Exceptional Summer Estate Sale, July 27th, Kaminski Auctions

A rare 19th C. French gilt bronze mirrored plateau suite measuring 78 inches long.

A rare 19th C. French gilt bronze mirrored plateau suite measuring 78 inches long. Source: Kaminski Auctions

Next Sunday, July 27, the flagship Massachusetts branch of Kaminski Auctions will be holding an exceptional summer estate sale. See below for more information. The New York branch of Kaminski Auctions is located on the main floor of The Manhattan Art & Antique Center, Gallery #28, 917.701.8162. Kaminski offers free expert appraisal service at the Center every Tuesday from 10:30 am – 5:00 pm.

Kaminski Auctions July 27th estate sale features an outstanding array of fine art, silver, jewelry and Asian antiques.  Jewelry and silver items include a 14.25 carat square cut emerald ring, set with 18 round brilliant diamonds in platinum.  This exquisite ring is estimated at $30000-$35000. There is also a four plus carat Colombian emerald with two triangular side diamonds valued at  $5000-$10000.  A classic ladies Chopard 18K diamond and gold watch with a mother of pearl face and 34 total diamonds is another top jewelry lot valued at  $6000-$10,000.

The auction also features an important pair of antique Bohemian uranium colored cut glass decanters with enamel decoration bearing the emblem of Zill al-Sultan, the Qajar prince who ruled Isfahan, Iran’s former capital from 1874 – 1907.  These wonderful decanters were produced especially for the Islamic market.

Highlights of the sale include silver items from a California estate. There is a stunning Buccellati silver pitcher, signed “Buccellati Italy”, a rare 19th century French plateau suite measuring 78 inches long in mirrored gilt bronze valued at $20,000-$30,000, and a .800 silver equestrian trophy, inscribed ” Hong Kong Jockey Club, 1892, The Ashley Cup, valued at $6000-$12000, as well as a set of 12 English sterling silver plates marked “PS” valued at $8000-$12000.

Fine art in the sale features an oil on canvas titled “An Afternoon of Homework” by British artist John Thomas Peele (1822-1897), an oil on canvas of a mother with baby in a cradle by American artist Harry Roseland and a street scene by French artist, Henry Lesur.  California art collectors will not want to miss a wonderful work by Carl W. Peters (American 1897-1980), titled “Pier, Shacks and Sails”.

For Chinese collectors there is also a large selection of Chinese huanguali and zitan furniture, jade, Chinese porcelain and Chinese and Tibetan gilt bronze buddhas.

Other items of interest in the sale include a lot of miniature Medieval cast lead knight figures, which includes individual figures, vignettes, and dioramas, on oak wood stands, from the Higgins Armory Museum, Worcester, MA, valued at  $5000-$10000 and a rare violin, marked Gabriel Buchstetter, dated 1768 and estimated at $3000-$5000.

Preview for this exciting sale starts Thursday- Saturday, July 24th-July 26th, 10:00-5:00 pm and starting at 8:00am on Sunday July 27th, day of sale. The auction begins at 10:00 am at the Kaminski Auction gallery, 117 Elliott Street, Rt. 62, Beverly,Massachusetts.

For more information or to preview the sale and register online go to www.kaminskiauctions.com or call 978-927-2223.

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The Story of Humanity: Ancient Coins As Maps of Our Past

Seleukid Kings of Syria Coin; Aeolis, Kyme Coin; Sicily, Leontini Coin;Kings of Bithynia, Nikomedes III Coin

Heads of state (clockwise): Seleukid Kings of Syria Coin; Aeolis, Kyme Coin; Sicily, Leontini Coin;Kings of Bithynia, Nikomedes III Coin. Gallery #16: Pamyra Heritage/212.319.1077

The writer W.H. Valentine once wrote “There is nothing more fascinating than collecting coins, all history is summed up in them…they are the story of humanity.” The story of humanity: for many, this is the romance of antique coins–unlike many other relics of the past, ancient coins can pass through so many hands, great and small, to reach yours. In this post, we focus on the great–the figures who grace the four coins above–and the basic history of ancient coin collecting. In an upcoming post, we will cover ancient coinage at length, including mints of various styles and empires, grading coins and buying them.

