Novelty silver cruet sets, all of these with animal themes. Different times but all fun.

Pair of Novelty silver cruets with glass liners. The peppers and mustard pots modeled as riding boots, the salt as upturned jockey caps, the handles as spurs, and the spoons as riding crops. 1871. English. Made in London by Richard Hodd and Son. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26963/lot/5/?category=list&length=12&page=1
Novelty silver plate cruet salt and pepperpot and egg cruet set with all four piece standing on a silver-plated tray with a central handle and reeded edge. The salt and pepper pots which have lids that screw of so they can be refilled are in the form of baby chicks with the two egg cups modeled as broken egg shells standing on chicken legs. Undated. Maker not known. Image © 1995-2021 eBay Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.ebay.com/itm/324001949513
Cast novelty table cruet in silver-plate with glass liners modeled as a dog standing on a naturalistic base with the open salt in his mouth in the form of a handled basket with the mustard and pepper held on either side of the dog. Registered on April 4, 1871. Victorian. Cast and signed by the manufacturer on the underside. Maker’s marks: diamond shaped English registration mark on the base. Image © Antiques Atlas, 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.antiques-atlas.com/antique/novelty__figural_dog_cruet_in_silver_plate_-_1871/as584a1768

Decorated spoons in enamel and silver decorated in ice cream colors from just a little while back. English.

Set of six silver spoons with guilloché enamel decoration to the outside of their bowls with each adorned with enamel in a different color, and the end of the handle of each with a ball of a conforming color affixed. 1933. Made in Birmingham, England. Turner and Simpson, silversmiths. Maker’s marks: hallmark for the silversmith; Birmingham date mark of 1933. Image © 1stDibs.com, Inc. 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/sterling-silver/set-of-six-birmingham-coloured-enamel-silver-spoons/id-f_24066812/#skuId=f_24066812S1
Set of six cymric silver and enamel coffeespoons, each with tendrils issuing from the bowl forming the handle with stylized floral decoration in blue and green enamel to the terminal end in an original Liberty and Company fitted leather case. 1904-1905. British. Archibald Knox (1864-1933), designer for Liberty of London. Maker’s marks: (lion passant), (anchor), “Liberty and Company, e, CYMRIC”. Image © 2021 Heritage Auctions. Fair use license. via https://fineart.ha.com/itm/silver-and-vertu/flatware/a-set-of-six-liberty-and-co-cymric-silver-and-enameled-coffee-spoons-designed-by-archibald-knox-/a/5212-75041.s


Set of six silver and enamel teaspoons each with a green and blue enameled design on the handle that come in their original fitted case. 1927. Made in Birmingham, England. Liberty and Company, makers. Image © 2021 John Bull (Antiques) Ltd. Fair use license. via https://antique-silver.co.uk/john-bull-antiques/arts-crafts-art-nouveau-art-deco/6-liberty-co-arts-crafts-silver-enamel-tea-spoon-teaspoon-set-birm-1927

Hand-fans from Fans d’Eventail, Paris. All beautiful. Taken from their September email.



Bees and thistles fan. Fabric leaf painted with bees foraging on thistles and bone sticks and guards carved and painted with thistles. ca. 1900. Maker not known. Image © Fans d’Eventail, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/art-nouveau-fans/3056-bees-and-thistles-fan-circa-1900.html
Bird and grappes fan. Painted and embroidered gauze leaf and horn sticks and guards applied with colored mother-of-pearl. ca. 1900. Art Nouveau. French. Duvelleroy, maker. Signed “Duvelleroy” on the back. Image © Fans d’Eventail, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/art-nouveau-fans/3052-bird-and-grappes-duvelelroy-fan-circa-1900.html
Himalayan monal feather fan with tortoiseshell sticks and guards. Late 19th c. Image © Fans d’Eventail, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/feather-fans/3055-himalayan-monal-late-19th-century.html

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
© Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/online_auctions/27142/lot/1



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 https://www.bonhams.com/online_auctions/27142/lot/2
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 https://www.bonhams.com/online_auctions/27142/lot/4

Ceramic garden seats, mostly made by Minton Pottery of Stokes-on-Trent, England. So much more fun than the Amazon kind.

