Delft Plate

Holland, c. 1760.
A beautifully drawn Dutch Delft plate illustrating the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden.Genesis 3:24 - "After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side[a] of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life."
In superb condition.
9” d. 

$ 1200.

Diminutive Early Bartmannkrug

Cologne-Frechen, c. 1550.
A rare German stoneware mug in superb condition.
Motto in band reads: “As God Wills, That Is My Wish.”
6” h. 


For related pieces, cf. German Stoneware: A Catalogue of the Frank Thomas Collection of German Stoneware, figs. 30, 46; Rijksmuseum, German Stoneware, pp. 12 & 13; Kunstgewerbemuseum der Stadt Koln, Steinzug, p.238, fig. 285.

Prior Portrait of Child with Mug

American, c. 1840.  
An unusually expressive portrait of a young child holding a mug. Attributed to William Matthew Prior.
Oil on academy board in excellent condition; in period but not original frame.
10 ¼” x 14 ¾” (sight); 14 ½” x 17 ¼” (framed).  

Unlike most primitive portraits of children by Prior, this painting truly conveys a sense of the sitter and the emotion this child is feeling at being made to sit for this portrait. The expression on his face is that of a young child feeling both impatience and resignation… a wish for this “sitting" to be over.

Charles I Dated Mortar

Doncaster, Yorkshire, England, 1637.
A rare and impressive 4-handled bronze mortar with owner’s initials “JTD", fleur-de-lys frieze, cruciform stamp, and date “1637” by William Oldfield.
6 3/4” h., 8 1/4” diam.
Some casting cracks on surface.


This mortar is pictured on the cover of Finlay, English Decorated Bronze Mortars and Their Makers, and is discussed on p. 151; formerly in the collection of the author.