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Blooming Marvelous  - A thousand flowers pattern on this Japanese cloisonne Natsume

Blooming Marvelous - A thousand flowers pattern on this Japanese cloisonne Natsume

A Japanese cloisonne or cloisonné (shippo - 七宝) enamel lidded jar or pot: a Natsume (棗) which is a type of chaki or tea caddy used to hold macha or green tea in the Japanese tea ceremony (sadō - 茶道). It is beautifully decorated with numerous colourful flowers in shades…

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Beautiful Fukagawa Koransha Dragon in Clouds Vase

Beautiful Fukagawa Koransha Dragon in Clouds Vase

An exquisite antique Japanese Fukagawa Koransha (Scented Orchid Company) porcelain bottle vase with dimpled or indented sides. It is beautifully hand painted in dark grey, blacks (en grisaille) and gilded with a Japanese four clawed dragon in swirling clouds or fog above a very turbulent sea. This beautiful vase is marked…

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Antique Japanese Satsuma Pottery Vase Dragons and Immortals made by Jinzan 仁山 during the Meiji Era

Antique Japanese Satsuma Pottery Vase Dragons and Immortals made by Jinzan 仁山 during the Meiji Era

An antique Japanese Satsuma pottery ( 薩摩焼 Satsuma-yaki ) high relief dragon vase, hand painted with a continuous scene with six seated Japanese Immortals and two servants. The immortals are easily distinguishable as they each have a halo around their heads.The vase which is of a baluster form has a…

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Two Victorian Antique Scottish Banded Agate Silver Mounted Brooches

Two Victorian Antique Scottish Banded Agate Silver Mounted Brooches

Two great looking antique Victorian Scottish banded agate brooches. These examples of Scottish agate jewellery popular in the Victorian period circa 1880. due in no small part to the patronage of Queen Victoria who wore this type of jewellery herself.  One with a beautifully marked domed stone has the distinctive stripes…

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We won't Carp on about how beautiful this antique Fukagawa porcelain plate is!

We won't Carp on about how beautiful this antique Fukagawa porcelain plate is!

This is a beautiful Japanese Meiji period porcelain plate by the Fukagawa Seiji company in hand painted porcelain with a scalloped and ribbed rim dating from Meiji period (1868-1912) circa 1900. The main scene is painted as a school of carp investigating a floating flower blossom which has fallen into their…

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Bats and Longevity contradictory in the Covid Era but not in the Qianlong period!

Bats and Longevity contradictory in the Covid Era but not in the Qianlong period!

Bats and Longevity may be contradictory in this strange Covid Era but they certainly were not in the Qianlong period when this beautiful vase was made! Qianlong period porcelain vase bats and longevity.This is a relatively rare antique Chinese porcelain vase enamelled in the Famille Verte palette with two large reserved…

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This lion is on the ball! ROAR your way into 2021

This lion is on the ball! ROAR your way into 2021

This lion is on the ball! ROAR your way into 2021 with this beautiful quality carved Victorian Grand Tour souvenir, a green serpentine marble sculpture of a Medici Lion after Fancelli's original. This sculpture is a reduced size copy of the the Roman version from the Medici collection that has…

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Antique Georgian Cut Glass Butter Dishes are great to collect!

Antique Georgian Cut Glass Butter Dishes are great to collect!

Antique Georgian glass butter dishes are a great items to collect and look stunning on a table either for use or as a decorative feature. We currently have for sale this lovely cylindrical lidded butter which has been beautifully cut with twelve columns of rectangular alternating strawberry cut panels and plain…

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Pure Parian - a Perfect Lottery Prize for Art Union Members!

Pure Parian - a Perfect Lottery Prize for Art Union Members!

Parian porcelain is the perfect medium for painting and gilding. Just take a close look and the decoration on this exquisite vase.  The beautiful quality polychrome enamel painting of a Greek or Roman family scene stands out perfectly from the pure white background of the parian. The surrounding  gilding is rich…

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Iris our beautiful deaf tabby cat has encouraged us sell some of our old friends!

Iris our beautiful deaf tabby cat has encouraged us sell some of our old friends!

We have added a few items to our site recently, they were some old friends that we have had for a very long time. We have been encouraged to do this by Iris our beautiful house cat. She is a house cat as she has been deaf since birth, so…

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Georgian Love of Chinoiserie An Engraved Bowl Opaque Twist Wine Glass circa 1760

Georgian Love of Chinoiserie An Engraved Bowl Opaque Twist Wine Glass circa 1760

The apparent love for all things in Chinoiserie style in Europe and elsewhere in the early 18th century was popularized by the influx of Chinese and Indian goods brought by English, Dutch, French, and Swedish East India Companies. The desire for Chinese porcelain, decoration, furniture and style was assisted by…

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More Superb Grand Tour Serpentine Sculpture for sale!

More Superb Grand Tour Serpentine Sculpture for sale!

Another excellent antique verde Prato serpentine classical sculpture 64 cm high.An exquisitely carved museum quality Victorian Grand Tour serpentine group sculpture of the so-called "Pasquino Group" or Ajax Carrying the Body of Achilles, also known as Menelaus Carrying the Body of Patroclus. This sculpture is a reduced copy of the…

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Superb Serpentine Sculpture Grand Tour Statuary for Sale!

Superb Serpentine Sculpture Grand Tour Statuary for Sale!

If you think that you are having a bad day, it is not as bad as the one Nessus is having! An exquisitely carved museum quality Victorian Grand Tour serpentine group sculpture after Jean de Bologne (1529-1608) of Hercules (Heracles) slaying Nessus the Centaur. This important serpentine group is based on…

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In preparation for Christmas why not super sparkle your dining table with this centrepiece!

In preparation for Christmas why not super sparkle your dining table with this centrepiece!

In preparation for Christmas why not super sparkle up you dining table with this beautiful and impressive early Victorian antique fluted and foliate silver plated centrepiece with a central cut glass epergne and three removable arm candelabrum dating from around 1840.This is an exquisite quality highly decorative and useful item…

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Finally Returning after Lockdown! Some of our Old Friends are now Stock!

Finally Returning after Lockdown! Some of our Old Friends are now Stock!

After a long absence from Covid 19 lockdown and threat avoidance we emerge with some of our old family friends now part of our stock for sale. This is a beautiful Georgian petal moulded glass rummer with engraved thistles and swags circa 1800. Any drink tastes even better from this…

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