Expo (Seattle), 1909 (bronze medal); California State Fairs (premiums). Works held: Oakland Museum; California Historical Society; De Young Museum.
Courtesy Edan Hughes
Chinese carved malachite study of a foo dog or temple guardian. A beautiful grained gem quality stone
Measuring 2 x 1 3/8 inches in excellent condition a fine addition to any collection.
Cattle By a Stream by Gregory Hollyer
A charming antique painting of a group of cattle watering by a lake.
Oil on wood panel signed lower left measuring 6x10 inches framed in a fine ornate gold leafed antique frame measuring overall approximately 11x15 inches. The condition is excellent. This painting would make a fine addition to any collection.
Exhibition Label on reverse reads.
Gregory Hollyer, Born London 1871 the son of W.P. Hollyer the celebrated painter of Scottish cattle and sheep and brother if Eva Hollyer the well known figure painter. Hollyer a pupil of Eugene Verboeckhoven in Brussels and Emile Van Marcke in Paris. His pictures appear in many of the principal exhibitions in the United States and foreign salons. Received gold medal of the first class, Liverpool 1889 and medal Hamburg 1905.
A fine original oil by Christian Jorgensen a view of Yosemite Valley with Half Dome in the distance. Oil on Canvas signed lower right in excellent original condition framed in a period art nouveau frame. Measuring 20 x 24 canvas size.
Born in Oslo, Norway on Oct. 7, 1860 Christian Jorgensen moved to San Francisco with his mother in 1870. He showed artistic promise at an early age, and when the School of Design opened in 1874, he was among the first to enroll.
At 14 he was greatly influenced at that school by Virgil Williams, who was both teacher and father figure. Jorgensen later became an instructor at the School of Design and served as assistant director from 1881-83.
He then established a studio at 131 Post Street where he continued teaching, and by the mid-1880s was a successful landscape painter. For five years he and his wife, Angela, traveled by horse and buggy to the sites of the 21 California missions and during this period he produced 80 watercolor studies of the missions and a complete set of oils.
In 1899, he pitched a tent in Yosemite, and after several months, obtained a permit to build a studio-home there and continued painting there during the warm months for 19 years. (His home in Yosemite is now used as headquarters for the government rangers.)
In 1905 he built a boulder home in Carmel (this later became the Hotel La Playa) where he and Angela lived for a few years; most of his time was spent at the family home in Piedmont, CA.
The Jorgensens made trips to Italy (1892-94), Mexico (1907), the Grand Canyon (1910) and New England (1916).
Jorgensen enjoyed a long career and continued painting until his death in Piedmont on June 24, 1935.
San Francisco Art Association, 1884-1905; Mechanics' Institute (SF), 1884-97; California State Fair, 1886-96 (medals); Bohemian Club, 1899-1922; Cosmos Club (Washington, DC), 1906; Sequoia Club (SF), 1907; Del Monte Art Gallery (Monterey), 1907-09; Rabjohn & Marcom Gallery (SF), 1908; Alaska-Yukon Expo (Seattle), 1909; Courvoisier Gallery (SF), 1909; Kanst Gallery (LA), 1915.
California Historical Society, Bohemian Club; Athletic Club (Oakland); Sonoma Mission; Mechanics' Inst. Library (SF); Orange Co. (CA) Museum; Yosemite Museum.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Japanese bronze Ichibana bowl circa 1900 signed with a rich dark patina and relief design of Japanese figures gathering blossoms for ichibana floral arrangement shishi dog feet and elephant handles. In excellent condition measuring approx. 11” wide 8” deep and 3.5” tall.
A fine antique Chinese export porcelain bowl circa from the late 18th to early 19th century.
Featuring Hand painted decorations of Mandarin figures with a floral sprig in the center of the bowl. In excellent condition with no chips or cracks etc. measuring approx. 9 inches in diameter and 4 inches tall or 23 x 10 cm. A fine example would be a nice addition to any collection.
Chinese Export Porcelain plate with an erotic motif of a courtesan and attendants. Hand painted in grisaille with perfuse 24 gold highlights. Measuring approx. 9 inches in diameter In excellent condition no cracks or chips some wear and rubbing to the gold and decorations but still and exquisite example of Chinese export ware.
A beautiful original oil painting by renowned California impressionist Angel Espoy oil on canvas signed lower right.In very good condition. An investment quality art work.
Known for paintings that evidence his great love of the sea, Angel Espoy did work that includes seascapes and maritime subjects; however, he was also an accomplished painter of California's rolling hills of poppies and lupines.
He was born in Villa Nueva, Spain on October 2, 1879. He left home at age eighteen to work as a first mate in the Spanish merchant marines. While in that capacity, he acquainted himself with every detail of the clipper ships he later painted. His desire to paint took him to Barcelona where he studied with Joaquin Sorolla. Following his father's tobacco interests in the Philippines, he made many trips there at the turn of the century. Two years were spent in Havana where he began to earn his living as an artist by painting designs on furniture. Destitute, he made his way to New York City in 1904.
After a return to his native land, he moved to San Francisco in 1914. There he supported himself for seven years making cartoons for movies while painting on weekends with Manuel Valencia, Carl Jonnevold, and John Califano. In 1922 he moved to southern California and from that time was able to subsist by the sale of his paintings. Espoy died in Seal Beach, CA on January 31, 1963. He was a member of the Los Angeles Art Association and exhibited at Barker Bros Galleries in Los Angeles. Works held: Los Angeles City Hall; Oakland Museum; Loyola University. Source: "Artists in California, 1786-1940" by Edan Milton Hughes
Chinese Chinoiserie lacquer box with scenes of temple houses and figures in landscape circa 1860. A beautifully all hand painted scene on a red lacquer background the box is made of wood and the clasp of brass. A fine example in very good antique condition.
Fine English Regency period Rosewood Tea Caddy c.1830. Sarcophagus shape body opening to two covered compartments and a center mixing bowl early royal crown derby porcelain with one minor restored chip. The tea caddy is in excellent condition one of the ring handles has been replaced measuring 16 inches in length 9 inches deep and 8.5 high. A truly exceptional piece would be a fine accent to any décor. Thank you for viewing please view my other inventory on Trocadero.