Egyptian Revival neckwear. From different points in the 20th century but all fun. Egyptian Revival is one of the ones that never really goes away.


Scarab motif pendant necklace modeled as a pair of mirrored stylized lotus leaves, their stems intertwining underneath, sandwiching a scarab enameled in shades of blue, ochre, and green. Suspended on two short lengths of chain from a pair of side attachments embellished with plique-à-jour enamel. Early 1900s. Possibly German. Jugendstil with an Egyptian Revival flavor. Clearly marked on the back with a dragonfly. Image © 2016 Nouveau Deco Arts. Fair use license. via https://www.nouveaudecoarts.com/Jewellery/Arts-Crafts-Egyptian-Revival-Pendant-Necklace.Html#main
Egyptian Revival pendant modeled as a seated pharaoh. 1960s. American. Kenneth J. Lane, maker. Maker’s marks: © mark for Kenneth Lane on the reverse. © 2020 Poshmark, Inc. Fair use license. via https://poshmark.com/listing/1960s-Kenneth-Lane-Egyptian-Revival-Necklace-5c0db5428a2ff67283ef7071
Pendant modeled as the god Horus with a figure in the center. ca. 1920. Art déco. Enamel. Maker not known. Image © 2020 – WorthPoint Corporation. Fair use license. via https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/egyptian-revival-necklace-art-deco-1734934718

Sealing wax cases or etui so pretty you will be glad you have to write another thank you note. French. Various goldworkers, all amazingly talented. Most of these by Nicolas Durier who flourished between 1758 and 1788.

Gold sealing wax case or etui, decorated with garlands of flowers and filleted flutes. 1780-1782. Made in Paris. Nicolas Durier, maker (fl. 1758-1788). Image © 2020 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2020/style-orfevrerie-et-objets-de-vertu/a-gold-seal-case-nicolas-durier-paris-1780-1782
Two etui or sealing wax cases. The first in gold and enamel, striped in opaque and translucent orange, white and blue with chased and enameled bead and garland borders and a base inset with blank matrix. 1787. Alexis Profitt. Maker’s marks: charge and discharge marks of Henri Clavel, Paris. 1787. The second in three color gold, scattered with mullets on a reeded ground within corded borders and later converted into a lipstick holder. 18th c before 1788. Made in Paris. Maker’s marks: original maker’s mark of Nicolas Durier (fl. 1758-1788). Charge and discharge marks of Henri Clavel, later French maker’s mark and control marks. Serial number: 01133. French. Image Image © 2020 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/fr/auctions/ecatalogue/2013/orfevrerie-europeenne-boites-or-objets-vitrine/lot.54.html

Gold and enamel sealing wax case or etui. Slightly tapering  étui-à-cire of oval section and a cover and base enameled with a design of black-edged red stars on a salmon-beige translucent ground over horizontal reeding and framed by fluted bands. Cap being similarly enameled and topped by a chased and enameled green and white foliage rosette, the borders banded in the same color on a sablé ground with a blank matrix. 1781-1782. Made in Paris, Fran e. Maker’s marks: Marked for Nicolas Durier (fl. 1758-1788). First charge and discharge marks of Henri Clavel for 1780-1782. Later struck with two Parisian post-1838 restricted warranty marks for gold. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/lot/louis-xvi-enamelled-sealing-wax-case-by-nicolas-3879689-details.aspx?intObjectID=3879689
Gold and enamel needle case/etui, enameled in translucent blue and decorated with paillon fleurs-de-lis, bound by enameled leafy borders. ca. 1786. Louis XVI. Nicolas Durier, maker. Maker’s marks: Charge and export discharge marks for Henri Clavel. Image source: Sothebys. Image © 2020 Sothebys and 1986-2020 Invaluable, LLC. Fair use license. via https://www.invaluable.com/auction-lot/a-louis-xvi-gold-and-enamel-needle-case,-nicolas-276-c-182d45a41c

Cranes created in China and rendered in cloisonné enamel. All of these coming in pairs. Better that way for one might be lonely. 18th to 20th century.


Pair of cloisonné enamel cranes, each with a long slender neck elegantly curved in an “S” with their red crested heads raised upward with slightly agape beaks with slender intricately detailed bodies in yellow, black, and white enamel overlapping plumage and straight legs resting on an oval rockwork base. 18th c. Qing Dynasty, Chinese. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/lot/a-rare-pair-of-large-cloisonne-enamel-5088340-details.aspx?from=searchresults&intObjectID=5088340&sid=175e59a7-2fe4-49e3-8ccf-eb340557d86f
Pair of cloisonné enamel cranes, modelled as a pair of cranes with curved necks standing on a rockwork based surrounded by cresting waves. The smaller crane looking backward towards the larger one, grasping a double peach spring in its long pointed beak, the chest with an apocryphal four-character Qianlong mark 2. 20th c. Image © 2020 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2020/style-private-collections/a-large-and-impressive-pair-of-cloisonne-enamel

Pair of cloisonné enamel cranes, each standing on a rocky base, with a pricket candle holder in the form of a prunus branch held in their beaks. 19th-20th c. Chinese. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/a-pair-of-chinese-cloisonne-enamel-large-6195948-details.aspx

Russian silver. More selections from old auction catalogs from Paris auction house Coutau-Bégarie.

