Metalware - Brass/Bronze



French, c. 1675

A pretty little candlestick whose charm lies not just in its form, but in its surface: it is beautifully aged, softened by centuries of polishing and with good signs of wear and usage. A lovely little thing.


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Large Alms Dish 

Nuremberg, c.1575

A big boy! Very few measure 20" across. Heavy spun brass with rim rolled around an iron ring. The boss with gadroons with three acorns in the spandrels - a rare motif. The oak leaves around the rim are also rare, and the flowers inside them might just be a Tudor rose -- was it made for the English market? Little wear except for polishing, so it may have been used to reflect the candlelight as shown in the detail of a 1475 painting by the Housebook Master.


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Ink and Brush Holder 

Franco-Flemish, 1680-1720

You never thought you were looking for one of these, did you? A super calligrapher's case, with conjoined ink pot and brush holder -- the fine haired brushes needed to be stored in a horizontal and airtight case. Cast shell on lid of pot, inscribed decoration of flowers and foliage and delicately pricked sprig of flowers on case, and running punched motifs as well. A bonus: inky fingerprints on back - surely not those of the origian scribe! Quite the find!


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Cottage Chamberstick 

English, c.1800

Simply made handle and pan with cast socket joined by a hand-cut screw. Footrim so that it stands nice and steady, crude rivets on handle. Locally made pan and handle, professionally cast socket. Sold unpolished but would clean up well. Just a plain and simple thing for plain and simple folk. Does that describe you?


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Pair of Baroque Candlesticks 

French, 1700-25

Top-o'-the-line craftsmanship here! Cast with deep spiral and vertical ribbing, then delicately engraved with flowers and punched with small running motifs. See how the gilding accentuates the depths of the ribs and gives a visually complex surface. A wonderful example of the baroque taste: I bet an aristocrat owned them originally, but now we plebs get our turn!


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