Various castles modeled up in Staffordshire ceramic. No tiny knights or damsels in distress included.

Large Staffordshire pearlware model of a castle with a central square tower enclosed within crenellated walls and accessed through heavily studded doors set within rusticated openings. Two round towers to either side and the walls with incised stonework washed in brown. Possibly meant to hold flowers. ca. 1800. British. Staffordshire. Ceramic. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26834/lot/314/?category=list&length=482&page=1
PStaffordshire pearlware spill vase composed of seven cylindrical castellated towers, the central one with lancet window and clock, on a red tiled base. ca. 1810. British. Ceramic. Staffordshire Image © 2018 Reeman Dansie. Fair use license. via https://www.reemandansie.com/auction/lot/51-staffordshire-castle-spill-vase/?lot=78811&sd=1
Staffordshire pastille burner modeled as Balmoral Castle in Scotland with multiple turrets and towers on a scroll molded white base with title plaque, walkway through the front garden to the red entry door, and green garlands with red flowers adorning the rooftops and turrets, Antique. British. Staffordshire. Ceramic. Provenance: Bonhams and Butterfields, December, 2005. Image © 2021 Chairish, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.chairish.com/product/2585174/antique-english-staffordshire-figurine

Bohemian glass made by glass painter and entrepreneur Friedrich Egermann. Living from 1777 to 1864,  Egermann’s mother was from a glassmaking clan which must have helped her son get started. Worked in Blottendorf.

iLithyalin twelve-sided baluster vase with lithyalin glass in this color sometimes being known as “red Hyalith” or “rotwelsches” glass. Marbled in a rich “sealing wax” red with a turn over rim, on a basal collar above a spreading stem and wide circular foot. ca. 1830. Bohemian glass. Attributed to the workshop of Friedrich Egermann. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26834/lot/154/?category=list&length=482&page=1
Biedermeier spa glass designed to be used taking the waters at a health spa. Green cut and gilded glass with panels of elaborate “Hoffnunn” and “Gesundheit” motifs and rocaille enameling picked out in gilt. 1841. Bohemian glass. Friedrich Egermann, maker. Engraved “Erni”, “Karlsbad”, and “1841”. Image © artshuttle.com. Spa glass itself in the public domain due to age. via http://artshuttle.com/index.php/art-glass/friedrich-egermann-spa-glass-1841-gl16/
Beaker with polygonal stand and an angular body with a widening wall in lithyalin glass in brown, green, and yellow. ca. 1840. Bohemian. Presumed to be by Friedrich Egermann. Image © 2019 artfoxlive.com. Fair use license. via https://www.artfoxlive.com/product/1697901.html

Designs for Minton porcelain, taken from SD 1705/MS1842 | Designs for tiles and slabs by Moyr Smith and others. Collections of the Minton Archives, Stoke-on-Trent, England.

Numbers 1977, 1979, 1981, and 1991. Page 4 from SD 1705/MS1842 | Designs for tiles and slabs by Moyr Smith and others. Image © Minton Archive, Stoke-on-Trent, England. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://www.themintonarchive.org.uk/anniversary-update-531-tile-designs/
Number 1975. Page 5 from SD 1705/MS1842 | Designs for tiles and slabs by Moyr Smith and others. Image © Minton Archive, Stoke-on-Trent, England. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://www.themintonarchive.org.uk/anniversary-update-531-tile-designs/
Numbers 1993, 1997, 1998 with a notation for number 1994 that reads “Queen Anne Hearth” as 1939 only on Drab Body’, Page 6 from SD 1705/MS1842 | Designs for tiles and slabs by Moyr Smith and others. Image © Minton Archive, Stoke-on-Trent, England. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://www.themintonarchive.org.uk/anniversary-update-531-tile-designs/

Feather fans and one with a lace fringe to make you sneeze. Fans d’Eventail, Paris.

