Bold Secession design box made in the Arthur Krupp Berndorf workshop in Esslingen, Germany circa 1915. High, fluted sides with beaded elements are a clear Josef Hoffmann influence. Stepped cover has further beaded design around a scalloped cartouche. Firm's marks beneath. Dimensions: 3 1/4" H., 3 7/8" W., 5 3/4" L.
Very fine large WMF (Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik) Art Nouveau wine or champagne cooler. Each of the tri-form sides depicts in high relief a different castle from the Rhine and Mosel valleys. The castles are nestled among naturalistic landscapes in deep relief as well. Three pierced handles adorn the top section. Firm's marks beneath. Made in Germany circa 1900. Dimensions: 11 1/2" H., 9 1/4" W. at handles.
Lovely Art Nouveau basket with reticulated scallop-top florals. A complementary pivot bale handle rises above the form made by WMF (Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik). For the British market circa 1900. Stamped beneath EPNS. Gilded interior. Pictured in the well-known WMF 1906 catalogue, page 231. Dimensions: 4 3/4" W., 1 3/4" H., 4 1/2" H to handle.
A wonderful desk or counter-top accessory. This WMF (Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik) reticulated Jugendstil table bell emits a splendid ring... Ring upon a twist of the finial. Illustrated on page 335 of this workshop's well-known 1906 catalogue. Firm's marks beneath. Made in Germany circa 1900. Dimensions: 3 1/2" H, 3 7/8" W.
Beautifully interpreted Art Nouveau design. A Mucha-inspired figural maiden with flowing hair upholds a corner of her gown as it undulates about the perimeter of the tray. Pendant irises in relief are further enhanced by cast and applied flowers and fronds in high relief. Made by the famous WMF (Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik) workshop in Germany circa 1900. Illustrated in the firm's 1906 catalogue, page 170. Signed beneath. Dimensions: 12 1/4" W., 11 1/2" H.
Four detailed cast swans with spread wings support an elaborately cut crystal bowl. The swans rest upon a quatrefoil form base with bun feet. Lovely romanticized Victorian figural design. Crystal bowl lifts away for cleaning. Made in England circa 1880. Dimensions: 9" W., 11 1/2" L., at base 8 7/8" H.
A lovely fully cast figural maiden rises above a four-section undulating, floriform Art Nouveau tray. Designed by Albert Mayer in Germany circa 1900. The alluring figure represents a flower emerging from the earth. Among the finest forms created by WMF (Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik), illustrated on page 342 in the firm's well-known 1906 catalogue. Signed beneath. Dimensions: 10 1/2" W., 11 1/2" H.
Relief clusters of pendant grapes within four stylized diamond-form lozenges adorn this Art Nouveau wine-bottle stand. Made in Germany circa 1905. Dimensions: 2 3/4" H., 4 1/4" W.
Lovely figural letter opener made by the famous Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik (WMF) workshop in Germany, circa 1900. Fully cast detailed figure of an Art Nouveau maiden with cascading hair upon front as well as reverse. Illustrated on page 270 of the firm's well-known 1906 catalogue. Dimensions: 7 3/4" L.
Old Sheffield Epergne, English C.1840.The square stand on 4 foliage knuckle supports, gadroon foliate rim, base and central section of rich foliage design and central finial, supporting a large bowl, hob nail design, fan border, 4 reeded arms supporting 4 smaller matching bowls. Height: 12 inches without bowl, 15 ¼ inches including bowl. Similar example V&A Collections Museum number: M.629&A-1936...
19th century French Silver plate Mirror Plateau Centrepiece, C.1860. The plateau with central rectangular panel flanked by two oval `d’ end shaped panels, with balustrade gallery sides above reed and foliate borders interspaced with festoon applied intervals, all on acanthus foliage supports with campana bead feet on wood underside. Measures: 36 x 15 x 2 inches.
Four reticulated Art Nouveau foliate cartouches alternate with vertical and further reticulated oval forms, all with engraved detail. Made circa 1910 in Germany by the well-known Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik (WMF) workshop. Dimensions: 2 5/8" H., 4" W.
The design of this piece is delightful and absolutely mad! It is primarily an Egyptian Revival piece, centering the Goddess Hathor (a goddess of music, dance, foreign lands and fertility who helped women in childbirth [Wikipedia]). She is wearing big earrings, and her usual headdress. She seems to have a flower in her hair, and in front of her there is greenery tied by a ribbon with a bow (laurel? Mistletoe?)...
W.M.F Art Nouveau Silver Plate Frame, Germany C.1910. The Frame of large oval shape, decorated with stylised plumage and rosette design with vacant cartouche, centering an oval compartment for photograph. WMF marks. Original back. Measures:10 x 7.5 inches. Interior approximately : 5.5 x 4 inches.
Bold and lovely Jungendstil jewel box made by the well-known Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik (WMF) workshop in Germany circa 1900. Sweeping Art Nouveau curving elements in relief adorn the surface. An inward-curving hinged cover with a reticulated handle at its top completes the large form. The design is illustrated in the firm's 1906 catalogue, page 299. Dimensions: 9 3/4" L., 5 3/4" W. 5 1/4" H.
Fine oval snuff box, second quarter 19th C, gilt interior. Note ornament repeated on the bottom as well. A finely crafted antique snuff box.
High Art Nouveau tray with reticulated whiplash elements. Relief florals enhance each end. Incised elements highlight the tray's surface. The undulating form is supported by four ball feet. Made by the well-known workshop WMF (Wurttembergische Metallwaren Fabrik)in Germany circa 1910. Dimensions: 8 1/2" W., 13 1/2" L.
Walker and Hall, Sheffield, 19th C.