Majolica garden seat in the Chinese style with a circular seat on three feet in the shape of elephant trunks emerging from the mouths of lion or dragon masks. Decorated in turquoise, brown, yellow, gray, and cobalt blue. Early 20th c. Ceramic. In the style of Minton or Brown Westhead Moore and Company. Image © proantic.com and Le Brun Antiques and Works of Art, London. Fair use license. via https://www.proantic.com/display.php?mode=obj&id=666026
Matching pair of garden seats in gilded and glazed cobalt blue, decorated with flowers and foliage. Late 19th c. English. Ceramic. Maker’s marks: Impressed marks for “MINTON” on the bases. Image © 1stDibs.com, Inc. 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/seating/stools/pair-of-garden-seat-minton-majolica-pedestals-interior-gardens-stools/id-f_15965261/
Majolica garden seat or stool in a faceted drum shape and brown ground decorated with large flowers bursting with golden buds that reveal white petals with pink tops along with green stems that intertwine in the same way as decorative scrolls. The upper part in a dark blue with raised tablets of the same color forming a pyramidical pattern. Perforated marine and two yellow trompe l’oeil handles, one on each side. Undated. English. Ceramic. Minton Pottery, maker. Maker’s marks: impressed mark for “MINTON” on the underside. Image © 2021 AnticStore and Galerie Vauclair. Fair use license. via https://www.anticstore.art/73946P

Ewers from various 19th century style revivals. Why not have something more visually interesting than the food at your next dinner party.

Pair of gilt bronze and crystal ewers in the Etruscan style, each with a gilded bronze handle terminated by a mask, the gadrooned body above a circular foot, centered by a blue enamel emblem with the letters “SAC”. 19th c. Maker not known. Image © Proantic.com and Le Brun Antiques and Works of Fine Art, London. Fair use license. via https://www.proantic.com/display.php?mode=obj&id=805544
Pair of large Renaissance Revival ewers with black marble bases in chiseled, gilded and dark ocher patina bronze decorated in a theme of hunting under the Renaissance (greyhounds and falconry) with hunters with their dogs, an angel, on the beak of the ewer: a grotesque face. The handle with a complex pattern of bars, foliage and volutes and a hawk. Gilt pedestal adorned with acanthus leaves and a stack of moldings. 19th c. Maker not known. Image ©2017 | anticSwiss™ – P.IVA IT02292420482. Fair use license. via https://www.anticswiss.com/en/fine-art-antiques/pair-of-large-ewers-renaissance-style-xixth-14908

Pair of ovoid gilt bronze and patinated bronze ewers in the Louis XVI or Directoire style, the beak in the shape of a goat’s head, the body decorated with antique bas-reliefs and the handles decorated with intertwined reptiles. Round pedestal bases chiseled with canals and a laurel frieze. 19th c. Maker not known. Image © proantic.com and Une Autre Epoque. Fair use license. via https://www.proantic.com/display.php?id=502841
Pair of bronze ewers with two patinas depicting bacchanal scenes after Clodion with the gilded bronze frame supporting the body with large stylized acanthus leaves and a circular pedestal base with channels adorned with a frieze of vines and a frieze of pearls. The medal patina body being decorated with bas reliefs after Clodion, depicting putti and child satyrs manhandling a dog and a goat while brandishing thyrsis with vines and friezes of gilded bronze beads adorning the upper part of the ewer and the weir being decorated with water leaves at the base as well as a decoration of vines and friezes of olives and coins. Gilt bronze guilloche handles, each straddled by a winged bacchic putto holding bunches of grapes and seated in front of a bird with vine leaves wrapping around each handle which is also decorated with grooves and foliage and finished with a ram’s head topped with leaves. 19th c. The scenes depicted are similar to bas-reliefs made by Clodion (1738-1814) at the request of the Princess of Bourbon-Condé in 1781. Clodion worked in the Rococo and Neoclassical styles. Image © JLF Antiquités,  Saint-Ouen. Fair use license. via https://www.jeanlucferrand.com/produit/objets-d-art/clodion-paire-daiguieres-en-bronze-a-deux-patines-fin-du-xixeme-siecle/

Bit of places all dancing in air. Watercolors of designs by England’s John Dibblee Crace. Living from 1838 to 1919, he worked for Queen Victoria. Member of a family firm that helped decorate the Royal Pavilion in Brighton.

