Sterling silver vegetables and fruit masquerading as table lighters from back when more people smoked. 20th c. Made in Milan, Italy by Buccellati.

Pear and orange. 1975-2000.
Pear and orange. 1975-2000. Image © 2019 New Orleans Auction Galleries. Fair use license. via https://auctions.neworleansauction.com/auction-lot-detail/Two-Buccellati-Sterling-Silver-Fruit-Table-Lighter&salelot=1805+++++118+&refno=++388394
Four table lighters in the form of an artichoke, cauliflower, corn on the cob and a tomato. Three are signed. Mid 20th c.
Four table lighters in the form of an artichoke, cauliflower, corn on the cob and a tomato. Three are signed. Mid 20th c. Image © Metropress Ltd, (t/a Auction Technology Group) 2019. Fair use license. via https://www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/auction-catalogues/bourne-end-auction-rooms/catalogue-id-srbou10035/lot-4bff695d-529b-46c4-a9dd-a55d010030d6
Apple table lighter. Mid 1970's.
Apple table lighter. Mid 1970’s. Chased sterling silver. Image © 2002-2019 LiveAuctioneers. Fair use license. via https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/61687130_buccellati-attrib-silver-apple-lighter
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Designs for Minton by Scotsman Christopher Dresser. Porcelain. Living from 1834 to 1904, he trained as a botanist but also made some wonderful art. All of these with a lot of blue but he worked in pink and brown too.

Cachepot. 1875-1900.
Cachepot. 1875-1900. Aesthetic movement in style. Japonaise. Cloisonne. Decorated with a blue top band simulating sky above a green sea filled with colorful carp and stylized flowers and plants, all figures outlined with a fine line of gold. Image © James D. Julia and 2019 Morphy Auctions. Fair use license. via https://www.morphyauctions.com/jamesdjulia/item/2747-361/
U shaped vase. 1886 or 1889.
U shaped vase with Japanese and pre-Columbian influences. 1886 or 1889. Hard-paste porcelain. Image© 2000–2019 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Fair use license. via https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/1988.30/
Piece for a dresser. No date.
Piece for a dresser. No date. Image 2019 Andrew Muir – Leading Clarice Cliff and 20th Century Ceramics Dealer. Fair use license. via https://andrew-muir.com/items/christopher-dresser-for-minton/322
Pair of quintal vases. 1850-1900.
Pair of quintal vases modeled on the Dutch tulipière. 1850-1900. Pseudo cloisonne porcelain. Turquoise ground enamel decorated with yellow and white flowers and geometric designs supported by dolphin masks on a shaped base. Image © 1999 – 2019 SKINNER, INC. Fair use license. via https://www.skinnerinc.com/auctions/2554B/lots/296

Renaissance birds just a little jeweled up wrapped around coconuts and seashells. German.

Falcon cup (with open wings). ca. 1600.
Falcon cup (with open wings). ca. 1600. Made in Ulm, Germany. Silk, coconut, cameo and semi-precious stones. © The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Image © Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2019. Fair use license. via https://www.vam.ac.uk/blog/museum-life/personal-favourites-installing-beautiful-creatures
Nautilus cup with gilded silver mounts in the form of a crane standing on one leg clutching a white silver orb in the other.
Nautilus cup with gilded silver mounts in the form of a crane standing on one leg clutching a white silver orb in the other. The mouth rim of the shell having engraved hunting scenes and the base having six dragons. ca. 1550-1600. South German. Silver and nautilus shell. Maker not known. Collection of the Rijskmuseum, Amsterdam. Image © 2019 http://www.rssing.com. Fair use license. via http://heteromys3.rssing.com/chan-3271429/all_p331.html
Owl beaker. 1556.
Owl beaker. 1556. Coconut shell and silver with gilding. Artist not known. Collection of the Rhode Island School of Design Museum. Cc0 Licence 1.0. via https://risdmuseum.org/art-design/collection/owl-beaker-52533?return=%2Fart-design%2Fcollection%3Fsearch_api_fulltext%3DOwl%2BBeaker

Ormolu putti working their lives away but still trying to have fun. Mostly on clocks and mostly French, but not entirely.

Mantle clock. Napoleon III in style, mid 19th c.
Mantle clock. Napoleon III in style, mid 19th c. French. Gilded bronze with inset painted porcelain plaques depicting flowers, a cherub and a musician, possibly Schubert, in the central plaque. Putti playing musical instruments. Maker not known. Image © Three Centuries Shop Fine & Decorative Arts, Toronto. Fair use license. via https://threecenturiesshop.com/product/louis-xv-style-ormolu-porcelain-putti-clock/
Candlesticks in the form of putti standing on gilt bronze plinths and supporting foliate candle sconces. 1820. Regency in style.
Candlesticks in the form of putti standing on gilt bronze plinths and supporting foliate candle sconces. 1820. Regency in style. Bronze and ormolu. Maker not known. Image Christopher Buck Antiques © 2018. Fair use license. via https://www.christopherbuck.co.uk/antique-furniture/d/fine-pair-of-bronze-and-ormolu-putti-candlesticks/400077
Ormolu clock set with putti. 19th c.
Ormolu clock set with putti. 19th c. Putti on left playing the flute and the one on the right conducting. Image © Pol Desmet – Beernemsesteenweg 99, 8750 Wingene BELGIUM. Fair use license. via http://www.poldesmet.com/inventory/new-arrivals/large-ormolu-clockset-with-putti-19th-century-1438044
Pair of Empire glass vases with ormolu gilt bronze putti (putti detail). Mid 19th c. French.
Pair of Empire glass vases with ormolu gilt bronze putti (putti detail). Mid 19th c. French. Glass and gilt bronze. Maker not known but label on the bottom showing that they were first sold by a shop in Marseilles. Image © 1995-2019 eBay Inc. Fair use license. via
Clock with the motif of two putti and a chariot pulled by two rams.
Clock with the motif of two putti and a chariot pulled by two rams with more putti on the base. ca. 1840-50. French. Gilt bronze and porcelain. Gilt-bronze cartwheel dial with cobalt blue cartouches and shading. “Alph. Giroux Paris”, maker. Image © 2019 Dorotheum GmbH & Co KG. Fair use license. via https://www.dorotheum.com/en/l/1379923/

