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

Desk sets to make your library look a million times fancier. Ormolu and malachite, all antique.

Ormolu and malachite and cabochon mounted desk set. Each piece decorated overall with engraved scrolling foliage. Encrier mounted with putti and inset with malachite and garnet cabochons, hinged writing pad inset to the cover with an oval veneered malachite panel, pen rest mounted with an oval cabochon, and a hinged letter holder with cream silk lined interior and three divided compartments. 1850-1875. French. Maker not known. Image © Christie’s 2021. Fair use license, via https://onlineonly.christies.com/s/patrick-moorhead-hidden-treasures/french-ormolu-malachite-cabochon-mounted-desk-set-70/112781
Malachite and ormolu nine piece desk set with combination tray, blotting pad, inkwell, candlestick, paper knife, vesta, stamp tray, blotter, desk tray and a seal. The tray with a decorative ropetwist border. ca. 1880. Maker not known. Image  © 2008-21 Regent Antiques Limited. Fair use license. via https://www.regentantiques.com/itemDetails/07943y-Antique-Malachite-Ormolu-Mounted-9-Piece-Desk-Set-c.1880
Ormolu desk set with malachite cabochons with a pen tray, desk tidy and candlestick. 19th c. Maker not known. Image © 2021, The Antique Guild. Fair use license. via https://theantiqueguild.com.au/products/gilded-three-piece-desk-set-with-malachite-cabochons

Crystal and ormolu centerpieces. Tableware to live up to instead of the other way around. On the other hand, should the empress come to dinner you’ll be all set.

Crystal and cast ormolu epergne with a sphinx supporting each corner, reflecting the fascination with things Ancient Egyptian brought about by the Napoleonic campaigns there. Scrolling foliate arms that raise four antique cranberry glass dishes. 1805. Regency. Made in England. Crafted after a design by architect Charles Heathcote Tatham with a motif originally created in 1801 for Tatham’s major patron, the 5th Earl of Carlisle with the design for the base used as an illustration in “Design for Ornamental Plate” with the captioning “A Piece of Plate designed and executed in Silver for the Earl of Carlisle in the year 1801.” Maker not known. Image via © 1stdibs.com, Inc. 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/centerpieces/regency-crystal-ormolu-epergne/id-f_22325322/
French Empire epergne with ormolu and green crystal cut glass. Mid 19th c. French. Maker not known. Image © Canonbury Antiques – Redwell Hill Farm. Fair use license. via https://canonburyantiques.com/p/French-Glass-Epergne-Dish—Ormolu-Louis-XV-Crystal-1567586936/
Ormolu mounted floral epergne. Raised leopard paw feet supporting the main ring. Flat diamond cut glass posy vases with scalloped rims, the center supporting a larger vase cut in the same manner. 1870-1879. British. F & C Osler, maker. Maker’s marks: metalwork stamped “OSLER”. Image via © 1stdibs.com, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/decorative-objects/vases-vessels/planters-cachepots-jardinieres/ormolu-mounted-flower-epergne-fc-osler/id-f_12986841/?gclid=CjwKCAiA65iBBhB-EiwAW253WzGNPIarxD9Lg3Gwv_WEc0EfdSItH9azPEy46CkEpAVW

Ormolu and cut crystal four-piece table garniture, comprising two centerpieces and a pair of candle holders. Each centerpiece surmounted by a figure of Minerva, flanked by a pair of female busts and central Apollo mask, above two pheasants flaked to each side with a circular dish raised on lion monopodia. The candle-holders being en sute. 1875-1900. Made in Paris, France. Baccarat, maker. Maker’s marks: stamped with a Baccarat cachet under the removable crystal dishes. Image © Christie’s 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/en/lot/lot-5937639

Pieces in wonderful enameled colors. Guttorm Gagnes of Norway, designer. Gagnes designed for David Andersen from 1927 to 1952 and then did freelance design work.





