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All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Pre 1920 item #579858 (stock #240)
Chinese Ivory carved reclining beauty or doctors model circa 1900 measuring approx. 6.5 inches in length 16.5 cm. In excellent condition yellowing from age this piece would make a fine addition to any Ivory collection.
All Items : Archives : Fine Art : Pre 1910 item #485821 (stock #112)
A beautiful oil painting on board signed lower left of a Dramatic landscape. Titled on the reverse Twilight glow and with the University of Nebraska Museum label with inventory number 1029 Attributing this painting to Blakelock and a partial museum exhibition label. Measuring 6 x 8 inches framed in a quality presentation frame 13 x 15 inches overall. This is an absolutely stunningly powerful image by this renowned artist.

Biography

Born in New York City, Ralph Blakelock earned a reputation for nocturnal, misty scenes, especially moonlit landscapes, large oak trees, and Indian encampments. He also did a small number of floral still lifes. His work has a mysterious quality, which some associated with the type of music he habitually played on the piano during interludes from his painting. Towards the end of his career, his paintings became increasingly haunting, a reflection of his insanity brought on by horrible poverty and his inability to support his family of nine children. He was both a late exponent of the Hudson River School of painting and also of the American West. He also foreshadowed the romantic, visionary, and modern tendencies that marked the turn of the 19th to 20th centuries. This romanticism, especially of escapism, was increasingly pronounced towards the end of his career. Blakelock was the son of a prominent English-born, New York physician, and first took medical studies, but his love of music and art led him away from medicine. He graduated from the College of the City of New York, studied briefly at Cooper Union, and at the Free Academy of the City of New York. In 1867, he first exhibited at the National Academy of Design to which he was ultimately elected, after he was incarcerated for insanity. During this time, he painted a series of New York City scenes, primarily of un-glamorous areas such as his work, Shanties, New York City. He also painted in Hudson River Style and was in locations that included the Adirondacks and the White Mountain. It is thought he learned this style during his brief and only art education at Cooper Union. Primarily self taught, he declined his father's offer to pay for more extensive art schooling, and instead, at age 22, embarked on a three-year (1869-1972) horseback tour of the West. He lived with plains Indians, painting pictures of their villages, and traveled and painted through the Rockies and the Sierra Nevadas. In San Francisco and Oakland, he painted city scenes, the tree landscapes, and coastal views, and then he headed south to Mexico. These western paintings were also in the Hudson River style, although they were rough and more painterly. Returning to New York, he developed what became his signature expression: quiet, moody, nocturnal scenes accented with bright colors depicting light, and trees silhouetted against the sky. He had a labor-intensive technique, which was building up of multi layers of thick paint, scraping some away, and "adding more to build a complex tonality". (Zellman 420) It is said that his real travels were introspective from which he created these moody, dark landscapes, and they did not satisfy the current public taste for uplifting Hudson River style painting. Ahead of popular taste, his work was overlooked, and crooked dealers took advantage of him. With the desperation of trying to support his huge family, he sold his work cheaply. Ironically, many years after his death, his work became so valuable that forgers, including a dealer who changed the signature on canvases of Blakelock's artist daughter, Marian, to that of her father, sold paintings at very high prices by using his signature. Norman Geske, Director Emeritus of the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery in Lincoln, Nebraska, became the authenticator of Blakelock's work, and has seen many, many illegitimate so-called Blakelocks. Under Geske's direction, a catalogue raisonne has been published that classifies paintings with Blakelock's signature into three categories according to their degree of perceived authenticity. In 1899, the artist had a mental breakdown and spent the last twenty years of his life in an asylum in Middleton, New York. He died on August 9, 1919. However, his work had already begun increasing in value, and by 1916 was bringing as high as $20,000. Of Blakelock's career, Norman Geske wrote: "Considered in the context of American landscape painting in the second half of the nineteenth century, Ralph Albert Blakelock can be seen first as a late exponent of the Hudson River School, second as a highly personal contributor to the painting of the American West, and third and most important, as part of the romantic, visionary, and modern tendencies that marked the turn of the century."(16)

