Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Autograph on early Ross Postcard. CoA – col8149: “Young Douglas Fairbanks Jr. on b/w photo, issued by the German Ross Verlag.
Certificate of Authenticity. Corners slightly rounded otherwise fine.
American actor Douglas Fairbanks Jr. was the son of film star Douglas Fairbanks Sr. Fairbanks Jr. He made his acting debut in 1923’s Stephen Steps Out. Before he was 20 he’d written an amusing article about the Hollywood scene for Vanity Fair magazine. In 1927, Fairbanks appeared in a stage play and in the early 1930s he married Joan Crawford.
Fairbanks had his best role in 1937’s The Prisoner of Zenda, in which he was alternately charming and cold-blooded as the villainous Rupert of Hentzau. Upon his father’s death in 1939, Fairbanks began to extend his activities into politics and service to his country. He helped to organize the Hollywood branch of the William Allen White Committee, designed to aid the allied cause in the European war. In 1942 he was chief officer of Special Operations, and in 1943 participated in the allied invasion of Sicily and Elba. Fairbanks worked his way up from Navy lieutenant to commander and finally, in 1954 to captain.
Fairbanks was back before the cameras in 1947 with Sinbad the Sailor. Out of films as an actor by 1951 (except for a welcome return in 1981’s Ghost Story), Fairbanks concentrated on the production end for the next decade.
Fairbanks, Jr. died on May 7, 2000, of natural causes.
Partly ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide”
Antique Chinese Paper Weight with Landscapes
Antique, decorative paper weight (also to be used as arm rest).
Porcelain with landscape scene at top.
Red 4 character bottom mark: Shen de tang zhi 慎德堂制
Size: 12,5 x 6,6 x 4,6 cm. Good condition.
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Art Nouveau Iridiscent Glass Vase by Poschinger
Decorative, iridescent Art Nouveau vase by Ferdinand von Poschinger with intricate floral decor. The vase is from the renowned Buchenauer Poschinger glass factory.
Good condition with no blemishes.
Height: 25 cm, Width 14,5 cm. (9.5 x 5.5 inches).
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Stage Art of Mei Lan-fang Stamp Set CTO
Chinese stamp set 1962 „Stage Art of Mei Lan-fang“.
Original gum, well centered, fresh gum, no aging. Very fine condition – the stamps come from a well cultivated European collection. Cancelled to order.
Scott# 620 – 627. Michel Nr. 648-655.
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W.W.I.: 1915: Prisoner of War Correspondence postcard from the POW Camp Ahmednagar in India.
Ahmednagar postal cancellation, Prisoner of War – strike in red.
The postcard has been sent to Germany.
Chinese Scroll Painting Bluebird in Tree. Silk-Painting
Old Chinese painting, mixed media on silk, depicting a bluebird perched on a large pine-tree.
Very delicately executed and very charming.
Artist signed: Ying Bang (hua shi) 英邦画史 Two seals under signature: 稻薰之樵 (?) and 英邦 ( Ying Bang).
The painting is form early-mid last century. Good condition with a few tiny brown spots from aging.
Size 35 x 14 inches (89 x 35,6 cm)
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Jess Thomas: Great Autograph on 7 x 10 Photo CoA – col8676
Jess Thomas (1927 – 1993) was a lyric and Wagnerian tenor. He was awarded the Wagner medal at Bayreuth, Germany in 1963. His many appearances in North America and Europe between the late 1950s and early 80s included 15 seasons in 95 performances of 15 roles at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City.
Debut in 1957 for the San Francisco Opera in Richards Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier performing as the Haufhofmeister. In 1958, he debuted in the title role of Lohengrin for the Karlsruhe Staatstheater at the commencement of a career in Germany. Thomas appeared as Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos at the Munich Festival.
It was at Bayreuth that he established his reputation as a Wagnerian tenor performing in Wagner operas as Parsifal, Lohengrin, Walther in Meistersinger, Tannhäuser and Siegfried. In 1963, he joined the cast of the Metropolitan Opera appearing in 95 performances for 15 years. Amongst the highlights of his career with the Metropolitan Opera was appearing at the opening of the Lincoln Center hall in the first performance of Samuel Barber’s Anthony and Cleopatra with Leontyne Price.
Thomas’s farewell performance took place in Washington DC in a guest performance of Parsifal by the Metropolitan Opera in 1982. (Item #col8676)
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John Wayne Autograph on Photo. 6 x 9. Very attractive. CoA
John Wayne Autograph: b/w press photo, depicting John Wayne in front of an air plane.
The Autograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity and in the original postal cover.
Size: 6 x 9 inches (15 x 23 cm), good condition.
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Very attractive old Chinese Chicken-blood Seal Stone
Desirable Chinese seal stone, so called Ji Xue Shi (Chicken blood stone). It is meant for display, no seal engraving. The seal stone comes from an old collection from the end of Qing – beginning of Republic period. Quite some red spots on all 4 sides.
Size: 18 x 20 x 77 mm, 78 gram.
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We recently added quite a few old Chinese postcards such as this one:
Vintage colour postcard China: „ German Club „Concordia“, Tientsin“.
Frant view of the German Club in Tianjin. Sent as postcard from Tientsin via Siberia to Michelau in Germany. „Tientsin Deutsche Post 15. 7. 08 „ – cancellation.
Scarce, black „ Lazarett des Ostasiatischen Detatchements Briefstempel „ – cancellation. ( Military hospital of the East-Asian Detachment – Stamp ). Stamp dropped otherwise fine condition.