Two teaspoons in vermeil decorated with an open pique motif with partially twisted handles decorated with a polychrome cloisonné enamel tip. Before 1899. Made in Moscow, Russia. Maker’s marks: illegible goldsmith’s mark. Title hallmark: 84, Moscow, before 1899. Image © Étude Coutau-Bégarie. Fair use license. via https://www.coutaubegarie.com/lot/11443/2121150?

Vermeil spoon, decorated with an entirely open plique motif. Before 1899. Russian. Maker’s marks: Goldsmith hallmark not legible. Title hallmark: 84, Moscow, before 1899. Image © Étude Coutau-Bégarie. Fair use license. via https://www.coutaubegarie.com/lot/11443/2121152?

Bric a brac to put out around the house that you’ll have to do your best to live up to. Maybe it’s impossible. The bric a brac has won. Leopold Weininger, goldsmith. Living from 1854 to 1922, Weininger was listed in the Branchenverzeichnis der Meisterlisten als Spezialist, as a specialist for enameled pieces imitating the antique, starting in 1909. He worked in Vienna, Austria but his pieces were sold to customers all over Europe.

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Silver gilt and painted enamel nef, the cup and cover formed as a three-masted galleon, the hull, base and sails painted with Neptune and sea nymphs enclosed within arabesques, with the deck inhabited with enamel sailors and hippocamps, surmounted by armorial pennants and supported by a handsome melusine. ca. 1890. Austrian. Silver-gilt and enamel. Makers mark and Austrian control mark. Image © 2020 Sothebys. Faif use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/lot.197.html/2013/arts-of-europe-l13302

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Silver-gilt and enamel standing clock, set within an enamel case with classical scenes mounted by three enameled and gilt figures, resting upon enameled and gilt figural grouping of tribal warriors standing on the heads of intertwined fish, rising from enamel base on four winged feet. Back cover of the clock case opens to reveal a mechanism labeled Colling. ca. 1883-1900. Makers marks: marked “JW” on Diana’s head within the hexagon. Imaged by Heritage Auctions, Image © 2020 Heritage Auctions. Fair use license. via https://fineart.ha.com/itm/silver-and-vertu/hollowware/a-viennese-silver-gilt-and-enamel-standing-clock-leopold-weininger-vienna-austria-circa-1883-1900marks-jw-/a/5051-68043.s

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Rock crystal drinking horn with jeweled silver-gilt and enamel mounts, the domed head crowned by an enameled figure of a hunter holding an associated turquoise-set hat pin. Silver-gilt bands applied with pierced vignettes of chased and colourfully enameled equestrians hunting bears and stags, divided by scrolls set with emeralds within red enamel petals, terminating in a dragon’s tail in green and white enamel, supported by a rearing stag on a similarly decorated domed foot. Made after 1872. Rock crystal, silver-gilt and enamel. Makers marks: Maker’s mark and post-1872 Vienna standard mark. Image © 2020 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2020/style-furniture-silver-clocks-ceramics-and-vertu/an-impressive-rock-crystal-drinking-horn-with

Silver-gilt and cloisonné enamel from Imperial Russia. Nicholai Zverev, silverworker. Contemporary with Fabergé. Zverev was one of the many who worked in the last days of the Russian Empire when there was a very large demand for such pieces, both in Russia and abroad.

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Silver-gilt and cloisonné enamel sugar bowl and cream jug, painted with polychrome shaded foliage on stippled grounds. Turquoise handles and dot borders. Bases are engraved with the Cyrillic initials “TR” and dated 1911. ca. 1911. Made in Moscow. Nicholas Zverev, maker. 84 standard. Image © 2020 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2010/russian-works-of-art-faberg-and-icons-l10113/lot.501.html?locale=en

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Gilded silver and shaded enamel sugar basket, enameled with birds amongst colorful foliage on a gilded silver ground. Swing handle. ca. 1910. Made in Moscow. Nicholai Zverev, maker. Image © 2020 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2006/russian-art-n08182/lot.338.html?locale=en

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Two silver-gilt and cloisonné enamel cigarette cases and a match box case, each decorated in shaded enamel with birds, scrolls and flowers on matte ground within turquoise blue dot borders. ca. 1908. Made in Moscow. Nicholai Zverev, maker. Makers marks: Each stamped with workmaster’s initials, one cigarette case and the match box case 84 standard, the other case 91 standard. London import marks for 1908, retailed by Blumenthal Brothers in London. Image © 2020 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2005/russian-pictures-works-of-art-and-icons-w05722/lot.305.html?locale=en

Tableware fit for a tsarina whenever she comes to visit. Russian. Late 19th century. All grand.

