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1970s Signed Asian Painting Bird and Flowers
Located in Tarrytown, NY
1970s signed Asian painting bird and flowers.
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1970s Vintage Asian Paintings

  • 1970s Signed Asian Painting Bird and Flowers
  • Vintage 1970s Signed Asian Painting Bird and Flowers
  • 1970s Signed Asian Painting Bird and Flowers
  • Vintage 1970s Signed Asian Painting Bird and Flowers
H 30.13 in. W 30.13 in. D 1 in.
Large Asian Painting of Cranes on Silk
Located in Bradenton, FL
A striking large painting on silk mounted on board of four colorfully painted cranes set against a naturalistic background of mountains and foliage. Black Chinese characters vertical...
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Vintage Asian Paintings

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Paint

Chinoiserie Asian Painting on Board
Located in West Hartford, CT
Iconic Chinoiserie painting on board. Tastefully framed. No signatures. Circa mid 20th century. Now, more than ever, home is where the heart is.
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Mid-20th Century Chinoiserie Vintage Asian Paintings

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Wood

  • Chinoiserie Asian Painting on Board
  • Vintage Chinoiserie Asian Painting on Board
  • Chinoiserie Asian Painting on Board
  • Vintage Chinoiserie Asian Painting on Board
H 63 in. W 40.5 in. D 1.5 in.
Midcentury Painting of an Asian Artist in His Studio
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Interesting mid-century modern oil on canvas painting depicting an Asian artist seated in front of Asian paintings in his studio. The canvas measures 18 inches wide by 24 inches tall...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Asian Paintings

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Canvas, Giltwood

Asian Temple Painting by Muchado
Located in Pasadena, CA
Landscape painting was done with Acrylic on a board. This neutral color palette used by the artist Muchado, makes this piece complimentary to any room or environment.  
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Vintage Asian Paintings

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Acrylic, Wood

  • Asian Temple Painting by Muchado
  • Vintage Asian Temple Painting by Muchado
  • Asian Temple Painting by Muchado
  • Vintage Asian Temple Painting by Muchado
H 16.25 in. W 41.25 in. D 2 in.
Framed Hindu Calendar Kamasan Painting from Bali, Indonesia
By Asian Style
Located in Jimbaran, Bali
This framed Hindu Calendar is a 'Kamasan' cotton textile painting from Bali, Indonesia. It features a black wood frame and glass front. Along the bottom there are two "Naga" dragons ...
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1950s Balinese Tribal Vintage Asian Paintings

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Cotton, Paint

Two Oriental Interior Watercolor Paintings, Desk & Side Stand, 20th C
Located in Big Flats, NY
A set of two Asian paintings offers watercolor interior scenes, one with desk and the other with side stand, framed, 20th century Measures- 22.25''H x 26''W x 1.5''D overall; 25.5...
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20th Century Asian Vintage Asian Paintings

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Paint

Japanese / Asian Oversized Egret Landscape Painting 1940's
Located in Douglas Manor, NY
Asian influence oversized egret landscape painting in faux bamboo wood frame.  
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1940s Vintage Asian Paintings

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Paint

Asian Decorative Art Phad Painting Rajasthan Royal Procession
By Rajhastani
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Asian Decorative Art Phad Painting Rajasthan Royal Procession. Add a festive touch with this superbly hand painted Phad painting of a Rajput Royal Procession featuring the King and ...
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1950s Indian Folk Art Vintage Asian Paintings

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Silk

Southeast Asian Teakwood Mandala Panel
Located in Chicago, IL
Worked from reclaimed teak boards, this large, five-board panel is hand-carved with a decorative pierced mandala design in the style of Thai or Balinese fretwork screens. Concentric ...
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20th Century Southeast Asian Vintage Asian Paintings

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Teak

  • Southeast Asian Teakwood Mandala Panel
  • Vintage Southeast Asian Teakwood Mandala Panel
  • Southeast Asian Teakwood Mandala Panel
  • Vintage Southeast Asian Teakwood Mandala Panel
H 59.75 in. W 57.25 in. D 2 in.
Signed Asian Coromandel Eight Panel Screen Expandable Room Divider
Located in West Hartford, CT
Magnificent Asian coromandel expandable room divider. Great scale with height of 94" and vivid colors throughout. Some age appropriate wear, see pics. Now more than ever, home is whe...
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Mid-20th Century Asian Chinoiserie Vintage Asian Paintings

