Bowls decorated with seahorses. One in aluminum and the other in Waterford Crystal but all fun.

Hydrangea. Scalloped bowl modeled after flower petals atop three sea horses. Grey. Sand-cast aluminum decorated with a blend of enamel infused with crushed mother of pearl. Julia Knight, maker. Image © 1996-2022, Amazon.com, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.amazon.com/Julia-Knight-Pedestal-10-Inch-Hydrangea/dp/B00CQRXBVK?th=1

Seahorse motif centerpiece. Irish. Crystal. Waterford Crystal, maker. Image © 2022 Blarney Woollen Mills. Fair use license. via https://www.blarney.com/irish-shop/waterford-crystal-bowl-seahorse/

A mere bagatelle for the mantelpiece. 19th century garnitures. Gilt, silver bronze and other fun things.

“Persian” mantel clock garniture with two matching two-light candelabra. The clock with a three and a half inch dial with enamel cartouche numerals, the bell striking movement with Brocot suspension and stamped to the backplate HD. The case supported by metamorphic dragons on a shaped marble plinth with gilt base. ca. 1855. French. Gilt and silvered bronze. Adolphe-Victor Geoffroy-Dechaume, designer. Auguste-Maximillian Delafontaine, maker. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2022/style-london-furniture-clocks-silver-ceramics/a-gilt-and-silvered-bronze-persian-mantel-clock






Three piece garniture comprised of a central clock and a pair of flanking vases, all veneered in lapis lazuli with gilt bronze mounts. The clock with a central circular drum case holding the movement, fronted by the dial with enamel roundel showing the time in Roman and Arabic numerals. The clock with a hanging pendulum below and with clockworks set within a case flanked by two columns on each side. Two Greek sphinx figures with female heads and the wings of a bird are placed atop the lintel, set in line with the columns and facing outwards. The clock is surmounted by a lidded urn with flowers and fruit. The flanking vases with similar decorations and featuring twin intertwined serpent handles. Neoclassical, made in the late 19th century with the lapis lazuli veneer added later. French. Image © 2022 Mayfair Gallery Limited. Fair use license. via https://www.mayfairgallery.com/gilt-bronze-and-lapis-lazuli-three-piece-clock-garniture

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Garniture with a central mantel clock and pair of flanking candlesticks. Ormolu with the malachite veneer added later. The mantel clock features a shaped malachite base raised by two ormolu toupie feet and two scrolled acanthus leaf feet. The base supports, via a waisted plinth, the circular white enamel clock dial which is inscribed with Arabic numeral hours indices. The dial is contained within an ormolu bezel and is set within the malachite case. The clock case is flanked by twin malachite and ormolu quiver and arrow elements and is surmounted by a malachite urn-form finial draped with ormolu foliate garlands. The candlesticks are similarly decorated, each raised on a conforming malachite and ormolu base and terminating in a single candleholder. Late 19th c,. Neoclassical French. The enamel dial is signed Ovington Brothers Co. / New York / Made in France for the retailer that originally sold the set. Image © 2022 Mayfair Gallery Limited. Fair use license. via https://www.mayfairgallery.com/antique-french-malachite-ormolu-three-piece-clock-set

Plates that illustrate the harmony and contrast of colors. From M. E. Chevreul’s work “The laws of contrast of colour and their application to the arts of painting, decoration of buildings, mosaic work, tapestry and carpet weaving, calico printing, dress, paper staining, printing, military clothing, illumination, landscape, and flower gardening.” Published in 1861 in London and New York by Routledge, Warne and Routledge, an English translation of the French.

Colours with white. Plate VIII, page 51, view 88 of M. E. Chevreul’s work The laws of contrast of colour with the plates engraved and printed in colors by Edmund Evans. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/lawsofcontrastof00chev/page/n88/mode/1up

Plate XIII showing the modifications which black designs undergo upon different colored grounds. Page 120, image 120 of M. E. Chevreul’s work The laws of contrast of colour with the plates engraved and printed in colors by Edmund Evans. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/lawsofcontrastof00chev/page/120/mode/1up
In reference to colours for paper-hangings and borders. Plate XIV, page 123, image 170 of M. E. Chevreul’s work The laws of contrast of colour with the plates engraved and printed in colors by Edmund Evans. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/lawsofcontrastof00chev/page/n170/mode/1up

Designs for the borders of paper-hangings. Plate XV, Page 124, view 174 of M. E. Chevreul’s work The laws of contrast of colour with the plates engraved and printed in colors by Edmund Evans. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/lawsofcontrastof00chev/page/n174/mode/1up

