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Large dinner service in 950 silver. Made by Cardeilhac in Paris, ca. 1900.
This service comprises 3 circular platters (D 12 ¾ in.), 3 circular platters (D 14 in.), 2 rectangular platters (L 12 x W 8 ¾ in.), 2 rectangular platters (L 14 ¼ x W 11 ½ in.), 6 oval platters (L 12 1/8 x W 8 ½ in.), 3 oval platters (L 18 ¼ x W 12 in.), 4 gravy boats (H 6 x L 9 ½ x W 3 ¼ in.) on integral stand (L 10 ¼ x W 6 ½ in.), and 2 covered serving dishes (H 7 x L 12 ½ x D 9 ½ in.).
Each: engraved strapwork on stippled ground, and curvilinear rim with applied gadrooning. The covered serving dishes are faceted with scallop-shell handles and flower finial. The sauce boat rests on oval dome foot and has scrolled handle.
An elegant service with discreet ornament and nuanced finish and texture. Excellent condition with good patina. All pieces hallmarked. Some also have export mark.
Total weight: 849 troy ounces. BJ196$95,000
This is a truly exceptional, museum-quality large framed micro mosaic plaque depicting the fresco "Aurora and the Hours", a masterpiece painted by the Italian artist Guido Reni in the early 17th century and exhibited in a famous Roman palace. It is a magnificent example of the art of micro mosaic work at its very best and has been superbly and skillfully crafted to the very highest standards imaginable. The subject matter shown in the original painting has been expertly and masterfully recreated by utilizing hundreds of tiny pieces of perfectly matched stones to form a scene of exquisite complexity and extraordinary beauty, a true work of art in its own right. Guido Reni's original fresco was painted to decorate the ceiling of the Casino of the Ruspigliosa Palace in Rome and is his interpretation of the quotation"....Again the Rosy Hours resume their flight/Obscured and lost in floods of Golden light". It shows Aurora, the Dawn, scattering flowers over the land and the ocean and accompanied by a putti representing Phosphor, the Morning Star. Behind them is The Chariot of the Sun drawn by 4 horses whose different colored coats represent the different degrees of light that appear before the Sun rises. The Chariot is driven by Apollo and is surrounded by various Hours of the Day. The original fresco measures almost 20 feet in length and the fact that it has been possible to accurately and cleverly reproduce such a monumental work of art in such a different medium requiring such pin point accuracy is a testament to the skill and talents of the craftmen responsible for this truly wonderful plaque. The colors of the stones have been beautifully and superbly matched and are as fresh and vibrant as when the plaque was first made. It is in superb condition trough out with no chops or cracks anywhere in the stone work. The plaque has been framed in an attractive wooden frame whose dark coloration beautifully enhances and enlivens the vivid hues of the stones used in the fabulous pictorial. This is a unique piece of superlative craftsmandhip and would make a distinctive and sophisticated design statement in any setting. The plaque measures approx. 18 1/4" X 8 3/4", including the frame the piece measures a total of approx. 22 1/4" X 13" high.$80,000.00
Large Empire flatware service in 950 silver. Made by Alphonse Debain in Paris, ca. 1920. This service comprises 297 pieces: 24 dinner knives, 24 dinner forks, 24 fish knives, 24 fish forks, 24 dessert knives, 24 dessert forks, 24 dessert spoons, 24 oyster forks, 24 tablespoons, 24 teaspoons, 24 coffee spoons, and 24 ice cream spoons. Serving pieces: 2-piece fish set, 2-piece salad set, 2 spoons, 1 cold meat fork, and 2 pickle forks.
Double sided laurel ornament and reeded handle terminating in naturalistic foliage. Historic monogram on cartouche verso. A superb set.
Maker’s hallmark and 950 Mercury symbol.
Total weight: 295 troy ounces + knives.
