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Bowls, Boxes, Bells, Gongs, Medicine Holders. Containers not considered vessels

Large Vintage Maitland Smith Centerpiece.  Iridescent.  Console Bowl. Bronze or Brass trim.  Bird Nest.   Philippines.

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    Maitland Smith – founded by a well-known London antique dealer and designer – acquired and reproduced world class quality products.  Their expertise includes metal casting, finely executed porcelains, sophisticated finishing techniques, detailed hand painting, beautiful inlaid marquetry and the finest hand carved woodwork.   Maitland-Smith acquired this… Continue reading

Antique SilverMix Handicraft Box.  Footed Metalwork.  Container.  Persia.  Cairo Egypt

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    Egyptians used silver as early as the Predynastic Period (ca. 4400–3100 B.C.) and was important – as was gold – for personal ornaments and decorative/religious objects in Egypt through Roman times.   Since Egypt essentially had no silver from its lands, sources were from neighboring countries specifically Persia… Continue reading

Vintage Gilt Brass Green Glass Pedestal Compote Bowl.  Gryphon.  Griffin Handles.  France

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    A truly stunning piece.    Here we have an emerald green sectioned glass bowl snugly fitted with a gilt brass mounted frame with a pedestal base with concave designs around it.   I was particularly struck with the elegance and detail on the gryphon handles.  Awesome!… Continue reading

Russian Hot Tea Podstakannik and Stakin.  Cut Crystal.  Vladimir Russia

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    Handled tea glass holders were considered essential in many Russian households since the 1800s. Having started off as an ingenious tool to avoid touching a hot glass, the podstakannik (glass holder) soon evolved into a tableware item for the elite and rich. Precious metals, filigree design, and exquisite… Continue reading

Antique Heavy Brass Inkwell.  Greek Sphinx. Mythology. Greek Scene & Emblems.  Glass well.  Pen Holder.  France.

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    In Greek mythology, the sphinx is shown with the head of a woman, wings of a bird and body of a lion.  This character represents a treacherous and merciless version of a sphinx . . .  not to be messed around with at any time.  … Continue reading

Pharaonic Wood Box with Shabti/Ushabti.  Hand Painted.  Luxor.  Egypt.

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    Original pieces from ancient Egypt are almost impossible to acquire at a reasonable price.  And there are the issues of importing, exporting, authentication and language.   With that said, here is an item that is old but not necessarily ancient.   Pharaonic figures painted on a small… Continue reading

Small and Authentic Dayak Orang Ulu Shaman Carrier Container. Kayan. Kalimantan. Borneo.

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  A Orang Ulu shaman carrier / container is primarily used to store medicine, herbs, roots and other plantation items. The carrier is adorned with the naga motif, the common Buah Berinjan vines, two ancestral Dayak warriors on the two poles and accented with the woven vine / rattan material… Continue reading

Batak Hand Carved Wooden Scale Box.  Gold.  Halangan North Sumatra

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    Batak tribes are well known for their carved medicine containers like this (see C-7734, for another).  This one is less artistic and more functional, but using the traditional motifs of the Singa (protective creature) and ASO (human-like heads).   Functional?  This particular container was used (lightly)… Continue reading

7.5” Metal Hand Hammered Singing Bowl.  Chakra F.  Heart.

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    Used since 560 B.C. to invoke a deep state of relaxation, meditation and spiritual well-being, this singing bowl is hand-hammered and left unpolished.   The chakra is that of the Heart.  The frequency of this bowl is 365.5 Hz (F is the musical note) and is associated… Continue reading

Vintage Porcelain Ginger Jar.  Porcelain.  Contemporary Styling.  Flowers.  Colorful.  With Lid.  China

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    Very striking for a vintage piece.  I love the floral design and the bright crisp colors.  The lid even has – what I would label – a golden stem.  The vase -what appears to be – round is actually gently scalloped.   A quality piece… Continue reading
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