Tiffany Favrile salt dish
A beautiful Tiffany single salt dish, with ruffled edge, in Tiffany’s Favrile “Gold Lustre”. The dish has the “L. C. T.” mark engraved on the underside. The dish measures 2 1/2″ wide x 3/4″ tall/deep. It is in excellent condition .
Old Toledo Damascene cigarette case
This is the real old Spanish damascene. The iron base is carefully carved into the desired forms and then, gold leaf is laid over and tooled into the design. Another piece that came to me with this one, is marked “TOLEDO.” This case does not have a maker’s mark but it has “15” stamped twice on the inside of the case. I found similar pieces being from Eibar, Spain. Wonderful detail and work. The case is still usable, the hinge and clasp work. It is in very good old condition with expected wear and light rust, mostly around the edges. The case measures approximately 3 1/2″ tall x 3 1/4″ wide.
Vintage sailor’s macrame knotted frame, signed
A great bit of maritime folk art, this is an elaborate knotted cotton line, frame. It’s even signed, Leroy Fowler. I believe Mr. Fowler passed away in the late ’60s so I’d guess he did this sometime in the first part of the century. A nifty detail is that he recorded his creation of the piece with a detailed diagram on paper that he attached to the back of the frame. It includes the names and numbers of the knots and, impressively, an estimate of the time it took him to make it – 125 hours! And, he notes that the image inside the frame is a print of an original work by J. Spurling, of the “British square rigged ship, “Medway.”
The frame is in a well constructed box frame. Old masking tape on the back was flaking off but newer, archival tape would reseal the back and keep the piece safe and clean. The framed measures 15 1/4″ x 17 3/4″ x 2 1/2″ deep.”
Note that professional shipping for this piece is necessary. Cost will be determined before shipping.
Egyptian Revival silver, enamel and cut glass box
An elegant cut crystal jar or dresser box with an enameled silver collar and lid. The lid of the box is enameled with the image of Horus (the hawk headed god) seated on a throne. The inside of the lid is marked “800.” The box measures approximately 1 3/4″ wide x 1 1/8″ tall. I am not sure where this was made but the 800 silver indicates somewhere in Europe.
I try to avoid over-the-top superlatives but, superlatives apply to this piece. Stunning! Museum quality! This is very fine wool needlepoint on what looks like a linen open-weave cloth. This could be nun’s or a devotee’s work.
Religious art or needlework, this is a beautiful piece. Two panels; Christ at the table on the left and the Holy Ghost as the Dove over the Chalice with two angels at the top and urns with plants flanking the Chalice. The visible portion of the image measures 8″ by 7 1/8.” 15″ by 10 7/8″ and the feet each measure 6 3/4″ long.
I believe this is at least 19th century and it could be 18th century. The embroidery is in very good shape for its age. There are a few areas where the wool stitches have disappeared – the most obvious area is in the angel’s hair in the upper right of the right panel.
The Dove is a little hard to discern as the once gold background behind it has faded. Overall, the fabric and embroidery is in very good condition overall.
The wood frame is lovely, old and worn. I think the basic wood is a fruit wood but I am not up on European woods. The burl band at the bottom is a well-crafted veneer with a meandering seam in the center that I didn’t see until a friend pointed it out. Craftsmanship!
Note that the frame has been repaired more than once. The base of the right upright (as you look at the piece) broke and was glued and you can see this repair in the photos. The left upright was glued inside the foot. And there may be others but overall, the repairs are sturdy and the piece is stable. Lots of old bug holes in the wood but I’ve this piece for 15 years with no evidence of any insect activity.