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Curiosity Vessels by Lindsey Adelman
Lindsey Adelman
21st Century and Contemporary American Vases and Vessels
Blown Glass, Brass
Curiosity Vessel by Lindsey Adelman is part of her "Dusk to Dawn" collection in which Adelman explores her dark side with a series of works influenced by 19th century ornamentation and ...
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Armillary Sphere by Ernst Schotte & Co. Berlin
Antik Arte & Scienza sas di Daniela Giorgi
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Armillary Sphere by Ernst Schotte & Co. Berlin
Antique 19th Century German Globes
Very rare astronomical instrument, iron and paper, for didactic use: it’s an armillary sphere and sundial together, signed “Verlag von Ernst Schotte & Co. Berlin W.” (edited by Ernst Sc...
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Vintage Overdyed Persian Tabriz Rug with Skull, 09...
Vintage 1940s Gothic Persian Rugs
Cotton, Wool
Inspired from Victorian Gothic decor and atmospheric design, this vintage overdyed rug is not for the faint of heart with its smiling skull. It’s all about making a statement with drama...
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Studies Collection by Sinke & van Tongeren
Sinke & Van Tongeren
21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Taxidermy
These studies were made by Darwin, Sinke and van Tongeren for all sorts of reasons to support their Fine Taxidermy objects. Each study is numbered and signed. Left: D. Black-spotted ...
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Overdyed Blue Vintage Rug with Sugar Skull and Ros...
Vintage 1940s Pakistani Gothic Caucasian Rugs
Cotton, Wool
This overdyed vintage Persian Tabriz rug in blue is far from plain and simple with its alluring and meaningful composition. In this unique distressed rug, the intricately illustrated sk...
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Mounted Agate Slice
Antique 18th Century and Earlier Brazilian Sculptures
A large polished agate slice. This Brazilian agate has two interesting dimensions to it: serene blue-grey bands and quartz crystal through the centre of the piece. Believed to be Hundr...
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End of 19th Century Botany Panel from Maison Deyro...
Antique 19th Century French Scientific Instruments
'Edite à Paris par Emile Deyrolle Naturaliste 23 rue de la Monnaie.' Drawing by Gaston Bonnier, Biologist (1853-1922). Emile Deyrolle opened his workshop in 1888 at 46 rue du Bac in P...
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Edwardian 9 Carat Gold Magnifying Glass
Early 20th Century English Edwardian Desk Accessories
Edwardian, 9 carat gold (unmarked, but tested) magnifying glass, England, Ca. 1910. @5 1/4" long x @1 3/4" diameter (of magnifying glass itself). Engine turned design. May also be worn ...
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French 18th Century Louis XIV Style Boulle Specime...
Antique 18th Century and Earlier French Cabinets
A spectacular and high quality French 18th century Louis XIV st. Boulle specimen cabinet. The cabinet is raised by four square tapered supports with ormolu sabots and top ormolu mounts....
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A Very Finely Carved Southeast Asian Sandstone Fig...
Antique 18th Century and Earlier Asian Sculptures
Sandstone
a very finely carved southeast Asian sandstone figure of Shiva Bhikshatana on black metal stand, 18th century
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Bronze Mounted Ammonite Cluster
Dale Rogers Ammonite
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Bronze Mounted Ammonite Cluster
Antique 18th Century and Earlier German Curiosities
A large cluster of Jurassic Dactyloceras ammonites on a custom-built solid bronze stand. These fossilised ammonite shells are the remains of ancient sea creatures that lived approximate...
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French Mercury Thermometer, Early 1900
Antik Arte & Scienza sas di Daniela Giorgi
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French Mercury Thermometer, Early 1900
Early 20th Century French Scientific Instruments
French mercury thermometer with the centigrade scale mounted on a chromium-plated brass plate and placed in an elegant vulcanite frame printed with columns and floral motifs like the fa...
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Still Life With Fruit, Flowers On A Marble Ledge
Antique 18th Century and Earlier Italian Baroque Drawings
Still life with fruit and flowers on a marble ledge; in its original carved and gilded frame.
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Air Pump Type Fleuss dated to Early 1900s
Antik Arte & Scienza sas di Daniela Giorgi
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Air Pump Type Fleuss dated to Early 1900s
Early 20th Century Scientific Instruments
Air pump type Fleuss dated back to the early 1900; on a brass label it is written "Don de Messieur Courdouan et Brun 1928". This type of pumps were often used for modify the air of inca...
