Covered With Charms Milagros and Mementos Antique Wooden Memory Bowl

Antique Wooden Memory Bowl Covered With Charms Milagros and Mementos

This rare example of a memory vessel is a massive primitive wooden bowl covered with over 100 fascinating mementos. The bowl was hand hewn from a solid log; it's darkened with age and still bears the rough tool marks on the inside. The exterior of the bowl has hand hammered tin and copper objects, both large and small, attached with tiny nails. Many of the items are milagros, Mexican religious amulets used to beseech favors and give thanks. Unlike memory jugs or jars, which are covered with putty or plaster and then completely encrusted with trinkets, the adornments on this vessel were carefully spaced to achieve an artful balance. Read More

Wedding Basket Chinese Antique from the Qing Dynasty

Chinese Antique Wedding Basket Qing Dynasty

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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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Antique Wedding Basket
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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
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$219.00
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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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$90.00
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Majolica Antique Renaissance Revival Pair of Portrait Plates

Italian Majolica Antique Renaissance Revival Pair of Portrait Plates

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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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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

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  • 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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