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Tall Antique Art Nouveau Jardiniere Centerpiece 1890s

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Metals: Copper: Pre 1910   item# 1113531

Tall Antique Art Nouveau Jardiniere Centerpiece 1890s
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This exquisite and highy unusual Late Victorian centerpiece consists of an elaborately hand-hammered copper urn with brass embellishments and an ornate brass stand. Together they rise to a height of 14 inches and the urn is 11 inches wide at the top of its graceful handles (slightly wider just below). The set was acquired in England and most likely produced there. Dating would be 1890s, since the exuberant "Gay Nineties" look is very obvious.

While the curvy forms are typically Art Nouveau, Arts and Crafts influence is also strongly evident -- especially in such details as the applied brass hearts on the urn and the stylized decorations around the base of the stand.

The urn has served as a vase and/or a planter, with the result that its interior gained a blue-green patina. A few inevitable dings are present, but nothing of real consequence. Overall condition is lovely. The metals are lacquered, so require no polishing to shine brightly -- so brightly, in fact, that they're almost impossible to photograph. (The urn mirrored everything around it; hence, the odd patches of blurred color, reflecting adjacent chairs and even myself in a black sweater.)

This is a most impressive ornament, which no doubt graced the center table around which guests in Victorian parlors circulated. It would be magnificent today on your foyer table or buffet.

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Antique Italian Mosaic Parure Bracelet Pin Earrings

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: Continental: Pre 1920   item# 1037883

Antique Italian Mosaic Parure Bracelet Pin Earrings
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Acquired by some long-ago bride on a Roman honeymoon or an intrepid traveler making the Grand Tour, these flowers remain as lovely as when the lady picked them. As you know if you love mosaic jewelry, early 19th century pieces are worked in almost impossibly tiny tesserae. Those were micro-mosaics. Due to the rising cost of labor, they gradually evolved toward the much larger mosaic designs made in the latter half of the 20th century. These are in between, still showing very fine workmanship. Since the earrings are screw-backs, introduced in 1894, they can't possibly be earlier than that. I expect they were made in the Edwardian era or the transitional period before Art Deco design became dominant. Of course it's rare to find a complete parure and we were lucky enough to acquire the matching brooch from a different estate.

The stunning bracelet is 7 1/2 inches long, the screw-back earrings are about 7/8 of an inch round and the brooch is 1 3/8 inches wide. Their settings of gilt brass -- which even have minute rope-twisted ridges that separate the teensy tiled areas -- are richly patinated by time, but would of course polish up if you prefer a brighter look.

Although I can't guarantee that every single tile is present (without going blind looking), none appear to be gone and the overall condition is gorgeous. This is a set you can wear with almost anything, since the accent colors are so numerous. Primary hues tend to dominate this type of jewelry, so the subtle sage green background here is unusual -- and particularly well attuned to today's tastes.

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Wonderful Antique Edwardian Suffragette Dangle Earrings

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: Costume: Pre 1920   item# 830804

Wonderful Antique Edwardian Suffragette Dangle Earrings
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These are among the loveliest Suffragette earrings we've been privileged to offer. Besides being set with fabulous, large faux gems, they're exquisitely patterned on both sides. That the backs of these drops are as lavishly detailed as the fronts is a sure sign of very great age, not seen much after Victorian times. Screw fasteners existed in the 19th century, but gained wide popularity a little later, so we date these beauties circa 1905-1910.

To the Suffragettes' efforts through many decades, we modern women owe our right to vote, which was extended to all American women in 1920 and to all in Great Britain in 1928. As you know if you collect jewels from the Suffragette movement, the unusual combination of green, purple and white had deep meaning for early feminists. For them, green represented hope, purple signified dignity and white stood for purity. The language we associate with "regard" jewelry applied, too: The "G" of green, "W" of white and "V" of violet comprised an abbreviation for Give Women (the) Vote. All this seems cryptic now, but was clearly understood by everyone in an era when messages were also communicated by which flowers you sent, how you held your fan and which corner of a calling card you folded down, if any. The wealthiest suffragettes mixed amethysts and pearls or diamonds with green stones such as emeralds or peridots, but pretend gems were naturally favored by the majority.

