1996 Atelier MicMac by Bea Schröder, Striking Pictographic Abstract Painting in Red | Signed, Dated
THE ITEM This vivaciously spirited and tactile composition is by German artist Bea Schröder from Atelier MicMac, Düsseldorf, Germany.
This particular piece is an earlier work that incorporates a broad spectrum of techniques as well as multiple media types, brought together to create an expression of Schröder's pictographic and symbol-based 'MicMac' art form.
Schröder's MicMac repertoire includes translations of hieroglyphs, petroglyphs from the ancient times, modern iconographic signs of our time, as well as symbols from the Mi'kmaq Indians, one of the First Nations who still live in Canada.
From an interview with the artist; "You don't need an ethnologist to decipher it. You just have to listen to your inner voice." “You recognize the signs, even if you don't know them. The brain begins to work with them and develop their own interpretations.”
CONDITION Superb. There is negligible age wear that is commensurable with the age of the piece, please refer to photos as they form part of the condition report. The bottom right corner of the painting is signed with Schröder's signature and dated to 1996.
MEASUREMENTS Height: c. 19.7" / 50 cm tall x c. 19.7" / 50 cm width. Depth: c. 1.2" / 3 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 1.6 kg / 1,630 gm.
NOTES Painting will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY Schröder has been a freelance artist since 1992 and enjoyed such success that she went on to establish her own art studio Atelier MicMac in Dusseldorf, Germany.
In Schröder's own words, her art form is MicMac, inspired by her first encounter with the emotional power of symbols used by the Mi'kmaq Indians, one of the First Nations who still live in Canada.
She has incorporated many of the Mi'kmaq symbols into her art as well as being inspired by the bright colours and simple symbols from the Neolithic caves, which were originally used by people to communicate within their communities. Schroder says “Today's caves are homes and workplaces" and translates hieroglyphs and petroglyphs from ancient times into contemporary symbolic languages. She sees her art of communication and motivation as "cave painting for the 21st century".
Antique / Vintage Chinese Lin Sen Era (1868 – 1943) 林森, Faceted Brass Dragon and Phoenix Vase
THE ITEM This superb work of design and craftsmanship, created during the Western Art Deco period, carries its own special piece of cultural significance and history.
It is common to find the underside of Chinese vases to be stamped, painted or etched with the era during which the piece was made. However, it is highly unusual to encounter a piece that references the early period of when China became a republic. The underside of this piece references the era of Lin Sen 林森 (b.1868 – d.1943) who was the President of the National Government of the Republic of China.
Beyond the period of when this piece was made, the form of is also very rare as the faceted shape features 14 sides (including the top and bottom) that are composed of triangular as well as diamond-shaped panels.
The exterior decor has been beautifully engraved by hand to create the stylised relief with the symbols of command of dragons, phoenixes and 'clouds' representing divinity. Together, the form and carefully detailed decor coalesce into this historically significant and highly decorative work of art.
CONDITION Superb. There is negligible age wear to the exterior and use wear to the interior that is commensurable with the age of the piece, please refer to photos as they form part of the condition report. The underside of the vase is carved with the phrase that translates to 'Zheng Lin Sen Era Made'.
MEASUREMENTS Height: c. 5.1" / 13 cm tall (from base to rim) x 5.5" / 14 cm in diameter (across widest point). Base diameter: c. 2.6" / 6.5 cm. Rim diameter: c. 3" / 7.8 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 0.9 kg / 853 gm.
NOTES Vase will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY Lin Sen (b.1868 - d.1943) was native to Fenggang Village, in the Fujian County (now Minhou County, Fuzhou ). Lin Sen lived in Fuzhou but was later expelled for his anti-Qing dynasty efforts, he later participated in the struggle against ceding Taiwan and joined the Xingzhong Society. When the Chinese Alliance was formed, he would join the movement. During the 1911 Revolution, he led the Jiujiang Uprising and urged the navy to send troops to assist in stabilising the overall situation of the revolution. He would go on to be elected as the chairman of the founding Senate of the Republic of China, joining the Chinese Revolutionary Party in Tokyo in 1914 .
In 1928, Lin Sen was elected as a member of the National Government, and later that year, he was elected as the Deputy President of the Legislative Yuan. Eventually, he became the President of the National Government in 1932.
