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Neoclassical Collectibles and Curiosities

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
Vintage Brass Football Paperweight
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage brass American football paperweight or decorative sport memorabilia. Large and heavy. Great football sculpture in cast brass, football trophy gift for American football fan...
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Mid-20th Century American Neoclassical Collectibles and Curiosities

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Brass

Jewish Ritual Objet TOTEM
Located in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Jewish ritual objet Besamin TOTEM Silver spice tower Origin Germany Circa 1900 at its base it has the silver seals Possibly a flag missing 95 g of weight.
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Early 1900s German Antique Neoclassical Collectibles and Curiosities

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Silver

Pair of Hollywood Regency Neoclassical Style Brass Obelisks
Located in Houston, TX
Great pair of Hollywood Regency brass obelisks. These beautiful midcentury neoclassical style brass obelisks have a naturally occurring patina that could be polished if desired. Perf...
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1970s Vintage Neoclassical Collectibles and Curiosities

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Brass

Virgin with Child, Devotional Medal or Pendant. Spain, 18th Century
Located in Madrid, ES
Medal. Spain, 18th century. Devotional medal made of gilded metal that shows an image of the Virgin Mary, placed on a pedestal and surrounded by a radiant trilobed halo. Towards th...
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18th Century Spanish Antique Neoclassical Collectibles and Curiosities

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Metal

Antique Bronze Portrait Plaque of George Washington, C 1880
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Antique bronze portrait plaque of George Washington, C 1890 Possibly after Jean-Antoine Houdon, finely cast side profile with Washington's hair tied back, mounted on an oval 9" H x ...
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Late 19th Century American Antique Neoclassical Collectibles and Curiosities

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Bronze

Sailboat and Anchor Nautical Linen Table Cloth with Blue Green Red and Black
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Rectangle nautical theme table cloth. Featuring a cream background and nautical scenes handstitched into the sides. Images of sailboats, birds, anchors, and lifesavers. Green, red, b...
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1940s American Vintage Neoclassical Collectibles and Curiosities

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Cotton, Linen

Stars on the Set Stolen Moments Hardcover Table Book
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Stars on the Set Stolen Moments. by Marc Brincourt and Guillaume Clavières. New York: Filipacchi Publishing, 2002. First Edition. Folio. Boards. 247pp America's favorite pastime...
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20th Century American Neoclassical Collectibles and Curiosities

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Paper

Home Book by Carson Ellis Art Book
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Home book by Carson Ellis Art Book Influential artist Carson Ellis makes her solo picture-book debut with a whimsical tribute to the many possibilities of home. Home might be a hou...
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20th Century Unknown Neoclassical Collectibles and Curiosities

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Paper

Pair of Italian Carrara Marble Church Font Urns
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Neoclassical style pair of Italian holy water church fonts or stoups. Made from solid Carrara marble with a square base and column support surmounted by a round urn. Very heavy and s...
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20th Century Italian Neoclassical Collectibles and Curiosities

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Carrara Marble

Bronze Weight, 18th Century
Located in Madrid, ES
Weight of the 18th century. Bronze. Bronze weight, incomplete, with the container glass and two of the smallest, all decorated in cold with incised and patterned motifs, simple edge...
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18th Century European Antique Neoclassical Collectibles and Curiosities

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Bronze

Italian Venetian Gilt Wood Barometer
Located in New York, NY
Italian Venetian-style (20th Century) gilt carved and black painted barometer,with wreath top and cornucopia sides with scroll motifs.
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20th Century Italian Neoclassical Collectibles and Curiosities

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Giltwood

Early 19th Century Italian Holy Water Font White Ceramic Religious Artwork
Located in Milan, IT
Antique shaped Holy Water font in white ceramic decorated with elegant scrolling curved curls, vegetal motifs and with a cross in the middle. This lovely religious work is made in No...
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Early 19th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Collectibles and Curiosities

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Ceramic

Immaculate Conception Chapel, Second Half of the 18th Century
Located in Madrid, ES
Sculpture, carved wood, glass, metal. Carved wooden chapel with decoration on the top of balustrade and balusters in the shape of a vase of a certain Baroque memory, which presents t...
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18th Century Spanish Antique Neoclassical Collectibles and Curiosities

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Metal, Other

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 Collectibles and Curiosities

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Paper

A Monumental Italian Neoclassic Triumphal Military Wall Plaque
Located in New York, NY
Roman fruitwood trophy wall plaque carved with the forms of armor, halberds, and other military regalia.
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18th Century and Earlier Italian Antique Neoclassical Collectibles and Curiosities