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Group of five scientific samples of Piranha ( Serr...
Antique 19th Century Italian Taxidermy
Wood
Over ebonized fruitwood bases are displayed the natural specimen of six Piranha fish ( Serrasalmus Brandtii ). Sold also separately, the price is referred to each single one of the gr...
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Honeysuckle with dragonfly and two ants
Antique 18th Century and Earlier Dutch Drawings
Honeysuckle with dragonfly and two ants
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19th Century Glass Dome with Butterflies & Vanity ...
Atelier AL/SO
Early 20th Century French Taxidermy
Wood, Glass
Patinated plaster vanity head with a collection of blue morpho butterflies. Under a 19th century glass dome. All these specimens are collector's items issued from breeding farms.
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Gold Box with Medical Set English Manufacture End ...
Antique 19th Century British Vases and Vessels
Gold
Antique medical set, that includes an embossed gold small box, with a small thermometer and a pencil. English manufacture, end of the XIX century. Very good condition. Length cm 9.5 - i...
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Burnished Brass Sextant Signed Hill & Price Bristo...
Hill & Price, Bristol
Antique 19th Century British Nautical Objects
Burnished brass sextant signed Hill & Price Bristol, second half of the 19th century. Bone edge and vernier, wooden handle, 3 coloured glass for the fixed mirror and 4 for the mobile on...
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An Intrepid Fox
Ebury Trading Ltd
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An Intrepid Fox
Vintage 1970s French Taxidermy
An intrepid taxidermy fox on a wooden stand. In very good condition.
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Conchology Collection, circa 1930
Memento-Mori
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Conchology Collection, circa 1930
Vintage 1930s French Curiosities
Oak, Glass
Presented in a oak and ebonised wood glass drawers museum unit.
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Finely Painted Late 17th c. Flemish Baroque Cabine...
Antique 18th Century and Earlier Belgian Baroque Cabinets
Wood, Bone
Dating to the turn of the eighteenth century, this Flemish cabinet is composed of ebonized wood inlaid with floral bone trim over four tall swirled legs joined by a forked stretcher. Th...
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Large Prehistoric Gold Nugget 18.8 Troy Ounces (Mi...
Antique 18th Century and Earlier Australian Miscellaneous Jewelry
This is a rarity in that few gold nuggets have the size and beauty of this one, both in color and shape. It weighs 584.5 grams (18.8 troy ounces), and rates at 22 to 23 karots. It has ...
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Astronomical Telescope signed W. Gilbert & Sons Lo...
W. Gilbert & Sons
Antique 19th Century British Scientific Instruments
Astronomical telescope, wood and brass, splayed shaped, signed W. Gilbert & Sons London, early 1800. Focusing with one extension and rack. Original oak wooden tripod. Very good conditio...
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Vacuum Pump
Hansord
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Vacuum Pump
Antique 18th Century and Earlier English Scientific Instruments
A superb example of an Adams type of Vacuum pump, with what must be the finest collection of experimental apparatus in the world. These pumps where made by Adams to demonstrate the rece...
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Dunhill Root Briars Wood Specimen
Alfred Dunhill
Vintage 1940s British Tobacco Accessories
A large cross section of root briar wood used by Dunhill to make their root briar pipes. Root briar is considered one of the highest grades of Dunhill pipes and is known for it's exqui...
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Pair of 19th Century English Carved Articulated Ar...
Antique 19th Century French Curiosities
Pine
Pair of 19th century English articulated pine hands on brass bases.
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A rare skulls sculpture, Memento Mori.
Antique 19th Century Italian Sculptures
Wood, Bone
A sculpture depicting three skulls with bones, made out of wood and chalk over a wooden base. Rare example of Memento Mori for Wunderkammer.
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Set of Nine Italian Boxed Plaster IntagliosOn Hold
David Neligan Antiques
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Set of Nine Italian Boxed Plaster Intaglios
Antique 1880s Italian Grand Tour Decorative Objects
All in book form, one set of six titled Musei, set of three Storia Dell ' Arte. Vellum spines with marbles boards, hand written titles inside each volume.
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African Female Figure, Ivory Coast
Antique 19th Century Ivorian Folk Art Sculptures
Wood
A beautiful and lustrous black patina adorns this gorgeously carved Akye figure, handsomely proportioned with its sinuous contours. Each portion of this figure has seen its share of car...
