Rare Spanish Colonial silver candelabra. Alto Peru (Bolivia), late 18th to early 19th century. Solid high grade silver, finely cast and chased. The stem features a Spanish conquistador wearing European garments and a floral headdress, surmounted by palm leaves and a gourd; the candle arms are comprised of writhing serpents with delineated scales and heads, mounted with 3 deep cylindrical candle cups with palm leaf drip pans; the base is a stepped dome set on 3 paw feet. Impressive artistry, technique, and iconography. Quite substantial at 47 ounces of high grade silver. It measures 12" wide x 15" high.
Pair of English Sheffield silver plate candelabras circa 1900. Lovely estate condition with just the right amount of rosy patina at the high points. Each candlestick measures 13 inches tall and wide, with a 6 x 4.75 inch base.
Charming folk art painting of the original Spratling Plata Fina silver studio in Taxco, Mexico, circa 1940. Lovely street view of the front of the gallery. William Spratling was one of the most famous of the original Taxco colony of silversmiths. Watercolor on vellum. Signed "V. Flores Taxco" at lower right. Excellent condition in its original frame. The frame measures 14 x 17.5 inches and the watercolor measures 12.5 x 9.5 inches. This item is on display in our gallery at OLD SAYBROOK ANTIQUES CENTER and can be seen by visiting 756 MIDDLESEX AVE OLD SAYBROOK, CT 06475. Open Daily 10am-4pm www.OldSaybrookAntiquesCenter.com
First edition, first printing hard cover volumes of American Silver Collected by Philip H. Hammerslough: volumes II (copy 247, published 1960), III (copy not numbered, published 1965 and signed by Mr. Hammerslough), and IV (copy 94, published 1973). Self-published in Hartford, CT. Fine gray buckram and gray paper covered boards with a gilt on a black title block on the spine and a gilt on black title block on the front board. Volume 111 has wear to the title block on the spine. Volume IV has its dust jacket which has a 2" split and edge wear. Only 350 copies of each volume were printed. Each illustrated throughout with detailed black and white photographs. Each volume is in tight clean condition with just a bit of corner denting.
Vintage reference book: "Maryland Silversmiths 1715 to 1830" by J. Hall Pleasants and Howard Sill, 1972 reprint edition limited to 1000 copies. Unabridged publication of the first edition published in Baltimore, MD, in 1930 in a single edition of 300 copies. Robert Alan Green, Publisher, Harrison, NY 10528. Excellent condition with original dust cover. Measures 9 x 11.25 inches. This item is on display in our gallery at OLD SAYBROOK ANTIQUES CENTER and can be seen by visiting 756 MIDDLESEX AVE OLD SAYBROOK, CT 06475. Open Daily 10am-4pm www.OldSaybrookAntiquesCenter.com