The frog became an important symbol of resurrection during the reign of Amenhotep in the Eighteenth Dynasty. This fine and delicate finger may have been a small gift from the pharaoh himself.
A lovely sterling silver label with elaborate hand-formed gadroon borders and corner designs, this label has a hand-wrought silver chain. Its one hallmark, “IH” is only lightly visible. Approximately one inch by two inches. Circa 1760.
All Items : Antiques : Instruments and Implements : Timepieces : Pocket Watches : Pre 1837 VR item #1204566
Turned in fine-grained boxwood in the form of a ship's capstan, this handsome little table item conceals its real purpose: two baths in semi-precious carnelian for watch-parts. Years of dousing with the rich whale-oil that was the standard lubricant until refined mineral oil became available, has lent the normally pale wood an amber-like transparency...
Hallmarked with an "F" and an arrowhead, this large, heavyweight silver buckle is inlaid with turquoise and spiny coral in stylized geometric patterns. Made for a belt up to 1-1/2 inches in width, it was never worn and is in mint condition. Approximately two by three inches.
Highly detailed and finely finished, these heavily gilded tiebacks are excellent in detail and execution. They are heavy in construction and could even be used as door handles. The reticulated cage of laurels forming the central boss reveal the gilding below, each element detachable for the other for cleaning. French, early Twentieth Century. Approximately 4-3/4 inches in length, 2/12 inches in diameter.
This finely turned bell metal candlestick is English and dates from the early part of the Eighteenth Century. It is approximately seven inches high and four inches in diameter.
Three finely engraved Chinese characters are featured on a delicately hammered ground. Elegantly simple, the piece is of excellent weight and in fine condition. Approximately 3-3/4 inches in diameter and a half-inch high, it has a maker's mark "C.J."(?),"Sterling" and a Chinese character.
Either Spanish or Dutch in origin, this sharply defined candlestick dates from the end of the Seventeenth Century. It is about seven inches tall, with a base 4-1/4 inches in diameter, and features a candle-extraction hole at the bottom of the candlecup.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #263704 (stock #331AAA)
This elegant tripod incense burner in fine Kutani porcelain is cylindrical in form and has cloud-form handles with detached rings. The straight-sided walls are reticulated to show the double-wall construction, both sides showing a fortuitous phoenix alighting on a fence. The top is a reticulated double dome. Brilliant glazes of rouge-de-fer, turquoise, blue and mustard are enhanced with fine gilding. Height is approximately four inches and full diameter about 4-1/2 inches...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #326715 (stock #379AAA)
Alive with bold designs of flower-filled jardinieres and tall stands earing incense burners, this deep bowl is enameled in red and green on underglaze blue, with highlingts of gilding. There is central design of bamboo surrounded by borders; the outer side show a dragon with two pheonixes flying among flames. Below, there is a stylized cloud band above a foot decorated with noughts and crosses. Japanese, late Nineteenth Century, 7-1/2 inches in diameter and three inches high. Mint condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : South American : Handiwork : Pre 1800 item #156285 (stock #284AAA)
Dating from the late 18th Century or the early 19th, this charming globular cup rests on a conical base. It is of high-purity mine silver and is in excellent condition, measuring around 3-1/2 inches in diameter at the handle and 2-1/4 inches high. Northern Provincial.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Ceramics : English : Porcelain : Pre 1837 VR item #22608 (stock #156AAA)
Very much in the Chinese Export style is this early Nineteenth Century porcelain plate from the Davenport factory. The pure white ground is highlighted by colorful bunches of flowers, and a gilded lambrequin border echoes the gilded rim. The marks are a script “Davenport” and an inventory number, “162.” Mint condition, approximately nine inches in diameter.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Sterling : Pre 2000 item #22623 (stock #159AAA)
Perfect for a very grand doll’s house is this tiny sterling montieth bowl and matching tray in Seventeenth Century style. Both pieces bear incredibly exact details: articulated mask handles, gadrooning and fluting. Of recent manufacture, they are numbered as being 213 out of an edition of 500. Bowl is 7/8 of an inch tall and 1-1/4 inches in diameter; tray is 1-5/8 inches in diameter.
Minted at Geneva in 1710, this splendid Swiss silver 21 sol coin is in excellent condition, gradable at VF to EF. Approximately 27mm in diameter, it weighs 4.78 grams. Obverse: Illuminated Christogram (IHS) above arms of Geneva (Crowned Eagle / Key) within foliage. Date below. Legend: RESPUBLIC GENEVENS . 17 - 10 . Reverse: Illuminated Christogram ("IHS") above motto in three lines and value (21) within foliage...
A fine Imperial Roman sestertius of the Emperor Nerva, 96-98 AD, is mounted on a fine malachite box fro a dramatic presentation. Approximately 2 inches by 2-1/4 inches by 1-1/4 inch high.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : South American : Handiwork : Pre 1800 item #156281 (stock #283AAA)
A small cup of high-purity mine silver, this graceful example of Andean silver dates from the late 18th Century. It is in sharp condition with only a quarter-inch rim crack. Approximately 3-3/8 inches diameter at the handle and two inches high.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Americas : Latin American : Pre 1940 item #314952 (stock #363AAA)
All Items : Antiques : Instruments and Implements : Culinary : Pre 1900 item #272758 (stock #336AAA)
The bespectacled character protrayed on this antiques nutcracker could possibly be an old woman, but I choose to think that it Guisseppe, the widower who fashioned his "son" Pinocchio to ease his loneliness. Whichever and whatever, the carving is full of character. Tyrolean or Swiss, late Nineteenth Century, it is in fine condition, with only minor wear and no repairs, and is about eight inches in length and 1-3/4 inches wide and three inches deep.