He would continue in his role as President until his death in a car accident in 1943.
Vintage Chinese Blue and White Porcelain Shard in Silver Plate Trinket Box
THE ITEM This charming handmade piece is a beautiful example of vintage upcycling.
Significant popularity of porcelain shard trinket boxes during the 20th-century comes from the turbulent period of the Chinese Revolution (1966 - 1976) where there was a cultural shunning of excess and rejection of old customs. Keeping antique or fine porcelain at home was considered illegal and many collectors would destroy and throw away their pieces.
However, there were those who felt the distress from the cultural destruction and sought to salvage the broken porcelain at the end of the period. The salvagers wanted to bring new life to the collected shards and one new lease of life was transforming the shards into these trinket boxes.
The porcelain shard of this particular piece bears a stylised cloud pattern that is embedded into the silver-plated alloy. The body of the box is decorated with rings of dots and stylised plum-blossoms.
CONDITION Excellent. No chips, cracks, dents or repairs. There is mild wear to the silver-plating, particularly on the underside of the base, which is commensurate with the age of the piece. Please refer to the photos as they form part of the condition report.
MEASUREMENTS Height: c. 1.2" / 3 cm and c. 1.5" / 3.8 cm width (across bodys widest point) x c. 1.6" / 4 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 920 g / 0.9 kg.
NOTES Trinket box will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
Antique c. 1910s Chinese 琺瑯 'Falang' Painted Enamelwork, Canton Enamel Mini Copper Teapot
THE ITEM This exquisitely intricate piece is a work of Chinese Canton Enamel design.
The base enamel is a soft white upon which is the handpainted a delicate pattern of sophisticated detail. The pattern is composed of a rare combination of Peach Blossom, Peaches, Peonies and Chinese Chrysanthemums. There are accents of a stylised Ruyie cloud and Chinese Forget-me-not flower pattern all over and the interior is finished with the typical Chinese teal blue enamel.
This fantastic work of art would make an excellent decorative art feature.
CONDITION Very Good. No repairs. There is natural age wear to the enamel, predominantly to the lip of the handle and the rim edging. Wear is commensurable with the age of the piece, please see photos as part of the condition report. The underside of the base is marked with '乾隆年制' which translates as 'Produced in Qianlong's Year' [Reign] which were revived from 1912 until the early-1920s.
MEASUREMENTS Height: c. 2" / 5 cm (including handle) by c. 4.9" / 12.5 cm width (across widest point). Base diameter: c 2.4" / 6.2 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 0.2 kg / 150 g
NOTES Teapot will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY Painted enamel was introduced into China during the 18th century, with the introduction attributed to French missionaries, this is reflected in the translation of the Chinese term “foreign porcelain.” A metal object, usually copper but sometimes silver or gold, is covered with a background layer of enamel (often white), is fired, and then is painted with coloured enamels before the final firing.
Refined enamels made in the emperor’s workshops and in private shops in Peking also became popular export items, and most of the Canton enamels used the Famille Rose colours. Enamel works were popularly produced until the end of the 19th century.
Mid Century Modern Hand Turned and Polished Cherrywood with Leopardwood Inlay Ball Vase
This superb work of Danish Mid Century Modern design stays true to the Modernist design principle of providing an honest and beautiful expression to the natural materials.
Crafted from a single piece of Cherry wood, the ball form is superbly balanced and beautifully polished to highlight the woodgrain. In addition to its elegant form, the vase also features a rare decor of intricate Leopardwood which has been seamlessly inlaid at the 'neck' and 'clavicle'.
The design of this piece makes it versatile for display on its own or with a single bloom as a Soliflor and could suit a space with decor themes of Modernist, Retro or even Industrial.
Excellent. No chips, cracks or repairs. There is mild age wear that is most evident on the underside of the base of the vase and commensurable with the age of the piece. Please refer to the photos as they form part of the condition report. The underside is inscribed 'Kirsebær' [tr. Cherry in Danish] and the artist's name 'Otto'.
Height: c. 7.8" / 20 cm tall x c. 7.3" / 18.5 cm in diameter (across widest point). Base diameter: c. 3.5" / 8.8 cm. Rim diameter: c. 1.4" / 3.6 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 1.4 kg / 1,375 g
Vase will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
Karlsruher Majolika by Walter Bosse Blue Craquelure Baby Bear Cub, Elephant and Rabbit, 1950s - 70s
This superbly crafted and charming set of Modernist figurines is the design of Walter Bosse (b. 1904 - d. 1979 Austrian ceramics artist and designer) for Karlsruher Majolika Ceramics manufactory.