“Design for a room with two fireplaces”. ca. 1860. English. Ink, watercolor and gouache on paper. Stamped “John G. Crace & Son / 38 Wigmore Street, W” on the lower right. Collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/363018?searchField=All&sortBy=Relevance&ft=John+Dibblee+Crace&offset=0&rpp=20&pos=3
“New University Club/Design of stained glass for skylight over staircase”. 19th c. English. Pen and brown ink with watercolor over graphite.  Signed “JD Crace/[indecipherable]” at lower right on the verso. Stamped”John D. Crace / 38 Wigmore Street W” in purple ink at the lower right of recto. Image © 2000–2021 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Fair use license. via https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/363512?searchField=All&sortBy=Relevance&ft=John+Dibblee+Crace&offset=0&rpp=20&pos=4




“Elevation of Wall for a Coffee Room”. ca. 1887, English. Watercolor and graphite with touches of gouache. Stamped “John G. Grace and Son / 38 Wigmore Street, W” in purple ink at the lower left. Image © 2000–2021 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Fair use license. via https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/363524?searchField=All&sortBy=Relevance&ft=John+Dibblee+Crace&offset=0&rpp=20&pos=5
“Design for Organ Pipes Decorated with Flowers and Fleur-de-lys.” 19th c. English. Watercolor over graphite with touches of gilt. Signed “J.D. Crace” in pen and black ink at the lower right. Image © 2000–2021 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Fair use license. via https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/363507?searchField=All&sortBy=Relevance&ft=John+Dibblee+Crace&offset=0&rpp=20&pos=7

Hand-fans from Fans d’Eventail, Paris. Not your standard shape or material. All fun and perfect for however many sultry afternoons remain to summer.

Blue butterfly fan. Early 20th c. Art Nouveau. Wood with a painted fabric leaf. Image  © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via  https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/art-nouveau-fans/3036-blue-butterfly-art-nouveau-fan.html


,  February 1924 “Cat” fixed synthetic fan. Éventail Bte SGDG, patented by René de Garam in February, 1924. Image  © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/fixed-fans/3031-cat-by-garam-fixed-fan-circa-1925-30.html
Crest and monograms fan in wood applied with some stickers in the style of arte povera. Late 19th c. Image  © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/19th-century-fans/3028-crests-and-monograms-late-19th-century.html


“Paon” curiosity fan in wood and printed cardboard with advertising on the back for “A. Gambrinus Taverne de Bruxelles  Lille and Bière Lescornez.” ca. 1904. Patented SGDG by Léopold Verger in 1904. Image  © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/advertising-fans/3030-violets-curisosity-fan-circa-1904.html
“Violets” curiousity fan in wood and printed cardboard. Patented SGDG by Léopold Verger in 1904. Image  © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/novelty-hands-fans/3029-violets-curisosity-fan-circa-1904.html

Decorate your foyer the ancient way. Plates printed in gold and colors from “Historic Styles Of Ornament containing 1,500 examples from all countries.” Translated from the original German of H. Dolmetsch and published by B. T. Batsford in London in 1898.

“Egyptian: Painting and Plastic Art.” Page 14. British. Collections of Ohio State University. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/HistoricStylesOfOrnament/page/n14/mode/1up?view=theater
“Egyptian: Architecture and Painting.” Page 16. British. Collections of Ohio State University. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/HistoricStylesOfOrnament/page/n16/mode/1up?view=theater
“Assyrian: Painting, Polychrome, Sculpture, Pottery.” Page 20,. British. Collections of Ohio State University. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/HistoricStylesOfOrnament/page/n20/mode/1up?view=theater .

Soup tureens modeled as pheasants. I guess you could put stew in them too. Ceramic. Different makers and times. All fun.

Glazed ceramic pheasant tureen. 20th c. Italian. Maker’s marks: numbered “325168”, marked “Italy”; impressed “28” to the underside. Image © 2002-2021 LiveAuctioneers and Hindmans Auctions. Fair use license. via https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/109173569_an-italian-glazed-ceramic-pheasant-tureen
Majolica ceramic trompe l’oeil pheasant covered tureen. ca. 1910. French. Digoin and Sarreguemines, maker. Image
© 2021 Chairish, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.chairish.com/product/3275843/antique-french-sarreguemines-majolica-trompe-loeil-pheasant-covered-tureen
Pheasant tureen. 1825. English. Pearlware ceramic enameled in bright colors. Staffordshire Pottery, maker. Image ©2021 Antique Pottery of John Howard at Heritage, http://www.johnhoward.co.uk. Fair use license. via https://www.antiquepottery.co.uk/staffordshire-pottery-pearlware-pheasant-tureen-in-bright-enamel-colours-antique-period-c1820/