Ornaments for borders. Plate XVI, page 130, view 182 of M. E. Chevreul’s work The laws of contrast of colour with the plates engraved and printed in colors by Edmund Evans. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/lawsofcontrastof00chev/page/n182/mode/1up

Example of the effect of two colours, red and green. Plate XVII, Page 131, view 186 of M. E. Chevreul’s work The laws of contrast of colour with the plates engraved and printed in colors by Edmund Evans. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/lawsofcontrastof00chev/page/n186/mode/1up

Make your new house look very old even if it is new. Decor ideas from back in time, taken from H. Davis Benn’s work “Style in furniture” which was illustrated by W. C. Baldock. Published in London in 1920.

Elizabethan I. Plate 1, page 3 of H. David Benn’s Style in Furniture. W. C. Baldock, illustrator. Collections of the Robarts Library at the University of Toronto. MSN, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/styleinfurniture00bennuoft/page/n4/mode/1up

Henry-the-Eighth armoire. Now in the possession of Mr. J. Seymour Lucas, R.A.). Page 4 of H. David Benn’s Style in Furniture. W. C. Baldock, illustrator. Collections of the Robarts Library at the University of Toronto. MSN, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/styleinfurniture00bennuoft/page/4/mode/1up

Elizabethan. Page 22 of H. David Benn’s Style in Furniture. W. C. Baldock, illustrator. Collections of the Robarts Library at the University of Toronto. MSN, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/styleinfurniture00bennuoft/page/22/mode/thumb

Arts and Crafts era silver by Omar Ramsden who was born in Sheffield but worked in London. He was one of England’s leading designers and makers of silverware and collaborated with Alwyn Carr. 

Hammered silver mounted wooden mazer with an everted rim, a girdle above a shaped apron with punched beads, the base castellated and pierced with a quatrefoil band, a cable band, and spreading foot. 1939. Arts and Crafts. English. Omar Ramsden., maker. Engraved Omar Ramsden me fecit on the underside. Maker’s marks: number 117 scratched above marks on foot. Image © COPYRIGHT 2021 DREWEATTS 1759 LTD. Fair use license. via https://auctions.dreweatts.com/past-auctions/drewea1-10283/lot-details/f073a9d4-b13a-4b87-bf3a-ae370126e93b
Solid silver set of three spoons in their original fitted wooden box. The tops of the spoons have designs with one having a rose, one a thistle and one a clover representing England, Ireland, and Scotland. 1925. Arts and Crafts. English, made in London. Omar Ramsen, maker. Hallmarked. Image ©  2022 Edinburgh Silver. Fair use license. via https://www.edinburghsilver.co/antique-silver-gifts/omar-ramsden-spoons-1925/
Sterling silver tazza with a circular tapering bowl, having spot-hammered decoration, on a cast baluster stem with pierced shields and scroll motifs, sitting on ah spread shaped circular foot. 1926. English. Arts and Crafts. Maker’;s marks: stamped OMAR RAMSDEN ME FECIT to the base. Image © 1stDibs.com, Inc. 2022. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/sterling-silver/arts-crafts-sterling-silver-tazza-omar-ramsden-london-1926/id-f_20973022/
Shaped oblong form centerpiece suggestive of a boat with central projections featuring the arms of Baron Hyndley of Meads, Sussex. The body of the centerpiece features applied insignia for a Knight Bachelor, a Baronet, a knighthood of the Order of the Crown of Italy and the 1935 jubilee medal for George V. At each end of the centerpiece is a mermaid on rope support. The bowl has a removable flower grille, allowing for its use as a rose bowl. 1934-1935. Arts and Crafts. English, made in London. Omar Ramdsden, maker. Maker’s marks: Stamped OMAR RAMSDEN ME FECIT to the base. Came with a hand written note signed by Omar Ramsden written to Lord Hyndley promising delivery of the completed work in a hand addressed envelope. Image © 1stDibs.com, Inc. 2022. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/centerpieces/rare-omar-ramsden-sterling-silver-arts-crafts-centrepiece-rose-bowl-1934/id-f_15591952/
Solid silver cup and cover. Lidded cup featuring an ornate graduated column with a shield shaped monogram above a wreath applied to the one side with the cup having a domed fitted lid with a curved finial. the exterior of the cup and lid are both embellished with a hammered finish and the interior of the cup and lid are both gilded. 1923. Arts and Crafts. Made in London, England by Omar Ramsden. Maker’s marks; hallmarked. Image © 1stDibs.com, Inc. 2022. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/sterling-silver/omar-ramsden-sterling-silver-arts-crafts-cup-cover-1923-centrepiece/id-f_15592302/

Automobile mascots straight out of the Jazz Age. A little something to spiff up the Rolls.