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Wood

Asian Chinese Horse Print
By Rajhastani
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Asian Chinese horse print in a red wood frame. Chinese lithograph print study of a horse. Well framed, no glass. Size: 21" x 15".
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Mid-20th Century Indian Agra Vintage Asian Paintings

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Paper

  • Asian Chinese Horse Print
  • Vintage Asian Chinese Horse Print
  • Asian Chinese Horse Print
  • Vintage Asian Chinese Horse Print
H 21 in. W 15 in. D 1 in.
Asian Egret Large Diorama
Located in Douglas Manor, NY
3-941 Hand made diorama using bird feathers and natural fauna set in a lacquered wood frame under glass.
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1960s Vintage Asian Paintings

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Feathers, Hardwood

  • Asian Egret Large  Diorama
  • Asian Egret Large  Diorama
  • Asian Egret Large  Diorama
  • Asian Egret Large  Diorama
H 32 in. W 12.5 in. D 2 in.
Asian 4 Panel Silk Screen Divider
Located in San Francisco, CA
C. 20th Century Asian 4 Panel Silk Screen Room Divider
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20th Century Vintage Asian Paintings

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Wood

  • Asian 4 Panel Silk Screen Divider
  • Asian 4 Panel Silk Screen Divider
  • Asian 4 Panel Silk Screen Divider
  • Asian 4 Panel Silk Screen Divider
H 65.50 in. W 58.75 in. D 0.75 in.
Black Lacquer Asian Chinese Screen
Located in New York, NY
2 Asian Chinese black lacquer 4-fold screens with gilt incised carved characters resting on copper hammered feet. (Priced each).  
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20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Vintage Asian Paintings

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Wood

  • Black Lacquer Asian Chinese Screen
  • Black Lacquer Asian Chinese Screen
  • Black Lacquer Asian Chinese Screen
  • Black Lacquer Asian Chinese Screen
H 96 in. W 72 in. D 3 in.
Asian Chinoiserie Style Gilt Lacquer Screen
Located in New York, NY
Asian Chinoiserie style small three panel folding screen with gilt lacquered landscapes inset in neoclassical framework. Measures: 31.25" H x 45" W x 1" D.
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Mid-20th Century International Style Vintage Asian Paintings

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Wood

Vintage Asian 8 Panel Golden Coromandel Screen
Located in west palm beach, FL
Spectacular vintage Asian golden Coromandel Screen. Stunning 8 panel piece with a composition of flora and fauna. Really striking. Beautiful on both sides. Acquired from a Palm Beach...
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Late 20th Century North American Vintage Asian Paintings

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Wood, Paint

Set of Four Carved Asian Wood Panels with Mother of Pearl Inlays
Located in Stockholm, SE
A set of four Asian wood panels with mother of pearl inlays. Some small pieces missing, 19th-20th century.
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20th Century East Asian Vintage Asian Paintings

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Mother-of-Pearl, Wood

Asian Chinese Ancient Warriors Hand-Painted
Located in WEST PALM BEACH, FL
These stunning paintings of ancient warriors in full costume offer a dramatic and colorful palate for a room decor, circa 1950.
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20th Century Chinese Other Vintage Asian Paintings

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Fabric, Paint

Pair Asian Hand Carved Soapstone Wall Panels #2
Located in Douglas Manor, NY
3-1060 Pair hand carved soapstone panels.
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1940s Vintage Asian Paintings

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Soapstone

Hand Painted Four Panel Asian Screen
Located in Douglas Manor, NY
Hand painted 4 panel screen.
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1960s Vintage Asian Paintings

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Fabric, Hardwood, Paint

  • Hand Painted Four Panel Asian Screen
  • Hand Painted Four Panel Asian Screen
  • Hand Painted Four Panel Asian Screen
  • Hand Painted Four Panel Asian Screen
H 35.5 in. W 70 in. D 1 in.
Hand Painted Abstract Expressionism Calligraphy Asian Screen
By Sōfu Teshigahara
Located in Atlanta, GA
Hand painted abstract expressionism calligraphy Asian folding screen, in the manner of Robert Motherwell, Sofu Teshigahara, et al, believed to be Japanese, circa 1950s. This piece is...
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1950s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Asian Paintings

