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Friday, December 30, 2011

Piero Visconti Autograph on great Photo. CoA

Piero Visconti Autograph: Hand-signed Photo, CoA

Piero Visconti Autograph

Piero Visconti: Color-portrait-photo ( Studio Fayer, Wien). Hand-signed in Wien in 1980.

 The Autograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

4 x 5,8 inches (10 x 14,5 cm), very fine condition.

Tenor Piero Visconti (b. 1948) made his depute in 1975 as Rodolfo in Puccinis "La Boheme".

More autographs: HERE

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Emil Zatopek Autograph from 1952

Emil Zatopek Autograph from 1952. CoA

Emil Zatopek Autograph

Emil Zatopek Autograph: Magazine snippet with portrait of the Olympia legend, pasted on card, signed by Zatopek in 1952 in Wien. The Autograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Emil Zatopek ( 1922 - 2000 ) was a Czech long-distance runner best known for winning three gold medals at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki. He won gold in the 5000 metres and 10,000 metres runs, but his final medal came when he decided at the last minute to compete in the first marathon of his life. He was nicknamed the "Czech Locomotive" for his multiple golds. Zátopek was the first athlete to break the 29-minute barrier in the 10 km run (in 1954).

Three years earlier, in 1951, he had broken the hour for running 20 km. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest runners of the 20th century and was also known for his brutally tough training methods.

More autographs: HERE

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Chinese vintage Photo with Pottery

Chinese vintage Photo with Pottery

Chinese vintage Photo

Authentic, old, Chinese Photo depicting a potter, carrying a board with his new creations. Japanese explanations on an additional sheet.

The photo is from app. 1920. 3,9 x 5,8 inches (10 x 14,5 cm), fine condition.

More old Chinese photos: HERE

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Chinese Poster for Cigarettes, vintage, lithographed

Rooster Cigarettes poster

China, 1920s: Colorful adevertising in poster style for "Rooster Cigarettes", British Cigarette Co., Ltd, Shanghai.

Good design with 2 fighting cocks, a cigarette package and Chinese characters.

Lithographed, size: 5,2 x 8,5 inches ( 132 x 215 mm), fine condition.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Very scarce, early Porcelain Mao Button

Very scarce, early Porcelain Mao Button

scarce Mao badge

Very early and scarce Mao Button with portrait of Chairman Mao against Chinese flag. Porcelain badge. It seems that the flag was painted by hand. The portrait was imprinted and the surface a kind of broke up during the process of burning.

Diameter: 0,8 inches (13 mm), Original-needle.

More Mao Zedong Badges: HERE

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Renata Tebaldi Autograph: Signed Photo from 1960

Renata Tebaldi Autograph: Signed Photo, 1960

Renata Tebaldi Autograph

Beautiful b/w portrait photo of Renata Tebaldi, signed with violet ink, 1960. 4 x 6 inches photograph. Fine condition.

The Autograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Renata Tebaldi ( February 1, 1922 - December 19, 2004) was an Italian lyric soprano, popular in the post-war period. Her major breakthrough came in 1946, when she auditioned in Milan for Arturo Toscanini. Toscanini was favorably impressed, calling her "voce d'angelo" (angel voice).

Tebaldi made her La Scala debut that year at the concert which marked the reopening of the theatre after World War II. She sang the "Prayer" ("Dal tuo stellato soglio") from Rossini's biblical opera, Mose in Egitto, as well as the soprano part in Verdi's Te Deum. Toscanini encouraged her to sing the role of Aida and invited her to rehearse the role in his studio.

She was of the opinion that the role of Aida was reserved for a dramatic soprano, but Toscanini convinced her and she made her role debut at La Scala in 1950 alongside Mario del Monaco and Fedora Barbieri in a performance conducted by Antonino Votto. This was the greatest success in her still young career and was to launch her international career.

In 1953 her voice was used to dub Sophia Loren's singing in the film version of Aida.

More autographs: HERE

Friday, November 04, 2011

Old Chinese Water Dispenser with Spoon, Boxwood.

Old Chinese Water Dispenser with Spoon, Boxwood.