Mascot for Automobiles Delahaye, mounted on a radiator cap. Undated. Shaped and riveted aluminum sheets. Attributed to P. Guerre and bearing the stamp of its publisher, SIS. Maker’s marks: Struck SIS on each side. Image  © Bonhams 2001-2022. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auction/27928/lot/52/automobiles-delahaye/


Shooting Star automobile mascot in silver bronze. Signed J. Garnier. Image  © Bonhams 2001-2022. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auction/27928/lot/59/j-garnier-shooting-star/
Chrome and bronze dragonfly automotive mascot of the manufacturer Desmo with the wings partially in mother-or-pearl. Maker’s marks: Registration #787192 struck under the wings. Image  © Bonhams 2001-2022. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auction/27928/lot/60/dragonfly/

Feather hand-fans from the collections of the Museum of the City of New York.

Brisé feather fan of swirling down feathers. 1910-1929. Feathers with a mother of pearl monture. Archival ID#MNY64910. Collections of the Museum of the city of New York. Fair use license. via https://collections.mcny.org/CS.aspx?VP3=SearchResult&AlbumChain=Highlights%2fFans%2f&PackageBrowsingMode=1&VBID=24UP1O5PFSDB&RW=142

Folding feather fan with clipped aqua blue ostrich feathers. Faux tortoise shell monture and textured gilt metal loop with a white metal pin. Paper hang tag stamped: Made in France. Intended to be used as a hand prop by debutante participating in the Junior League “Winter Ball”, held in the grand ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria. Dated 1990-1999. Archival ID#MNY54970 . Collections of the Museum of the City of New York. Fair use license. via https://collections.mcny.org/CS.aspx?VP3=SearchResult&AlbumChain=Highlights%2fFans%2f&PackageBrowsingMode=1&VBID=24UP1O5PFSDB&RW=1423&RH=

Fixed feather fan in turkey and marabou with two layers of turkey feathers, the rear layer light brown with brown and white banded tips and the front layer with iridescent band at tips. Brown and white marabou feathers at the base. Woven black and white straw handle. 1840-1849. Archival ID#MNY72614  Collections of the Museum of the City of New York. Fair use license. via https://collections.mcny.org/CS.aspx?VP3=SearchResult&AlbumChain=Highlights%2fFans%2f&PackageBrowsingMode=1&VBID=24UP1O5PFSDB&RW=1423&RH=630

Bouquet folding fan, the paper leaf with overpainted chromolithograph scenes. The back with stylized figures in a landscape with a stream in the foreground and the front with an 18th century style figured scene. Perforated ivory monture with gilt inlay, a gilt framed mirror to the guard and dyed feather and silk bouquets applied to the guards. ca. 1850. Marks: Reverse mount initialed DAL ? marked brevete (patented). Archival ID#MNY80752. Collections of the Museum of the City of New York. Fair use license. via https://collections.mcny.org/CS.aspx?VP3=SearchResult&AlbumChain=Highlights%2fFans%2f&PackageBrowsingMode=1&VBID=24UP1O5PFSDB&RW=1423&RH=


Fixed fan of pink Moluccan cockatoo feathers, the front with a single central ruby hummingbird ringed with iridescent whole beetles and white feather flowers and the back with a central stemmed floral and foliate cluster comprised of feathers. Ivory handle, pierced and carved in a scrolling leaf design. 1860-1869. Archival ID#MNY80754  Collections of the Museum of the City of New York. Fair use license. via https://collections.mcny.org/CS.aspx?VP3=SearchResult&AlbumChain=Highlights%2fFans%2f&PackageBrowsingMode=1&VBID=24UP1O5PFSDB&RW=1423&RH=

Sugar boxes in silver. So much prettier than the Amazon kind.

