An antique Limoges Cabaret set last quarter of the 19th Century, consisting of a tray, coffee pot with cover, sugar, creamer and 2 demi tasse cups with saucers. The mark reads France Depose, and has the initials C A in underglaze green which stand for Charles Arenfeldt an important artist working at the Limoges factory at the time. The set was retailed by Louis Kuhne, Geneve and it is in the Bluets pattern.
The tray is 10", the coffee pot with lid is 5 1/2". The condition of all pieces is perfect. The Limoges factory began in 1770 and was sold to King Louis in 1784 which then became a branch of Sevres porcelain.
The decoration is of flowers, violets on a white ground and painted in violet and green, with blue accents. The coffee pot has some gilt decoration to the handle and to the spout in keeping with the period. This set is rare and a real collectors delight. Use it as a breakfast set, or as it was intended, entertaining pour deux.
Understanding Jewelry by David Bennett & Daniela Mascetti, published by The antique Collectors club, Uk 1989. The authors, both sotheby jewelry experts have written the most extensive book on Antique Jewelry up thru the present day I have seen. Full color pictures on every page of beautiful jewelry. This book is out of print and is a must have reference for the serious collector.
Early 19th Century Framed drawing of a kitten in a basket, original frame and from my own collection. The tabby kitten looks like a British Shorthair, a breed I love. A killer face with a smile and the biggest eyes. 11 1/2" by 15". There are some losses to the frame which didn't bother me since these things are age appropriate. This drawing is very well done and is a great piece of Americana.
A beautiful necklace of blue chrysophase beads consisting of 3 strands of graduated beads and large faceted pieces of chrysophase. A full 18 inches and a wonderful neckline filler.
Fabulous is the word for this colorful silk shawl. Completly hand sewn with silk threads creating a floral background with colorful birds in each corner. Hand knotted and just a beautiful work of art. Corners are gently curved, and the palatte is beautiful. Reds, orange, green, blue, all on a black silk, background. Pre 1920, this is much too pretty for a piano, use your imagination, drape it over a t shirt for at home evenings, or frame it for a stopping dressing room or guest bath. Whatever you do with it, you have something very special. Fringe, a full 14" the shawl, 54" square.
Victorian Staffordshire Figures Book Three by A N Harding, published by Schiffer Publishing, Pa., 1998. More reference material to add to the already extensive research contained in the other two books. More of Portraits, Military, Theatrical, Religious, Hunters, Pastoral, Occupations, Children With Animals, Dogs, Animals, Cottages, Sport and Miscellaneous. Ask me about the discount for all three.
Victorian Staffordshire figures book Two, by A N Harding published by Schiffer Publishing Pa., 1998. Another in this wonderful reference series, this one concentrates on Religious, Hunters, Pastoral, Occupations, Children and Animals, Dogs, Animals, Cottages and Castles, Sport and Miscellaneous. Ask about a special price for all three.
Victorian Staffordshire figures book One by A & N Harding Published by Schiffer Publishing , Pa. 1998. A classic and invaluable source for this collecting interest. Book One covers Portraits, Naval and Military, theatrical and Literary Characters. With Values. Ask about a combined purchase of all three for a special price.
Staffordshire fugures, History In Earthenware 1740-1900 by Adele Kenny and Veronica Moriarty, Schiffer Publishing, Pa., 2004 Just published and out this year and already has a following among dealers and Staffordshire collectors. One of the best overviews, I have read. contains a price guide with realistic values.
I will be carrying this book along with the three Harding Staffordshire books in stock. shipping is media rate.
A Creamware child's plate with pink lustre decoration. Surrounded by a polychrome daisy border highlighted in pink lustre is a blue transfer of 3 men working and a proverb from Poor richard's Almanac which reads "Handle your tools without mittens, remember the cat in gloves could catch no mice." And another "Constant dripping wears away stones and little strokes fell great oaks." The plate is perfect and has a firing mark at 7 o'clock that has beenpainted and glazed. C 1830
Sotheby's Concise Encyclopedia of Porcelain, Edited by David Battie, Conran Octopus Ltd, London 1990. The contributors to this book make up a who's who in porcelain experts. Beginning with the discovery of porcelain, through Chinese porcelain and japanese porcelain and on to early english and continental porcelain. also includes American porcelain with a chapter on Fakes and forgeries.
Silk and lovely is this Cashs' bookmark showing a young girl ready with her stocking. Standing in front of a moonlit window with snow falling this is a lovely bookmark. 9" and very pretty.
A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year is the sentiment on this Stevensgraph bookmark. The verse reads A very Merry christmas And A Happy New Year, Joy and Peace and Happiness Be Ever with You Here. A robin singing and standibng on a nest of holly accented with silver threads makes this charming 19th century Stevensgraph so special. And special is the person who will receive this one this year. 6 1/2". there is a tiny bite under Merry which is mentioned only for accuracy..
So charming is this Stevensgraph bookmark. Wishing You A Happy Birthday above a bouquet of flowers with a cartouche reading With Best Wishes. The verse on the bookmark says Let Hope Sweet Hope, Thy Birthday Cheer. And Still Be Thine From Year to Year. A beautiful ecru color with tones of burgandy and green. These 19th century bookmarks are full of sentiment as is typical of Victorian things, and very lucky is the person who receives this from someone who cares very much. 6" and perfect.
Jewelry and Gems The Buying Guide by Antoinette Matlins and A.C.Bonanno, Gemstone Press, Woodstock, Vt. 1993. This is a classic and any book by antoinette Matlins is worth owning. The subtitle reads How To buy Diamonds, Pearls, Gemstones, Gold and Jewelry with Confidence and Knowledge.