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Fabric, Wood, Paper

Asian Polo Scene on Paper in Gold Frame
Located in Locust Valley, NY
Large hand painted Asian polo scene on paper in gold frame.
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20th Century Vintage Asian Paintings

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Paint

Framed Middle Eastern Miniature Painting on Shell
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Middle Eastern miniature painting framed in a Moorish micro mosaic inlaid picture frame. Middle Eastern Persian miniature painting on shell. Scene of men riding horses, and dancers...
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Mid-20th Century Asian Moorish Vintage Asian Paintings

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Shell

Korean Asian Large 8-Panel Silk Embroidered Byobu Bird Butterfly Screen, 1900s
Located in Studio City, CA
A gorgeous early to mid-century Korean embroidered eight-panel screen depicting scenic nature motifs of flowering trees, playful birds and floating butterflies. Very rare and hard to...
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Mid-20th Century Korean Vintage Asian Paintings

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Silk, Paper

Japanese Asian Signed Two-Panel Folding Byobu Screen Blossoming Floral Tree
Located in Studio City, CA
A gorgeous two-panel Japanese Byobu folding screen depicting a nature landscape scene with a blossoming flower tree and a running stream below. The bright, rich colors, gold leaf, an...
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20th Century Japanese Showa Vintage Asian Paintings

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Gold Leaf

Japanese Asian Signed Four-Panel Folding Byobu Screen Iris Flowers Lanscape
Located in Studio City, CA
A gorgeous four-panel Japanese Byobu folding screen depicting a nature landscape scene with blossoming iris flowers - perhaps an homage to the famed Irises screens by the famed Japan...
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20th Century Japanese Showa Vintage Asian Paintings

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Gold Leaf

Japanese Asian Signed Four-Panel Folding Byobu Showa Screen Playful Yellow Bird
Located in Studio City, CA
A gorgeous four-panel Japanese Byobu folding screen depicting a nature scene with a playful yellow and green bird frolicking in nature among the blossoming/blooming bamboo and forest...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Showa Vintage Asian Paintings

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Gold Leaf

Asian Eight Panel Silk Embroidered Folding Screen Room Divider
Located in West Hartford, CT
Stunning eight panel Asian folding screen with exceptional embroidered detail on each panel. There is two tone color on back. There is signature on front, see pics. Each panel is 18...
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1950s Japanese Chinoiserie Vintage Asian Paintings

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Fabric, Silk, Wood

Japanese Folding Screen, Antique Asian Landscape, Birds, Gold, Silver, Design
By Japanese School
Located in Brescia, IT
A luminous screen, a four-panel Japanese spring parade, painted with mineral pigments on vegetable paper and silver leaf, with freshly blossomed peony plants and robins in flight. T...
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20th Century Japanese Showa Vintage Asian Paintings

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Gold Leaf, Silver Leaf

Interior Design -Japanese screen - Landscape for a luxury wall - Antiques Asian
By Japanese School
Located in Brescia, IT
Six-panel spring screen of the "Rinpa school", painted with inks and mineral pigments on rice paper and specks of gold, dates back to the Showa period. Solar, a perfect example of th...
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20th Century Japanese Showa Vintage Asian Paintings

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Gold Leaf

Japanese Asian Signed Four-Panel Folding Byobu Showa Lotus Tree Nature Screen
Located in Studio City, CA
A truly gorgeous four-panel Japanese Byobu folding screen depicting a nature scene with a lotus tree in full bloom. The subtle yet rich colors, gold leaf, and beautiful hand-painted ...
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20th Century Japanese Showa Vintage Asian Paintings

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Gold Leaf

Middle Eastern Miniature Painting on Shell
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Hand Painted Asian Persian miniature painting on a sea oyster shell. Middle Eastern Moorish design miniature painting on shell, very fine and colorful painting of men on horses playi...
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Mid-20th Century Asian Moorish Vintage Asian Paintings