Renaissance Revival odds and ends. Arriving around 1860 it’s looped back a few times. Public (free) series post from my summer revival series for August 11, 2019, over on my patreon.com page. Link below.

 

https://www.patreon.com/posts/29080297

These are turning up way more items than I had thought they would which is wonderful but which also means that there’s more coming. . . .
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Brooch/Pendant. ca. 1875. Italian.
Brooch/Pendant. ca. 1875. Italian. Renaissance Revival in style. Gold with a central ruby cameo, diamond an pearl. Augusto Castellani, goldsmith (1829-1914). Many thanks to my good friend Christian De Bor who sent me the link. In the public domain. via pinterest.com and https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1437557276387094&set=a.170724886403679&type=3&eid=ARA-u4e3j5f0FSWctYMRXPqQCbur0WmLmCYxOYambxk5BytbGplCvXAVozrKiaVnoNw0maF0cJXj-3oE

Silver toothpick holders all shaped like swans to make any day sparkle. One a cocktail stick set in chrome and bakelite but it fits right in. Different dates and makers.

Swan toothpick holder. No date. Art Deco.
Swan toothpick holder. No date. Art Deco. Silverplate with a red bakelite head. Napier, maker. Image © 2019 The Hour Shop, Alexandria. Fair use license. via https://thehourshop.com/collections/napier/products/napier-swan-toothpick-holder
Cut-glass and silver swan toothpick holder.
Cut-glass and silver swan toothpick holder. 1960’s. Cut-glass and silver. E Ltd, maker. Import hallmarks for London 1964. Image © Metropress Ltd, (t/a Auction Technology Group). Fair use license. via https://www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/auction-catalogues/burstow-and-hewett/catalogue-id-srburs10187/lot-977a1ce4-d63a-44ea-ac9f-a93b00f5d4a4
Swan or crane toothpick holder. 1930's. Art Deco.
Swan or crane toothpick holder. 1930’s. Art Deco. Silverplate. Napier, maker. In the public domain. via etsy.com and https://www.pinterest.com/pin/216172850838019275/
Toothpick holder modeled as a swan standing on a wire-work foliate base and holding a branch in its beak on a square pedestal with octagon galleried base with four feet.
Toothpick holder modeled as a swan standing on a wire-work foliate base and holding a branch in its beak on a square pedestal with octagon galleried base with four feet. Made in Lisbon, Portugal around 1875. Silver. Makers mark of “JXC” unidentified (Almeida L-385). Image © CHRISTIE’S 2019. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/a-portuguese-silver-toothpick-holder-makers-mark-5164124-details.aspx
Swan cocktail stick set. Art Deco.
Swan cocktail stick set. Art Deco. French. Chrome and bakelite. Has twelve bakelite-topped cocktail sticks and a hardwood base. Image © divine-style-french-antiques.com. Fair use license. via https://divine-style-french-antiques.com/product/french-art-deco-chrome-bakelite-cocktail-stick-set-in-chrome-swan/

Vases with their own glorious scenery to match what you can see out the window. Maybe prettier. Scenic vellum vases, glazed stoneware from Rockwood Pottery of Cincinnati. 20th century. American.

Vellum glazed river scene vase. mid 20th c.
Vellum glazed river scene vase. mid 20th c. Painted by Edward Timothy Hurley for Rockwood. Stamped “RP XLVIII 6920” on the base. Image © 1stdibs, Inc. 2019. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/decorative-objects/vases-vessels/vases/rookwood-vellum-glazed-river-scene-vase-edward-timothy-hurley/id-f_8889123/
Scenic vellum vase with road and forest. 1922.
Scenic vellum vase with road and forest. 1922. Ceramic. Painted by Fred Rothenbusch for Rockwood. Image courtesy Rago Arts and Auction Center, Lambertville. Image © 2002-2019 LiveAuctioneers. Fair use license. via https://www.liveauctioneers.com/en-gb/item/61819281_f-rothenbusch-rookwood-scenic-vellum-vase
Scenic vellum vase. 1909.
Scenic vellum vase. 1909. Ceramic. Markings: Artist’s monogram incised on bottom, underglaze: “ETH.”, “V” impressed on bottom, underglaze: “RP” cipher with 14 flames, “IX” beneath “925 B/V”. Collection of the Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York. In the public domain. via https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18618515/
Scenic vellum ovoid vase. 1908.
Scenic vellum ovoid vase. 1908. Ceramic. Painted by Fred Rothenbusch for Rockwood. Image ©2019 Artnet Worldwide Corporation. Fair use license. via http://www.artnet.com/artists/rookwood-pottery/unusual-scenic-vellum-ovoid-vase-painted-by-fred-LiV5pB8gUrZ2ABdTBny6rA2