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A highly important pair of Neo Grec ormolu and porcelain mounted ebony torchieres/pedestals. By Charles Guillame Diehl, The design attributed to Jean Brandley, Paris, circa 1870. Specializing in Neo-Grec decorations and furnishings, Charles Guillame Diehl, has won many medals including one at the 1867 Paris Exposition Universelle, at which he sold a cabinet that was owned by the Louvre in 1973 and is now on display at the Musee d'Orsay, and of which there is another example at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His works were also shown in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. A single example of this model is illustrated in H. Samaha, Beirut: Hidden Treasures, 2014 p. 221.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
Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks to Sultan Mehmed IV of the Ottoman Empire, also known as Cossacks of Saporog Are Drafting a Manifesto. Late 19th Century. Monumental oil on canvas, set within an original carved giltwood frame. Unsigned. Measures: Canvas: 62 X 105in (157 X 266cm). Frame: 80 X 123in (204 X 312cm). This painting is after Russian artist Ilya Repin. The Original 2.03 m (6.66 ft) by 3.58 m (11.74 ft) canvas was started in 1880 and finished in 1891. Repin recorded the years of work along the lower edge of the canvas. Alexander III bought the painting for 35,000 rubles, at the time the greatest sum ever paid for a Russian painting. Since then, the canvas has been exhibited in the State Russian Museum in Saint Petersburg. Vladimir Gilyarovsky, a popular journalist, was one of the models who posed for Repin. Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks depicts a supposedly historical tableau, set in 1676 and based on the legend of Cossacks sending a reply to an ultimatum of the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, Mehmed IV. The painting exhibits the Cossacks' pleasure at striving to come up with ever more base vulgarities. During Repin's time, the Cossacks enjoyed great popular sympathy. While working on the original version, Repin in 1889 began work on a second version. This work he never finished. The second version of "The Cossacks" the artist tried to make more "historically authentic". In 1932 it was presented by the Tretyakov Gallery to the Kharkiv Historical Museum. In 1935, it was moved to the Kharkiv Art Museum, where it is now stored.Read more
An English carved marble sculpture of a royal family baby depicting Princess Alice of Albany. Signed and dated F.J WILLIAMSON, S.C / ESHER, 1884. Francis John Williamson (17 July, 1833 - 12 March, 1920) was a British portrait sculptor, reputed to have been Queen Victoria's favorite. Williamson exhibited with the Royal Academy of Arts 38 times from 1853–1897 and with the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists in 1868, when he showed several items, including a medallion depicting Mrs W. Wills, 1887 and 1902. It was during his time with Foley that he first met Victoria. In 1870, she commissioned a memorial to George IV's daughter Princess Charlotte and her husband Prince Leopold (Victoria's uncle) which was erected inside their former home, Claremont. Many members of the royal family subsequently sat for him and in 1887 he sculpted the (Golden) Jubilee bust of Queen Victoria, which was replicated for display around the British Empire. Williamson received a number of commissions from the municipal authorities in Birmingham. These included a marble bust of the Shakespearian scholar Samuel Timmins, now in the Library of Birmingham, a statue of the dissenting theologian and natural philosopher Joseph Priestley, now in Chamberlain Square, a statue of Sir Josiah Mason, (destroyed, but a 1952 bronze cast of the bust, by William Bloye, is in the suburb of Erdington), a statue of preacher and reformer George Dawson (since destroyed), a statue of John Skirrow Wright (also destroyed; a 1956 bronze cast of the bust by Bloye is in Birmingham Council House), and the decoration on the pediment of the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, a work known as the Allegory of Fame Rewarding the Arts. A plaster cast of his bust of Tennyson (1893) is in the National Portrait Gallery.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 52.6 grams.Read more
Pair of Napoleon III Sevres porcelain cobalt blue vases and covers on ormolu bases. Vases 'DE PARIS'. Dated 1863-1867, Crowned N DECORE A SEVRES 1867 MARKS, Incised A63, The ormolu bases are each stamped twice. Very finely painted. For a larger pair of these vases (first size 82 cm) see B. Chevalier, et al, Les Sevres de Fointanbleu, catalogue, musee nationale du chateau de Fontainbleau, Paris, 1996. p. 146 no.114.Read more
Very exquisite pair of French ormolu candelabra by Louis-Auguste-Alfred Beurdeley, (French, 1847-1919), circa 1880. After the celebrated model by François Rémond. Centered by jasper ware / wedgewood medallions to front and back. One with incised "BY" to the underside of nymph.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
A French Japonisme parcel-gilt patinated bronze and Japanese Imari Porcelain clock garniture. Mounted with bronze dragons and elephant heads, very finely made. The clockworks stamped H. Sequin, Paris. Measures: Clock 28" high x 20" wide. Candelabra: 26.5" high.Read more
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