Salt thrones in silver, silver-gilt and champlevé enamel. Created in Imperial Russia, various silverworkers.

Silver-gilt shaped salt throne in shaped circular form with a double hinged cover enameled with a geometric pattern in red, white, blue and green. The sided applied with rectangular plaques, enameled with gryphons and an openwork centerpiece decorated with a gryphon on both sides on a red ground. Raised on four bracket feet. 1877. Made in Moscow, Russia. A. M. Postnikov partnership. Maker’s marks: The hinged covers and underside struck with the maker’s mark, 91 standard. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/russian-works-of-art-faberge-icons/a-silver-gilt-and-champleve-enamel-salt-throne-a-m
Silver and champlevé enamel salt throne, the seat with opaque and translucent polychrome enamel geometric motifs. The front inscribed “Without salt and bread, it is half a dinner,” and the lid with the arms of Ekaterinoslav and Kharkov. The back inscribed with the arms of Voronezh and Rostov flanked by roosters and the interior of the lid inscribed “To His Excellence Samuel Solomonovich Polyakov from the grateful members of the Kozlovo-Voronezhsko-Rostovskaya and Kursko-Kharkovo-Azovskaya railways .” 1879. Russian. Marked Khlebnikov with the Imperial Warrant, Moscow. 88 standard. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/russian-works-of-art-faberge-icons/a-rare-silver-and-champleve-enamel-salt-throne
Silver-gilt and champlevé enamel salt throne of traditional form on four bun feet, the trapezoidal body cast and chased with geometric and pan-Slavic design. The hinged cover draped with a trompe l’oeil napkin with the border finely cast and chased in the form of a traditional izba with pan-Slavic design enameled in red, blue, and turquoise and centering a vacant escutcheon within a cast and chased ribbon-tied laurel wreath. Maker’s marks: Cyrillic “MA” Moscow, 1891. Marked throughout, also with a Soviet mark. Inage © Christie’s 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/en/lot/lot-5783527

Cigarette, cigar and vesta (matchsafe) cases in silver and other precious materials created in Imperial Russia by Andrei Bragin, a silverworker who had a workshop in Saint Petersburg.

Vesta case in silver with geometric enamel decoration in red, white, green, dark blue, and turquoise. Engraved with Cyrillic initials on the disc-shaped reverse. ca. 1880. Russian. Andrei Bragin, silverworker. Maker’s marks: mark of Andrei Bragin, Saint Petersburg. Image © Christie’s 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/en/lot/lot-a-russian-silver-and-champleve-enamel-vesta-5341785/


Rectangular jeweled two color gold presentation cigarette case with rounded corners and a cabochon sapphire thumbpiece. The cover centering an Imperial double-headed eagle. The interior being engraved “From H.I.M. The Czar of Russia August 1909” an with a later inscription “Presented to Captain H. G. Adams-Connor, Chief Constable, Isle of Wight, and left by him to his grandson, Lionel Eldred Peter Smith-Gordon./1939.” , Fitted brown leather case stamped in Russian and French “A. D. Ivanov in Saint Petersburg.” 1909. Russian. Andrei Bragin, silverworker. Maker’s marks for Andrei Bragin, Saint Petersburg. Marked inside the cover and base. Image © Christie’s 2021, Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/en/lot/lot-a-jewelled-two-colour-gold-presentation-cigarette-case-5630483/
Silver gilt and enamel cigar case. 1890s. Russian. Andrei Bragin, silverworker. Maker’s marks: Cyrillic initials A. B. of Andrei Bragin. Assay mark of Saint Petersburg. before 1899. Silver standard: 88 zolotnik. Image © 2021 Ruzhnikov. Fair use license. via https://www.ruzhnikov.com/russian-european-silver/russian-silver-gilt-enamel-cigar-case-2/

Wall-appliques (sconces) with a bit more than a little gilt bronze to put your best candles in. Each a little bit “different”, not the boring old kind your mother in law has.