Cloud on fan. Late 19th c. Tortoiseshell with marabout (marabou) feather. Maker not known. Image © Fans d’Eventail, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/feather-fans/3105-cloud-on-fan-late-19th-century.html
Mother-of-pearl fan with large pink ostrich feather. ca. 1900-1920. Maker not known. Image © Fans d’Eventail, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/feather-fans/3087-spectacular-ostrich-feather-fan-circa-1900-1920.html
“The Jockey Bears” fan. ca. 1900. Mother-of-pearl sticks and guards with a lace leaf and back silk lining. Maker not known. Image © Fans d’Eventail, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/19th-century-fans/3098-the-jockey-bears-fan-circa-1900-.html

Royal Worcester spill vases.

Porcelain triple bamboo spill vase with a tall cylindrical vase flanked by two smaller vases and a central owl. Parcel gilt detail. ca. 1880. English. Made by Royal Worcester and retailed by J. E. Caldwell and Company, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Maker’s marks to the underside. Image © 2021 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/_english-porcelain-triple-bamboo-spill-vase-ec77?cmp=email_BN_NewArrivals_trigger&utm_campaign=BN_NewArrivals_Trigger&utm_content=email_bn_newarrivals&utm_medium=email&utm_source=zaius
Porcelain Aesthetic basket weave amphora spill vase. 1889. English. Royal Worcester. Maker’s marks on the base. Image © 1stDibs.com, Inc. 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/decorative-objects/vases-vessels/vases/royal-worcester-aesthetic-basketweave-amphora-spill-vase-1883/id-f_25468672/?utm_content=condensed&allowUniversalLink=no&gclid=CjwKCAiAm7OMBhAQEiwArvGi3Cd0qiw1mCqFnh-W9UqNhuaO9fbDfkHHru7g4iu333vddCQT3UCXqxoC1NcQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
Tree stump spill vase in porcelain. 1912. English. Royal Worcester, maker. Marked on the underside in puce with date mark for 1912. Image Treasure Trove Worcester © 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.treasuretroveworcester.com/royal-worcester-blush-gilded-snake-coiled-around-tree-stump-spill-vase-in-stock
Porcelain cylindrical spill vase decorated with hand painted fruit on a pierced scrolling foot. English. Signed “Bowen” with a black back stamp. Royal Worcester, maker. Image  © 2020 Sworders. Fair use license. via https://www.sworder.co.uk/auction/lot/168-a-royal-worcester-porcelain-cylindrical-spill-vase/?lot=171217&sd=1

Hard paste porcelain by Dihl et Guérhard. Empire from around the time of the French Revolution and Napoleon and Josephine. Maybe she owned one of their vases . .. . or a dinner service to use at Malmaison

Porcelain centerpiece modeled as two kneeling winged female figures holding wreaths, supporting a pierced navette-shaped basket, on an octagonal base. Gilt to simulate gilt-bronze and painted to simulate patinated bronze. ca. 1810. Made in Paris by Dihl et Guérhard. Maker’s marks: “Mf de Dihl et Guerhard à Paris” stenciled in red. Image © 2021 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/gold-boxes-silver-and-ceramics/a-paris-dihl-et-guerhard-porcelain-centrepiece
Three-piece garniture de table in hard-paste porcelain. ca. 1807-1815. French. Dihl et Guérhard, maker. Image © The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Fair use license. via https://artsandculture.google.com/asset/three-piece-garniture-de-table/5AE28VDPcwHRZQ
Pair of hard-paste porcelain campana (campagna) form vases with upward-turned bell-shaped bodies which stand on splayed feet, set on square bases. Both being mounted with two small handles which take the form of classical masks. Gilt, the vases are decorated with colorful and intricate paintings. Their lower bands being encircled by red and white painted bands which frame gilt flower wreaths and the vases’ bodies featuring white, pink and gold paintings of lyres, which are topped by doves and flanked by griffins and swans with these paintings set against green grounds, within oval blue-banded borders. Stylized white and gold foliage banks, against green backgrounds, decorate the mouths of the vases. ca. 1810. Empire. Made in Paris, France by Dihl et Guérhard. Maker’s marks on the base. Image © 2021 Mayfair Gallery Limited. Fair use license. via https://www.mayfairgallery.com/pair-of-empire-period-porcelain-vases-by-dihl-et-guerhard
Hard-paste porcelain plate decorated with a marine subject showing seashells on a misty shore. ca, 1789-1791. Made in Paris, France by Dihl et Guérhard. Collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Image in the public domain. via https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/774581

Trophies in silver for winning various things. Various dates and makers. Mostly English, but not all.


