Rarities
Kneeland Co. Rarities is a curation of fine art, antique artifacts,
and exquisite finds from around the world.

Seasonal catalogs are shaped around a unique narrative and illuminate the latest discoveries from found objects to works of art procured directly from the source. Edited for the collector, these pieces have been selected, evaluated, and verified and are available exclusively via inquiry. For more information and to see the full collection, please contact us.

A rare and exquisite work of craftsmanship, this Chinese panel dates back to the 18th c. and is embroidered using silk thread on satin. It is entirely hand embroidered using different techniques, and depicts a scene of flora and fauna in a color palette of cream, lilac, black, cobalt blue, pale pink, and various shades of brown, green, and orange. Some of the edging is frayed, however the embroidery is completely intact. This panel was acquired in California. 

6’ x 4’, silk embroidery on satin,, 18th c. China, Price upon request

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18TH C. EMBROIDERED PANEL
China

A rare and exquisite work of craftsmanship, this Chinese panel dates back to the 18th c. and is embroidered using silk thread on satin. It is entirely hand embroidered using different techniques, and depicts a scene of flora and fauna in a color palette of cream, lilac, black, cobalt blue, pale pink, and various shades of brown, green, and orange. Some of the edging is frayed, however the embroidery is completely intact. This panel was acquired in California. 

6’ x 4’, silk embroidery on satin,, 18th c. China, Price upon request

Flora and fauna are cross-stitched on this folk wall hanging that dates back to the 1970s.  Scorpions and rabbits mingle with birds and flowers surrounded by a geometric pattern. The textile comes framed; please email for additional info.

20 x 23 inches, Cotton, 1970s, California, Price upon request

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Embroidered Folk Wall Hanging
US

Flora and fauna are cross-stitched on this folk wall hanging that dates back to the 1970s.  Scorpions and rabbits mingle with birds and flowers surrounded by a geometric pattern. The textile comes framed; please email for additional info.

20 x 23 inches, Cotton, 1970s, California, Price upon request

Carefully carved and painted by hand, this collection of puppets in the form of different animal heads (as well as a female face) date back to the 1960s. Each painting shows various animals, suns, and a mermaid. The puppets have individual holes for hanging.

Sold individually or as a set, Sizes vary from 8.5 x 14 inches - 9.5 x 16 inches, 1960s, Made in Guerrero (the state of Mexico), Price upon request

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Handpainted Leather and Wood Puppets
Mexico

Carefully carved and painted by hand, this collection of puppets in the form of different animal heads (as well as a female face) date back to the 1960s. Each painting shows various animals, suns, and a mermaid. The puppets have individual holes for hanging.

Sold individually or as a set, Sizes vary from 8.5 x 14 inches - 9.5 x 16 inches, 1960s, Made in Guerrero (the state of Mexico), Price upon request

Decorative handmade pin made of beads and leather. Top is a circular shape made of beads attached to beaded moccasins. Made in the early 1940s by the Plains Indians.

Can be sold as a set with additional pins, 3.5 x 1.25 inches, beads and leather, 1940s, Price upon request

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Native American Beaded Moccasin Pin
US

Decorative handmade pin made of beads and leather. Top is a circular shape made of beads attached to beaded moccasins. Made in the early 1940s by the Plains Indians.

Can be sold as a set with additional pins, 3.5 x 1.25 inches, beads and leather, 1940s, Price upon request

Decorative handmade pin made of beads and felt. Top is a beaded face attached to tiny beaded moccasins.

Can be sold as a set with additional pins, 2 x 1 inches, Albuquerque, New Mexico, beads and felt, 1950s, Price upon request

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Native American Beaded Face and Moccasin
US

Decorative handmade pin made of beads and felt. Top is a beaded face attached to tiny beaded moccasins.

Can be sold as a set with additional pins, 2 x 1 inches, Albuquerque, New Mexico, beads and felt, 1950s, Price upon request

Collection of lithographs by the American artist known as Sperry. Made in 1934 for Matson Shipping company as travel advertisements for Polynesia.

