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Archaic Cloisonne Enamel Incense Burner.  Foo Dog Lid.  China

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    A real prize.  A sizable early censer with a bronze protective foo dog / lion lid.   Chinese enameling technique features carved or chiseled depressions in a brass vessel . . . and then filled with enamel, fired and polished.   Red, blue, white designs, animals (on… Continue reading

Rare Master Quality Handcrafted Tantric Oracle Cap.  Crown. Tibet.

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    Tibetan Oracles?  Well, before Buddhism, there were Bons.  Bons were a particular type of priest who performed rituals to gain the favor of local spirits and ensure the well-being and safety of the dead in the afterlife.  Much, much later and under the influence of… Continue reading

Antique Museum Quality Handcrafted Marble Guanyin.  Kwan-yin. Hardwood Stand.  China

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    Hand-carved marble head of Guanyin, the Buddhist bodhisattva associated with compassion.  The expression is priceless and the headgear / crown with an engraved Buddha is a real bonus.   Acquired from a jeweler in Beverly Hills California who has had it since the 1970s, when he… Continue reading

Maitland-Smith Bronze Monkey Card or Candle Holder.  Singerie.  Philippines

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    Singerie, a visual arts depiction, can be found back in ancient Egypt but more popular in France over the last couple of centuries.  The word – singerie – is the name given to a visual arts genre depicting monkeys imitating human behavior.  Such monkeys are often… Continue reading

Large Vintage Maitland Smith Vase.  Greek Motif.  Hand Painted.  Philippines      

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    Maitland-Smith – founded by a well-known London antique dealer and designer – acquired and reproduced world class and 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 and the highest quality… Continue reading

Antique / Vintage Headhunters Letter Opener.  Miniature.  Sterling silver.  Brass.  Borneo

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    Authentic headhunting swords like this were popular in the mid- to late- 1800s . . . even up to the mid-1900s (in certain locations).   The primitive weapon collector I purchased it from said it had a sterling silver foundation with copper inlay and brass handle . .… Continue reading

Vintage Maitland-Smith Rectangular Pedestal Porcelain Vase.  Thailand

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    A rare formed vase that seems to float on the heads of four lions.  Fired in a small kiln, finished and hand painted.   The birds, foliage, scenery, colors and shape make this a splendid vase in the hallway or entryway.   Maitland Smith – founded by… Continue reading

Antique Greco-Roman Silver Ring with Griffin.  Gryphon etched. Sabac Serbia

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    A stunning ancient replica of a Greco-Roman silver ring.   Acquired from a Greek antique shop in Sabac Serbia.  According to the owner, it was handcrafted in the mid- to late- 1800s in a small silver foundry in Acharnes, on the outskirts of Athens.   A lot… 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
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