Twist-stem combination condiment fork and cocktail spoon. The antique utensil with its central classic medallion is stamped sterling. American circa 1880. 10 1/4" L.
Wonderful marabou figural cigar cutter. Designed by Ignatius Taschner (Germany, 1871-1913), known for his animal sculptures. The hammered steel bird has a guillotine-design beak. Raise beak, insert cigar into the eye, drop beak to cut, and allow cigar tip to fall into waiting copper bowl beneath. Clever and whimsical. Germany circa 1905. 5" W., 6 1/8" H.; 8" H. (beak extended)
Extraordinary Jugendstil large wine jug made by the Carl Deffner workshop of Esslingen, Germany, circa 1905. A multi-segmented monkey guards the domed top, while its long tail forms a curved, open handle. The silvered tankard is enhanced with Jugendstil whiplash designs in relief. The monkey, as well as the spout and round foot, are all gilded. Firm's marks beneath. 5 7/8" W., 15 1/2" H.
Fine set-of-six sterling silver tots, or shot glasses. The Arts & Crafts tyg tri-handle-form shots are each fully hallmarked: James Wakely & Frank Clarke Wheeler, London 1910. Beautifully presented in original fitted lush burgundy velvet- and satin-lined case. 2" H., 1 3/8" W., 2" W. to handles each
Extraordinary pair of lively Austrian bronze dogs. One canine stands upon its hind legs as it holds a lariat with its paws. The other standing dog holds a long-stemmed flower. Although lacking some petals, the flower rotates upon its stem. Each of the detailed figures has nuanced patination of the detailed fur. Fine examples for the collector of unusual Austrian bronze animals. Circa 1910. 3 1/4" H., 2 1/8" W. lariat dog; 3 1/8" H., 4 3/8" W. flower dog
Finely cast bronze entitled "Le Travail," by Maurice Joseph Constant, France 1892-1970. The bronze depicts a youthful man with a hammer and anvil along with calipers. The figure is clad in a fur, belted loin cover. Signed upon top of base M. Constant. Original plaque upon the front: Le Travail, Par Mce. Constant (Mention au Salon). Deep golden olive patina; France circa 1910. 7 1/2" H.
Lighthearted bronzes depicting a young girl and boy ice skating, by Franz Iffland (Berlin 1862-1935). The girl, in her fur-trimmed cape, has her hands in a muff; the boy in fur-trimmed cape, holds a cupid-like feathered arrow with bow. Iffland, a member of the Berliner Bildhauerschule, was active 1885-1915. He became most well-known for his sculptures of young children and women. The richly patinated skaters stand upon tall, dark green marble bases. Each signed F. Iffland; Germany circa 1900. 10 1/4"-10 1/2" H. each
Beautifully detailed ram-mounted figural letter opener. The silvered pewter opener was made by the well-known WMF (Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik) workshop in Germany circa 1910. 7 5/8" L.
Lovely Art Nouveau round box with robust florals and whiplash vines around the circumference. An Art Nouveau maiden with flowing hair adorns the cover of the elegant design. Made by the famous WMF (Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik) workshop in Germany circa 1900. Illustrated in the firm's well-known 1906 catalogue, page 290. 2 1/4" H., 3 1/4" W.
Stunning high Art Nouveau design! A reticulated whiplash form support in each corner upholds the jewel box. Interlacing, sweeping vines and Art Nouveau florals are in relief upon the top and all sides. Made by the famous WMF (Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik) workshop in Germany, circa 1900. Illustrated in the firm's well-known 1906 catalogue. Marks beneath. 2 3/4" H., 4 1/2" W., 6 3/4" L.
A distinct Josef Hoffmann-design influence is seen upon the Vienna Secession wine, or Champagne, cooler. A flat paneled top rises above concentrically banded ribbing. A geometric pattern in relief is reminiscent of Hoffmann's gitterwerk designs. Made in Vienna by the Argentor workshop circa 1905, located in Wimbergerstrasse. The well-regarded firm was founded by Ernst Russ and Adolf Willhelm Hetzel. Illustrated in an early Argentor-Werk catalogue, page 86. 8 3/4" H., 12 1/4" W. to handles
Stunning Art Nouveau photo frame made by the famous WMF (Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik) workshop in Germany circa 1900. The fluidly designed frame with a central winged maiden or fairy accommodates two photos. Signed beneath with workshop marks. Illustrated on page 305 in the well-known WMF 1906 catalogue published by the Antiques Collectors Club. 7 1/2" W., 7 1/4" H; 2 1/8" W., 3 3/8" H.
Patinated repousse brass Art Nouveau photo frame depicting a pair of facing winged phoenixes. Undulating serpent-like forms complete the extraordinary design of the large, brass-wrapped angular frame. In the style of Alfred Daguet, France circa 1900. Wooden easel back. 9" W., 11 12" H; 3 1/2" W., 5 1/4" H. photo
English bronze door knocker with cold-painted detail in the form of Tom Chrudd, known as Old Boots. This knocker depicts the famous "boot boy" from the 18th-century Unicorn Inn of Ripon in Yorkshire, carrying a boot jack and a pair of slippers. He had a nose and chin so long that he was able to hold a coin between them. He was tipped for his service, upon which he grasped the coin in that fashion. England circa 1890. 4" L.
Lovely silver jigger with a repousse design of interlacing florals. The detailed Art Nouveau jigger was made by the well-known Wilhelm Binder workshop of Schwabisch Gmund, Germany, circa 1900. Gilded within. Firm's marks beneath, along with 800 Fine Silver mark. 2 3/8" H.
High Art Nouveau bronze letter opener. Beautifully cast, interlacing vines and flowers adorn the elegant opener. An Art Nouveau maiden with cascading hair is upon the top. France circa 1900. 8 3/4" L.
Bold and beautiful Art Nouveau wine or beer jug made by the well-known Orivit workshop in Cologne, Germany circa 1904. The tall pewter jug has a finely detailed eagle upon its front. The beak-form front of its hinged cover opens to offer a pouring lip. The wide base has undulating peacock-feather forms in relief. Photo of an example is pictured in "Orivit, Zinn des Jugendstils aus Koln," an early Orivit catalogue, page 100. 13 1/2" H.
Art Nouveau sterling silver frame has curving sides along with an undulating, curved top. Pendant floral bouquets and vines are in relief upon its borders. Hallmarks: Boots Pure Drug Co.; Birmingham 1909. 6" W., 7 7/8" H.; 3 1/2" W., 5 1/4" H. photo