Surtout de table or table centerpieces. French. They just don’t make them like this anymore.

Surtout de table à la Pagode in finely chiseled vermeil. Composed of a large plate, covered by a mirror and surrounded by balustrades surmounted by covered urns running alongside four small removable basins opening onto two flights of steps flanked by dolphins and, on the sides, onto two fountains with mascarons in the middle of rushes. There is an open pagoda in the center with leafy uprights and an openwork roof with a Meissen porcelain musician in the center. 1873 to 1900. French. Boin Taburet, maker. Maker’s marks: Goldsmith’s signature BOIN TABURET à PARIS. Image © Fair use license. via
Surtout de Table in cast and gilt bronze with hand engraving, cut glass, and silver-mirrored glass. Similar to one used at the wedding banquet of Napoleon and Empress Marie-Louise. ca. 1810. French. Pierre-Philippe Thomire, maker (1751-1843). Image © Cooper Hewitt Museum. Fair use license. via
Central section of a surtout de table of centerpiece for a table of a hundred guests with the theme of France distributing crowns of glory. Galvanic bronze and silver-plated bronze, electroplated. Originally silver-plated, its present color, rough areas, and blisters are due to the terrible fire that destroyed the Tuileries palace during the Commune in 1871. Neoclassical. 1852-1858, commissioned in 1852 by the future Napoleon III. French. François Gilbert, Georges Diebolt, and Pierre-Louis Rouillard, sculptors. Made in Paris by Christofle. Image © MAD, the  Musée des Arts Décoratifs. Fair use license. via

Motoring mascots. Make your automobile look like it’s out of “The Great Gatsby”.

“Speed Demon” mascot in nickel plated bronze mounted on a wood display base. 1920s. British. Image
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Stylized “Goose” mascot in nickel planted bronze on an integral radiator cap. Drilled on the underside. 1920s. Bocazi, maker. Signed. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via
Replica “Pathfinder” mascot after Poitvin in nickel plated bronze. Undated. Makers’ marks: marked “Finnigans London” and “Made in France” to the base. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via

Smoker sets. Mostly Jugendstil. One by Josef Hoffmann for the Wiener Werkstätte. Almost makes me want to start smoking again (not).

Art Nouveau Iridescent Feathered Glass Smoking Set 4 PC

Phänomen Genre 829 smoking set with two holders for cigarettes or cigars and an ashtray sitting on a brass tray. ca. 1900. Jugendstil. Bohemian. Iridescent feathered glass and brass. Loetz, maker. Image via © 1998-2021 Ruby Lane, Inc. Fair use license. via

Complete smoker’s set with tray, cigarette holders and ashtray along with a match holder. 1923. Wiener Werkstätte. Brass. Made in Austria and designed by Josef Hoffmann. Maker’s marks: marked at the rim with “Wiener Werk Statte” in three rows, “Made in Austria” and the Josef Hoffmann signet “JH”. Image ©, Inc. 2021. Fair use license. via

Smoking set in brass and copper with a ornately decorated copper plate and two tobacco bowls, an ashtray and a match holder all with externally mounted brass stands. ca. 1915. Jugendstil. Austrian. Maker not known. Image ©, Inc. 2021. Fair use license. via

Four piece smoking set with cigarette and match holders, ashtray and tray. ca. 1910. Made in Vienna, Austria. Silver plate and crystal glass. Argentor – Werke Rust and Hetzel. Image © 2021 Catawiki. Fair use license. via

Gothic Revival candlesticks. Interesting. Like having miniature castles in attendance at your dinner party.

Pair of gilt and green painted metal candlesticks in the Gothic taste. 19th c. Possibly French. Maker not known. Image © 2020 DREWEATTS 1759 LTD. Fair use license. via

Pair of candlesticks in brass, mounted on a wide rounded pedestal base with a column step with a central angled knop with Gothic style cutouts and castellated round top candleholders. The body is decorated with red and green enamels with red enamel also applied to the base. 19th c. Gothic Revival. Possibly made in India. Not marked. Image © Fair use license. via

Pair of tall gilded Gothic Revival pricket candlesticks. ca. 1850. English. Image © Susan Silver Antiques. Fair use license. via

Set of three solid brass altar candle holders decorated at the bottom with a church and cross in the center of each side. Made to be used in a church. Antique, ca. 1900 or earlier. Gothic Revival. Image © 2021 Chairish, Inc.  and the Gilded Lion, Scottsdale, Arizona. Fair use license. via

Novelty animal inkwells in brass. A menagerie for your desk.

Novelty brass crab inkwell. Partially articulated with a hinged lid opening to a small well and screw hinged front claws. Vintage. Maker not known. Image  © 1995-2021 eBay Inc. Fair use license. via
Novelty brass inkwell in the form of a lobster, naturistically modeled with the hinged thorax opening to reveal two blue glass inkwells. Victorian. Maker’s marks: Registration mark 136502 to the underside. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via
Novelty brass inkwell modeled as an armadillo. Antique. Image © 1986-2021 Invaluable, LLC. and Adam Partridge Auctioneers & Valuers. Fair use license. via
Crocodile/alligator inkwell or desk tidy. Sold brass with the hinged lid to the center lifting to reveal a central section with two original removable ceramic ink chambers. On either side of this central section are additional sections to store pen nibs, sealing wax, etc. ca. 1880. English. Image ©, Inc. 2021. Fair use license. via
Novelty brass inkwell modeled as a box camera operated by an anthropomorphic fox who is taking an image of a hare with a carrot. Undated. Image © COPYRIGHT 2020 DREWEATTS 1759 LTD. Fair use license. via

Novelty barware, shot cups (jiggers) with a stoplight motif running up the front. mid 20 century. Made in the United States and Canada.

