Objects "Stanley Weiss"
This 'antique' altar is based upon the tripod stand discovered in the Temple of Isis at Pompeii and now in the Museo Archeologico, Naples. This celebrated stand, widely copied during the 19th Century, served as the model for the baptismal fonts by Luigi and Francesco Monfradini, one a present to the Empress Marie-Louise by the city of Milan in 1811, the other for the king of Rome in 1813, (see The Age of NeoClassicism, Exhibition Catalog, London, 1972, pl. XII, no. 1828). The patination of this stand is characteristic of the 'antique' productions at the foundry established by the sculptor J. Chiurazzi in Naples circa 1870. Specialising in manufacturing replicas of antiquities in the Museo Borbonico in Naples, this 'Trepied Isiaque' featured in the catalogue of 'J. Chiurazzi & Fils', Naples circa 1900, no. 150. A related stand stamped B. Boschetti, Roma, is illustrated in A.G. Palacios' Il Mobile nei Secoli, Italian, vol. III 1969, pl. 99. Further examples were sold in these Rooms, 9 June 1988, lot 128 and from the collection of the late John Trafford Esq, Hill Court, Herefordshire, Christie's House Sale 13-14 December 1982, lot 20.A related stand appears in Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema's 1873 painting In the Temple (see V. Swanson, Catalogue Raisonné, London 1979, no. 132 The level of detail is extremely fine and given its wonderful patina, it appears as a museum original. J. Chiurazzi is well known for making the finest of this type, and we have seen several in the past. Height: 35 in. Diameter: 22 in. The Age of NeoClassicism, A related stand stamped B. Boschetti, Roma, is illustrated in A.G. Palacios' Il Mobile nei Secoli, Italian, vol. III 1969, pl. 99. Further examples were sold in these Rooms, 9 June 1988, lot 128 and from the collection of the late John Trafford Esq, Hill Court, Herefordshire, Christie's House Sale 13-14 December 1982, lot 20. Il Mobile nei Secoli, A related stand appears in Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema's 1873 painting In the Temple (see V. Swanson, Catalogue Raisonné, London 1979, no. 132, In the TempleRead more
This is the first mirror of its type we have owned, and for that matter, seen with its original Wedgwood panel, which is itself a fine work of art (see details below). This overmantle mirror has a commanding presence, and is related to an example illustrated in Edgar Miller's American Antiques, of slightly different proportions (more vertical than horizontal). The subject of the Wedgwood tablet, 'An Offering to Peace', is after a design by Lady Elizabeth Templetown (1747-1823), the first female artist to be employed by Josiah Wedgwood. A tablet depicting this subject is discussed and illustrated in Robin Reilly, "Wedgwood Jasper," cl. pl. C 24." Our mirror has its original glass and is in a perfect state of preservation, with its gilding reinvigorated to give the glowing gold color that it had when it was made. This mirror is the best of the best and relates to a very exceptional mantelpiece offered by Francis J. Purcell, II, a dealer in mantlepieces of the highest order (see below for a scan of this ad). That mantelpiece has a large, central Welford mount, and related swags. Height: 30 1/2 in. Width: 72 in. American AntiquesRead more
This worktable is composed of highly figured mahogany and presents a commanding presence with four magnificently carved legs flanking the drawers. The punchwork is classic Salem and the McIntire family (Samuel and his son Samuel Field Mcintire) produced furniture of this type from the early 19th century through 1840. The turned legs are not bulbous and have a pleasing taper, terminating on vigorously turned feet ending with a ball. Height: 29 1/2 in. Width: 22 in. Depth: 20 inRead more
This is a good sized mirror retaining its original gold leaf. The carving is nothing less than virtuoso work. It is the best of its kind, and though extremely well developed, does not clutter the composition. Note the carved work at the top of the mirror that the eagle is attached to; also note the spiral leafage around the flanking eaglets. The flying eagle at center is the only one of its kind that we've seen, and makes this mirror quite dramatic. It is a masterpiece and worthy of the most discriminating collector or decorator that wants the best and the most exceptional. It is a standout. Height: 51 in. Width: 41 1/2 inRead more
These chairs are of the type known as "side chairs", which fit nicely-for example-alongside either a chest or a card table in a hallway. Also, these may be considered "boudoir chairs" for use in a period bedroom, as they are highly decorative. The backsplats are quintessential Duncan Phyfe with hand carved swags and bowties. While these chairs are generally related to the Phyfe workshop, other fine workshops of the time constructed these (i.e. Michael Alison, etc.). These chairs are in the French taste with their front legs shaped in the cabriole form embellished with incised paneled construction. See the side profile of these chairs and their pedigreed stance, (shown below). These chairs are beautifully reeded and have a finely carved rosette joining the two reeded, curved splat elements. These chairs are in fine condition with no breaks or replacements. Height: 33 1/4 in. Seat Height: 18 7/8 in. Width: 18 in. Depth: 19 3/4 inRead more
This is an impressive mirror and is as developed as the form evolved over the short 1800-1820 period. The gilding, which has been conserved is truly outstanding, and with the reverse painting of Mt. Vernon, makes an important statement. This is surely a showpiece mirror, and while the reverse painting is not first, it is done by a superb artist-as good or probably better than its original. The double columns are beautifully worked with an interesting change in the columns that flank the painting. If the reverse painting weren't enough, above it is an open-worked motif flanked by unusual rosettes. The mirror is old but not original. This mirror is quite a large scale showstopper that will make an important statement in a period room. Height: 50 1/2 in. Width: 22 1/2 inRead more
