Originally these seven little masterpieces were elements of an elaborate floral vase or other table ornament. They are rare and remarkably lifelike and most retain the ivory shanks that bore the wire attaching the flowers to the main body. (One petal of the dogwood flower has been drilled with a tiny hole that must have allowed it to be joined to a cluster of blossoms.) They are extraordinarily well preserved and vary in length from two inches to 1-1/14 inches. Chinese, circa 1880.
Bearing hallmarks of St Petersburg, 1878, this refined heavyweight, solid silver salver has a lustrous, matted finish of old salt-applied gilt, lending it the tone of green gold. In excellent condition, it is approximately 8-1/2 inches in diameter and half-an-inch deep, and is of 84 zolodniks purity.
This top-quality serving tray from noted Hong Kong silversmith Wang Hing is in excellent condition with almost no signs of wear. A finely engraved dragon-in-clouds circles around the center an attached high-relief pie-crust border. Approximately eight inches in diameter and a half-inch deep.
This 30-inch necklace of lacy elements conjoined by round links has good heft, despite its delicate appearance. Probably Italian, its lemon-yellow gold is hallmarked with 18-karat purity and maker's initials. Weight: 1/2 oz.
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.
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.
A graceful and well-balanced piece of nautical hand work, this fine dipper features a fluted and inscribed -- "GIVE" on the rim -- coconut cup and delicately turned wooden handle. Approximately 13 inches in length, the cup is about four inches tall by 3-1/4 inches wide. American, Nineteenth 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.
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.
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...
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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...
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...
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.
Charmingly naive, a scene from a Jane Austen novel, this portrait miniature, watercolor and gouache on parchment, of a beautiful brunette features exquisite detail: the jewelry, the textiles and lace -- particularly the lace shawl and East Indian turban --, the workbasket on the table, the wainscoting and room furnishings, ... Dating from around 1800, the image, under the original glass, is approximately 2-1/2 inches in diameter, the ebonized frame is five inches by 5-1/2 inches...
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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.
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...
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.
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.