Gold toothpick case, Barthelemy Cabaille, Paris 1784

A Louis XVI engine-turned tri-coloured gold toothpick case,

makers mark for Barthelemy Cabaille, Paris 1784

bearing the poincons of Henri Clavel 

with the tete de Vanneau decharge

French toothpick cases of this period are exceedingly rare and this is a magnificent example from a rare Parisian goldsmith. The elongated oblong shape features rounded ends, and the cover shows a crisply engine-turned central panel within a scrolling leaf-and-bead border; the sides and base with similar engine-turned panel separated by relief yellow-gold laurel and paterae pilasters.

Marked inside the base and cover with maker's mark FJ crowned incuse, interlace S, sunray and monogram mark, sunbursts

Literature:

See cat. no.38 in Charles Truman, The Wallace Collection Catalogue of Gold boxes (London 2013), for a similar gold case.

See Christie's (London, King St) An Iberian Private Collection: Important Gold Boxes 8 Dec 2011, lot 168, for a similar toothpick case.

Measuring 3-3/4 inches/9.7 cm in length; 83 gr. (2-1/2 oz.)

Provenance: Property of a noblewoman, London, UK.

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Gold and enamel snuff box, maker FJ, Berlin or Hanau, circa 1800

A magnificent early 19th century gold and enamel snuff box, maker's mark FJ crowned incuse (Freres Jordan), Berlin or Hanau,

circa 1800

Measuring 10 centimeters in length

Of shallow rectangular form with rounded corners, the cover set with a miniature enameled plaque en pleine depicting a mother and child in a wooded landscape, the sides and base set with turquoise enameled ground stamped at intervals with gold fleur-de-lis and within white enamel fillets, the outer sable gold borders with scrolling foliage.

 

Marked inside the base and cover with maker's mark FJ crowned incuse, the town mark for Vienna, interlace S, sunray and monogram mark, sunbursts. The flange stamped with inventory number 4686.

Literature:

See cat. no.44 in Charles Truman, The Gilbert Collection of Gold Boxes, vol.2, for a box with similar marks and a discussion of the FJ initials.

Makers Mark:

Formerly thought to represent the goldsmith Francois Juanin (Geneva) it is now suggested that FJ crowned incuse refers to the Freres Jordan (Berlin or Hanau).

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Charles I brass and iron warming pan, circa 1630

A rare and interesting Charles I engraved and pieced brass and iron warming pan, produced for 'THE DIERS ARMS' Public House,

Cheapside, London,

punch-decorated with the Arms for The Worshipful Company of Dyers,

circa 1630

Measuring 40 inches in length, the lid 12 inches in diameter

This exceptionally fine and rare early engraved warming pan belongs to a small group of dated and undated engraved warming pans which can be attributed to one unidentified maker working through the reigns of James I, Charles I and The Commonwealth period in London. This example is one of a group of 'Pub warming pans' likely produced for the earliest known 'signed Public Houses' which came into official existence by proclamation of James I to have all registered Pub Houses bearing their signs - thereby becoming legal and tax-paying ale houses/inns. This sparked the registration of Pubs to name and sign their establishments most often under the names of their patron or local Guild. This example is engraved 'THE DIERS ARMS', with the central engraved Coat of Arms of The Worshipful Company of Dyers of London (Three Madder Bags).

The domed cover pieced and punch-decorated with the Coat of Arms of The Silk-Dyers Guild of London, all within a broad band bearing the inscription 'THE DIERS ARMS', the flattened wrought-iron handle terminating in a rat-tail suspension loop.

Literature:

See The John Fardon Collection, Christie's South Kensington, 1 May 1996, lots 241-266 for several examples by the same maker of dated and undated early brass warming pans.

Also see The Clive Sherwood Collection, Sotheby's Olympia, 22 May 2002, for an example by this maker dated 1633.

Also see Bonhams Chester, 15 September 2011, lot 392 for a later example by the same maker, reputedly once the property of Oliver Cromwell, and bearing the Coat of Arms of the English Commonwealth, dated 1658.

Also see and example dated 1620 in The Collection of Selly Manor, Birmingham, and a lid by the same maker dated 1630 in The Victoria & Albert Museum.

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Charles I brass and iron warming pan, dated 1628

An exceptionally rare and documentary Charles I engraved and pieced brass and iron warming pan, produced for 'THE WEAVERS ARMES'

Public House, Allgate, London

punch-decorated with the Arms of The Worshipful Company of Weavers,

dated 1628

Measuring 37.75 inches in length height, the lid 12 inches in diameter

This exceptionally fine and rare early engraved warming pan belongs to a small group of dated and undated engraved warming pans which can be attributed to one unidentified maker working through the reigns of James I, Charles I and The Commonwealth period in London. This example is one of a group of 'Pub warming pans' likely produced for the earliest known 'signed Public Houses' which came into official existence by proclamation of Richard II to have all inns registered as Pub Houses bearing their signs - thereby becoming legal and tax-paying ale houses/inns. This sparked the registration of Pubs to name and sign their establishments most often under the names or heraldic arms of their patron or their local crafts or guilds. This example is engraved 'THE WEAVERS ARMES', with the central engraved Coat of Arms of The Worshipful Company of Weavers of London, the most ancient of the livery companies of London (Three Madder Bags). The Guild's Public House is referred to in early seventeeth century registries as 'The Signe of The Weavers Armes neere Allgate'.

The domed cover pieced and punch-decorated with The Worshipful Company of Weavers, London, all within a broad band bearing the inscription 'THE WEAVERS ARMES', the flattened wrought-iron handle terminating in a rat-tail suspension loop.