Richly decorated silver sugar box with a gilded interior and tongs. ca. 1890-1910. Made in Germany and imported in Sweden. Hallmarked. Image © 2022 Catawiki. Fair use license. via https://www.catawiki.com/en/l/18597401-silver-sugar-box-with-gilded-interior-and-tongs-germany-circa-1900
Locking egg shape silver sugar box with a ribbon and tassel finial and engraved decoration. Late 19th c. Russian. No maker’ mark. Image © 2018 Brunk Auctions, Inc.  Fair use license. via https://www.brunkauctions.com/lot/russian-silver-sugar-box-3194908
Footed silver sugar chest or box with clam shell relief decoration adorning the front of the box and a very intricately crafted eagle on the top. 1840-1850. Biedermeier. German. Image © 1stDibs.com, Inc. 2022. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/tea-sets/antique-german-biedermeier-footed-silver-sugar-chest-box/id-f_16028942/




Birds and a fish rendered in cameo glass as scent bottles in various colorways. English and made by Thomas Webb & Sons, the “Crystal King of England.” They received a Grand Prix for their exquisite colored glass at the 1889 Paris Exposition where they were part of the Tiffany exhibit.




 Yellow cameo glass scent bottle, naturalistically modeled as a swan’s head, overlaid in white and finely carved with feathers, the glass having been carefully etched from white to brilliant yellow to accentuate the detailing and silver gilt cap. Late 19th c. English. Thomas Webb and Sons, makers. Maker’s marks: Underside carved with registration number Rd 11109; etched mark WEBB in a square. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2022/european-furniture-silver-ceramics/a-thomas-webb-and-sons-yellow-cameo-glass-swans
 Red cameo glass scent bottle, naturalistically modeled as a swan’s head, over laid in white and finely carved with feathers. ca. 1885. English. Thomas Webb and Sons, makers. Maker’s marks: the underside carved with registration number Rd 11109. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2022/european-furniture-silver-ceramics/a-thomas-webb-and-sons-red-cameo-glass-swans-head
Red cameo glass scent bottle,, naturalistically modelled as a falcon’s head, overlaid in white and finely carved with feathers, ca. 1885. English. Tomas Webb and Sons. makers. Maker’s marks: the underside carved with registration number RD 16828. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2022/european-furniture-silver-ceramics/a-rare-thomas-webb-and-sons-red-cameo-glass

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Red cameo glass fish-form scent bottle, naturalistically modeled as a fish, overlaid in white and finely carved with scales. ca. 1885., English. Thomas Webb and Sons, maker. Maker’s marks: the underside carved with registration number Rd15711. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2022/european-furniture-silver-ceramics/a-thomas-webb-and-sons-red-cameo-glass-fish-form
Blue cameo glass scent bottle, naturalistically modeled as a swan’s head, overlaid in white and finely carved with feathers. ca. 1885. English. Thomas Webb and Sons, maker. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2022/european-furniture-silver-ceramics/a-thomas-webb-and-sons-blue-cameo-glass-swans-head

Norwegian silver. Henrik Møller, Trondheim, silverworker. Living from 1858 to 1937, he was a major proponent of “Dragestil”, a Norse Revival style of the Arts and Crafts period.

Large baluster form silver sculptural pitcher with an elongated neck, supported by four fully modeled winged gargoyles on a circular base. The body being densely chased and engraved with Dragestil designs of strapwork and fantastical beasts, the loop handle formed as the elongated body of a curving dragon and topped with a further beast. Chased under the spout with the monogram MT and date 1900. Made in Trondheim, Norway. Silver. Henrik Møller (1858-1937) maker. Maker’s marks: marked on the base rim and underside   H. MØLLER TRONDHJEM 830. Image © Christie’s 2022. Fair use license. via https://onlineonly.christies.com/s/collector-english-european-furniture-ceramics-silver-works-art/norwegian-silver-large-sculptural-pitcher-68/146425?ldp_breadcrumb=back
Silver strainer formed as a crouching dragon with elaborate strapwork on the sides of a pierced bowl,. ca. 1900. Made in Trondheim, Norway. Dragestil. Silver. Henrik Møller, (1858-1937) maker. Image © 2022 Robert C. Eldred Co., Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.eldreds.com/auction-lot/henrik-moller-arts-crafts-dragestil-.830-silver_6D548AC97A

Dragestil pepper pot. Undated, Early 20th c. Silver. Made in Trondheim, Norway. Henrik Møller, (1858-1937) maker. Maker’s marks: marked “Trondheim 830 Henrik Møller’ on the base. Image © 2022 catawiki,com. Fair use license. via https://www.catawiki.com/en/l/30056229-dragestil-pepper-pot-830-silver-henrik-moller-trondheim-norway-early-20th-century