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

This set of Mexican drip ware plates, also known as losa gotiada, were hand crafted in Oaxaca during the 1940s using red clay. The brown, blue, and green glaze are traditional colors used in Oaxacan drip ware pottery. Abstract designs are often seen in this type of pottery, and due to the hand work each plate is one-of-a-kind and has natural flaws. This collection was discovered in Mexico City.

Sold as a set of 4, 7” x 7”, clay and glaze, 1940s, Price upon request

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Drip Ware Plates
Mexico

This set of Mexican drip ware plates, also known as losa gotiada, were hand crafted in Oaxaca during the 1940s using red clay. The brown, blue, and green glaze are traditional colors used in Oaxacan drip ware pottery. Abstract designs are often seen in this type of pottery, and due to the hand work each plate is one-of-a-kind and has natural flaws. This collection was discovered in Mexico City.

Sold as a set of 4, 7” x 7”, clay and glaze, 1940s, 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.

Sold as a set of 9, 10” x 10”, clay and glaze, 1950s, 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.

Sold as a set of 9, 10” x 10”, clay and glaze, 1950s, 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. On the day of 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. On the day of 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. On the day of 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. On the day of 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

This particular work is a blueprint for a Hindu construct, representing three Hindu qualities 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 geometric symbols in this work of art suggest that all of these elements live within.

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. 2
India

This particular work is a blueprint for a Hindu construct, representing three Hindu qualities 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 geometric symbols in this work of art suggest that all of these elements live within.

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

In this painting, the egg-shaped Brahmanda represents wholeness (as in Tantra 1). Shiva Linga is often used to describe this type of yantra, carrying a phallic association. Siva Linga has also been defined as the all-pervading space in which the whole universe is in the process of formation and dissolution,according to Hindu religious texts. Vibration, manifestation, and universal power are words that can be used to describe the colors emanating from the painting.

This collection of tantric art dates back to the 1960s and was discovered in 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.

8″ x 10″, gouache on handmade paper, 1960s,
Price upon request

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TANTRA, NO. 3
India

In this painting, the egg-shaped Brahmanda represents wholeness (as in Tantra 1). Shiva Linga is often used to describe this type of yantra, carrying a phallic association. Siva Linga has also been defined as the all-pervading space in which the whole universe is in the process of formation and dissolution,according to Hindu religious texts. Vibration, manifestation, and universal power are words that can be used to describe the colors emanating from the painting.

This collection of tantric art dates back to the 1960s and was discovered in 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.

8″ x 10″, gouache on handmade paper, 1960s,
Price upon request

This egg-shaped Brahmanda represents eternal reality in absolute form. The space within the Brahmanda is said to be sacred and filled with cosmic energy. Also known as a yantra symbol, it is the equivalent of a deity and uses its power as a diagram to create and control ideas.

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.

5½″ x 11½″, gouache on handmade paper, 1960s,
Price upon request

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TANTRA, NO. 6
India

This egg-shaped Brahmanda represents eternal reality in absolute form. The space within the Brahmanda is said to be sacred and filled with cosmic energy. Also known as a yantra symbol, it is the equivalent of a deity and uses its power as a diagram to create and control ideas.

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.

5½″ x 11½″, 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. 7
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. 8
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. 9
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

The coiled Kundalini (snake) is symbolic of female energy, not just in females or humans in general, but also in every particle of the universe. The energy may be dormant, but its purpose is to be awakened and united with Shiva – known as Pure Consciousness – which then leads to liberation, freedom, and creativity.

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. 12
India

The coiled Kundalini (snake) is symbolic of female energy, not just in females or humans in general, but also in every particle of the universe. The energy may be dormant, but its purpose is to be awakened and united with Shiva – known as Pure Consciousness – which then leads to liberation, freedom, and creativity.

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

A vibrant yellow snake known as Kundalini is ascending upwards, a symbol of wholeness and self-realization. It is surrounded by the egg-shaped Brahman, also known at Shiva Linga, representing the birth of cosmos and the source of all energy. This yantra, like all others, signifies a higher consciousness and is meant to assist in manifestation.

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.

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

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TANTRA, NO. 13
India

A vibrant yellow snake known as Kundalini is ascending upwards, a symbol of wholeness and self-realization. It is surrounded by the egg-shaped Brahman, also known at Shiva Linga, representing the birth of cosmos and the source of all energy. This yantra, like all others, signifies a higher consciousness and is meant to assist in manifestation.

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.

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