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Italian Squaring, Late 19th Century
Antique 19th Century Italian Scientific Instruments
Squaring with telescope and vertical circle, burnished brass signed Bardelli & C.ia Torino, second half of the XIX century, with original wooden box. Height cm 32 - inches 12.59, length...
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Beautiful Coral and Brass Sculpture
Galerie Gaudium
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Beautiful Coral and Brass Sculpture
Unknown
Vintage 1970s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Curiosities
Coral
Beautiful coral sculpture over a delicate brass base. Manufactured in Belgium, circa 1970. In good original condition, preserving a beautiful patina.
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19th Century Fluid-Preserved Bat Specimen
Antique Late 19th Century Austrian Taxidermy
In glass jar, with old inventory label in German language (Fledermaus) and numbered 91.
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Large Amethyst Crystal Geode
FS Henemader Antiques Inc.
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Large Amethyst Crystal Geode
Vintage 1940s Brazilian Curiosities
A large polished amethyst crystal geode, with excellent color and depth to the crystals. Heavy, but manageable. We have just purchased a small collection of geodes, so please check our ...
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Collection of Apothecary Jars
Piranesi Antiques
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Collection of Apothecary Jars
Early 20th Century German Vases and Vessels
Glass, Paper
Collection of 16 apothecary jars, circa 1900-1920. The seven amber ones are German and the nine clear ones are from USA. The rectangular shaped amber jars are of crystal. The jars range...
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Antique Light Projector for Theater Sets
Early 20th Century German Curiosities
Antique light projector for theater sets, early years of the twentieth century, signed Verax, painted metal complete with original optics and equipped with wooden side handles. Good con...
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Memento Mori
Ebury Trading Ltd
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Memento Mori
Antique 19th Century Sculptures
'Memento Mori - Latin: "Remember that you will die". A part skeleton, comprising skull, hand, foot, part pelvis, rib cage ad other bones in a velvet lined and mahogany domed case. "We ...
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Jade Ceremonial Kris Blade Dagger by Hermès, Pari...
Hermès
Vintage 1950s French Bohemian Arms, Armor and Weapons
Jade, Sterling Silver
An extraordinary, unique special-commission ceremonial dagger with cast silver kris blade, and bearing poinçon marks and stamped HERMÈS PARIS. The hilt, in vermeil (silver gilt) is ...
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Bear Skull of Substantial Size Encased in a Custom...
21st Century and Contemporary German Taxidermy
A substantial, boldly mounted bear skull encased in a custom glass box with a wooden frame. The aggressive nature of this deadly animal is visible in the lethal shape of its jawline. Na...
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Drawings and Plans Display, circa 1850
Memento-Mori
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Drawings and Plans Display, circa 1850
Antique 19th Century French Napoleon III Industrial and Work Tables
Wood, Brass
Ebonized wood and brass base. Cardboard covered with coated canvas, leather hinges closures. Mounted on castors. Depth when opened 72 cm.
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Museum Quality Real Full Skeletal Miniature Horse ...
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20th Century Unknown Other Curiosities
This skeletal teaching model is of a miniature horse… not a small pony. Full grown they can be the size of a large dog. The miniature horse is a breed all its own. That makes it a uniqu...
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Grey Pottery Figure of an Owl
Antique 18th Century and Earlier Chinese Sculptures
The grey pottery vessel modeled in the shape of a seated owl with pointed ears flanking the circular opening at top, a small hooked beak beneath a high bridge on the nose and two large,...
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General Store Revolving Nut and Bolt Cabinet
Early 20th Century American Industrial Cabinets
This impressive example of early-century organization features some wonderful details: original porcelain knobs, ornate stenciled drawer labels, and unique red and natural wood finish. ...
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Amethyst Geode in 22-Karat Gold Leaf
JVB Interiors
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Amethyst Geode in 22-Karat Gold Leaf
Tony Duquette
21st Century and Contemporary Uruguayan Sculptures
Amethyst
Decorative amethyst geode in 22-karat gold leaf
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Particular Scales for Hunter to Weigh Gunpowder, E...
Antique 19th Century Italian Curiosities
Scales for hunter to weigh gunpowder. Early 1800. Brass column with lever mechanism for the lifting of the yoke by an external lever. The column ends at the upper end with a winged drag...
