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Rare Pair of French Art Nouveau Bookends in the form of bears.  

Impressed marked on the base: UNIS, FRANCE. Impressed signature on the base: Cytere

These are a rare pair of bookends in the form of two bears.

They were made by Alphonse Cytere of Rambervillers, France. In 1900 he developed a rich metallic blue-green lustre glaze. In 1903, he set up an art studio at Rambervillers, which produced fine Art Nouveau ceramics, working with prestigious artists of the Ecole de Nancy - Galle, Majorelle, Gruber, Schneider, Vallin etc.  When Cytere died in 1941, he took with him the secret of his wonderful blue glaze.

Perfect Condition: £525


These are two really rare and highly collectable antique two-part gutta-percha golf ball moulds. The top one is a  27 ball mould and the lower one is a 26 ball mould. Both have been made by John White & Company, Edinburgh.


Both with female and male notches and mesh pattern interiors.

Height: 7 cm and each with a diameter of 8 cm. There are in good condition with a little tarnishing to the brass, commensurate with age and use. The steel has some light rust; the mould detail remains nice and crisp.

These old mould are very much items for the specialist golf collector or as display items for a golf or sports museum.

 See: Kevin McGimpsey “The Story of The Golf Ball" p.16 with reference to British Foundries John White & Co Edinburgh."

Each Mould: £1495

A Fine Antique WMF Framed Plaque showing St George and the Dragon.

With impressed WMF mark in the bottom left corner, and signed "della antonio 1909" in the image.

Inscribed below "St Georg".

Beautifully modelled and in fine condition:

Industrial Steampunk: Rare Holophane Glass Globe Pendant Lamp. Impressed Holophane Mark - and No. 2115. Complete with original brass fittings and chains

This is a great look for your industrial interior - this is a rare survivor from the 1920s. This hanging ribbed glass shade consists of two sections held together by four original metal clips (these clips are exceptionally difficult to source). There is a circular disc which acts as a diffuser for shade fits neatly into the bottom section to completely seal the shade - but is easily removed to allow you to change the bulb.

A lovely light - complete with all original brass fittings and chunky hanging chains - these fittings have an old patina to them to complete that vintage industrial look - but could easily be polished to make them gleam if you preferred. This top quality old shade is in excellent condition with no chips or damages to the glass. Fantastic to have the original clips to keep the sections held together - as these are as rare as hen’s teeth and often such lights are sold without all their original fittings.

This light is one of a total of five vintage 1920s holophane lamps that I have in stock - all in excellent condition.

This is the smallest size which has a diameter of 7 inches (shown above). I have in stock a further four larger ones (with a 10 inch diameter, all with original glass diffusers sections) - also in excellent condition.

As with all vintage electrical items these would have to be re-wired by a competent person; an easy enough job to undertake.

These are top quality lights: a set of four of the similar shades (three of my smaller size and one larger size) sold at Christie’s Interiors Sale at London, South Kensington on 20 July 2010 (lot 582) for £1625 (and these were all missing their diffusers!)

 £ 325 for the smaller size; £ 425 for the larger size

Two Late 18th Century Tassie / Glass Paste Medallions

One of Margaret, Mrs John Tassie. Signed and dated 1796 by Tassie on the truncation.

An example of this medallion is in the collection of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery


The other  medallion is an extremely fine glass paste portrait medallion - purportedly showing the writer,  Samuel Johnson in profile (but not catalogued in Raspe, and unsigned.  

The attribution to Tassie and the sitter is here taken from an old 18th century ink inscription on the back of the frame).  


