This charming old wooden sided house at the end of a lane has flowers on the right and colorful trees. Some family loved to call this home and there is a certain nostalgic look to this interesting residence.
The detail on this figurine is simply exquisite. No doubt from either France or Germany pre 1891 when the country of origin had to be identified, the figure is totally unmarked. The girl is shown holding a pair of brown shoes in her left hand, a blue toned hat with bow at her chin, pink blouse, apron with tied bow in front and blue skirt underneath. There appears to have been an old factory firing crack that has been either ignored or painted over as it is visible in the porcelain, but is not really a form of damage. The porcelain in this piece is unusually thick as seen from the bottom and that is probably why the firing crack, but it extends on her left side from the base all through to the top of her hat only in places. Some spots are perfect, some has the firing opening with paint over it, but I just wanted to let you know about this. The detail is fine, her features really like a china doll with rosy cheeks, pretty blue eyes and blonde hair. The back side of the figure is finished as well and is well detailed in the dress folds.
Very nice little German brass lighter enameled in a dark green. Lighter is in great shape and is clearly marked on the outside Made in Germany S.F.&Co. Probably Art Deco, this piece is sleek, elegant and one could just picture a really stunning lady pulling this out of the pocketbook to indulge in a tobacco habit. The enamel has surface scratches from use but there does not appear to be any chips or cracks.
An unknown glass artisan did an excellent job on this paperweight. The base is a grass green with what appear to be layers of cupcake cups holding a red center. The effect is one of multi layered fluted edges on top of green. It is hard to say the exact age of this, as Chinese companies copied American & European paperweights in the 1950s. This came from a Northeastern US Collection where the owner died in the mid 1950s and this does have some signs of use but is certainly in good condition.
There are no markings but the piece appears to be Sterling and there is no signs of wear anywhere the detailings of the lions heads are crsip and the piece has great visual appeal.
The bamboo style handle floral enamel decoration and gilt trim all has a late 19th century Germanic look that was an effort to mimic the oriental style that was in vogue in that time period.
This Classic Urn of Flowers resembles a 19th Century still life that is framed in the original oak framing. The background of this has a paper that is textured to look like canvas and the glass has the original wavy bubbly surface to it. The print is unsigned. Victorians loved nature in their homes, and this urn of flowers would make a good addition to a 19th century residence recreation.
The charming little girl shown in the miniature apparantly is Hallie Turner and a descendant in 1955 had Marshall Fields in Chicago to paint a miniature. All the documentation and paperwork of this accompanies the miniature as well as a photo from which the miniature was painted stays with the piece. The miniature is in a really outstanding leather case that closes to resemble a frame.
The exterior speckled darker brown spots on the beige or cream center make this have an almost spotted look. Tiny dots of darker brown on the beige color make this to be an extremely visual piece. The handle is on the top of the smaller ears that extend out on each side. One nick beside the handle is all the damage visible. This could easily be used in an oven and then used on a table as well. Great kitchen decoration from the early kitchen era.
Cloisonne remains today one of collectors favorites and this vase certainly does exemplify some well executed details of cherry blossoms on a new budding tree. The vivid yellow base area against the blue fish scale design makes for an attractive appearance and the feeling is one of spring and rebirth. The condition is excellent and the only surface inclusions seem to be from firing with tiny pin explosions that result when the emanels are fired to the high temperature. No chips or cracking in the surface. The appearance of this is very colorful and light in feeling.