Silver urn-form trophy with a double-domed lid with a vasiform finial, a curved and tapering bowl, stylized leaf mounted scroll-bracket side handles and a stepped and raised foot. 1917. George V. Made in London, England by Lionel Alfred Crichton. Fully marked. Image © 2021 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/shop-all/_english-silver-lidded-trophy-f2a1?locale=en
Solid silver trophy with a figural hunting statue that depicts a huntsman holding a fox and his hounds at his feet. Ebonized plinth that is applied with an engraved plaque inscribed “Presented to W. J. Buckley Esquire, April 18th, 1895.” 1894. Made in Birmingham, England by Elkington and Company Ltd. Maker’s marks: Hallmarks for Elkington and Company. Image © 1stDibs.com, Inc. 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/decorative-objects/sculptures/figurative-sculptures/19th-century-victorian-solid-silver-hunting-trophy-elkington-circa-1894/id-f_13713411/

Silver trophy cup. 1886. Made in London England by Frederick Elkington (Elkington and Company). Maker’s marks: fully hallmarked. Image © 1stDibs.com, Inc. 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/sterling-silver/antique-victorian-silver-large-trophy-cup/id-f_22258242/

Sterling silver trophy presented by DeForest Grant to John W. Grange, winner of the championship putting contest held in 1938 at the Kebo Valley Golf Club, the oldest golf club in Maine and the eighth oldest golf club in the United States. Made in England in 1936 by Barker Brothers. Maker’s marks; English hallmarks for Barker Brothers. Image © 2019 estatesilver.com. Fair use license. via https://estatesilver.com/product/sterling-silver-golf-trophy-1938-kebo-valley-club-maine/
The Emperor’s plate (Ascot Gold Cup) parcel-gilt. racing trophy that was presented by Emperor/Tsar Nicholas I of Russia. Rococo Revival on a shaped square plinth applied on four angles with the Russian Imperial coat-of-arms, two sides inset with relief plaques of Peter the Great’s palaces Peterhof and Gatchina, the others with prize inscriptions, the vase inset with two relief scenes that depict heroic events in the life of Peter the Great: the victory at Poltava in 1709 and a rescue at sea off of Finland in 1724. 1846. Edward Hodge Baily, R.A. designer. Made in London, England by John Samuel Hunt for Hunt and Roskell, successors to Storr and Mortimer. Maker’s marks: marked on vase, plinth, underside of the plaques, coats of arms, nuts and detachable flowers on the base; also stamped ‘HUNT AND ROSKELL LATE STORR AND MORTIMER Number 2795.” Image © Christie’s 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/en/lot/lot-5433100


Quadruple silver plate cake or fruit basket, also known as a brides basket. Engraved in the center to read “Special premium at the Maury Company Fair 1894 for the best cake made of S. F. Ashton’s flour. Awarded to Miss Florence Sheppard.” Made in 1892 by Pairpoint in New Bedford, Massachusetts. American. Maker’s marks: Marks for Pairpoint on the base. Image © curiosityhudson.com. Fair use license. via https://www.curiosityhudson.com/trophies/1892-victorian-silver-basket-engraved-as-best-cake-trophy
The Queen’s Cup won at the Ascot Races in 1867. Silver racing trophy described by The Illustrated London News in 1867 as being ‘in the form of a tankard in Queen Anne’s style’. The ample body heavily decorated with applied cast vertical straps rising to a similar band of formal motifs, beaded scroll cartouche with an inscribed convex center. The generously designed handle terminating in a bearded lion mask and scrolled thumbpiece and the double-domed hinged cover surmounted by two rampant stallions. 1867. English. Made in London, England by Robert Garrard for R. and S Garrard and Company. Maker’s marks: the based stamped : “R & S GARRARD PANTON St LONDON”. Image © 2021 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/gold-boxes-silver-and-ceramics/the-queens-cup-ascot-races-1867-a-magnificent

Plates from the “Cabinet de Peiresc” which has two volumes and was published in Paris in 1620. Antique vases, mostly. Collections of the Bibliothèque nationale de France, gallica.bnf.fr.