Chinese Water Dispenser Boxwood

Qing Dynasty/beginning of last century: Decorative, Chinese water dispenser (for painters and calligraphers).

Boxwood, and matching old spoon with dragon head. The object is from app. 1900.

Shape of a pear (longevity) with leaved and twig. 3,5 x 2,9 x 2 inches (90 x 70 x 43 mm, 133 gram). Fine condition.

Mor such items: HERE

Friday, October 28, 2011

Chinese Leasure Seal, Lion, 4 Characters

old Chinese seal

Decorative old Chinese seal with a Foo-lion as handle. The lion bites his own tail where a red “stone” is resting.

Engraved as seal are 4 characters: bu lu bu mie 不橹不灭 (you can’t clean up without sweeping) Side engraving with details in Li-shu – Style. 1,6 x 0, 6 x 3,4 inches (40 x 15 x 85 mm), fine condition.

More old Chinese seals: HERE

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Cultural Revolution: Mao's Little Red Book with Lin Biao Calligraphy.

Mao Bible

PR China, Cultural Revolution: Mao’s little red book „Zui gao zhibiao“ (The Highest Goals) with Lin Biao calligraphy under Mao’s frontispiece portrait image.

Published in 1969, 477 pages, fine condition.

More Cultural Revolution Ephemera HERE

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Cultural Revolution: Complete Set White-Haired Girl.

PR China, Cultural Revolution Complete postcard set for the Peking-Opera The White-Haired Girl. 12 original color postcards in original sleeve.

First print 1969 Wai wen chuban she (Beijing). Fine condition.

More Cultural Revolution Ephemera HERE

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Tianjin vintage Postcard German Post in China 1912

Tianjin vintage Postcard: Tientsin, Victoria Road and Russo-Asiatic Bank.

Chinese vintage postcard

Sent as postcard via Sibiria to Betzdorf in Rheinland.
The stamp at front has been replaced otherwise fine condition.

More Chinese Postcards: HERE

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Friedrich Gulda Autograph: Early Signature, 1960s

Friedrich Gulda autograph: Authentic signature on real photo, signed in the early 1960s. 5,8 x 4 inches, fine condition. The Autograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Friedrich Gulda Autograph

Friedrich Gulda (16 May 1930 - 27 January 2000) was an Austrian pianist who performed in both the classical and jazz fields. Together with Joerg Demus and Paul Badura-Skoda, Gulda formed what became known as the "Viennese troika".

 In 1982, Gulda teamed up with jazz pianist Chick Corea and wrote a Prelude and Fugue with a theme suggesting swing. ( Keith Emerson performed it on Emerson, Lake & Palmer's The Return of the Manticore ).

In addition, Gulda composed "Variations on The Doors' 'Light My Fire'". Gulda is widely regarded as one of the most outstanding piano players of the 20th century.

More autographs: HERE

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Heinrich Harrer Autograph. Signed Promo Card.

Authentic autograph by Heinrich Harrer on a print, published by the Austrian Raiffeisen bank.

8,2 x 5,9 inches, very fine condition.

The autograph come with a Certificate of Authenticity. Heinrich Harrer, noted Austrian explorer and mountaineer, escaped over the Himalaya from a prisoner-of-war camp in British India with Peter Aufschnaiter and then lived and worked as a fifth-ranked nobleman in the forbidden city of Lhasa.

As confident and informal tutor to the young Tibetan leader, the Dalai Lama, Harrer was afforded access to ceremonies and customs that had been rarely witnessed by Westerners.

More autographs: HERE

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

La Jana Autograph. CoA

La Jana, beloved movie star of the 1920s. Ross photo postcard (photo Schneider, Berlin) of La Jana. Clear autograph with black ink.

The Autograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

La Jana Autograph

Signed on April 25th 1939. Fine condition.

Sexy German dancer and film actress La Jana (1905-1940) was the most popular show girl of Berlin in the 1930’s. She appeared in 25 European films, often dancing in exotic costumes. In 1940, she suddenly died of pneumonia and pleurisy.

