Wedding Basket Chinese Antique from the Qing Dynasty

Chinese Antique Wedding Basket Qing Dynasty

Description
This handsome basket exhibits the exceptional workmanship and detailing that was given to both useful and ornamental objects by Chinese craftsmen. Baskets like these are commonly called wedding baskets but they are actually betrothal baskets. The two lidded compartments, finely woven of rattan, were used to transport gifts such as tea sets, linens, incense, candles and snacks and beverages. 

The frame is dark reddish brown bamboo, the two sides beautifully carved with auspicious symbols and fastened with brass circlets. They form "feet" at the bottom and a stationary handle at the top, which can be used to carry the basket when it is filled and quite heavy. The wooden handle is surmounted by a heavy hand-wrought brass carrying handle set on an ornamental back plate pierced with symbols. The rattan portion of the topmost lid was woven in two colors to form a shòu character, symbol of longevity, wishing long life to the betrothed couple. There are also two small feet that support the basket, which is 20 1/2 inches tall to the top of the bamboo handle and about 16 inches across including the side supports. The basket weighs a sturdy 7 pounds, 4 ounces. 

This example has seen use and shows obvious age, having been made in the latter part of the 1800's in the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1912). The rattan basketry is rubbed along the sides from carrying, so there are areas that are lighter in color. The brass has developed a darkened patina and there is minor chipping along the bottom edges and on the feet. As is common with Chinese lidded baskets, the most wear is to the rim of the lid, where there is some loss of the bamboo edge (pictured). Overall, the basket is in very good condition. It displays beautifully and is large enough to be used as a side table, as well as a fabulous wedding gift. 

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PYH 4379

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Antique Wedding Basket
Price
$350.00
Condition
Antique
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Antique Porcelain Bowl by Wallendorf - Germany

Wallendorf Antique Porcelain Bowl 1787-1833 Germany White-Gold

Description
This lovely petite bowl was made sometime in the years 1787 to 1833 by Wallendorf Porcelain (Wallendorfer Porzellan), founded in 1764 in Thuringia, Germany. The company achieved a superb reputation for their snow white, hard paste porcelain and beautiful hand painting. It stayed in the hands of the founding family until 1833, when it was sold to Hutschenreuther.

The hand painted design on this bowl depicts a monument draped with flowers and bearing the inscription on the base " Lass mich." We've translated this German phrase to 'leave me,' which leads us to believe it's a grave memorial. Two nosegays of flowers and gilt trim with tassels decorate the raised, ribbed rim. The underside bears the simple cobalt blue letter W which was used from 1787 onward, when Meissen forced Wallendorf to change their mark, charging that it resembled the Meissen crossed swords. There is also an old paper label on the bottom, probably identifying the piece in a collection, although the writing, if there was any, has completely faded away. 

The bowl measures 5 inches in diameter and stands 1 inch high. The porcelain has a few tiny spots of iron residue that have worked their way to the surface over the centuries and there is some slight wear to the paint on the column, but overall the bowl's in excellent condition--no chips, cracks, stains or repairs. Pieces like this one, given as gifts, were treasured and spent their lives protected in vitrines and cabinets. 

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Wallendorf Bowl
Price
$219.00
Condition
Antique
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PYH-4533

Wrought Iron Handle Blue Painted Wood Basket

Antique Wood Basket Hand Wrought Iron Handle Fab Blue Painted Primitive

Description
This antique, hand made wooden gathering basket from the 1800's is brimming with wonderful decorative details. The blue paint (blue for blueberries?) was applied over a layer of black, which shows through at various points of wear. The paint is old and alligatored and has a great aged look. The sides are canted and one has chunk out of it which is painted over, so that piece may have been used that way originally to construct the basket. 

The handle is hand wrought iron, made undoubtedly by the village blacksmith. The high, arched loop features a spiral twist on each side, ending in narrow rat tail hooks. Those hooks are attached to the sides of the box through loops of iron affixed with two round iron buttons. This was additional work on the smithy's part to give a utilitarian basket those touches of craftsmanship.

