Circle of Francois Boucher original oil painting on canvas c.18th century in good antique condition beautifully framed. Born in Paris, the son of a lace designer Nicolas Boucher, François Boucher was perhaps the most celebrated decorative artist of the 18th century, with most of his work reflecting the Rococo style. At the young age of 17, Boucher was apprenticed by his father to François Lemoyne, but after only three months he went to work for the engraver Jean-François Cars. Within three years Boucher had already won the elite Grand Prix de Rome, although he did not take up the consequential opportunity to study in Italy until four years later. On his return from studying in Italy in 1731, he was admitted to the Académie de peinture et de sculpture as a historical painter, and became a faculty member in 1734.
His career accelerated from this point, as he advanced from professor to Rector of the Academy, becoming head of the Royal Gobelins Manufactory in 1755 and finally Premier Peintre du Roi (First Painter of the King) in 1765.
Fine Antique American Victorian drawing of a young boy, circa 1880. Image, 10"L x 16"H. Matted and in quality frame 20 X 26 overall. Wear to edges under the mat minor flaws to surface. In a quality gallery frame.
A fine Chinese carved Ivory dragon pendant of the finese quality carving mounted on a silver frame with loop for chain. In good vintage condition some minor age cracking. Measuring approx 3.5 x 3 inches or 10 x 8 cm. A fine design of the finest quality would enhance any collection.
Julian Rix trees by a pond signed lower right oil on board. A dramatic painting with an impressionist style measuring 11x14 inches framed in a modern gold leaf gallery frame 16x19 inches overall. A fine example of this important American and California artist. A painting by Rix sold for $108,000 at Christies auction 4/25/05.
Known for poetic landscapes, often sunset, illuminated by atmospheric light, Julian Walbridge Rix was early in his career an active painter in California and then on the East Coast. He was born in Peacham, Vermont on December 30, 1850 and moved with his family to San Francisco in 1853.
Because of his mother's death, he went back to Peacham four years later to live with his grandmother and graduating from Peacham Academy in 1868. He returned to San Francisco where he was apprenticed to a trading firm and later worked in a paint store painting signs and doing decorative work.
Primarily self-taught, he was briefly a pupil of Virgil Williams at the School of Design. He became close friends with Amédée Joullin and Jules Tavernier, and when the latter established an art colony in Monterey in 1876, Rix was one of the "Bohemians" who followed him there.
His studio in Monterey was in the French Hotel, but in 1879 he returned to San Francisco and shared a studio with Tavernier at 729 Montgomery Street. The art market in San Francisco during this period was not a healthy one which prompted Rix to move to Paterson, New Jersey in 1880 and subsequently establish a studio in New York City.
This milieu was what he seemed to need to find artistic success. His work was exhibited at the National Academy of Design during the 1880s. He studied art briefly in Europe during 1889 and upon his return, he found that his watercolor and oil paintings were in great demand in the East.
He maintained an active interest and participation in the San Francisco art scene and in 1883 sent back 200 paintings for a successful solo show. In 1888 his illustrations appeared in "Picturesque California." Rix returned to California for several months in 1901 and painted the valleys and mountains near Monterey and Santa Barbara.
A handsome man with a New England accent and blond sideburns, he never married and was called the Adonis of the profession. Following a kidney operation, Rix died in New York City on November 24, 1903 and was buried in the cemetery plot of a patron-friend in Paterson, New Jersey.
Source: "Artists in California, 1786 to 1940" by Edan Milton Hughes
A finely carved Pair of Ivory Carvings of an Emperor and Empress. Measuring approx. 12 inches tall in excellent condition.
A Beautiful and rare Song Dynasty 960-1279 A.D. Celadon tea bowl of very delicate form featuring intricate designs of dancing boys and vines. Measuring Approx. 4.5 inches by 2 inches 12 x 5 cm. in very fine condition to chips or cracks. A museum quality example.
Chinese carved malachite figural study of a sage or scholar fisherman seated on a large fish and holding another in one hand. Comes with a sliver wire inlaid rosewood stand. Measuring approx.
2.5 x 3 inches in excellent condition. A fine detailed carving a nice addition to any collection.
American Federal Style Mirror 19th century New England. A eglomise reverse painted eagle and coat of arms with hand painted accents on the frame highlight this mirror. On the reverse top of the mirror is a provenance of ownership from a family written in pencil. The mirror glass is old but may not be original measuring approximately 19.5 inches tall and 11.25 wide. The condition is excellent some wear and expected age patina and fine crazing on painted surface. This mirror is a great decorative piece of American folk art
Original Favuist style oil of a house near Fresno Ca. oil on canvas board by Harold Christopher Davies signed lower right. From the estate of the artist and the Hoover Gallery, San Francisco. Davies' work was exhibited at the San Francisco Art Association, the Oakland Art Gallery, the Birmingham Museum, the Southampton Museum, the University of Long Island Museum, the Parrish Art Museum, the Hoover Gallery (San Francisco), the Haggin Museum and the Huntsville Museum. Image 10 X 14 inches. In excellent condition unframed.