 More autographs: HERE

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Peter Fonda Autograph. Handsigned Photo. CoA

Peter Fonda b/w portrait photo (Studio-Photo), hand signed.

8 x 10 inches (20,4 x 25,5 cm). Fine condition.

The Autograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Peter Fonda Autograph

Peter Henry Fonda is an American actor. He is the son of Henry Fonda, brother of Jane Fonda, and father of Bridget and Justin Fonda (by first wife Susan Brewer, stepdaughter of Noah Dietrich). Fonda is an icon of the counterculture of the 1960s.

In 1968, Fonda produced and starred in Easy Rider, the classic film for which he is best known. Easy Rider is about two long-haired bikers traveling through the southwest and southern United States in a world of intolerance and violence.

More autographs: HERE

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Emmerich Kalman Autograph. CoA

Operetta Composer Emmerich Kalman: Autograph on album leaf.

4,5 x 4,5 inches (113 x 113 mm), fine condition.

The Autograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Emmerich Kalman Autograph

Emmerich Kalman (1882 –1953) was a Hungarian-born composer of operettas.

Kalman and Franz Lehar were the leading composers of what has been called the "Silver Age" of Viennese operetta during the first quarter of the 20th century. He became well-known for his fusion of Viennese waltz with Hungarian csardas. Even so, polyphonically and melodically, Kalman was a devoted follower of Giacomo Puccini, while in his orchestration methods he employed principles characteristic of Tchaikovsky's music.

Despite his Jewish origins he was one of Adolf Hitler's favorite composers.

More autographs: HERE

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Qingdao vintage Postcard: Greetings from Laoshan

A big part of our old Qingdao postcards have been sold and we added a few more now, like:

Qingdao: Old Chinese postcard: “Greetings from Laoshan”. b/w postcard depicting a little, naked boy in front of some houses in Laoshan/Qingdao.

Qingdao postcard Laoshan

Unused, fine condition. Published by Max Grill Qingdao.

 More Qingdao postcards HERE

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Rudolf Nurejew Autograph. Early Signature on Print. CoA

Rudolf Nurejew: Magazine snippet mounted in cardboard, signed by Nurejew in app. 1970s.

Faint stain at the upper left corner, minor faults at the right margin (the autograph was in a frame).

The Autograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

7,1 x 9,5 inches.

Rudolf Khametovich Nureyev (1938 –1993) was a dancer from the former Soviet Union, considered one of the most celebrated ballet dancers of the 20th century. Nureyev's artistic skills explored expressive areas of the dance, providing a new role to the male ballet dancer who once served only as support to the women.

In 1961 he defected to the West, despite KGB efforts to stop him. According to KGB archives studied by Peter Watson, Nikita Khrushchev personally signed an order to have Nureyev killed.

In 1982, he became a naturalized Austrian.

More autographs: HERE

Monday, June 06, 2011

Anna Netrebko Autograph. CoA

Anna Netrebko: Private portrait color photo from 2003 (Salzburg), signed 2004 in Wien.

5 x 7 inches (12,5 x 18 cm), very fine condition.

The Autograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Anna Yuryevna Netrebko (born 18 September 1971) is an operatic soprano. She now holds dual Russian and Austrian citizenship and currently resides in Vienna. She has been nicknamed "La Bellissima" by fans.

Under Gergiev's guidance, Netrebko made her operatic stage debut at the Mariinsky at age 22, as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro. She went on to sing many prominent roles with the Kirov Opera, including Amina in La sonnambula, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor.

In 1994, she sang the Queen of the Night in Die Zauberfloete with the Riga Independent Opera Avangarda Akademija under conductor David Milnes.

In March 2006, Netrebko applied to become an Austrian citizen, receiving her citizenship in late July. More autographs: HERE

Friday, June 03, 2011

Macao: Vintage Postcard Praya Grande

Old b/w postcard „Macao, view of Praya Grande“. No postcard lines at reverse.

Unused, very fine condition.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Attractive Seal by Wu He, Old Shou Shan Stone with Foo Lion. 吴核篆刻

Old Chinese seal made of Shou Shan (category 牛角冻石 Niu jiao dong – frozen buffalo horn).
As seal engraved are 4 characters 红间碧静 hong jian bi jing (amidst the red the silence of green Jade).

old Chinese seal

The well carved handle depicts a Foo lion and her kitten.