Vase. 1923-1935. Norwegian. Enameled silver. ID#NMK.2005.0488, Cc0 License 4.0. Collections of the Nasjonalmuseet, Oslo. via https://www.nasjonalmuseet.no/samlingen/objekt/NMK.2005.0488
Spoon. 20th c. Norwegian. Gold-plated silver with guilloche and mirror enamel. ID# NMK.2014.0430. Designed by Gagnes for David Andersen. Cc0 Licence 4.0. via https://www.nasjonalmuseet.no/samlingen/objekt/NMK.2014.0430

Gilt-bronze candelabra by French masters of the art. All from around 1800

Pair of gilt and patinated bronze figural three light candelabra, one with the figure of cupid and the other with a nymph, both seated on naturalistic rock-work bases, the elaborate acanthus and scrolling rosette candle arms with Egyptian head terminals. The arms with foliate and lotus tapering nozzles and flared palmette and leafy beady swept collars and issuing from central naturalistic acanthus wheatsheaf and flowering lily naturalistic finials. Bow fronted plinths with applied frolicking putti friezes in the manner of Clodio and milled side panels above fruiting laurel garlanded pendant mounts on acanthus and beaded bases. ca. 1785. French. Gilt and patinated bronze with rouge griotte marble bases. Gilt bronze mounts attributed to Francois Réymond. After models by Etienne-Maurice Falconet (1716-1791). Image
© Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/25946/lot/48/?category=list&length=108&page=1

Pair of gilt bronze figural candelabra, each being styled with two nymphs covered with floral swags raising three candle sconces formed of buds and open flowers of carnations ‘tied’ at the base with drapes. Standing on oval bases with olive branch border mounts and acanthus leaves, on corresponding reeded toupie feet. ca. 1820. French. In the manner of Étienne-Maurice Falconet after a design by Gabriel de Saint-Aubin. Image © 2019 Lyon & Turnbull. Fair use license. via https://www.lyonandturnbull.com/news/article/in-the-manner-of-tienne-maurice-falconet/

Letter openers from the old days. So much prettier than an email account.

Gilt-metal and agate letter opener, with a shaped blade pierced with masks and foliate motifs below a cast dragon and a tapering handle inset with agates below gilt-metal beasts. ca. 1880. Scottish. Attributed to Hamilton, Crichton and Company of Edinburgh. Image © 2020 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2020/stone-ii/a-scottish-gilt-metal-and-agate-letter-opener
Silver-gilt and jeweled letter opener in the motif of a dagger in a decorative sheath. Silver-gilt mounts, teal guilloché enamel in the sheath. Large agate beads, seed pearls a turquoise color cabochon on the top of the hilt with applied scrolling decorations, engraving and tiny bits of nephrite or green glass. Antique. No marks found. Image © Aspire Auctions. Fair use license. via https://www.aspireauctions.com/#!/catalog/340/1665/lot/66074
Guilloché enamel and silver letter opener. Agate blade with the horse head shaped top having pearl, ruby and gilt highlights. Before 1917. Russian. Maker’s marks: “MHI” and “88”. Image © 1986-2020 Invaluable, LLC and Concept Art Gallery, Pittsburgh. Fair use license. via https://www.invaluable.com/auction-lot/russian-guilloche-enamel-and-agate-letter-opener-139-c-0b4493d9b6#

Toothpick cases in gold and enamel to carry your toothpicks in when you go out to dinner. So much nicer than picking your teeth with a knife. All of these from the 18th century, more or less.

Rectangular toothpick case with cut corners, the lid painted en-plein with a staghunt, probably by Jean-Louis Richter. Taille d’épargne lozenge border set with rose diamonds and the sides and base enameled in translucent blue over striped engine-turning. Red leather case. ca. 1800. Made in Geneva, Switzerland. Gold, jewels and enamel. Maker’s marks: unmarked apart from French hibou control. Image © 2020 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2013/arts-of-europe-l13301/lot.165.lotnum.html
Toothpick case in an unusual shape with a lid painted en-plein with a view of a river and the bottom and borders enameled in opaque black and pale blue. ca. 1800. Probably made in Hanau, Germany. Gold and enamel. Maker’s marks: “GW” between two cartwheels. Image © 2020 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2013/important-mobilier-sculptures-objets-art-pf1311/lot.27.html

Toothpick case with a rectangular narrow box with rounded ends. Cover, sides, and base set with panels of translucent lime-green enamel on an engine turned ground stamped at intervals with pellets, within white enamel bead and chevron borders. The interior of the cover set with a mirror, 1780-1781.Louis XVI. Made in Paris, France. Gold and enamel. The flange engraved “Du Petit Dunkerke.” Joseph Etienne Blerzy maker (fl. 1768-1808). Maker’s marks: charge and discharge marks of Henri Clavel for 1780-1782. Struck with inventory number 974. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/a-louis-xvi-enamelled-gold-toothpick-case-by-6172570-details.aspx