Kings of Bithynia, Nikomedes III Coin, Diameded head of Nikomedes right, reverse:  Zeus standing left, holding wreath (off flan) and scepter; in left field, eagle on thunderbolt, monogram and date, 123/2 BC.Kings of Bithynia, Nikomedes III Coin, Diameded head of Nikomedes right, reverse:  Zeus standing left, holding wreath (off flan) and scepter; in left field, eagle on thunderbolt, monogram and date, 123/2 BC. 33mm, 16.37gms. Gallery #16: Palmyra Heritage/212.319.1077

Ancient coin collecting has been a popular hobby since medieval times, especially among European monarchs and even popes. Today, many new collectors are surprised to find you don’t need the wealth of a head of state to start an ancient coin collection. Some ancient coins are even less expensive than modern coins because the major rulers of vast empires issued a great quantity of coins across several centuries. As there were no banks in antiquity, owners buried their coins and hoards of them have been found where these great cities stood. The first coins were minted in the Roman province known as Lydia in Asia Minor in 600-700 B.C, not far from the kingdom of Bithynia, where later, Nikomedes III (pictured on the coin above) ruled from 127 BC to c. 94 BC.

Sicily, Leontini Coin, Laureate head of Apollo facing right; reverse:  lion's head facing right, four barley grains around, circa 446-422 BC.     25mm, 17.65gms

Sicily, Leontini Coin, Laureate head of Apollo facing right; reverse:  lion’s head facing right, four barley grains around, circa 446-422 BC. 25mm, 17.65gm. Gallery #16: Palmyra Heritage/212.319.1077

The coins classified as “ancient” are those struck in the first five centuries A.D., which is around 1200 years of coinage. The coin above from the Greek city of Leontini in Sicily is a well-preserved relic of one of the earlier centuries of coinage. The very earliest Greek coins are uniface (the design is only on one side with a punch mark on the reverse), but most ancient Greco-Roman coins feature the ruling emperor and mythological figures and symbols of the empire on both sides. The Leontini coin features Apollo, one of the most important Greek gods, with his head draped in laurel, a symbol sacred to this god and used in ancient Greece to signal honor bestowed upon poets and heroes.

Seleukid Kings of Syria Coin, Diademed head right / Zeus Nikephoros seated left, monogram below throne in exergue, 129-125 BC.     30mm, 16.3gm

Seleukid Kings of Syria Coin, Diademed head right / Zeus Nikephoros seated left, monogram below throne in exergue, 129-125 BC. 30mm, 16.3gm. Gallery #16: Palmyra Heritage/212.319.1077

The obverse (face) and reverse designs on ancient coins are the basis for the modern coins you carry in your pocket today. Just as in modern times, the devices of different cities represented sources of their civic pride. Therefore, coins were not just a “medium for exchange” but identifiers of their cities, and inevitably propaganda for the lands from which they originated. The imposing head of the Seleukid King on the coin above is indicative of the power of the Seleucid Empire, a major center of Hellenistic culture. On the reverse of this coin sits the father of the gods, Zeus Nikephoros, which translates to Zeus, who brings Victory, and so he did for a very long dynasty (312 BC-63 BC) until the empire was ultimately overthrown by the Roman emperor Pompey.

