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Remarkable 19th c Art Nouveau Heavy Bronze Teapot

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Metals: Bronze: Pre 1900   item# 1276451

Remarkable 19th c Art Nouveau Heavy Bronze Teapot
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$545.
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Antique bronze teapots are quite a rarity, and this one more than most. They were favored in China and Japan, so are generally Asian in design. In fact, I've seen no other example crafted in the European Art Nouveau manner. It may have originated in the East, meant for the export market. On the other hand, it could be French. The French did lovely bronze work and might have incorporated certain details from the East (such as the dragonlike handle and finial in the form of an ancient Oriental melon bead), elaborating these with Art Nouveau scrollwork. The foofy floral base of course is pure European Art Nouveau, as are the winglike shapes decorating the spout.

Condition of this piece is marvelous. There are just a few minor dings difficult to notice. Even the silvered interior -- an extremely uncommon feature -- is sound. A few patches of tarnish remain inside, but the pot's been given a fairly thorough polish. Normally I leave things in as-found condition, but in this case the patina was just too thick for proper appreciation of the gorgeous forms. Size is about 7 inches by 11 inches and provenance is an English estate.

Obviously this is a splendid display item, but it can also be used. Serious tea-drinkers have always loved bronze pots, because the density of the material keeps tea warm far longer than ceramic or any other metal.

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Bronze Ornament c 1500 Super Pendant or Paperweight

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Metals: Bronze: Pre 1700   item# 559734

Bronze Ornament c 1500 Super Pendant or Paperweight
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$45.
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In the Tudor Era (1485 - 1558), when this bronze ornament was crafted -- probably to decorate horse harness -- the Renaissance was just beginning in England. Life was still primitive for all but the rich, so it must've belonged to someone of substantial means, most likely a nobleman.

This is an elegantly formed piece, two inches round and highly domed. We know it's meant to embellish leather because of the two prongs at the back, both of which have survived. Time's patina has given rich color to the top, which feels silky to the touch. Being of bronze, it has a nice heft, so would make a wonderful conversation-piece paperweight for your office. Alternatively, if set in a bezel mounting, it would be a stunning pendant for either a man or a woman. We acquired it from a leading antiquities dealer in East Anglia, near Cambridge.

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Medieval Bronze Sword Chape Pendant Wear or Display

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Metals: Bronze: Pre 1492   item# 476309

Medieval Bronze Sword Chape Pendant Wear or Display
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$180.
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Need an exceptional gift for your Knight in Shining Armor? Here's something very special, sure to delight any man (or woman) with a sense of history. Just think of the stories this sword chape could tell! Made in England soon after the Norman Conquest, the chape dates from the 12th or 13th century (between 1100 and 1299), so it might even have gone on a Crusade or two. It reached us via a leading antiquities dealer in Cambridgeshire.

Measuring 2 1/4" by 1 1/8", it's of particularly elegant form and the bronze has a lovely dark green patination all over. With the addition of a leather thong and interesting hand-made beads from historic Bury St. Edmunds, it's become a real swashbuckler of a pendant - ready to wear (or display on the wall, if your guy isn't the jewelry type).

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English Medieval Gilt Bronze Buckle Great as Pendant

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Metals: Bronze: Pre 1492   item# 328178

English Medieval Gilt Bronze Buckle Great as Pendant
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$35, reduced from $50.
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This medieval buckle was quite a fancy one in its day (the 1300s or 1400s). You can still see vestiges of glittering gold around its holes -- and notice how artistically made it is. I love the scalloped edge and there's even a groove formed in that section, into which the witchy gothic prong settles safely. No doubt that's why its pointed tip is still intact after so many centuries.

Beautifully patinated by time and measuring about 1" by 1 1/8", this treasure remains quite sturdy enough to enjoy as a necklace pendant. You'll be the envy of all when you wear something so exceptional. Just tie on a leather thong or cord - or maybe a ribbon to match your outfit.

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Very Fine Gilt Bronze Buckle from 1300s or 1400s

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Metals: Bronze: Pre 1492   item# 327871

Very Fine Gilt Bronze Buckle from 1300s or 1400s
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$45.
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This opulent and extremely refined medieval bronze buckle was without any doubt handcrafted for an aristocrat. Its shape is lyrical and vestiges of gilding remain strongly present on the plate, still attached to one side of the buckle, showing that very pure gold was originally applied overall.

This is more a display piece than for use as a jewel, although you could carefully wear it on a ribbon or cord for special occasions. While the remaining attachment of plate to buckle seems sturdy, you wouldn't want to risk losing that incredible plate that's still *glittering* under the lamp as I write this. It's truly astounding that this delicate treasure has survived six or seven centuries in such remarkable condition. Size is about 1 1/4" by 7/8" and provenance is our favorite antiquities dealer in England.

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Ancient Bronze Buckle and Plate Pendant 14th or 15th c

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Metals: Bronze: Pre 1700   item# 327868

Ancient Bronze Buckle and Plate Pendant 14th or 15th c
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$45.
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Ancient bronze buckles make great conversation-piece pendants for both men and women, so we acquired quite a few from our English antiquities dealer. Most are medieval, but a few are Tudor (English Renaissance) or Georgian. The one shown here dates from the 14th or 15th century. With both plate and pin intact intact (which is rare), it's large - measuring more than 2 inches by about 1 1/4" - and so beautifully patinated that its touch is like silk.

It's still quite sturdy enough to enjoy as a necklace pendant and you'll be the envy of all when you wear something so exceptional. Just tie on a cord or ribbon and you're good to go.

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