Seal by the seal carver Wu He 吴核, 1891.

34 x 34 x 110 mm, 254 gram. Fine condition. More autographs: HERE

Friday, April 22, 2011

Vim. Poster Style Advertising for Detergent

Vim detergent vintage advertising from app. 1940-50s.

Poster style design at the front side, lady cleaning a floor and advertising text at reverse.

VIM detergent ad

Size: 3,9 x 6,8 inches. Glue/paper remnants at one margin at reverse, otherwise fine condition.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Austrian Art Deco Postcard with Baboon

Decorative postcard, entitled: “Ernst ist das Leben” (Life is grave).

Postcard after a painting by Otto Friedrich, published by Wiener Kunst (Vienna Arts).

Art Deco Postcard Baboon

Unused, fine condition.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Authentic Hermann Nitsch Autograph on early Music Program. CoA

Authentic Hermann Nitsch Autograph on 4.1 in. x 8.5 in. program from 1986, signed in 1986. It is a program for an organ concerto by Nitsch, performed in Linz. Nitsch peformed own compositions. AT the reverse is an announcement for a concert by Karlheinz Stockhausen.

Hermann Nitsch Autograp

The Autograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Herman Nitsch used to be one of the most controversial and scandalous artists from Austria.

In the 1950es he created the concept of the Orgies Mysteries Theater, a six-day event that continues to captivate him throughout his career and still is performed each year in Prinzendorf, Lower Austria.

Between 1960-66 he performed several Art actions and exhibitions resulting in various court trials and three prison sentences.

Since 1989 he has been teacher at the Academy of Visual Arts in Frankfurt.

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Chinese Vintage Postcard with Street Children

Charming, old Chinese postcard from app. 1905, depicting street children.

chinese postcard street kids

Russian and French titles. Printed in Moscow.

Unused, very fine condition.

More Chinese Postcards: HERE

Friday, April 08, 2011

Art Nouveau Easter Vintage Postcard 1907

Decorative, lithographed, Art Nouveau Easter postcard, depicting a young lady in Victorian dress, surrounded by lambs, bunny and chick.

easter postcard art nouveau

Floral graphic elements and an Easter bell.

Used in Austria in 1907. Fine condition.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

PR China Mao Slogans on Cultural Revolution Letters.

Peoples Republic of China, Culture Revolution-period: 3 letters ( 1 letter with content), each with revolutionary slogans at front. Mao Bible slogan, kids with flag, Mao calligraphy.

cultural revolution covers

2 x 1968, 1 x 1969. Fine condition.

 More Cultural Revolution items: HERE

Friday, March 25, 2011

Henry Fonda: Authentic Autograph. Hand-signed Card. CoA

Henry Fonda: Small card with Autograph and handwritten line: „With my very best wishes“.

Henry Fonda autograph

The Autograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

128 x 76 mm. Very fine condition.

 More autographs: HERE

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Peak Tramway Hong Kong Four vintage Postcards

Peak Tramway in Hong Kong. 4 unused postcards from app. 1900 with different views at the famous mountain railway.

All four are in fine condition. All published by Sternberg.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Jesus and Family Bronze Plaque app. 1915. Signed

Decorative Art Nouveau bronze, depicting Jesus, surrounded by children.

75 x 65 mm, 135 gram.

Artist signed. Fine condition. More Art Nouveau Bronzes HERE

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Soldier Bronze Plaque 1915 by Karl Perl

Decorative Art Nouveau bronze, depicting a kneeling soldier and an inscription: “ Vater I call you!”

49 x 64 mm, 101 gram.

Artist signed: Karl Perl 1915. Fine condition.

More Art Nouveau Bronzes HERE

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tianjin Vintage Postcard: Loot under Guard. Revolution-Period

Chinese vintage postcard, depicting a Tianjin street scene: „ Tientsin 1912, Loot under Police Guard”.