All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Pre 1900 item #444620 (stock #009)
A beautiful Chinese export famille verte tea pot c.1840 Hand paintied with traditional mandrin figures and landscape design. Measuring Aprox. 6 inches by 4 inches tall. In excellent condition minor kiln flaw on underside foot rim and a firing line at body where top of handle attaches. Tea pot lid fits loosely but is original to piece. This is a charming piece and would make a nice addition to any collection. Special offer free shipping in USA at stated price.
All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Pre 1940 item #512493 (stock #176)
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.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #1100349 (stock #448)
A fine antique Japanese bronze Ikebana planter in the motif of bamboo in excellent condition a large size great for bonsai tree etc. measuring approx. 19 x 14 x 6 inches. Signed on bottom.
All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Pre 1980 item #553652 (stock #206)
Fine Santa Clara pueblo pottery example by Gwen Tafoya. Completely hand made and fired in the traditional manner featuring a water serpent design. Measuring approx. 3 tall and 5 inches in diameter. A fine signed example of Native American pottery by one of the great pottery artists.
All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Pre 1800 item #455372 (stock #057)
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A fine 18th century Burmese carved wood and gold gilt Buddha. Beautifully carved with intricate details and heavy gold leaf surface. Measuring approximately 24 inches tall in good antique condition some insect damage and associated losses on the bottom of the lotus flower base and lacking top flame. Overall a fine piece would be a nice addition to any collection.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #1048106 (stock #378)
A beautiful Japanese Imari Arita porcelain boat form dish with carved wave stand. In excellent condition measuring approx. 15 inches long.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #586594 (stock #254)
Chinese crackle glazed robins egg blue vase 19th century. A beautiful tall slender form with long neck in excellent condition a minor chip on the bottom under the foot. Measuring approx. 14 inches tall a fine example.
All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Pre 1900 item #490051 (stock #128)
English rosewood traveling secretary circa 1850. These pieces were custom made for British Officers stationed in India and were brought home and have been widely collected. This is a particularly interesting example with a carved top brass banding and a exotic interior with place for correspondence and storage for writing utensils etc. It is mounted to a quality rosewood stand making it a nice side or lamp table. In good antique condition a repaired age crack due to shrinkage of the wood on the top and some minor wear.
All Items : Archives : Fine Art : Pre 1940 item #994100 (stock #317)
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. Biography 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
All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Pre 1920 item #444526 (stock #007)
A beautiful Tiffany Gold Favrille iridescent art glass bowl. A hand blown form with a rainbow of color from blue purples to sliver gold. Signed L.C. Tiffany Favrille and numbered 16494 1925. Measuring 10 inches in diameter and 3 inches deep. Impossible to capture the colors in a photograph I have used three different backgrounds to give an idea of the range of color in the piece. The condition is excellent no damage chips or repairs.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1800 item #607497 (stock #259)
Ming Dynasty porcelain wine storage jar with hand painted dragon motif. A large vessel in very good antique condition. Measuring approx. 14 inches tall and 10 inches at widest point.
All Items : Archives : Fine Art : Pre 1837 VR item #486512 (stock #117)
Madonna of the Chair After Raphael the original painted in 1518 Considered one of Raphael’s finest paintings. This is a fine late 18th to early 19th century academic painting beautifully rendered. Oil on canvas completely professionally restored to museum standards. The restoration consists of a relining and a restoration to a tear just below the Madonna’s face into the baby Jesus. The painting measures an impressive 30 inches by 30 inches sold unframed. A great opportunity to own a museum quality old master painting.
All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Pre 1900 item #463869 (stock #075)
A large flow blue porcelain bowl or basin in a the Sobraon chinoiserie pattern c. 1850. Measuring approximately 13 inches in diameter marked on the bottom Sobraon. The bowl is in excellent condition no chips cracks or repairs a fine example.
All Items : Archives : Pre 1900 item #474663 (stock #084)
Khmer Sandstone head of Buddha or heavenly being Angkor Wat style circa late19th century. A beautiful original antique with a inspirational spiritual quality. Featuring a broad nose and lips elongated earlobes, and a stirated hairdress combed into a high chignon. Measuring approx. 13 inches tall with teak wood stand (minor crack) 18.5 inches tall. In Good condition no repairs or restoration, some weathering due to age and losses to ear lobe. A beautiful piece would be a nice spiritual decorative accent to any home or interior.
All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Pre 1837 VR item #455951 (stock #062)
Chinese export porcelain Fitzhugh design Tankard form the late 18th early 19th century. A hand painted landscape design in a rich cobalt blue over white porcelain. Measuring 6 inches by 4.5 inches in diameter. In excellent condition no cracks restorations or chips. Overall an exquisite piece would be a fine addition to any collection.
All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Pre 1900 item #486710 (stock #121)
Fine porcelain large bowl with profusely hand painted decorations in traditional Imari colors and motifs. A impressive size measuring 11 3/4 inches in diameter and 4.5 inches high in excellent condition. A fine piece would make a great addition to any collection.