An underglaze blue and white plate, decorated in Kraak style, the center with a cricket perched on a rock amongst flowers, enclosed by a border of alternating panels flowers and symbols. Wanli reign: 1573-1620. Small size. Superb condition.
**The kraak procelain originated from the kilns of Jingdezhen territory in China between 1580-1640 A.D. Produced during the reign of Emperor Wan-li (1573-1620 A.D.) until Emperor Tien-chi (1621 – 1627 A.D.), the blue-white porcelain was used to make daily utensils such as bowls, cups, saucers and plates. Some were also made into wash basins and big serving plates. Made using moulds, this porcelain was thin and decorated with blue cobalt underneath the glaze. Kraak porcelain was at its of production during the first quarter of the 17th century but declined with the downfall of the Ming Dynasty. Decorated with sceneries of water birds, trees and rocks, the paintings were usually done with thick lines and divided into 8 to 12 panels.
In the 18th century, when this was crafted, the wall box was as indispensable as the refrigerator is today. Given that houses in this period was bereft of tyvec and teminix... it was absolutely necessary to keep anything of interest to small mammals high up. This fine example has both sculptural simplicity and much evidence of use over the last two hundred years. It is worn. Bits are missing. Some of the rose-head nails have lost their bloom... and there seems to be evidence of red stain over red paint- with a healthy coat of grunge. A crack in the lollipop has been repaired with a nail and some of the wrought nails have been exposed through expansion. It looks, as it should, having descended through two centuries. Given that it is white pine- I would say it was crafted in New England in the later part of the 18th century.
Pine and wrought iron nails with red stain 9.75 tall, 7.75 wide & 8 deep $975 More info >>
Waste not, want not... as the saying goes. Among the many interesting aspects of this punch ladle is the use of the shell- which mimics the silver form ladles that were often given bowls shaped like a nautilus. I submit the possibility that the wood, silver and shell have been together well over a century given the amount of degradation to the surface of the shell. After all- punch contained citric acid and alcohol.
From the excellent patina of the beautifully turned handle to the well balanced two prong attachment- this is an exceptional "make-do".
Good antique condition with overall wear.
Anglo-American ca. 1810-
Turned Hardwood, Silver and Shell 14 3/4 in. long, 3 1/2 in. wide $595 More info >>
The question is- why did silversmiths put coins into the bottom of the punch ladles? Rupert Gentle once told me it signified the natal year of the recipient. In the case of this ladle the recipient would be 82 years old!
There is no doubt that British subjects loved punch and punch related accoutrements in silver were very popular in the upper middle class. This example has repousse decoration with birds and flowers; an engraved monogram "HEB" and a lovely silver coin with the image of Queen Anne on the front, and "1708" along with heraldic devices on the back. The handle is made of delicately carved hardwood which terminates in a slight flare.
Makers mark "IM" Date mark "P", etc.
Silver, Silver and Hardwood 13 1/16 inches long, 3 3/4 inches wide $695 More info >>
Soaked in lime and containing a mild stimulant, the betal nut was popular in and around the Indian Subcontinent. Like many bad habits- it was known to have been chewed by sailors. Chewing it stained your teeth and gums and rotted your teeth rapidly... but there was the stimulant. This box has elaborate decoration, iron bale handles and three compartments; the two side compartments were for soaking the nut in lime and the center for storage.
Soft burnished antique condition; the hinge pins are replaced and the center interior compartment lid is missing.
India, ca. 1730-50
Iron and Brass 5 1/4 inches wide, 2 1/4 inches tall, 2 1/4 deep $365 More info >>
Not something to drop on your foot! Cast bronze with six repeating designs; North Wind flanked by 6 star shapes; each design separated projecting cockscombs. The pestle is period and brass; possibly a marriage of necessity.
Bottom has considerable wear and there is a hairline on the lip.
European. c. 1560
Cast Bronze 5 1/2 in. dia. 3 3/4 in tall...pestle 8 1/2 inches $335 More info >>
NO. These were not her glasses. However, the firm that made them, McAllister of Philadelphia, made specs for the first First Lady. These are marked "McAllister Philad" on the right temple and a heart on the other.
Very good antique condition; one lens is chipped.
American, 19th century.
Coin Silver 4 1/2 inches wide, temples slide to 6 inches $595 More info >>
A turned object this small was intended to hold something costly. Without the cover most would refer to this as a "salt"... which is possible as many salt vessels had covers originally. I believe any seasoning would apply and I shudder to think of the probability of the cover being retained for the last 175 years!
Very good antique condition; some very tight hairlines. The burnished surface glows with the lanolin of a thousand fingers.
American, ca. 1850
Mid 18th century pear-shaped pewter teapot. Wrigglework decoration covering the body and the domed lid; two stems sprouting from a heart-shaped leaf, supporting a bird in profile, terminating in two elaborate tulip form flowers; lid decorated with vines and similar flowers.
Spout is compressed and base has two dimples.
Dutch, ca 1740-1760
Pewter 6 1/4 inches tall, 81/2 inches spout to handle $895 More info >>
American 19th century chalk bank in the form of a large apple. Yellow paint decorated plaster with orange stipple coloring- topped with a wood stem.
Excellent overall patina- some paint loss and minor wear to bottom. American, ca. 1860
Polychromatic painted plaster 4 inches tall, 4 3/4 inches wide $360 More info >>