Extraordinary Jugendstil large wine jug made by the Carl Deffner workshop of Esslingen, Germany, circa 1905. A multi-segmented monkey guards the domed top, while its long tail forms a curved, open handle. The silvered tankard is enhanced with Jugendstil whiplash designs in relief. The monkey, as well as the spout and round foot, are all gilded. Firm's marks beneath. 5 7/8" W., 15 1/2" H.
A distinct Josef Hoffmann-design influence is seen upon the Vienna Secession wine, or Champagne, cooler. A flat paneled top rises above concentrically banded ribbing. A geometric pattern in relief is reminiscent of Hoffmann's gitterwerk designs. Made in Vienna by the Argentor workshop circa 1905, located in Wimbergerstrasse. The well-regarded firm was founded by Ernst Russ and Adolf Willhelm Hetzel. Illustrated in an early Argentor-Werk catalogue, page 86. 8 3/4" H., 12 1/4" W. to handles
Lovely quality silvered ice cooler with a swivel bale handle and incised, banded detail. Retains its original decoratively pierced ice drainer. A pair of ice tongs suspend from the handle. Made by the Mappin & Webb workshop of London and Sheffield circa 1930's. 6 3/8" W., 5 1/8" H., 8" H. to handle; 5" L. tongs
Royal Danish design silver was introduced by the International Silver Co. of Connecticut in 1939. This difficult-to-find matching set of bar tools in this pattern includes a bottle opener, corkscrew and jigger. Each has Royal Danish sterling mounts.
Bold and beautiful Art Nouveau wine or beer jug made by the well-known Orivit workshop in Cologne, Germany circa 1904. The tall pewter jug has a finely detailed eagle upon its front. The beak-form front of its hinged cover opens to offer a pouring lip. The wide base has undulating peacock-feather forms in relief. Photo of an example is pictured in "Orivit, Zinn des Jugendstils aus Koln," an early Orivit catalogue, page 100. 13 1/2" H.
Extraordinary Art Nouveau wine or Champagne cooler is a punch bowl as well. The hammered copper cooler has pendant grapes, leaves and vines in high relief. Fluid brass whiplash handles are upon its sides. The stunning form, with an undulating rim, becomes a punch bowl when its original olive green crystal liner is placed within. The complementing cover has an undulating brass florette, along with vines, and rests upon the crystal liner. A bottle can also be placed into the liner along with ice if desired. Made by the Carl Deffner workshop in Esslingen, Germany circa 1900. Deffner produced Jugendstil design of the highest order and his works are represented in the collection of the Brohan Museum in Berlin. 9 1/2" H. to handles, 12 3/4" H. overall, 12 1/8" at handles
A fine figural Art Nouveau pewter Champagne cooler. A lovely, romanticized maiden harvests grapes from their vines. She hovers above a detailed relief scene of mountains, castles and the Rhine Valley, which is depicted around the circumference of the vessel. Naturalistic relief grape leaves and stems form opposing handles. A truly extraordinary example of Art Nouveau made in Germany circa 1900. 11 3/4" H., 7 1/2" W. at top, 9" W. at base
Designed to accommodate two bottles, the elongated, quatrefoil form was made by WMF (Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik) in Germany circa 1930's. The cooler is attached to its own stand and has a bale handle for carrying ease. Fine quality and a difficult-to-find size. Firm's marks at base edge. 7" W., 12 1/4" L., 28" H. to handle
Fine heavy quality crystal ice cooler made by Stromberg. Sterling swivel bale handle signed Aage Weimar. The son of Danish silversmith Evald Nielsen, Weimar began his own workshop in 1937. Cast grape-and-leaf cluster mounts adorn the handle. Denmark circa 1940. 10 3/4" H., 6 1/2" W.
Fashioned in the form of a wooden bucket, the wine, or Champagne, cooler has a banded and paneled pattern. Made by Roberts & Belk of Sheffield circa 1930's for the Hotel Avondale. 10 3/8" H., 7 1/4" W.
Lovely Art Deco ice cooler with a Modernist design. Knop handles flank its top. Retains its original ice drainer within. Germany circa 1930's. 4 7/8" H., 6" W. to handles
Fine quality aqua Bristol glasses with cut pillar stems. Additional cutting upon the goblet. A beautiful Victorian-era set, circa 1890. 5 1/4" H. each
Completely hammered wine bottle stand. The Vienna Secession-era stand was made in the Frantisek Bibus, known as Franz, workshop in Bohemia (Czechoslovakia) circa 1910. 2 1/4" H., 3 1/2" W.
Victorian wine bottle coaster has beautifully reticulated galleries. Base is turned wood with a central button. Also available as a pair. England circa 1880. 2 1/2" H., 5 5/8" W.
Very nice example of this highly collected corkscrew. The celluloid stockings are striped in bright dark green and ivory. Nickel mounts are in the form of high-button boots. Influenced by the "Can-Can" dancers of the 19th century, Moulin Rouge-era Paris. Made in Germany circa 1895. 2 5/8" L. closed, 5 1/4" W. fully open
Lovely, romanticized Art Nouveau wine bottle stand from the famous WMF (Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik) workshop in Germany, circa 1907. Flowing florals rise above a series of six fish as they swim through wave-like Art Nouveau tendrils. Workshop marks beneath. 3" H., 4 3/4" W.
Elegant Georgian-era Sheffield plate wine bottle coaster. Swirling, lobed coaster with applied gadroon-and-shell top. Turned wooden base. Also available as a pair. England circa 1840. 1 7/8" H., 6 1/4" 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.