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Antique Folk Art Mirror Frame with Elaborate Inlays

DESCRIPTION: A fine antique folk art frame with deeply set mirror, the frame intricately inlaid with multi-colored woods forming geometric designs including diamonds, stars, fans and other parquetry motifs. This is a wonderful folk art piece executed with obvious skill; narrow beaded inner frame is gold leaf. Excellent condition, no losses or cracks. Provenance: Clifford A. Wallach, Tramp Art, Folk & Americana. DIMENSIONS: 13 5/8” high x 11” wide.


Chinese Boxwood Toggle of Pair of Peanuts, Qing Dy, 19th C.

DESCRIPTION: A Chinese toggle (Guajian) carved as a pair of peanuts attached to leafy vines. In Chinese symbolism, the peanut (huasheng) is an auspicious symbol because its second character (sheng) means to "give birth". The peanut thus symbolizes the wish for many children. This toggle is expertly carved in the round and has a wonderful old boxwood patina. A cord would have been strung through the opening at the peanut’s stem to secure the toggle to a sash. DIMENSIONS: 2.5” long (6.4 cm)... Click for details


“The English Girl,” Painting by Gabrielle Denton, Original Gouache

DESCRIPTION: A delightful portrait of a girl in a hat by Gabrielle Denton, a well known New Mexico folk art painter from Las Cruces, NM. In this simplistic but expressive study, a girl with soulful blue eyes stares directly at the viewer while wearing a large yellow hat with flower. Original gouache, artist signed lower right, well matted and framed in copper-umber hues. DIMENSIONS: Actual painting is 12 ¾” x 12 ¾”. Frame dimensions are 26" x 26."


Rare, Museum Quality, Chinese Han Dynasty Architectural Tile

DESCRIPTION: An ancient Han Dynasty grey pottery pictorial tile executed with impressed designs of horses and flying phoenix. Characteristic of architectural tiles found on cave tomb walls in Sichuan Province, this tile depicts three lively prancing horses with five stylized phoenix overhead. A repeating diamond pattern forms the upper and lower border. The faint red pigment seen in several places is actually ancient calligraphy detailing its placement in the structure, i.e. “west side of... Click for details


Large Antique Oak Splint Market / Field Basket

DESCRIPTION: A very good woven oak-splint basket in lobed buttocks form, used as a field gathering basket or a market basket for goods. This large early 1900’s Pennsylvania basket has a sturdy bentwood handle with double bentwood-wrapped rims; old varnish finish. Very good condition with minor usage wear. For size reference, the last photo in this listing shows this basket displayed on top of our Country Corner Cabinet (#A-CBL2). DIMENSIONS: 20” wide x 17" high.


Fine Antique Chinese Embroidered Silk Robe, 19th C.

DESCRIPTION: An elegant Chinese Qing Dynasty robe having a design of large and small silk butterflies with couched gold threads, scattered on a navy blue ground with borders of blue and white florals down the center split and around the hem’s edges. Sleeve bands are executed in intricate embroidery on a white silk ground depicting figures in a landscape. This Qing Dynasty robe has been professionally preserved and mounted in an archival, shadowbox frame with sleeves folded over. Excellent... Click for details


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