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Neoclassical Decorative Objects

NEOCLASSICAL STYLE

Neoclassical design emerged in Europe in the 1750s, as the Age of Enlightenment reached full flower. Neoclassical furniture took its cues from the styles of ancient Rome and Athens: symmetrical, ordered, dignified forms with such details as tapered and fluted chair and table legs, backrest finials and scrolled arms.

Over a period of some 20 years, first in France and later in Britain, neoclassical design — also known as Louis XVI, or Louis Seize — would supersede the lithe and curvaceous Rococo or Louis XV style.

The first half of the 18th century had seen a rebirth of interest in classical antiquity. The "Grand Tour" of Europe, codified as a part of the proper education of a patrician gentleman, included an extended visit to Rome. Some ventured further, to sketch the ruins of ancient Greece. These drawings and others — particularly those derived from the surprising and rich archaeological discoveries in the 1730s and ’40s at the sites of the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum — caused great excitement among intellectuals and aesthetes alike.

Neoclassical furniture is meant to reflect both grace and power. The overall appearance of neoclassical chairs, tables and cabinetry is strong and rectilinear. These pieces are, in effect, classical architecture in miniature: chair and table legs are shaped like columns; cabinets are constructed with elements that mirror friezes and pediments.

Yet neoclassicism is enlivened by gilt and silver leaf, marquetry, and carved and applied ornamental motifs based on Greek and Roman sculpture: acanthus leaves, garlands, laurel wreaths, sheaves of arrow, medallions and chair splats are carved in the shapes of lyres and urns.

As you can see from the furniture on these pages, there is a bit of whimsy in such stately pieces — a touch of lightness that will always keep neoclassicism fresh.

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Style: Neoclassical
Set of Four Large Academic Style Torchères Emblematic of the Continents
Located in London, GB
Set of four large Academic style torchères emblematic of the continents French, late 19th Century Height: 228cm, diameter 50cm Torchères alone: Height 197cm, diameter 34cm Bases ...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

Materials

Marble, Metal, Ormolu

Tiffany American Modern Classical Sterling Silver Vase
Located in New York, NY
Modern Classical sterling silver vase. Made by Tiffany & Co. in New York, ca 1913. Ovoid body with short inset neck and raised foot. Engraved and acid-etched stylized ornament: Imbri...
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Early 20th Century American Neoclassical Decorative Objects

Materials

Sterling Silver

Rosenthal-Truitt Crocodile and Sterling Silver Picture Frame
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A beautiful English frame made of Alligator and sterling silver corners. A beautiful frame in the style of Ralph Lauren - in very good condition and ready to house a photo of anyone ...
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20th Century English Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Sterling Silver

Light Blue Wedgwood Heart Shaped Trinket Box
Located in Guaynabo, PR
This is a light blue Wedgwood heart shaped small lidded box. The top of its lid is decorated with a Greek or Roman relief scene of a woman with a cape covering her head sat in small ...
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20th Century English Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

19th Century Wedgwood Casket
Located in Brighton, Sussex
A good quality late 19th century gilded ormolu casket, having a Wedgwood porcelain plaque depicting a classical scene, two further silver plated embossed classical oval plaques.
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Late 19th Century English Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

Materials

Ormolu

Grand Tour large scale cast iron bust of Apollo Belvedere, Italy, circa 1800
Located in London, GB
Beautifully cast with remarkable patina. Heroic and striking sculptural statement. Perfect for both internal or external use. A Grand Tour interpretation of the celebrated Apoll...
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Early 19th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

Materials

Iron

Pair of Baccarat “L’Enfant” Crystal Candelabras
Located in Guaynabo, PR
This is a pair of Baccarat “L’Enfant” clear/frosted crystal candelabras. They depict a fluted crystal round bases with stems shaped as a stand up almost nude “enfants” holding torchl...
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Early 20th Century French Neoclassical Decorative Objects

