ANTIQUE MOROCCAN SHOES hand made by a skilled shoemaker circa 1890/1910 probably in the city of Fes. Fes was the centre of artisanal work (and still is today). The soft, supple camel leather tops are embroidered in silk and the soles are also made with camel leather. Reference 8003. Length 25 cms., or 10 inches. Euros 175.
Well worn camel leather soles.
ANTIQUE OTTOMAN EMBROIDERIES. When joined together with one end left open these two panels formed a tube which was probably used to store and convey important documents. They are extremely fine with a delicate linen foundation on which graceful floral forms have been embroidered in silk. Such pieces can have great age because of their comparatively little use. Reference 3366, Size 56 x 12 cms each, or 22 x 5 inches. Euros 120 complete
CLOSE UP showing fine and graceful hand stitched silk dsign.
PANEL OF 64 HAND MADE FIRED CLAY TILES mounted on a hessian covered board. This the work of Ron Hitchins, a London based Mexican/English artist and was made in the early 1960s. Later he experimented with other materials for his panels and several new City of London developments, including the Midland Bank, incorporated large panels in their foyer design. Reference 8043. Size 106 x 41 cms or 42 x 16 inches. Euros 220.
CLOSE UP of the tiles which clearly show the Aztec ancestry of the artist.
PANEL OF 51 HAND MADE FIRED CLAY TILES mounted on a deep brown hessian covered board. This is an earler work by the Mexican/English artist, Ron Hitchens, and dates from the very late 1950s. The artist owned a four storey Victorian house in Malvern Road, Dalston. He built his own kiln in the basement and his studio occupied two floors above. Reference 8044. Size 109 x 43 cms or 26 x 10 inches. Euros 190.
CLOSE UP. This is one of his early works and he later changed the clay to give a rich terracotta shade to the tiles. Again his Aztec ethnicity influences the designs on his tiles.
A COLLECTION OF LITHOGRAPHIC PRINTS, EACH THE WORK OF A STUDENT AT THE BARCELONA ROYAL SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE IN 1983. As part of their final examination they were sent to Granada to draw an entrance to the Alhambra or an adjacent building. At the end of the exam the school allowed just 4 prints of each drawing to be made. These are one of the four. Reference 8027. Size 52 x 43 cms., or 21 x 17 inches. Euros 85.
LAMINA X11. Puerta de la Justica (exterior). Dibujo original de Xaviar Font Seraois.
Reference 8028. Size 52 x 43 cms., or 21 x 17 inches. Euros 85.
CLOSE UP. LAMINA X11. Puerta de la Justica, (exterior), Dibujo Original de Maria Carmen Royo Alvarez.
Reference 8029. Size 52 x 43 cms., or 21 x 17 inches. Euros 85.
LAMINA 1V. Puerta del Vino, (interior). Dibujo Original de Maria Salvador Ariza.
Reference 8030. Size 52 x 43 cms., or 21 x 17 inches. Euros 85.
CLOSE UP. LAMINA XV. Puerta de la Justica (interior). Dibujo Original de Josep M Tirapu i Farran.
A COLLECTION OF CARPET WEAVING TOOLS, old and antique and all used in the preparation of wool and other material prior to actual weaving. They are from Turkey, Persia and Morocco. Reference 8031. Euros 85 for all.
COLLECTION OF ANTIQUE CARPET WEAVING tools from 6 countries. Reference 8032. Euros 95.
A RARE PAIR OF CAPE WILD DOGS cast in bronze and signed and dated underneath "S Pont 1977". Pont was a specialised maker of the wild animals of Southern Africa. Although called "Cape" hunting dogs these wild animals are found throughout the National Parks and remote desert areas of Southern Africa, Botswana and Namibia. Reference 8033. Size, 18 cms., or 7 inches long. Euros 285.
ANTIQUE CORN GRINDER which is made by hand carving the vessel from a single small branch of the Yellow Wood tree. This tree is unique to the Knysna Forest which lies on the southern coast of South Africa alongside the Indian Ocean. The wood is very sought after for major items of furniture, specially table tops, shelving and the construction of storage kists. It is the colour of butter, knot free and smooth as silk to the touch. The early settlers from Europe used it extensively and examples of their work from the 19th century are prized antiques today. Smaller branches such as this one were turned into useable utensils for use in the house. Corn kernals are poured into the bowl at the top and then ground to flour by stomping them to powder with the "stomp" or pestle. It is a unique piece. Heavy work. Reference 8020. Size is 86 cms. high and the diameter is 32 cms. These equate to 34 and 13 inches. Euros 220.
CLOSE UP of the large bowl which could contain enough ground corn flour for the basic cereal and also flat breads.