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Shell, Mother-of-Pearl

Middle Eastern Miniature Painting of Peacocks in Mosaic Frame
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Middle Eastern miniature painting of peacocks framed in a Moorish micro mosaic inlaid picture frame. Middle Eastern miniature painting on shell, very fine and colorful painting in a...
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Mid-20th Century Asian Moorish Vintage Asian Paintings

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Wood

Japanese Painting: Taki 'Waterfall'
Located in Hudson, NY
Oil on canvas, signature on reverse: Niwa Kasuke.
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Vintage Asian Paintings

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Canvas

  • Japanese Painting: Taki 'Waterfall'
  • Japanese Painting: Taki 'Waterfall'
  • Japanese Painting: Taki 'Waterfall'
  • Japanese Painting: Taki 'Waterfall'
H 38 in. W 51.5 in. D .75 in.
Abstract Seascape Painting
Located in Brattleboro, VT
Wonderful abstract seascape painting, circa TBD Acrylic on canvas with birch frame. Subtle stokes of the brush marks creating texture on the canvas mimic the crashing of the waves ...
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Late 20th Century American Vintage Asian Paintings

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Canvas, Birch, Acrylic

  • Abstract Seascape Painting
  • Abstract Seascape Painting
  • Abstract Seascape Painting
  • Abstract Seascape Painting
H 34.625 in. W 38.75 in. D 1.875 in.
Large Studio Painting
Located in New York, NY
A signed 1937 large oil on canvas painting depicting a naked woman near a sculpture and other figures. Measurements: Height: 72” Width: 48”.
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1930s American Vintage Asian Paintings

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Canvas

  • Large Studio Painting
  • Large Studio Painting
  • Large Studio Painting
  • Large Studio Painting
H 72 in. W 48 in. D 1.5 in.
Brutalist Painting by Richard Price
By Richard Price
Located in London, GB
Abstract Brutalist style Acrylic on hardboard painting By Richard Price Dated 1983 With a light gold finish steel Frame.
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Late 20th Century British Mid-Century Modern Vintage Asian Paintings

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Acrylic

  • Brutalist Painting by Richard Price
  • Brutalist Painting by Richard Price
  • Brutalist Painting by Richard Price
  • Brutalist Painting by Richard Price
H 30 in. W 30 in. D 1.2 in.
Mid-Century Chinese Landscape Painting
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Mid-century Chinese landscape painting, farmers with oxen, signed Lower right 'Jin Ky '71' Oil on board 12" x 18" Framed 14 x 20".  
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Vintage Asian Paintings

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Wood, Giltwood, Paint

Collection Chinese Old Landscape “Paintings”
Located in South Burlington, VT
Rare Find Impressive wall display 16 "Paintings" Signed & Dated 1948, Complete In original box Collection of six frames containing 16 signed Chinese marble dream stone "paintings" ...
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Asian Paintings

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Stone

Zen Painting by Nakahara Nantenbo
Located in Milano, IT
Dated "at the age of 79 years" (1918), the poem reads: If you answer, Nanten's staff if you do not answer Nanten' staff The artist monk Nantenbo was a Japanese Zen master. H...
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20th Century Japanese Vintage Asian Paintings

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Paper

  • Zen Painting by Nakahara Nantenbo
  • Zen Painting by Nakahara Nantenbo
  • Zen Painting by Nakahara Nantenbo
  • Zen Painting by Nakahara Nantenbo
H 52.37 in. W 13 in. D 0.4 in.
Giltwood Framed Oil / Canvas Painting
Located in Hudson, NY
Gilt wood framed oil on canvas painting Boris Chubanov ( Russian - French 1946 ). The oil painting is in good condition. Minor wear consistent with age / use. Artist signature lower ...
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Mid-20th Century Vintage Asian Paintings

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Giltwood, Paint

  • Giltwood Framed Oil / Canvas Painting
  • Giltwood Framed Oil / Canvas Painting
  • Giltwood Framed Oil / Canvas Painting
  • Giltwood Framed Oil / Canvas Painting
H 18 in. W 15 in. D 2 in.
China Natural Mountain Landscape Stone "Painting"
Located in South Burlington, VT
This Chinese extraordinary natural stone painting of a mountain range in white and gray colors is called a dream stone Shih-hua;. They are cut from historic Dali marble found in the...
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1990s Chinese Vintage Asian Paintings