James Tassie was celebrated for his series of casts of antiques, gems, cameos and intaglios in coloured paste, enamel and sulphur. He modelled various subjects including portrait busts, and for a time worked as a modeller for Wedgwood. Tassie was probably best known for his portrait medallions of his eminent contemporaries, which were modelled from life or from drawings from life. They were usually oval, either in the ‘antique manner’ with the subject wearing classical drapery, or in contemporary costume, showing the garments in great detail. They were then cast in white enamel paste (of Tassie's own formulation), the whole medallion being sometimes executed in this material (as is Iconic's Johnson medallion on offer); while in other cases the head only appears in enamel, relieved against a background of ground glass  tinted of a subdued colour by paper placed behind (as is Iconic's medallion of Mrs Tassie).

Tassie issued several catalogues detailing his work; the definitive edition being prepared by Rudolphe Raspe.

TECHNIQUE: Tassie himself initially modelled the subject in wax from which a negative image in plaster was prepared. Next, a positive master was made using sulphur, which was readily available and easily workable as it melted only a few degrees above the boiling point of water - this set quickly to a smooth hard finish. From this master, Tassie then prepared a mould from a mixture of Tripoli (diatomaceous earth) and Plaster of Paris, placed in a small crucible. He was now ready to cast a medallion.

The mould was placed in a furnace, with a slab of vitreous paste placed above it. When heated the paste subsided into the mould, which was then removed from the furnace, and the back smoothed with an iron spatula. After cooling, the finished medallion was separated from the mould, which might be later re-used.

19th Century Mechanical Fluting Iron (seen in slideshow to the side)

This is a late 19th century Fluting Iron or Crimping Machine which was used to press and add frilled pleats to collars and cuffs after they were washed and starched. Ladies and children’s clothing at this time had a lot of pleating  or fluted trims, and this hand turned iron was designed to replace earlier hand held irons with serrated edges to press pleats into the cloth. This machine was simpler to use by turning the handle to run the cloth through a pair of little rollers - and helped to make the job of adding crisp pleats to dresses and petticoats much simpler.

This fluting iron has a pair of lovely shiny corrugated brass rollers, between which the fabric to be fluted is drawn by the rotation of the rollers in opposite directions. The rollers are hollow – and are heated by popping in heated rods into the ends. This is a lovely and most decorative example – the brass rollers are nice and clean and wind smoothly, the main body of the stand is made of black enamelled cast iron. The handle is turned wood and the iron still has its original mahogany base, again in excellent condition.  It also has its original pair of iron heating rods – which is very rare are these are often missing.

 A perfect and eye-catching window display item if you have an old fashioned sewing and alterations shop:  


Iconic Design - Wedgwood Pottery Figure of a Bull

This stylish Taurus Bell was modelled by Arnold Machin and printed in colours with signs of the Zodiac. It has both  printed and impressed factory marks

Length: 39 cm; and in Perfect Condition:


Beautiful  & Luxurious Combi Pot, Milk Jug or Creamer, and Lidded Sugar Bowl.

Rosenthal: Versace Arabesque Gold Pattern. A most stylish design  consisting of branches of acanthus leaves in four different shades of gold decorating the delicate white porcelain body of each piece.



Selection of Contemporary Studio Art Glass by Maggie Williams.

A Colourful Selection of Glass Plates and Bowls from the Eden Range

Maggie Williams is contemporary glass artist - based in Lincoln. All glass pieces are blown and hand finished, making each piece unique.  She uses thirty different transparent and opaque colours in her unique creations. Ideas are drawn from the natural world, in particular tropical plants with their luscious colours and shapes.  From cacti to the deadly carnivorous Pitcher Plant, these plant forms are a constant source of  artistic inspiration.

Williams was the winner of BBC “Home and Antiques” Talent Around Britain Award in 2006

I have a number of  Williams’ stylish Eden pieces for sale:

9 Small  & Medium Size Lipped Beakers: from £25 - £40  each

1 of the Largest Size Purple Vase or Beaker £45

11 Lipped Plates: from £20 - £40 each

The whole set as shown above makes a very interesting table setting  - great for individual servings of sushi or dim sum  on the plates & sake poured into the little beakers.

The set is available for a discounted purchase - price on request

Very Rare and Collectable: Ravilious Garden Pattern Tureen.

