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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

Bronze Griffin Sculpture Statue.  Figure.  Gryphon.  Greek.  Mythological Creature

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    These protomes replicas appear more frequently from various global locations.  They all point back to decorative adornments displayed in ancient Greek architecture, sculpture and pottery.  Yes, there are many Greek heads (some with upper torsos) of humans, animals and mythological creatures, but this one has a… 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

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

Stone Scorpion Scarab.  Amulet.  Paperweight.  Figure.  Heliopolis.  Egypt.

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    This large amulet is not really a scarab, even though the scorpion is strongly associated with scarabs.  The reason is that scorpions are common on the belly side of scarab beetle figures.   Scorpions like this are associated with the Egyptian goddess of Serket.  She was… Continue reading

Elegant 1899 Solid Sterling Silver Letter Opener.  Mother of Pearl.  Maker’s Mark. London England

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    Genuine London Sterling Silver ferruled opener with a hand carved cylindrical shaped mother of pearl handle and mirror polished steel blade.  WOW!   Cap and ferrule are fully hallmarked with the letter “d” denoting 1899.  The lion passant, leopards head and maker’s mark (As& Hn) fully… 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

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

Marble Falcon of Horus.  Hand Carved.  Statue.  Figure.  Nile Valley, Aswan, Egypt

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    The Falcon of Horus – wearing the double crown of Upper and Lower Egypt – is an image of divine kingship. The king was associated with the sky god as the “Living Horus,” and he was thought to represent the rule of the gods on earth. Horus is… Continue reading
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