Pair of two-light wall-appliques with burnished and matt gilding, each cast with a pair of winged sphinxes and garlands of flowers. Fitted for electricity. 1850-1875. Made in Paris. Gilt-bronze. after a design by Jean-Francois Forty. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/furniture-clocks-works-of-art/a-pair-of-louis-xvi-style-gilt-bronze-two-light
Pair of four-light wall-appliques. 19th c. Louis XVI. French. Gilt-bronze. After a model by Pierre Gouthière (1723-1813). Attributed to Henry Dasson (1825-1896). Maker’s marks: One light inscribed to one side “Henry Dasson 1879”. Image © 1996 – 2021 | Jan’s & Company Fine French Antiques Inc, Fair use license. via https://jansantiques.com/Lot/jac2421_2.php
Pair of French Empire style figural two branch wall appliques or sconces. Vintage. Gilt bronze. Made in England. Image © 1stDibs.com, Inc. 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/lighting/sconces-wall-lights/rare-pair-of-empire-style-figural-two-branch-wall-appliques-sconces-gilt-bronze/id-f_17168302/
Gilt and patinated bronze ormolu two light wall-appliques (sconces). ca. 1770-1775. Louis XV/Louis XVI. Attributed to Jean-Louis Prieur. Image © Auction Technology Group Germany GmbH 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.lot-tissimo.com/en-gb/auction-catalogues/rena/catalogue-id-renasc10000/lot-914b2400-44b9-4f60-bc6d-abc400864aec

Gilded up Art Nouveau ladies forever stuck in the art. Sculptures and a vase by French artist Maurice Bouval who lived from 1863 to 1916.

Gilt bronze vase with nude and leaves. 1910. Art Nouveau. French. Maurice Bouval, creator. Cast at the Colin Foundry in Paris. Image © 1stDibs.com, Inc. 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/decorative-objects/sculptures/figurative-sculptures/art-nouveau-gilt-bronze-vase-nude-leaves-maurice-bouval-france-1910/id-f_23311902/
“Obsession et rêve” suite of four candelabra. ca. 1898. French. Chased gilt bronze on marble plinths. Maurice Bouval, artist. Maker’s marks: Signed “M. Bouval” in the bronze. Foundry mark for Thiebaut Frères, Paris. Image © Christie’s 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/en/lot/lot-5488859
Gilt bronze lidded vessel. ca, 1900. Art Nouveau. French. Maurice Bouval, artist. Marker’s marks: Stamped “M. BOUVAL.” Circular “JOLLET ET CIE stamp to base. Image © 2021 Bidsquare Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.bidsquare.com/online-auctions/rago/maurice-bouval-art-nouveau-vessel-602151

Cassolettes in ormolu and patinated bronze. Mostly from around 1800. Used to burn potpourri.

Pair of cassolettes, each cast as an oil lamp with an eagle’s head finial on a circular plinth. ca. 1795. Directoire. Ormolu and patinated bronze. Image © Christie’s 2021. Fair use license. via https://onlineonly.christies.com/s/collector-english-european-furniture-ceramics-silver-works-art/pair-directoire-ormolu-patinated-bronze-cassolettes-1/114915
Pair of cassolettes, each one raised on a triform white marble base, the base bordered with ormolu, raised on a molded ormolu step above three toupie feet and set to the center with an elaborate ormolu foliate finial. The base of each cassolette supporting three patinated legs, each leg modeled as an elongated cartyatid that terminates in a hoof foot with the legs supporting the bowl of the vase. The rim of each bowl finished with a pierced ormolu frieze and topped with a flat cover which is in turn surmounted by an elaborate ormolu finial comprised of a an abandance of fruit and foliage. Late 19th c. in the Louis XVI style. French. Ormolu, patinated bronze and white marble. Henry Dasson, maker (1825-1895). Maker’s marks: signed “Henry Dasson” to the base of each. Image v© 2021 Mayfair Gallery Limited. Fair use license. via https://www.mayfairgallery.com/pair-gilt-patinated-bronze-cassolettes-dasson

Pair of baluster form cassolettes, the ring-adorned waisted neck mounted with foliate swans, the stiff-leaf cast lip headed by a domed lid with pinecone finial flanked by winged putti blowing dolphin-headed horns and resting on scrolled paired lion supports above a circular fluted base with foliate-cast edge. ca. 1785-1790. French. Attributed to Pierre-Philippe Thomire. Image © Christie’s 2021, Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/en/lot/lot-5103945

Jardiniere with putti . .. a bit of fun and frolic for your plants.

