Decorative Objects

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French, Art Nouveau period grand vase aux clématites
Item No. 1154
French, Art Nouveau period grand vase aux clématites

Signed Emile Gallé (1846-1904). Early 20th century.

13½" high by 7" diameter
Gallo-Roman amphora
Item No. 1144
Gallo-Roman amphora

In terra cotta. Recovered from the floor of the Mediterranean Sea between 1960 and 1972.

50-200 AD.

24" high
Apulian, red-figured, terra cotta lekanis (two-handled, ancient Greek bowl)
Item No. 1143
Apulian, red-figured, terra cotta lekanis (two-handled, ancient Greek bowl)

The cover painted with a naked male figure sitting and holding a spear and a seated woman on opposite sides, the two separated by palmette friezes, the rim of the lid decorated with a repeating, wave pattern.

10½" wide by 6½" high
Italian, Baroque period cabinet
Item No. 1142
Italian, Baroque period cabinet

In ebonized rosewood inset with etched ivory panels depicting frolicking cherubim, having two cabinet doors which open to reveal eight interior drawers above two additional drawers, the whole resting upon four bun feet.

17th century.
Ancient Canosan funerary vase
Item No. 1140
Ancient Canosan funerary vase

In painted terra cotta in the form of a sculpted female figure serving as a handle above a highly stylized head surrounded by leaf petals and centered with a floral emblem.

From Canosa (part of Magna Graecia, ancient Greece, now part of Italy). Fourth Century BCE

21" high
French, Louis XV style correspondence box
Item No. 1137
French, Louis XV style correspondence box

Embossed and gilt tooled leather ornamented in fleur de lis motif having a metal clasp. 19th century.

12¼" high by 7" wide by 7" deep
Directoire period fan and conforming giltwood frame
Item No. 1136
Directoire period fan and conforming giltwood frame

Paper painted in the "Gouache" technique with gilded accents. Circa 1790.

26½" wide by 16" wide
The Birds of North America & Studer's Popular Ornithology (two volumes)
Item No. 1134
The Birds of North America & Studer's Popular Ornithology (two volumes)

Columbus, Ohio: Jacob H. Studer & Co., 1878. In two volumes. Folio. Illustrated with 160 plates (119 color lithographic plates in first volume and 41 tinted lithographic plates in second volume), with tissue guards. Full gilt-lettered and decorated black morocco; spines gilt; inner dentelles gilt. Spines, edges, and joints slightly scuffed; internally clean. Ex-library with book-plates on front paste-downs and call numbers in pencil on title-pages; plates free of all markings.

This comprises The Birds of North America and Ornithology: or, the Science of Birds.

Provenance: The Collection of Ambassador and Mrs. Alexander Weddell, Richmond, Virginia. Deaccessioned by The Virginia House Museum to benefit future preservation, acquisitions, and care of collections.
French, Art Nouveau period fire fender
Item No. 1131
French, Art Nouveau period fire fender

In hand-forged wrought iron and brass, in the form of a butterfly, adorned with roses and leaves. Could also function as an umbrella stand ("porte parapluie"). Early 20th century.
Renaissance period coffret (document box)
Item No. 1127
Renaissance period coffret (document box)

Of rectangular form, in solid walnut, having carved floret-framed paneled sides and the façade with carvings of maps and telescopes, the whole resting atop four paw feet.

Early 17th century. Florence.

19" wide by 11½" high by 11½" deep
Quajar Silver and Gold-Overlaid Steel Helmet (Dahl) and Matching Shield (Khula Khud)
Item No. 1125
Quajar Silver and Gold-Overlaid Steel Helmet (Dahl) and Matching Shield (Khula Khud)

The helmet in the form of a peacock, incised with floral details, with inscription-filled cartouches around the rim, a sun-boss to the forehead; the shield with a central sun-formed boss with facial features, with inscriptions-filled cartouches around the rim.

Persia. Early 19th century.

