Carved in very rare lustrous huanghuali this holder for joss sticks was fashioned from the heavy and now extinct "silver rosewood" in the form of a sacred lotus blossom, sacred to the Buddha and symbol of transcendental purity rising from the mire below. Approximately seven inches tall and eight inches in diameter at the widest point, it is in excellent condition.
Elegantly graceful and in beautiful condition, this rare pair of classical sterling silver cups bear hallmarks that indicate that they were created in 1818 to 1836 by a Lisbon silversmith. In crisp condition, the bright-cut engravings depict floral festoons encircling a frontal oval blank (never engraved!) topped by a basket of flowers. Approximately 3-1/4 inches at the widest point and 2-5/8 inches high, they weigh a bit over six ounces Troy.
Gowned in court finery and garlanded in flowers, the Goddess Flora steps into a glade of poppy capsules (?) surrounded by stylized floral borders -- beauty in full bloom! Approximately 18-1/2 inches by 21-1/2 inches and in excellent condition, this superb example of wool-and-silk needlework might once have graced a noble seat-back or fire screen, French, late Seventeenth Century to early Eighteenth Century.
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Here is a rare find: a pair of Seventeenth Century candlesticks in lustrous bell metal the color of rose gold. (Please note that the color of the metal in the pictures is not the true, lustrous red-gold of the actual objects.) Engraved with designs of stylized flowers and festoons, they are about six inches tall and 4-1/2 inches in diameter. Both sticks have been pierced (not by me!) for electrical wiring.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1837 VR item #22808 (stock #164AAA)
Very much in the George II style and incorporating a silver coin of that king’s reign in its silver bowl is this extraordinary sauce ladle, perhaps made to fit into a service of earlier manufacture. The handle is chased and engraved in a rococo chinoiserie manner, with fronds and flowers and an oriental parasol finial. The bowl is repousséd with panels of flowers and a shield. A snarling wolf is the armorial crest and the marks indicate the makers as William, Eley, William Fearn and Willi...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Ceramics : French : Porcelain : Pre 1837 VR item #24823 (stock #187AAA)
Based on famous Eighteenth Century paintings, these country lovers, a smitten swain and the bashful object of his affection, were created by the famous Paris porcelain factory of Jacob Petit in the rue de Belleville around 1830 and probably were modeled by the sculptor Revenand. Their resplendent costumes, lavishly woven and embroidered, belie the couple’s humble origins: these are no field hand and barefoot housemaid, but a pair of courtiers playing peasants. The vases measure approximat...
In remarkably perfect condition, this charming faux-bambou brass chamber stick, or "go-to-bed," still has its original shade, finely engraved with fleurs-de-lys. It measures approximately six inches tall and is French, circa 1830.
In superb condition, this pair of Rouen faience is decorated with brilliant chinoiserie lambrequins. Bearing the the factory mark of La Veuve Levavasseur, they measure approximately 5-3/4 inches high and are four inches square at the flared tops. French, circa 1770.
This sort of bouquetiere or pique-fleurs mural (cut-flower vase) was designed to stand close to the wall, or close to a mirror, in which its flowers would appear doubled. It was made in Moustiers, France, probably at Fouque factory (cf: Nouveau Tardy, Faiences de Moustier, page 98, fig. 185) in the third quarter of the Eighteenth Century. It displays the popular Louis XV motif of a central rococo cartouche with flags and arrows and a quiver. Only normal wear and a couple of minor hairline crack...
Bearing the incised mark, “Schramberg 2”, this exceptional 16-1/2 inch German charger, decorated entirely in grisaille transfers, was made around 1825 to rival the wares of France’s Creil and Montereau factories, which in turn flourished after Napoleon breeched the flood of English creamware that Louis XVI had let into France, therefore putting some 10,000 potters there out of work. Surrounded by borders of grapevines is a highly detailed scene of Zurich, circa 1800. The platter is in fi...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : South American : Handiwork : Pre 1837 VR item #156432 (stock #287AAA)
An almost Picasso-like creation, this standing cup in heavy mine silver for sipping mate features an attached dished base raised up on four coiled feet that echo the “ears” of the cup. The only surface designs are a double row of ratcheted circles and four punched-in quatrefoils, all on the base. This eccentric little figure is Bolivian, late 18th Century, and measures approximately four inches by 4-3/4 inches at the base and 5-1/4 inches tall.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Americas : Latin American : Pre 1940 item #314948 (stock #362AAA)
This fine knife exemplifies the elegant, Aztec-inspired style for which famous Mexican silversmith/designer Hector Aguilar was known. Measuring approximately six inches by 1-1/4 inches, it dates from around 1935.
Together for more than a century, these mated gourds were used for generations of the same family in Japan. The gentleman's gourd is approximately 14 inches long and the lady's is about 8-1/2. (The latter one has a fine lacquer repair that shows in the close-up photo. The stoppers are carved persimmon wood, the lady's has a brass ring and a bone ring for hanging the two gourds.
An excellent example of the noted French instrument maker, Naudet, Hulot et Companie, is the handsome brass-bound wall unit. Dated circa 1880, it combines a holosteric barometer with two crescent thermometers, Reaumur(Centigrade) and Fehrenheit. The dial is about 6-1/2 inches in diameter, full height with swiveling bezel 8-1/2 inches and depth 2-1/2 inches. Excellent working condition.
Finely carved in lustrous nephrite, soft green with a bluish tone, this figure of the Immortal Hotai shows the chubby god stepping forward, a branch over his shoulder that is ready to blossom into prosperity for its receiver. In superb condition, the figure is approximately 3-1/4 inches tall by 2-1/4 inches wide by 1-1/2 inches deep. Chinese, late Eighteenth Century to early Nineteenth Century.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1900 item #18619 (stock #116AAA)
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This finely crafted Indonesian betel nut box is the finest I have ever come across. The strapwork decorated body is in clearest white paktong, an alloy of copper, nickel and zinc much favored as a tarnish-free silver substitute by British silversmiths in the Eighteenth Century. There are three compartments inside for the betelnuts and the lime and betel leaves necessary for chewing them. Indonesian, Nineteenth Century. Approximately 7-3/4 inches long by four inches wide by 2-3/4 inches high....
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Bearing the hallmarks of noted London silversmith Thomas Chawner, this heavyweight meat skewer was made in 1777. It it is fine condition, with only minor signs of use. Rare today, such skewers are usually displayed on desks as paperweights and letter-openers, rather than for holding a cut of meat in place for dressing it.
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Finely carved with billowing scrolls surrounding the sacred mythical Garuda, half human, half eagle and very powerful and protective. India, late Eighteenth to early Nineteenth Centuries. Excellent, as-found condition. They would make a superb -- and protective -- headboard for a bed. Approximately seven inches by 27 inches by 1-1/2 inches in depth.