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
Carved wooden bust of an African woman with contrasting, ebonized hair. A patinated brass necklace adorns the neck, and the bust rests upon a round brass base. Fashioned in the Modernist form for which Hagenauer is most well-known. Stamped beneath: Hagenauer Wien, Handmade, with Made in Austria, along with workshop mark; Austria circa 1945-50. 4 1/4" H., 2 3/4" W.
Beautifully detailed bronze of girl pouring a jug by the sculptor Rudolph Kaesbach (Germany 1873-1955). The girl, with a rich, deep golden patina, has long, wavy hair adorned with ribbon bows. The bronze stands upon a variegated grey, beige and brown marble base. Signed R. Kaesbach; Germany circa 1910. 10 7/8" H.
The Bronze Flute Player depicts a boy wearing a plumed and tasseled hat playing his instrument. He is further adorned with a fur vest and a leather pouch. Patinated in rich brown tones with golden highlights. Signed E. Barillot (Eugene Barillot, France 1841-1900). The sculptor, who trained at the Berlin Academy, was active 1870-1900. The bronze stands upon a two-part plinth of variegated grey, black and gold marble. France circa 1890. 8 3/8" H.
An energetic Bacchic putto and goat frolic upon a naturalistic, rocky ground. The ground is further enhanced with clusters of ivy and grapes along with florals as well as a ribboned staff. The finely detailed multi-cast group, in the manner of Clodion and August Moreau, is patinated in rich brown with deep golden tones on the putto. All rest on a variegated red marble demilune base. France circa 1880. 8 7/8" W., 8 3/4" H., 5 1/8" D.
Beautifully cast, richly patinated Vienna bronze bear. The bear sits upright as it licks its paw. Mounted upon a variegated beige, gray and ivory-tone marble geometric ashtray. Austria circa 1920. 2 1/8" W., 3 1/2" H. bear; 4" W., 6" L. tray
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.
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.
Whimsical Hagenauer bronze rabbit sculpture, or seal. Stylized, energetic, Modernist form. A fine example for the collector of the best of this famous workshop's animal forms. Signed "Made in Austria" along with workshop marks circa 1928. Photo of a similar example is pictured in "Werkstatte Karl Hagenauer Wien VII," an early catalogue, page 1. 2 3/8" H.
Art Deco pottery group of a nymph and faun from the Marcel Guillard (1896-1932) ceramic workshop. Sculpted by G. Debloize. The draped nymph and resting faun have a cream crackle glaze and rest upon a mottled gray base. Artist and ceramist marks are impressed beneath the pottery base. France circa 1925. 11 1/4" H., 10" W.
Beautifully detailed, patinated metal figure of a hurdler by the famous Art- Deco-era sculptor, Demetre Chiparus (born 1886 in Romania, died 1947 in France). The figure, with outstretched arms, jumps above as he clears the hurdle beneath. Signed D.H. Chiparus upon the naturalistic ground, with foundry seal upon back edge. The figure rests on a variegated back and white marble base. France circa 1930. 11 1/2" W., 6 3/4" D., 18 1/2" H.
Beautifully stylized bronze cat from the famous Hagenauer workshop of Vienna, Austria. Among the highly collected, small, expressive animals this design studio was known for. Signed beneath Made in Austria along with workshop marks; circa 1930. 1 1/2" H., 2 1/2" L.
Bronze sword-form letter opener created to commemorate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. One side of the hilt depicts floral symbols: thistle, Scotland; shamrock, Ireland; daffodil, Wales; rose, England. The reverse has symbols of the Commonwealth: kiwi, New Zealand; beaver, Canada; kangaroo, Australia; springbok, S. Africa. Has relief insignia ERII, Elizabeth Regina II. Hallmarks: Harry Atkin of Sheffield in 1953. 8 1/2" L.
Tiffany patinated bronze Zodiac-pattern bookends. The pair depicts the twelve signs of the zodiac in relief. Impressed marks upon each. Tiffany Studios, New York 1091. Circa 1905. A similar pair illustrated in "Tiffany Desk Sets," by Holland, page 36. 6" H., 5" W.
Figural wine bottle holder from Brienz, Switzerland circa mid-nineteenth century. The magnificent carved, bearded gentleman lays upon a cart and is contoured to allow a bottle to rest as he holds a twig-form collar and twig-saw to nestle the bottle. The rare holder is assembled with pegs and has working wooden wheels. Early Black Forest carvings of walnut and linden trunks, symbols of luxury and wealth, were featured in international exhibitions in London, Paris and the United States. Carving of a human figure, as well as it unusual form, make the holder an extraordinary example for the collector of wine-related antiques. 11" H., 5 3/4" W., 18 1/2" L.
Charming narrative bronze. A young boy in a waistcoat and cap lights a lantern. He carries a jug and flask. Patina has golden highlights. Figure stands upon a variegated marble base. Germany circa 1900. 4 1/2" H.