This extraordinary pair of sterling silver berry servers are fully hallmarked dating them to London, 1742, maker's mark a crowned Gothic C. The handles are deeply engraved with swirling foliate rococo garlands, the bowls with high-relief and highly detailed fruits and, of course, berries. About eight inches in length, they come in a velvet-lined case (not original)Moroccan leather presentation case that shows some signs of age; the spoons are in splendid condition.
Dating from around 1875, this fine porcelain brush vase retains its Communist Government seal on the bottom, releasing for sale as antique. Gold-highlighted enamels depict a young man scaling a wall and pushing away willow branches to interrupt two ladies playing checkers in a garden, probably a scene from a popular play. The piece is approximately 4-3/4 inches tall and three inches in diameter, and is in pristine condition, with only normal wear to the gilding.
A momento of the French Revolution is this ivory figure of an “incroyable,” a dandy of the Terror. In all likelihood a parasol handle, the figure sports the outrageously high muffled cravat and collar of the day and the exagerated “tricorne” hat with its ribbon and revolutionary cockade. It is in fine condition with only the end of his nose missing, and is mounted up on a Siena marble base. French, circa 1795...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Paintings : Pre 1800 item #161995 (stock #305AAA)
A set of three late Eighteenth Century playing card in polychrome lacquer on a gilt ground: one of a Shah, one of a noble couple on a throne and one of a lion serving his mate. They are in fine, unrestored condition and measure approximately 2-3/8 inches by 1-5/8 inches each.
Undoubtedly British, this string box in ebonized boxwood boasts a central band of fine trompe l’oeil beadwork that has a few stabilized flaws. All in all, it is in fine shape and is an excellent example of Victorian handicraft, and retains its ivory grommet at the string hole. Approximately 4-12 inches high and three inches in diameter.
This bronze constituted part of the rarely-used Hemhemet Crown of a large statue of a pharaoh or Osiris. Above the ram's horn of Amon rises the elements of the basket-work crown of Upper Egypt and the Cobra of Lower Egypt. Details of all the surfaces are very clear, including sections of copper inlay, at one time probably gilded, on the snake's body. New Kingdom, Sixteenth to Fourteenth Centuries B.C. Excellent patinated condition, approximately 3-1/2 inches by two inches.
It is cunning how Chinese porcelain artists were able to copy the hand of foreign chinoiserie porcelain painters. Only the clarity of the white body suggested that it is in fact Chinese, not English or French. About 11-1/2 inches high, it is about 7-1/2 inches in full diameter and, aside for being drilled underneath for wiring, is in excellent shape. Included with the vase is its custom-made and fitted flash-gilt brass base.
In excellent condition, these relief-decorated gourd-form bottles are graced by stylized chrysanthemums in deep mustard on a hare's-fur deep-blue ground, a very unusual combination. Chinese, late Nineteenth Century. Approximately 6-1/2 inches high by 3-1/4 inches in diameter.
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...
Of solid cast silver the handles of these 7-inch-long shears have impressive heft. Blades are of surgical-quality close-plated steel. American, circa 1900. Please see related silver fruit basket 809080.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Ceramics : German : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #298874 (stock #343AAA)
This little beer-lover is amazingly lifelike, with his beaming, pudgy face and stein held to his heart. There is an almost Roman portraiture quality to the bust, which lifts of to reveal a mustard pot. The two little barrels are for toothpicks and the original mustard spoon, stored behind the figure, is intact. It is in excellent shape with only minimal wear to the over-glaze paint and almost none to the oil gilding. French or German, late Nineteenth Century...
In unusually fine state of preservation, this handsome French country snuff box is formed of blond horn studded and bound with brass. Engraved with stylized designs of birds and flowers and highlighted with deep yellow stain and inlaid red enamel, this fine folk art piece dates from the mid-Nineteenth Century and measures approximately 4-1/8 inches by 2-3/4 inches and 7/8 of an inch deep. (For a charmingly time-worn example, see Trocadero item 418544.)
A charming Napoleon III letter seal of machine-turned bone and chiseled silver, French of around 1870. It is in beautiful condition, with no breaks or cracks. The initials "PG" are carved into the silver bottom, which also bears the hallmarks for France after 1848. Approximately 3-5/8 inches in length and 1-3/8 inches in diameter at the top.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Ceramics : English : Pottery : Pre 1837 VR item #16180 (stock #94AAA)
Well, we’ve all heard of pink elephants, and some of us have seen a few, but here is a charming couple of other rosy critters. Flanking this handsome, generous copper luster jug are a pink luster spotted dog and a champion pink luster sheep, both in very high relief. Between them, under the jug’s lip, is displayed a scrolly-legged epergne overflowing with wildly colored flowers. The copper top and bottom sections offer bold contrast to the blue ground of the central frieze...
All Items : Antiques : Instruments and Implements : Writing : Pre 1837 VR item #19068 (stock #121AAA)
This urn-shaped coquilla nut pounce pot combines fine turning with delicate designs formed by small machine-turned repetitions of varying sorts to produce rosettes, festoons, etc. with a dramatic effect. Possibly English or Continental, maybe scrimshaw of Napoleonic prison-of-war art, it is hard to pinpoint exactly where it was made, but wherever, it was certainly well thought out. Early Nineteenth Century. Mint condition. Approximately 2-5/8 inches high and 1-3/4 inches in diameter.
Made more for whimsy than for actual use, this folding set of bone implements must have given some sailor hours of creative amusement. The tapered body, decorated on both sides with color-filled bull'-eyes, encloses a fingernail scraper, an awl and a pretty deadly ear cleaner. The bottom has a rounded notch and the business end is crudely shaped to resemble a whale or walrus. American, circa 1800 to 1825. Cf.: McManus "A Treasury of American Scrimshaw" (Penguin Studio), p. 140...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : South American : Handiwork : Pre 1800 item #156286 (stock #285AAA)
Crudely elegant, this hand-wrought mine silver cup with its tulip-shaped body resting on a conical base boasted a well-executed S-form handle. An engraved owner’s mark on the bottom reads “Tove” or possibly “Torre.” Late 18th Century Northern Provincial. Approximately 3-1/2 inches in diameter at the handle and 2-1/2 inches high.
In the form of a Turkish slipper with a Louis XV heel, this plump little wooden snuff box has a hidden trick opening device that makes it necessary to perform two actions before the contents are available. Of a fine fruitwood, with the “lock” of mahogany and a locking plate of engraved copper, it is a Continental creation of the early Nineteenth Century, in excellent condition and around 3-3/4 inches long by 1-3/4 inches high by 1-1/2 inches wide.