Rare Carved Ebony Hand Mirror

A rare superb mid-17th century carved ebony hand mirror inlaid with ivory and mother of pearl. All surfaces are also elaborately engraved. The back is decorated with an exceptional Biblical scene. Although not signed, this mirror is typical of the work of Gerardus Bellekin. Pieces of this quality are rarely found outside of museum collections.

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Victor de Grailly Oil Painting

A fine oil painting on canvas of the oxbow on the Connecticut River from Mount Holyoke by Victor de Grailly. A nearly identical painting is illustrated and discussed in William Banks article on Victor De Grailly on pages 93 to 95, in the July, 1974 issue of the magazine Antiques.

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English Walnut Dressing Mirror

A fine English walnut tilting dressing mirror over a bank of three molded drawers on OG bracket feet. This example has all its original brass, gilding, key and glass. The detail on the cabinet is also quite fine.

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Dutch Delft Tobacco Jar

The tobacconist's shop would have contained a series of jars such as this in the 18h century, many labeled for the origin or blend of tobacco it contained. This example is a good mid-18th century Dutch delft tobacco jar with an unusual smoking Indian cartouche labeled for the tips of Cuban tobacco.

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Blue Persian Delft Wig Stand

A blue Persian wig stand of an unusually small size, perhaps for a child's wig. It consists of a faceted ball on a knopped stem with a faceted domed base. The dark blue ground is enameled all over with white stylized flowers.

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English Posset Pot

An early 18th century Bristol delft posset pot. Posset pots belong to a group of specialized drinking vessels made in the seventeenth and early eighteenth century that are of particular interest to delft collectors. Posset was made of a mixture of cream, eggs, ale or spirits and spices, which curdled and then separated allowing the whey to be sipped through the straw-like spout. It was a popular drink at celebrations such as weddings and was passed hand to hand and shared among the guests. It was also commonly used as a "restorative", for the infirm. Common elements are the two large handles and the "spout" emanating from the base of the vessel, also a cover with a finial. Most are in blue and white, but a few rare examples such as this one are decorated in polychrome. The popularity of posset declined rapidly as the eighteenth century began so these vessels frequently represent among the earlier forms available to the collector.

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Rush Light

A late 17th century English white smith worked iron rush light holder with a foliate engraved handle, mounted on an octagonal wooden base.

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Drop Leaf Table

A very fine mid 18th century round Queen Anne drop leaf breakfast table. This table was made in Salem, Massachusetts, and is attributed to Abraham Watson. This small table is constructed of very dense Santa Domingo Mahogany and is very heavy.

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