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All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Glass : Bohemian : Pre 1900 item #817202
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$325.00
An impressive and well-designed antique Bohemian glass paperweight. The bullet-shaped weight encloses a large central red, white and blue lily surrounded by three smaller lilies, all emanating from a speckled glass pot at the base. The area just above the pot has a thin film of green glass to suggest foliage. The weight is ornately faceted into a bullet-shape. The glass is quite heavy and clear. The coloring tends toward grayish-yellow, as is typical of Bohemian weights of the period.

Origin: Bohemia, ca. 1870. Condition: excellent, no chips, no wear to crown. Size: 7" tall; 2-25/32" diameter.

All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Glass : American : Art Glass : Pre 1900 item #817201
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$225.00
A very nice scrambled glass paperweight by the New England Glass Company. The weight is well-packed with a colorful assortment of canes and twists. Visually, the set-up extends all the way to the periphery when viewed directly from the top. The glass is very clear.

Origin: America, ca. 1870. Condition: excellent, no wear to crown, some small flakes all along the edges of the basal ring. Size: 2-1/2" diameter; 1-7/8" high.

All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Glass : American : Cut Glass : Pre 1900 item #817182
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$140.00
A very well-cut low bowl in an unidentified pattern. The cutting is deep, sharp and precise. The pattern comprises three panels of star- and diamond-cut cane, divided by elongated loops enclosing flashed fans and strawberry diamond, alternating with hobstars. The blank is heavy and very clear.

Origin: America, ca. 1890. Condition: excellent, a 1/32" fleabite on the inside edge of one tooth. Size: 7-1/4" diameter; 2" high.

All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Continental : Pre 1900 item #814779
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$495.00
A classic second standard (800/1000 pure) silver tastevin from the Loire Valley of France. The origins of tastevins can often be identified by the tastevin’s shape. In this case, the bowl is rather shallow and completely without decoration. The handle is formed in the shape of a thin, curvy snake, but is worked without extra decoration such as scales or details to the head. This example is rather early, as is evidenced by signs of hand hammering and the small lathe mark in the middle of the bowl. The bottom is stamped with the original owner’s name, P. Roux. These classic tastevins from the Loire Valley are charming because of their simplicity, and the absence of decoration allows the wine to take center stage.

Origin: Loire Valley, France, ca. 1840. Condition: excellent. Size: 2-7/8” diameter (excluding handle). Weight: 30.0 grams.

All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Bronze : Pre 1900 item #808007
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$695.00
A very fine pair of cast and engraved Louis XVI style bronze dore candlesticks. The round bases are decorated with beading and an ornate wreath of acanthus leaves. The pillars are fluted and broaden slightly before reaching the upper knop, also with acanthus leaf decoration. The sockets are likewise decorated. The original gilding is largely in place.

Origin: France, ca. 1890. Condition: excellent, no cracks. Size: 9-1/2" tall.

All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Organics : Pre 1910 item #807919
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$2895.00
Exceptionally fine Edwardian tortoishell letter box decorated with gold pique. The serpentine front is inlaid in a pattern of floral swags flanking a center wreath. The curved top has a matching wreath and swags as well as songbirds. The gold has a beautiful rose tint that contrasts nicely with the rich golden-brown of the tortoise, and the surfaces are intricately engraved to enhance the appearance. The use of gold for pique work was reserved for only the most expensive and impressive items. The back and sides of the box are covered in burgundy Morocco leather and the interior is covered in red silk moire. The workmanship and overall style of this piece suggests the workshop of William Comyns, though he more frequently worked in silver. Signed boxes by Comyns feature exactly the same lining and side upholstery and similar swag and wreath designs.

Origin: England, ca. 1905. Condition: very good, the front has a few hairlines (no hairlines on top), six of the tiny pins along the edge of the top are lacking, no loss to pique. Size: 10-1/8" x 5-3/4" x 7-1/4" tall.

NOTE: This item cannot be shipped outside the United States.