Each piece has been hand painted in the pale blue, Craquelure 'crackle' glaze that has been applied with great precision to reveal the touches of defining red clay.
This set would make excellent collection additions for appreciators of Mid Century and Modernist design.
A BIT OF HISTORY
Karlsruher was founded by Hans Thomas in January 1901 after the grand duke of Baden, Friedrich I, gave consent for the construction of a workshop in the Hoffstrasse in Karlsruhe. Its full name is Majolika Manufaktur Karlsruhe. Karlsruhe has employed leading designers and artists to design their items and to this day, the company provides artists with studio space and commissions works.
Walter Bosse (b. 1904 - d. 1979) was an Austrian ceramics artist and designer. Bosse's works are highly collectable, found in many collections throughout the world and in numerous museums such as Kitzbühel, Scheibbs Ceramic Museum and the State Museum of Baden. Bosse's distinctive glazes are hard to beat in terms of precision and luminosity were created in accordance with secret recipes and remain unmatched to this day.
Excellent, no chips, cracks or scratches. There is light use wear that is predominantly on the underside of the base of each figurine and is commensurable with the age of the pieces - please refer to photos as part of the condition report.
MEASUREMENTS Bear Cub. Measures c. 3.5" / 8.9 cm tall (from tallest point to base ) x c. 2.4" / 6 cm wide (across widest point).
Baby Elephant. Measures c. 1.3" / 3.4 cm tall (from tallest point to base ) x c. 1.9" / 4.7 cm wide (across widest point).
Baby Rabbit. Measures c. 2.6" / 6.5 cm tall (from tallest point to base ) x c. 2" / 5 cm wide (across widest point). Unpackaged weight [Set of 3]: c. 0.1 kg / 148 g
NOTES Figurines will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
Early 20th Cen. Chinese Soapstone Zhusha Bottle and Seal with Carved Lotus and Lily Pad Relief
This carefully detailed piece has been beautifully worked by hand to create the carving of lotus flowers and lilypads relief on both sides of the bottle. The bottle is accompanied by a small spoon that is finished with a coral glass stopper and etch-trimmed brass collar.
Besides being a carving of great skill, this piece also served the purpose of a seal via the inscription of an 'archaic script' on its base. In ancient times, the carved seal script would be used to imprint its mark onto official documentation, paintings or works of poetry using the traditional '朱砂' or 'zhūshā' red ink or Cinnabar paste. In recent times, the seal would have been used to mark paintings or works of poetry.
The inside of the bottle holds traces of the Cinnabar paste as does the seal on the underside of the bottle.
Very Good. There is negligible age wear that is primarily in the form of minor chips to the soapstone that commensurable with the age of the piece, please refer to photos as part of the condition report.
c. 3.5" / 9 cm tall (from base to stopper) x 1.8" / 4.5 cm in width (across widest point) x c. 0.9" / 2.3 cm depth. Weight: c. 0.1kg / 139 g
Bottle will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
1940s -50s Swedish Gunnar Nylund Brutalist Underwater Scene Sculpted Bronze Relief Charger
This superb piece of Modernist and Brutalist design is by renowned Swedish designer Gunnar Nylund.
The work depicts the vibrantly serene energy of an underwater scene, the details carefully captured in bronze relief. There is energy inherent in many aspects, from the swaying plant life, the swirl and swish from the sea creatures to the marked motion of water in the stylised dashes of dots and streaks.
The influences of this piece make it versatile and the piece could suit a space with decor inspired by themes of Modernist, Brutalist, Industrial, Contemporary and Steampunk design.
Excellent. There is mild wear commensurable with the age of the piece and an appealing ageing of the bronze in the green patina. The front of the charger is initialled with Nylunds 'GN' and the reverse of the charger is marked with the 'ÄKTA BRONS' [Translation: 'Authentic Bronze'] and the Aladdin's Lamp symbol of the manufacturer. There is also an inscription of 'MINNE FRÅN BLYAVDELNINGEN 1954' [Translation 'Memory of the day 1954'] and eleven signatures.