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Fruitwood

Grand Tour Model of Lord Nelson's Column, Dated 1868
Located in Stamford, CT
This very finely-detailed, patinated copper replica was sponsored by the Art Union of London, one of an edition of only 25. Rare in that is has the original ebonized wood base and pr...
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Mid-19th Century English Antique Neoclassical Collectibles and Curiosities

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Copper

Italian Late 18th C. Paint and Parcel Gilt Neoclassical Miniature Chest
Located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
This attractive Italian late 18th century paint and gilt miniature chest of drawers features thre drawers flanked by giltwood corner colors resting on carved parcel gilt bracket feet...
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Late 18th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Collectibles and Curiosities

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Wood, Giltwood, Paint

Opera Glasses or Theatre Binoculars, Metal, Other, circa Late 19th Century
Located in Madrid, ES
Theater binoculars or binoculars. Metal, other. Towards the end of the 19th century. Pair of binoculars or binoculars for theater or opera made of golden metal with no decoration ot...
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Late 19th Century European Antique Neoclassical Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Metal, Other

Round Commemorative Plate of President Nixon 37th President
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A circular cream round commemorative plate of President Nixon. Reads Richard M. Nixon 37th President. Gold detail around the edges, with the image of President Nixon in the center. ...
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20th Century North American Neoclassical Collectibles and Curiosities

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Ceramic

Dylan's Candy Bar Unwrap Your Sweet Life Hardcover Coffee Table Book
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Dylan's Candy Bar Unwrap Your Sweet Life hardcover coffee table book Publisher: Clarkson Potter; 1st edition (October 5, 2010) Language: English Hardcover: 224 pages Dimensions: ...
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2010s American Neoclassical Collectibles and Curiosities

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Paper

Bronze Clad Bust of George Washington, after Houdon
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Bronze clad bust of George Washington, after Houdon, A well executed bronze clad ( bronze over plaster) bust of Washington, after a work by French neoclassical sculptor Jean Antoine ...
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20th Century American Neoclassical Collectibles and Curiosities

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Bronze

Steinway Duo Art M Aeolian Player Grand Piano, Custom Painted Decorated, 20th C
Located in Big Flats, NY
Steinway Duo Art M & Aeolian Player Grand Piano, Custom Paint Decorated with Foliate and Scroll Design, 20th C. Measures: 40.5" H x 59.25" W x 78" D.
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20th Century American Neoclassical Collectibles and Curiosities

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Wood

Nantucket Style Hardcover Book
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Nantucket style hardcover book One of several books by this husband-and-wife team of photographer and home decorating writer, this work takes readers on a visual tour of over 25 priv...
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1990s North American Neoclassical Collectibles and Curiosities

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Paper

Italian Neoclassic Walnut Miniature Commode
Located in Essex, MA
Rectangular top with diamond inlay over three drawers with similar inlay, slight cabriole legs.
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1790s Italian Antique Neoclassical Collectibles and Curiosities

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Walnut

Christopher Wool the Paris Review, 1989
By Christopher Wool
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Christopher Wool The Paris Review: 1989 The Paris Review book, with original cover design by Christopher Wool. Offset lithograph on double sided art periodical. The full book. ...
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1980s Vintage Neoclassical Collectibles and Curiosities

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Paper

Jean-Gabriel Domergue's French Academician Sword
By Odette Domergue
Located in New Orleans, LA
This important and unique sword was presented to the famed French painter Jean-Gabriel Domergue to commemorate the painter's election to the illustrious Académie des Beaux-Arts in 19...
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20th Century Neoclassical Collectibles and Curiosities

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Steel

Tiffany & Co. Gold Trinket Box with Ring Holder Estate Fine Collectible
Located in Montreal, QC
Classic finely detailed Iconic Tiffany & Co. Gold Box to hold your ring or a treasure of your choice while dancing the night away! Handcrafted in 14 Karat yellow gold with finely det...
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Mid-20th Century American Neoclassical Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Gold

Miniature Plaster Bust of Napoleon as Caesar after Canova
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A miniature plaster bust depicting Napoleon as Caesar. After Canova's famous 1804 model. Simply a wonderful bust for the curio cabinet or Wunderkammer! Date: 20th Century ...
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20th Century Unknown Neoclassical Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Plaster

Balancing Ship / Boat Wine / Champagne Cooler
Located in Buenos Aires, Olivos
Antique balancing Nautical / ship / boat wine/champagne cooler holder with glass inner bowl. This superb combination is in very good condition. Rare bottle holder / cooler. Beauti...
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Early 20th Century French Neoclassical Collectibles and Curiosities

