A rare curiosity - an early nineteenth, late 18th Century stuffed specimen of a North African Nile Crocodile, Crocodylus Niloticus.
An extremely fine and striking piece of antique taxidermy art from a bygone era. The crocodile mounted in a position of attack, his mouth wide open to reveal his deep mouth and sharp teeth. His legs flexed ready to pounce and his tail curled to the side. The whole piece expertly conserved, mounted and painted.
Length: 41 inches.
Condition: Excellent. S ...click for details
A magnificent, very rare South Italian Islamic bronze lion, dating to approximately 1100 AD.
The powerfully modeled lion is shown standing four-square, his ears perked up and his elaborate tail erect, curving into a figure of eight. He is shown upward-gazing, with thick incised mane. He has a prominent brow and nasal ridge, his nostrils and mouth schematically rendered.
Lions of this type are very rare and are believed to represent the fusion of Islamic, Byzantine and Western Artistic tra ...click for details
An important Ancient Chinese Ming dynasty ceramic composition showing four figures advancing forwards and carrying a throne, dating to approximately 1300 AD.
An extremely rare compositional work. The style of this piece surpasses the vast majority of known Ming dynasty sculptural ceramics. The group is shown in dynamic motion, in contrast to nearly all Ming, indeed Chinese, figural art which looks rigid and motion-less by comparison.
The effect of dynamism has been achieved by clever sc ...click for details
An exceptionally rare Ancient European Vinca Culture zoomorphic creature, dating to the 5th Millennium BC.
The grey terracotta horned creature with elongated forehead, pointed nose and mouth, short legs, stub tail and a large belly. The quality of this finely made sculpture exceeds the vast majority of known Vinca pieces. Careful modeling and use of incised decoration create a marvelous, powerful aesthetic.
The subject matter is rather mysterious. The highly stylized figure appears to b ...click for details
This is one of the largest and rarest examples of Classical Greek art that we have seen. Dating to around 450 BC this beautiful and large naturalistic pottery sculpture of a Cow would have once served in a Temple in ancient Greece as a Fertility Votive.
She is shown with full udders and teats, her tail raised. She has flared nostrils and her mouth is partly open , head turned to the right. A very large, naturalistic terracotta with pathos.
The classical Greeks were expert sculptors with te ...click for details
A rare ancient Greek Laconian Black glazed pottery Column Krater, dating to the 4th Century B.C.
This magnificent Column Krater is of typical form, with short flared foot, acorn shaped body and wide mouth, with broad collar rim. Two thick strap handles divide outwards to form stirrup-like loops, which attach to the shoulder of the Krater.
The Krater is a ceremonial piece, likely used for funerary purposes. As such it is fair to assume that the hole in the base is an ancient design feature ...click for details