In this case, we have beautifully marbled faux jade, plus sparkling, faceted amethyst pastes and softly glowing glass pearls. Everything remains in spectacular condition, including the gilding. It takes high magnification to notice age-appropriate surface wear. It isn't unusual for Suffragette jewels to survive a century in great shape, since they were worn only occasionally (to meetings and when marching for the vote) -- then tucked away and forgotten for decades. They're been rapidly gaining value since the movie "Iron Jawed Angels" appeared in 2004, revealing what the gals went through, including hunger strikes and beatings.

Wearing Suffragette jewels is a great way to show your pride and appreciation and, now that the genre has been rediscovered, they're getting much harder to find. We try to maintain a good selection, but demand keeps growing. If these strike your fancy, you'd better not delay. They reached us from a Florida estate. and could have been made by an East Coast firm in America. However, the extremely high quality suggests origin in Bohemia or France. You'll be surprised how solid these are -- not a bit flimsy. They're truly superb.

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Huge Antique Victorian Staffordshire Roses Jardiniere

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Ceramics: English: Porcelain: Pre 1900   item# 727519

Huge Antique Victorian Staffordshire Roses Jardiniere
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This magnificent antique flower pot features, on all four sides, lush bouquets of pink and red roses amid fern green leaves. It's big enough hold a massive plant -- so large, in fact, that you could also use it to chill several bottles of wine.

Designed with a graceful undulating shape and scallops at both top and bottom, the jardiniere measures 9 1/2 inches across, stands 7 3/4 inches high and has a lot of heft, being of Staffordshire Ironstone. As you know, this is very sturdy stuff, despite its delicate appearance. There's been minor flaking of the wide gold-lustered edge and age-appropriate scuffs are on the base, but I can't find any flaws in the china. A couple of small discolored areas are under the glaze, so they were original to production.

Acquired from a dealer in Cambridgeshire, this beauty has an elaborate hallmark that includes an extremely determined-looking phoenix rising from flames and the initials NWAO and YWAO, along with the words "Staffordshire Iron Stone". Being a specialist in jewelry, rather than ceramics, I haven't yet been able to identify the maker. If you happen to know which of Staffordshire's 100+ potteries of Victorian times created this treasure, I hope you'll tell me.

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Pair of Victorian English Vases by Brahma Dated 1896

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Metals: Pre 1900   item# 727504

Pair of Victorian English Vases by Brahma Dated 1896
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The British registry number 27633 on their bases dates these beautiful vases to 1896 -- no surprise, given their ornate Late Victorian style and shape. Cast of an unmarked silver metal, they still have gilt-finished bases, but the gilding inside has largely worn away from a century of use. About 5 1/2 inches tall and 3 1/4 inches at their widest, they would be a charming pair of vases for a vanity and also are a lovely height for the dining table, allowing people to see one another over the posies.

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Rare Mid-Victorian Beaded Bag Early Plastic Frame

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Textiles: Accessories: Pre 1900   item# 727055

Rare Mid-Victorian Beaded Bag Early Plastic Frame
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This extremely rare antique bag from an English dealer near Cambridge is sure to be a star in any handbag collection. I date it to the 1860s or 1870s, based on a confluence of factors. First off, its frame and chain are splendid examples of the earliest craftsmanship in plastic - so early, in fact, that there's no clasp! Thus, the custom of attaching purse chains diagonally to both sides was born for security (and continued into the Edwardian era, long after clasps became quite good). Another fascinating quirk is that a teensy screw fits through one side of the frame - for an unknown cause, since there are no other holes or hardware. (If you have any clue as to why that's there, please tell me!)

While I'm no authority on plastics, the style of this bag suggests the substance may well be the very first man-made plastic: Parkesine, unveiled by Alexander Parkes at the 1862 Great International Exhibition in London. An organic material derived from cellulose, it could be heated and molded, carved and even made transparent. However, it cost a lot to make and Parkes' investors soon pulled out. The search for an affordable faux-ivory tough enough to use as billiard balls continued and an American came up with celluloid (the first thermoplastic) around 1870. The next major advance was Bakelite in 1907 - *much* too late an invention to be what we see here.

