This mid-19th century butchers game rack is superb in all respects and features more sharp hooks than you have hares to hang! Beautifully riveted and polished to a deep burnished gunmetal grey, it would make a wonderful over-island apartment pot rack or the perfect piece from which to dry herbs and flowers. Alternatively, it would make an exquisite bed corona draped with filmy white cotton.
Two Large "Laurent Perrier" Champagne Coolers with Inscribed Leather-Covered Handles
This stainless steel beauty is wonderful for parties where multiple bottle of wine or champagne need cooling, as you can fit 5 or more bottles into this cooler. In lovely vintage condition, it has a moveable leather-covered handle inscribed with "Laurent Perrier" and a stunning brass label on the front. The sides of the handles are etched with the logo "LP". PLEASE NOTE: We have two of these coolers available.
France, CA 1960.
Height with handle up: 18 1/8 in Height with handle down: 11 1/8 in Diameter: 15 in
We found two of these lovely hand-made oak milk buckets at our local brocante in Tournon d'Agenais, and they are beauties. We have cleaned and polished them so their deep lustrous patina shows to their best effect. They would make great decorative items on a coffee table or large mantelpiece, in your kitchen to hold potted plants, or by a small fireplace to hold kindling. This is the taller of the two. Please see Stock # DSB 1046 for the second one.
This wooden beauty was originally used to collect grapes from the vineyards during the "vendange" or grape harvest. It has an elaborate and quite stunning woven design to the top and bottom rims and has been branded with the initials "ML" under one handle. Hand-made of Sycamore and pine with wrought iron banding, we have left it in original found condition, but you may want to polish it with butcher's wax to remove the whitish areas and use it as a planter, kindling bucket, or storage for magazines and newspapers. Whatever use you choose, it is a stunning piece and will give you decades of pleasure inside or out. Please note it does not have drain holes, but we can drill them if you like.
France, CA 1920.
H: 16 in D: 23 in W: 39" w/ handles W: 30" w/o handles
This stunning double-handled amphora was originally used for water and is in perfect condition. With its beautiful patina, it would make a lovely planter inside or out, or use it simply as an object d'art. It already has a drain hole drilled, but please make sure to bring it inside for winter in cold climates.
Set of Fourteen French Antique Painted Wooden Boules
Dating to the late 19th century, this wonderful set of French boules comprises three large balls, each with worn and original painted stripes in yellow, red, blue and green, and the two smaller accompanying target balls, both in red. We believe them to be hand-carved from oak, but they may be beech or sycamore and do have a lovely warm light patina. Please note that one of the target balls has been repaired with two screws. Used to play the game Pétanque (the French equivalent of Bocce), these make a wonderful decorative statement piled high in a glass cylinder or set in curtain rings as a mantlepiece or coffee table display (so they don't roll). The 12 large boules range in diameter from 4 to 4.25 inches, while the repaired target ball measures 2.5 inches in diameter and the smaller target ball measures 2.25 inches in diameter. Please note the white serving plate is not included.
18th Century French Wrought Iron Wolf Head Weathervane in Stone Base
Now this is a stunning piece one doesn't find every day! it features a swiveling 18th C hand-wrought iron wolf's head weathervane without directionals and a stem decorated with all hand-wrought iron flowers, mounted in a limestone base. Perfect as a decorative item outside or in, it would make a lovely and unusual focal point in a small herb or kitchen garden or centered in a clipped boxwood knot garden. If you will be using it outdoors in cold climates, please install the limestone base on a piece of stone or a concrete footing to prevent moisture wicking and subsequent cracking.
We found this unusual piece making our rounds of the French brocantes and it is beauty! Used to put corks in wine bottles at a vineyard, it would make a great conversation piece in your wine cellar. Made of steel and in its original green paint it has a newer red plastic handle that can be removed if you like. Alternatively, place a fat pillar candle on the bottle platform and use it as an unusual candelabrum. Completely functional!
We often see bottle racks in France with straight arms, but it is rare indeed to find one that has the old form with hand-crafted holes for the bottlenecks. This one is enormous and would make the perfect decorative accent in your wine cellar. Alternatively, it could be converted into a huge chandelier with empty bottles placed in the holders for added oomph in a two-story hallway or dining room. In lovely condition with a beautiful steel blue-grey color, this piece would also make a wonderful focal point in your garden as a trellis for sweet peas or other climbing vines.