This settee is all composed of solid tiger maple. It has a high country look with scrolled arms supported by baluster turned arm and leg supports which terminate in brass cup casters in the front and square in the rear. It is rare to find these in perfect condition, and this has had no repairs or alterations. It has developed a warm patina over the years. This piece is highly desirable with a stylish arm and leg and massive tiger maple cross members. Height: 32 3/4 in. Length: 71 1/2 in. Depth: 22 1/2 inRead more
This is a small-scale settee, almost diminutive. The feet are of traditional cabriole form, and the rear legs splay out to create a very stylized profile. The upholstery, while not new, is in perfect condition with beautiful needlepoint work. As is traditional, the back is covered in a simpler fabric. See detailed images. The chair has had reinforcing blocks inside the rear legs. The underside shows its bottom frame, which is clearly 18th century. Given the delicacy of its form, it is a rare survivor, and obviously treasured through the years. It is perfect for a lady’s boudoir, sitting room, etc. Height: 36 in. Depth: 25 1/2 in. Length: 42 inRead more
This table is associated with the Thomas Howland school in Rhode Island, primarily on the basis of the stylized sprigs. This is a fairly special table, because unlike many others, it has bellflowers on the legs as well as an oval patera in the apron. It is in a fine state of preservation, retaining its original old surface. The quality is exceptional. Please see the fine dovetails at the back of the apron. Height: 29 1/4 in. Width: 34 3/4 in. Depth: 17 inRead more
Lannuier school with counter weighted interior fold-down desk all supported on two Lyre midsupports above paw feet. This, to our knowledge, is the only known American worktable of this form. This piece shows the essence of skilled wood craftsmanship at a time when few cities compared to New York in its ability to support customers at this level of complexity and quality.There have been no alterations or losses to this piece. It remains with its late 19th century surface. When we acquired this piece, the counterweights were inoperative retaining early catgut pulley strings. The natural aging of the mahogany sides revealed a completely mortised case of the highest shop standards. The quality of the mahogany and style of New York paw foot speaks for itself. Also, "Lannuier school" is used because the style is continental and the quality is perhaps a cut above Phyfe, one of many contemporaries in the New York boutique woodworking shops in the first part of our 19th century. American softwoods are found in a number of areas in its case construction. Height: 29 in. Width: 23 1/4 in. Depth: 18 3/4 inRead more
This is a small-scale sofa (68 in. wide) supported on 4 molded legs, giving it a very stable appearance. The lines are classic. See the attached images of when Levy had it up holstered, and other related examples, including J. Walton. It is a gem, and for its size, quite scarce. Ginsberg and Levy were top New York dealers, firm continued by the Levys. Height: 37 in. Seat Height: 19 in. Depth: 30 in. Width: 68 inRead more
This table is composed of three solid unjoined boards; the top, and two drop leaves. The mahogany is a deep red-brown, with deep figure throughout. The legs are a very delicate cabriole form ending in carved trifid (stocking) feet. What's especially unusual about this table is the six legs, which make this a very stable table in that all four legs always remain in place, and instead of the fourth being the one to swing, each side has an additional leg to swing out and support the leaf. Six-legged tables are quite rare and this table is in superb condition throughout. Height: 29 in. Width: 19 in. - 52 1/2 in. Depth: 45 inRead more
This is an exquisite stand of hand water-leafed gold leaf that is matched to a magnificent Japanese stone mosaic of bird and flowers. The style of the scene emphasizes simplicity, and with the wonderful matching of the stones, this piece typifies its style of craftsmanship, especially as practiced during the Great Revival in the late 19th century. The stand is obviously Rococo, with French scrolls and a plethora of carved elements. Of its type, it's a good as it gets. Height: 30 in. Width: 26 in. Depth: 20 inRead more
This table is a rare form: firstly, it is finished on all four sides so that it can function away from a wall; secondly, the marble top makes this more than a common worktable. Mixing tables are an early Colonial form having roughly the same dimensions as this piece, and always a marble top. This table serves that same function and can accommodate glasses, bottles, et al in luxuriant style. It serves like a marble topped tea table. The interior of the drawers are of satinwood, with the top drawer compartmentalized. The corners are canted and paneled with flame mahogany, and the drawerfronts are all matched. The clustered columns which support this casepiece are beautifully executed, as are the plinth and legs which we understand are after a design attributed to Alexander Jackson Davis, 1803-1892. This table retains an older, replaced marble top and all else in original, fine condition. Height: 29 3/4 in. Width: 26 3/4 in. Depth: 21 inRead more
Lowboys or dressing tables with four drawers of equal width are rare (usually one long drawer is offered with three smaller drawers below), and this example retains all original brasses. The wood is of fine quality and its design is restrained yet embellished with drop pendants on the front as well as sides. The top is a beautiful slab of walnut with notched corners, and the feet are a modifed stocking style. This is a very smart, contained lowboy in fine condition with no breaks or alterations. Note all of the attached images. Also note the wood on the sides of the drawers is Southern yellow pine. Height: 29 in. Depth: 19 3/4 in. Width: 33 inRead more
Blog posts about "Stanley Weiss"
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