AVERY ART & ANTIQUES
A very bold scene of peonies being visited by a butterfly fills the center of this excellent Japanese porcelain 15-inch charger. It dates from the third quarter of the Nineteenth Century and is in superb condition.
AVERY ART & ANTIQUES
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.
AVERY ART & ANTIQUES
Perhaps originally mounted as a dressing table mirror or as an easel mirror, this carved and painted piece is approximately 16 inches and 17 inches wide. It is in excellent condition, with only a couple of chips.
Number 6 of a very limited edition of 30, this masterly etching was created in 1972 by the renowned Romanian artist Sigismond Kolos-Vary, who received French citizenship in 1955. Featured in two Paris museums and in museums and important collections throughout the world, the work of this important is even more in demand since his death in 1983. The paper is approximately 13 inches by 10 inches while the image is about 10-1/2 inches by eight. Signed and dated in pencil lower right-hand side...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Continental : Pre 1700 item #15033 (stock #70AAA)
A rare example of High Renaissance metal craft is this small oval platter, hand repousséd brass with a heavy coating of silver which was then carefully polished to simulate the real thing, all this in a time when labor was cheap and silver the main expression of status. The central scene is chinoiserie, an oriental court tableau of a potentate and his consort being serenaded by a standing figure playing an enormous trumpet...
One of two versions of the this bust of William Shakespeare that we possess (see Trocadero Item #14819) by Enoch Wood (1759 to 1840). In this one he is a brunet with a tan and gray cloak, a rather florid complexion and a gilt locket at his throat. Molded into his back is "Shakespere," I guess so we shouldn't mistake him for Vincent Price. Superb condition with some crackling to the skin tones. English, circa 1800. Approximately 8-1/2 inches high by six inches wide by 3-1/2 inches deep.
This is one of two versions of this Enoch Wood (English, 1759 to 1840) bust of the Immortal Bard that we have on hand. (See Trocadero Item #14831) It is amazing what a difference the enameling can make! This model is cloaked in bright leafy green that contrasts nicely with his rather more matte yellow shirt and marbleized plinth. His hair and beard are red and he has eyebrows that would make Joan Crawford sick with envy. English, circa 1800. Mint condition...
Impressive heavy bronze handle from a bucket or small cauldron, with a double-headed-snake bail and nicely shaped lugs. The bail is decorated with interlocked arcs and well-detailed upper edge. Traces of the iron rivets remain. Excellent condition and patina with deeply incised interlocked curves on the bail and fine definition on the snake ends. Full length approximately 10-1/2 inches; custom stand. Roman, late Fourth Century.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : American Indian : Handiwork : Pre 1920 item #13557 (stock #16AAA)
Picasso made wonderful toys for his children out of found objects; this one by a Native American probably would have delighted him. Fashioned from the jawbone of a caribou and baleen (whalebone}, it is delightfully sculptural. Some wear to the lower points, naturally, but no cracks or breaks. Probably around 1900-1920. Approximately 14-1/2 inches long by 4-1/2 inches wide in largest point.
Approximately seven inches by three inches, this handsome repousse and finely cast silver reliquary consists of a hinged frame attached to a rococo handle. The hinged front opens to contain a relic or painting (there is now a mirror.) The tourgha mark of quality is about nine o'clock on the back of the main body, although it is hard to find in the elaborate working of the rococo work.
Number 9 of a very limited edition of 30, this masterly etching was produced in 1972 by the renowned Romanian artist Sigismond Kolos-Vary, who received French citizenship in 1955. Featured in two Paris museums and in museums and important collections throughout the world, the work of this important is even more in demand since his death in 1983. The paper is approximately 13 inches by 10 inches while the image is about 10-1/2 inches by eight. Signed and dated in pencil lower right-hand side...
A real woodcarving tour de force is this Art Nouveau fantasy vase, depicting a snail shell held up by ferns, the sort of thing found in majolica and silver quite often in the latter Nineteenth Century. Were it carved of a plain piece of wood it would still be a triumph, but it was formed from an elaborately pieced together parquetry of several different and contrasting woods: boxwood, ebony, etc. British or Continental, with a few chips out here and there...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Ceramics : English : Pottery : Pre 1837 VR item #34711 (stock #209AAA)
This is a lovely little transfer-printed pitcher with fine motifs relating to the sea. One side displays a full compass rose flanked by sailing vessels, the other side is emblazoned with a sentimental poem about a seafaring man. The floral borders of the poem and other details are highlighted with colored glazes, while the background in rare orange luster. Sunderland, Durham, England, circa 1830-1840. Approximately 5-1/4 inches high by 6-1/4 inches wide at the handle...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Continental : Pre 1837 VR item #13641 (stock #24AAA)
A finely detailed and hefty snuffbox in the Louis XVI-Empire style decorated on all surfaces with classical designs of lambriquins, fronds, flambeaux and a pair of shields among leafy borders and imbricated panels. On the bottom there is engraved in the central lozenge "MA" in probably contemporaneous script with added above and below it in light Roman letters Presented to" and "By S...
A delightful Louis XVI tortoiseshell etui with pique-d'argent inlays in the form of classical festoons and stars. On either side is an oval lozenge , one of which bears the initials "LAW." Originally, it would have held a pair of dainty scissors of some other personal conceit, but now could serve as a pillbox or matchbox. The condition is superb, with only a minute separation on one side where the tortoiseshell meets...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Coin : Pre 1920 item #15244 (stock #84AAA)
Very South-of-the-Border are these two tripod cups which combine design elements of the Old World with Aztec traditions. Shaped rather like braziers, the bodies are topped with a collar of paneled flutes, the feet are like upside-down lion's-paws and an acorn finial drops from below. Marks are the old Mexican spread-wing eagle tax stamp, the maker's mark (?), a purity indication of 900 and "Mexico." Early Twentieth Century. Excellent condition and heavy weight...
A superb example of Art Nouveau organic form is this two-part glass vase, a tribute to Venice's ancient connection to the sea. A pair of "sea fronds" -- actually a linked tube of pink glass, pulled and formed -- rises to a height of 12-1/2 inches above their support of shaded red "coral." The vase is in mint condition and is approximately four inches at the widest point. Circa 1900.
A handsomely simple scrimshaw drinking cup, possibly French prisoner-of-war work, is this flawless example graced with a silver rim and twisted silver handle. Circa 1840. Approximately four inches tall by 6 inches at the widest.