Exquisite example of a tall, high Art Nouveau wine bottle stand made by the WMF (Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik) workshop in Germany, circa 1900. Sweeping whiplash handles flank the sides of the reticulated Jugendstil form. An example is illustrated on page 154 of the well-known WMF 1900 English catalogue. Firm's marks beneath. 7 1/2" W. to handles, 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.
Decanter extensively overlaid with abundant silver flowers upon a florette-and-lattice surround. The unusual and elegant bulbous form with tapering base has a curving handle completely covered in silver. An undulating neck with pouring lip holds a tall, tear- drop-form stopper with additional overlay flowers. Silver has detailed, hand-chased work. Marks for the Alvin workshop of Rhode Island, circa 1900. 10 1/4" H.
Fine chased silver overlay with a burst of rambling flowers and vines upon a Loetz glass vase. The lustrous satin glass in violet has golden, green and blue highlights. Austria circa 1900. 2 3/4" H.
Fine silver overlay upon a lustrous golden Loetz glass vase. Art Nouveau chased flowers and undulating vines encircle the shimmering form with its rainbow iridescence. Marks for the La Pierre silver workshop of New York and Newark, N.J., circa 1900. 2 1/2" H., 3" W.
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.
Soft lemon-yellow pastel L.C. Tiffany floriform vase with an onion-skin stretch, undulating rim. Opalescent and pearl-white ribbing highlight the form, which is supported by a footed base with an opal-white edge. Signed with number 1882, L.C. Tiffany Favrile; circa 1905. 8 7/8" H., 3" W.
L.C. Tiffany glass aqua footed bowl with radiating white foliate rib patterns. Flaring top has onion- skin-stretch effect. Supported by an opalescent stem and foot with an opal white edge. Retains original paper label upon pontil. Signed number 1700, L.C.T. Favrile; circa 1905. 3 1/4" H., 5 3/8" W.
Lovely Victorian, carved mother-of-pearl visiting card case. The lustrous diamond-pattern case is engraved with florals. A silver button upon the side allows for opening and closing of the hinged top. England circa 1880. 3 1/8" W., 4" H.
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.
Lovely Art Nouveau pendant from the famous Charles Horner workshop in sterling silver and enamel. An oval enamel in lustrous cobalt and turquois is surrounded by reticulated foliates. Three round enamels as well as a suspended drop, all in purples, further enhance the elegant Art Nouveau design. 1 1/2" L. Signed with Charles Horner's well-known, intertwined CH registered trademark; Chester circa 1915. A similar pendant is pictured in "Charles Horner of Halifax," by Lawson.
Among WMF's finest Secession interpretations. The bold vase with its gitterwerk open handles rises above a geometic support. A frieze depicting warriors and maidens in various pursuits enhances each side. Original cut crystal liner with fanning corners rests within. Losses to high points. Stunning form! Illustrated in the Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik catalogue, page 371. Firm's marks upon base. 13 1/8" H., 7" W.