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 beautiful California impressionist landscape of a field of poppies and mountains in the distance oil on board signed lower right. A fine painting in excellent condition framed in a fine custom made hand carved gilt frame. Measuring approx. 11 x 11 inches overall size 16x 16 inches. A fine example of this highly regarded artists work would be a nice addition to any collection or decorative accent in any interior. Please view my other painting by this artist they make a nice pair.
Francois (Frank) J. Girardin (Painter) [1856-1945]
Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Frank Girardin began his art instruction in 1870 under Frank Noble and later Frank Duveneck at the Cincinnati Art Academy. A semi-pro baseball player in Cincinnati, he was best known for his beautiful landscapes of both Indiana and California.
An extremely active participant in the development of the Art Association of Richmond and original member of the local Sketch Club, he served on the Board of Directors of Art Association for several years. He was considered ranked next to the late John E. Bundy in talent and skill by the former Art Association Director, Mrs. Ella Bond Johnston. It was during his time in Indiana, that he received the most recognition for his work. In 1903, he won first prize for his painting, “Lingering Snow” at the Cincinnati Art Club Show. This would be one of numerous prizes and awards the he would receive during his time in Indiana, including the coveted Mary T. R. Foulke Prize.
In 1910, Girardin moved to Redondo Beach, California where he continued to paint the local landscape. Although living in Californian, he never forgot his friends in Richmond, continuing to participate in the annual exhibition by Indiana artists. Many California residents referred to him as “The Beech Tree Painter”. Indiana public schools and libraries, including the Richmond Community Schools, Morrison-Reeves Library, and the Fayette County Public Library, purchased or acquired works. His paintings are in the San Diego Art Museum and the Richmond Art Museum.
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A W Best Navajo indian camp near bear mt. Arizona oil on canvas signed lower right measuring 8x10 inches framed in a hand carved 24k gold leaf frame approx. 16 x 18 overall. In excellent condition.
Arthur William BEST
1859 - 1935
Arthur William Best was born in Mount Pleasant, Canada on July 17, 1859. He and his brother Harry attended public school in Mount Pleasant and were members of a small band. Arthur played the cornet; Harry, the violin. When the band broke up in Oregon, the brothers learned to paint before moving to San Francisco in 1895. Arthur and his wife Alice established the Best Art School at 1625 California Street and a residence at 309 Broderick. He was a staff artist for the San Francisco Examiner (1904-06). Arthur was commissioned by Southern Pacific Railroad to paint pictures of the Southwest and Mexico for travel and tourist publicity in 1905. Many of his oils and watercolors were destroyed by the earthquake and fire of 1906. His landscapes include depictions of the Arizona desert, Grand Canyon and the Sierra Nevada. He died in Oakland on January 26, 1935. Member: San Francisco Art Ass'n; Berkeley League of Fine Arts; Bohemian Club. Exhibited: Oregon State Fair, 1891 (first prize); Mark Hopkins Art Institute, 1898, 1904; San Francisco Art Ass'n, 1904-16; San Francisco Artists Society, 1905; Berkeley Art Ass'n, 1908; California State Fairs (awards); Alaska-Yukon Expo (Seattle), 1909 (bronze medal); Del Monte Art Gallery, 1910, 1912; Sorosis Club, 1913. Works held: Oakland Museum; Phoenix Museum; University of Oregon; Charles M. Russell Gallery (Great Falls, MT); Santa Fe Railroad.
A beautiful California plein air painting of a desert smoke tree near palm springs c.1940. Oil on masonite board by the highly acclaimed artist Frank Montague Moore. Signed lower right and titled on reverse and signed. Measuring aprox. 24x34 inches in the original arts and crafts era frame overall size inches 29x39 inches. The condition is excellent the frame has a few touch ups but presents beautifully. A fine investment quality painting a F.M. Moore recently sold for $9300 at butterfields.
Biography Edan Hughes Artist in California
Frank Montague Moore (1877-1967) was born in Taunton, England on November 24, 1877. He studied at the Liverpool Art School and Royal Institute. In 1903 he immigrated to America and had further study with Henry Ward Ranger. By 1910 he was an established artist in New York City and in that year moved to Hawaii where he was purchasing agent for Hawaii Plantations and later served as director of the Honolulu Academy of Arts. In 1928 he sailed for California and worked briefly in Pasadena and San Francisco before settling in Carmel. He specialized in poetic depictions of the coast and scenic spots on the Monterey Peninsula. His best known work is the Picture Bridge, a series of 41 murals in the Huntington Hotel in Pasadena. Moore died in Carmel on March 5, 1967. Member: Salmagundi Club; New York Watercolor Club; American Federation of Artists; Pasadena Society of Artists; California Watercolor Society; Society for Sanity in Art; Carmel Art Ass'n. Exhibited: Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, DC); Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; St Louis Museum; Golden Gate International Exposition, 1939; Santa Cruz, 1944; Society for Sanity in Art, California Palace of Legion of Honor, 1944 first prize and Logan medal); Carmel Art Ass'n, 1945, 1946; National Academy of Design. Works held: Orange County (CA) Museum; United States Marine Corps Headquarters (San Francisco); Auckland (New Zealand) Museum; Honolulu Academy of Art.
