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All Items : Archives : Fine Art : Pre 1910 item #444667 (stock #014)
William Keith California Landscap at evening sunset through California Oaks with cows at a distant watering hole. A dramatic moody classic Keith painting oil on canvas signed lower right William Keith and lower left SF for San Francisco. Measuring 18x14 inches framed in a modern gold leaf gallery frame 26x32 inches overall. A fine example of this important early California and American painter such an influential artist and teacher he is sometimes referred to the Dean of California Artists. Works by Keith have sold for as much as $121,000 at auction.

Artist Biography.

Brought to New York City in 1850, William Keith was apprenticed to a wood engraver in 1856 working for "Harper’s" magazine. In 1858 (or 1859) he visited California for "Harper’s" and then after a trip to Great Britain, settled in California as an engraver in 1862. He began exhibiting paintings in 1864 in San Francisco where he opened his studio, after having been taught painting by his wife. The Northern Pacific Railroad commissioned him to do landscape paintings along its route about 1868. In 1869-70 he studied in Dusseldorf, Germany; in 1871-72, he shared a studio in Boston with William Hahn; and in 1872, he returned to California. A nature lover, he found there was “scarcely a mountain in three-fourths of California where he had not kept vigil for days as a time, studying every detail of color, flower, rock, forge, shadow, and sunshine.” Keith became Thomas Hill’s rival in monumental landscapes, saying, “I’d be satisfied if I could reach the power and success of Tom Hill.” When George Inness visited California in 1890, he worked in Keith’s studio for many weeks, and they made sketching trips together. The result for Keith was an influenced style reflecting the subjective rather than the spectacular. His "Majesty of the Oaks" painting sold at auction in New York City in 1903 for $2,300., and about the same time "Glory of the Heaven" sold at auction in San Francisco for $12,000. Of medium height with unruly curly hair, Keith had his studio next to the live oaks on the Berkeley campus where it was the center of the university-oriented California culture. The 1906 earthquake and fire destroyed 2,000 of Keith’s works.

All Items : Archives : Fine Art : Pre 1930 item #444835 (stock #019)
Anna Althea Hills California Impressionist view of Laguna Beach sunset oil on canvas c. 1925. A beautiful plein air painting by this highly regarded California artist. Oil on canvas signed lower left measuring 10x14 inches framed in a hand carved and 24k gold leaf quality frame overall size 16x20 inches. Provenance; From the estate of Anna Hills stamped on reverse stretcher with the estate stamp and catalogue number in addition attached is an accompanying letter from the Robert Beck Gallery as to the provenance of this painting. The condition is excellent the painting has been relined and cleaned and is in fine condition. A quality investment piece of California art. An Anna Hills 10x14 painting of Laguna sold for $23,000 at John Moran auction on 6/21/05.

Biography

Anna Althea Hills was born January 28, 1882 in Ravenna, Ohio. She studied at the Chicago Art Institute; Cooper Union Art School in New York City; she worked with Arthur Dow (1857-1922) and later studied at the Academie Julian in Paris. While in Europe she studied with John Noble Barlow (1861-1917). In 1912 she moved to Laguna Beach, California becoming a leading member of the Laguna Beach art community. She was an active member of the California Art Club, held a membership at the Washington Watercolor Club and served at the Laguna Beach Art Association as president from 1922 to 1925 and from 1927 to 1930. Hills was highly regarded as an art teacher and encouraged the study of the visual arts at the local public schools. Captivated and inspired by her new surroundings, she created atmospheric impressionist landscapes showing a reverence and appreciation of nature. The subjects of her plein-air landscapes varied from treescapes, the Laguna Beach coastline, Mission San Juan Capistrano, the vast Southern California and Arizona deserts, Santa Ana Canyon, arroyos and interior scenes. Hills won the Bronze Medal at the Panama-California Exposition, San Diego in 1915; the Bronze Medal at the California State Fair, 1919; and the Landscape Prize at the Laguna Beach Art Association, 1922, 1923. She died at the early age of forty-eight on June 13, 1930 in Laguna Beach, California.