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Stone

Japanese Abstract Painting of Yellow Sun
Located in Hudson, NY
Architectural forms under sun. Pointillist in feeling. Oil on canvas, signed and dated: KOKU 1960.
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1960s Japanese Vintage Asian Paintings

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Canvas

Pallet Knife Painting from Zijlstra, Blossom, 1950's
By Zijlstra
Located in Soesterberg, UT
Pallet knife painting from Zijlstra - Blossom - 1950's Netherlands, 1950s Beautifull oilpainted with pallet knife technique from the Dutch Matter Arts Movement (Materieschilderk...
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1950s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vintage Asian Paintings

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Canvas, Teak, Paint

Pair of Gilded Chinese Cockatoo Paintings
Located in Dallas, TX
Gorgeous pair of large vintage Cockatoo paintings on wood. Red lacquer frames. Good condition but one has a clear shiny finish while the other is clear matte.
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1970s Chinese Chinoiserie Vintage Asian Paintings

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Wood

  • Pair of Gilded Chinese Cockatoo Paintings
  • Pair of Gilded Chinese Cockatoo Paintings
  • Pair of Gilded Chinese Cockatoo Paintings
  • Pair of Gilded Chinese Cockatoo Paintings
H 36.5 in. W 36.5 in. D 1 in.
Glorious Dunes Landscape Natural Stone "Painting"
Located in South Burlington, VT
Extraordinary Natural work, one of a kind Framed in our own custom "Arts & Crafts" hard wood frame. This Chinese extraordinary natural stone painting is of a Minimalist depiction o...
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Late 20th Century Chinese Vintage Asian Paintings

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Marble

Japanese Single Panel Painting Formal Abstraction
Located in Hudson, NY
Acrylic and gouache on paper, mounted on board and framed, by Minamisawa Hiroshi. Bearing a label from the Avant-garde Kodo Art Group Exhibition 1955.
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Vintage Asian Paintings

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Acrylic, Paper

Korean Jakhodo Minhwa Folk Scroll Painting
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Korean Folk Art painting mounted as a hanging scroll. The watercolor on paper was likely dated from 1930s-1940s. The work depicts a "Jakhodo" theme (Tiger and Magpie theme; The let...
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1930s Korean Folk Art Vintage Asian Paintings

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Paper

Oil Painting Of A Colonial Home
Located in Norwell, MA
Painting of a large colonial mansion by Andreas Roth, a German American artist. Signed lower right, Andreas Roth 1929. He lived from 1871-1949. He studied at the University of Munich...
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1940s American Vintage Asian Paintings

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Canvas

  • Oil Painting Of A Colonial Home
  • Oil Painting Of A Colonial Home
  • Oil Painting Of A Colonial Home
  • Oil Painting Of A Colonial Home
H 23 in. W 39 in. D 3 in.
Chinese Ancestral Reverse Paintings on Glass
Located in Atlanta, GA
Chinese ancestral reverse paintings on glass, China, 20th century. We are unsure of the age on these. Probably mid-20th century, possibly much earlier. They retain their original han...
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20th Century Chinese Chinoiserie Vintage Asian Paintings

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Glass, Wood

Painting Of The Clipper Ship James Baines
Located in Norwell, MA
Painting of the clipper chip James Baines by Jarnold of Nantucket. Ship is shown cruising through moderate seas under shortened sail. Large bright canvas. Circa 1940.
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1940s American Vintage Asian Paintings

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Canvas

  • Painting Of The Clipper Ship James Baines
  • Painting Of The Clipper Ship James Baines
  • Painting Of The Clipper Ship James Baines
  • Painting Of The Clipper Ship James Baines
H 23.5 in. W 35.5 in. D 3 in.
Chinese Extraordinary Natural Stone "Painting" Restless Ocean Waters
Located in South Burlington, VT
Extraordinary natural work, one of a kind. Custom framed, D38 This Chinese extraordinary round natural stone "painting" of churning sea waves -restless ocean waters- as far as the ...
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Late 20th Century Chinese Vintage Asian Paintings

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Marble

Chinese Magnificent Twin Mountain Peaks Stone "Painting"
Located in South Burlington, VT
"Magnificent Twin Mountain Peeks" Extraordinary natural work, one of a kind & with custom hardwood frame This Chinese extraordinary natural stone painting of an awe inspiring mo...
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Late 20th Century Chinese Vintage Asian Paintings

