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The Prophecies of the Popes, Vaticinia de summis pontificibus, Eastern France (perhaps Savoy, or North-West Italy), c. 1450
The so-called Vaticinia de summis pontificibus is one of the most popular apocalyptic texts of the Middle Ages, surviving in nearly one hundred manuscripts and printed more than twenty-four times from 1505 to 1670. Its abbreviated title, Vaticinia, means "prophetic or vatic, revealing the future by divine inspiration" (as in the naming of Vatican City). Many copies are on paper and not all are as sumptuously illuminated as the present ex-Ritman example.   Pseudo-Joachim of Fiore, Vaticinia de summis pontificibus (Prophecies of the Popes) with Martin of Troppau, Chronicon Summorum Pontificum. In Latin, illuminated manuscript on parchment. 57 leaves (4 blank), complete, bound in modern green, gilt-tooled leather binding over pasteboards, fitted slipcase.  
Edwin Austin Abbye - In Awe, 1852 - 1911
Edwin Austin Abbye (American)
Born 1852 in Philadelphia and died in London 1911.
Medium/Materials: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 48'' x 32''


Superb Figural Offering Bowl (Olumeye), 1920
Circa 1920, Yoruba People, Nigeria. This beautiful carved wooden figure of a kneeling woman holding a bowl in the form of a cock or chicken is very much in the style of the great Yoruba carver Olowe of Ise.
Muhammad Ali's Rumble in the Jungle Walking Stick, 1974
The Rumble in the Jungle World Heavyweight Championship of 1974 is considered the greatest sporting event of the 20th century, and this African walking stick is one of the most extraordinary relics connected to the boxing spectacle. The cane was gifted by the President of Zaire, Mobutu Sese Seko, to Muhammad Ali - the King's admitted favorite - just days before his victory over the then undefeated boxing champion George Foreman.


Renaissance Gemstone Ring, Gold, Ruby, and Enamel
Western Europe, late 16th century to early 17th century. To judge from the number of examples that survive to the present, enameled rings with high box bezels were enormously successful among aristocratic patrons from the second half of the sixteenth century up through the first half of the seventeenth century. The bright green, white, blue, and red enamel on this ring's shoulders is comparable with examples from the late sixteenth century.
A Parisian Book of Hours by Maître François and his Workshop, 1462 - 1510


English Mourning Ring, dated 1726


Speech of Abraham Lincoln, Delivered at the Cooper Institute, 1860
16th Century Gothic Tapestry


Antique Ferahan Sarouk Rug, 1875 - 1900


17th Century Allegorical Tapestry
Gilded Bronze Buddha or Attendant, late 19th C.


Henri Lebasque - Landscape, 1924


Pair of Art Deco Carved Jade Pendant Earrings
Hadji Jallili - Persian Area Size Tabriz Rug


Duckfoot Flintlock Pistol, c. 1780, about 44 Caliber


Caucasian Triple Medallion Kazak Rug, mid 19th C.
Enigma Model K 4-Rotor Encryption Machine


Reginald Marsh - Two female figures


Mandolin Singing Bird Automaton Music Box
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