Lovely Art Nouveau vesta, or match cover, made by the well-known WMF (Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik) workshop in Germany circa 1900. An Art Nouveau maiden with cascading hair, reminiscent of Alphonse Mucha, is upon its front. Illustrated on page 119 in the reprint of the WMF 1906 catalogue published by The Antique Collectors' Club. 1 1/8" W., 1 3/4" L.
Lovely classic English rectangular tray with rounded corners.The rising curved border has fluted banding. Flanking open handles have a foliate relief design along with fluted detail. Made by James Dixon & Son in Sheffield circa 1910. Bears retailer mark for Finnegans of Manchester. 16 1/2" W., 26 3/4" L.
A raised, pierced gallery surrounds the large, oval tray. Chased borders have foliates along with spiral designs upon its surface. Cast, notched handles flank the form, which is supported by bun feet. Made by Walker & Hall in Sheffield circa 1890. 16 1/2" W., 27" L.
The large oval-format tray is extensively chased with cascading garlands, medallion and foliates. The sides have a pierced, raised gallery. A central shield is chased with complementing designs along with urn elements. Decorative cast handles flank the tray which is supported by six bun feet. Made by James Dixon & Sons in Sheffield circa 1890. 18" W., 27" L.
Scarce, hallmarked sterling silver flask funnel. The small funnel, with its fluted stem, was made by Sampson Morden, London 1919. 1 1/8" W., 1 7/8" L.
Scrolling ribbon-like vines and orchids in relief float about the elegant, large Art Nouveau sterling silver frame. The design is enhanced with a textured background and a central scrolling cartouche upon the top. Hallmarks: Walker & Hall, Birmingham 1903. 9 3/8" W., 11 3/8" H.; 5 7/8" W., 7 7/8" H. photo
Fine Art Nouveau silver jardiniere with Art Nouveau maidens representing the arts. One strokes a lyre while the other holds a painter's brush and palette. Reticulated flowers and interlacing vines complete the design along with naturalistic openwork handles. A cut-crystal liner rests within. Stamped marks for the Martin Mayer workshop of Mainz, Germany along with 835 Fine Silver marks, circa 1900. Artists commissioned by Mayer include Peter Behrens and Hans Christiansen. 3 7/8" H., 5" W., 11" L.
Rectangular gilt bronze Empire design frame accommodates two photos. Borders have fine foliate detail. Moire background is enhanced with ribbon-and-wreath appliques and an undulating bow is mounted upon the top. A loop at the back for wall mounting. France circa 1900. 5" H., 7 3/4" L.; 2 3/8" round each photo
Sweet bronze sculpture of a Dutch boy holding a pipe. Nicely cast with a rich olive-brown patina. Signed "Kek," also known as Keck. Hans Keck sculpted figures of children and was active 1900-'25. Bronze stands upon a black onyx base. Germany circa 1910. 5 3/8" H.
Tiffany Studios gilded bronze Zodiac pattern pen tray. The versatile form tray depicts signs of the zodiac in detailed relief. Impressed marks upon the base; Tiffany Studios, New York, 1000. Circa 1905. An example illustrated in "Tiffany Desk Sets," by Holland, page 29. 10" L., 3 1/4" W.
Gilt bronze frame with scrolling openwork foliate borders. Burnished highlights enhance the elegant design. France circa 1900. 4 1/2" W., 6: H.; 3 7/8" W., 5 3/8" H. 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
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.
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 Art Nouveau wine bottle stand made in Vienna by the Argentor workshop circa 1902. A frieze of elegant reticulated foliates rises above a raised support base. The tops of the six-leaf forms create a scallop-design opening. The Argentor firm, located in Wimbergerstrasser in Vienna, was founded by Ernst Russ and Adolf Wilhelm Hetzel. Illustrated in an early Argentor Werke catalog, page 82. 4 1/2" H.
Antique cufflinks have a detailed railroad coal car in relief. Each is mounted with a rose-cut diamond. The early bean-back design cufflinks test 12K; American circa 1910. 5/16" W., 5/8" L.
Arts & Crafts trumpet-form sterling silver vase. Elongated strapwork- and- rivet-design handles are mounted upon the sides. Stylized Arts & Crafts flowerheads adorn the top within incised, banded accents. Both top- as well as base-edge rims are rolled. Hallmarks: Wakely & Wheeler, London 1907. 8 3/4" H., 4" W.