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African Rhythm Pounder (Deble), 20th Century
Deble or Rhythm Pounders were carved both in male & female form intended to symbolize fertility, but also used in tribal rituals commemorating ancestral rites, initiating youths into adulthood and in communicating with the dead. Carved in hardwood, decorated with raffia & beads. Height, 35”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A Carved Bone Hindu Figure of Bodhisattva Kali with Shiva in Infant Form, India
Possibly 17th Century or Earlier

In accordance with Buddhist lore, after a fierce battle Kali was still in a wild rage after slaying several demons, when Shiva – Kalis husband, transforms himself into a helpless infant in an attempt to calm Kali, which upon hearing the child’s cries Kali - depicted here as Kali Ma, (Mother of Compassion) quietens and takes to nursing the child. Dimensions, 2” high x 4” long.
(It is most interesting to note that in this particular carving of Kali she is shown having six fingers on her right hand.)
In several cultures and religions - including Catholicism, early depictions of a person or a being having six fingers is interpreted as one who is divine or beatified. One such example, as it relates to the Catholic Church, is the 15th century liturgical work titled ‘The Mary with Six Fingers’ located at the Benedictine Abbey of Maria-Laach in Austria.

 
 
 
 
 
 

A Novel Set of Six Early 20th Century Silver Plated Campaign Spirit Cups, English Circa 1900
Each fashioned to accurately replicate British campaign field service cookware complete with faux rivet mounted handles, their undersides bearing impressed marks for The Army & Navy Co-operative Society.
Each measuring 4.5” long x 2” diameter x 1.25” high (to the rim).
The Army & Navy Co-operative Society was a London department store established in 1871 by and for British military officers, which by the end of the 19th century had expanded to the British held colonies of Bombay, Calcutta, Delhi and Karachi.
(Please note that the true plated surface on these items is bright and polished, the blemishes that appear on their surface in the online images is merely the reflection of the material they were photographed on)

 
 
 
 

An Early 20th Century East African Headrest, Ethiopia (Kambata Tribe)
Showing a crescent shaped rest braced by flattened supports atop a cupped base, decorated with carved geometric motifs and exhibiting a mellow patina overall.
Height, 8.25”

 
 
 

An Early 20th Century East African Headrest, Ethiopia (Kambata Tribe)
Showing a crescent shaped rest braced by flattened supports atop a cupped base, decorated with carved geometric motifs and exhibiting a mellow patina overall.
Height, 7.75”

 
 
 

A Rare 19th Century French Clay Pipe and Case by J. Gambier, Paris Circa 1800
The bowl showing foliate & vinery molded motifs along the stem which also bears impressed makers marks ‘Gambier Paris M.M Depose’ and modelling number 1261, together with its hinged wooden case secured with a brass clasp bearing the Gambier monogram JG. The bit having an early repair bound with black twine.
The pipe measures 8.5” bowl to stem, the case measuring 10.75” long.
(The firm of J. Gambier was founded by Jean Gambier in 1780 and is recognized as the most important clay pipe maker of the 19th century).

 
 
 
 
 

An Early 20th Century Northeast African Earthenware Cooking Vessel, Circa 1900
Possibly Makonde, Mozambique

The dark brown earthenware bowl-shaped body rising to a flattened shoulder with incised linear & notched detail rising to a waisted roll-over rim. The underside showing evidence of exposure to open flame. Bearing inventory numbers below the shoulder. Dimensions, 3.75” high x 8” diameter.

 
An Early 20th Century Northeast African Earthenware Cooking Vessel, Circa 1900
 
An Early 20th Century Northeast African Earthenware Cooking Vessel, Circa 1900
 
An Early 20th Century Northeast African Earthenware Cooking Vessel, Circa 1900

A Most Unusual Anthropomorphically Inspired Brutalist Bronze Vide Poche, Circa 1920
Austrian or French

The anthropomorphic figure with outstretched arms encompassing two recessed wells.
The brutalist facial features appear somewhat primate-based, however the musculature of the shoulders observed on the reverse appear more humanistic in form.
Previously affixed to what would likely have been a marble plinth base.
Dimensions, 2.5” high x 5.5” wide x 3.5” deep. Weight, 2lbs. 20z.

 
A Most Unusual Anthropomorphically Inspired Brutalist Bronze Vide Poche, Circa 1920
 
A Most Unusual Anthropomorphically Inspired Brutalist Bronze Vide Poche, Circa 1920
 
A Most Unusual Anthropomorphically Inspired Brutalist Bronze Vide Poche, Circa 1920
 
A Most Unusual Anthropomorphically Inspired Brutalist Bronze Vide Poche, Circa 1920
 
A Most Unusual Anthropomorphically Inspired Brutalist Bronze Vide Poche, Circa 1920

An Amusing Early 20th Century Glove Holder / Swagger Stick, Austrian Circa 1900
The brass-capped elm shaft terminating to a knop in the form of a monkey’s head inset with recessed garnet eyes, the sprung mouth opening to clasp a glove.
Length, 27.5”