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Marble

Moonlight Landscape Reflections "Starry Night" Extraordinary Stone "Painting"
Located in South Burlington, VT
An extraordinary Natural Landscape work, one of a kind. Custom framed. This Chinese extraordinary natural stone painting of cloud bands under a breath taking moon light reflectio ...
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Late 20th Century Chinese Vintage Asian Paintings

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Marble

China Extraordinary Natural Stone "Painting" Lady in Pink
Located in South Burlington, VT
Extraordinary natural work, one of a kind. Custom Chinese framed. Rare red flower marble stone- a Chinese Favorite This Chinese extraordinary natural stone "painting" of an ima...
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Late 20th Century Chinese Vintage Asian Paintings

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Marble

Vtg Zhongxiang Liu Chinese Chinoiserie Botanical Floral Watercolor Painting
Located in Dayton, OH
Vintage chinoiserie watercolor painting showing a variety of flowers on a plain white background, faux bamboo frame. Attributed to Zhongxiang Liu. Circa 1980s.  
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1980s Vintage Asian Paintings

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Paint

Chinese Extraordinary Natural Stone "Painting" Glacier Park
Located in South Burlington, VT
Extraordinary natural work, one of a kind. Custom framed, D8 This Chinese extraordinary natural stone "painting" of a seemingly white glacial expanse could remind us of a similar ...
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Late 20th Century Chinese Vintage Asian Paintings

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Marble

Midcentury Chinese Landscape Scroll Painting
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Midcentury Chinese landscape scroll painting, of typical form with hand painted landscape with numerous seals. In giltwood faux bamboo frame Painting 49" x 24" Framed 49.5" x 24.5".
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20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Vintage Asian Paintings

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Paper

Mughal Silk Painting of a Maharaja Royal Procession
By Rajhastani
Located in North Hollywood, CA
The Maharaja's of Rajasthan in ancient days celebrated the Important festivals with royal processions along with his fellow men's and royal animals, elephants, horse, camels which we...
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1950s Indian Agra Vintage Asian Paintings

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Silk

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Vintage Asian Paintings For Sale on 1stDibs

Find a variety of vintage Asian paintings available on 1stDibs. The range of distinct vintage Asian paintings — often made from wood, fabric and paper — can elevate any home. There are all kinds of vintage Asian paintings available, from those produced as long ago as the 20th Century to those made as recently as the 20th Century. Mid-Century Modern, Modern and Folk Art vintage Asian paintings are consistently popular styles. Many vintage Asian paintings are appealing in their simplicity, but Robert Crowder, Rajhastani and Maitland Smith produced popular vintage Asian paintings that are worth a look.

How Much are Vintage Asian Paintings?

Prices for vintage Asian paintings can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, vintage Asian paintings begin at $45 and can go as high as $250,000, while the average can fetch as much as $2,199.

Finding the Right Paintings and Screens for You

Traditional Asian paintings were often created on scrolls and folding screens. Artisans made screens that could be folded up or spread out by connecting several panels using hinges. Today, antique Asian folding screens and paintings are sophisticated decorative accents that can serve as makeshift partitions to ensure privacy.

The original folding screens were created by Chinese artists. The earliest record of screens comes from the 2nd century B.C., and surviving examples date back to the Ming dynasty. Chinese painting utilizes many of the same tools as calligraphy — these screens were crafted from wood with painted panels featuring striking art or calligraphy that told cultural stories or represented nature and life in the area.

The practice was introduced to Japan, where paintings for screens were made on paper and silk, in the 8th century. These paintings frequently feature subjects such as landscapes, animals, flowers and Buddhist religious themes. Along with screens for tea ceremonies and dance backgrounds, there were screens for use in Shinto and Buddhist temples.

In the 17th century, screens began to be imported to Europe where their popularity grew. Coco Chanel famously collected Coromandel folding screens.

Traditional Asian paintings can make a tasteful addition to any wall, and screens can be used as decoration or, in the case of larger iterations, as an aesthetic way to divide a large room. Browse the selection of antique Asian paintings and screens from a variety of styles and eras on 1stDibs.