Materials

Crystal

Antique Silver Footed Sweetmeat Dish by Hugo Bohm of Germany
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An antique footed sweetmeat dish in 800 silver with a clear insert of heavy glass by Hugo Böhm & Co. of Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany, founded in 1887. The solid silver dish dates circ...
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Early 20th Century German Neoclassical Decorative Objects

Materials

Silver

Pair of 19th Century French Brass Neoclassical Candlesticks
Located in Pembroke, MA
A pair of very finely-chased French brass candlesticks, circa 1870 in the neoclassical style (could be electrified as table lamps). Bases are decorated with rose vines.
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

Materials

Brass

19th Century Classical Bronze Urn
Located in Brighton, Sussex
A classical 19th century French bronze urn, having wonderful gilded putti seated on either side, with garlands of flowers hanging from a central pendant, raised on a pedestal base wi...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

Materials

Bronze, Ormolu

Large German Modern Classical Frame for Portrait or Landscape Picture
Located in New York, NY
German midcentury Classical 800 silver picture frame. Rectangular window in flat surround with wraparound engine-turned lines, and raised egg-and-dart border. With glass, silk lining...
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Mid-20th Century German Neoclassical Decorative Objects

Materials

Silver

Pair of 19th century English Classical Corinthian Column Candlestick Desk Lamps
Located in London, by appointment only
Pair of silver plate Corinthian column candlesticks, with Corinthian capitals above fluted stems and raised on stepped square bases. Now converted to lamps. Measures: Height to to...
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Late 19th Century English Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

Materials

Silver Plate

Walnut Barley Twist Floor Candlestick Holder
Located in Toledo, OH
Distressed finish walnut barley twist candleholder candlestick. Very good condition. Dimensions: 11" diameter x 35" H.
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20th Century Unknown Neoclassical Decorative Objects

Materials

Walnut

Plate from The Hope Service, circa 1790
Located in Melbourne, AU
A dinner plate from The Hope Service: a service commissioned by HRH The Duke of Clarence – who later became King William IV. These plates show up from time to time, but rarely in ...
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Late 18th Century English Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

Materials

Porcelain

19th Century Neoclassical Style Ormolu and Marble Mantel Clock
Located in London, GB
This endearing French mantel clock combines lustrous ormolu and sumptuous white marble, making for a light and yet majestic work that perfectly compliments the masterfully executed N...
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

Materials

Marble, Ormolu

Pair of Antique Russian "Waterfall" Rock Crystal and Doré Bronze Candelabrum
Located in New York, NY
Pair of antique Russian rock crystal, doré bronze and white Carrara marble double light candelabrum in the form of a "waterfall." The candelabrum are adorned with antique hand polish...
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19th Century Russian Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

Materials

Crystal, Carrara Marble, Bronze

Pair of Sevres Hand Painted Turquoise Porcelain Lidded Urns
Located in Guaynabo, PR
This is a pair of Sevres hand painted porcelain turquoise lidded urns. Both of them are depicting in the front a sea shore fishermen scenes. In one, a group of fishermen are preparin...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

Materials

Porcelain

Empire Style Ormolu Clock Set Depicting the Oath of the Horatii
Located in London, GB
This exquisite 19th century trio is comprised of a central clock and a pair of flanking six-light candelabra. The design of the clock case is widely acknowledged to be inspired b...
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

Materials

Bronze

Pair of Neoclassical Paris Porcelain Vases in Royal French Blue, Early 1800s
Located in Dallas, TX
This pair of Paris porcelain neoclassical style vases from the early 1800s have stunning details and rich coloration. Old Paris porcelain, or Vieux Paris, is the term given to the...
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

Materials

Marble

Grand Tour Neoclassical Column Architecture Bookend
Located in New York, NY
A substantial grand tour neoclassical Pantheon building facade style with column architecture bookend, circa early 20th century. Dimensions: 1.63" Diameter x 7" Width x 4.75" Height ...
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Early 20th Century Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Iron

Austin Productions Father & Son Sculpture
Located in San Diego, CA
Nice sculpture by Austin Production, in plaster stamped 1969.
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20th Century American Neoclassical Decorative Objects