 
 
An Early 20th Century Novelty Swagger Stick / Glove Holder, Austrian Circa 1900
 
An Early 20th Century Novelty Swagger Stick / Glove Holder, Austrian Circa 1900
 
An Early 20th Century Novelty Swagger Stick / Glove Holder, Austrian Circa 1900
 
An Early 20th Century Novelty Swagger Stick / Glove Holder, Austrian Circa 1900
 
An Early 20th Century Novelty Swagger Stick / Glove Holder, Austrian Circa 1900
 
An Early 20th Century Novelty Swagger Stick / Glove Holder, Austrian Circa 1900

A Napoleonic Prisoner of War Coquilla Treen Ornament, French Circa 1810
Finely carved in three segments, the base screwing to a stem affixed to a cupped element, threaded to receive a castellated & pierced top. Height 4.25”


 
 

A Signed Vintage Black & White Publicity Photograph of Violinist Louis Kaufman, together with an Accompanying Signed Concert Program for ‘The Associated Students of Stanford University’.

The 8” x 10” photo published by The National Concert and Artists Corporation, 711 Fifth Avenue New York, New York, boldly signed in blue ink top right “Best Wishes from Louis Kaufman Jan. 16th 1950” together with a 9” x 6” double-sided concert program also dated January 16th 1950 and signed “Best Wishes, Louis Kaufman”. The program also refers to Kaufman’s wife, Annette Kaufman as accompanying him on the piano during this performance.

Overall condition of the photograph is very good with no tears, one minor crease and areas of subtle discolouration. The concert program is also in very good condition with no tears or creases.

Louis Kaufman (1905-1994) is regarded as quite possibly the most recorded artist of the 20th century, winning the Grand Prix du Disque in 1950 and was elected to the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry in 2003.

 
 
 

An Early 20th Century Carved French Zouave Soldier Pipe Bowl, Circa 1900
The finely carved features of an Algerian Zouave soldier sculpted from Mediterranean heather root-wood (erica arborea) exhibiting a fine mellow patina overall. Dimensions, 3” high x 5.25” long

SOLD

 
 
 
 
 
 

A Late 19th Century Painted Cast Iron Weigh Scale, France Circa 1870
A very charming accent piece in original green paint and retaining both original brass weigh pans.
Dimensions, 16” x 5.75” x 5.25”


   
   
   

An Early 18th Century Double Bladed Brass Fleam
The twin steel blades and lancet set within a brass case, signed in script ‘Thomas Phillips’ Retaining it’s original wave-embossed leather sheath. Length 3.5”, sheath 3.75” English, Circa 1720 Distress to sheath consistent with age & use.

Fleams were bloodletting devices used to make an incision in a large vein. Used through the 17th to 19th century, occasionally on humans but most often as a veterinary tool.

SOLD

An Early 19th Century Anatomical Lithograph of a Skull
Titled ‘Malattie delle Articolazioni’ drawn by Antonio Muzzi (1815-1894), printed by Batelli, dated 1839.
This large plate originates from an ambitious 1839 treatise published in Bologna which dealt extensively with known examples of diseases and malformations of bone structures.
Printed on early 19th century woven paper with full margins and fronted by an acid free mat set within an ebonized frame. Dimensions, 16.5” x 10.5” (sight).

 
 

A Charming Group of Early 20th Century Dutch Silver (.835 fine) Miniatures
All bearing marks, the group consists of the following…


‘A Rotating Carousel’

3.5" high

SOLD

 ‘Woman on a Swing’

2" high

The Balloon Seller’

1.75" high

‘Boy on a Rocking Horse'

 2” long

‘Boy with Dog & Cart’

 2.5" long

A Carved Bone Miniature ‘Memento Mori’ Model of a Human Skull
Height: 1.25” Length: 1.75”


   

A 19th Century Gothic-Inspired Pine Pulpit
The structure surrounded by richly carved & arched gothic panels intersected by vertical pillars, raised atop a conforming base accessed by an independent stepped platform. Circa 1890. Height - 70”

(This would make a highly interesting design element if incorporated into the access point of a stairwell or onto a 2nd floor landing)

SOLD

An 18th Century Carved Burl Root Treen Figure
Height: 2.25” Length: 2.75”. Continental, Circa 1790

   

 

SOLD

An Intriguing Treen Element Carved in the Form of a Human Skull
Purportedly carved by a tradesman from material excavated from HMS Victory during it’s restoration in dry-dock at Portsmouth in 1922. Height: 3” Length: 3.25” Width: 2.25”
Provenance: Purchased from a private collector who obtained directly from the carver’s family.

 

A Pair of Mid 20th Century Pal Bell ‘Googie’ or ‘Populuxe’ Bronze Ashtrays, Israel Circa 1950
The bodies with dimpled interiors and classic verdigris-enameled exteriors, raised on twin pronged supports. Designed by industrial designer Maurice Ascalon (1913-2003) Height: 3”