In stained-oak chest with fitted compartments and armorial brass plaque mounted to cover. Chest dimensions: H 11 x W 34 1/8 x D 24 in.$75,000
This is a superb quality large framed micro mosaic depiction of the Roman Forum, skillfully made to the very highest standards from assorted miniature pieces of colored stone. The myriad and perfectly matched pieces have been expertly assembled to create an exquisite and extraordinarily detailed rendering of the Roman Forum comprising beautifully life-like renditions of the Temple of Vespasian, the Arch of Septimius Severus, the remains of the Temple of Saturn, the 3 remaining columns of the Temple of Castor and Pollux and the Palatine Hill, and, in the distance, the Coliseum and the Arch of Titus. Completing the picture, in the foreground and dwarfed by the magnificent structures all around them, are two groups of tourists dressed in the fashions of the Italian Renaissance. The scene has been crafted with such skill and precision that it resembles a beautifully observed painting and only upon closer inspection does its true nature become apparent, at which time one can only marvel at the painstaking labor and masterful precision that went into the creation of such a remarkable piece of craftsmanship. The picture has been expertly created from stones in warm shades of cream and beige with lovely deeper brown shadows on the buildings and walkways, vibrant grassy green areas clearly visible all around and all set against a delicately shaded pale blue sky above. The colors are all soft and pleasing to the eye and are as fresh and vital as when they were first set into the plaque. The plaque is oval in shape and has been set into a dramatic black slate frame with curved corners and this, in turn, has been effectively bordered by an outer rectangular frame of dark wood, the contrast of the black border and the dark frame serving to perfectly highlight the softly muted coloration of the lovely picture within. The back of the frame has been freshly outfitted with a pair of metal rings so that the plaque can be displayed hanging on a wall. The micro mosaic stones are all in perfect, pristine condition with no chips, cracks or damage of any kind. This wonderfully distinctive work of art measures approx. 15” x approx. 7 ¾”, including the frame it measures approx. 18 ¼” x approx. 10 ¾”. It would make a truly original and unique souvenir for anyone with a love of ancient Rome and is also a first class example of the art of micro mosaic work at its very finest.$65,000.00
Sterling silver punchbowl with grape bunches. Made by Gorham in 1881. Bowl has curved sides and rests on dome foot. Hammered honeycomb exterior and gilt interior. Grape bunches and leaves applied to two sides. Mouth has scalloped rim encircled with vine. Fully hallmarked. Tactile and festive.
With original ladle: Grape bunch handle applied to vine stem terminating in ovoid bowl. Ladle bowl interior is gilt and exterior is monogrammed.
A sumptuous piece of Gilded Age silver with a special provenance: The punch bowl was presented to James McMillan from “his fellow directors the of the Detroit, Mackinac, and Marquette” Railroad in 1882. McMillan served as senator from Michigan from 1889 to 1902.
Dimensions: Bowl: Height: 10 in. Width (with grape bunches): 18 in. Diameter: 13 in. Ladle: 16 in. Total weight (bowl and ladle): 141 Troy Ounces. BJ807$55,000
Set of 12 sterling silver dinner plates. Made by Old Newburyport Crafters in Newburyport, Mass. , ca. 1940. Circular with deep well and gilt beading applied to rim. Hallmarked. Excellent condition with sturdy period patina.
