Set of 3 painted bronze 18th to 19th century salt or nut boats. We are not certain of their origin, probably either Asia or Russia. Each bowl was hand painted in polychrome and highlighted in pure gold leaf. They each measure 6.5 inches across x 3 inches deep x 3.5 inches high at the ends. Each one is exquisitely painted in a slightly different motif from the others.
Bronze torso of Buddha, Thailand circa 1335 to 1550, Ayudthya period. measures 3.75 " high, 5 inches with wood base. Purchased in 1962 for $25 from Edgar Mayhew. Appraised in 1992 buy Harmer Rooke NY for $200-400. The Ayutthaya Kingdom Thai pronunciation: [ʔajúttʰajaː]; also spelled Ayudhya or Ayodhaya) was a Siamese kingdom that existed from 1351 to 1767. Ayutthaya was friendly towards foreign traders, including the Chinese, Vietnamese, Portuguese, Indians, Japanese, Koreans, Persians, and later the Spaniards, Dutch, English, and French, permitting them to set up villages outside the walls of the capital, also called Ayutthaya. In the 16th century, it was described by foreign traders as one of the biggest and wealthiest cities in the East. The court of King Narai (1656–1688) had strong links with that of King Louis XIV of France, whose ambassadors compared the city in size and wealth to Paris. By 1550, the kingdom's vassals included some city-states in the Malay Peninsula, Sukhothai, Lan Na and parts of Burma and Cambodia. This part of the kingdom's history is sometimes referred to as "The Ayutthayan Empire".
Pair of flute carved padouk wood lamps. India, circa 1900. Hand carved from single blocks of wood. Note the wonderful angled wave detail at the shoulder. Padouk is a very dense and hard wood that requires great skill to carve. Excellent condition with new linen shades, harps and wiring. Each measures 30 inches high to the harps and 18 inches high to the top of the wood base. 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
Antique Chinese Ming style tall stand in original red wash surface. Bamboo, blossom and fence carved sides over "cracked ice" lattice-work bottom shelf. Excellent original condition with a rich reddish-brown surface. Measures 14.5 inches square by 30.5 inches tall. 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
Decorate a table or counter top with this elegant bronze cooking pot from southern India. The antique urli (temple bowl) has a neoclassical shape, wide and shallow with rolled handles on both sides ending in raised heart-shaped cartouches. An urli is a traditional pot suspended over a fire to cook and serve food in temples and at holy sites on festival days. The name urli is derived from the Tamil word "urulai" which means a round bowl. Smaller urlis were used in homes for cooking and in Ayurveda to make medicines. Today many Indians use them to float flowers in. One could also use this as an impressive centerpiece bowl, or as a fountain or planter in an atrium or on a patio. Excellent original unpolished condition. Two firing cracks in base. Measures 32" diameter x 9.5" high. 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