Another thing that helps us date the bag is that Prince Albert died in 1862 and the Queen's deep mourning was widely emulated by other widows and the nation at large. This is clearly a mourning bag made for personal use, intended to be as fine a creation as an amateur could manage. The black fabric hand-stitched to its frame was lavishly hand-beaded with black and clear crystals in a starlike pattern often seen in old quilts. It's been cared for beautifully, too. One small hole seems to have been repaired long ago on the back (so well it's difficult to notice) and absolutely no other flaws are evident to me.

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Lovely Czech Art Nouveau Faux Moonstone Brooch c1919

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: Continental: Pre 1920   item# 723605

Lovely Czech Art Nouveau Faux Moonstone Brooch c1919
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The "Czecho" signature on this ultra-feminine antique brooch lets us date it quite precisely to the first years of the Czech Republic (established in 1918). The region was previously known as Bohemia, part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until World War I ended, and Bohemian glass has been prized from medieval times. These gorgeous old pink satin glass moonstones certainly live up to the area's reputation.

Although its dating is technically transitional, falling between the death of King Edward and the period dominated by Art Deco style, the brooch is wholly Victorian in spirit, so must have been crafted immediately after the war. There's not even a hint of Deco styling, so it would have been out of style by the early 1920s.

The lavish gilt setting, as you'll notice, has scrolling openwork at both ends, which would allow the brooch to be worn also as a pendant or even as a choker necklace, if threaded over a ribbon at each end. Its size is impressive -- 2.5 by 2 inches -- and it's in beautifully wearable condition. As you'd expect, there's age-appropriate surface wear to the gilding, especially on the reverse. The fastener is of the old open C type, right for the period. The pinstem would originally have extended beyond the edge of the brooch but, as is common, it was snipped and filed to a new point at some time in the interest of safety. One of the smaller cabochons has a teensy chip, hard to notice without extreme magnification. Provenance of this beauty is a Wisconsin estate.

Interestingly, we happen to have a fabulous pair of pink faux-moonstone earrings that are nearly a perfect match for this. If you're interested in both pieces, please e-mail and we'll work out special pricing.

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Gorgeous Antique Suffragette Bracelet for Smaller Wrist

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: Continental: Pre 1910   item# 685925

Gorgeous Antique Suffragette Bracelet for Smaller Wrist
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If you're petite, no doubt you've found that most antique bracelets are just too big. They were made roomy to wear over gloves in the 19th and very early 20th centuries, so few are shorter than 7 1/2 inches. This one's just 6 1/2 inches long, counting the clasp -- and it's fabulous!

Fashioned from heavy gilt metal, the bracelet is comprised of four domed plaques intricately detailed with Art Nouveau scrollwork and set with 16 glorious faux gems. Jade-like art glass dominates, featuring rich green hues mottled with white. That these rectangular cabochons vary slightly in color and shape adds to the "real" look and also attests to hand-craftsmanship. Accent stones are deep purple amethyst pastes and glass pearls, still very luminous. All appear original and are in remarkably fine condition. Most likely the necklace was made in Bohemia, which for centuries produced the finest simulated gems, as well as ornate and rather fanciful settings. The area became Czechoslovakia after World War I, but was previously part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

The unusual combination of green, purple and white typically signifies that a jewel was first owned by a member of the Suffragette movement. For them, green represented hope, purple signified dignity and white stood for purity. The language we associate with "regard" jewelry applied, too: The "G" of green, "W" of white and "V" of violet comprised an abbreviation for Give Women (the) Vote. That right was finally won for all American women in 1920 and for all in Great Britain in 1928. Thus, although most of the jewelry is Victorian, Edwardian or transitional, some was crafted in the Art Deco era. Forgotten for many years, these jewels have been rapidly gaining value since the star-studded TV movie "Iron Jawed Angels" appeared in 2004, revealing what the gals went through (including hunger strikes and beatings). Wearing Suffragette jewels is a great way to show your pride and appreciation and, now that the genre has been rediscovered, they're getting much more scarce.

