Original oil titled Holland Church measuring 12 x 16 inches framed in a fine hand made gold leaf frame overall approx. 20 x 24.
Provenance: the estate of the artists and Karges gallery estate stamped signed and numbered and titled and labeled on the reverse. A fine painting by this renowned artist.
Painter, illustrator, printmaker and muralist, Jesse Arms was born in Chicago, IL on May 27, 1883. She began her studies at the Art Institute of Chicago, and continued with J. C. Johansen and Charles Woodbury. In 1911 she obtained employment with Herter Looms in NYC and assisted Herter with the mural in the St Francis Hotel in San Francisco. Upon returning to Chicago in 1915, she married Cornelis Botke.
The Botkes moved to Carmel CA in 1919. After an extended trip to Europe, in 1927 they settled on a ranch in Santa Paula, CA where she remained until her death on Oct. 2, 1971. She made a career of bold, decorative paintings of birds both in oil and watercolor, and often used gold leaf in her paintings.
From about 1917 her work won many awards both in Chicago and Southern California. Member: Calif. Art Club; Calif. WC Society; Nat'l Ass'n of Women Artists; Carmen AA; Chicago Society of Etchers.
Exhibited: AIC NAD; PAFA; LACMA; CPLH; Springville (Utah) High School, 1928; GGIE, 1939; Paris Salon. Awards: Cahn prize, AIC, 1918, Shaffer prize, 1926, Carpenter prize, Chicago Society for Sanity in Art, 1938.
Works held: Art Institute of Chicago; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; Municipal Gallery, Chicago; Mills College, Oakland; San Diego Museum.
Murals: I Magnin Co. of Los Angeles; Woodrow Wilson High School in Oxnard, CA; Noyes Hall at the Univ. of Chicago; Kellogg Factory, Battle Creek, MI
A beautiful impressionist painting of a view from the Schuylhill river docks in Philadelphia Pa, showing ships moored in the foreground and factories in the background. Oil on board circa 1920 oil signed lower right. This painting just recently discovered is directly from a Great Grandfather who was a friend of Wagner and an artist himself the two shared a studio. Measuring 8x10 inches framed in a contemporary gallery frame. A great example of this artists work a fine addition to any collection.
Fred Wagner was born in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania in 1864. He received a scholarship to study art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts under Thomas Eakins and in 1884 was made chief Demonstrator of Anatomy there. In 1885, Wagner left the Academy to make a painting tour of San Antonio, Texas, and then went on to Los Angeles, California, where he painted a number of landscapes and portraits. He returned to Philadelphia as an illustrator for the Philadelphia Press until 1902, and then moved to Norristown, Pennsylvania to paint full time.
In 1912, Wagner opened a Philadelphia studio and taught classes in outdoor painting at Addingham, and later, at the Pennsylvania Academy's summer school in Chester Springs. His reputation grew, and he took on additional classes at his studio in the Fuller Building. In 1913, Wagner exhibited in the now famous Armory Show in New York City. He exhibited frequently at the Pennsylvania Academy's annual exhibitions, and in 1914, was awarded the Fellowship Prize. He was awarded Honorable Mentions from the Pittsburgh International, the Philadelphia Art Club, and the Carnegie Institute in 1922. His paintings are in the collections of the Cleveland Museum; St. Louis Museum, MO; Fort Wayne Museum, IN; Kalamazoo Museum, MI; Rochester Museum, NY; Worcester Art Museum, MA, and the Reading Museum, PA. Fred Wagner died in Philadelphia in 1940.
Chinese export porcelain Famille Rose Medallion rectangular bowl circa 1910.
Hand painted in traditional Famille rose motif of Mandarin figures and floral and butterfly designs. Measuring approx. 9 x 6.5 x 1 3/4 inches in excellent condition no chips or cracks some wear to enamels.
A fine California Impressionist painting of a view of Mt. Tam with lupine and poppies in the fore ground a small cabin to the left. Oil on canvas signed lower right measuring Approx. 15 x 20 inches in excellent condition but for some age cracking.