All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Continental : Pre 1900 item #807909
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$375.00
A very good first standard (950/1000 pure) silver small-size tastevin by the highly regarded Dijon silversmith Marc Parrod. This example retains the classic round shape with a convex bottom, but the usual gadrooning and bull’s-eyes are replaced by repoussé grape clusters alternating with bull’s-eyes. Each grape cluster is accented with stylized vines. Parrod was particularly noted for this unique variation. The handle is in a rather unusual shape slightly suggestive of the double snake handles sometimes found on tastevins from the Bourgogne region, of which Dijon is the capital city. These smaller tastevins are less common than the larger ones. The bottom and handle are stamped with the Minerve and with the maker’s mark.

Origin: Dijon, France, ca. 1870. Condition: excellent, no dings or monograms, sharp detail. Size: 2-1/4” diameter (excluding handle). Weight: 26.0 grams.

All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Continental : Pre 1900 item #807907
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$375.00
A very good first standard (950/1000 pure) silver small-size tastevin by the highly regarded Dijon silversmith Marc Parrod. This example retains the classic round shape with a convex bottom, but the usual gadrooning and bull’s-eyes are replaced by repoussé grape clusters alternating with bull’s-eyes. Each grape cluster is accented with stylized vines. Parrod was particularly noted for this unique variation. The handle is in the form of a pair of snakes, an element most often seen on tastevins from the Bourgogne region, of which Dijon is the capital city. These smaller tastevins are less common than the larger ones. The bottom is stamped with the Minerve and with the maker’s mark.

Origin: Dijon, France, ca. 1870. Condition: excellent, no dings or monograms, sharp detail. Size: 2-1/4” diameter (excluding handle). Weight: 24.5 grams.

All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Continental : Pre 1900 item #806004
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$325.00
A very nice small-size silver wine taster in the classical style. The bottom features the typical convex bottom surrounded by concave gadrooning and bull’s-eyes. The shape is intended to create high and low spots to better appreciate the color of the wine as light is reflected through it. The open shape also allows the bouquet to develop quickly so the wine can be tested easily. The snake handle is generally seen on tastevins from the region of Bourgogne. The tastevin bears an unidentified maker’s mark.

Origin: France, ca. 1870. Condition: excellent, no dings, sharp detail. Size: 2-1/4” diameter (excluding handle). Weight: 28.75 grams.

All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #804932
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$185.00
A very pretty sterling silver berry or casserole spoon by Durgin. The handle is nicely engraved in an ivy pattern, while the gilt bowl is engraved with a flock of butterflies. The back is stamped with Durgin's earliest hallmark.

Origin: America, ca. 1870. Condition: excellent, no monogram, sharp detail, gilding faded to pale lemon. Size: 9" long. Weight: 59.0 grams.

All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #804923
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$595.00
A very fine berry or casserole spoon in John R. Wendt's "Medallion" pattern. The handle features an oval reserve centered with a medallion profile of the Greek goddess Pallas Athena. The elongated bowl is beautifully scalloped. The back of the medallion has a period monogram "A" and the stem is marked with the retailer's mark for Ball, Black & Co. and with "925" for sterling. Wendt did not use his own hallmark in this period.

Origin: America, ca. 1965. Condition: excellent sharp detail. Size: 8-3/4" long. Weight: 63.0 grams.

All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Glass : French : Pre 1920 item #788006
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$495.00
An elegant Art Deco panel-cut crystal perfume bottle in the "Frise Verte" pattern by Baccarat. The shoulder is adorned with a band of cameo etched floral decoration in green. The style of the decoration is very geometric and provides a handsome contrast with the simple panel cutting. The lip of the bottle is overlaid in green glass to match the decorative band. The bottom is cut in a 24-ray star and the stopper is lapidary cut. This pattern appears in Baccarat's catalogue of 1916.

Origin: France, ca. 1920. Size: 6-1/4”.

All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #788001
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$995.00
A magnificent sterling silver claret spoon by Dominick & Haff. This example is strikingly decorated in a pattern representing three different varieties of chrystanthemums. The decoration appears to be loosely based on Dominick & Haff's "#10" pattern, though this is much more ornate. The area around the flowers is intricately pierced in the rococo style. The back bears Dominick & Haff's hallmark and the pattern number "32".

