Xiling-artist Jiang Chengzhi 江成之 – Pair of Leisure Seals

Pair of Leisure Seals by the Xiling-artist Jiang Chengzhi

Pair of grey stone seals with lion and dragon as handle. Carved by the well known seal carver and calligrapher Jiang Changzhi 江成之, who was member of the important seal carver society, Xiling Yin-she since 1947.

Each seal with 7 characters:
秦皇島外打魚船 – Qinhuangdao wai da yu chuan (a fishing boat at the sea near Qinhuangdao- island)
一片汪洋都不見 – Yi pian wanyang dou bu jian (boundless water – nothing to be seen).

One of the seals with signature by the artist: 成之作 – Chengzhi zuo

Each app. 16 x 16 x 32 mm, good condition.

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江成之,原名文信,以字行。号履盦,别属亦静居。出生于一九二四年,浙江嘉兴人。一九四三年拜西泠印社创始人之一王福庵先生为师,苦学四年。一九四七年加入西泠印社,为解放前入社至今健在的西泠印社早期社员之一。中国书法家协会会员,上海市文史研究馆馆员,上海市书法家协会顾问。

   江老从事福王庵先生研习浙派的同时,兼收各家之长,其印以汉印文字及古墨章法,从浙派的切刀中回顾了汉人之锥凿,宋人之切玉,兼及徽派之冲刀;其作品在光洁中有著锐劲之势,平稳中寓险意,对王福庵先生的浙派篆刻艺术做了进一步推动与发扬。江老为人淳朴,印如其人,德艺双馨,堪称一代尊师。

Chinese Vintage Postcard Foot Binding. 缠足

Lily Foot. Foot-binding in China. Vintage Postcard app. 1900

Chinese b/w vintage postcard depicting a bound foot

Published by Denniston & Sullivan, Shanghai. Unused, very fine condition.

Foot binding was a custom practiced on young girls and women for approximately one thousand years in China, beginning in the 10th century and ending in the first half of 20th century.

To enable the size of the feet to be reduced, the toes on each foot were curled under, then pressed with great force downwards and squeezed into the sole of the foot until the toes break.

This was all carried out with no pain relief, causing the girl to experience severe pain. The broken toes were then held tightly against the sole of the foot. The foot was then drawn down straight with the leg and the arch forcibly broken.

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Two antique Chinese Silk Paintings Qing Dynasty

Two antique Chinese paintings Qing Dynasty

China 19. century (Dao Guang 1821-1851): Two paintings on silk, delicately executed. One shows a pair of herons, one a pair of Mandarin-ducks (Symbol of love).

Both were officially examined in China and a tag was added at the reverse (fixed with a yarn to the painting).

25,5 x 29 cm (10 x 11,5 inches) are the paintings, 30 x 37 (12 x 15 in.) incl. margins.

Some glue remnants at reverse as the sheets have been fixed in an album.

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Chinese Leasure Seal by Zhao Heqin 赵鹤琴

Chinese Leasure Seal by Zhao Heqin

 

Old Chinese leisure seal, brown-beige-grey stone, engraved by the artist (painter, calligrapher, seal-carver) 赵鹤琴 Zhao Heqin (1894 – 1971). As actual seal engraved are the characters: 长留天地间 chang liu tian-di jian (stay long between heaven and earth [means: to live long]).

Side engraving with details and signature.

20 x 17 x 45 mm, good condition.

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1902 Postcard Russian Officers in China

1902 Postcard Russian Officers in China

Russian Officers at Tianjin Station 1901 Boxer RebellionRussian Officers at Tianjin Station postcard

China, Boxer Rebellion Period. Vintage postcard with “Group of Russian officers at the station in Tientsin”.

A French 5 Centimes stamp is attached, tied by a “Tresor et Postes aux Armees Chine 8 Aout 1901”- strike.

Pre-cancelled, unused, scarce.

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Paul Newman passed away: Autograph from 1962

83-year-old Paul Newman passed away Friday following a bout with cancer. We have an old film-program, signed by Paul Newman:

Paul Newman, hand-signed autograph on a German movie program for the film: “Sweet Bird of Youth”, 1962

Size: 6,5 x 9,2 inches. The Autograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Paul Newman autograph

Paul Leonard Newman (born 1925) is an American actor and film director. He has won numerous awards including Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Cannes Film Festival Award, and an Emmy award.