Flambe glazed ceramic jardinière with gilt bronze mounts. French. Maker’s marks for Luneville which been in business since 1711. Image © 2002-2021 LiveAuctioneers. Fair use license. via https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/98408403_beautiful-19th-century-french-jardiniere
Parian bisque jardinière modeled as a basket with with relief figures of putti, Oval base strewn with rose flowers. Antique. 19th c. Maker not known. Incised #4 mark under the base. Image © 2021 French Garden House. Fair use license. via https://frenchgardenhouse.com/item_6207/Estate-19th-Century-Parian-Bisque-Cherub-Jardiniere-Putti-Basket.htm
Jardinière with an openwork troughed body carried by four putti figures with three-dimensional rose branches. and the handles with lateral laurel wreaths with bows. Porcelain with polychrome painting and a gold rim. ca. 1907-1927. German. C. G. Schierholz and Son, maker. Maker’s marks: manufacturers mark “Thuringia. Plaue. C. G. Schierholz & Son.” Image © Very Important Lot. Fair use license. via https://veryimportantlot.com/en/lot/view/jardiniere-mit-putten-394695
Decorative vintage brass baroque jardiniere with putti – Italy – ca.1970 Brass or bronze jardinière with putti. ca. 1970. Baroque in style.; Italian. Image © 2021 Catawiki. Fair use license. via https://www.catawiki.com/l/8606717-decorative-vintage-brass-or-bronze-baroque-jardiniere-with-putti-italy-ca-1970

Ostensoir. These are used in the worship tradition of several Christian churches. Here because I think the different ways the rays are modeled is interesting. One that is 19th century and the others are brand new.

Grand ostensoir decorated with vines, ears of white and cherubs. Crowned with a crown which forms a canopy above a representation of God the Father who is surrounded by a cloud with the rays of the sun in gilded bronze. From the treasure of the Capuchin friars of Bruges. mid19th c. Belgian. Sterling silver and vermeil. Image © Ian Panné and proantic.com. Fair use license. via https://www.proantic.com/display.php?mode=obj&id=738039

Ostensoir in gilded bronze and sterling silver. 2021. Image © Michel Finet. Fair use license. via https://www.michel-finet.com/ostensoir/855-ostensoir.html

Ostensoir. 2021. Image © Louis-Guillaume Piéchaud. Fair use license. via http://www.piechaud-orfevre.fr/orfevrerie-liturgique/

A few little things to keep around the house, gilt bronze by Henri Picard whose cast and gilded decorative pieces was very fashionable in Paris between 1831 and 1864. He created a great many decorative objects for Emperor Napoleon III.

Gilded and chiseled bronze navette form jewelry box in the shape of a gadrooned shuttle enhanced with a row of pearls, cornucopia medallion with the bust of a young woman and foliated volutes. Surmounted on the lied by a small winged angel, allegory of love showing a flaming heart decorated with bows and arrows, flower crown and fire pot. Purple silk interior. 1831-1864. French. Henri Picard. Image © Antiquités David Balzeau & Pascale Brion and proantic.com. Fair use license. via https://www.proantic.com/display.php?mode=obj&id=723122




Cachepot, or jardinière in Sèvres style painted porcelain with gilt bronze ormolu mounts. The cylindrical porcelain body of the cachepot, rising from a waisted stem, is painted in the round with a Rococo style scene of putti hunting in an idyllic landscape. The porcelain having a “bleu celeste” ground with parcel gilt with chased intertwined leaves and jeweled with red and white enamel. The body mounted with an ormolu rim from which springs twin geometrical ormolu handles, each terminating in a cherub mask. The cachepot being supported by a square ormolu base, the surface of which is richly detailed, featuring draped and tasseled fabric, rosettes to each corner, and pinecone finials. Four square toupie feet. 1831-1864. French. Henri Picard. Maker’s marks: the ormolu is stamped “H. Picard’ underneath. Image © 2021 Mayfair Gallery Limited.. Fair use license. via https://www.mayfairgallery.com/sevres-style-porcelain-ormolu-cachepot-by-picard