In Excellent Condition: £295

Ravilious Garden Pattern, Soup Bowls (Six Available). 9 ¼ inches in diameter

Rarer Shape. Perfect Condition:

£110 each

Iconic Design’s Selection of Stylish Garden Designs by Eric Ravilious and issued by Wedgwood in 1954, after designs first produced in 1938

Ravilious Garden Pattern, Dinner Plates

(Five Available)

10 inches (25.5 cm) diameter.

All Perfect Condition: £135


Ravilious Garden Pattern, Dessert Plate

(Four Available)

9 inches (23.5 cm) diameter.  

Perfect Condition


Many thanks!

Ravilious Garden Pattern, Side Plate

(Six Available):

7 inches (18 cm) diameter :

£95 each

Very Rare and Collectable: Large Ravilious Garden Pattern Oval Meat Plate

14 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches (37 x 30 cm).

 In Excellent Condition:


Very Rare and Collectable: Ravilious Garden Pattern Diamond Shape Plate.

8 ½ x 6 inches (21.5 x 15.5 cm)

In Excellent Condition:


GENUINE 1930s Dinah Bank or Money Box (long sleeves design).

Excellent condition with no damages, slight losses to paintwork here & there commensurate with age.

Dinah has her original yellow dress colouring, and all original paintwork

Rare Special Collector’s Item, in Fine Condition:


Genuine Vintage Cast Iron "Jolly Nigger Bank" (No. 1)

Good Condition: £195

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Pair of Metlox Poppytrail Romanelli Zodiac Vases: Cancer and Leo.

Approx:  7  3/4 inches in height;

7 inches wide (handle to handle) and with a depth of 3 1/2 inches

Metlox Pottery was  located at 1200 Morningside Drive, Manhattan Beach, California. It was founded in 1927 by T. C. Prouty and his son Willis Prouty, originally as a producer of outdoor ceramic signs. In 1931, the company was renamed Metlox Pottery ("Metlox" is a combination of "metal" and "oxide," a reference to the glaze pigments), and the company began producing dinnerware and decorative Art Deco Ceramics.

These stunning vases were manufactured by Metlox for their Poppy Trail collection under the direction of Carl Romanelli, an American sculptor best known  for his outdoor sculptures of famous people. Romanelli  was born and raised in Los Angeles, California – and was a seventh-generation sculptor. He designed a whole series of lamps, plates and pottery for Maddux of California, as well as for Metlox Pottery. These two vases dating from around 1939 are amongst the most sought after Metlox pottery pieces and they are part of a larger set of Zodiac signs.

Both vases are in a stunning matt aqua green glaze and are both in perfect condition:


Genuine Vintage Cast Iron "Jolly Nigger Bank" (No. 2).

Good Condition: £195

Rare Art Nouveau Plaque.

Prize Issued by the Cambridge Photographic Club.

Solid Hallmarked Silver Plaque, 1908:


Collector's Item.

A Beautiful Set of 10 Boxed Top Quality Sherry & Holland (Saville Row) Gilt Blazer Buttons

(Royal Standard Design): SOLD

Collector's Item.

  Vintage Mid-2oth Century Abrus Berries Mask.

In Excellent Condition with no losses or damages:


This mask dates to the mid-20th century and is made of vegetable fibres woven together and decorated with red abrus seeds and tufts of cotton . It was made by the Angas people in Northern Nigeria, who would have worn these masks to cover the entire head and would have accompanied a billowing cloth robe as part of a masquerade. These masks would have been traditionally worn for rituals performed by the Jankai secret society

These are now very collectable and hard to find. Examples are in the British Museum, London and in the Metropolitan Museum, New York.

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Genuine Collector's Item.

  Vintage Mid-2oth Century Cameroon Bamileke Wooden Mask.

Very Large Size - measuring 57 cm in height.

In Excellent Condition  - see slide show images to the side