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Serving spoon with a curved shape, decorated with a floral motif in partitioned polychrome enamel. Engraved “HBE.” Before 1896. Made in Moscow. Makers marks: Hallmark 88, Moscow, before 1896. Goldsmith hallmark for André Kuzmichoff and inventory number: 3348. Antip Kuzmichoff, goldsmith (active 1856-1897). Image © Etude Coutau-Begarie and lotsearch.de. Fair use license. via https://www.lotsearch.de/lot/cuillere-de-service-a-the-en-vermeil-par-kuzmichoff-moscou-avant-1896-49847491?utm_source=auction-newsletter-email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Auktionsnewsletter&utm_content=Email:%20Auktionsnewsletter&page=4

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11 teaspoons, decorated in a beaded floral motif in polychrome enamel with partially enameled handles. Before 1896. Made in Moscow, Russia. Makers marks: Hallmark 88, Moscow, before 1896. Vermeil and polychrome enamel. Goldsmith’s hallmark for Antip Kuzmichoff (active 1856-1897). Image © Étude Coutau-Bégarie. Fair use license. via https://www.coutaubegarie.com/lot/89099/8700436?npp=20&offset=300&

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Four dessert forks, decorated with a floral motif i partitioned polychrome enamel on a matte gold with partially enameled flat handles. Made before 1896 in Moscow. Vermeil, polychrome enamel and gold. Makers marks: Hallmark “84”, Moscow, before 1896. Goldsmith’s hallmark for Ivan Saltikoff (active 1884-1897). Image © Étude Coutau-Bégarie. Fair use license. via https://www.coutaubegarie.com/lot/89099/8700440?npp=20&offset=300&

Pieces in metal with detailing that makes them shine from the American rendition of the Arts and Crafts movement. Rebecca Cauman, artist. Living from 1872 to 1964, she studied at the Massachusetts College of Art and the Rhode Island School of Design American, 1882–1964)born in Massachusetts in 1872, and educated at the Massachusetts College of Art and the Rhode Island School of Design.

Covered box. ca. 1905.
Covered box. ca. 1905. Hammered copper and enamel. Signed on the underside. Image © 2002-2020 LiveAuctioneers. Fair use license. via https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/82329473_rebecca-cauman-hammered-copper-and-enamel-covered-box

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Covered bowl or box with a planished finish resting on a spreading foot with hand chased, pierced and enamel decoration. Hand chased lid with a rock crystal final from which radiate 12 hand pierced, applied and enameled ovals. ca. 1927. Sterling silver, rock crystal and enamel. Exhibited at the Boston Society of Arts and Crafts Tricennial Exhibition held at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in March of 1927. Marked “STERLING/Cauman” underneath. Image © 2020 Spencer Marks Ltd. Fair use license. via https://www.spencermarks.com/products/rebecca-cauman-rare-and-important-sterling-silver-enamel

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Box with lid. 1925. Pewter and glass. Collection of the Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee. Photo credit: Sailko. Cc0 License 3.0. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rebecca_cauman,_scatola_con_coperchio,_in_peltro_e_vetro,_1925_ca.jpg

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Bookends. ca. 1920. Hammered copper and enamel. Collections of the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis. In the public domain. via https://collections.artsmia.org/art/29406/bookend-one-of-a-pair-rebecca-cauman

Renaissance Revival, our theme for this week’s public (free) series post. Starting in the 1880s it was popularized by Stanford White and other architects. This week’s post. Link below.

https://www.patreon.com/posts/34901772 Enjoy! Five images not just the one.

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Ring showing two lions supporting the center column of a bezel set green beryl, further enhanced with polychromatic enamel. ca. 1868. Renaissance Revival. French. Gold with green beryl and enamel. Maker not known. Image © 1stdibs, Inc. 2020 . Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/amp/jewelry/rings/fashion-rings/antique-french-renaissance-revival-enamel-gold-ring/id-j_2404113/

Little accent pieces for your hall table from the height of various décor enthusiams from a little bit back, 1800 to 1900 to be exact. French. Various designers and makers.

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Vase. Chinoiserie. ca. 1900. French. Enamel with gilt bronze mounts in the motif of fô dogs and bamboo branches. Attributed to Edouard Lièvre. Image © 1stdibs, Inc. 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/decorative-objects/vases-vessels/vases/rare-cloisonne-enamel-vase-gilt-bronze-mounts-france-attributed-to-lievre/i

Teapot in the design of a stylized hare, the handle having spinning top attachments and ivory insulators and the cover with a ball grip. Japonisme. 1876-1877. Made in Paris.
Teapot in the design of a stylized hare, the handle having spinning top attachments and ivory insulators and the cover with a ball grip. Japonisme, inspired by a Japanese bronze. 1876-1877. Metal. Made in Paris by Christofle after an Emile Reiber design. Stamped “Christofle” and “959661.” Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/theiere-lievre-en-metal-argente-par-christofle-6168745-details.aspx

Bronze candelabra made with antique French doré bronze and Chinese Export porcelain. Orientalist.
Bronze candelabra made with antique French doré bronze and Chinese Export porcelain, with three hand chiseled ormolu elephants supporting each candelabra. Orientalist. ca. 1880. French. Designed by Edouard Lièvre. Made and signed by Ferdinand Barbedienne. Image © 1stdibs, Inc. 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/porcelain/pair-of-porcelain-dore-bronze-candelabra-barbedienne-edouard-lievre/id-f_2690473/