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.
A beautiful Chinese silk embroidered robe circa 1900-1920 This amazing robe is composed of a deep cobalt blue silk ground embroidered on both sides with extensive use of the forbidden stitch technique featuring butterflies, peonies, and other flora. The collar and edges of the garment is overlaid with decorative collars further embroidered with urns vases and flowers. The garment is fastened on the front with silk buttons.
The robe is in excellent condition a few minor loose threads on the embroidery overall a fairly large robe measuring 59 inches across and 44 inches long.
An exquisite gilt bronze Buddha Thailand circa 1840 in very fine condition measuring approx. 14 inches tall. A fine and beautiful image.
A beautiful portrait of a beautiful young lady in an interior. Oil on Canvas signed lower right in excellent condition measuring 31 x 39 inches overall framed size 38 x 46 inches. Van Belle is a highly regarded Belgian - French painter this painting is illustrated in the book Figurative Paintings Paris and the Modernist Spirt by. Martin Wolpert pubilshed by Schiffer.
An antique 19th century oil painting on tin depicting a European new world figure and a Native American Indian girl most likely John Smith and Pocahontas. Beautifully painted in excellent condition some age cracking and minor rubs on the extreme edges where frame would cover. Measuring approx. 10x8.5 inches a fine early American painting.
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.
Fine Ming Dynasty large porcelain bowl or charger c.1600s.
The hand painted under glaze blue and white floral design featuring a center dancing horse or dragon. Measuring approx. 12-1/4 inches in diameter 2 inches deep. In good antique condition with glaze crazing and minor surface wear some calcification. A wonderful piece of Ming porcelain would be a nice addition to any collection. Please browse my other items email with any questions.
Beautiful set with fine hand painted floral sprigs and 24k gold accents all pieces in excellent condition no chips or cracks some wear to the gold mainly on the sugar bowl handles and lid the previous owners had a sweet tooth. The Teapot measures 5.5 inches tall and 9 inches from spout to handle. A very fine example of Japanese porcelain art.
A fine Ivory netsuke of a Kappa and Frog wrestling a very fine example of netsuke art and craftmanship artist signed in excellent condition.
A fine vintage African Dan mask. a beautiful piece of fine form and carving and patina. Provenance From The Late Phillip Kirkeby Collection. Custom display mount overall 15.5 inches the mask is 9 inches in length in excellent condition a fine addition to any collection.
With original HOI AN HOARD inventory barcode numbers.
Every artifact out of this shipwreck was given an inventory number (barcode stickers) and is logged in and registered by archeologists in 1999 when they salvaged this shipwreck cargo from the depyhs of the Dragon sea (Sourh China Sea of the coast of Vietnam)..
THIS LARGE BOWL IS IN GOOD ANTIQUE CONDITION WITH FADING DUE TO YEARS OF EXPOSURE TO SALT WATER AND A SMALL MINOR CHIP TO THE FOOT PLEASE VIEW PICTURES. APPROX. 9 IN. WIDE AND 2 1/4 DEEP.
Antique Japanese Bronze planter with dragon image on one side and Mt Fugi on the other. Original deep brown rich patina. The bottom has been replaced with a wood stand. Measuring 10" x 9".
A charming American Hudson River School 19th century oil on canvas. A moon rising over a river scene, Framed in a quality gallery frame. Measuring 6 x 10.5 inches framed size 13 x 17 inches. In excellent condition a nice decorative antique painting
Antique carved wood Buddha Burma circa 1850. Finely carved image of the Buddha seated on a lotus made from a hardwood with a rich deep brown patina. Measuring approx. 10 inches tall in excellent condition. This fine example would make a nice decorative and inspirational piece.
Watercolor of fishing boats in Monterey Harbor by James March Phillips (1913-1981). Signed lower right. Image, 13"L x 19.5"W.
James March Phillips 1913 - 1981
James March Phillips could not recall a time when he wasn't interested in drawing and painting nature. His formal art training didn't begin until he was 32 years old when he studied at the Jean Turner Art Academy, working with Louis J. Rogers, Alfred Owles and Baron J. Paget Fredericks. His delayed start was due to James' army combat service in Europe during World War II.
He is noted for his technique and ability to express his subjects realistically, yet reflect a personal interpretation. He strived to portray his subjects in their true color and form. He often expressed that his greatest challenge as an artist was to recreated nature in true perspective. He has gained recognition in watercolor, and was represented by the finest galleries in the West.
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Original French master classical figural watercolor and ink drawing. Image 10"L x 8"W. archival framed and matted overall size 16 x 18 inches.
Antique Portrait of a beautiful young girl oil on canvas signed on reverse Pankratz Korle and dated 1844. Pandratz Korle (1823-1875) is a well listed painter and highly regarded painter. This charming portrait of a girl in a white dress with a pink shawl is masterfully painted. A portrait by Korle sold at auction for $6,103 in November of 2005. Measuring approx. 24x28 inches framed in a antique gold leaf frame 27x32 overall. The painting is in very good condition although with age cracklure and one small 1/4 in. touch up. A fine decorative antique painting.
A Japanese Ivory netsuke of a girl holding a Chicken fine carving artist signed measuring approx. 3.5 inches tall or 9 centimeters. A fine addition to any collection.