Aeolis, Kyme Coin, head of Amazon Kyme right wearing tainia, horse prancing right; one handled cup below raised foreleg, all within wreath, 165/55-145/0 BC.     32mm, 16.30g, 12h

Aeolis, Kyme Coin, head of Amazon Kyme right wearing tainia, horse prancing right; one handled cup below raised foreleg, all within wreath, 165/55-145/0 BC. 32mm, 16.30g, 12h. Gallery #16: Palmyra Heritage/212.319.1077

Ancient empires were often in tumult–in fact, some of the most rare and valuable coins are those of emperors who only ruled for a short time or usurpers who minted coins in a bid for legitimacy. The above coin is from Kyme, the most important of the twelve major cities comprising Aeolis, a region that exemplifies the changing tide of history in the classical age. Aeolis was founded by emigrants from mainland Greece, later became a center of the fierce Greco-Persian wars, and was finally merged into the Roman empire. Like all ancient coins, the Kyme coin is a record of shifting reigns and a stamp of what mattered most to people who once lived in empires that are no more. Thus, as the coins lose their original meaning they gain another meaning for us: they become maps of the past.

The predominant rare and ancient coin collection at The Manhattan Art & Antique Center belongs to Palmyra Heritage, Gallery #16. You can visit the Palmyra Heritage gallery page for coins and other antiquities, and reach them at (P) 212.319.1077 (F) 347.693.7728 (E) morris@palmyraheritagegallery.com

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An Eternal Flame: July 2014 Birthstone Spotlight on the Ruby

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Vintage & antique jewelry featuring rubies at The Manhattan Art & Antique Center

Legend has it the ruby is lit by an inner flame that can’t be extinguished. According to ancient Asian lore, the ruby contained the “spark of life,” and was known as “the lamp stone”–an Emperor of China was even said to have lit his chamber with a ruby that “burned as bright as day.” We covered the basic history of the ruby in “A Drop of Heart’s Blood” last year but there’s plenty more to say about this stone that has been burning just as brightly in our collective imagination since antiquity.

iger brooch, 18K gold and enamel with ruby eye, Italian, circa 1960"s  Length: 2"Tiger brooch, 18K gold and enamel with ruby eye, Italian, circa 1960″s Length: 2″ Brian Stewart Gallery.

The ruby is a variety of the mineral known as corundum, the second hardest gemstone after the diamond. Only red corundum is a ruby–any other color is considered a sapphire. The rarest and most valued rubies are found in Burma and are known for their brilliant “pigeon’s blood” red color but valuable rubies are also found in Asia, Australia, Africa, and the United States. The best way to determine the worth of a ruby is by its color (it should be neither too dark nor too light) and its clarity–if it appears “clean” to the naked eye.

Cartier falconer brooch, 18K gold, coral, ruby, and enamel, France, 1930s-1940s.Cartier falconer brooch, 18K gold, coral, ruby, and enamel, France, 1930s-1940s. Botier Gallery.

Throughout its storied history, the ruby has been said to posses numerous mystical qualities, including bringing good fortune, protecting against evil, and even curing indigestion. However, as “an eternal flame,” the ruby’s predominant association has naturally always been with love and passion. In addition to being the July birthstone, the ruby is also the traditional gift for the 15th and 40th wedding anniversaries. You can see more of The Manhattan Art & Antique Center’s ruby collection here.

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Antique Summer: Vintage Cocktail Shakers

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Penguin cocktail shaker with original silver plate.  American, ca. 1928-1932. Height: 12″ Sooky Goodfriend Gallery

A couple of weeks ago, we covered A Global Collection of Vintage & Antique Chairs for summer home decor. With hot weather and Fourth Of July weekend upon us, our Antique Summer profile series continues with a collection of cool vintage cocktail shakers for the warm days ahead. See more artful antique and vintage cocktail shakers here.

Rare "Red Leg" cocktail shaker, glass with chrome shoe, England, circa 1920-1935.  Height: 16" high   Length from toe to heel: 7"

Rare “Red Leg” cocktail shaker, glass with chrome shoe, England, circa 1920-1935. Height: 16″ high   Length from toe to heel: 7″ Sooky Goodfriend.