All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Pre 1900 item #446220 (stock #034)
Rare and Exquisite Chinese hand carved and polychrome (painted) Buddha or Kwan-Yin statue c.1840. Carved with the most graceful details from one large piece of wood this epic Temple piece stands an impressive 40 inches tall. In good antique condition some worm damage on the back and base paint and color losses overall. Compartments once sealed in the back now opened were used to store blessed objects such as seeds pearls prayers for the returned grace and blessing of the statue. A wonderful antique devotional piece and work of art. Thank you for viewing.
All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Pre 1920 item #446394 (stock #036)
Frederick Heyn Carousel Horse c. 1910 with Old park paint with original horse hair tail and glass eyes mounted on display stand. A charming piece with great color and style. Measuring approximately 52 inches long and 39 High the stand raises it off the ground by a few additional inches. A great decorative and historical antique.
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 : Decorative Art : Pre 1837 VR item #455947 (stock #061)
Chinese Export Porcelain plate with an erotic motif of a courtesan and attendants. Hand painted in grisaille with perfuse 24 gold highlights. Measuring approx. 9 inches in diameter In excellent condition no cracks or chips some wear and rubbing to the gold and decorations but still and exquisite example of Chinese export ware.
All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Pre 1920 item #456875 (stock #066)
Ruby Red heavy Sterling overlay glass decanter with exquisite design and workmanship. In excellent condition not cracks or damage the area where the silver overlay handle attaches to the top of the bottle is hollow and the silver is slightly crimped this is not damage but in the manufacturing process. Measuring approximately 10 inches tall there is no stopper with this piece. Overall A beautiful piece would make a fine decorative piece for any collection.
All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Pre 1950 item #456886 (stock #067)
Real Ivory chopsticks set of 8 vintage pieces from an estate of fine Asian antiques. All are in excellent condition measuring 9.5 inches long. An elegant set for fine dinning or as a collectable.
All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Pre 1930 item #459302 (stock #sold)
Gorham sterling overlay art glass perfume bottle c.1910. The bottle is an elegant form with intricate silver design work. Hall marked and numbered on the bottom measuring 3-1/4 inches tall the condition is excellent. This piece would be a fine gift item for someone special.
All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Pre 1700 item #459309 (stock #070)
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.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #459347 (stock #072)
Chinese gold gilt carved wood figure of an Emperor or ancestor c.1840. Measuring approx. 11 1/4 inches tall and 5.4 inches wide in original antique condition an fine decorative antique. Please browse my other catalogue items thank you for viewing.
All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Pre 1837 VR item #462798 (stock #073)
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.
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 : Decorative Art : Pre 1910 item #463876 (stock #076)
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.
All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Pre 1800 item #463880 (stock #077)
Chinese Export armorial bowl c.1780 with exquisite hand painted crest measuring approx. 6.5 inches in diameter and 1.5 inches deep. In excellent condition except for two very faint fine hairlines hardly effecting the extraordinary quality of this fine piece.
All Items : Archives : Fine Art : Pre 1950 item #470697 (stock #078)
Bruce Crane impressionist landscape oil on art board signed lower left Bruce Crane N.A. measuring 8x6 inches framed in a custom carved and gilt finished frame overall size 11x 9 inches. A beautiful gem of a painting by this highly regarded American impressionist painter would be a fine addition to any collection.

Biography

A popular landscape painter, especially of golden toned landscapes that conveyed fall and winter seasons, Bruce Crane was strongly influenced by the French Barbizon school of painting and had a studio for many years in Old Lyme, Connecticut. He also painted on Long Island, the Catskills, and the Adirondacks. In 1882, he was in France at the colony at Grez-sur-Loring with Birge Harrison, Kenyon Cox, and Alexander Wyant, but he maintained a studio in New York City until he moved to Bronxville in 1914. He took early art lessons from Alexander Wyant in New York City and then studied in Europe. He became a member of the National Academy of Design, the American Water Color Society, the Salmagundi Club, the Society of American Artists, and the Grand Central Art Galleries. One of his great admirers was J. Francis Murphy with whom his work has often been compared. Source: David Michael Zellman, "Three Hundred Years of American Art" Peter Falk, "Who Was Who in American Art"

All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Pre 1837 VR item #472126 (stock #79)
A beautiful Large Staffordshire blue transfer ware well and tree platter made by Clews circa 1825. The platter features a scenic view of travelers in a landscape with ruins and a floral border. Measuring an impressive 21 inches by 16.5 inches the condition is excellent but for a minor chip that was successfully reattached (see picture) . It is amazing that there are virtually no knife marks or signs of use for a piece nearly 200 years old. Overall this is a fine example of this wonderful art form of transfer ware.
All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Pre 1920 item #472692 (stock #080)
Fine Japanese Imari fan shaped bowl with beautiful hand painted decorations featuring a dragon and traditional Imari designs. Artist signed and in excellent condition no chips cracks etc. Measuring 11 inches by 12 inches about 1.5 tall. A fine example of Imari porcelain would make a nice addition to any collection.