Newman was one of the few actors who successfully made the transition from 1950s cinema to that of the 1960s and 1970s. His rebellious persona translated well to a subsequent generation. Newman starred in Exodus (1960), The Hustler (1961), Hud (1963), Harper (1966), Cool Hand Luke (1967), The Towering Inferno (1974), Slap Shot (1977) and The Verdict (1982). He teamed with fellow actor Robert Redford and director George Roy Hill for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) and The Sting (1973), or with his wife, Joanne Woodward, in the feature films The Long, Hot Summer (1958), ….. Harry & Son (1984) and Mr. and Mrs. Bridge (1990).

In addition to starring in and directing Harry & Son, Newman also directed four feature films.

25 years after The Hustler, Newman reprised his role of Fast Eddie Felson in the Martin Scorsese directed The Color of Money for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor. He passed away Sept. 26th 2008.

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Art Nouveau Sculpture by Marie Louise Sarre, Resistance

Scarce Marie Louise Sarre sculpture from the beginning of last century. Artist signed ML which refers to Marie Louise Sarre.

Size: 8,5 x 6,5 x 3 inches.

The sculpture is in very fine condition with no faults.

Marie Louise Sarre sculpture
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Size: 8,5 x 6,5 x 3 inches.

Marie-Louise Sarre lived in Berlin before World War II. Her friends called her “Puppi,” meaning “small doll” in German. She didn’t have much of a doll when she became active in the German resistance against Hitler. In the summer of 1944 she was involved in a scheme to secure the support of none other than Heinrich Himmler in a plan to assassinate Hitler.

After the failed coup attempt of July 20, 1944, she and many others were arrested and imprisoned by the Gestapo. She managed to escape and fled to Ascona, Switzerland, where she lived until her death at age 95, in 1999.

Her father was Friedrich Sarre, the first director of the Department of Islamic Art at the Kaiser Friedrich Museum (today’s Bode Museum) in Berlin. Her maternal grandfather was Carl Humann, the discoverer and excavator of the Pergamum Altar in Turkey in the 1880s.

Her father also was member of The Solf Circle (German: Solf-Kreis) which was an informal gathering of German intellectuals involved in the resistance against Nazi Germany. Most members were arrested and executed after attending a tea party held near Heidelberg on September 10, 1943, at the residence of Elisabeth von Thadden. The group’s downfall also ultimately led to the demise of the Abwehr in February 1944.

Chinese seal by Yu Yun 俞云印章

 

Chinese Seal by Yu Yun

 

Chinese seal by Yu Yun Chinese seal by Yu Yun

Attractive, small, Chinese chicken-blood-stone leisure seal. Cut by the artist Yu Yun 俞云 (1864 – 1938). As actual seal 2 characters have been engraved: 言鄞 yan Yin.

Signed at front end with his artist name: 即佛 Ji Fo.

13 x 13 x 35 mm. Good condition.

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The Eternal Jew – Der Ewige Jude Postcard

The Eternal Jew – Der Ewige Jude Postcard

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Anti – Semitic “Der Ewige Jude” Postcard. 1938 Vienna Exposition type, commemorative cancellation.

Very good condition.

This Viennese style has the “gold” shekels and “gold” map of greater Germany. This is the more rare and the more desirable of the two known styles. Lithograph 4 x 6 inches. DHM, Berlin Pk 96/416.

The movie Der ewige Jude ( ” The Eternal Jew ” ) is the most famous Nazi propaganda film. It was produced at the insistence of Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels.

The movie disses the Jews of Poland as corrupt, filthy, lazy, ugly, and perverse: they are denounced as alien people who would have taken over the world through their control of banking and commerce, yet which still would live like animals.

The exhibition which has been organized by the Nazis in 1937, was of virulent Anti Jewish content and was held in Munich ( November 8, 1937, and ended on January 31 1938 ), Wien ( August 2 through October 23, ) and Berlin ( November 12, 1938 through January 31, 1939 ).

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