Cocktail shaker decorated with a steeple chase of leaping horses, glass and silver plate, England, circa 1930.  Height:  9"

Cocktail shaker decorated with a steeple chase of leaping horses, glass and silver plate, England, circa 1930. Height:  9″ Burke’s Antiques

Silverplate and chrome cocktail shaker set comprising of a shaker, 4 glasses and a tray, designed by Norman Bel Geddes, American, circa 1960s.  Illustrated: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America

Silverplate and chrome cocktail shaker set comprising of a shaker, 4 glasses and a tray, designed by Norman Bel Geddes, American, circa 1960s. Illustrated: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America

Glass and chrome cocktail shaker in the form of an hourglass.  Stamped M.P. New York.  American, c. 1940-1945.  Height: 9.5"

Vintage Glass and chrome cocktail shaker in the form of an hourglass.  Stamped M.P. New York.  American, c. 1940-1945. Height: 9.5″

Cocktail shaker in the form of a mariners lantern, silverplate, green glass and wood, American, circa 1950.  Height: 10-5/8"    Width: 5"

Vintage Cocktail shaker in the form of a mariners lantern, silverplate, green glass and wood, American, circa 1950. Height: 10-5/8″    Width: 5″ Sooky Goodfriend

Rare American Napier silver plated cocktail shaker, 1928.    Height: 9.5"

Rare American Napier silver plated cocktail shaker, 1928. Height: 9.5″ Sooky Goodfriend

Cocktail shaker decorated with a golf ball motif, silverplate by International Co., American, circa 1920s.  Height: 13"

Cocktail shaker decorated with a golf ball motif, silverplate by International Co., American, circa 1920s. Height: 13″ Sooky Goodfriend

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July 2014 Art & Antiques Highlights

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Summer is in full swing and we have many new vintage & antique finds for summer entertaining and home redecorating. This month, we feature some of our galleries’ most playful objects for summer, including a vintage penguin cocktail shaker and a charming gold terrier pin. See more here.

The Manhattan Art & Antiques Center is located at 1050 Second Avenue at 56th Street, New York, NY. We’re open Mon-Sat 10:30 AM to 6 PM, Sun 12 noon to 6 PM. You can reach us at 212.355.4400 and info@the-maac.com, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest for art and antique highlights.

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NEW Vintage & Antique Finds: A Royal Party On A Summer Afternoon

signed-francesco-beda-oil-painting-710-IMG_9245This beautiful weather is making us think of leisurely strolls and sun-drenched afternoons, and since nobody painted languid contentment quite like the 19th century Italian painter, Francesco Beda (1840-1900), we thought we’d highlight this painting of his in our New Vintage & Antique Finds series. This important oil on canvas entitled “A Royal Party on a Summer Afternoon” (which is in its original giltwood frame) was painted by Beda in Trieste, Italy. Beda was favorite of patrons who favored “costume genre subjects;” people in anachronistic costumes in attitudes of the kind of elegant ease depicted in this painting. Although the work is full of energy, largely driven by the whispered conversations and arrested attitudes of its subjects, the overall mood is of the idle pleasure and serenity that typify summer. Here’s hoping for a long one. See a detailed view here.

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A Tale of Two Jeans: Plates by Jean Lurcat & Jean Cocteau

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(Left) Jean Cocteau plate (Right) Jean Lurcat plate

The social circles of French artistic contemporaries, Jean Cocteau (1889-1963) and Jean Lurcat (1892-1966) overlapped at the glittering edges–both knew Pablo Picasso, another artist who painted ceramic plates in addition to participating in other innumerable artistic ventures in that heyday of Bohemian creativity in early 20th century Paris. Despite their differences, the spirit of their milieu, embodied in a kind of exploratory playfulness, is captured in both artists’ plates.