Dimensions: H ¾ x D 12 1/8 inches. Total weight: 360 troy ounces. BH945$38,000
This fabulous Antique .9584 Silver vase was made by the Martele Division of Gorham Mfg. Co. of Providence, RI in 1905. The vase was entirely handmade in the Geranium Pattern and was finished in 1905. The vase is documented in Larry Pristo’s book, Martele Gorham’s Nouveau Art Silver, p. 363. The vase was completed in October, 1905 by Alexander MacBeth. The chasing was done by George E Germer. The vase is of a lobed amorphous shape with a rollover rim. The body is chased with Geraniums and tendril foliate and floral motifs. The vase is hallmarked on the underside of the base with Martele’s maker’s mark, .9584 for the higher than sterling silver content, J/KH for the dating system used by Martele, and the retailer’s mark of Chester Billings & Son, New York. This vase is of exceptional quality. It is in excellent condition and retains its original patina. Weight: 58.5 Troy Ounces. Height: 15 Inches. Diameter of rollover rim: 7 3/8 Inches.$35,000
This is an exceptional sterling silver tureen by the premier American silversmiths at Tiffany & Co. in a unique American design. Standing on an oval pedestal base trimmed with a band of gadrooning, this tureen has a classic oval body and high domed cover. The body is decorated with two bands of ornament, one with a geometric leaf design and a smaller band of gadrooning below. Two outstanding cast figural ox heads form the tureens side-handles and are depicting with exceptional detail and realism. The domed cover has an elegant bracket-formed oval ring handle with a conforming band of geometric decoration, as well as two beaded bands below. Animal imagery, in this case referencing oxtail soup, was a popular decorative device in the nineteenth century and would have complimented other items on display in the dining room. This unusual decoration, which was the height of fashion, represents Tiffany’s superb taste and craftsmanship. This tureen is in excellent condition and is very heavy gauge silver. It measures approx. 10 1/2” high to the top of the handle, approx. 16” long over the side handles, and approx. 8” wide. It is marked under the base with the maker’s mark of Tiffany & Co., the words English Sterling 925-1000, 550 Broadway, pattern number 878, order number 1088, and two Gothic letter Ms that indicate the piece was made by Edward C. Moore, Tiffany’s leading designer. This striking antique silver tureen is a unique piece that is a true collector’s item. Another example of Tiffany’s superbly crafted and designed American silverware!$32,500.00
Elegant Platinum, 18 Karat Yellow Gold, Diamond, Fancy Diamond and Emerald Brooch by the venerable jewelry manufacturing firm of Oscar Heyman Bros., New York, Circa 1930. The reverse side is signed OHB and #27452. This gorgeous pin is comprised of numerous round and baguette shaped diamonds totaling approximately 7.00 Carats of Diamonds of approximately E to F Color and VS Clarity; Fancy Yellow diamonds totaling approx. 2.00 Carats; and approximately 1.75 Carats of Emeralds. The fancy yellow diamonds are set in yellow gold, the diamonds and emeralds are set in platinum. This brooch is artistically created as a three dimensional floral spray with leaves and pods in a colorful array. The brooch measures 2 3/8 Inches long by 1 1/2 Inches wide. It is in excellent condition.$37,500
Exquisite pair of Martele candlesticks. Beautifully decorated with flower heads, leaves and tendrils. The pair set on a shaped undulating base, the shafts of the stick in a beautiful flowing shape. Removable bobeshes. This pair is large at 12 1/8 inches tall. Fully hallmarked on both bobeshes and the bottom of each stick. Design letters are PUW, listed in the Martele book, date is November 10, 1919, made by William L Hughes Jr. There was a set of 4 made. The pairs were priced at $620 per pair[This is a very high price]. Marked .9584 as the silver content. The combined weight of the pair is 41 troy ounces. Beautiful condition. Excellent patina.$32,500
Sterling silver soup tureen in Chrysanthemum pattern. Made by Tiffany in New York, ca. 1900. The bowl is squat and curved with 4 supports, 2 side bracket handles, and scalloped and molded rim. A profusion of flowers is applied to supports, handle mounts, and rim. The cover is double-domed and encircled with flowers. Bracket finial is entwined with flowers. Heraldic shield engraved on bowl and cover.
The celebrated pattern, a New World interpretation of a Japanese motif. An early piece in this pattern, which was first produced in 1880. Hallmark includes pattern no. 11603. Excellent condition with good patina.
Dimensions: L 13 ½ x D 10 H 9 ½ in. Total weight: 101 troy ounces. BH925$32,500
Hand-hammered sterling silver centerpiece punchbowl. Made by Tiffany in New York, ca. 1920. Octagonal with tapering sides, short stem, and octagonal dome foot. Allover hand hammering and applied strapwork. Molded rims. A large-scale adaptation of Arts & Crafts principles to a geometric form. The pattern (no. 19810) was first produced in 1920. Hallmark includes phrases “Special Hand Work” and “14 Pints”. Excellent condition with good patina.
Dimensions: L 14 ¾ x H 9 1/3 x D 15 inches. Weight: 106 troy ounces. BH755$32,500
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