Unused postcard with Lutai-cancellation at reverse. 2 cents coiling dragon stamp. Fine condition. 

More Chinese postcards HERE

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Boy with Sailing Ship. Bronze Plaque

Decorative Art Nouveau bronze, depicting a boy in sailor’s suite and his model of a sailing boat.

70 x 45 mm, 87 Gramm.

Artist signed. Fine condition.

More Art Nouveau Bronzes HERE

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

W.W.I. Italy. Advertising Postcard War Bonds. Credito Italiano

Italian advertising postcard to promote subscriptions of war bonds issued by Credito Italiano. Later use, 1920.

Abbildung eines Soldaten an der Front. Gestaltet von Lucien Achille Mauzan.

Fine condition.

Friday, February 04, 2011

Jewish Quarter in Prague. Vintage Postcard 1899

Prague, Josefstadt, city hall. ( Josefov – Radnice). b/w postcard with view at the city hall in the Jewish quarter.

Sent as postcard to Wien.

Minor aging. More such postcards HERE

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Gregory Peck Autograph. CoA

Gregory Peck color portrait photo with authentic autograph.

4 x 6 inches (10 x 15 cm). Fine condition.

The Autograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Gregory Peck (1916 –2003) was an American actor.

One of 20th Century Fox's most popular film stars from the 1940s to the 1960s, Peck continued to play important roles well into the 1980s. His notable performances include that of Atticus Finch in the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird, for which he won his Academy Award.

President Lyndon Johnson honored Peck with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969 for his lifetime humanitarian efforts. In 1999, the American Film Institute named Peck among the Greatest Male Stars of All Time, ranking at #12.

More autographs: HERE

Friday, January 21, 2011

Organ Player Professor Franz Sauer Autograph. Signed Photo. CoA

Organist Professor Franz Sauer Portrait Photo as postcard. It depicts Professor Sauer a tone oft he famous organs built by his family.

Authentic signature at front side of the photo.

The Autograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Franz Gustav Adolf (1883–1945) was the son of Wilhelm Suaer, one of the most important and biggest organ manufacturers of that time, who built more than a thousand instruments.

Sauer very often is named as the "German Cavaillé-Coll". He transformed French organ concepts to the German sound concepts.

Some of his most famous organs still exist at the Berlin Dome (1903, IV/113), in the Leipziger Thomas Church (1888/1908, III/88) and in the Stadthalle Goerlitz (1910, IV/72).

More autographs: HERE

Monday, January 10, 2011

Leslie Caron early Autograph. Signed Postcard. CoA

Leslie Caron: Larger color postcard (Artisti de sempre, Milano). Authentic Autograph.

The Autograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

4,8 x 6,7 inches (12 x 17 cm). 2 bends at left side of the card.

Leslie Claire Margaret Caron is a French film actress and dancer, who appeared in 45 films between 1951 and 2003.

Caron is best known for the musical films An American in Paris (1951), Lili (1953), Daddy Long Legs (1955), Gigi (1958), and for the non-musical films Fanny (1961), The L-Shaped Room (1962), and Father Goose (1964). She received two Academy Award nominations for Best Actress.

She speaks French and English. She is one of the few dancers or actresses who can say that they have danced with Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and Rudolf Nureyev.

More autographs: HERE

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Albert Prejean Autograph on Photo. CoA

Albert Prejean: b/w portrait photo with dedication and original-signature.

The Autograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

3,5 x 5,5 inches (8,6 x 13,7 cm), fine condition.

Albert Prejean (1894 - 1979) was a French theater- and movie actor, best known for playing heroes in the silent films of Rene Clair.

He was a former boxer and former WWI flying ace, had worked as a nightclub entertainer and acrobat.

More autographs: HERE

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Old Chinese Seal. 2 Lions. Studio of distinct Shadow

Antique Chinese Seal. Shou Shan-stone with lion and her kitten.

3 chracters have been carved as actual seal: Qing Yin Tang ( 清荫堂 - Studio of distinct shadow).

0,9 x 0,4 x 1,8 inches (2,3 x 1 x 4,6 mm). Fine condition.

 More Chinese Seals: HERE