Metalware - Brass/Bronze

 

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!

$395

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zb930

 

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?

$155

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zb730

 

Alms Dish 

Nuremberg, 16th c.

Center with 7 embossed pomegranites, surrounded by floral band, then punched oak leaves and punched fleur-de-lys around the rim. Original owner's mark "MH" engraved on back of rim. Good hammer and lathe marks on reverse. Thick, heavy brass. Prov: from a meticulously curated private New England collection.

$775

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zb573

 

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!

$775

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zb251

 

Alms Dish 

Nuremberg, early 16th c.

Decorated with Gothic rose, an early feature, as is the style of leaf punched around the rim. The meaningless band of Gothic text is the same group of letters stamped four times, with small knobs between to align the punches. There's a lot to interest you here. Prov: from a meticulously curated private New England collection. Ingenious hanger devised by the collector so as not to compromise the brass.

$775

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zb151

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