Ceramic plate with white glaze by Jean Cocteau (1889-1963), Profile of Man with Fish, signed on back Limoges, France, circa 1959.  Diameter: 9-1/2"

Ceramic plate with white glaze by Jean Cocteau (1889-1963), Profile of Man with Fish, signed on back Limoges, France, circa 1959. Diameter: 9-1/2″

Of the two artists, Jean Cocteau had the wider artistic range. A true Renaissance man, he was a poet, artist, novelist, dramatist, designer, filmmaker among many other things. Known as “The Frivolous Prince” in his artistic circle, the novelist Edith Wharton once described him as a man to “to whom every great line of poetry was a sunrise, every sunset the foundation of the Heavenly City…

White glazed ceramic plate depicting a lion head by Jean Cocteau (1889-1963).  Signed and marked on reverse side, Limoges, France, circa 1958.  Diameter: 9-1/2"

White glazed ceramic plate depicting a lion head by Jean Cocteau (1889-1963).  Signed and marked on reverse side, Limoges, France, circa 1958. Diameter: 9-1/2″

That exuberance for life is captured in his whimsical Limoges plates. Depicting (in order), a man with a fish on his head, a smiling lion, and a wistful cat, the signed plates are hand-painted using strong, clean lines.

Ceramic plate with cat decoration by Jean Cocteau, signed and marked "Limoges" on back, France, 1959.  Diameter:  5-1/2"

Ceramic plate with cat decoration by Jean Cocteau, signed and marked “Limoges” on back, France, 1959. Diameter:  5-1/2″

In contrast, Jean Lurcat was mostly a visual artist best known for his role in the revival of tapestry. After taking up residence in Paris to work as an engraver and an apprentice to painter Jean-Paul Lafitte, he briefly went to the war front in 1915 before returning home due to injury. In 1917, he began making his renowned tapestries and often traveled “East” to countries such as Greece, Turkey and northern Africa, the influences of which can easily be traced in his plates.

Surreal glazed earthenware plate by Jean Lurçat, France, c. 1920s-1930s.  Diameter: 8-1/2"

Surreal glazed earthenware plate by Jean Lurçat, France, c. 1920s-1930s. Diameter: 8-1/2″

Reflecting his more somber mindset and experiences in the “Orient,” Lurcat’s surreal signed plates depict fantastical figures in elaborate headdresses, sometimes representing chieftains whose faces bear serious expressions in the eyes and lines of their mouths.

Surreal glazed pottery plate by Jean Lurçat, France, c. 1920s-1930s.  Diameter: 8-1/2"

Surreal glazed pottery plate by Jean Lurçat, France, c. 1920s-1930s. Diameter: 8-1/2″

Surreal glazed pottery plate by Jean Lurçat (1892-1966) France, c. 1930s.  Diameter: 8-1/2"

Surreal glazed pottery plate by Jean Lurçat (1892-1966) France, c. 1930s. Diameter: 8-1/2″

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Past and Present: Carved South African World Cup Chair

ronwood chair, carved with World Cup Soccer and animal motifs, dated 2010, South Africa.  Height: 42"

Ironwood chair, carved with World Cup Soccer and animal motifs, dated 2010, South Africa. Height: 42" Hemingway African Gallery

As we were browsing the online catalog for our post, A Global Collection of Antique Chairs, we came across this serendipitous surprise from Hemingway African Gallery. With World Cup 2014 fever sweeping the globe, it feels only right to profile this relic of both the near and distant past. Notably the first World Cup hosted in Africa, the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa continues to be a source of great continental pride–a feeling that animates this playful ironwood chair carved in the traditional style of African birthing chairs, emblazoned with “World Cup 2010″ woven between an interlocking menagerie of animals native to Africa, including the lion and the elephant. Contact here for details.

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Chair detail view

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Take A Seat: A Global Collection of Antique Chairs

Thonet child"s chair, beechwood and cane, Vienna, circa 1900.  Width: 15-1/2"    Depth: 18"    Height: 27"

Thonet child’s chair, beechwood and cane, Vienna, circa 1900. Width: 15-1/2″    Depth: 18″    Height: 27″ Burke’s Antiques.

With summer home decoration in full swing, we thought we’d take a look at our galleries’ fantastic collection of antique and vintage seating furniture. Taken together, it’s a fascinating picture of the opulent, playful, daring ways to engage in that most common of human activities: sitting down. See more chairs from around the world here.