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Metal

Antique Bronze Diana of Gabii Sculpture Made & Marked F. Barbedienne & L. Collas
Located in Lisse, NL
Stunning antique bronze of the goddess of hunting, of women and of the moon. She also is a great talking piece. The original Diana of Gabii is a lifesize marble statue of a woman ...
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Collectibles and Curiosities

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Bronze

Vintage AJ Nystrom Citizenship for Democracy Communist Pull Down Chart Map
Located in Dayton, OH
"Vintage Citizenship for Democracy Chart featuring: Uncle Sam Grows Up, The United States - A Good Place to Live, Growth of Communication by Generations, Growth of Transportation by...
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Mid-20th Century Neoclassical Collectibles and Curiosities

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Hardwood, Paper

French 18th Century Neoclassical Gilded Pedestal or Reliquary Shrine
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Unique gilded pedestal that was once most likely housed a reliquary. Beautiful period piece. France, circa 1760-1800 Weathered, small losses and old repairs.
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18th Century French Antique Neoclassical Collectibles and Curiosities

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Wood

Grand Reproducing Piano by Steinway & Sons
Located in New Orleans, LA
Immensely rare, mechanically complex and visually stunning, this Steinway & Sons reproducing grand piano is considered to be the highest quality player piano made in the early 20th c...
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Early 20th Century American Neoclassical Collectibles and Curiosities

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Wood

Spanish Arquebus, Salvador Cenarro, Madrid, 1761-1793
Located in Madrid, ES
Marks: In key, chamber of the cannon and trigger guard. Date: between 1761 and 1793. Author: Salvador de Zenarro. "Real Arcabucero". Origin / Provenance: Madrid, Spain. Material:...
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Late 18th Century Spanish Antique Neoclassical Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Gold, Steel

Cast Iron Stagecoach Door Stop with Original Paint, 1930
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Great example of a western stagecoach in original paint. Colors are still vibrant. C1930 with precise castings
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1930s American Vintage Neoclassical Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Iron

American Flag in New Painted Frame
By Hortie-Van Manufacturing Co.
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This nice framed ships flag is a smaller scale and is in 50 stars. The newly made distressed frame is pine wood with a cream painted surface. The condition is very good, with minor ...
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Late 20th Century American Neoclassical Collectibles and Curiosities

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Linen, Wood

19th Century American Traditional Children's Dual Horse Pull Toy
Located in Middleburg, VA
19th century American traditional children's dual horse pull toy Made of fabric with wood planks with wheels Measures: 10.25" H, 10.5" W, 7.5" D.
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19th Century American Antique Neoclassical Collectibles and Curiosities

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Fabric, Wood

Rare Pair of American Bronze Busts of George Washington and Benjamin Franklin
Located in New York, NY
A rare pair of American bronze busts of George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, circa 1820. Both realistically modelled, one titled Washington and the other Franklin. Fantastic q...
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Early 19th Century American Antique Neoclassical Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Bronze

18th Century Italian Neoclassical Carved Wooden Altar
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Wonderful neoclassical carved wooden altar with beautiful gilded angels. Italy, circa 1760-1780. Weathered, small losses and old repairs.
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18th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Wood

1887 Medal Reunion of Confederate Veterans Jefferson Davis Punched Token CSA 38M
Located in Dayton, OH
Antique Confederate veterans re-union token. Obverse – portrait of Jefferson Davis, facing right; the words “Jefferson Davis Ex President CSA 1861-65” around the outside edge; hole c...
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1880s Antique Neoclassical Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Metal

1940s Metal Locker Room Basket with Number Plate 62
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Large vintage metal locker room basket. These baskets were used in locker rooms in America in schools. Students would use these numbered baskets to store clothing and shoes while cha...
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20th Century American Neoclassical Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Metal, Wire

Landers, Frary & Clark Cast Iron Coffee Grinder/Mill
Located in Guaynabo, PR
This a large and heavy Landers, Frary & Clark cast iron coffee grinder#20 1/2. It has a bell shaped nickel hopper with a flat wood lid and two flywheels adorned in the center with a ...
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Late 19th Century American Antique Neoclassical Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Iron, Nickel

Classic Style Hardcover Book by Judith Miller
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Classic style hardcover book by Judith Miller Udith Miller began collecting in the 1960s while a student at Edinburgh University in Scotland. She has since extended and reinforced h...
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1990s North American Neoclassical Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Paper