A beautiful oil on board by Harold Christopher Davies of a a California impressionist landscape from his early days before he became a abstract modernist. Provenance the estate of the artist and Hoover Gallery of San Francisco. Measuring approx. 10 x 7 inches framed in a quality gallery frame overall size 9.5 x 12.5 inches. A fine example of this artists work.
Harold Christopher Davies was a painter with whom art came first and commercialism last. Though he was a remarkably passionate and somewhat prolific artist, he resisted gallery representation until the age of eighty-four, just one year before his death.
Davies began his formal art education at the age of fourteen, enrolling in the Corcoran Art Institute in Washington, D.C. Later he continued his studies at the San Francisco Institute of Art.
An abstract expressionist, his style was directly influenced by Cezanne, Gorky and de Kooning. Being a man of intense dedication to his art, he kept extensive notebooks and sketchbooks in which he developed his own artistic and aesthetic philosophy, often through his candid critiques of other artist’s works.
Painting, for Davies, was not a means of earning his living. Though he exhibited frequently at various local colleges and museums, he never sought public recognition of his talent. He believed fame compromised the integrity of an artist’s work. Davies earned his living as a businessman, eventually owning and operating his own chemical company. He lived a life of balancing his monetary obligations with the true love of his life: painting.
After living in a variety of cities around the United States, Davies moved to Inverness, California in 1969 where he was free to devote all his time to his art.
Oakland Art League
San Francisco Art Association
Huntsville (Ala.) Art Association
San Francisco Art Association, 1921-1931
Oakland Art Gallery, 1931
Birmingham Museum, 1951
Southampton Museum, 1959
University of Long Island Museum, 1964
Parrish Art Museum, 1964, 1966, 1967
Hoover Gallery (San Francisco), 1975
Fresno Art Center, 1976 (Solo)
Haggin Museum 1982
Huntsville Museum, 1982
A beautiful modernist composition oil on paper by Harold Christopher Davies a well listed California modernist The Provenance is from the estate of the artist and Hoover Gallery of San Francisco. Measuring approx. 12 x 15 inchesA fine example of this artists work. Harold Christopher Davies was a painter with whom art came first and commercialism last. Though he was a remarkably passionate and somewhat prolific artist, he resisted gallery representation until the age of eighty-four, just one year before his death. Davies began his formal art education at the age of fourteen, enrolling in the Corcoran Art Institute in Washington, D.C. Later he continued his studies at the San Francisco Institute of Art. An abstract expressionist, his style was directly influenced by Cezanne, Gorky and de Kooning. Being a man of intense dedication to his art, he kept extensive notebooks and sketchbooks in which he developed his own artistic and aesthetic philosophy, often through his candid critiques of other artist’s works. Painting, for Davies, was not a means of earning his living. Though he exhibited frequently at various local colleges and museums, he never sought public recognition of his talent. He believed fame compromised the integrity of an artist’s work. Davies earned his living as a businessman, eventually owning and operating his own chemical company. He lived a life of balancing his monetary obligations with the true love of his life: painting. After living in a variety of cities around the United States, Davies moved to Inverness, California in 1969 where he was free to devote all his time to his art. MEMBER: Oakland Art League San Francisco Art Association Huntsville (Ala.) Art Association EXHIBITED: San Francisco Art Association, 1921-1931 Oakland Art Gallery, 1931 Birmingham Museum, 1951 Southampton Museum, 1959 University of Long Island Museum, 1964 Parrish Art Museum, 1964, 1966, 1967 Hoover Gallery (San Francisco), 1975 Fresno Art Center, 1976 (Solo) Haggin Museum 1982 Huntsville Museum, 1982
A Historical view early Staffordshire blue and white transfer ware pottery pitcher circa 1825. A fine rich blue color with scenic view of a old church with figures and cows by a river. In excellent condition no chips or cracks. Measuring approx. 5 inches tall by 6 inches at its widest point. A a nice addition to any Staffordshire collection.
Original French watercolor painting. A botanical floral study of bluebells from a French porfolio of artwork dating from 1847. Image 7"w. x 10"L. Presented in an exquisite French mat and gilt wood frame measuring overall 20" L x 17" W.
"Dioclmasters Ensifurs" An original John Gould Hummingbird lithograph published in 1861 Beautifully hand colored with watercolor and added iridesence. Hallmandel and Walton 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.