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Moroccan wood arm chair, carved with arabic text and inlaid with mother of pearl, circa 1890. Height: 40″    Width: 23″     Depth: 22-1/2″ Robin’s Antiques

Elm wood windsor chair, England, circa 1770. Elm wood windsor chair, England, circa 1770. Robert Lloyd.

Late 19th century chair, pierced and inlaid wood, Syria.  Height: 42-3/8"

Late 19th century chair, pierced and inlaid wood, Syria. Height: 42-3/8″ Palmyra Heritage

Mermaid Chair, Bozo Fishin Tribe, Mali. Height: 45" Width: 17" Depth: 42"Mermaid Chair, Bozo Fishin Tribe, Mali. Height: 45″ Width: 17″ Depth: 42″ Hemingway African Gallery.

Upholstered Empire a rmchair, light mahogany, gilt bronze mounts, France, 19th Century.  Height: 36"    Width: 25"    Depth: 23"

Upholstered Empire armchair, light mahogany, gilt bronze mounts, France, 19th Century. Height: 36″    Width: 25″    Depth: 23″ Intertrus

Polished steel lounge chair, custom made for Hermes of Paris, French circa 1990. Length: 58.5" Height: 38" Width: 19.75"

Polished steel lounge chair, custom made for Hermes of Paris, French circa 1990. Length: 58.5″  Height: 38″  Width: 19.75″ Paul Stamati

ronwood chair, carved with World Cup Soccer and animal motifs, dated 2010, South Africa. Height: 42"

Ironwood chair, carved with World Cup Soccer and animal motifs, dated 2010, South Africa. Height: 42″. Hemingway African Gallery

A carved giltwood three-piece salon suite, upholstered with Aubusson tapestry, French, circa 1880.  Comprising of a settee and two chairs. Settee Height: 53"    Length: 77"

A carved giltwood three-piece salon suite, upholstered with Aubusson tapestry, French, circa 1880.  Comprising of a settee and two chairs. Settee Height: 53″    Length: 77″ F&P Associates

Khatam-work arm chairs.  Inlaid wood, Iran, 19th century. Height: 45"

Khatam-work arm chairs.  Inlaid wood, Iran, 19th century. Height: 45″ Anavian Gallery

Congo wood and old Obi Kuba textile chief"s chair. Height: 5ft   Width: 20"

Congo wood and old Obi Kuba textile chief”s chair.Height: 5ft   Width: 20″ Hemingway Gallery

Jules Leleu 5 piece upholstered set comprising of a sofa, two club chairs and two armchairs. Oak with bronze sabots (gilt bronze "shoe" at the bottom of the furniture) and Aubusson upholstery, French, circa 1940. Height: 33.5"

Jules Leleu 5 piece upholstered set comprising of a sofa, two club chairs and two armchairs.  Oak with bronze sabots (gilt bronze “shoe” at the bottom of the furniture) and Aubusson upholstery, French, circa 1940. Height: 33.5″ Paul Stamati

Philadelphia Queen Anne walnut armchair, circa 1760. Height: 40 inches   Width: 25 inches

Philadelphia Queen Anne walnut armchair, circa 1760. Height: 40 inches   Width: 25 inches

Important pair of Italian baroque-style side chairs, ebonized with pietra dura panels, circa 1850. Overall height: 47"  Width: 21"  Depth: 21"

Important pair of Italian baroque-style side chairs, ebonized with pietra dura panels, circa 1850.Overall height: 47″  Width: 21″  Depth: 21″ Alexanders Antiques

his striking pair of antique decorative armchairs hail from South China, 19th century, Ching Dynasty.  They are made of carved hardwood, with marble, stone insets and are inlaid with mother of pearl. Height: 38 inches   Depth: 18 inches   Width: 24 inches

