A rare pair of Victorian glass bead & Berlin woolwork footstools, in mint condition, with Japanned timber frames, mounted in brass and black porcelain.
UK c 1860
28cm dia x 9cm high
PRICE inc GST $300/ pair
A rare suite of three patent gilt bronze Argand lamps, the bases with heavy lion paw feet and masks of Bacchus, for burning whale oil, by the leading maker of the day, Thomas Messenger.
UK origin c1835
The gilding still with smoke stains of use.
Cast signature to bases ‘Published as The Act Directs, Messenger & Sons, London & Birmingham’.
A rare late 17th century Wunderkammer – a magnificent cabinet, for collections of exotic and rare objects. Itself, conceived as a magnificent and rare object, veneered in exotic Pacific red tortoiseshell, ebony, walnut and gilt copper repousse.
Diorama / Wunderkammer of Berlin
Artist: Astrid Rave
Manufacturer: Mertin’s Idea Workshop Size: 260 x 170 x 54 mm
In a miniature factory in Neukölln, Berlin street scenes are reproduced as diorama in three-dimensional work according to the ideas of the sculptor and occupational therapist Astrid Rave. Astrid Rave works in the area of Berlin psychiatry.
The design of the sculpture is the compensation to the job. On many walks, she is inspired by the city’s vibrancy and thus strives to translate her own madness into extraordinary ideas, such as the construction of small boxes with lids containing colorful details from Berlin. The dioramas are made by hand, & all are unique.
Price inc GST $120
An exceptional pair of Roman console tables, of Sicilian jasper, alabastro fiorito & pentallic marble, supported by leopard monopodia. The form taken from designs of Percier & Fontaine in Paris c 1802, and the detail from Roman fragments of leopard head consoles (monopodiae).
A RARE AND FINE PAIR OF ENGLISH GEORGE III PERIOD LIBRARY GLOBES,
A RARE IRISH GEORGIAN MAHOGANY HUNT OR WAKE TABLE c. 1750
Mahogany, brass, steel, elm
202cm long x 170cm wide (extended), x 72cm high
Of rounded rectangular form, with moulded edge, the two drop sides forming a large oval when extended on two pairs of hinged bracketed legs, with eight square chamfered legs, the whole made from beautifully patinated Cuban mahogany.
A fine quality pair of French Napoleon III period bedside tables, with fine quality gilt bronze mounts, oak lined, in palisander wood. Of bombe form, with fine lip to edge to stop objects sliding off, pull candle sludes to fronts, two front drawers and a single side drawer.
Felix Adrien BONFILS (France 1831 – 1885).
Temple of David
Albumen paper photograph from an elephant plate by the leading 19th century photographer of the Middle East.
Signed in ink to the image.
A very heavy quality, and rare English George II period triple top card / tea table. Made of the most extraordinarily heavy Cuban mahogany, with candle wells to the leathered card table surface, the drawer oak lined.
A beautiful and diminutive English walnut, William and Mary period ‘double dome top’ bureau – bookcase. The upper bookcase with a single original shelf and scallopped and bevelled Vauxhall glass plates, over two small serpentine – fronted drawers.
The brilliant young Horticulturalist William Davidson was presented with this silver medal by the Botanical and Horticultural Society in 1827, in the UK, at the age of 23, for the best Dish of Mushrooms, amongst other horticultural prizes. The following year be arrived in Van Diemen’s Land and was appointed First Superintendant of the Hobarton Botanical Gardens, by Governor Arthur, on a salary of £100/- p.a, with the surviving Gothic Gardener’s Cottage built for him.
During this time, until his death at the age 33, he was to turn the gardens from a ramshackle mess, into the Botanical showplace of the Colony, exploring the temperate range of species able to be grown. In addition he had built the surviving flued brick walls, extensive hot houses, and formed the present layout and pinetum. He corresponded extensively with J.C Loudon in London and other inter colonial Botanic gardens & plant collectors.
a / vf dia 50mm (2″).
Price inc GST $1,950