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Portuguese Colonial Silver Aquamanile
18th Century, Peru
There is a long tradition of vessels in animal forms and a silver aquamanile would have been an important status symbol. They were used both in secular and religious contexts for the symbolic washing of hands. The lion's crown detaches to reveal a container into which water could be poured which would then emerge from the mouth of the beast. However it appears that they were also adapted for perfume and the burning of incense as appears to be the case in this example.
 
Maori Presentation
Hand Club
Circa 1870 - 1880
New Zealand
Carved by Patoromu Tamatea.
This handsome Maori hand club is finely carved with rolling spirals unauanahi on both sides. The handle is carved with the head of a beaked bird pierced under the head for suspension. Overall it has a fine dark brown patina. Written in ink in the centre circle on one side: "Maori Club Bovis Coll"
 
Set of Four George II
Mahogany Hall Chairs
English, circa 1755-60
In the manners of Thomas Chippendale these hall chairs were commissioned by Edward East of Jamaica circa 1755-60. During the reign of James I, the East family emigrated from Kent to Ireland and one of their descendants, John East, an army captain, joined the adventurers Venebles and Penn, father of the founder of Pennsylvania for the conquest of Jamaica. For these services, John East was awarded considerable estates in Jamaica following the restoration of Charles II.
 
 
   
 
Anthropomorphic Cup
Wongo, DR Congo
     
Carved Kris Handle
Ivory, Indonesia
     
Touareg Coffer
Sahara, ca. 1900
 
   
 
Infant Krishna
Bronze, India
     
Napoleonic POW
48-Gun Frigate
     
Monkey Mask
Bambara, Mali
 
   
 
Agra Oriental Rug
India, Late 19th C.
     
Folk Art Still Life
Psbly. NY, ca. 1840
     
Antique Oriental Rug
Khotan, 19th C.
 
   
 
Kifwebe Mask Kilume
Songye, DR Congo
     
Michele Byrne
Furling Flags
     
Newel Post Carvings
English, ca. 1680
 
   
 
Silver Pandan Box
India, 19th C.
     
Elephant Head
Gilt Copper, Tibet
     
Pauta Saila
Inuit, Canada
 
   
 
John Traynor
Waterbury Center, VT
     
Edward S. Curtis
The Scout - Apache
     
John Traynor
Country Road
 
   
 
Rosemary Cooke
Coffee and Crumpet
     
Floyd Scholz
Northern Goshawk
     
Jonathan Knight
A Bronze Hippopotamus
 
 
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