Materials

Plaster

Wonderful French Gilt Bronze Cut Crystal Ormolu Pedestal Bowl Baccarat Compote
Located in Roslyn, NY
A wonderful French gilt bronze and cut crystal ormolu-mounted pedestal bowl in the manner of Baccarat. The almost identical one is also available AC851.
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20th Century French Neoclassical Decorative Objects

Materials

Crystal, Bronze

Large Italian Black Marble Bulbous Urn Or Garden Vase With Ormolu Gilding
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Large Italian 19th century black marble bulbous urn with ormolu gilded hardware Large Italian hand carved marble urn. The main body is carved in thick wide bulbous marble, a marbl...
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Early 19th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

Materials

Marble

2 Alpaca Historistic Candle Holder, circa 1890s
Located in Wien, AT
2 Alpaca historistic candle holder, circa 1890s Slightly hand polished.  
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1890s Austrian Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

Materials

Alpaca

2 Pairs of Neo-Classical Style Carved Chimera Form Candle Holders / Bookends
Located in New York, NY
2 pairs of neo-classical style mythological carved wooden candle holders / bookends in the shape of chimeras holding a candle stick in one hand on stepped rectangular wooden bases wi...
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20th Century Neoclassical Decorative Objects

Materials

Wood

Georg Jensen 289 Handcrafted Sterling Silver Money Clip by Sigvard Bernadotte
Located in New York, NY
Rectangular money clip with nature motif.
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Neoclassical Decorative Objects

Materials

Sterling Silver

Rare IMHOF Bronze Enamel Alarm Travel Clock
Located in Guaynabo, PR
This is a 15 jewels Swiss round clock. It depicts an enamel round frontal panel painted with a colorful beautiful bouquet of flowers framed by gilded bronze Roman numerals dial. In t...
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Early 20th Century Swiss Neoclassical Decorative Objects

Materials

Bronze

Neoclassicist Bronze Candelabra, End of the 19th Century
Located in Budapest, HU
Sophisticated, three headed cast bronze candelabra, with highly detailed chiseled parts- great condition.
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Late 19th Century Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

Materials

Bronze

Pair of Ruby Red Glass Urns with Portraits, Bohemia, 19th Century
Located in Madrid, ES
Both pieces show remarkable similarities (both in the quality of the color of the glass and of the decoration and in the lines of the same ones) with Bohemian red glass urns, especia...
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19th Century Czech Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

Materials

Glass

Mid-Century German Crystal Noritake Vase with Etched Geometric and Leaf Motifs
Located in Dallas, TX
Decorate a side table or enfilade with this elegant antique vase. Crafted in Germany circa 1960 of the Hampton Hall line, the tall neoclassical vase sits on a round base and embellis...
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Mid-20th Century German Neoclassical Decorative Objects

Materials

Crystal

Iron Crow Sculpture
Located in Dallas, TX
Iron crow sculpture Piece from our one of kind collection, Le Monde. Exclusive to Brendan Bass. Globally curated by Brendan Bass, Le Monde furniture and accessories offer mo...
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Late 20th Century Neoclassical Decorative Objects

Materials

Iron

Antique bronze sculpture of a vulture on a sphinx by Cain, France 1851.
Located in Antwerp, BE
Antique bronze sculpture of a vulture on a sphinx by August Nicolas Cain. Modelled for an exhibition in France in 1851. This model is illustrated in Bronzes, sculptors and founders ...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

Materials

Bronze

Georg Jensen 267 Handcrafted Sterling Silver Money Clip by Sigvard Bernadotte
Located in New York, NY
Round money clip with floral motif.
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Neoclassical Decorative Objects

Materials

Sterling Silver

19th Century Italian Sterling Silver Madonna, circa 1830
Located in Milano, IT
Embossed and engraved silver plaque La Madonna del lago (The Madonna of the Lake) Probably Milan, post 1824 Brass frame It measures 16.14 in x 13.85 in (41 x 35.2 cm) and it weig...
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1820s Italian Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