Height: c. 1.6" / 4 cm tall (from base to rim) x c. 10.6" / 27 cm in diameter. Unpackaged weight: c. 2 kg / 2,048 g
Charger will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY
Gunnar Nylund (1904 - 1997) was born in Paris, France to well-known Finnish sculptor, Felix Nylund, and the Danish-born Fernanda Jacobsen-Nylund. The family travelled to France, Italy, and Denmark, and eventually to Finland in 1911. At the outbreak of the Finnish civil war in 1918, Gunnar and his mother would flee to Denmark where Gunnar would complete his schooling and embark on his lifelong journey with ceramics, beginning with an apprenticeship. Gunnar would continue to practice ceramics with his father and took on extra work at the Bing & Gröndahl (B&G) porcelain factory. His contributions to exhibits at the 1925 Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes expo in Paris led B&G to offer him a permanent position. After three years at B&G, in 1928, Gunnar left to establish the Nylund-Krebs studio with Nathalie Krebs. The duo's pioneering Saxbo range (1929) has become an icon of Scandinavian ceramic design.
After two years, Nyland left to become the Artistic Director of Swedish company Rörstrand, a position he became renowned for and held until sometime in 1955. Gunnar made his most important artistic contributions while at Rorstrand. During his tenure at Rörstrand, he became known for smooth matte glazes, beautiful muted colors, and modernist shapes, producing hundreds of designs.
From 1955, he was artistic director for Strömbergshyttans glassworks in Hovmantorp, and later freelanced for the company. In the early 1960s, he returned to Copenhagen and there, he started producing stoneware for Nymölle Keramiska Fabrik in Lyngby. Also during this time, he created Europe’s largest stoneware fountain the “Scanisarius” in Bromölla, Sweden, over five decades, Gunnar had crafted some 30 reliefs and sculptures commissioned for public spaces.
Pre 1970s Italian Murano Opaline and Brass Ormulu 6 Pc set, att. to F. Toso - Labelled
THE ITEM These stunning Murano works of incredible opalescent glass set light refractions dancing within the glass. The glass is early Opaline glass, a technique that incorporated bone ash into the crafting process and is most evident in sunlight which shows off fiery orange and red hues. The six pieces featured here are a 'tobacciana' or a smoke set, typical to the popularity of the time to make a fashion statement through decorative personal or home decor accessories.
Today, it's much more likely to be a well-loved jewel in the crown of a well-cared for collection. The set consists of: 3 Small segment ridged dishes 1 Large wide low dish 2 Lighters (1 gas, 1 lighter fluid)
The filigree decor style of the brass ormulu is in the High Style Design of the Eames Era with evident Art Nouveau influences. It is also similar to that of the French Bulle Savon glass (Bulle Savon literally translates to 'soap bubble' to imitate the sheen of iridescence of a soap bubble.), popular in the early 20th century.
There is no sign of use wear on any of the pieces; there is natural patina from antiquity on the brass, which could be polished up or kept for its charm if preferred and there is wear in line with age on the base of the larger glass dish.
All pieces except for the large dish have original labels; Of the three small dishes; 2 have yellow Murano labels and 1 has red. Of the lighters; both have red Murano labels,
MEASUREMENTS Small segment dish: c. 1.5" / 4 cm in height x c. 2.6" / 6 cm in diameter Large wide low dish: c. 2" / 5 cm in height x c. 4.8" / 12 cm in diameter Lighters: c. 3.5" / 9 cm in height x c. 2.6" / 6 cm in diameter
Unpackaged weight (full set) c. 1.1 kg / 1,073 g
NOTES Set will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY Fratelli Toso was founded in 1854 by Pietro Toso and his six enterprising sons; Ferdinando, Carlo, Liberato, Angelo, Giovanni and Gregorio. The name 'Fratelli Toso' literally translates to 'Brothers Toso'. Initially, glass production was mostly aimed at functional objects such as bottles and flasks for pharmaceutical and domestic use. But with the help of Vincenzo Zanetti (another great glass artist!) and with endless hours of work and practice, Pietro’s sons developed their skills and perfected their technique for hand made glass.
In the years to follow, the company withstood many trials and tribulations, from wars to harsh economic crises, the company would go on to survive to this day as the well known Antica Vetreria Fratelli Toso, carrying its 150 years of glassmaking expertise.