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A very rare and important gilt and silvered bronze wine cooler. Modeled with two, Russian polar bears at the handles and with a young gunmen holding a rifle seated with a sea otter. The design and construction of this piece led us to assume this could be made in Russia by a master bronzier. Please note this piece is unsigned. Possibly made by Pavel Sazikov, in the 1860's.Read more
Signed Alfred de Breanski (British, 1852–1928) (lower right); inscribed Nantile Lake / N.Wales (on the reverse). oil on canvas. Alfred de Breanski Sr. is regarded as one of England’s most accomplished landscape artists. Born in London, the eldest son of Leopold Breanski, he travelled throughout Wales, the Lake District and the Scottish Highlands. He made his debut at the Royal Academy in 1872, where he exhibited until 1918. His work was also exhibited at the Royal Institute of oil painters and the Royal Cambrian Academy. Breanski also drew much inspiration from the dramatic Scottish countryside, such as the highlands, which are famed.Read more
Ferdinand Barbedienne, French, 1810-1892. A large Néo-Grec ormolu and cloisonné champleve enamel decorated onyx jardinière centerpiece. Most possibly designed by Louis-Constant Sévin and Edouard Lievre / Lièvre. One handle signed F. Barbedienne, monogram of interlaced Ds to each sides. The monogram of interlaced Ds found on each side of the present jardinière is closely related to monograms found on Edouard Lièvre creations for the celebrated artist and Lièvre's patron Edouard Detaille. See Steinitz, Edouard Lièvre exhibition Catalogue, Paris, 2014, pp. 184-191Read more
Attributed to L'Escalier de crystal, Paris, circa 1870. Profusely decorated with flying fish, langoustines, and seaweed on a pierced Stand, mounted with tiger's eye spheres. The marchand-éditeur, L'Escalier de crystal was established in 1802 by Madame Désarnaud, supplying clocks, lamps and other objets d'art to important European families. From 1840, the firm participated in and were awarded medals at most of the international exhibitions of the 19th century, finally being awarded a Gold Medal in Paris in 1900. The store became an icon of French luxury. The firm commissioned manufacturers to supply individual components which were then assembled to the firm's own designs - much in the tradition of the 18th century marchands-merciers. L'Escalier de crystal collaborated throughout the 19th century with famous designers such as Viardot, Lièvre, and also the atelier of Baccarat for glass. A clock of Baccarat engraved crystal, with Japanese inspired langoustine-form bronze mounts attributed to L'Escalier de crystal, was exhibited at Le Japonisme, le goût de l'exotisme au XIX me siècle, at the Galerie Roxane Rodriguez, 16 September-16 October 2004 (exhibition catalogue, pp. 13-14).Read more
A magnificent and rare silvered bronze (electroplate) Alhambra wall cabinet / Torah Ark in the Moorish / Nasrid style. Probably France or Germany, circa 1880. Of rectangular form with crest and pendant finials to base, with two hinged doors above a drawer, the lock hidden by a hinged plate, profusely cast with vegetal and geometric designs, the doors in openwork with red fabric behind, one door knob stamped 'FRANCE', the reverse stamped with maker's mark, 'GESETZLICH GESCHUTZT' and registration number 2314, with wood interior. Ready to place.Read more
A very rare and important French Abusson tapestry of Summer from the "Four Seasons" series. First half of the 18th century. Signed: Ravnavd M R Davbvsson. Related literature: Dominique Chevalier, Pierre Chevalier and Pascal-François Bertrand, Les Tapisseries d'Aubusson et de Felletin, 1457-1791, Paris, 1988, pp. 75-77 The theme of the Four Seasons was used frequently in tapestry production throughout the 18th century. Pierre-Elie Grellet d'Aubusson produced a set of tapestries of the Four Seasons for Michel Collas of Felletin in 1750. In 1760 several similar sets were in the inventory of the late Aubusson weaver, Pierre Mage, in Paris. See Chevalier et al., op. cit., figs. 1-4 for illustrations of a set made in the workshop of Michel Vergne at the beginning of the 18th century from the collection of the National Counsel of Monaco (Summer is shown in fig. 2). In this set each season is represented by a Classical deity: as in the present tapestry, Summer is represented by Ceres, Autumn by Bacchus, Winter by Vulcan and Spring by Flora. Another tapestry of the same design with a different border was sold at Sotheby's, London, September 27, 2012, lot 88. The design for this tapestry seems to draw inspiration from a circa 1695 Beauvais tapestry after Charles Le Brun of the Earth from their Elements series, which also depicts Ceres in a chariot drawn by lions (Heinrich GöBel, Die Wandteppiche, Leipzig, 1928, pt. II, vol. II, no. 218; an engraving of this tapestry was made by Sebastien Le Clerc, a print of which is shown in Chevalier, op. cit., p. 64).Read more
French ormolu-mounted bureau a cylindre roll top desk signed H. Fourdinois. Veneered in walnut with very fine quality ormolu mounts throughout. Stamped twice ''H. Fourdinois'' for maker Henri-Auguste Fourdinois (1830-1907). The rectangular galleried top with three short locking drawers above a roll-top enclosing four short drawers over a slide-out tooled red leather writing surface, with three short locking drawers, raised overall on fluted tapering legs joined by a pierced I-form stretcher.Read more
A very fine 22-karat gold, enamel and diamond snuff box in the Mughal style. Finely painted with birds and flowers and set with rose-cut diamonds. Very high quality object. Weighs 41.2 grams.Read more
Pair of American gilt bronze and rock crystal table lamps by Edward F. Caldwell and Co. Modeled with three figures on a tripod base with masks on paw feet. The underside of one stamped with a "C" within a lozenge. The are electrified and ready for placement. 17" high excluding fitment.Read more
An Italian silver plated six-light chandelier, in the Buccellati style. Designed with marine motif, the shell-cast corona over a 'coral' cage encrusted with individually-cast fruits-of-the-sea, issuing the six upturned candle arms ending in starfish-cast lampshades, electrified.Read more
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