Avery Art and Antiques
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Bronze : Pre 1900 item #1304606
AVERY ART & ANTIQUES
$3200.00
In order to protect her son Eros from the zealous infatuation of Psyche, goddess of love Aphrodite placed a curse on the over-ardent nymph: if the boy ever beheld her she would turn into a butterfly. So their meetings were only in the dark of night. But of course the girl soon tired of not seeing her beloved and sneaked in one night with an oil lamp. An errant drop of hot oil from the lamp awoke the young god and away fluttered Psyche...
All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : Europe : British : Pre 1800 item #1285102
AVERY ART & ANTIQUES
$18,500.00
"He is covered with stars, ribbons and medals, more like a Prince of the Opera than the Conqueror of the Nile. It is really melancholy to see a brave and good man, who has deserved well of his country, cutting so pitiful a figure." This was written by General Sir John Moore upon receiving this painting of his friend and fellow defender of England, Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1280449
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$2,200.00
Excavated near Filadelfia, Costa Rico, this impressive vase is in the striking Nicoya Polychrome style. Applied to one side of the bulbous tripod body is the head of an animal, probably a jaguar or coatimundi, resting on its forearms. A band of hieroglyphs encircles the vase's collar and other designs run around the legs and in a ribbon down the back. Excellent unbroken condition, with some wear to the buff paint of the body, but with all motifs intact...
All Items : Antiques : Instruments and Implements : Culinary : Pre 1900 item #1280066
AVERY ART & ANTIQUES
$175.00
Finely wrought of steel and ebony, this handsome and rare "manche-a-gigot" would allow the carver-at-table to hold steady a leg-of-lamb. (This problem of service unfortunately led to the rolled-and-tied boneless -- and less succulent -- cut of lamb served at tables nowadays. And alas, no meaty bone for next-day's Scotch broth!) French, Second Empire, circa third quarter of the Nineteenth Century, approximately seven inches long.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Asia Trade : Pre 1920 item #1266713
AVERY ART & ANTIQUES
$3200.00
I love the three-dimensional effect of this pure-silver ice bucket, a tribute to the genius of Japanese metal smiths...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Architectural Elements : Pre 1837 VR item #1265226
AVERY ART & ANTIQUES
$250.00
This unusual antique Chinese gilded architectural carving portrays a cricket on tree leaf on a seeded green ground. It is finely mounted in a distressed frame of dark red lacquer, and on the back bears the paper label of legendary San Francisco art dealer and framer E B Courvoisier. Circa 1800. Approximately nine inches by 13-1/2 inches.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Instruments and Implements : Pre 1940 item #1265025
AVERY ART & ANTIQUES
$85.00
Not many people remember when uniformed attendants were the guardians of urban folk at the municipal skating rink. (See for instance Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in "Shall We Dance" [1937]) Here is Art Deco form is a representative attendant.
All Items : Fine Art : Sculpture : Bronze : Pre 1980 item #1263240
AVERY ART & ANTIQUES
$3500.00
The movement of a crashing wave is recalled by the sculpture's rolling form, the effect reverberating in its shining surfaces. A very limited (6/12) example of this noted contemporary sculptor's work. About 12 inches high by eight inches wide. Mounted to pivot on the black marble base.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Continental : Pre 1920 item #1263228
AVERY ART & ANTIQUES
$1250.00
A fine example of classic restraint, this solid silver biscuit box was fashioned in Amsterdam in 1881, the tray produced for it in 1919. (Yes, the biscuits are NutterButters, a secret passion...) Box is about 5-5/8 inches in diameter, three inches high; tray is seven inches in diameter, 3/4 inch high. Weight of the two pieces is about 20 ounces. Superb condition!
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Continental : Pre 1900 item #1261611
AVERY ART & ANTIQUES
$555.00
The central portion of this fine Russian silver salver displays a highly detailed, swirling arabesque design. Marks indicate that it was made in Moscow in 1854, maker "AK." Approximately 5-1/2 inches in diameter and in excellent condition.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Enamel : Pre 1920 item #1261517
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$3,800.00
This example of rare plique-a-jour (windowpane,)gold-framed enamel was presented in 1914 to the admiral of a Russian battleship. (I have a picture of the ship inscribed by officers of the crew.) The fob is inscribed with a good-luck wish and the date of 1914 and measures about 1-1/2 inches by 3/4 inch overall. For luck the remains of the the fob's blue silk ribbon has been retained.)
All Items : Antiques : Instruments and Implements : Culinary : Pre 1700 item #1256167
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Price on Request
When I found this giant beauty more than half-a-century ago in the window of a Manhattan antiques shop it was holding a vase of daisies. The clerk explained that it had a cover and offered me a discount. It was the largest piece of treen I had seen (it still is) and I dragged it back to my cubicle in the Madison Avenue advertising agency for which I worked...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Folk Art : Pre 1930 item #1254322
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$3200.00
In full sail on a bright, sunny day is portrayed the Norwegian clipper ship "Anna," originally "Anna of Bergen." Launched in 1868, she was dubbed the "Sailing Queen of Norway" and plied the seas in a long and distinguished career before being restored and retired to serving as the tall-ship training vessel she is today. Signed and dated "K Sorensen 1923," this fine diorama is in excellent condition and measures approximately 18-1/2 inches by 25-1/2 inches by 3-1/2 inches.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1254157
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$4300.00
Portraying the "Star of France" accompanied by two smaller craft, this is a superb tribute to the famous three-master. Built in 1877, her history brought her through many glorious transformations, including berths in San Francisco and a late stint as an Alaskan fishing ship before she was destroyed in the first years of World War II. Late Nineteenth Century, approximately 23 inches by 16 inches by 10 inches deep. Excellent, fit condition.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Ceramics : French : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1248297
AVERY ART & ANTIQUES
$250.00
Of fine quality Paris porcelain dressing table set of eight pieces: a rectangular tray, a pair of candlesticks, a pair of bottles, two covered jars and a ring tree, all hand-painted in a rare design of colorful pheasant feathers. Condition is fine but for stabilized damage to the larger jar. For scale, the tray is around 6-1/4 inches by 8-1/2 inches, the sticks about 4-3/4 inches tall.
All Items : Antiques : Instruments and Implements : Pre 1900 item #1247895
AVERY ART & ANTIQUES
$6200.00
Made for export around 1870, this 11-piece dressing set, in its original lacquer fitted case, is of extraordinary purity (approximately 950/1000) and weight, the powder box alone weighing in at about 11 ounces. Featuring finely martèle surfaces within plain borders, the decoration is elegantly reserved...
All Items : Antiques : Furnishings : Accessories : Pre 1920 item #1246272
AVERY ART & ANTIQUES
$1300.00
Retaining its original finish and mirror, this home-spun redwood charmer is now my special chest for small-batch spices. (Since it no longer hangs on a wall and is suspended in front of storage shelves, occasionally small bottles disappear out the back,only to be found after I need them...) The highly imaginative caduceus above and other classical motifs lend charm to the piece, and the towel bar below -- now housing a paper roll -- is very handy...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Ceramics : French : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1244651
AVERY ART & ANTIQUES
$55.00
A fine service plate with a striking turquoise border and gold accents. Circa 1840, approximately nine inches at wider diameter. Excellent condition.