Austrian majolica sleigh form banquet centerpiece, circa 1900-1920, stamped Wilhelm Schiller & Son and marked Made in Austria under the glaze. Exuberantly decorated with floral scrolls and a wolf skin draped over each side. Perfect condition. Measures 18 inches long, 8 inches high and 6 inches across. For similar examples, please see European Majolica by D. Michael Murray, Schiffer 1997, pages 32-48. This item is on display in our gallery at Old Saybrook Antiques Center and can be seen in-person by visiting 756 Middlesex Tpke Old Saybrook, CT 06475. For hours of operation visit: http://www.OldSaybrookAntiquesCenter.com
Antique brass Dutch or English fireplace shovel and tongs c1770. Heavy solid brass. The shovel has pierce-cut decoration. The shovel and fire tongs each measure 27 inches long and are in excellent condition. This item is on display in our gallery at Old Saybrook Antiques Center and can be seen in-person by visiting 756 Middlesex Tpke Old Saybrook, CT 06475. For hours of operation visit: http://www.OldSaybrookAntiquesCenter.com
Antique brass letter holder. French, mid 19th century. The casting is exceptionally fine: a cherub pens a note in the company of an exotic bird, amid floral sprays and scroll work. Measures 6 inches wide, 7.25 inches tall and 2.5 inches deep.
First Edition "Historic Wall-Papers From Their Inception to the Introduction of Machinery" by Nancy McClelland. Published by J. B. Lippencott in 1924. A seminal reference for restorers of period homes. Pages immaculate with images all present, also fold-out chart of important dates in excellent condition. Book cover is discolored, the jacket is torn under a protective plastic cover, and the binding is loose. Measures 8.75 x 11 inches.
Japanese lacquer jewelry cabinet, or sage-dansu, Meiji period, circa 1880. Rectangular form, with two hinged doors opening to 7 drawers of 3 sizes. The box is decorated in gold takamakie, kiramakie, togidashi, and kirigane, with recessed panels of insects and glass-eyed birds among flowers; the interior is similarly decorated on a mura nashiji ground, bronzed copper mounts, bronze drawer handles. Measures 15.5 inches wide by 9 inches deep and 17 inches high. Some old restoration. The back of the box bears an old label marked No. 5.