Literature:

See The John Fardon Collection, Christie's South Kensington, 1 May 1996, lots 241-266 for several examples by the same maker of dated and undated early brass warming pans.

Also see The Clive Sherwood Collection, Sotheby's Olympia, 22 May 2002, for an example by this maker dated 1633.

Also see Bonhams Chester, 15 September 2011, lot 392 for a later example by the same maker, reputedly once the property of Oliver Cromwell, and bearing the Coat of Arms of the English Commonwealth, dated 1658.

Also see and example dated 1620 in The Collection of Selly Manor, Birmingham, and a lid by the same maker dated 1630 in The Victoria & Albert Museum.

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Georgian Tea Caddy, Rule Britannia medallion, c.1790

A fine George III rosewood double tea caddy

with superb inlays of Britannia and Her Lion

possibly to commemorate Nelson's victory at The Nile

circa 1798

This superb rosewood caddy features a highly rare inlaid medallion to the lid featuring an amusing Britannia and Her Lion, executed in dyed green harewood and hot-sand shaded boxwood.  To the front panel is a fine example of the more often-used Georgian conch shell medallion. 

 

It has been suggested that the pairing of these two motifs may pay tribute to Admiral Horatio Nelson's victory against Napoleon at the Nile (1798); Britannia, the Lion and the Conch symbolizing England's complete domination of the waves.

The interior retains the original tin lining and features two 'floating' boxwood lids with original brass knobs.

In original, untouched condition, generally excellent. 

With original working brass lock and hardware featuring an ivory escutcheon and original working key.

7.5 inches wide, 5 inches high, 4.5 inches deep.

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Georgian tea caddy, inlaid tea service, circa 1790

A delightful and possibly unique George III mahogany tea caddy

inlaid with 'The Tea Service' silhouettes in boxwood

Circa 1790

Measuring 4.5 inches in height, 6 inches in length

A highly unusual, and possibly unique, Georgian double tea caddy, each side inlaid with very fine boxwood silhouettes of a teapot, creamer and sugar, the top inlaid with a boxwood silhouette of a teacup and saucer, further inlaid with exceptionally fine crossed spoons in rosewood.

The interior and exterior banded in ebony and boxwood, each compartment retaining the majority of its original foil lining, the compartment covers with ebony knops.

Superb condition. Original key and original working lock.

An extraordinary caddy.

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Stained-glass window, Ward & Hughes, London 1852

An important painted stained glass window, commemorating

the 50th anniversary of The Union of Great Britain,

by Thomas Ward & Henry Hughes of London
circa 1852

Measuring 40 inches by 40 inches

The Union of England, Ireland and Scotland in 1802 is masterfully commemorated on this very fine and very rare stained glass window.  As representative of England, St. George and his Dragon are flanked by St. Andrew of Scotland to the left and St. Patrick of Ireland to the right.

The coloured glass fragments are hand-painted with extraordinary detailing, providing a spectrum of light still retaining the brilliance of the British Empire from a time when the sun never set on her domain. 

Measuring 40 inches in height and 40 inches in width, this luminous work of art is framed in its original Victorian mahogany frame.

Ward & Hughes of Frith Street, London, produced some of the finest English stained glass work of the 19th century.  Early pieces such as this demonstrate Thomas Ward's (1808-1870) unparalleled patterning and Henry Hughes' (1822-1883) exquisite figure compositions and colouring.

As the vast majority of their work was destroyed in Londonduring the blitz, this highly important example of 19th century English glass is an extraordinarily rare survivor.

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Gold roman coin, Aureus, Nero Caesar, Rome ad 64

An extraordinarily rare Roman gold Aureus coin of very rare die variety

Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus (Ad 37-68)

Reverse: Laureate head of Nero facing right NERO | CAESAR

Obverse: Nero, radiate and togate, standing facing, holding branch in righ hand, Globe surmounted by Victory in left hand AUGUSTUS | GERMANICUS

Condition: Extremely Fine

 

Struck circa AD 64/5, this coin's reverse shows the monumental bronze statue of Nero in the guise of Sol that was originally just outside of the main palace entrance of Nero's Domus Aurea ('Golden House'). The Greek sculptor, Zenodoros, constructed the statue between AD 64 and 68, thus the representation on the coin predates the completed statue.

After Nero's downfall, Vespasian replaced the head of the statue with one of the god Sol himself. In the second century, Hadrian had the statue moved adjacent to the Flavian Amphitheater, from which that building derives its popular name, the Colosseum.

Mounted in a protective glass case and suspended from a 14k gold brooch set with a single ruby circa 1910.

Provenance: Property of a noblewoman, London, UK.

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Swedish silver chambersticks, Gustav Mollenborg, Stockholm 1860

A very fine pair of Swedish silver chambersticks,

by Gustav Mollenborg of Stockholm

hallmarked for 1860

Measuring 4.25 inches in height, 5 inches across base

.830 silver content, 475 grams

An exceptionally fine and unusual pair of Swedish silver chambersticks, mark of Gustav Mollenborg, Stockholm, 1860.  Organic in form, the wide base highly chased and embellished with naturalistic scrolling vines bearing fruits, flowers and leaves in high relief, the elegant waisted and lobed stem rising to the baluster-shaped socket raised on four acanthus leaves, the detachable pierced and highly chased nozzles encircled with naturalistic fruiting vines echoing those on the bases.

The chambersticks are hallmarked on each base and on the underside of each sconce. All four full sets of hallmarks are stong and clear – reading GM (for maker, Gustav Mollenborg), F (city stamp), three crowns (control stamp, .830 pure silver), crowned head of patron saint St. Erik (city stamp, Stockholm), H.5 (date letter, for the year 1860).

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