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Important Parcel-Gilt Rosewood and Burl Cellaret, Mounted on Marble Spheres, 1815
Attributed to Duncan Phyfe (1770-1854); New York, c.1815. The oblong lid with ovolo edges above a tapering sarcophagus-shaped case with lion-head monopodia at each corner, on a plinth with boxed corners supported on statuary marble spheres at each corner, on another conforming plinth, raised on canted, carved verde-antique painted lion's paw feet with gilded acanthus leafs, raised on brass castors. Rosewood and burl-wood are used in alternating horizontal courses from top to bottom.
Rare Carved Ivory Mughal or Deccani Hilt, 17th Century
Origin: Northern India. This rare and extremely finely carved ivory dagger hilt was exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum in 1982. It is in the form of a lion's head is from either northern Mughal India or the Deccan. The head has an open mouth with bared teeth, engraved whiskers and carved eyes, and a fine collar of bells suspended from fine ropework about the neck.


Olmec Jade Were-Jaguar Mask, c. 900 to 600 BC
Origin: Mexico. The Olmecs are generally considered to be the ultimate ancestor of all subsequent Mesoamerican civilisations. Thriving between about 1200 and 400 BC, their base was the tropical lowlands of south central Mexico, an area characterized by swamps punctuated by low hill ridges and volcanoes.
Balinese Gold Figure of Tara, 900 - 1300 AD
Origin: Indonesia. Tara is the feminine counterpart of the bodhisattva ("Buddha-to-be") Avalokitesvara (meaning one who hears the cries of the world). According to popular belief, Tara came into existence from a tear of Avalokitesvara, which fell to the ground and formed a lake. Out of its waters rose up a lotus, which, on opening, revealed the goddess.


Monumental Swiss Brass Telescope by Perrelet, c. 1810
This monumental and rare telescope, constructed by the Swiss firm Perrelet of Geneva, is a scientific masterpiece. Among the finest telescopes crafted during the 19th century, this remarkable scientific wonder is on par with the very best telescopes made for the Royal Observatory. Made to view both the earth and sky, the extraordinary instrument features a lens that measures an impressive 7.5-inch diameter, over two times as large as a typical scope of the period.
Roman Marble Vase, Mediterranean, 0 - 300AD


Striped Ponchito, Ecuador Late 19th / Early 20th C.


Dogon Ancestor Figure, Mali, circa 20th C.
Rare Figural White Marble Mantel Surround, 19th C.


Stone Head, Olmec, Mexico, 1200 - 600 BC


Orpiment with Calcite, Shimen Mine, China
Cased percussion Deringer by the iconic Henry Deringer


Standing Figure, Chinesco Style - W. Mexico, 300 BC - 300 AD


Cased French Percussion Dueling Pistols, 1845
Sinclair Sword: the inspiration for the Scottish Basket Hilt Claymore


Pair of Durs Egg Boxlock Pistols, 1838


Schofield Military revolver, 1876, one out of 5,934
Jud Hartmann - Cherokee Ballplayer I and II


Roman Period Basalt Fragment from a Synagogue Column


Jud Hartmann - A Study for The Creator's Game
Roshan Houshmand - Magnolia, 2003


Gilt Bronze-Mounted Rosewood, Secrétaire à Abattant


Roshan Houshmand - Silver Kolam, 2013
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