Provenance: The Collection of Ambassador and Mrs. Alexander Weddell, Richmond, Virginia. Deaccessioned by The Virginia House Museum to benefit future preservation, acquisitions, and care of collections.

helmet: 13" diameter; shield: 18¼" diameter
Iberian Earthenware olive jar
Item No. 1124
Iberian Earthenware olive jar

17th century.

Provenance: The Collection of Ambassador and Mrs. Alexander Weddell, Richmond, Virginia. Deaccessioned by The Virginia House Museum to benefit future preservation, acquisitions, and care of collections.

26" high by 23" wide
Set of four Art Nouveau period lithographs on fabric
Item No. 1121
Set of four Art Nouveau period lithographs on fabric

Depicting The Four Seasons. Signed by Czechoslovakian artist Alphonse Mucha. First Series. Circa 1896.

37" high by 21" wide
Large Megalodon tooth
Item No. 1120
Large Megalodon tooth

Megalodon (Carcharocles megalodon), meaning "big tooth", is an extinct species of shark that lived approximately 23 to 3.6 million years ago, during the Early Miocene to the end of the Pliocene. This specimen is of rare size and largely intact.

5decimalpart" tall by 5decimalpart" wide
Chinese. Ming dynasty, white marble 'Horse and Deer' panel
Item No. 1119
Chinese. Ming dynasty, white marble "Horse and Deer" panel

Late 14th through early 17th century.

15¾" high by 32½" wide
Egyptian, painted wood Ptah-Sokar-Osiris
Item No. 1118
Egyptian, painted wood Ptah-Sokar-Osiris

Late period to Ptolemaic period, 664-30 BC. Set on a rectangular plinth with inscriptions.

A similar item can be found in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

30" high
Chinese, Northern Qi Dynasty gray pottery model of a kneeling Bactrian camel
Item No. 1117
Chinese, Northern Qi Dynasty gray pottery model of a kneeling Bactrian camel

6th century AD. Accompanied by the results of Oxford thermoluminescence test #C205g92, dated November 17, 2005, stating that the results are consistant with the suggested period of manufacture.

16¼" high by 16½" long
Italian, neoclassical style, alabaster pedestal
Item No. 1114
Italian, neoclassical style, alabaster pedestal

19th century.
Egyptian, Ptolemaic Period, polychrome-painted wood sarcophagus panel
Item No. 1108
Egyptian, Ptolemaic Period, polychrome-painted wood sarcophagus panel

Brightly painted in ochre, red and black with Nut in profile to the right, wearing a tightly-fitting dress, broad collar and bracelets, a fillet across her forehead with a frontal lotus flower, sun disc above her head, lotus buds and flowers sprouting on either side of her feet and a bunch before her torso.

As a divinity responsible for renewing the sun each day by swallowing the setting sun, Ra, each evening and giving birth to him by her womb in the morning, Nut was regarded as suitable imagery for the underside of the lid of sarcophagi, as this associated the deceased with re-enacting the journey of the Ra between heaven and earth. For further, see I. Shaw and P. Nicholson, British Museum Dictionary of Ancient Egypt, London, 1995, pp.207-208.

Circa 332-30 B.C.

Provenance:

  • Private collection, San Francisco.
  • Anonymous sale; Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, 29 October 2007, lot 1390.
  • with Royal-Athena Galleries, New York (Art of the Ancient World, 2009, no.188).
Published:

  • M. Merrony (ed.), Mougins Museum of Classical Art, Mougins, 2011, p.49, fig.34.

Exhibited:

  • Mougins, Musée d'Art Classique de Mougins, June 2011-2018.
  • Musée d'Art Classique de Mougins, France, acquired from the above.


43¾" high
French, Louis XV style, barometer and thermometer set of large dimensions
Item No. 1107
French, Louis XV style, barometer and thermometer set of large dimensions

In solid, carved giltwood. The barometer signed Torricelli, the thermometer signed Réaumur. 19th century.

57" high by 8" wide



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