Born in Cuba to Jamaican parents, Art Smith was one of the first African American jewelry designers. His mentor was Winifred Mason who owned a small jewelry studio and shop in Greenwich Village. She employed him, sparking his interest in design. In the early 1950's his work became so desirable that he was given pictorial coverage in Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and the"On the Avenue," segment in the New Yorker. Additionally, he landed many important commissions for well known celebrities. T...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Ceramics : French : Pottery : Pre 1900 item #1314556 (stock #X2-1324)
Edouard Gilles was the master of Barbotine. This vase is in the planter style and dates 1868-1895, It has his initials in a raised oval on the bottom along with the number, 244. It measures 11 inches wide by 7 1/4 inches high. Very fine condition with vibrant colors.
Betty Cooke is a Baltimore jewelry designer who works, primarily, in sterling silver. Some of her earlier pieces included stones or ebony. She has, always, used simple designs that exude elegance and style. This example, from the 1960's combines two sterling silver discs and one ebony disc on suspended movable arms. The piece can be worn as a pin or a pendant. It measures 4 1/2 inches in length. The top disc is 15/16 of an inch. The smaller sterling disc is 5/8 inches and the ebony disc i...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Glass : Bohemian : Pre 1930 item #1323332 (stock #P3-8061B)
This Czech glass decanter set consists of the decanter and six glasses. The clear crystal is enhanced with ruby accents. The decanter measures 8 3/4 inches high. Some of the glasses have fleabites on the bases. Otherwise, the set is in very fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Ceramics : English : Pre 1837 VR item #1351443 (stock #G1-S6502)
This is a rare soup plate for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad circa, 1830's. It is by Enoch Wood & Sons, Burslem, Staffordshire, England. It features Tom Thumb on flat plain. The Tom Thumb was the first American built steam locomotive to operate on a common carrier. It is dark blue with a shell border. The diameter is 10 1/4 inches. There is glaze crazing on the back. The front is mint. Impressed mark.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Ceramics : English : Porcelain : Pre 1930 item #1358657 (stock #Y2-0508)
From the Regent Works, Longton, Staffordshire, we offer this set of 12 Royal Crown Chelsea plates. Each plate has a soft yellow center. The border is gold encrusted and features alternating designs of raised aqua blue and gold enamel squares and double pink roses. The plates are 9 3/4 inches in diameter. The mark is the red mark and indicates that the plates were made as part of the Regent works, Longton, Staffordshire. The band across the middle reads, "Morris," for Thomas Morris, original...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Plate : Pre 1900 item #1192030 (stock #T15-10766)
The frame on this ornate bride's basket was made by the Wilcox Silver Co. circa 1880's. The frame holds a beautiful robin's egg blue satin glass basket with touches of cranberry around the double ruffled edge. The frame has a twisted rope handle with an ornate decoration on the top. These baskets were traditional wedding gifts in the Victorian era. The bowl has no chips, cracks, or repairs and is 10" in diameter. The frame is in very fine condition with age appropriate wear and measures 11 1/...
This beautiful piano stool is made of mahogany and dates circa 1860. It features a 16 inch diameter seat that rests atop a tapered cylinder with an ormolu mount around the bottom. The tripod base rests on three bronze paw feet. The stool turns up to, at least, 22 inches. The bottom has the name of the Maryland owner scratched into the surface. Very fine condition.
The back of this Victorian locket opens and can be used for a picture or as a mourning piece. It is 18K rose gold with some inlay enamel design. The buckle on the front is enhanced with small pearls. It measures 1 inches long and 3/4 inches wide. Excellent condition.
This lioness bronze paperweight was made by Tiffany Studios, New York prior to 1920. Very nice detail on the figure. It is signed, "Tiffany Studios New York 887."
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Glass : American : Pre 1920 item #1357951 (stock #SC30-0427)
This lovely pair of Tiffany candle holders are rendered in pastel opalescent green and white glass. The bases are decorated with white petals and are attached to the, "Wedding Ring." Unfortunately, one has been repaired with a thin metal bolt from the ring to the cup base. It is hardly noticeable from the side. The other candle is perfect with no chips, cracks, or repairs. Each candle holder is marked, "Favrile, 1850," in the pontil scar. One, (repaired one) has the original Tiffany Studios ...
This is an unusual amber glass wine decanter encased in highly decorative Greek motif metal. The metal is, most likely, pewter. The handle is styled as a winged female nymph in the configuration of a mermaid. On one side of the base is a relief of the wine god, Bacchus. The other side has a relief of the wife of Dionysus, Ariadne. The upper part has two Latin inscriptions. One means, "In wine there is truth," and the other means, "Drink wine." The vessel holds 64 ounces and appears never ...
This Arts & Crafts vase was made by Heintz Art Metal Works circa 1910. It is sterling on bronze, #3622A. The name of the design is, "Goldenrod." It stands 12 inches high. Very nice warm patina. A few rubs on one area of the back. Stamped on the bottom.
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Fashion : Accessories : Pre 1960 item #1358343 (stock #U8ESUODEDD)
This lovely vintage handbag has a lizard body and ornate sterling silver frame with putti. It is marked, "Sterling," on the side. The condition is very fine. The lining does show age appropriate wear with some discoloration. The bag measures 11 inches by 9 inches wide at the widest part.
All Items : Antiques : Instruments and Implements : Culinary : Pre 1920 item #1191156 (stock #N9-0307)
This early ice cream scoop has been professionally cleaned and polished. The rare conical shaped scoop is nickel plated. The wooden grip is attached to a polished brass handle and release mechanism. The mechanism works very well. This # 33 scoop was made by the Gilchrists' Co., in New Jersey. It dates circa 1914. The scoop diameter is 3 inches and the length is 10 1/2 inche. Very fine condition with one extremely tiny ding on the scoop.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Glass : English : Pre 1940 item #1357953 (stock #P3-8100BL)
With the Kentucky Derby just around the corner, this goblet would be the perfect gift for the collector of equestrian memorabilia. The horse and jockey are encased in the bottom, "bubble," of the goblet.This type of goblet is referred to as caged glass and was produced by William Swingewood for Stevens and Williams. It measures 7 3/4 inches high. Perfect condition. It dates circa 1930.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Ceramics : Eastern Europe : Pre 1940 item #1314458 (stock #V8-15-87)
This Deco Zsolnay figure is known as The Girl with Grapes and is done in green iridescence, known as the eosin finish. The figure stands 8 1/4 inches high and is 4 1/2 inches wide. Stamped on the bottom. Two, what appear to be firing, hairlines in the base. No chips or repairs. Made in Hungary.
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Decorations : Figurines : Pre 2000 item #1193807 (stock #G3-20908-8)
This Royal Doulton figurine, depicting a Boy Scout, is HN3462. The figurine is hand made and decorated and has fine detail, including a removable walking stick. This figure was modelled by Adrian Hughes and is #154 of 9500 made. No chips, cracks, or repairs. He stands 7 1/2 inches high and is dated 1993.