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.
Bronze of a 16th-century gentleman holding two geese. Charming depiction of the well-known bronze sculpture by Hans Peisser, titled "Gaensemaennchenbrunnen" ("The Goose Man's Fountain"). The original sculpture, cast in 1550, is located in the Nuremberg Town Hall square in the old town. The depiction portrays the tale of the geese being carried to market, and as they loudly protested, the gentleman took pity upon them and swiftly returned them to their home. This detailed casting rests upon a variegated green marble base and bears the original retailer's label beneath, G.G. Leykauf. Nuremberg circa 1910. 6 1/4" H.
Nineteenth century Regency-style gilded bronze candlesticks, each with three eagles supporting a candle cup. The holders have a bobeche with beaded detail. Paw-footed eagles rest upon a stepped tri-form base. England, circa 1890. 8 5/8" H., 4" W.
French Empire-design, gilded bronze photo frame with acanthus-leaf borders. Top is mounted with a ribbon and wreath. Oval opening with its textured gilding can be removed to convert frame into a rectangular form. France circa 1900. 5 1/4" W., 7 1/4" H.; 3" W., 3 7/8" H. oval photo; 4 3/4" W., 5 1/2" H. rectangle photo
Stunning antique gilded bronze frame in the Empire style. A cornice with foliate detail supported by twist pillars floats in front of the frame. Turned finials are upon the base as well as top corners. A finely cast ribbon and wreath are mounted on the top. France circa 1900. 6" W., 9 1/4" H.; 3 7/8" W., 5 3/8" H. photo
Gilded bronze French- Empire-design frame with a detailed, cast Napoleonic eagle perched upon its top. Lovely, cascading floral appliques adorn its silk liner. A relief pattern of heart-shape foliates at the frame's borders completes the design. France circa 1890. Beautifully re-backed in suede. 5 1/2" W., 8 1/2" H.; 3 1/2" W., 4 3/4" H. photo
Lovely gilded bronze quatrefoil-form jewel box. Bead-edge top has a detailed pattern. Applied florals in relief, along with a silvered and gilded figure group, further enhance the cover. Sides have acanthus designs. Velvet lined. France circa 1900. 1 1/2" H., 2 3/4" W., 4 1/4" L.
Extraordinary Vienna bronze birds epergne. Four detailed cast cockatiels are perched upon swinging arms that bob up and down over the gilded "pond" center bowl. A central crystal bud vase rises above. A rare and charming example. Austria, early 1900's. 10 1/4" H., 6 3/4" W.
Finely cast Art Deco archer by Salvatore Melani (Italy, 1902-1934). The romanticized, draped figure has sculpted muscle-tone detail. The kneeling archer holds a bow upon a two-level variegated black-and-white marble base with geometric green onyx insets. Green patinated metal figure is signed upon the reverse. France circa 1930. 8" W., 17 3/4" H., 23 1/2" W.
King Charles Spaniel bronze sculpture by the well known Deco era sculptor, Alexander Kelety. Unusual 2 tiered jardiniere form with desirable damascened patina; rests on mottled coral tone marble. Born in Budapest, Kelety studied with Imray Simay in Toulouse. He exhibited at the Paris Salons between the wars. Many examples of Kelety's works are illustrated in "Art Deco and Other Figures", by Brian Catley. Signed and dated 1928. Dimensions: Height 6", Length 8 1/4", Width 3 3/4".
Large Art Deco figure group of Diana the Huntress, by J. Dauvergne. A kneeling Diana holds a spear as two leaping ibex run forward. The figures are upon an elaborate, variegated, cream-and-caramel onyx base with green onyx insets. Geometric marble forms further enhance the bold Art Deco design. Diana, with a patterned drape about her shoulder, is patinated in silver and gold; the ibex in aubergine. Signed upon the base, J. Dauvergne. France circa 1925. 21" H., 33 1/2" L., 7 1/8" D.
Lovely bronze hand mirror with reticulated Art Nouveau florals. Detailed cast blossoms and leaves surround an oval-form mirror. France circa 1900. 7 1/2" W., 13 1/2" L.
A lovely bust of an elegant woman in hat with a ribbon about her neck. An example typical of the finest works associated with this highly regarded artist born in Belgium in 1856. Bears Societe Des Bronzes De Paris Foundry Seal. Onyx base. France circa 1890. Titled "Theresa", an example pictured in 'Bronzes Sculptors Founders' by Berman; page 340. Dimensions: 7 3/4" H.
Georges Van Der Straeten born in Belgium 1850. An Art Nouveau Bronze of a woman with hair upswept into a ribbon. Lush brown patina. lovely features capture the remarkable expression and detail this sculptor is known for. Societe Des Bronzes De Paris Foundry Seal, France circa 1890. Onyx base. Dimensions: 7 3/8" H.
Gilded bronze seal signed A. Marionnet. Fine quality casting of deep relief foliates and opening flower heads. France circa 1900. 4 1/4" H.
Gilded bronze letter opener with detailed Art Nouveau florals in relief upon both sides of the opener. Fine functional size and form for use. Artist signed, A. Cladoux. France circa 1900. 5 5/8" L.
Bronze boy grasping an apple. Sweetly sculpted with a scarf about his neck and wearing a knit cap. Olive-brown patina with a contrasting gold patina upon the face and hand. Signed A. Titze upon the reverse. The artist was active in Vienna from 1900-1920 creating detailed figures of harlequins, animals and children. The bronze stands upon a variegated caramel-tone marble base. 6 1/4" H.
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.