A Fine Japanese Ivory Netsuke of a man with a cane and lantern finely carved by an expert artist signed on foot. Measuring approx. 2.5 inches or 6 centimeters tall in very fine condition. A great example would be a nice addition to any collection. Please view my other netsuke here in Trocadero and at my ebay site.
Japanese mixed metal bronze censer with gold silver and brass inlaid details of a rooster and hen with chick and a blossoming flower motif. In excellent condition no damage some slight variations in bronze patina. Measures approximately 7 inches tall or 18 cm. a fine form with tripod feet. This is beautiful example of Japanese Meiji period metal work.
French art nouveau majolica planter or jardinière c.1890s
By Frie Onnainc made in France. A beautiful form with dramatic art nouveau stylized flowers and thistles. In excellent condition one very minor professionally repaired chip on underside of rim barley detectable. A fine example of French majolica. Measuring 9 inches tall and 13 inches at the widest point. A fine addition to any collection.
A fine Original early California watercolor painting by Susan S. Loosely or Sroufe her maiden name. Picturing a redwood forest with afternoon light framed in original arts and crafts period frame. In excellent condition measuring approx. 12 x 18 a fine and rare painting.
The Sroufe family came to California in a prairie schooner in 1850 with the Gold Rush. On October 2, 1853 Susan was born in Petaluma. In 1870 the family settled in San Francisco where Susan showed a marked talent for drawing while a student in the public schools. She later studied art under some of the finest local artists and then for three years in Munich and Paris. While there she exhibited at the Paris Salon and received an honorable mention.
After returning to San Francisco, the artist established a studio at 13 Pine Street. In 1892 she wed John R. Loosley and continued to be active in the local art sceSne. The earthquake and fire of 1906 destroyed her studio and many of her early works. After settling across the Golden Gate in Sausalito, she built a home at 141 San Carlos where she lived until her demise on Jan. 3, 1940.
Her landscapes include local scenes and those painted on trips with her husband, a salesman, to Arizona and New Mexico. As well as oils and watercolors, she also excelled at wood carving and china painting.
Exh: Mechanics' Inst. (SF), 1878-99; Calif. State Fair, 1880-1902; SFAA, 1885-97; Calif. State Bldg, World's Columbian Expo (Chicago), 1893; Calif. Midwinter Expo, 1894; Mark Hopkins Inst., 1898; Alaska Yukon Expo (Seattle), 1909; Sketch Club (SF), 1909; Sorosis Club, 1913.
In: Sausalito (CA) Women's Club; CHS.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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.
Antique American Mahogany Breakfast or sofa drop leaf table c. 1830 New York. A beautiful table of the finest grain mahogany
The rounded rectangular top raised on a turned bulbous column with four fluted legs ending in gilt bronze casters. A magnificent piece measuring aprox. 40 inches long 21.5 inches wide 28 inches high and opened 49 x 40inches. In excellent original antique condition. Thank you for viewing.
A fine antique Chinese carved zitan wood statue of Buddha or a Bodhisattva beautiful patina and fine carved details. Finest quality one solid piece of rare Zitan wood measuring approx. 16.5 inches tall or 42 cm. A fine addition to any collection.
Antique Italian Carved walnut Savarnarola armchair with grotesque faces and acanthus leaf decorated arms. A beautiful piece in excellent condition c.1900
A masterpiece of Georgian furniture this beautifully crafted table utilizes the best of form and proportion with exquisite hand carving. The tripod birdcage stand features a fluted column ornately carved legs ending in ball and claw feet. The table top is of pie crust form carved from a single piece of solid mahogany. The table measuring approx. 30 inches accros and 20 inches tall, is in excellent antique condition it has been refinished at some time in the early 20th century. I believe this piece is of Irish origin.
Beautiful Egyptian street scene an Original oil painting on board signed lower right measuring approx. 20 x 24 in excellent condition.
LEONID GECHTOFF, 1883-1941
Leonid Gechtoff was born in Odessa, Russia, in 1883, an only child of parents already in their forties and not particularly well off financially. After his art school training in Russia, where he probably first met his close life-long friend David Burliuk, he and his parents fled from their homeland when he was in his twenties, rather than have him face possible conscription into the army. Cairo proved to be a haven for several years and Gechtoff painted many city and genre scenes of Egypt in his heavily impastoed style, bringing him acclaim in the Orientalist-enamored European art world as well.
Gechtoff always felt most influenced by the work of Vincent van Gogh, however, and this led him to travel to Holland where Dutch-born van Gogh painted in his early years, though not in the colorful later style Gechtoff most admired. There he established good connections which led to gallery shows in Amsterdam, and at one he met his future Russian-born wife Etya while she was on vacation from her pre-medical studies in Germany. Her family was well-to-do and supportive of the young couple, so they were able to wed and settle in Holland initially for about a year, around 1917. Several Alpine landscapes indicate painting trips in more mountainous parts of Europe too. Both Leonid and his wife were fluent in several languages.
The Gechtoffs soon moved to Indonesia, then a major South Pacific colony under Dutch control, hoping that the warmer climate would be better for Etya's health. The lush volcanic landscapes were strongly appealing to the artist as well. They lived in Java for about two years, in 1918 and 1919, and enjoyed traveling and collecting throughout the region during painting trips.
By 1920 they were living in Manila, and in early 1921 they planned a visit to see two of Etya's brothers in Pennsylvania later that year. Once in America, the Gechtoffs found themselves persuaded to stay and settle in Philadelphia, with both becoming US citizens. Leonid's major patron and benefactor was either a member of the family of Dutch-born philanthropist Edward Bok or Bok himself. Along with inclusion in various group exhibitions, his work was featured in a solo show at the Philadelphia Art Alliance in the early 1930's.
