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Stone Ceremonial Mask - Mexican

STONE CEREMONIAL MASK - pre-Columbian Style:Size: 3-1/2 Inches H x 3-1/4 Inches W.Condition: ExcellentAge: 1940s or Earlier. Color: Mauve with green inclusionsDescriptions: Stone mask with sunken lozenge shaped eyes, parted lips & triangular nose, rectangular ears with drill holes at corners of the eyes, mouth & nostrils. There are two holes on the side to accommodate a chain, wire etc. to hang either around the neck or on the wall.Origin: MexicoWeight: 11 Ozs.   


Columbus Tile by Pardee

Made by the C Pardee Works, Perth Amboy, New Jersey - this 4 1/4" tile depicts Christopher Columbus. Done in the intaglio technique, with a high green glaze. C Pardee was in business from 1890 - 1928. This tile was probably made to commemorate the 1893-94 Columbian Exposition. Minor edge roughness. (#1337)Keywords: art tiles ceramic antique vintage pottery Expo   



Beautiful, ancient Roaman era, apprx 1 1/8" high, authentic in every way. Beautiful quality to the glass, obviously a handmade and rare piece. Impeccable condition.   



a nice Civil War imprint- "Bath (Maine) Amateur Dramatic Association", an original playbill for 2 plays, "Ireland as it Was", & "The Widows Victim", w cast, May 8, 1865 at Columbian Hall 11.5 x 6". Age stains and edge wear, vg overall. (Harvard Collection lists a similar broadside for the Bath Maine Minstrels). A nice Civil War era antique item.   



Group of 19 ancient Bison teeth found at an ancient Native-American cliff hunting site near Missoula, Montana. Very early, possibly pre-Columbian . All are worn, more or less complete, uncleaned, The group   



This is a LARGE SIZE CABINET CARD of a WOMAN who is STANDING by a CHAIR and HOLDING a BOOK. By her feet there appears to be a NOTE that she has dropped on the floor. There is a faint view of a warming pan next to her.A PLUS to this listing is the BLUE STAMP that is affixed to the back of the CARD. The STAMP is a COMMEMORATIVE STAMP that was issued in 1893-1894 and is part of the COLUMBIAN STAMP SERIES called COLUMBUS IN SIGHT OF LAND (scott 230). The picture on the stamp was taken from a painting by W.H. POWELL.The CONDITION of the PHOTOGRAPH is FAIR/POOR. The image is still very clear but there is alot of age residue and staining. There is pen/pencil writing/drawing/scribbling on the back apparently done by a child. There is some wear to the edges.The CONDITION of the BLUE STAMP is FAIR. It is affixed to the back of the card. The PRINTING is OFF CENTER. There is a small portion on the left side of the STAMP that is missing. The STAMP has some staining.    


Berry Brothers Varnish Tin

This is a very nice and hard to find example of Berry Brothers Varnish. The tin is in very nice condition! The stags are great graphics on the front label. Details of the front label include: Liquid Granite .A., Six Highest Awards at the Worlds Columbian Exposition, Established 1858. The original brass cap over the nozzle is present! Another side label advertises a variety of their products. The back label is wonderful advertising. "For the mutual protection of Varnish Customers and ourselves, every can bearing our label has a brass cap fitted over the nozzle, stamped with our name. Our label and seal on a can guarantee the contents to be the best of its grade. See that the brass cap over the nozzle is intact." The last side label is 2/3 present, and it gives directions for use.    



Vintage, estate pair of 18carat gold and emerald earrings. Exact date and origin are not known. The seller thought they were Columbian "because thats where the emeralds came from", but I have no evidence of that, although the style is certainly in keeping with Latin America. Earrings, excluding the loops are approximately 1 1/4 inches long. Weigh 4.8 grams. Earrings in the shape of a cross / crucifix with radiating gold rays from the upper intersection and engraved rays on the fleur de lis shaped bottoms. Easy to insert loops. The emerald-cut emeralds are particularly lovely in colour and well matched. Hallmarked on the backs: 18k. Good condition.   


MARAFFI, Calder, Eakins, Influence Sculpture

26x29x18" A young boy happily rides the surf on the back of a seal, possibly spearfishing together. Luigi Maraffi was a student of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts from 1914 to 1922. He studied under Charles Grafly, who himself was taught by Alexander Milne Calder, Grafly honed his skills carving figurines on the Famous Philadelphia City Hall, under the direction of Calder. Eventually studying under Thomas Eakins at the Academy. PAFA considered Maraffi a crafts person and he became a fountain designer and sculptor, working in bas-relief on local buildings, & fountains. This gorgeous piece was aquired from Maraffis daughter about 10 years ago, when she was 90ish. He exhibited at the Academy in both 1914 and 1927, & it appears his work was on display for some 10 years collectively. This piece Maraffi sculpted out of Hydro-cal & was probably in the 1927 exhibit. It is showing Art Nouveau influences, & a touch of emerging Art Deco. Note the Harriet Frishmuth hair. As his daughter suggested, this is possibly a maquette for a fountain. Signed L. Maraffi, 27 Excellent condition. He never reached the levels of fame his teachers did, but a seasoned & creative sculpture he was. Below some info on his mentors. Grafly was born of German, Dutch and Quaker heritage and developed an interest in art at an early age. At 17 he was apprenticed to Struthers Stoneyard, at that time one of the largest stone carving ventures in the country. He spent the next four years working on the Philadelphia City Hall, carving decorations and figures under the direction of Alexander Milne Calder. In order to improve his skills at carving figures and to improve his understanding of anatomy he began attending art school, eventually studying under Thomas Eakins at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.In 1888 Grafly moved to Paris where he studied with Henri Chapu and Jean Dampt, and later gained admittance to the École des Beaux Arts, Paris. He received an Honorable Mention in the Paris Salon of 1891 for his "Mauvais Presage," now at the Detroit Institute of Art, a gold medal at the Paris Exposition, in 1900, and medals at the Worlds Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893, Atlanta, 1895, and Philadelphia (the gold Medal of Honor, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts), 1899.In 1892 he became instructor in sculpture at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, also filling the same chair at the Drexel University, Philadelphia. He was a founding member of the National Sculpture Society and was elected a full member of the National Academy of Design in 1905. The Museum of American Art of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts houses about 20 of Graflys bronzes in its collection while the museum at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas possesses over two hundred of his works, mostly plaster casts. Among the many students Grafly taught were sculptors , Paul Manship, Louis Milione, Eugene Castello, Charles Harley, Nancy Coonsman, Walker Hancock, Albin Polasek and Albert Laessle. The latter two served as pall- bears at Graflys funeral following his tragic death, in which he was struck down and killed by a hit-and-run driver.   


Columbian Art Potteries Monk Mug

Mug This is a Columbian Art Potteries monk mug. It is circa 1880-1890. It is in a conical shape with a monk drinking wine and carrying a basket with wine and grapes. It has a greenish background with a brown handle and base. It is 5" tall and 4" at the base. It is marked Columbian Art Potteries Trenton N.J. and is in excellent condition.   


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