Northern Chinese Qing (Ch'ing) dynasty middle to late 18th century carved wood figure in lost lacquer red and gold techniques. Purchased from Cushman Sears, a well known Old Saybrook, CT, Asian art specialist, in 1964 for $25 (!). Valued at $250 in 1966 and appraised in 1992 by Harmer Rooke, NY, for $800-$1750. Elaborate carved guardian figure with fearsome face, crown-armor with glaring eyes, and scrolled sleeves at elbows. One hand grips the sword hilt and the other hand is outstretched. Figure is 8" high and base is 1.75" high (total 9.75" high).
Hudson River Inlay picture of a white heron by Jeff Nelson, signed at the lower right. Excellent condition. Made of madrone, myrtlewood, kekele, ash, maple, oak, koa, imbuya, black walnut, wenge, padouk, managre and mahogany woods from Oregon, Africa, Hawaii, Brazil and Honduras. Honduras mahogany frame. The frame measures 28 x 24 inches. The creation of an exclusive Hudson River Inlay image begins first with a rough sketch by the artist. The next step is to capture the essence of the subject with just a few subtle lines that convey its motion and vitality. The result is a final line drawing that serves as a blueprint for each individual piece of inlaid wood art.
Melissa Leslie Greene hand made ceramic pot or jar, signed and dated 1988. The design motif is a celebration of childbirth, with 4 mothers bringing their babies into the world. Melissa "Missy" Greene grew up in both Connecticut and among the mountains and lakes of Rangeley, Maine. Her works are held in many important collections. To read a bio, please go to: www.melissagreene.com/pgs/melissa_bio.html. The pot measures 12 inches high and 14 inches wide. Original untouched condition with some natural kiln firemarks.
Asian carved wood figure of a temple guardian circa 1900. Retains its original dry painted surface. Carved from a single block of wood. Measures 20.5" H x 7" W. This item is on display in our gallery at OLD SAYBROOK ANTIQUES CENTER and can be seen in-person by visiting 756 MIDDLESEX AVE OLD SAYBROOK, CT 06475. For hours of operation visit: http://www.OldSaybrookAntiquesCenter.com
A Grand Tour gilt cast bronze figure of a bull in charging stance with sharply incised coat and features. Continental origin, probably Italian, circa 1900. Dimensions: 4" H x 7" W x 3" D.