We adore the weathered green painted surface of this unusual hexagonal-shaped zinc birdcage as well as its all-original condition. The pagoda-shaped roof with round finial is stunning and has lovely outwardly-sloping edges with little scrolled corbels at each corner. With its original wooden bird perch and zinc tray, this would make a wonderful home for your small feathered friends or a stunning centerpiece filled with ferns, moss or sedum. There are two doors, an inner rectangular one framed by an outer arched one that open separately and add lots of visual interest. Perfect outside or in, it will give you years of pleasure as a decorative or functional piece.
Large Hand-Chased 19th Century French Copper Cauldron
What a beauty! This large handmade copper cauldron has a thick iron handle that extends on either side and the inside has been polished to a brilliant finish. All hand-chased on the interior with exquisite detail, we have left the original dark green verdigris surface on the outside for an interesting effect. You, however, may want to polish up the exterior as well. There has been an old and very good repair with molten brass to the bottom edge visible in photo #7, but the cauldron is water tight. We think it's a perfect fireplace accessory to hold kindling and small logs, but you may also use it as a planter and we can drill drain holes, flatten the bottom, and have a custom fiberglass liner made if you like (since copper is toxic to plants when they are in direct contact with it.) Alternatively, you can pop a plastic-potted topiary or profuse planting inside for a tidy solution. Please note that the diameter of the cauldron alone (without the handle extensions) is 28", but with the handles extensions, it measures 40.5" wide x 28" diameter x 16.5" hi.
Now here is a piece you don't find every day! This late 18th/early 19th C wrought iron trade sign once hung outside a key maker's shop, embedded into the stone walls with the two long horizontal arms. It has an outstanding patina with remnants of old dark green paint and the detailed craftsmanship is superb. It would make an exceptional decorative focal point inside or out and we can have the long arms cut if you would prefer a smaller piece. A truly fabulous piece of historical folk art!
We saw this great mannequin in a shop in the town of Montcuq in SW France and just had to have it. In older cream color paint, it would make a great shop sign painted with your business name or "WELCOME" and pointing to the inside of your shop. Alternatively, it would make a unique piece of moveable art on a wall in either a child's room or anywhere else for the young at heart.
Pair of 'X-Ray' Clamshell-Shaped Mercury Glass Shades
This is a wonderful pair of ribbed clamshell-shaped mercury glass shades, painted dark green on the outside and with a reflective surface inside. Perfect on an industrial polished steel extension or desk lamp. Signed "X-Ray" on original label. Priced and sold separately.
Wow! What a beauty and even the repaired tile on the left-hand side does not detract from its elegant presence. This real bamboo stick stand is beautifully crafted and has amazing little touches, such as the engraved brass buttons on the four top corners and the original galvanized drip tray. Perfect in a small space to hold umbrellas. Left hand tile has been repaired. Otherwise, in beautiful antique condition. Possible to have the repaired area that shows white painted to blend in.
Just gorgeous! This stunning French wrought iron umbrella stand is perfect for a diminutive apartment entranceway and features its original zinc drip-tray and four upper dividers. Perfect condition and an alluring price combine to make this one a must-have! The iron frame is perfect and the drip tray condition is very good, but has a few minor nicks and dents commensurate with age.
A lovely set of three graduated rattan and bamboo baskets that neatly fit inside each other when not in use. Perfect for holding fruit, muffins, cutlery or the like in your kitchen or to carry items outside for garden dining.
We're big fans of clock hands in any form, but these are particularly nice tole ones with their muted original gilding and bits of rust that are showing through. Envision them attached to a wall as a decorative, sculptural element so you can make your own time.
Large Cast Stone Plaque of The Creation of Adam After Michelangelo
This large and impressive cast stone plaque is a contemporary twist on the Creation of Adam by Michelangelo and wonderfully executed. Beautifully-cast with impressive bas relief, it has built-in hanging loops on the reverse and can go indoors or out. Wonderful above a fireplace or in a minimalistic space, as it works equally well with contemporary or classical furnishings.
Petite French Ruffled Cast Iron Urn with Lion Ring Handles
An unusual, mid-19th C petite cast iron tazza-form urn, this piece features a ruffled rim and lion head ringed handles. In original aluminum-colored paint with a bit of surface rusting, one of the lions has lost his mouth and the original ring has been wired to the handle and hangs slightly lower than the other. To our eye, it is barely noticeable, but we can have a professional restoration made to it if you desire. Perfect in a powder room to hold soaps or as a centerpiece on a small table mounded with small fruits or moss.