Offered here is a very fine carved figure of a saint, possibly Italian in origin. The carving is delicately done, particularly the hands(remarkably, the hands are still attached) and the head where the carver managed a beatific expression on tiny features. The statue is really in fine condition given it's age. There is wear, but most of the enameling remains. 9.5" tall including the base.
This pair of ginger jar shaped stoneware vessels are actually antique Copenhagen Snuff jars. I liked the form and the deep ivory color of the jars, and also the way the glaze has crackled, and I assumed that they were Asian. I later discovered the impressed mark on the side of each jar, which is really only discernible on one of the jars, which reads "Copenhagen Snuff, Weyman & Bro, Pittsburg, Pa.". George Weyman founded Copenhagen Snuff in 1822, and these jars were in use from ...click for details
A ready to frame set of four hand colored bird copper plate engravings on laid paper, N.d. Vogel. They have good color and only light toning on the very edges. One engraving has a spot inside the image (the last image). The paper measures approximately 7.25" by 4.75". Probably date to mid 18th century.
Offered here is a fascinating, hand carved wood bust of two-faced figure. It is Philipino, Catholic, and 18th century. Whether this depicts the two sides of man, or Christ (or an angel) and Satan, I do not know. Either way, it's definitely an interesting religious artifact. The carving is very skilled and finely detailed. The "good" side has soft features and a beatific expression. The devil side has a horn, a pointy moustache, an upturned eye with a heavy brow, a pointy ear ...click for details
Offered here is one or a pair of fine English sterling master salt spoons. The maker is Walter Brind, a prolific maker of good holloware. The mark dates them to 1794-95. They each have a coat of arms engraved on the front. 4 1/8" in length, excellent condition. Priced individually. (One is now sold.)
Offered here is a very handsome early polychrome covered jar having applied flowers and butterflies and foo lion head "handles" on an ochre ground. The colors are quite nice. The jar is approximately 16" high and about 12" across, and the weight is rather substantial. It is in excellent condition. Not marked.
This is an interesting bust that came my way just the other day. It is dated 1903. There is quite a bit inscribed on the shoulder area, some of it written in French, but I have been unable to make out most of it so I suggest you have a go at it and, if you figure it out, let me know. The dimensions are 22" across at the shoulders and a little over 15" to the top of the head. It's really quite nice...wish I knew more.
Offered here is a superb majolica teapot or kettle made by the American makers Griffin Hill and Smith, about 1880. It has wonderful form and color and almost no wear. The only defect is a chip that was filled on the foot, not visible unless you pick it up and turn it over. Gorgeous, rare piece. About 9" end to end and 6" high.
Offered here is a continental tin glazed tureen. The base is enameled with scenes depicting animals, a dog and a deer specifically, in a landscape with hills or rocks in the background. The handles are applied and are in a fruit and foliage motif. The lid has figures in a landscape, two on each side, with the same hills and sky in the background. The finial is applied and in the form of a lemon attached to a branch with leaves. The tureen is in fine condition, given the brittle nature of ear ...click for details
Offered here are 4 sterling silver small bowls by London makers John Aldwinkle and Thomas Slater, hallmarked for 1891-92. The bowls are very ornate and have a lobed form with repousse decoration all around the circumference in 3 different motifs. The bowl is raised on 4 feet that are applied to the sides of the bowl. The bowls are heavy for their size. They are 3.5" in diameter and stand 1.5" high. Some don't sit completely level on a surface.