The basket is 12 inches tall to the top of the handle when it's standing straight up (which it does quite nicely on its own). The opening at top is about 6 inches by 6 1/4 inches and the bottom measures about 4 3/4 inches square. The interior depth is also about 4 3/4 inches and the basket weighs 1 1/4 pounds. In useful, usable working order, it is definitely primitive and rustic--just the way we love it. 

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Antique Wood Blue BasketPrice
$90.00
Condition
Antique
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PYH- 4521

Majolica Antique Renaissance Revival Pair of Portrait Plates

Italian Majolica Antique Renaissance Revival Pair of Portrait Plates

Description
This pair of Italian portrait plates are majolica, earthenware with a tin glaze. They were made in the late 1800's, probably in Urbino, in the Renaissance style of 1600's maiolica. The plates are red clay, with dished, fluted bodies and scalloped rims striped in two shades of yellow. The clay was covered with the white tin glaze and then decorated in polychrome enamels. The raised center medallions depict a helmeted soldier with his spear on one and a prelate of the church with his jeweled cap and cape on the other. They are surrounded by angels, birds and other small designs in the 'calligrafico' (minute/tiny) style which became popular in the seventeenth century. 

The reverse of the plates are tin glazed with no decorations save wavy lines of blue. Each is signed with a single painted blue mark; the soldier one with the mark resembling back to back letter C's and the prelate one with one resembling 3 fishhooks. Both have molded holes in the foot rims to use for hanging. There is no country of origin mark, as these were not meant to be exported. 

The dishes are 9 1/4 inches across and stand 1 3/4 inches high on a 4 inch diameter bottom rim. The one with the soldier medallion has a chip on the lower front revealing the red clay and an area upper left on the rim where the top glaze has rubbed off. On its back, there are two chips out of the foot rim, a short hairline and some nearby rough areas. The plate with the churchman has an area of flaked glaze on the foot rim and a few small ones on the outer rim. The fine craquelure is, of course, intentional. 

These plates are treasures to delight the collector and decorator alike and lend a European vibe to any room. 

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Majolica Plates
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$225.00
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Vintage Lamp by Paul Hanson

1960s Chinoiserie Table Lamp by Paul Hanson
$550.00

This spectacular porcelain and brass table lamp, hand painted in the Chinoiserie fashion, was produced by the Paul Hanson Company in the 1960's. On the pure white baluster-shaped base that's edged top and bottom in cobalt blue, there are gilded ribbons in jade green, Chinese red and the same dark blue. The scrolled base, the cap and the stem are all heavy high quality brass, as are the harp and the ball finial, both of which we believe are the original ones. Typically, just the front is decorated; the plain back is shown in photograph # 5.

The lamp takes a 3-way bulb and works perfectly with all the electrical parts in very good condition. No cracks, no chips in the porcelain and the brass is in excellent condition, with one mark on the brass cap (photograph # 8) that is not glaring. The colors are still fresh and bright, as is all of the gilding. The lamp measures 18 1/2 inches tall to the top of the bulb socket and 27 1/2 inches tall to the top of the finial. The lamp is 24 inches in circumference at the shoulder, about 8 inches front to back and weighs a substantial 8 pounds, 4 ounces. The classic Paul Hanson label is in its expected spot on the socket. There may be additional marks on the bottom of the base, but we've chosen not to remove the felt. The shade is not included. 

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Antique Staffordshire Pitcher Jones and Walley Parian Ware

Antique Staffordshire Pitcher Jones and Walley Parian Ware

Overview

  • Antique item from the 1800s
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • $375.00
  • Ships Free in the USA

This molded porcelain jug was created by the firm of Jones & Walley in Cobridge at Staffordshire, England. Elijah Jones and Edward Walley were in partnership from 1835 to 1845, during which time they produced this beautiful pitcher of Parian ware, so-called to evoke the name of Paros, the Greek isle where much of the fine white marble used in ancient statues came from. The design is called "Gipsey" and features incredibly detailed genre scenes in high relief, ostensibly of gypsies at their campsite (middle and upper class people in Victorian England were both fascinated by and fearful of gypsies--those "Egyptian" immigrants who were actually from India). Read More....


