EDIT: For some reason it is listing the artist for this piece as "Louise Cherwak Roseland." That is the artist for a painting I have posted. The artist for this piece is actually "Unknown", please read on for details, thank you.
This marvelous depiction of Guan Yin with Buddha was imported to the States from Beijing, China in the late 1950's through a family member in the armed services and has been in the immediate family since the mid 1960s. Circa 1890s work by a Chinese craftsman, ivory with mahogany base. Guan Yin is a bodhisattva who's name loosely transliterates to "Observing the Cries of the World". Associated with compassion, love and mercy, Chinese Buddhist history is steeped in stories of the Lady Buddha. This piece predates Modern China and has become increasingly difficult to acquire. The detail is exquisite, a lot of these later works, circa 1920s or so did not have the elaborate headdress or base carving detail. Any version of Guan Yin with Buddha on wood base such as this is very difficult to find. This is all original. There is some damage to the headdress as you can see, estimated repairs by an artisan using alabastrite, mammoth tusk ivory or legally imported ivory vary from $150-$350 depending upon whom you ask. I have reduced the price to compensate. It is perfectly acceptable to perform repair work on something of this historical value.
I will consider reasonable offers. The original purchase price in the 1950's was over $500.00 US and the value of this item will only increase with time. Signed by the original artist but unable to translate the characters personally. The photos are the actual item. If you have any questions please ask, I will try to answer to the best of my ability. Shipping for this item is included and it will be professionally packed with full insurance via UPS or local pickup. I will accept payment thru Paypal, cashier's check or cash upon pickup. Thank you for looking!
Louise Cherwak, American, 1928-2008.Born in Homestead, Penn., Louise Cherwak grew up and was educated in Detroit, Mich. In 1950, she graduated from Marygrove College in Detroit with a bachelor of arts degree in studio art. Her first art teacher was her father, who taught Louise the perseverance she uses in her work today. Cherwak says she first picked up a pencil at age three and has not stopped drawing since. "My parents used to frisk me for crayons and pencils before I went to bed," she said.After earning her degree, Cherwak taught elementary school for five years, married, started a family and continued to work on her art. In 1964, she settled in Brevard County, Florida. Cherwak has received numerous awards for her drawings, including a 1992 award at the Chautauqua National Exhibition of American Art in Chautauqua, N.Y., the Gasparilla Award at the 1996 Gasparilla Festival of the Arts in Tampa and the 1998 Best of Show Award at the Festival of the Masters in Orlando. Her works are included in the following Florida museums: the Daytona Museum of Arts and Science, Deland Museum of Art, the Gulfcoast Museum of Art, the Polk Museum of Art and the Kissimmee Art Center.Cherwak's realistic, graphite drawings are often compared to photographs. To this she states, "I don't intend for the pictures to look like slick photographs, I prefer to bring out the image while retaining the unique texture of the paper. I do that by applying the graphite with a light touch, which leaves the surface of the paper unblemished." Of her subject matter, Cherwak explains, "I think whenever I choose a subject, I'm dealing with feelings, and I'm trying to express a mood and go beyond the object itself to making some kind of statement . . . . Generally, the scenes I look for have something that has a feeling of peace rather than something disturbing."