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.
Victorian wine coaster with a reticulated, spiraling floral pattern and beaded detail along with turned wood bottoms. Sheffield circa 1900. 5 1/2" W., 2" H.
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.
Sterling silver dessert, or fruit, set with mother-of-pearl handles. The twelve-piece service for six consists of elegant three-tine forks along with six serrated-end knives. Fitted in original case with its key. Case has retailer and silversmith's label for R. Stewart, Buchanan & Argyle Street in Glasgow. Each piece fully hallmarked: Robert Stewart, London 1919. 6 1/8" L. forks, 7 3/8" L. knives.
Beautifully hand-chased sterling silver butter knife with a carved mother-of-pearl handle. Ideal for pâté and soft cheeses. Fitted in original silk- and velvet-lined box. Hallmarks: Joseph Gloster, Birmingham 1905. 6" L.
Elegant late Georgian-era sterling silver and crystal potpourri box. Hallmarks: Thomas Whitehead, London 1833, along with sovereign head mark for William IV. Heavy silver engined pattern top has an elaborately reticulated and chased scrollwork panel. A medallion with an engraved egret crest is at its center. A fine early box. 1 5/8" H., 2 1/4" W., 3 1/2" L.
Colorful Art Nouveau pottery butter box. The undulating form, with a bell flower and vines in relief, has an applied naturalistic frond handle. Glazed in minty greens along with burgundy and yellow. Interior is a rose tone. Impressed Austria beneath, circa 1900. 3 1/4" H., 6" W., 8 3/4" L.
Rambling hand-chased foliates adorn the blade of the antique sterling silver opener. The silver handle is enameled in minty green. Hallmarks: Henry Hall & John Edward Bingham, Sheffield 1870. 8 3/4" L.
Antique sterling silver letter opener has lush turquoise green enamel upon its handle. Front of its silver blade is hand-chased with scrolling foliates. Hallmarks: Richard Martin & Ebenezer Hall, Sheffield 1902. 9 1/2" L.
Unusual example of an antique sterling silver and enamel letter opener. The hallmarked opener is elaborately hand-chased with foliates, interlacing Celtic designs and a detailed, swimming fish upon both sides. Large silver handle is enameled in amethyst. Hallmarks: Richard Martin & Ebenezer Hall, Sheffield 1873. 8 1/2" 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.
Chased, large flowerheads adorn the bottom of the bulbous-form silver-overlay vase. Art Nouveau silver leaves and vines travel upward upon the long-neck trumpet form. Stamped marks for the Alvin silver workshop of Rhode Island, circa 1900. 8" H.
Lovely, quality, handsome crocodile-wrapped sterling silver whisky flask. Silver drinking cup removes for convenience and is gilded within. Bayonet-design, hinge-top cap. Hallmarks: Frederick Asman & Co., Sheffield 1919. 4 1/2" H., 2 1/2" W.
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.
Stunning bold Doulton Lambeth stoneware vase decorated with pink dogwood flowers within three sections. Rambling Art Nouveau leaves glazed in greens surround the florals. All are against a mottled celadon ground. The applied foot, as well as the top rim, have a mocha glaze with blue highlights inside the neck. Impressed marks beneath for the highly regarded artist, Eliza Simmance, known for winning awards at international exhibitions. Incised assistant decorator marks along with date letter "G" for 1906. 12" H.
Handsome English antique sterling- silver-mounted flask. Bound with crocodile, the flask has a drinking cup with gilded interior which slips off for convenience. Cap has a bayonet hinge and pivots to lock into place. Hallmarks: James Dixon & Sons, Sheffield 1897. 3 1/4" W., 5 1/8" H.
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
Loetz Papillon glass vase in lustrous aqua and green iridescence. Finely chased silver overlay work in a whiplash design along with rambling vines and rising ivy is upon the form. Silver completely covers the top rim. Austria circa 1900. 3" H., 3 1/4" W.
Lovely, extensively detailed Art Nouveau silver overlay covers the surface of the red glass vase. Decorated with rambling florals and vines, which are all finely chased. American circa 1900. 8" H.
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
Silvered crocodile-wrapped flask with a convenient, detachable drinking cup that is gilded within. A hinged bayonet cap pivots to lock and unlock. Made in England circa 1910. 2 7/8" W., 5" H.
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.
Handsome Victorian English silver and horn tall beaker. The sterling mount, with incised banded detail, is fully hallmarked: Thomas Johnson, London 1876. Nice gradation of tone. 4 1/8" H., 2 7/8" W.
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
Stunning Vienna Secession silver stand with four pillar columns has four curved-and-rolled supports at its rounded base. A cut-crystal bowl with notched edging, as well as incised banded detail, rises above. A central medallion with button top holds the bowl in place. Pillar form is a distinct Josef Hoffmann influence, as seen in examples executed by Wiener Werkstatte. Impressed 800 Fine Silver marks, along with Vienna assay and maker mark, circa 1905. 7 1/8" H., 8 3/8" W.
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.
Made by Henry Wilkinson of Sheffield circa 1910. Brown leather-covered flask has a detachable drinking cup. The cup is hand-chased with detailed foliates and is gilded within. 3 1/4" W., 5 5/8" H.
Round pottery tray with robust Art Nouveau florals glazed in cobalt blue with two tones of gray upon a white ground. A pierced gallery enhances the surround. Germany circa 1905. 12" W., 1 1/8" H.
Lovely box with pottery inset upon its hinged top. Interlacing high Art Nouveau design glazed in deep blue and gold upon a white ground. Box made of nickel; Germany circa 1905. 2 7/8" H., 4 1/2" W.
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.