Manuel Valencia was born in Marin County, California on October 30, 1856 on the family hacienda called Rancho San Jose, which is now Hamilton Field. A member of one of California's earliest families, Manuel was named after his grandfather who came to California with the Anza Party in 1774 and became administrator of the Presidio in San Francisco. The Valencia’s were given many land grants in the San Francisco Bay area and a street near Mission Dolores is named in honor of his family. Manuel attended Santa Clara College and then established a studio in San Francisco.
He began painting when he was quite young and remained a self-taught artist except for a few lessons with Jules Tavernier locally and in Mexico City. The earthquake and subsequent fires in 1906 caused the Valencia’s to move down the peninsula to San Jose, however he commuted daily to his San Francisco studio and worked as a staff artist for the "San Francisco Chronicle" and as an illustrator for the Salvation Army Newspaper.
A prolific painter, Valencia is best known for his landscapes and historic scenes of Northern California, which often included nocturnal adobes, missions and pueblos. Following an operation, he died in Sacramento on July 6, 1935. His ashes were scattered on Mount Tamalpais.
Source: Edan Hughes, Artists in California, 1786-1940
Beautiful Chinese hand painted Dragon motif porcelain box circa 19th century. A Fine example in excellent condition measuring approx. inches 3 inches in diameter and 1 1/4 inches tall would be a fine addition to any collection.
A fine antique carved Ivory figure of a fisherman with pole and a pipe in excellent condition measuring approx. 10 inches tall without stand.
A Japanese Ivory netsuke okimono of a Oni and a lantern Meiji era c.1900 in very fine condition nice patina measuring 2.5 inches tall or 6.5 centimeters.
Beautiful impressionist oil painting of an nude with guitar oil on canvas c. 1950 signed lower right A.S. For Alfred Simonpietri a recently discovered San Francisco artist. Simonpietri a highly talented painter evidently had painted for the love of painting rather than profit. He passed away in c.2000. And left his studio full of paintings that were never exhibited. Measuring 18 inches by 22.5 inches framed in a quality gold leaf frame overall size 22x26.5 inches, the condition is excellent. A very nice work of art would be a great decorative addition to any interior.
Biography courteously of Edan Hughes
SIMONPIETRI, Alfred H. (1916-2001). Painter. Born in Puerto Rico on June 20, 1916. While serving in the Army during World War Two, Simonpietri was in a plane crash. After the war he settled into a home in the Sunset District of San Francisco where he remained until his demise on December 2, 2001. A talented amateur, he created hundreds of paintings, mostly nudes and still lifes.
An exquisite gilt bronze Buddha Thailand circa 1840 in very fine condition measuring approx. 14 inches tall. A fine and beautiful image.
A rare natural Emerald crystal carved into a Chinese figural group of two immortals measuring approx. 8 inches tall in excellent condition beautiful color and quality 19th century Qing dynasty.
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.
A fine original Oil painting on canvas board signed lower right by Professor Starcce. Sailing boats in harbor in original frame.
A Beautiful antique French oil painting on canvas by the famed French artist Baron Jean Antoine Gudin.
A fine antique bronze Chinese bronze buddha with very fine details in the hand mudra postures. Measuring approx. 8 inches tall a fine example.
A very fine antique Japanese Ivory netsuke of a Buddhist monk and a Oni figure. Artist signed very fine intricate carving the Buddha has a gold pin third eye on his forehead. Measuring approx. 2 inches tall or 5 centimeters. Truly a masterfully carved piece.
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.
A beautiful example of this exquisite art form in a floral vase on tinted silver foil background. Artist signed measuring approx. 5 inches tall 13 cm. In excellent condition no damage. A fine example would be a nice addition to any collection.
Chinese export porcelain rope handle armorial tea pot with under tray and cup and bowl or saucer c.1790. An exquisite example of custom order export ware with a double heart Cartouche with monogram initials. The set beautifully embellished with decorative hand painted floral sprigs and design work most likely for the American market. In excellent condition no chips or repairs some very fine firing lines or heat crazing but not effecting the overall beauty of this set.