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.
Lovely silver jigger with a repousse design of interlacing florals. The detailed Art Nouveau jigger was made by the well-known Wilhelm Binder workshop of Schwabisch Gmund, Germany, circa 1900. Gilded within. Firm's marks beneath, along with 800 Fine Silver mark. 2 3/8" H.
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.
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.
Art Nouveau sterling silver frame has curving sides along with an undulating, curved top. Pendant floral bouquets and vines are in relief upon its borders. Hallmarks: Boots Pure Drug Co.; Birmingham 1909. 6" W., 7 7/8" H.; 3 1/2" W., 5 1/4" H. photo
Stunning Art Nouveau silver beaker is finely engraved with rambling flowers and vines. Two butterflies among the foliates complete the elegant form. Hallmarks include Minerva head for the first French standard of 950 Fine Silver; maker Claude Doutre Rousse, Paris circa 1895. 3 1/8" H., 2 5/8" W.
Lovely sterling silver Art Nouveau photo frame. An Alphonse- Mucha-inspired maiden is in relief upon the undulating form. Rambling flowers and vines, along with a butterfly, adorn the romanticized design. Hallmarks: R.U. & Co., Birmingham 1907. 5 3/4" W., 6 5/8" H., 3 3/4" diameter photo.
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
Fine set-of-six sterling silver shot glasses. The Arts & Crafts two-handle trophy- cup-form shots are each fully hallmarked: Finnigans Ltd., London 1904. The famous silver workshop retailed their wares in Manchester and London and rivaled Asprey at turn-of-the-century in England. Beautifully presented in original fitted, satin- and velvet-lined case. 1 3/4" H., 2 1/2" W. each
Extraordinary English sterling silver Art Nouveau card case. A distinct Alphonse- Mucha-influence maiden is in high relief upon its front. The profile, with cascading hair and elaborate headband, is reminiscent of Mucha's depictions of Sarah Bernhardt. Floral and scrolling patterns in relief further enhance the lovely case, which accommodates a present-day, business-card size. Hallmarks: Clifford & Norris, Birmingham 1902. 2 3/4" W., 3 7/8" H.
Elaborately detailed, hand-chased scrolling florals cover the lovely snuff box. The hinged top has a vacant oval cartouche with an engraved border. Gilded within. Hallmarks: Colin Hewer Cheshire, Birmingham 1888. 1 1/4" W., 1 7/8" L., 1/2" H.
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
Vienna Secession basket designed by architect Hans Ofner (1880-1939) and made in the Argentor workshop in Austria circa 1905. Crystal liner rests within rounded frame displaying gitterwerk elements upon its circumference as well as its open handle. Ofner studied with Josef Hoffmann at the Kunstgewerbescule. He went on to create Vienna Secession interiors along with fine metalwork, furniture and jewelry. An Ofner gitterwerk vase by Argentor is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. 7 1/2" H., 5 1/2" W.
Tudric pewter butter dish designed by the famous Archibald Knox for Liberty & Co. circa 1902-05. The open tri-handle form, with its stylized honesty leaves in relief, has its original Powell glass liner. Impressed marks beneath with model number 0162 Tudric. An example pictured in "Archibald Knox," by Stephen A. Martin, page 208. 5 5/8" W., 1 1/2" H.
Most unusual example of a fine Art Nouveau silver card case. Rambling vines along with daffodils in high relief are upon the cover of the case. The case, with its spring mechanism, opens to reveal a beautifully fitted interior of moire silk. Each side has a gusset pocket to hold a card. The form accommodates modern- day-size business cards. Impressed marks for 800 fine silver along with maker stamp: Germany circa 1900. 2 5/8" W., 4" L.
A beautifully interpreted pair of Vienna Secession-design candlesticks made by WMF (Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik) in Germany circa 1910. Clearly a Josef Hoffmann influence with lobed and beaded elements. Firm's marks beneath each. 5 7/8" H., 4 1/8" W.
A pair of basket-form sterling silver salt cellars have foliates in relief. Each salt, with its cobalt-blue liner, is accompanied by its own spoon. All fully hallmarked: Joseph Gloster, Birmingham 1905. 2 1/4" W., 1 1/4" H' 2 1/4" L. spoons
Lovely Anglo-Indian sterling silver frame with a curved design. The frame has detail of elephants among trees in high relief. Wooden easel back. Silver of this genre was made in the Lucknow region on India, early 1900's. 5" W., 6 1/2" H.; 3 1/4" W., 4 3/4" H. photo