Gilt bronze centerpiece in the Rococo taste. Navette form with reticulated basketweave, foliate handles, floral swags and a removable lead liner. ca. 1850. French. Henri Picard, maker. Maker’s marks: stamped “H. Picard” and numbered “3814.” Image © 2002-2021 LiveAuctioneers and Neal Auction Company. Fair use license. via https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/64563869_henri-picard-gilt-bronze-centerpiece
Rococo style gilt bronze casket centerpiece. Navette form with reticulated basket weave, foliate handles, floral swags and two seated putti. Removable lead liner. ca. 1860. French. Henri Picard. Marked on the underside. Image © 2021 Bidsquare Inc.  and Solomon Treasure. Fair use license. via https://www.bidsquare.com/online-auctions/solomon-treasure/a-fine-french-rococo-ormolu-bronze-basket-centerpiece-with-putti-henri-picard-1439772

Egg cruets. Yes, the Victorians had specialized tableware for everything imaginable. But still. . . much prettier than those ceramic bluebird looking things in Walmart.

Four egg cruet. Basket weave with a shaped base that has a beaded rim with coordinating folding handle. Four removable egg cups and four egg spoons. ca. 1890-1910. English, made in London. Silver plate. G. R. Collis and Company. maker. Maker’s marks: fully marked on the underside for G. R. Collis and Company. Image © 1stDibs.com, Inc. 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/sheffield-silverplate/quality-antique-silver-plated-four-egg-cruet-gr-collis-london/id-f_21469492/
.”Cooking Tripod” novelty egg cruet in the form of a lashed cooking tripod, with a silver rope fastening the egg cups in place and a spoon attached to each leg. 1894. Victorian. English, made in Sheffield. Sterling silver. Maker mark’s: Hallmarked in Sheffield in 1894 by John Round and Son, Ltd. Image © 1stDibs.com, Inc. 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/sterling-silver/victorian-novelty-cooking-tripod-sterling-silver-egg-cruet-from-1894/id-f_18886372/?gclid=CjwKCAiA1eKBBhBZEiwAX3gql6inqs0WZR86XOiIifLPiTr1H_weT5MUtSh0jwGoT9NJaoog84D5dRoC1pQQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=a
Sterling silver egg cruet with silver gilt egg cups that stand on a hexagonal star point frame with floral engraving throughout. The frame having decorative scroll feet and a heart shaped handle. 1845. Gothic Revival. Victorian. Made in London, England. Sterling silver and silver gilt. Joseph Angell and Son, maker. Maker’s marks: hallmarked in London in 1845 for Joseph Angell and Son. Image © 1stDibs.com, Inc. 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/sterling-silver/gothic-revival-antique-sterling-silver-egg-cruet-hallmarked-1845/id-f_16494952/?gclid=CjwKCAiA1eKBBhBZEiwAX3gql1d8N1T5AE85QEvVzGt_n5fwREtnt7b0G44G4UPcLvjURR5K1

Sterling silver bowls, all of them on the big end of things. British. Edward Barnard and Sons, maker. Not around anymore but they created the the Lily font that was commissioned by Queen Victoria for the christening of her first born in 1840 that has been used by the royal family ever since.

Lily font. Christening font with a bowl in the form of an expanded flower with a border of water-lilies and leaves; stem formed of leaves, flanked at the base by three seated cherubs playing lyres upon a circular plinth with coats of arms and supporters.1840-1841. English. Silver-gilt. Commissioned by Queen Victoria. Image © Royal Collection Trust. Fair use license. via https://www.rct.uk/collection/31741/the-lily-font
Two-handled bowl with cylindrical ivory handles, the rim with applied notched border. 1937. Art Deco. English. Silver. Retail stamp for Harrods. Sold by Bonham’s on 2018. Image .© Purely Silver 2006 – 2020. Fair use license. via https://purelysilver.info/edward-barnard-sons/
Bowl with decorations applied by a very precise hand. 1873. English. Silver. Provided with a multitude of hallmarks. Image © 2021 Catawiki. Fair use license. via https://www.catawiki.com/l/19139955-silver-bowl-barnard-sons-ltd-london-1873