Materials

Sterling Silver, Brass

Pair of Opalescent Crystal Candlesticks and Red Baccarat Signed, 1950-1970
Located in Paris, FR
Pair of candlesticks with engraved candleholders: Height of the foot 30 cm Baccarat embossed prism crystals Good condition, circa 1950-1970 Measures: Height 55 cm Diameter 14 cm.
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1950s French Vintage Neoclassical Decorative Objects

Materials

Crystal

18th Century Louis XVI Pair of Marble Vases with Base
Located in PALERMO, IT
Magnificent pair of marble vases with coeval bases, made of "triponticum marble" also called red peacock eye. Rare type of marble used in ancient times also in the Roman Empire. Pair...
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Late 18th Century European Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

Materials

Marble

Antique Silver and Enamel Viennese Table Clock
Located in London, GB
This 19th century, Austrian table clock is crafted in silver and the complex champleve enamel technique. The base of the clock is a semi-spherical dome inlaid with enamel panels of c...
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Late 19th Century Austrian Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

Materials

Silver, Enamel

Gloves or Fans Box, Marquetry, Rosewood, Bronze, 19th Century
Located in Madrid, ES
Box. Marquetry, rosewood, bronze, 19thcentury. Rectangular box to store fans or gloves with the interior lined in light textile and exterior in wood and gilt bronze. It has a key cl...
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19th Century European Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

Materials

Bronze, Other

20th Century Pair of Marble and Bronze Figural Ram Head Table Top Urn Cassolettes
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Gorgeous pair of French Louis XV / Neoclassical style urn form marble and bronze figural cassolettes. Item features decorative bronze ram's head ormolu, draped floral acanthus, a sma...
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Early 20th Century French Neoclassical Decorative Objects

Materials

Marble, Bronze

Planter Marble Red Swedish 19th Century Oval Sarkofag Shape, Sweden
Located in New York, NY
Planter marble red Swedish 19th century oval sarkofag shape, Sweden. A planter or decorative vessel made during the 19th century in Sweden. Made from red marble and shaped like a sak...
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19th Century Swedish Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

Materials

Marble

Pair of Monumental Gilt Bronze and Glass Floor Standing Candelabra
Located in London, GB
Pair of monumental gilt bronze and glass floor standing candelabra Crafted in the neoclassical style, this pair of floor-standing candelabra are supported by three-sided plinth-fo...
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20th Century French Neoclassical Decorative Objects

Materials

Bronze, Ormolu

Oval Silver Plated Monteith Jardinière, French, 19th Century
Located in San Francisco, CA
Oval silver plated Monteith bowl with loop leaf handles. Great as a jardinière or cachepot. Impressed mark on the underside, French, 19th century.
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1860s French Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

Materials

Silver Plate

Continental Neoclassical Rock Crystal Obelisks on Rock Crystal Balls
Located in New York, NY
Continental neoclassical pair of rock crystal obelisks in hexagonal shape, each mounted on six bronze rods holding rock crystal balls and connecting to the hexagonal rock crystal bas...
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Early 20th Century European Neoclassical Decorative Objects

Materials

Rock Crystal, Bronze

Neoclassical Style Malachite, Silvered and Gilt Bronze Clock Set
Located in London, GB
This spectacular clock set is based on the works of the esteemed Neoclassical artist James Pradier (French, 1790-1852), whose sculptures can be found in nearly all of Paris's major m...
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

Materials

Malachite, Ormolu, Bronze

Pair of Ceramic Black & Gold French Hand Sconces Wall Lights Mid-Century Modern
Located in Miami, FL
Elegant neoclassical pair of ceramic hand sconces, wall lamps in black & gold finish by Maison Arlus, made in France. US rewiring and each sconce takes 1 Torpedo light bulbs with ma...
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1970s French Vintage Neoclassical Decorative Objects

Materials

Ceramic, Plastic, Paint

Antique Grand Tour Souvenir Carved Wood Ruins, 1870
Located in New Orleans, LA
A grand tour souvenir hand carved wood Roman arch, possibly an aqueduct ruin model., circa 1870. The details are extraordinary in the carving of individual bricks, arches and windows...
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1870s European Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