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Blue and White Meissen Pattern Antique Villeroy and Boch Bowl

Blue and White Meissen Pattern Antique Villeroy and Boch Bowl

Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Price $129.00 USD
  • 6 1/2 inches across and 9 inches diagonally from corner to corner.
  • 2 1/2 inches high
  • base about 4 inches square
This beautiful square serving bowl with fluted corners was made in Mettlach, Germany by the famous firm of Villeroy and Boch. In 1829, the firm of Jean-François Boch et Frères (1809 until 1836) developed a new earthenware; it was bright white and very durable. The Boch family named it "porcelain stoneware" and used copper plates to print their beautiful patterns on the tableware. In 1836, Boch merged with rival Nicholas Villeroy. This Meissen pattern bowl has cobalt floral designs on their pure white earthenware. 

The bowl measures 6 1/2 inches across and 9 inches diagonally from corner to corner. It stands 2 1/2 inches high on a base about 4 inches square and weighs one pound. Its condition is excellent; there are some tiny nicks and rough spots on the rim, one tiny circular chip out of the glaze (pictured) and a few minute chips on the bottom foot rim, but no hairlines, cracks or repairs. It's fresh and clean and vibrant. 

The printed blue mark on the bottom reads "Villeroy and Boch Mettlach Made in Germany Meissen." V & B used this mark from 1874 to 1909. The Meissen pattern is one that's not easily found, but for the collector, it plays well with other blue and white china patterns such as Blue Onion, Poppy and Copenhagen and some from Royal Copenhagen and Bing & Grondahl. It looks lovely as a stand-alone display as well.


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PYH 4376

Earthy Color Oil Spot Glaze Vase Signed

Earthy Color Oil Spot Glaze  Vase Signed

Oil Spot Glaze Art Pottery Vase Earthy Colors Signed b+B



Overview


  • Vintage item
  • $28.00

This intriguing vase, with its classic yet modern baluster shape and its oil spot glaze in earth colors, looks handsome both with and without flowers. Molded of off-white clay, it measures 7 inches tall, 4 inches across the shoulder and has a mouth that 3 1/4 inches wide. It's in very good condition, with a small chip in the unglazed rim of the bottom (zoom photo #4, it's at the very bottom) and a tiny glaze pop near the bottom edge the only issues. As shown in photograph #4, it's stamped in black on the bottom by the maker "b + B." The high gloss top glaze captures and reflects light, making it a very eye-catching piece.

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PYH 4249

"Rosslyn" Pattern Falcon Ware Hand Painted Bowl

Falcon Ware Hand Painted Bowl "Rosslyn" Pattern by Thomas Lawrence


    Overview

    • Vintage item
    • Only 1 available
    • $75.00

    This is a beautiful Staffordshire embossed cutwork bowl in the "Rosslyn" pattern. It's hand painted with green and golden leaves and bunches of red grapes on pure white earthenware. Made by the Falcon Pottery, founded by Thomas Lawrence in 1885, this dish dates from the 1950's to 1964, when the Falcon pottery ceased to exist due to a merger. The printed mark on the back was used during that time period; it consists of Rosslyn and Falcon Ware in script, along with MADE IN ENGLAND and HAND PAINTED WARE. The foot is surrounded by a wash of golden color and surmounted by a splash of the same green used on the front.

    This bowl measures 10 1/2 inches across and stands 2 inches high. It weighs almost 1 3/4 pounds and is in absolutely pristine condition. This bowl is a wonderful shelf sitter or centerpiece. very colorful and eye catching.


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    PYH 4281

    English Silver Plate Art Deco Demitasse Spoons in Lizard Skin Case

    Art Deco Demitasse Spoons in Lizard Skin Case Latham & Owen English Silver Plate

      Overview

      • Vintage item from the 1930s
      • Only 1 available
      • $55.00
      This set of six fine silver plated demitasse coffee spoons were made by Latham & Owen in Hallamshire in the city of Sheffield, England. Founded in 1921, the firm became quite well known for their fine tableware, as well as their cutlery. The set is boxed in its original genuine lizard skin case, lined with gold silk and black velvet. The marks on the back of the spoons consist of the following raised letters: L & O (Latham & Owen) S (for Sheffield) HALLAM PLATE (for Hallamshire) and A (for quality). 