This striking pair of antique decorative armchairs hail from South China, 19th century, Ching Dynasty.  They are made of carved hardwood, with marble, stone insets and are inlaid with mother of pearl. Height: 38 inches   Depth: 18 inches   Width: 24 inches P.M. Tung Arts

Art Deco Armchair by Sue et Mare, mahogany frame with green leather back and suedette upholstery, France, circa 1925. Height: 36.25"  Width: 31.5"  Depth: 31.5"

Art Deco Armchair by Sue et Mare, mahogany frame with green leather back and suedette upholstery, France, circa 1925. Height: 36.25″  Width: 31.5″  Depth: 31.5″ Paul Stamati Gallery

Contemporary Ogoni tribe beaded chair from Nigeria.  The design featuring wildlife, masks and geometrical patterns. Height: 42"    Width: 24"

Contemporary Ogoni tribe beaded chair from Nigeria.  The design featuring wildlife, masks and geometrical patterns. Height: 42″    Width: 24″ Hemingway African Gallery

Pair of Belgian burlwood and mahogany Art Deco chairs by De Coene Frères, circa 1940"s. Height: 43"

Pair of Belgian burlwood and mahogany Art Deco chairs by De Coene Frères, circa 1940″s. Height: 43″ Paul Stamati

Pair of Chinese Huanghuali chairs, late 19th century. Seat Height: 19 1/2".

Pair of Chinese Huanghuali chairs, late 19th century. Seat Height: 19 1/2″. Dragon Treasures Ltd.

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Vintage Father’s Day Gifts

Airplane Figure with Six Places for Cigars, silverplate, America, 1960s. 14" x 8"

Airplane Figure with Six Places for Cigars, silverplate, America, 1960s.
14″ x 8″ Sooky Goodfriend Gallery.

Father’s Day is coming up Sunday, June 15, but it’s hard to deny that men get the short end of the stick when it comes to parental celebrations. Following Mother’s Day both in the calendar year and in its founding, Father’s Day was not instituted as a national holiday until 1972 (some 40+ years after Mother’s Day had become an established holiday). Father’s Day was originally founded in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd, the daughter of William Jackson Smart, who raised her and her five siblings alone after her mother’s death. Mrs. Dodd struggled for many years to get the celebration recognized, so in honor of fathers, who are just as deserving of outpourings of love and presents, we share some of our favorite gifts for gentlemen of every taste. See our Pinterest board for more.

Previously posted in 2013. For new Father’s Day gifts this year, see NEW ITEMS.

Cartier Paris 18KT yellow gold gentlemen"s ring with black diamond and white diamond in center, France, circa 1980s.  Width: 1/2"

Cartier Paris 18KT yellow gold gentlemen”s ring with black diamond and white diamond in center, France, circa 1980s. Width: 1/2″. Antique Reflections.

First Edition of The Casebook of Sherlock Homes, Arthur Conan Doyle, full morocco leather, UK, 1927.  Size: 5" x 7"

First Edition of The Casebook of Sherlock Homes, Arthur Conan Doyle, full morocco leather, UK, 1927. Size: 5″ x 7″  Manhattan Rare Books.

Julius Caesar gold aureus, Italy, Rome, 46 BC.  Weight: 8.07 gms

Julius Caesar gold aureus, Italy, Rome, 46 BC. Weight: 8.07 gms Palmyra Heritage.
Bulgari Sterling Silver Pen Caddy for DeskBvlgari Sterling Silver Pen Caddy for Desk. AAA Silver Gallery.
Very Special Dunhill Chrome & Leather Flask, Germany, 1960s. 5-1/4" x 4"A Very Special Dunhill Chrome & Leather Flask, Germany, 1960s.
5-1/4″ x 4″  Sooky Goodfriend Gallery.
Bulgari automatic, stainless steel wristwatch, Swiss made.Bvlgari automatic, stainless steel wristwatch, Swiss made. Intertrus.

