The prices on these very old, probably antique heavy copper snuff bottles are jumping up every time I run across one. They were made for export at the turn of the last century in China. They have thick gauge copper bodies and brilliant glass enamel colors fired on. They are then electroplated with 24 KT gold. The design on this bottle is a sylized phoenix, symbol of the Empress. The gold is almost always worn or oxidized. This one has the original metal with glass inset spoon and it has no damag ...click for details
I found these wonderful African miniature bronzes at an estate sale. The collector had very nice ethnic and tribal art pieces, that were not new. I am not sure of the age or the exact tribe associated with the maker of these pieces. I give my age estimate based on the other pieces in the collection. They are probably lost wax and assembled in pieces. They are painted. The tallest is 3". The animal masks are the heads for the human form dancers. You see a snake, crocodile, bull and Lizzard. ...click for details
Another rare find. This very tiny mudman boat with two figures has survived over 1/2 a century with no damage. There is a sitting figure at the end of the boat and another tiny sitting with in the boat. The sitting figure is about 1/4" tall, 1 cm. This very detailed dish garden figure is hand made from high fired stoneware clay. No other type of clay or porcelain can take such fine part details without breaking. This type of old and very detailed micro miniature dish garden figure is collec ...click for details
Vintage micro mudmen in a boat. High fired traditional high iron content clay is used to hand make each of these detailed dish garden figures. They are marked HongKong helps date to about 50 years ago. Remarkable for no missing parts. Two figures one with arms out standing and one sitting within the boat. You can see from the USA dime that they are about 2 /12" long, less than 1/2" tall. These are valued by both Asian and Western collectors and are VERY hard to find of this old quality ...click for details
One of the best of the early [1920s] Jardiniere designs. This early design Brush McCoy is #249. It is 7" top diameter and 6 1/2" tall. It has better than most coloration with brown at the top flowing into a green bottom. It has no visible or audial damage. Not sure of exact age of this piece, but it is early. It is one of the most collectible pieces from Brush-McCoy
A really good piece of lost wax casting bronze tribal art. This small box has a crocodile atop it. It is 2" long and about 1 1/4" tall. It is a primitive hand made piece so the top is not an exact factory type fit. It is a very unusual piece of African art and it is at least 50 years old. A really unique treasure.
This is a traditional Indian toy with a brass animal on wheels. This is a smaller version than most. It is 2 1/2" tall and rare for this miniature size. As you can see it is a lost wax casting, primitive but very charming. It is a rider atop an Elephant. Probably 40 to 50 years old. A nice piece.
An outstanding piece of sculpting and casting. This is a solid cast bronze from China. It is a wise man atop a foo dog-lion. It is about 3" long and 3" wide. It is about 30 years old and it is a very smart investment for the future.
You see a framed replica of a very ornate cigarette paper box from a Chinese antique. The material I cast these from is a composite stone, same materian museums use for some of there replicas. It has a brilliant gold acrylic finish. The easil frame is 4 3/4" X 6 3/4". It could be converted to hang on a wall. Very elegant and expensive look. My own original so you will not see it elsewhere.
This snuff bottle came from an estate in London. It is old, at least 70 years and it is unusual in its size of 3 3/4" tall. It has highly raised figures and is an export quality. It has no damage, base has normal firing flaws for this type of ware. Nice look, glass top with brass spoon. An old piece soon to be considered antique. A good addition to a collection and a pleasing piece to look at.