This bracelet dates most likely to the 1890s and reached us from an East Coast estate. The reverse shows age-appropriate surface wear around the edges, which reveals a silvery substance under the gilding: pot metal, to judge by the weight. The gilt has aged to bronze color on the front, where it takes high magnification to notice any wear. The three links joining the plaques are rosier, probably gilt copper, and have an elaborately incised design. Because the clasp isn't patterned and appears to be gilt brass, it's almost surely a replacement. It's been with the bracelet for a very long time, though, based on their matching depth of patina. Of course there may have been a fifth plaque originally, removed at some point by a lady with a dainty wrist. Each plaque measures about 1 1/2 inches long and a little more than an inch wide. Each connecting link adds about 3/8 of an inch, as does the clasp.

Because the clasp can easily be taken off, you could tie ribbons onto each end and wear this also as a choker necklace or a hair ornament.

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Antique Czech Enamel & Pink Moonstone Dangle Earrings

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: Continental: Pre 1920   item# 652598

Antique Czech Enamel & Pink Moonstone Dangle Earrings
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Last year we found earrings very similar to this pair, but in blue, and they sold in a twinkling. "My dream earrings!" the customer called them. Perhaps these pink beauties will fulfill a dream for you.

Wonderfully feminine and romantic, these can't reasonably be later than 1920, since so much Edwardian and Art Nouveau influence is present in the intricate filigree metalwork (lovely even on the backs). Notice the scrolling shapes and textured details, as well as the curvy flower petal motif enameled in luscious rose to match the heavenly half-orbs of faux-moonstone, which anticipate Art Deco geometry.

Enameled leaves of this type are characteristically Czech, as is the very fine quality of the stones. Despite the absence of marks, we can be virtually certain of their origin -- technically Bohemia, if they were made before Czech independence in 1918, as I believe they were. Most likely they're Edwardian, based on the screw fasteners. Ear-piercing was considered a bit barbaric at that time, particularly by early feminists.

Overall condition is lovely, with a beautiful patina on the gilt brass and only minor flaws evident under high magnification (slight irregularities on the collet settings and a hard-to-notice chip at the edge of one stone, which must have fallen out at some time). The drops will fall about 2 inches below your ears and the earrings measure almost an inch at their widest. Provenance is a Minnesota estate.

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4 Superb c1920 MZ Astrohlau Handpainted Dessert Plates

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Ceramics: Eastern Europe: Pre 1920   item# 633885

4 Superb c1920 MZ Astrohlau Handpainted Dessert Plates
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Fine Astrohlau porcelain has been prized throughout Europe since early Victorian times. It reached new heights of beauty when the factory owned by Nowotnę was acquired by Moritz Zdekauer in 1884. His ornate porcelain designs, known for exquisite handpainting and lavish use of overglaze gold, continued to be produced after the distinguished German maker, C.M. Hutschenreuter, took over in Edwardian times (1909).

Astrohlau porcelain marks include those of various nations: Austria, Bohemia (when within the Austrian Empire) and Czechoslovakia (after independence). Because these elegant antique dessert plates are marked "M Z Astrohlau CM-R Czechoslovakia", they have to date after World War I -- but they can't reasonably have been produced much after 1918, since the design is so Edwardian. Later pieces with this hallmark (used for about 20 years) tend to be painted all over in Art Deco motifs that aren't as refined as the earlier work. You also typically find, on later pieces, the initials of other designers, importers, exporters, et al.

As you see, oodles of gold figures on these gorgeous plates -- as scrolled motifs with Art Nouveau curves, as edging for the rose-painted medallions and around both sides of the border. That of course adds significant value. Personally, I'm equally charmed by the unusual color harmony of pinks with buttercup yellow. Of course the white body of the plates shows the translucency of top quality porcelain, and there's a lovely sheen. Bohemian porcelain is made from fine-grained white kaolin clay, feldspar and quartz; this differentiates it from bone china incorporating lighter-weight bone ash, rather than quartz.

The plates measure 7 3/4 inches round and may originally have been accompanied by a larger dessert platter. Incised into the reverses (hard to read) appears to be the number 600 over a pedestal shape. That design number will be the clue to discovering other pieces made in this luscious pattern.

All the plates are in wonderful condition. Naturally, after this long, there's some wear to the gold and stacking wear on the rims of the bases, but I see no evidence of damage or repairs. Provenance is an estate near Cambridge, according to the English dealer from whom we purchased them.

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