World map, on rice paper, Japan, 1861.  Dimensions: 53" x 53"

World map, on rice paper, Japan, 1861. Dimensions: 53″ x 53″ Akasaka Collection.
"Schnapps-O-Flex" Pottery Camera, the flash bulb comes out, USA, 1980s. 8-1/2" x 3-1/4"“Schnapps-O-Flex” Pottery Camera, the flash bulb comes out, USA, 1980s.
8-1/2″ x 3-1/4″ Sooky Goodfriend Gallery.
Cufflinks signed Cartier, Cipullo design, 18K gold and carnelian, American, circa 1970s.Cufflinks signed Cartier, Cipullo design, 18K gold and carnelian, American, circa 1970s.  Gallery 47.

19th Century ivory sword holder (?), Chinese, circa 1870s.  Height: 5" Width: 5"

19th Century ivory sword holder, Chinese, circa 1870s. Height: 5″ Width: 5″ Robin’s Antiques.
Fly-shaped brass match safe and strike, England, circa 1890.  Length: 4"    Width: 3"    Height: 1-1/4"Fly-shaped brass match safe and strike, England, circa 1890. Length: 4″    Width: 3″    Height: 1-1/4″  Burke’s Antiques.

Mixtec mask, terracotta, Mexico, 800 AD.  Height: 7 3/8"  Width: 8 1/8"

Mixtec mask, terracotta, Mexico, 800 AD. Height: 7 3/8″  Width: 8 1/8″ Palmyra Heritage.
Henry Dunay 18K Gold belt buckle with original Henry Dunay Aliigator belt.Henry Dunay 18K Gold belt buckle with original Henry Dunay Alligator belt. AAA Silver.

Brass nut cracker in the form of a cat, England, circa 1890.  Length: 5-1/2"    Width: 1"    Depth: 1-1/2"

Brass nut cracker in the form of a cat, England, circa 1890. Length: 5-1/2″    Width: 1″    Depth: 1-1/2″ Burke’s Antiques.

Touch-Tip" cigar and pipe lighter, sterling silver, London, England, 1896.  Height: 5-1/2"

Touch-Tip” cigar and pipe lighter, sterling silver, London, England, 1896. Height: 5-1/2″ Gallery 47.
Three antique Scottish kilt pins, gold and semi-precious stones, Scotland, late 19th Century.Three antique Scottish kilt pins, gold and semi-precious stones, Scotland, late 19th Century. Intertrus.

Chess set, sterling and vermeil silver by Hecor Aguilar. Taxco, Mexico, circa 1950s.  Silver weight: 80 oz.  Condition: Vermeil re-gilded.  King: 4" Queen: 3-1/4" Bishop: 3-1/8" Knight: 3-1/8" Rook: 2-1/2" Pawn: 1-5/8"

Chess set, sterling and vermeil silver by Hecor Aguilar. Taxco, Mexico, circa 1950s.  Silver weight: 80 oz. Condition: Vermeil re-gilded. Leah Gordon Gallery.

Japanese Samurai helmet and face mask, iron, 18th century.  Height: 14"  Width: 12".

Japanese Samurai helmet and face mask, iron, 18th century. Height: 14″  Width: 12″. Akasaka Collection.

Tie bar holder, 18K two-tone gold, American, c. 1950-1960.  Size: 2.5" x 2.75" (with chain)

Tie bar holder, 18K two-tone gold, American, c. 1950-1960. Size: 2.5″ x 2.75″ (with chain). Sooky Goofriend Gallery.

Silver dagger in sheath decorated with an applied dragon and engraved flowers with chain, 19th century.  Overall length: 11 1/2"

Silver dagger in sheath decorated with an applied dragon and engraved flowers with chain, 19th century. Overall length: 11 1/2″  Hoffman-Gampetro.

Meerschaum and ivory pipe featuring the head of a Turk, 19th century.  Length: 7"  Width: 3"

Meerschaum and ivory pipe featuring the head of a Turk, 19th century. Length: 7″  Width: 3″. Palace Galleries.

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