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Ancient Roman Bronze Mannheim Helmet with Siren De...
Antique 18th Century and Earlier Unknown Antiquities
This exceptional Roman helmet dates from the mid to late 1st century BC. Adorned with rare cast decoration, it is the finest example of the ‘Mannheim’ type currently on the private mark...
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African Colonial Folk Art Figures
Antique 19th Century Mozambican Folk Art Sculptures
Wood
This pair of seated male figures, carved of light-hued wood and treated with pokerwork details, depicts two colonial administrators. With the advent of colonization, African carvers b...
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A parrot and a tyrant flycatcher on branch by Abr...
Abraham Meertens
Antique 18th Century and Earlier Drawings
Abraham Meertens was born in 1757 in Middlebourg. He was an important representative of the revival of the Flemish tradition in the late 18th century. Meertens entered the Guild in 1770...
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Yingqing Horse and Groom
Antique 18th Century and Earlier Chinese Folk Art Sculptures
Figure of a groom and horse.
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19th Century Prestige Tribal Knife with Shell-Cove...
Antique 19th Century Ivorian Tribal Arms, Armor and Weapons
Leather, Wood
A stunning 19th century knife with choral-colored shells on the scabbard. Among the many remarkable art traditions for which the Baule people of Cote D'ivoire are known is their manufa...
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19th Century French, Dore Bronze Rouge Marble Stan...
Antique 19th Century French Desk Accessories
Glass, Marble
19th century French finely chased dore bronze rouge marble stand with an opalescent glass orb. There are two pieces as the orb and the marble stand are not attached. The orb diameter me...
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A Silver Gilt Scissor Case
Antique 18th Century and Earlier British Sterling Silver
A Silver Gilt Scissor Case, Makers mark for Pierre Harache: finely engraved with foliage, birds and animals and displaying craftsmanship of a quality to be expected of this Huguenot mak...
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Still Life with Butterflies and Insects
Antique 18th Century and Earlier Paintings
This sheet is probably by the same hand as the unpublished drawing, “Two butterflies and another insect,” on paper in the Rijksprentenkabinet, Rijkmuseum, Amsterdam (inv. no. 1921:180),...
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Didactic Model of the Heart by Somso, 1960s
Somso
Vintage 1960s German Scientific Instruments
Didactic model of the heart, plastic material with a wooden base gray painted, made by Somso in 1960s. It is a model enlarged approximately three times, separable into various numbered ...
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End of the 19th Century Botany Panel from Maison D...
Antique 19th Century French Curiosities
Edité à Paris par Emile Deyrolle Naturaliste 23 rue de la monnaie'. Drawing by Gaston Bonnier, Biologist (1853-1922). Emile Deyrolle opened his workshop in 1888 at 46 rue du Bac in Par...
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19th Century Anatomical Human Skeleton for Medical Study
Memento-Mori
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19th Century Anatomical Human Skeleton for Medical...
Antique 19th Century French Scientific Instruments
Articulated, with suspension loop from the skull and ebonised metal and wooden stand. Skeleton height : 155 cm Teeth missing.
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End of the 19th Century Botany Panel from Maison D...
Antique 19th Century French Scientific Instruments
'Edité à Paris par Emile Deyrolle Naturaliste 23 rue de la monnaie.' Drawing by Gaston Bonnier, Biologist (1853-1922). Emile Deyrolle opened his workshop in 1888 at 46 rue du Bac in Pa...
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Contemporary Folk Art Bones Chair
The Window
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Contemporary Folk Art Bones Chair
21st Century and Contemporary American Folk Art Sculptures
An unusual and exceptional piece of contemporary folk art by an anonymous East Coast artist who produces very little work. Bones are harvested from a local slaughterhouse and are then c...
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A pair of tempera paintings on parchment
Teresa Berenice Vitelli
Antique 18th Century and Earlier Italian Paintings
Jaybird, cherry, peach, flies and bee; another with a songbird, a basket with hazel nuts, cherries and strawberries, a peach, flies and bees. Teresa Berenice Vitelli was a nun with th...
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Italian Renaissance 16th C. Helmet
Antique 18th Century and Earlier Italian Renaissance Arms, Armor and Weapon...
A Pear - Stalk Cabasset (also called Spanish morion; Italian: Zuccotto) The almond shaped skull is forged in one piece and tapers to a stalk, typical for this type of helmet. On the l...
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