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.
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.
Vintage Jay Strongwater Limited Edition picture frame number 75 of 250. This frame is classic Jay Strongwater, being among the most detailed ever crafted. In mint estate condition, it measures 19 x 15 inches overall with a photo display area of 9.5" x 7.5 inches. Quoted from Jay Strongwater's biography: "My career began in 1981 with a necklace created for my mother. Years later, after gaining success and recognition as a jewelry designer, I created my first bejeweled picture frame. Since that first frame, the collection has grown to encompass luxurious designs from figurines to furniture. I am very proud to work with a talented team of designers and artisans in New York, Rhode Island, and around the world to realize each handcrafted treasure."
Museum quality classical Greco Roman sculpture reproduction, circa 1960. This is an exact duplication of a marble sculpture of a draped woman from antiquity. It was made from fiberglass or fiberstone with a hand painted perfectly authentic patina. It is a stunning piece. It truly looks like an artifact just recovered from an archaeological dig. It measures 63 inches tall mounted on a steel museum stand, and it weighs about 80 pounds. Excellent condition from a CT estate. This item is on display in our gallery at Old Saybrook Antiques Center and can be seen in-person by visiting 756 Middlesex Tpke Old Saybrook, CT 06475. For hours of operation visit: OldSaybrookAntiquesCenter.com