      The spoons, which are not quite 4 1/2 inches long, appear to be barely used, with faint, fine scratches only visible under magnification. The handles taper to a stepped Deco design, with the letter 'W' monogrammed at the base of each. The outside of the lizard case shows some rubbing in a few places and the brass catch mechanism no longer snaps open and closed; we've cleaned and polished it with specialty leather balm and it looks very handsome. The interior of the case is clean and in excellent condition. The case measures 5 3/4 inches wide, 5 inches top to bottom and about an inch high. 

      This set is lovely for someone whose name matches the monogram letter; but monograms are evidence of a former, favored life and thus perfect for the lover of vintage items and, of course, of demitasse. 

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      PYH 4185

      1920's Silk Moths With Moriage & Gilding Black Satsuma Bowl

      Black Satsuma Bowl 1920's Japan, Silk Moths With Moriage & Gilding

        Overview

        • Vintage item from the 1920s
        • Only 1 available
        • $55.00

        • 4315 Japanese Famille Noir Moth Bowl bottom mark and sticker view-2919 x 2413-jpg.JPG
        4315 Japanese Famille Noir Moth Bowl inside view only 2283 x 2158-jpg.JPG

        This gorgeous mid century Satsuma bowl is made of terra cotta clay, covered completely with enamel and the raised slip decorations called moriage. The central motif on the interior is of twin silk moths that are surrounded by floral and diaper designs, all set on a flat black, famille noire style background. which was popular in the 1920's. The exterior is enameled in creamy off-white with the fine crackle associated with Satsuma. It's decorated with a meander design set on an iron red band at the rim and a vine of leaves and flowers in various colors around the center. The mark on the bottom "MADE IN JAPAN" is stamped in gold; there is also a remnant of a paper sticker that probably read the same {what's legible is "N JAPAN}. The hand painting on this bowl is lovely and there is a generous amount of gilding.

        The bowl measures 7 inches across and 2 1/2 inches tall and weighs just over a pound. The condition is very good, with just a few small flakes off the exterior enamel {photograph #4, left}, minor wear to the bottom of the foot ring and to the gilding on the rim of the bowl, and very small areas of rubbing on the exterior red band. This Japanese bowl from the 1920's will elicit admiring comments wherever it's placed. 

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        PYH 4315

        Native Alaskan Art Athabascan Birch Bark Folded Basket

         
        Native Alaskan Art Athabascan Birch Bark Folded Basket


        Item Name
        Birch Bark Basket
        Price
        $250.00
        Condition
        Antique
        Availability
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        ID
        PYH-4300
        Description
        • Vintage item
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        This beautiful basket was made by the Athabascan people of Alaska in the late 19th/early 20th century. The outer bark was peeled from the birch tree, then steamed and bent. The dark interior of the bark is on the outside of the basket, while the lighter exterior side of the bark is on the inside of the basket. Holes were made in the bark with a bone awl and the pieces were joined with strips of root, probably spruce but possibly willow; the tightly bound rim is finished with root strips, also, combining strength with beauty. 

        4300 Birch Park  Basket - side view-2-3264 x 2038-jpg.JPG


        The maker of this basket artistically etched the designs on the basket's sides and ends. The long sides each have three herb sprigs and there are geometric designs on each of the short ends, centered between the laced folds. Interestingly, although all these patterns appear to be painted on, they were actually created by scraping off the surface of the bark, yielding the light colored layer underneath. The Athabascans, who call themselves "Dena" ("the people"), sometimes sold these baskets to bring in money to the community.

        4300 Birch Park  Basket - side view-1-2997 x 1978-jpg.JPG


        This basket is 10 inches long, 9 inches front to back and stands 4 inches high. There is some peeling of the interior bark and there are burn marks on the bottom. There is also, of course, a general darkening of the bark color, but for an antique basket that was in use such as this one, it is in wonderful condition. Like much utilitarian native objects, it is also very decorative and handsome.

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