Pair of Antique Painted Wood Ballustrades or Communion Rails
Located in Dallas, TX
Pair of antique painted wood ballustrades or communion rails are ideal to separate open spaces, place in front of a window, or create a special space. Such architectural items have a...
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Early 20th Century French Neoclassical Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Wood

Savannah past and Present a Rephotographic Survey by Bailey Davidson
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Savannah Past and Present: A rephotographic survey by photographer Bailey Davidson Hardcover. Savannah Past and Present Published on Oct 9, 2011 Savannah Past and Present is a h...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Neoclassical Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Paper

Finest Quality Reuge Swiss 3.72 Note Grand Piano Inlaid Music Box Plays 3 Songs
Located in Tustin, CA
Astounding, finest quality, hand-made estate 3.72 note "Reuge" music and jewelry box grand piano with gorgeous instrumental motif marquetry on burl walnut wood case. The music box pl...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Neoclassical Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Burl

Nautical Sailboat or Yacht Model in Blue and White with Painted Wood Body, 1930s
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Beautiful model sailboat or yacht created from wood, brass, and canvas. The body is painted in a deep blue at the bottom with white edges. A brass propeller sits underneath. All on a...
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20th Century American Neoclassical Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Metal

85 Key Antique Steinway Grand Piano, circa 1873
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Thearle Music Co. label. Marked Patent April 1869, June 1871, May 1872. Serial number 28163. With heavy carved scrolled legs, carved acanthus scrolled border on the front corners, an...
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1870s Antique Neoclassical Collectibles and Curiosities

Swiss Gold and Enamel Musical Vinaigrette
Located in New Orleans, LA
A musical movement distinguishes this wonderful early 19th-century gold vinaigrette box. The vessel is covered in delicate engraving highlighted by blue and white champlevé enamel de...
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19th Century Swiss Antique Neoclassical Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Metal

Early 19th Century Italian Majolica Holy Water Font
Located in Milan, IT
Antique shaped Holy Water font from Italy, a polychrome ceramic artwork dating back to early 19th century. This lovely religious work is finely hand painted with ocher green and be...
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Early 19th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Maiolica, Majolica

American Nautical Oil on Canvas Battling Ships at Sea, 20th Century, N. Thomas
Located in Charleston, SC
American Nautical oil on canvas with three battling ships at sea in the original gilt frame, 20th century. Signed by Artist N. Thomas.
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20th Century American Neoclassical Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Canvas, Giltwood, Paint

Ornate Antique 19th C Cast Iron Classical Dolphin Bookbinders Book Binders Press
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Very unique and historically important antique cast iron dolphin book/copy press. The piece features intricate supports with dolphins and fluted columns, and acanthus accented base. ...
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1860s American Antique Neoclassical Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Iron

Creil Ét Montereau French Creamware École Militaire À Paris Architecture Plate
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A French faïence neoclassical transfer printed plate from Creil ét Montereau, circa 1820-1830. A black transfer of an architectural image on a creamware body, depicting the École ...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Creamware

JFK & Jackie Unseen Archives Hardcover Book
Located in North Hollywood, CA
JFK & Jackie. Unseen Archives by Tim Hill. London: Parragon, Incorporated, 2003. First edition; first printing. Hardcover. JFK and Jackie: unseen archives charts the rise to power ...
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Early 2000s American Neoclassical Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Paper

Antique WWII B24 Liberator Bomber Airplane Aviation Fuselage Shadowbox
Located in Dayton, OH
Antique World War II era United States Army Air Force airplane fuselage segment, mounted in a shadowbox frame and featuring the stars and bars decal insignia. Sans Frame - 40” x 39”
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1940s Vintage Neoclassical Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Metal

Large and Rare Patinated Bronze Bust of George Washington, by F. Barbedienne
Located in New York, NY
A Large and Rare Patinated Bronze Bust of George Washington, after Houdon by F. Barbedienne Foundry, circa 1870. Very nice quality green patinated bronze bust of President Washing...
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Collectibles and Curiosities

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Bronze

Cottages by the Sea Hardcover Book
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Carmel, California has always been a community of artists, writers, and freethinkers. During the early part of its rich history, the area was home to Robinson Jeffers, Mary Austin, A...
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Early 2000s North American Neoclassical Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Paper

Double Bronze/Brass Apothecary Scale
Located in Guaynabo, PR
This is a gilt bronze/brass double apothecary scale. It depicts an upside down bronze Corinthian column that holds two different set of balance brass beams and pans. The middle ones ...
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20th Century Unknown Neoclassical Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Marble, Brass, Bronze

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