11 x 14 inches, ink on paper, US, 1930s, Price upon request

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Sperry Lithograph – Four Trees
US

Collection of lithographs by the American artist known as Sperry. Made in 1934 for Matson Shipping company as travel advertisements for Polynesia.

11 x 14 inches, ink on paper, US, 1930s, Price upon request

Collection of lithographs by the American artist known as Sperry. Made in 1934 for Matson Shipping company as travel advertisements for Polynesia.

11 x 14 inches, ink on paper, US, 1930s, Price upon request

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Sperry Lithograph – Island Scene
US

Collection of lithographs by the American artist known as Sperry. Made in 1934 for Matson Shipping company as travel advertisements for Polynesia.

11 x 14 inches, ink on paper, US, 1930s, Price upon request

Collection of lithographs by the American artist known as Sperry. Made in 1934 for Matson Shipping company as travel advertisements for Polynesia.

11 x 14 inches, ink on paper, US, 1930s, Price upon request

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Sperry Lithograph – Music Scene
US

Collection of lithographs by the American artist known as Sperry. Made in 1934 for Matson Shipping company as travel advertisements for Polynesia.

11 x 14 inches, ink on paper, US, 1930s, Price upon request

This kite is a contemporary work of art by the son of a prolific tantra painter in Jaipur. While it has some of the visual characteristics of a yantra symbol, it is not recognized as tantra art but rather as an ode to one of the most celebrated festivals in India.

In India, the kite symbolizes high aspirations and an elevated vision. During Makar Sankranti (or Uttarayan), flying a kite is an important ritual. The kite festival happens every year when winter ends and spring begins, with the sun moving into Capricorn. It represents the start of a new season. This painting was found in Jaipur, India.

Sold individually or as a pair with Indian Kite Painting No.2.   6” x 11.5” , gouache on paper, 2000s, Price upon request

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KITE PAINTING, NO. 1
India

This kite is a contemporary work of art by the son of a prolific tantra painter in Jaipur. While it has some of the visual characteristics of a yantra symbol, it is not recognized as tantra art but rather as an ode to one of the most celebrated festivals in India.

In India, the kite symbolizes high aspirations and an elevated vision. During Makar Sankranti (or Uttarayan), flying a kite is an important ritual. The kite festival happens every year when winter ends and spring begins, with the sun moving into Capricorn. It represents the start of a new season. This painting was found in Jaipur, India.

Sold individually or as a pair with Indian Kite Painting No.2.   6” x 11.5” , gouache on paper, 2000s, Price upon request

This kite is a contemporary work of art by the son of a prolific tantra painter in Jaipur. While it has some of the visual characteristics of a yantra symbol, it is not recognized as tantra art but rather as an ode to one of the most celebrated festivals in India.

In India, the kite symbolizes high aspirations and an elevated vision. During Makar Sankranti (or Uttarayan), flying a kite is an important ritual. The kite festival happens every year when winter ends and spring begins, with the sun moving into Capricorn. It represents the start of a new season. This painting was found in Jaipur, India.

Sold individually or as a pair with Indian Kite Painting No.1.
6” x 11.5”, gouache on paper, 2000s,
Price upon request

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KITE PAINTING, NO. 2
India

This kite is a contemporary work of art by the son of a prolific tantra painter in Jaipur. While it has some of the visual characteristics of a yantra symbol, it is not recognized as tantra art but rather as an ode to one of the most celebrated festivals in India.

In India, the kite symbolizes high aspirations and an elevated vision. During Makar Sankranti (or Uttarayan), flying a kite is an important ritual. The kite festival happens every year when winter ends and spring begins, with the sun moving into Capricorn. It represents the start of a new season. This painting was found in Jaipur, India.

Sold individually or as a pair with Indian Kite Painting No.1.
6” x 11.5”, gouache on paper, 2000s,
Price upon request

Kundalini, known as coiled one, is represented here in the symbol of a snake, surrounded by the egg-shaped Brahmanda. The Brahman, also known as the Absolute, is the curve shape circumventing the universe to form the egg, also known as ‘Anda. Kundalini is used to signify spiritual ascent.

