Fashioned of heavy-duty bronze, this superb ceiling rosette for suspending a chandelier is finished in finest fire-gilding with burnished highlights. The design of radiating acanthus leaves is both subtle and elegant. Probably French or German, it is about seven inches in diameter and is in excellent condition, ready for a fine lighting fixture.
Still retaining the essence of the rose oil it once held, this flacon is magnificanet in it simplicity and balance. Approximately 3-34 inches tall and 1-1/4 inches in diameter, it was made in the Moghul Empire in the late Eighteenth Century.
Sold to by a collector who thought this stately item was a chess piece and was disgruntled to find its true intent, it is handsomely engraved and inlaid with red and ochre. Approximately 3-1/2 inches tall and 1-1/8 inches in diameter, it is Persian or Northern Indian and dates from the latter part of the Eighteenth Century.
This elegant vase or tumbler is decorated in the classical Biedermeier style with a scene of Lake Erlaf, the mystical setting made famous by Franz Schubert’s lied, “Am Erlaf-See” (1817). Framed by graceful gilded motifs is a minutely executed Schwartzlot painting (black monochrome)on the outside surface picturing the lake and its surrounding forested mountains and isolated buildings, the whole backed by a whitened surface that gives illumination and depth to the scene...
So sleek and elegant as to seem Art Deco this excellent rosewood is veneered in carefully matched palmyrawood and ebony veneers. Joins are made with ebony pegs. The full-length hinge and lock plate (no key) are superb quality. Interior is unlined and there is a pin-seal leatherette covering to the bottom. Condition is first rate, with few signs of age or use. Approximately 15-1/4 inches long by 4-7/8 inches wide by 3-3/4 inches to top of gently domed top.
The Little Corporal's boots, reinterpreted as table-match holders, stand by his boot-jack, which serves as striker. This finely crafted porcelain fantasy, probably French, is approximately 4/12 inches tall on a plinth about 4 inches by three inches. Condition is excellent, with only minor wear to the gilding at the top of the plinth, and a small under-glaze chip at the base.
Incorporating what must have been the lid a large 17th Century jar of Rouen faience, this handsome French inkstand is mounted in finely detailed antiqued bronze. Dating from around 1870, it is approximately 8-1/2 inches in diameter and five inches high. It is in excellent condition.
A graceful example of folk art is this antique wooden shoe mitt or winter stirrup carved out of hardwood, a real survivor, as is the crude strap-work reinforcements on both sides testify. Seventeenth Century, Scandinavia, about eight inches long and high by six inches wide.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : South American : Handiwork : Pre 1800 item #156288 (stock #286AAA)
High-waisted and sporting a fine ogee handle, this hand-wrought Northern Provincial cup is of fine quality mine silver. An owner’s mark is ratchet-engraved on the bottom. It measures about three inches diameter at the handle and 2-3/4 inches tall. Late 18th Century. Excellent condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1940 item #315505 (stock #366AAA)
This fine sterling silver letter-opener is marked, “Tiffany & Co. Makers,” with pattern and order numbers and the Old English “M” indicating it was made between 1907 and 1938. It is 7-1/4 inches long and 5/8 of an inch wide.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #21607 (stock #147AAA)
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A quite baronial product is this straight-sided sterling silver mug by the Whiting Manufacturing Company of Providence, R.I. With domino rim top and bottom, it bears a wonderful strapped and banded design over most of the body, centering on a Gothick-style cypher of a K interlocked with E and M. Superb condition, approximately 3-1/2 inches tall by 4-1/2 inches wide at the handle. Circa 1875.
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Classical grace is reflected in this pair of urns, turned to hold spills -- twisted paper "matches" for carrying fire from the hearth, etc., to light candles or a pipe. They are in lustrous lignum vitae, a very hard tropical wood, valued for its beauty and durability. British, approximately seven inches tall and four inches in diameter, they are hand-turned. (Note the variation in the lower details.)
The little brother, as it were, of Trocadero #22626 is this handsome centigrade thermometer. It is in excellent working condition and would be a happy addition to a fine desk. French, late Nineteenth Century, approximately four inches tall and 1-3/4 inches in diameter at the base.
A charming little table ornament of a bronze shepherdess with her beribboned hoe on a fire-gilt stand, which is in turn mounted on a white marble circular base, a Romantic emblem of the bucolic life. It is all original, the little figure even retaining her gold-metal sash, and dates from around 1775, French or Continental. On her base, she stands a little over three inches tall, the marble being about 5/8 inch thick.
Bearing hallmarks that indicate it was made in London by Robert Swanson (entered around 1745), this unusually intricate decanter label is crowned with a cut-out and engraved topknot that suggests the three feathers of the Prince of Wales. Finely concave body and well-crafted silver chain and bezel. Finely-wrought hand-made silver chain.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Metalwork : Pre 1837 VR item #73850 (stock #236AAA)
A sturdy little coffer for storing and heating betel nuts and the lime necessary for chewing them, this fine brass work, approximately 5-1/4 inches by 2-1/2 inches by two inches high, is nicely punched and engraved with designs of trailing foliage and geometric patterns. Raised framing has been filed to suggest rope-work.. It is easy to see how this form influenced the design of early Dutch tobacco boxes. The two metal inside dividers are missing, but the piece retains its push button lock...
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Tall and glamorous, this finely crafted glass overlay vase is a real tour de force. The underlying white glass layer lends a varied luster to the turquoise blue, rather like ancient Persian glazes. The tall-necked baluster form of the piece and the intricate palmate and dotted designs enameled on the surface, echo this appeal to Orientalism. There is a hallmark that I have not deciphered, a script letter "A" in an artist's palette. English or Continental, circa 1880...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Earthenware : Pre 1920 item #13605 (stock #23AAA)
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Stately and subtle, this tall vase exemplifies the virtues that have made Oribe stoneware favored by Japanese tea ceremonial connoisseurs and others for centuries. The soaring form and intentionally coarse surface make a monolithic background for the underglaze iron-oxide designs of weathered pinetrees on one side and the cavelike scene of "hanging persimmons" suspended from a slanted double border of latticework on the other...