All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Coin : Pre 1900 item #355751 (stock #386AAA)
A graceful example of Gorham mastery is this neoclassic Medallion vase in coin silver, circa 1865. The swagged applied decoration meets at two high-relief heads, a man and a woman. Fine condition, with only very minor signs of age, and typical good weight. Approximately 6-1/2 inches tall and 2-1/2 inches wide.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #15241 (stock #82AAA)
Rather like something out of "The Last Days of Pompeii" is this wonderful sterling silver tripod tazza, with its Neo-Classical and Psuedo-Renaissance elements combined in great style. Attached chains and pinecones hang between a collar below and a pierced one above with ginko leaves. There is an exquisite monogram very much in the style of the tazza. Gorham Manufacturing Company, date mark for 1870. Superb condition. Approximately 5-1/4 inches high by 6-1/2 inches in diameter.
This fine pair of heavy-weight (.5795 oz.) wedding rings, sizes 5 and 5-3/4, was created from small natural gold nuggets set in 14-karat gold. Ordered in the 1970's, they were never worn.
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Replete with myriad romantic subjects – people, animals, flowers, insects and birds – this finely crafted sampler is impressive. Probably British and dating from the last quarter of the Nineteenth Century, it is beautifully preserved and has been given full conservation treatment and mounting to keep it that way. The image size is approximately 15 inches by 17 inches, 22 inches by 23 inches in its burl maple and gilt fillet frame.
Of superb quality and in excellent condition is this French desk ornament that opens to reveal an ink pot, sander, two seal pots and four quill stands, with their removable rack. Including the rouge royale marble base, the finely detailed piece of circa 1800 is about six inches tall and of 4-3/4-inch diameter. An elegant addition to a classical setting.
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Numismatics : Coins : Middle Eastern : Pre 1492 item #1050074
To expedite the Christian Crusade to "liberate" the Holy Land from the "infidels" gold coins in imitation of the dinar of Caliph al-Amir were minted in fine gold. No city is cited, but they were probably coined in Jerusalum. Ironically, the faulty kufic inscriptions extol the power and and virtues of Mohammad. First phrase, 1100-1131 AD. Approximately 7/8 inch in diameter, 3.92 g.wt. EF condition.
An elaborate design of a fan, a banner, a saki keg, etc., floating in swirling seaweed and Buddhist symbols covers the sides of this dramatic hibachi, or Japanese brazier. The top bears an equally elaborate design of ho-o birds and flowering kiri (paulonia) branches, symbols of the female principle and the Empress...
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Produced by the great Ercole Barovier around 1930 is this monumental vase, its simple form dignified by gold-flecked plumes that sweep up at the sides. Excellent condition, with very minor "nibbles" that do not show. Murano, Italy, approximately 13 inches tall by 11 inches wide and seven inches deep.
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This lyrical pair of finely detailed Imari porcelain long dishes(naga zara)features a central design of a boy holding a large bowl over his head, with various auspicious symbols surrounding him,the whole scene in a jeweled lambrequin border. Arita, Japan 1680-1725, approximately four inches by 7-1/2 inches by 1-7/8 inches high at rim. Superb condition with little sign of use and no damages or repairs.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Earthenware : Pre 1900 item #13814 (stock #33AAA)
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This highly decorative shallow bowl, a major product of the Seto kilns, depicts the encounter of a beautiful and elegant Japanese woman and fierce-looking bearded man with some sort of evil intent in mind. Oh, you know the story... Well, frankly I don't, but if I find out, I will write it in. Anyhow, the whole thing is illustrated in elaborate colored enamels and gilt on the finely potted body with a crackled glaze...
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.
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.
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.
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 group is so Etruscan that I am certain they are German. The prints are elaborately framed in ebonized wood with gilt mounts and chains, but the extraordinary thing is the laurel-bedecked verre eglomise (painted and gilded glass) mats. They are in superb condition, the full set is about 31-3/4 inches high and 39 inches wide. The larger piece is 16 inches by 39 inches and each of the other two is 13 inches by 19 inches. Approximately 1840.
Hand-fashioned in the Nineteenth Century for ceremonial food service, this Chinese sweetmeats box is in the form of a brilliant acid green melon, the glaze skillfully powdered on to create a natural "orange-skin" texture and depth of color. (Photographically illusive, the color is more intense than shown.) The compartmented interior is glazed in rich turquoise...
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.