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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

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

Vintage Relief Khepri Scarab. Hand carved. Paperweight.  Atum.  West Nile Delta Egypt.

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      Khepri was the god of creation, the movement of the sun, and rebirth.  This large replica of an authentic and ancient scarab.  It was hand carved near the city of Sais, in the West Nile Delta.   Ancient Egyptians believe that scarabs (beetles) came out… Continue reading

Vintage Maitland-Smith Porcelain Ginger Jar.  Hong Kong.

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    This porcelain jar was made in kilns near the ancient kilns of Wun Yiu village – once the center of porcelain industry back in the 1600s.  It was then hand-painted and refired in Hong Kong.   Maitland-Smith acquired this piece and sold it through their global network… Continue reading

Vintage Maitland Smith Bronze Pair of Monkeys Carrying a Dish.  Business Card.  Candle.   Statue.  Figure. Casting.  Philippines.

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    A new word for some of us:  Singerie.  Not sure what the Maitland Smith folks had in mind when they created the humorous statue of monkeys, carrying a dish- like-object on two poles . . .  fashionably attired and copying human behavior.   This… Continue reading

Vintage Large Handmade Bronze Maitland Smith Elephant Sculpture Statue. #132  Clock.  Philippines.

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  Quite stunning!  The Maitland Smith company was founded in Hong Kong by a well-known antique dealer.  Besides designing quality 18th century furniture, Maitland Smith also scoured the globe in search of quality antique furnishings to supplement his furniture.  This elephant was cast in the Philippines… Continue reading

1940s Kabuto Samurai Helmet.  Bronze.  Miniature. Japan

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    Kabuto is a type of helmet worn by ancient Japanese warriors, samurai . . . who basically ruled Japan for over 600 years.  Yes, they protected warriors but there was a psychological factor:  power and might.  The higher the Samurai rank the more… Continue reading

Horned Kuba Helmet Mask.  Wood & Paint.  Bwoom.  DRC.  Congo. Africa

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  This was quite a find.   One of the three known royal masks, the helmet Bwoom is one of the oldest mask types used by the Kuba.  These were introduced in the 17th Century by King Miko mi-Mbul.   Most often used in funerals, they are also used… Continue reading

Erte.  Roesotericstuff.com De Tirtoff.  Oriental Tale.  Art Deco.  Lithograph.  1987

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  (Titled) Oriental Tale by Tirtoff (1892-1990) depicted a woman wearing voluminous pants and pointed shoes. She is wearing a vibrant headdress rendered in hues of orange and yellow. Her form is outlined in red with a hand holding a paint brush to the lower left corner. A figured… Continue reading

Vintage Heavy Brass Decorative Plate.  10”.  India

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  Very unique and quite stunning.   The swirling background is really cool.  Hook on back for wall hanging.   I have a matching brass jar / urn listed as V-6003.  Both pieces would look great on your dining table or on a décor shelf.   … Continue reading
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