Gechtoff had achieved substantial success throughout the 1920's from his landscape paintings near his home in Philadelphia, and had also purchased a summer home on Cape May, New Jersey, where he painted many coastal scenes. Unfortunately, he made large investments in the stock market in the latter years of the decade, and these disappeared almost overnight in the Wall Street Crash of 1929. The family now included young Sonia, born in 1926, and soon her sister, born in 1933.
With their fortunes in decline, like so many artists in the Depression of the 1930's, they sold the Cape May house but still were able find suitable rentals at the shore for their summer sojourns, and otherwise still lived in downtown apartments in Philadelphia. Gechtoff's works began to depict wintry landscapes along with his bright rocky seascapes and still lifes.
Gechtoff continued vigorously painting in his vivid and distinctive style, a blending of post-Impressionism and expressionism, until his health became a problem in 1940, with the stress of high blood pressure and complications. He died in 1941 at the age of 58. His widow later moved to San Francisco and ran an influential exhibition space in San Francisco called the East-West Gallery, while daughter Sonia became a well-known artist currently living in New York City.
Gechtoff is listed in the Archives of American Artists, part of the Smithsonian Institution.
Clyde Leon Keller oil painting titled Evening Sky Sauvies Island Oregon 1947. A beautiful oil on Canvas signed lower right and titled on reverse with artists label and signature. Measuring 20x24 inches framed in a quality gallery frame overall size 29x33 inches. A charming and beautiful painting by this highly acclaimed Oregon and California impressionist painter.
Clyde Leon Keller was born in Salem, Oregon on February 22, 1872. He studied at Willamette College and for a while was a cartoonist for the Oregon Statesman in his native city. He studied art in Munich with Bridges and with Knowles in Boston.
From 1896 to 1906, Keller lived in San Francisco where he studied painting with Ernst W. Christmas while working as a cartoonist for the Examiner. Keller lost many of his early art works in the earthquake and fire of 1906.
Returning to Oregon, he established an art store in Portland, where he was known as "Keller, the Art Man." He continued to make sketching trips to California. He died in Cannon Beach, Oregon on August 7, 1962.
During his career he did about 4,500 paintings which won more than 250 prizes. Both Presidents Hoover and Roosevelt were among his prestigious customers. He was a member of the Oregon Society of Artists. On December 9, 1929, the Society incorporated, with Clyde Leon Keller, as Vice President. The Society met at his art studio on SW Washington Street near 13th Avenue for many years. He later became the third president of the Society, and did much to see that the control of the Society was kept in the artists' hands.
Keller exhibited at the Great Crystal Palace, New York City, in 1924; Meier and Frank, Portland, 1937; Oregon-California Artists, 1946-47. Clyde Leon Keller's paintings maybe seen at the Elk's Club, Liberty Theater and Press Club, all in Portland, Oregon.
A fine Cliff Fragua original sculpture "Spirt Woman" hand carved from a marble stone measuring approx. 15 inches tall.
Native American sculptor Cliff Fragua, of Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico, IACA Artist of the Year for 2005, has learned the secret of stone through his cultural and ancestral teachings.
"My connection with the stone involves spirituality and reverence for the spirit that dwells within. It has been on this earth much longer than man and for this reason the stone becomes the teacher, it is simply what my ancestors believe. I am the mediator between the stone and the tools: the stone and the viewer."
"I visualize what the stone wants to become and I strive to help it emerge."
Cliff Fragua's sculptures are featured in such public locations as the Albuquerque Sunport International Airport, the National Statuary Hall in Washington DC and in permanent collections throughout the country.
A fine Chinese carved Ivory Snuff bottle depicting an Elephant with a Empress. Finely carved with great detail the inside is well hollowed. Measuring approx. 3 inches tall in excellent condition. A fine addition to any collection.
Japanese Banko pottery art tea pot with beautiful enameled designs of cranes. Featuring a complex form with figured bamboo handle and a internal tea strainer impressed mark on bottom. Measuring approx. 6.5 inches tall from bottom to top of handle this piece is in excellent condition.
Banko pottery wares have been produced since the nineteenth century both for the domestic market and for export. Banko ware comes usually as teapots and has charming designs of a peculiar style. Some Banko pottery is unglazed while others can be very colorful and abundantly decorated with sculpture-like high reliefs in very imaginative shapes.
Antique early American tiger maple butterfly tavern table c.1760s. A fine and rare example of this most sought after piece of American furniture. Of very small diminutive
Size with baluster turned splayed legs joined by pegged cross stretchers supporting a pegged oval top with grooved edges. This table is fully constructed with pegged mortise and tennon joints and retains its original pegs and hinges in very good all original condition for a antique of this age. One of the leg ends has been repaired with a small piece spliced in at some time in the 19th century and one of the end panels has had work. The piece has a rich patina some tiger stripe grain on the top and the table color is of a warm honey maple and appears to retain its original surface finish. This table is of a fine form and size measuring approx. 24 inches tall by 13.5 inches wide 24.5 inches long and opened measures 35.5 inches.
A fine museum quality example would make a nice addition to any collection.
A beautiful semi antique still life of fruit and a basket. Oil on canvas signed lower right P. Themmen Antwerp 1931. Framed in a beautiful antique gold leaf frame the painting is in very good condition the frame has some losses to the edge but still presents nicely.
Japanese Bronze statue of Buddha artist signed c.mid 20th century. A beautiful serene representation in Bronze signed on the bottom measuring 14 inches tall with a rich green verdigris patina perfect for an altar table or on a exterior garden.
Japanese Fukagawa Imari porcelain floral vase signed on bottom. A beautifully hand painted and colorful large example measuring approx. 12.5 inches by 9 1/4 inches wide in excellent condition no damage.