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Angels With Cross

Angels With Cross

This delicately wrought French ivory carving, dated 1802, shows heavenward angels and cherubs delivering the cross of Christ, surmounted by the Crown of Thorns.  At the top of the scene is the dove of the Holy Spirit.


7.5" x 4.75"
ivory, multi-color



Bringing In The Harvest

Bringing In The Harvest

This utterly charming Victorian photo case shows a nostalgic American farm scene, complete with a farm boy chasing a butterfly.  It symbolized the pride in farm life of mid 19th century America.


6" x 5"
multi-color



Scottish Angel

Scottish Angel

This plump little cherub is taken from a Victorian memorial in Perthshire, Scotland, an area of rolling hills and glistening trout streams.


6" x 5"
greystone



Lady with Urn

Lady with Urn

This ornamental plaster piece was once used to decorate a stately Scottish home.   The neoclassical style developed around the turn of the 19th century.   The Grecian draped model languidly pours water in this example of the style.


15.5" x 6.5"
ivory, multi-color



Victorian Cherub Relief

Victorian Cherub Relief

This intricately carved lid of an antique English box depicts a scene of reveling cherubs and reflects the Victorian passion for angels and opulent detail.   The scene itself is a little Bacchus feast with rollicking little angels partaking of the fruit of the vine and other naughty pursuits.   The carving is so detailed that a faint bas relief of a village church steeple can be seen in the background.


5.25" x 3.25"
ivory, pink



Troilus and Cressida

Troilus and Cressida

These Classical Greek lovers were immortalized here by the Pre-Raphaelite artist, Edward Burne-Jones for the 1896 edition of the Kelmscott Chaucer.   Shakespeare also wrote a play about them as did Bocaccio.   The work was published by William Morris, himself a noted designer of the time.   The style and subject matter, like all work done by the Pre-Raphaelites, rejects the modern age and all it stands for and looks back with nostalgia to medieval times which were viewed as a purer age with people more honorable and objects and surroundings untouched by the ugliness of mechanization and industrialization.


6.75" x 5.25"
brown/green, blue/green



Dancing Maidens

Dancing Maidens

These merrily frolicking women are from a Burne-Jones engraving in the Kelmscott Chaucer and part of the Romance of the Rose tale, a most popular novel in medieval times.  The Kelmscott Chaucer was published by the famous designer William Morris.


7" x 5.5"
brown/rose/green, blue/mauve/green



Scottish Dancers

Scottish Dancers

This exquisite 19th century photo case depicts the Monymusk Reel, a famous Scottish dance.  Bagpipes and agrarian tools, symbolizing prosperity, are also shown.  The village of Monymusk is a quaint place in the Aberdeen region of Scotland, famous for the ancient St. Mary's Church and the Monymusk Reliquary, a fabulous Celtic artifact which once held relics of St. Columba.


5" x 4"
ivory, multi-color



Musical Cherubs

Musical Cherubs

This charming relief of three music-making cherubs is taken from an original Victorian furniture decoration in copper.


5.5" x 5.5"
ivory, pink



Devilish Gargoyle

Devilish Gargoyle

This grinning gargoyle is taken from a turn of the century Bethlehem, PA., building.   Many such faces were carved on ancient Gothic cathedrals to ward off evil spirits and this tradition was taken up in the Victorian age when a Gothic Revival style of architecture was popular.


7" x 6"
greystone, walnut woodtone



Angel Gabriel

Angel Gabriel

The trumpeting angel, symbolizing the most famous archangel, heralds the coming of Christ.   Carved in a charming primitive style, the original dates to 1860.


6.5" x 4.5"
greystone



Victorian Portrait Medallion

Victorian Portrait Medallion

A Victorian lady sits amongst a backdrop of romantic Gothic ornament including shield and lance, reflecting a fervor for all things medieval at the last quarter of the 19th century.   The copper embossed original was a dramatic ornamentation on a piece of furniture.


8.25" x 8.25"
multi-color



Victorian Grapevine Mirror

Victorian Grapevine Mirror

The original, an exquisite antique American picture frame made around the time of the Civil War, features a Classical portrait and delicate carvings of grapes and flowers.


10" x 7.25"
multi-color



Art Nouveau Mirror

Art Nouveau Mirror

This elegant 19th century antique depicts a beautiful woman in the flowing style and natural setting that typifies the "New Art" that rebelled against the ornateness of the age.


11.75" x 8.75"
multi-color



Two Sisters Photo Case

Two Sisters Photo Case

This Civil-War era daguerreotype case depicts a small version of the charming portrait of the Calmady sisters by British painter Sir Thomas Lawrence.  Early photographs were delicate and it was the style to carry portraits in these decorative cases, made of the first plastic-like casting material.  The original cases are now highly sought after by Civil War collectors as many have patriotic and Civil War themes.


4" x 3.5"
pink, ivory



Little Victorian Cherub

Little Victorian Cherub

Inspired by a Victorian furniture detail.  Angels and cherubs were popular decorative ornaments in the opulent Victorian age.


5.5" x 2.5"
multi-color



Victorian Griffin

Victorian Griffin

Taken from an ornate Victorian firescreen, the legendary griffin, half lion, half eagle, has symbolized guardianship since medieval times and has also been a popular heraldic device.


9" x 5"
greystone



Seashell Photo Case

Seashell Photo Case

This lovely Civil War-era case shows meticulously carved seashells which were a popular decorative element of Victorian times.  The cases held the first photographs, called daguerreotypes.


4" x 3.5"
pink multi-color



Irish Lion

Irish Lion

From an antique Irish decorative wood carving, the lion has long been a symbol associated with royalty, courage and strength.  Lions are often placed at entranceways as guardians.


6.5" x 4.25"
walnut woodtone, greystone





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