Antique vases. Page 8r, Recueil, Cabinet de Peiresc. Numérisation de RESERVE AA-54-FOL. Image source:gallica.bnf.fr / BnF. Collections of the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b525058020/f19.item.r=Cabinet%20de%20Peiresc
Vase with a brown ground and polychrome decorations. Page 12r, Recueil, Cabinet de Peiresc. Numérisation de RESERVE AA-54-FOL. Image source:gallica.bnf.fr / BnF. Collections of the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b525058020/f27.item.r=Cabinet%20de%20Peiresc.zoom#
Page 13r, Recueil, Cabinet de Peiresc. Numérisation de RESERVE AA-54-FOL. Image source:gallica.bnf.fr / BnF. Collections of the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b525058020/f29.item.r=Cabinet%20de%20Peiresc.zoom
Antique ceramics modeled as women’s heads, Page 14r, Recueil, Cabinet de Peiresc. Numérisation de RESERVE AA-54-FOL. Image source:gallica.bnf.fr / BnF. Collections of the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b525058020/f31.item.r=Cabinet%20de%20Peiresc.zoom#
“Alabaster Cochlearia XIIII” Page 15r, Recueil, Cabinet de Peiresc. Numérisation de RESERVE AA-54-FOL. Image source:gallica.bnf.fr / BnF. Collections of the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b525058020/f33.item.r=Cabinet%20de%20Peiresc.zoom#
Page 16r, Recueil, Cabinet de Peiresc. Numérisation de RESERVE AA-54-FOL. Image source:gallica.bnf.fr / BnF. Collections of the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b525058020/f35.item.r=Cabinet%20de%20Peiresc.zoom#

Novelty vinaigrettes in silver and silver gilt. All of these being Victorian. A big market as every lady wore a corset and needed one of these in her pocket in case she felt giddy.

Silver novelty vinaigrette lobed in the form of a melon, the gilt interior with a pierced and engraved foliate grille. 1886. Victorian. English. Made in Birmingham, England by George Unite and Sons. Image © COPYRIGHT 2021 DREWEATTS 1759 LTD. Fair use license. via https://auctions.dreweatts.com/auctions/8000/drewea1-10262/lot-details/fdde6315-3656-4b07-ab9f-adcc0121c6ae
Policeman’s bullseye lantern novelty vinaigrette in silver, the lantern with a fluted domed top and attached suspension ring, the front hinged cover mounted with a revolving ball set with white, red, and green glass and opening to reveal an incurving leaf pierced silver gilt grille. Hinged base and silver gilt interior with the reverse engraved with contemporary initials. Victorian. English, made in London by Henry William Dee. Image © BADA and Steppes Hill Farm Antiques Ltd. Fair use license. via https://www.bada.org/object/victorian-novelty-silver-policemans-bullseye-lantern-vinaigrette-0




Silver gilt and hardstone mounted novelty scarab vinaigrette. The jasper body with engraved detail, the silver-gilt head with garnet eyes and the base opening to reveal a finely pierced grille with ho-ho birds amongst scrolls. Victorian. Unmarked. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/17934/lot/275/

Silver swans to adorn your dinner table. Various times.

Pair of sterling silver swan baskets, each designed as a seated swan with the interior enhanced with a gilt finish. Nardi, maker. Maker’s marks: signed “Nardi”. Image © Christie’s 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lot/lot-a-pair-of-sterling-silver-swan-baskets-4101537/?from=salesummary&intObjectID=4101537&lid=1
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Sterling silver ornamental swan salt with spoon, the silver swan engraved with hinged wings that enclose a crystal reservoir for salt. Has a small sterling silver serving spoon. Antique. Image © 2021 Bloomsbury LLC Fine Art & Antiques. Fair use license. via https://bloomsburypdx.com/products/antique-ornamental-swan
Silver gilt swan table ornament sitting on a later lapis lazuli base. 1850. Victorian. Made in London, England by Edward, John and William Barnard. Image © COPYRIGHT 2021 DREWEATTS 1759 LTD. Fair use license. via https://auctions.dreweatts.com/auctions/8000/drewea1-10262/lot-details/4e25bfa4-05f7-4037-a610-adcc01219fef