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Kalao Bird Figure / Statue.  Hornbill Sculpture.  Senufo.  Ivory Coast, Africa

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    A stately and rare African sculpture of a Kalao / Hornbill from the Senufo people of northern Cote d’Ivoire.   Only ancestral specialized artisan tribal members dedicate their lives to creating art for the Senufo.   Sculptures are hand-carved from a solid piece of wood and clad with… Continue reading

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

Vintage. Lamp Finial.  Filigree.  Ormalu Gilded Brass.  Openwork. 

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    A stunning piece from early- to mid-1900s.  Filled with detail and openwork.   Ormalu is a gilding process of applying a finely grown amalgam to brass.  There is a small oxidation spot, shown in one of the photos.  Glass stand not included.

Miniature Troy Greek Warrior Helmet.  Stand.  Greece

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    A detailed replica of the iconic helmet.  Very heavy . . . could be brass or bronze.  Wood base.  Sorry, glass stand not included.  

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

Vintage Heavy Brass Corinthian Helmet.  Replica.  Greek.  Greece

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  Originating in the ancient state/city Corinth, full sized helmets – like this – were made of bronze and used by hoplite heavy infantry soldiers.  Most everything they wore or carried was heavy.   These helmets are well known in their variety of crests and nose pieces.  And,… Continue reading

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 / 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

Maitland-Smith Brass Griffin.  Gryphon. Brulee finish.  Penshell inlay.  8173-10. Philippines

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    Whoa….   This is certainly one of Maitland Smith’s most creative and sophisticated mythological and decorative creatures.  If the definition of a griffin is true to form, then this piece is the epitome of courage and boldness… with a massive helping of beauty and elegance.   This… 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
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