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.
A stunning pewter mount with its original gilding adorns the green glass wine decanter. Reticulated berries, foliates and vines are complemented by a hinged top with berries in relief. Made by the Walter Scherf workshop founded in Nuremberg in 1899 and ceased operating in 1914. A fine example from this workshop, who commissioned prominent designers including Friedrich Adler, Peter Behrens and Joseph Maria Olbrich. The range was signed Isis or Osiris as is this beneath. Nuremberg circa 1900-05. 11 3/8" H.
Magnificent bottle stand by the WMF (Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik) workshop. Three nude sea sirens clasp hands as they encircle the stand among choppy rising waves. A tripod support of lily pads and flowers upholds the stand with pendant grapes festooning above. Workshop marks beneath. Germany circa 1907. 4 1/4" H., 5 1/8" W.
Stunning German Art Nouveau wine, or claret, jug made by the well-regarded Wilkens & Sohne silver workshop of Bremen circa 1900. High Art Nouveau detailed whiplash florals dance about the reticulated mount. A hinged cover with naturalistic blossom finial is upon its top, and an undulating handle completes the silver work. The cover is gilded within. A heavy, quality crystal carafe is cut in alternating panels of wave and diamond patterns. Signed with Wilkens mark, as well as 800 Fine Silver stamp. 12" H.
Lovely set-of-six Val St. Lambert wine, or water goblets. The cased glasses are in the famous Belgian workshop's well-known red, or rose color. Each is cut in vertical, elongated ovals, alternating with rising, long-stemmed florettes. Five-sided, tapering stems are geometrically cut. Each of the fine quality, mid-century goblets is 7 3/4" H.
Lovely Jugendstil bottle stand with three sections of florals in relief. Reticulated elements rise above each section. The elegant stand was made in Germany circa 1900. 3 1/8" H., 3 7/8" W.
Beautifully stylized mid-century Modernist wine bottle holder. The silvered, curving form, with its rattan-covered handle, was made in Germany for the Eisenberg-Lozano Co. circa 1960's. This firm was founded in New York in 1953 by Arthur Eisenberg and Neal Lozano. 3 3/4" W., 6 3/4" L., 8 1/2" H.
Unusual French silver tastevin, or wine taster, fashioned by a skilled silversmith from a 5-franc coin. The rim of the hand-hammered bowl, made from the actual edge of the coin, reads, "Dieu Protege La France" (God Protect France). The base of the tastevin is set with a 1919 1-franc coin and the handle is fashioned from a 1916 50-centimes coin. Nice example for the collector, circa 1920. 2" W., 2 3/4" L.
Very fine, large WMF (Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik) Art Nouveau wine or Champagne cooler. Each of the tri-form sides depicts in high relief a different castle from the Rhine and Mosel Valleys. The castles are nestled among naturalistic landscapes in deep relief as well. Three pierced handles adorn the top section. Firm's marks beneath. Made in Germany circa 1900. 11 1/2" H., 9 1/4" W. at handles
Quite elegant wine or Champagne basket caddy. The silvered holder has beautiful reticulated work as well as bead-edge detail. Made in England circa 1910. 4" W., 9 1/4" L., 7 3/4" H.
Stunning high Art Nouveau wine bottle stand. Reticulated whiplash Art Nouveau florals and vines ramble about the form. Pinched wave edges complete the design, which is supported by a raised bevel foot. Made in Germany circa 1900. 3 1/8": H., 4 3/8" W.
Stunning Secession design. The body of the copper wine or Champagne cooler is hammered. The brass top with its openwork patterns has Secession florette, as well as geometric forms. Energetic flanking brass handles have a central bead element. Made in Germany circa 1905. 9 3/4" H., 11" W.
Lovely old Sheffield plate wine funnel with a gadroon-wave border. The hand-pierced strainer completes the design and detaches for cleaning. Sheffield circa 1830. 3 1/2" W., 5" L.
Tall Art Nouveau wine, or Champagne cooler. The elegant, bold form has open, sweeping handles with Vienna Secession elements. Stylized Jugendstil florals are in relief within a panel about its circumference. The nickel-on-brass cooler was made in Germany circa 1905. 11 1/4" H., 9 1/2" W. to handles
Fine Art Deco design. Wine or Champagne cooler with deep bandings about the Modernist form. Angular, carved ebonized wooden handles flank the sides. Made by the well-known WMF (Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik) workshop in Germany, circa 1930's. 7 3/4" H., 10 1/2" W. to handles
Sterling silver caps are mounted upon both ends of the staghorn corkscrew. The horn is nicely textured for a comfortable grip. Bell feature upon the worm. American, circa 1900. 4 7/8" W., 5 5/8" L.
Lovely German Jugendstil porcelain bottle coaster or tray. The blue, green and white glazed pattern is a Secession floral design. Made by Villeroy & Boch of Dresden; circa 1910. 3 3/4" W.
Unusual example of a high Art Deco biscuit box or covered ice cooler. The crystal box is cut with geometric triangular patterns and fits upon its own tray. Concentric Art Deco designs in relief are on the tray as well as upon the complementing cover. A geometric handle completes the design. England circa 1930. 4 1/2" H., 6 1/2" W., 8 1/4" L.