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This pine northern Europe step-back cupboard retains its original red wash with ebonized highlighting. The top crest displays its original painted date and owner’s initials. Notice the intricately stamped brass decorations applied throughout its surface. It’s amazing they have survived and remained intact. I love the one with the acorn décor. The cabinet is all wonderfully hand planed and the raised paneled doors are mortised with wooden pegs – incredible. Check out the original ornate brass key escutcheons, the carved ebonized diamond shaped design on each door and the carved ebonized fan shaped design below the top door. The top door opens to reveal its original handmade lock and key. Inside is one narrow shelf and a second deeper shelf. The bottom door retains its original lock and inside is a single shelf. The cabinet rests on ebonized bracket feet. There are applied brass rosettes on the 2 front feet as well. The fact that this cupboard is in phenomenal condition yet all original and dates from 1838 makes it a wonder. Its size lends itself to a variety of uses.
This antique, walnut, Victorian stand is referred to as a picture frame, marble top table. Such style of a Victorian table is harder to find. Notice how the original marble is encased in walnut – hence the term "picture frame". The shapely moulded edge is followed by a decorative skirt with applied delicate carvings and raised panels. The intricately designed base has pierced carvings which are deeply and boldly executed. The table rests on its original recessed casters. The finish appears original and is in excellent condition having a wonderful color and patina. The table frame is all tight and free of breaks or repairs. The marble is also in excellent condition. Its desirable size makes it suitable as an end table or center table.
This antique, German made beer stein was cleverly designed to look like a wooden bowling pin. Beware, this large stoneware stein will hold 1 ¾ liters of beer! The pewter rim and thumb lift are in excellent condition. The handle has a rope design along the sides. The surface of the stein was made to look like wood graining – so cool! There is a high relief or cameo effect of a young boy holding a bowling ball. He is sitting on a silvered number 9 with scattered bowling pins below. Behind him is a decorative banner. If you look closely, you will see there is some silvering worn off on the number 9 and very small areas of rubbings on the stein. These hardly detract, given the large size, fine detailing and graphic subject matter. This has all the quality and design of a Mettlach German stein, but is unsigned. There are impressed numbers on the bottom of the piece. There are no chips, cracks or repairs.
This Mary Gregory style, blown glass, amber colored pitcher has a wonderful hand painted scene. This style and type of painting on blown glass using figures of children is often called Mary Gregory. The endearing scene depicts a boy and girl carrying a net and trying to capture a butterfly. The pitcher has a domed decorative pewter cap and thumb lift attached to a blown ribbed handle. The enameled painting is in excellent condition. The glass is also in excellent condition, free of chips, cracks or repairs.
This German Beer or ale pitcher is signed Mettlach and was made by Villeroy and Boch. Notice the pewter rimmed spout with the figural thumb lift. It appears to be of a gnome or Alpine figure on a decorative handle. There is a ½" tight crack near the spout. This is only visible upon very close examination. The pitcher has a raised leaf design with hand paintings of hop plants, flowers and mountain scenes with cottages, trees and a water wheel. The colors are pale mustard with dark brown. The pitcher has a glossy glaze and is in excellent condition. The marks underneath indicate that it is model # 2183 and dated 1903.
What a fabulous walnut Victorian fire screen. The beaded, needlepoint image is of exceptional quality. Fire screens were an integral part of Victorian furnishings. They were designed to direct the fire's heat towards or away from those seated nearby. The inner frame, which houses the needlework, is designed to pivot and turn when needed. The outside frame has delicate turnings, pierced carved crest and boldly carved legs. The screen image sets with its original glass and wooden backing. If you look closely, there appears to have been originally a band of fabric, most likely velvet, along the outside parameter of the image. Most likely it became stained or greatly deteriorated and was removed. This does not distract from the piece, and if bothersome, could be easily reapplied. The image is of a male figure with flowing robes and a long beard playing a harp. We believe he is St Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. The needlework is expertly executed using needlepoint and petit point. The harp and clothing are all done with glass and metal beadwork. The detail in the hands and face are done in petit point using colored threads. The image is in excellent condition. The walnut frame is also in excellent condition, having no breaks or repairs. The finish appears original and also in excellent condition.
This Victorian oak stick and ball screen has 3 lovely handpainted original panels. The oil on canvas panels are beautifully rendered. One panel is of several hollyhock stems. The center panel appears to be a blooming cherry tree limb with a flock of birds. The third panel is of a group of large bearded iris. Their colors are bright and vibrant. All are in excellent condition. One panel has a small tear, which was professionally repaired and nearly impossible to locate. The oak frame has delicately turned finials and is in excellent condition. The brass hardware is original and works perfectly. What a beautiful accessory, which will make a statement in any home.