CAPE WINE NOSTALGIA - the small town of Worcester lies 120 kilometres/75miles from Cape Town on the 15 hour drive to Johannesburg. It dates from 1820 and was, and still is, the centre of the local wine, fruits and wool industries. The "Bottle Store" (Off License, Liquor Store, etc) was an important part of society and the 5 litre stone jars such as this very popular. Today 49 Stockenstroom Street is, sadly, home to a huge furniture warehouse, although 49B is a "Liquor Warehouse" Add this piece of history to your bar, or use it as a jar to display sprays of dried grasses or flowers. Reference 8022. Size is 32 cms. or 12 inches high. Euros 65.
Today your 5 litres of house wine comes in a carton. 2022 carton versus 1922 stone jar -- no contest.
ANTIQUE OTTOMAN EMPIRE EMBROIDERY. The Ottoman empire with its hub in Constantinople finally crumbled in 1920 after a 500 year monopoly over vast areas of South East Europe, the Near East, parts of North Africa and Turkey itself. Sadly, it caused the demise of the beautiul array of silk embroidered textiles which the empire was famous. They survive, but in diminishing numbers, and are keenly sought after today. This decorative towel is from the Greek Islands, probably Crete, and dates from the late 19th century. Reference 8007, Size 52 x 39 cms., or 20 x 23 inches. Euros 120.
CLOSE UP shows the extensive portrayal of small blue hyacinths, which along with carnations and roses were favourite flowers of the Ottomans and much used in embroideries.
ANTIQUE WASH STAND made from solid oak, a marble slab and beautiful English ceramic tiles. These were made for use by British Officers in the Boer War (1899 to 1902). Many were shipped from the Army and Navy store in Victoria Street, London. After the war they became very useful furnishings for hotels and grand houses. In excellent condition. Reference 8042. Size 94 x 91 x 47 cms., or 37 x 36 x 19 inches. Euros 320.
THE DELICATE DESIGN and the perfect colouring of the tiles make this piece so attractive.
When the previous owner of this painting decided to leave South Africa in the late 1970s he asked the well known artist, John Meyer, to paint him a rural desert scene that he could look back "And taste the dust". John Meyer chose the farmland called "Grootvlei Hoek", (Grootvlei Corner), in Namakwaland in the Northern Cape alongside the border with Namibia. The blistering dry heat climate is briefly punctuated in spring with a little annual rain which allows millions of small colourful flowers to blossom and cover the whole landscape. The painting is signed in the bottom right hand corner and the artist has written the name of the place and also signed the back. Reference 8036. Size 44 x 63 cms., or 20 x 25 inches. Euros 185.
THE WIND POWERED WELL which provides water from deep underground deposits. This is the standard design found all over the arid parts of southern Africa and is called a "Borehole"
ANTIQUE IRONSTONE CHINA COOKING POT. IF YOUR OVEN, MICROWAVE OR EVEN AIR FRYER BREAKS DOWN here is your backup. This multi purpose cooking bowl is suitable for casseroles, vegetables and especially suet puddings for 1 or 2 people. It was made by Grimwades, a pottery making company in Stoke in England, circa 1900. Grimwades was formed in 1896 and survived until 1960. The actual pot is inscribed with methods of use as well as menu selection. The inside of the lid serves as a mini catalogue for some of the hundreds of different products the company made. It has survived in perfect condition. Reference 8039. Size 12 cms high (5 inches) and 16 cms. ((6 inches) in diameter. Euros 90.
BUILT IN mini catalogue for some other innovative Grimwades products.
CLOSE UP shows the use of small hyacinths and hanging bunches of ripe grapes so admired in Ottoman times.
ANTIQUE OTTOMAN EMPIRE EMBROIDERY. This is a long sash which has silk embroidered panels at each end. Traditionally these sashes were worn around the waist and covered the layers of clothing underneath. Men favoured designs featuring Bosphoros scenes with boats and buildings while women preferred portrayals of fruits, flowers, garden scenes and delicate pottery. Reference 8045. Size 76 x 38 cms., or 30 x 15 inches. Euros 120.
ANTIQUE BRASS COOKING POT which for years had been used as a prop for a rickety pile of floor to ceiling shelves in the Scottish warehouse from which it was rescued in 1968. At the time it bore the official sticker of the British Antique Dealers Association which an over zealous cleaner promptly rubbed off during the cleaning process. The pot is very heavy at 3,6 kilos, or 9 pounds in weight. It was used for the making of huge casseroles and also for jam and preserves when fruit was plentiful. Today it makes a great fruit bowl or pot for a mass of short stem flowers. Reference 8023. Size 16 cms. high x 31 cms. diameter., or 7 x 13 inches. Euros 110.