Louis XV period bureau plat, or flat top desk, with kingwood parquet veneers, circa 1760. Measures 47.5 inches wide by 22.5 inches deep and 29.5 inches high. The knee hole space measures 12 inches wide and is 22 inches from the floor. This exquisite desk retains its original bronze mountings, locks, key and leather writing surface, and is finished all around. An ink inscription inside the center drawer reads: Bought Sept. 1923 Au Berceau Royal Paris. Excellent original condition. This item is on display in our gallery at OLD SAYBROOK ANTIQUES CENTER and can be seen in-person by visiting 756 MIDDLESEX AVE OLD SAYBROOK, CT 06475. For hours of operation visit: http://www.OldSaybrookAntiquesCenter.com
Rare museum quality Kangxi period Tibetan scholar's lift top scroll chest. Late 17th to early 18th century. Exquisitely hand painted front panel depicts a magnificent writhing dragon amid blue and green clouds on a red orange ground; the side panels are in tiger pelt motif. All original including the hand wrought iron hardware. It measures 41 inches high by 58 inches wide by 19.5 inches deep. This is one of the most stunning examples of Chinese painted furniture we have ever seen. For a related example, please see Chinese Furniture by Michel Beurdeley, published by Kodansha International, 1979, plate 152. This item is on display in our gallery at OLD SAYBROOK ANTIQUES CENTER and can be seen in-person by visiting 756 MIDDLESEX AVE OLD SAYBROOK, CT 06475. For hours of operation visit: http://www.OldSaybrookAntiquesCenter.com
Vintage Felipe Martinez Taxco hand made sterling silver and five stone bracelet, Taxco, Mexico, c1940. Jewelry by Martinez is prized by collectors. His work is among the finest jewelry ever designed and made in Taxco, during its most important period of artisian silver making. Signed with the "F. Martinez 925" Taxco mark, which pre-dates the studio mark "Plata Y Piedra" which he began using in 1950. This piece has substantial weight, and the individual sections are technically perfect; the design beautifully combines color, movement and line, a testament to Martinez's artistry. Felipe Martinez designs were inspired by pre-Columbian pieces. See MEXICAN SILVER 20th Century HANDWROUGHT JEWELRY and METAL WORK by Penny Chittim Morrill and Carole A. Berk. Published by Schiffer 1994 pages pages 188 and 246. This is a very rare example of Felipe Martinez silver jewelry. It measures 7 inches long by 1 and one quarter inches wide. Excellent condition.
A spectacular and unusual Paul Nabb Modernist abstract painting on masonite, signed and dated 1955, in original oak frame. Nabb is a listed New York City artist who exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1933. See: Who Was Who in American Art, Davenports, Ask Art, etc. Dimension, framed: 48" W x 38" H.
A striking Marion Huse fauvist style oil painting on masonite, signed and dated 1946 lower right, rendering a series of gestural lines, deeply incised into the surface of the work while the paint was wet, delineating and emphasizing the ambiguous form of the trees, buildings and sky in this impression of a Parisian street, near the Place Perrere. Artwork dimensions: 16" X 13". In original water gilt frame. Well listed: Who Was Who in American Art, Ask Art, Davenport's, Art Net, etc. A 1985 exhibition brochure included, showing this artwork. c. 1946. Dimensions, framed: 20 1/2" H x17" W.