Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Old Chinese Jade Box with 4 Shoushan-Seals

Nice old Chinese Jadeite box with decorative carving at top – 2 bats against floral background. The box contains 4 old brownish-red leisure seals with different carvings: Long living, master of the stones, the color of bamboo, water – river.

The box is 2 x 2 x 1,9 inches, all in fine condition.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

China: Sweet Studio Photo with 3 Kids

Old, cute Chinese photography from app. 1920. Studio-photo depicting 3 kids. Slight toning of the sliver bromine surface.

35 x 4,8 inches (87 x 122 mm), fine condition.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Minnie Hauk Carte de Visite, European Photo

Soprano Minnie Hauk Carte de Visite, CdV, decorative reverse.
2,5 x 4 inches, (64 x 104 mm), very fine condition.

Amalia Mignon Hauck (Minnie Hauk, 1851 - 1929) was an American operatic soprano.

She was born in New York City. In 1862, Hauk began vocal studies with Achille Errani, at age fourteen she made her debut in Brooklyn and a month later, her New York City debut. In the American premiere of Gounod's Roméo et Juliette (1867) she sang Juliette. Hauk sang at Covent Garden, London, in 1868 and debuted in Paris in 1869. The soprano then appeared in Italian and German opera at the Grand Opera in Vienna and other venues throughout Europe. Hauk was the first American Carmen (1878) and Manon (1885). Her voice became a mezzo-soprano of great strength and depth. Hauk's enormous repertory included approximately one hundred roles, and she sang Carmen in four languages.

In 1881 she married Ernst von Hesse-Wartegg, the Austrian writer and traveller. Much of Minnie's fortune was lost during World War I. By 1918 she was impoverished and nearly blind.

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Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Zeppelin: Japanese vintage Postcard

Old Japanese Photo-Postcard, depicting a Zeppelin-airship over a Japanese village.

Real photo as postcard. Unused, minor wear, app. 1915

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Saturday, June 05, 2010

Japanese Albumen Photo Entrance to Temple in Kyoto. 1880s

Old Japan: Large albumen photo, depicting an entrance to a temple „Budish Temple Chionin – Kioto“. Some visitors are at he temple entrance.

Antique Japanese albumen Photo, tinted, thin paper, fixed on paper with small glue spots at he corners.

Size: 10,5 x 8 inches. Fine condition, app. 1885.

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Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Japanese Lady in Hawaii. Albumen Photo, 1880ies

Hilo, Hawaii: Albumen photo depicting a young Japanese lady in a garden. The photograph is from app. 1885.

4,6 x 7,2 inches (11 x 18 cm). Fixed on paper at the corners.
Fine condition.

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