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Murano Glass Trumpet Vase Signed Vincenzo Nason

Vincenzo Nason Murano Glass Trumpet Vase Signed Original Label

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  • Vintage item
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This fabulous cased glass trumpet vase was mouth blown by Vincenzo Nason in Murano, Italy, in the 1990’s. The thin walled glass is an unusual color on the exterior, appearing a smoky grey or a grey tinted greenish, depending on the lighting. The cased layer on the interior is a vibrant cherry red. Standing 11 1/4 inches tall, it weighs a considerable 4 1/4 pounds. The flared mouth is 7 1/4 inches across while the bulbous base is 6 1/2 inches in diameter. The vase retains its original V. Nason & C. Murano Italy label with its white lettering printed on clear and also bears the diamond-engraved signature V. Nason on the bottom of the piece, shown in our photograph # 7. The bottom also exhibits a very large polished pontil scar. It’s in spectacular condition, showing virtually no wear.

After training at the famous Venini glassworks in Venice, Vincenzo Nason established his own glassworks called Vincenzo Nason & Cie in 1967, the name changing to V. Nason in 1989. The firm is no longer in business, having closed around the turn of the 21st century.

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Copper Antique Bed Warmer With Turned Birch Wood Handle

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Description

This handsome antique bed warmer was hand made with a copper pan that has a lid pierced with three concentric rows of circles. The handle, Shaker-like in its simplicity, is turned from a single piece of birch with a lovely pale color. Most of the bed warmers we’ve found over the years have dark wood or iron handles, so this one is a nice change.

The overall length is 37 inches, with the wooden handle measuring 22 inches. The pan is 10 inches in diameter and about 3 inches high and the bed warmer weighs a bit over 2 pounds. As you can see from the photo of the interior showing the scorch marks of the heated stones, it has been used. There are dimples in the copper and a small chip out of the wood where it is riveted to the ferrule (photograph # 9). We’ve left the old, darkened color, including the verdigris, but you can easily polish it to a shine if you prefer. We think there may have been a knob or ring of some sort in the center of the pan to lift the lid, but if so, it’s long gone.

Bed warming pans with long handles like this one were passed over the sheets and then removed, unlike foot warmers designed to remain in the bed during the night to warm the toes. Pierced warmers had the advantage of allowing the heat to more easily escape; the story that hot coals were used is a fiction, because they would make a smoky mess of the sheets. Stones heated on the hearth did the trick. When placed in the pan, they were more easily handled than a hot brick, which is what was used prior to the advent of these long-handled pans. Today we use these bed warmers to decorate our hearths and the pierced patterns are pleasingly eye-catching.

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PYH 4409

Qing Dynasty Antique Wedding Basket

Antique Chinese Wedding Basket Rattan and Bamboo Qing Dynasty

Overview

  • Antique item from the 1800s
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  • 20 1/2 inches tall
  • 16 inches across

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This handsome basket exhibits the exceptional workmanship and detailing that was given to both useful and ornamental objects by Chinese craftsmen. Baskets like these are commonly called wedding baskets but they are actually betrothal baskets. The two lidded compartments, finely woven of rattan, were used to transport gifts such as tea sets, linens, incense, candles and snacks and beverages.

The frame is dark reddish brown bamboo, the two sides beautifully carved with auspicious symbols and fastened with brass circlets. They form “feet” at the bottom and a stationary handle at the top, which can be used to carry the basket when it is filled and quite heavy. The wooden handle is surmounted by a heavy hand-wrought brass carrying handle set on an ornamental back plate pierced with symbols. The rattan portion of the topmost lid was woven in two colors to form a shòu character, symbol of longevity, wishing long life to the betrothed couple. There are also two small feet that support the basket, which is 20 1/2 inches tall to the top of the bamboo handle and about 16 inches across including the side supports. The basket weighs a sturdy 7 pounds, 4 ounces.

This example has seen use and shows obvious age, having been made in the latter part of the 1800’s in the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1912). The rattan basketry is rubbed along the sides from carrying, so there are areas that are lighter in color. The brass has developed a darkened patina and there is minor chipping along the bottom edges and on the feet. As is common with Chinese lidded baskets, the most wear is to the rim of the lid, where there is some loss of the bamboo edge (pictured). Overall, the basket is in very good condition. It displays beautifully and is large enough to be used as a side table, as well as a fabulous wedding gift.

© Linda Henrich
PYH 4379

Globe On Iron Stand, 1597 Hondius Terrestrial

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This large, elegant standing floor globe is a vintage reproduction of a 1597 one by Jodocus Hondius (Dutch, 1563-1612), the foremost engraver of copperplate maps of his time. The globe itself is composed of map sections called gores, applied to a sphere 12 1/2 inches in diameter. A lovely antique parchment color, it is highly illustrated with sea monsters, sailing ships and compass roses, among many other interesting drawings. The labeling is in Latin and the geographical details fascinating.

The handsome floor stand is wrought iron with a dark patina, resting on three penny feet and having a series of simple wrought details at the center of the stem. The meridian is full-swinging, which means it’s attached to both the north and south poles. A person viewing the globe can then see the entire world by moving the globe, not moving their own position. It can be viewed standing up or sitting. The width at the flat center ring is about 17 inches and the distance the tapering feet extend out is also about 17 inches. It weighs 14 pounds and is one of the more impressive old world globes we’ve come across.