This collection of tantric art dates back to the 1960s and was discovered in Delhi and Jaipur, India. Thirteen paintings are a part of this rare and extraordinary collection, each of them communicating a single narrative through yantra symbols. Key elements associated with Indian tantric art are higher consciousness, enlightenment, and divinity, as referenced in each of these unique paintings through the energy patterns of yantra, where creation and control of ideas are said to be possible, most often manifested through meditation. Both geometric and abstract shapes are used in the paintings as a way of portraying a deity.

5.5″ x 11.5″ gouache on handmade paper, 1960s,
Price upon request

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TANTRA, NO. 1
India

Kundalini, known as coiled one, is represented here in the symbol of a snake, surrounded by the egg-shaped Brahmanda. The Brahman, also known as the Absolute, is the curve shape circumventing the universe to form the egg, also known as ‘Anda. Kundalini is used to signify spiritual ascent.

This collection of tantric art dates back to the 1960s and was discovered in Delhi and Jaipur, India. Thirteen paintings are a part of this rare and extraordinary collection, each of them communicating a single narrative through yantra symbols. Key elements associated with Indian tantric art are higher consciousness, enlightenment, and divinity, as referenced in each of these unique paintings through the energy patterns of yantra, where creation and control of ideas are said to be possible, most often manifested through meditation. Both geometric and abstract shapes are used in the paintings as a way of portraying a deity.

5.5″ x 11.5″ gouache on handmade paper, 1960s,
Price upon request

Triangles are representative of three worlds: the neutral, the positive, and the negative also known as Sattva, Rajas, and Tamas. Sattva refers to purity; peace; and good will, Rajas is attributed to ego; passion; and control, and Tamas refers to imbalance; chaos; and negativity. The triangle pointing down is the female and the triangle pointing up is the male.

This collection of tantric art dates back to the 1960s and was discovered in Delhi and Jaipur, India. Thirteen paintings are a part of this rare and extraordinary collection, each of them communicating a single narrative through yantra symbols. Key elements associated with Indian tantric art are higher consciousness, enlightenment, and divinity, as referenced in each of these unique paintings through the energy patterns of yantra, where creation and control of ideas are said to be possible, most often manifested through meditation. Both geometric and abstract shapes are used in the paintings as a way of portraying a deity.

5¾″ x 9″, gouache on handmade paper, 1960s,
Price upon request

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TANTRA, NO. 4
India

Triangles are representative of three worlds: the neutral, the positive, and the negative also known as Sattva, Rajas, and Tamas. Sattva refers to purity; peace; and good will, Rajas is attributed to ego; passion; and control, and Tamas refers to imbalance; chaos; and negativity. The triangle pointing down is the female and the triangle pointing up is the male.

This collection of tantric art dates back to the 1960s and was discovered in Delhi and Jaipur, India. Thirteen paintings are a part of this rare and extraordinary collection, each of them communicating a single narrative through yantra symbols. Key elements associated with Indian tantric art are higher consciousness, enlightenment, and divinity, as referenced in each of these unique paintings through the energy patterns of yantra, where creation and control of ideas are said to be possible, most often manifested through meditation. Both geometric and abstract shapes are used in the paintings as a way of portraying a deity.

5¾″ x 9″, gouache on handmade paper, 1960s,
Price upon request

This cosmic egg, also known as a Brahmanda, shows an energy vibrating from within. The center is the point of origin and is known to be the core of consciousness, acting as a guide to realizing wholeness. The egg is a symbol of totality and of divinity, with all that is sacred being illuminated.

This collection of tantric art dates back to the 1960s and was discovered in Delhi and Jaipur, India. Thirteen paintings are a part of this rare and extraordinary collection, each of them communicating a single narrative through yantra symbols. Key elements associated with Indian tantric art are higher consciousness, enlightenment, and divinity, as referenced in each of these unique paintings through the energy patterns of yantra, where creation and control of ideas are said to be possible, most often manifested through meditation. Both geometric and abstract shapes are used in the paintings as a way of portraying a deity.

6¾″ x 9″, gouache on handmade paper, 1960s,
Price upon request

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TANTRA, NO. 5
India

This cosmic egg, also known as a Brahmanda, shows an energy vibrating from within. The center is the point of origin and is known to be the core of consciousness, acting as a guide to realizing wholeness. The egg is a symbol of totality and of divinity, with all that is sacred being illuminated.