Stoplight shot cup. 1930s. American. Sterling silver with red, yellow and green circles, indicating STOP, CAUTION, and GO. Made and signed by ALVIN. Image ©, Inc. 2021. Fair use license. via

Mid-century Chrome jigger decorated with a green, yellow, and red colored traffic light design and a bakelite handle. As the liquid capacity of the spirit measure increases the engraved warnings signal Safe, and Caution, Danger. Mid 20th c. Canadian. Glo-Hill Canada, maker. Image © SIR JACK’S. Fair use license. via
Brass stoplight jigger with green, yellow, and red lucite lights corresponding to “safe, caution, danger.” Vintage, probably mid 20th c. Canadian. Glo-Hill, Canada, maker. Maker’s marks: marked “Reg’d Design, Glo-Hill, Canada” on the base. Image © 2021 – WorthPoint Corporation. Fair use license. via

Jardiniere with putti . .. a bit of fun and frolic for your plants.

Flambe glazed ceramic jardinière with gilt bronze mounts. French. Maker’s marks for Luneville which been in business since 1711. Image © 2002-2021 LiveAuctioneers. Fair use license. via
Parian bisque jardinière modeled as a basket with with relief figures of putti, Oval base strewn with rose flowers. Antique. 19th c. Maker not known. Incised #4 mark under the base. Image © 2021 French Garden House. Fair use license. via
Jardinière with an openwork troughed body carried by four putti figures with three-dimensional rose branches. and the handles with lateral laurel wreaths with bows. Porcelain with polychrome painting and a gold rim. ca. 1907-1927. German. C. G. Schierholz and Son, maker. Maker’s marks: manufacturers mark “Thuringia. Plaue. C. G. Schierholz & Son.” Image © Very Important Lot. Fair use license. via
Decorative vintage brass baroque jardiniere with putti – Italy – ca.1970 Brass or bronze jardinière with putti. ca. 1970. Baroque in style.; Italian. Image © 2021 Catawiki. Fair use license. via

More automotive mascots from the turn of the last century. Selections from a recent Bonhams catalog. Lots of fun.

“Circus Poodle” mascot modeled as a nickel plated bronze dog balanced on a ball. Set on a black painted wooden display case. 1920s. French. B. L. Laurent, maker. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via
Chrome plated “Icarus” mascot on a chrome radiator cap. 1930s. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via

“Prouesse” mascot designed for Rubray cars. 1920s. French. Charles Soudant, designer for Rubray Cars. Signed “h. Soudnat.” A large bronze of this design was displayed in the 1907 Salon held at Madison Square Gardens, New York, where Rothschild had the largest exhibit featuring seven superb automobiles. This impressive piece was created by the Parisian master sculptor Charles Soudant for Leon Rubay, who later used the design as a car mascot to grace his own range of Rubay cars in USA from 1916-1923. Rubay started offering car bodies from 1907 when he teamed with Rothschild & Company. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via
“Cigone Parisienne” mascot that was exclusively produced for clients of the Garage Saint Didier, Paris. 1920s. Nickel-plated bronze, further inscribed around the base including H. Briand Foundry details. Black painted wooden display base. E. Fady, maker. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via
“Spirit of Triumph” mascot. Nickel plated on a marble display base. 1920s. French. F. Bazin, creator. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via

Gothic Revival candelabra to make your home look more baronial. 1850 and later, all in brass.

Pair of Gothic Revival brass nine-light floor candelabra. Twisted cylindrical stems with quatrefoil rims and a central light with two graduated tiers with four lights each, on spiral fluted stem with four fleur-de-lis uprights on four domed legs. 20th c. Continental. Brass. Maker not known. Image © 1999 – 2020 SKINNER, INC. Fair use license. via
Pair of brass Gothic Revival candle holders. ca. 1850. Continental. Brass. Image ©, Inc. 2020. Fair use license. via

Pair of large brass Gothic Revival candelabra, each with seven sconces. Hooped frame on arched supports embellished with clover leaves, on knopped stem and dome base with three feet. Late 19th c. Brass. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via

Art Déco and Art Nouveau gates and screens in iron and brass. You’ll end up wanting to acquire more gateways so you can buy another. French, by ironworker Edgar Brandt. Living from 1880 to 1960, he also made armaments for the French army.

Garden gate with with bronze fleur-de-lis, berry bush and florets. 1910-1919. Art Nouveau. Iron and brass. In the manner of Edgar Brandt. Image ©, Inc. 2020. Fair use license. via

“L’Âge d’Or,’ patinated iron with three gilt bronze medallions. 1923. Patinated iron with gilt bronze medallions executed by Max Blondat. Retailed by Ferrobrandt Inc. New York. Maker’s marks: The garland of the single female figure is signed “MAX-BLONDAT.” Image © Phillips Auctions. Fair use license. via

“Oasis” five panel screen. 1920-1929. French. Brass and nickled metal. Image ©2018 Artnet Worldwide Corporation. Fair use license. via