This globe is in excellent condition and a fabulous addition to your office, study or living room.

FOR INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS: WE ARE UNABLE TO SHIP THIS GLOBE OUTSIDE OF THE U.S.

© Linda Henrich

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PYH 4405

 

Mermaids Haitian Steel Drum Art by Vertus Romens Fer Découpé

Steel Drum Wall Art by Haitian Vertus Romens Fer Découpé of Mermaids

Item Name
Mermaids Wall Art
Price
$95.00
Condition
Vintage
Category
Art – Metal
Availability
In Stock 1
Item #
PYH – 4303
Description

Fer découpé (French for iron cut out) artwork is created from steel petrochemical drums that are cleaned and pounded flat. After drawing the designs on the metal, the bòsmetal (bosses of the metal/metal sculptors) cut them out with hammers and chisels, punch tools and nails, with no welding done. Vertus Romens, the sculptor of this intricate work, grew up in the Noialles district of Croix-des-Bouquets, a village outside the capital of Port-au-Prince where this craft originated. Poverty inspired the salvage of materials for art; the use of steel drums was pioneered starting in the 1950’s. Romens learned to sculpt at an early age and became a prominent metal craftsman.

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The sirene, or mermaid, is one of the spirits of Haitian vodou; she represents beauty and wealth. One of the mermaids in this work is playing a saxophone; the sax is used in several types of Haitian music, such as Compas. Both of the mermaids have shimmering scales, are wearing bikinis and are accompanied by a large fish; they are standing on a base of waves and sea grasses, with a flower extending up between them. Vertus Romens signed this piece by incising his name into the metal on the lower right front (photo #4 shows a close-up).

This beautiful wall sculpture measures 17 inches high, 10 inches wide and weighs 1 1/2 pounds. The sculptor finishes his pieces with a coat of lacquer, so they can be hung indoors or out; a quick spray of clear enamel or lacquer once a year will keep it in shape if you choose to use it outdoors and don’t like the rusty, weathered look. It’s easily hung with nails at one or more of the points where there are spaces between the designs. This is a highly detailed, interesting work that is a tribute to the artist’s talent for this art. It is not a perfunctory piece turned out for the tourist trade, but a one of a kind, true expression of Haitian culture.

Note: In the November 2011 issue of “Magic Haiti” Magazine there was a 2 page spread on Vertus Romens (although he was identified as Romens Vertus throughout the article). It’s entitled “When Oil Drums Become Works of Art” and you can see it here:
https://issuu.com/clarens/docs/magic_haiti_3_-_lite_version

© Linda Henrich

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Sculpture of a Brahman Cow Hand Wrought Copper

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Item Name
Copper Brahman Cow Sculpture
Price
Sold – Thank You – $75.00 USD
Condition
Vintage
Category
Metalware – Art
Availability
In Stock 0
Item #
PYH – 4289
Description

  • Vintage item
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This handsome hand wrought, hollow copper sculpture is of a Brahman cow. In minimalist fashion, the artist depicted the hump on her back, her large pendulous ears, long tail, curved horns and four teat udder. Expertly cut and welded, this piece has a lovely darkened patina and stands sturdily wherever she’s placed. Measuring 8 3/4 inches long, 5 1/2 inches tall to the top of her back and in excellent condition, this sculpture is a one of a kind art find.

© Linda Henrich

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Soup Bowl & Spoon Set Marked YAGI Japanese Fine Porcelain

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Item Name
Porcelain YAGI Soup Bowl & Spoon
Price
Sold – Thank You – $24.00 USD
Condition
Vintage
Category
China – Dining
Availability
In Stock 0 – 2pc
Item #
PYH – 4218
Description

A perfect bowl and spoon for clear soups and broths, this blue and white Japanese fine porcelain is decorated with catfish, koi and dragons or sea serpents. The bowl is 4 inches across, 2 inch high and holds about 8 ounces. The matching spoon is 5 3/4 inches long and 2 inches across at the widest point. The bowl has a raised mark on the bottom that reads “YAGI,”
while the spoon is unsigned with kiln marks on the reverse. Both are in exceptional condition, ready to use and admire.
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Felipe Andrew Mata Ortiz Blackware Pot

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Item Name
Felipe Andrew Blackware Pot
Price
$135.00 USD
Condition
Vintage
Category
Pottery -HomeDecor
Availability
In Stock 1
Item #
PYH – 4244
Description

This exquisitely formed burnished blackware pot was created and signed by Mata Ortiz, Mexico potter Felipe Andrew. He decorated the pot with geometric designs in the traditional colors of red and green. The pot is 5 inches tall, 5 inches at its widest and stands on a small flat base 1 inch in diameter, with a neck opening the same. Señor Andrew’s name is etched on the bottom and it is in pristine condition.

Mata Ortiz is a small village in northern Mexico, very rural but home to extremely skilled potters who produce their wares without benefit of a potter’s wheel or kiln. The clay comes from the nearby hills and the pigments from plants and minerals. The works from this village appear in high-end galleries and many museums; the quality and artistry of this piece makes it a star in any collection. More Details