This collection of tantric art dates back to the 1960s and was discovered in Delhi and Jaipur, India. Thirteen paintings are a part of this rare and extraordinary collection, each of them communicating a single narrative through yantra symbols. Key elements associated with Indian tantric art are higher consciousness, enlightenment, and divinity, as referenced in each of these unique paintings through the energy patterns of yantra, where creation and control of ideas are said to be possible, most often manifested through meditation. Both geometric and abstract shapes are used in the paintings as a way of portraying a deity.

6¾″ x 9″, gouache on handmade paper, 1960s,
Price upon request

Two intersecting snakes, also known as Kundalini, represent a cosmic power. As stated in tantra, the coiled-up energy sits within us and is unmanifested, and is said to be a dormant holder of psychic power. The arousal of the Kundalini, beginning its ascent through the psychic areas within the body is what helps to transcend our limitations.

This collection of tantric art dates back to the 1960s and was discovered in Delhi and Jaipur, India. Thirteen paintings are a part of this rare and extraordinary collection, each of them communicating a single narrative through yantra symbols. Key elements associated with Indian tantric art are higher consciousness, enlightenment, and divinity, as referenced in each of these unique paintings through the energy patterns of yantra, where creation and control of ideas are said to be possible, most often manifested through meditation. Both geometric and abstract shapes are used in the paintings as a way of portraying a deity.

8¾″ x 13 ½″, gouache on handmade paper, 1960s,
Price upon request

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TANTRA, NO. 6
India

Two intersecting snakes, also known as Kundalini, represent a cosmic power. As stated in tantra, the coiled-up energy sits within us and is unmanifested, and is said to be a dormant holder of psychic power. The arousal of the Kundalini, beginning its ascent through the psychic areas within the body is what helps to transcend our limitations.

This collection of tantric art dates back to the 1960s and was discovered in Delhi and Jaipur, India. Thirteen paintings are a part of this rare and extraordinary collection, each of them communicating a single narrative through yantra symbols. Key elements associated with Indian tantric art are higher consciousness, enlightenment, and divinity, as referenced in each of these unique paintings through the energy patterns of yantra, where creation and control of ideas are said to be possible, most often manifested through meditation. Both geometric and abstract shapes are used in the paintings as a way of portraying a deity.

8¾″ x 13 ½″, gouache on handmade paper, 1960s,
Price upon request

Vintage Glass Perfume Bottles: Discovered in the Chadni Chowk market of New Delhi at a 200-year-old perfumery, these vintage bottles come in various colors and sizes and are etched and hand-painted. Can be used for oils and perfumes or as a decorative object.

3 X 5.50 Inches, glass, New Delhi, India, 1960s, Price upon request

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Vintage Glass Perfume Bottle (Green)
India

Vintage Glass Perfume Bottles: Discovered in the Chadni Chowk market of New Delhi at a 200-year-old perfumery, these vintage bottles come in various colors and sizes and are etched and hand-painted. Can be used for oils and perfumes or as a decorative object.

3 X 5.50 Inches, glass, New Delhi, India, 1960s, Price upon request

Hand painted with the words “Francisco y Rosa”, this set of plates was hand crafted for a wedding in the 1950s in Oaxaca as a symbol of union and love. The red clay is painted using blue and white, and the center has a large floral surrounded by whimsical designs. Due to the hand work, each plate is one-of-a-kind and has natural flaws. This collection was discovered in Mexico City. For decorative use only.

Sold as a set of 9, 10” x 10”, clay and glaze, 1950s, Mexico, Price upon request

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WEDDING PLATES
Mexico

Hand painted with the words “Francisco y Rosa”, this set of plates was hand crafted for a wedding in the 1950s in Oaxaca as a symbol of union and love. The red clay is painted using blue and white, and the center has a large floral surrounded by whimsical designs. Due to the hand work, each plate is one-of-a-kind and has natural flaws. This collection was discovered in Mexico City. For decorative use only.

Sold as a set of 9, 10” x 10”, clay and glaze, 1950s, Mexico, Price upon request