Claret spoons were produced for a short time at the end of the 19th century. Despite being named for the famous red wine, their function really had nothing to do with wine. Small fruits and berries, perhaps soaked in an alcohol or other liquid, were often served from tall, narrow pitchers of cut glass, porcelain or silver. The long claret spoon was used to remove from the fruit from the pitchers. Today, the spoon could be used to serve sangria as well as various desserts based on fresh fruit.

Origin: America, ca. 1980. Condition: nerly mint, period "BBS" monogram. Size: 17" long. Weight: 113.0 grams.

All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Coin : Pre 1837 VR item #787987
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$125.00
A nice coin silver rattail spoon by John Brown, active in Baltimore from 1799, after apprenticing in Philadelphia. The bowl is rather narrow, suggesting it was to be used as a pap spoon. The spoon must have been an early piece from Brown's shop, as the design is quite clearly drawn from late 18th century styles. The three-letter monogram in a bright-cut cartouche is also characteristic of the period. The back is marked with Brown's punch.

Origin: Baltimore, ca. 1800. Condition: a few small to moderate dings in the bowl. Size: 5-5/8". Weight: 11.25 grams.

All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Organics : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #787947
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$395.00
A very fine Imperial Russian lacquer box by Vishniakov. The lid is decorated with a winter scene showing an empty troika, still tethered to its horse, located just outside a snow-covered log building. The scene is beautifully detailed. The interior is lacquered in the dark rust shade characteristic of Vishniakov.

Origin: Russia, ca. 1880. Condition: the top shows considerably alligatoring, but no paint loss; two of the top corners have flakes (visible in photos); the interior has wear to the finish. Size: 5-3/4" x 3-7/8" x 1-11/16".

All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Glass : Bohemian : Pre 1910 item #787941
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$495.00
A pair of elegant Art Nouveau enameled Bohemian glass bowls with floriform decoration. The petals of a vivid pink flower curl up the sides and are interspersed with green tendrils. The flowers are echoed in the undulating rim decorated with a thin line of gilding. The overall workmanship is superb. This sort of decoration was produced by Theresienthal, Meyr’s Neffe, Lobmeyr or Fritz Heckert, and the quality of these pieces is consistent with any of those makers. Typically, this style is seen in goblets, but other tablewares such as these are more uncommon.

Origin: Bohemia, ca. 1895-1905. Condition: excellent, light wear to gilding at rim, no other enamel wear, no chips or cracks. Size: 3” tall, 4-1/2” diameter.

All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Ceramics : Chinese Export : Pre 1837 VR item #784987
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$150.00
A very nice blue and white Chinese export porcelain plate in the Fitzhugh pattern. The central reserve is surrounded by a complimentary design in the four quadrants, all enclosed in a diapered border. The blue color is very intense and the porcelain body has a good, clear white color. The execution of the painted design suggests that the plate dates from the first quarter of the 19th century.

Origin: China, ca. 1810. Condition: excellent, no chips or cracks. Size: 8-5/16” diameter.

All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #780412
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$495.00
A wonderful sterling silver trout set in Towle's 1884 "Arlington" pattern. The handles are decorated in the repousse style with a profusion of roses and foliage. The decoration lends itself to being mixed with many of the repousse patterns from the Baltimore area. It is the blade of the trout knife, wonderfully decorated with an engraved trout leaping into the air after biting a lure (the entire casting rod in the background), that really sets these servers apart. Complete Victorian services included fish sets, but trout servers are extremely uncommon. They are a bit smaller than regular fish servers and have a slightly different shape. Towle, in particular, seems to have been fond of the form. The backs are stamped with Towle's hallmark and the retailer's mark "H. G. Shupp".

Origin: America, ca. 1890. Condition: excellent, light surface wear, a small bend at the tip of the knife's upper lip. Size: fork, 8-1/8" long; knife, 10-1/4". Weight: 140.5 grams.