Materials

Wood

French Louis XV Style Gilt Bronze-Mounted Escritoire Desk
Located in Brea, CA
This Louis XV style vanity gilt bronze-mounted desk has one wide drawer in front and there are 6 drawers on two lines for even more storage. Fine writing desk with curved sides and g...
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20th Century American Neoclassical Decorative Objects

Materials

Hardwood

Italian Neo-Classic Style Marble Box
Located in New York, NY
Italian Neo-classic-style (20th Century) black marble rectangular box with and inlaid circle of lapis, malachite, and pink marble
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20th Century Italian Neoclassical Decorative Objects

Materials

Lapis Lazuli, Malachite, Marble

19th Century Bronze D'ore Statuary Candlestick on Onyx Base
Located in Dallas, TX
19th century bronze d'ore statuary candlestick on onyx base is an exquisite example of the sculptor's art depicting a cherub holding aloft the shaft and chandelle for the candleholde...
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1890s French Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

Materials

Bronze

Neoclassical Style Metal Tissue Box Cover
Located in Great Barrington, MA
Add style and the finishing touch to your countertop or nightstand with this antiqued gold toned top and grey ribbed metal body tissue box cover to protect your facial tissues. Be it...
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21st Century and Contemporary Neoclassical Decorative Objects

Materials

Metal

The New Clay Techniques and Approaches to Jewelry Making, book
Located in North Hollywood, CA
The New Clay: Techniques and Approaches to Jewelry Making. A wonderful book, with over 100 color photos, on making intricate beads and jewelry using modeling clays such as "Fimo" an...
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20th Century American Neoclassical Decorative Objects

Materials

Paper

Pair of Mid-Century Neoclassical-Style Sterling Silver Column-Form Candlesticks
Located in New York, NY
Pair of mid-century, sterling silver, Neoclassical-style, column-form candlesticks, Empire Silver Co., New York, Ca. 1960's. Each measures 5 3/4 inches tall x 3 1/2 inches diameter a...
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1960s American Vintage Neoclassical Decorative Objects

Materials

Sterling Silver

Pairs of 19th Century Brass Candleholders
Located in Los Angeles, CA
These beautiful polished brass 19th century candle stick holders were found in New England and are in fine condition. Sold as one collection.
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Late 19th Century American Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

Materials

Brass

Marquetry Box, lemon tree wood, palo santo, rosewood, mahogany. 19th Century
Located in Madrid, ES
Box with marquetry decorations. Lemongrass, rosewood, palorosa, mahogany wood. XIX century. Rectangular box with a flat top made of wood and decorated with a delicate marquetry with ...
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19th Century European Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

Materials

Wood

French Giltwood and Gesso Picture or Mirror Frame, Late 19th Century
Located in Barntrup, DE
Beautiful French giltwood and gesso picture frame or mirror frame, late 19th century. This spectacular antique frame features a fluted border, decorated with flowers and leaves on th...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

Materials

Gesso, Wood

French Antique Bronze Sculpture of "Etruscan Art" by Victor Simyan, circa 1870
By Auguste Delafontaine
Located in Shippensburg, PA
Originally exhibited in plaster at the Salon of 1857 (no. 3102), it was again exhibited at the Salon of 1861 (no. 3616) in marble with the title L'Art Étrusque. The original was acqu...
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

Materials

Bronze

Pair of Neoclassical Louis XVI Style Crystal and Gilt Bronze Lyre Candelabra
Located in London, GB
Pair of neoclassical Louis XVI style crystal and gilt bronze lyre candelabra, French, 19th century Dimensions: Height 40cm, width 26cm, depth 24cm Inspired by the neoclassical L...
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

Materials

Ormolu

Pair of Venetian Oil on Canvas Paintings in Original Gilt Frames, Circa 1820
Located in Charleston, SC
Pair of Venetian oil on canvas paintings of architectural ruins in the original gilt fluted beaded frames with original rear stretchers. Early 19th century.
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1820s Italian Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

Materials

Canvas, Wood, Giltwood, Paint, Gesso

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