Gothic Style Antiques


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# 5487. A pair of English Gothic style chairs. Circa 1780. Oak. Imported into the United States by John Miller & Co. New York - labeled. Condition, structurally sound, some old repairs, wormholes and chair underseat losses caused by multiple upholstering. Probably used in a Hall. P.O.R.

# 5403. A rare pair of English Gothic "Chimney Ornaments". Used to protect a ladies make-up from the heat of the fireplace. Circa 1830-1840. "The shafts are telescopic, and each contains a folded silk sheet which opens out to make a small circular screen (14" diameter). The brass mounts were fitted into the top of the shaft."Maker: Underneath the foot is a label which reads 'B. Days' patent chimney ornaments to represent Gothic architecture are so constructed that they may be used for fire-screens, flower or scent jars, time-piece cases, candle-shades and various useful purposes. Manufactured by Patentee, Snow Hill, Birmingham. Appointed manufacturer to His Majesty. The portability and elegance of these fire-screens give them decided preference to all others'. Size: closed: 23" tall; extends to 37" tall and the fan is 14" in diameter which when fully extended the total height is 50" tall. Condition: each has a lable from the manufacturer on the underside. The fans are in extremely fragile condition. These are museum quality objects. Information can be viewed online via the Victoria and Albert Museum in London England at: V & A Chimney Fans where they show an identical object (without the paper fan) with a gilt metal base. The fans in our example depict oriental motifs. Price for the pair is $5,650.00.

# 5311. A pair (2) of Rococo/Gothic parlor chairs. Circa 1845-65. Black Walnut. H.37" tall. W.16". D.15". Attributed to Klauder & Deginter, Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Two nearly identical examples where exhibited The Philadelphia Antiques Show 2005 Loan Exhibit "Vaulting Ambition" Gothic Revival in Philadelphia 1830-60. There is also a nearly identical example at the Metropolitan Museum of art American wings decorative arts visual library. A similar pair of chairs is pictured on page 27 (No.43) of The Gothic Revival Style in America. 1830-1870. written by Katherine S. Howe and David B. Warren for an exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston in 1976. Described in the catalogue: "Rococo Revival forms blend with and in some cases overwhelmed Gothic ornament as evinced in this side chair, one of four that were once in the same parlor. Heavy cabriole legs, a serpentine seat, and foliated back are obvious Rococo elements in the chair, while the vestigial crockets and mildly arched back with arches and trefoil drops above the seat recall the Gothic. Here is a chair that clearly combines elements from the two revivals." Our pair display slight variations of the chair in the exhibit, but undoubtedly came from the same workshop. From a Philadelphia home. Condition: original seat, foundation; split (as shown in the detailed images) in the center of the carved back of one of the chairs. Sturdy and the needlepoint is in excellent condition. P.O.R.

# 5297. A French Gothic Mantle Clock. Bronze: Mercury Gilt and dark bronze patina. Size: 5" x 10" x 21.25". Chimes (striking a bell) on the hour and half hour. In operating condition. Price $6,500.00.

# 5256. An American Gothic Parlor Chair. Mahogany. Size: 48.5" tall. Seat is 18" deep; 19" wide and 16" tall. Condition: original finish: dark with scuffs; 4 carved wood elements along the seat under cresting is missing as noted in the detailed images. No breaks to the back. The chair retains its original brass castors. The design elements are consistent with Boston style craftsmanship. This is the third chair in this style we have had in inventory over the last 25 years. Price: $1,200.00.

# 5275. An American Gothic Parlor Chair. Walnut. Size: 44" tall. Seat is 17" deep; 18" wide and 15" tall. Condition: original finish: dark with scuffs; there have bee old repairs to the pierced back with 6 metal braces locking the restorations together; the needlepoint seat appears to be period to the manufacturer. The design elements are consistent with Boston style craftsmanship. We have never had this design before in inventory. There is a Gothic / Elizabethan style to the design. Price: $1,200.00.

# 2571. A section of mid 19th century Cast Iron Gothic Fence consisting of two Gothic posts and 9 sections of Gothic fence elements. The entirety is 85" long. The posts are 49" tall and the cast iron fence elements are 25" tall. The posts and elements would date from between 1845 and 1865. The are from Charleston, S.C. Condition: rusting consistent with use and age and there are flanges on the posts of which one flange on one post is broken. The posts and fence elements are supported with what appears to be a 2 x 4. The nine Gothic cast iron elements interlock to fit together to form a continuous design. Price: $2,500.00.

# 5159. A pair of Gothic Style letter holders. Size: 12" tall with base size 3" x 5". Circa 1845-50. Material: cast iron bases with stamped brass Gothic standards and brass figures. The bases are in the Rococo Style. Condition: worn gilt paint to the bases; mercury gilding loss to the standards; the angel figures on each upper level may or may not be original: they are attached in a different manner from the lower two figures. We have never seen this particular design in Gothic letter holders before and have had many over the years. These are rare items, especially as a pair. They would make a suitable pair of lamps if fitted on to a base and fitted for electricity. Price for the pair: $425.00.

# 5044. A three piece set of American Girandoles. Commonly called the Bigelow Chapel Model manufactured by the William Shaw Company of Boston. Fully marked in the bronze back with the name, address and patent date. The single candle Girandoles are 14" tall mounted on an Egyptian Marble base which is 3.5" x 6.25". The Three arm unit is 16.25" tall on the same size and type of marble base. The prisms appear to be period to the Girandoles are are consistent with original material. The prisms are commonly referred to as "interlocking C and star" prisms as described by H. Parrott Bacot in his book titled "Nineteenth Century Lighting" and this model girandole is pictured on page 188 of that book. Condition: slight discoloration to the gold gilt work of the chapel sections with more gold gilt wear to the prism supports and candle cups. All in all, this is a rare set of Girandoles in good condition. There are no repairs to the metalwork or marble. The prisms have small flakes consistent with use and age. There are no prisms missing. Each has a double button. The markings on the back state: "W. F. Shaw 174 Wash St. Boston Patent Dec 18, 1849" Shaw was located at 270 Washington Street in Boston from 1848 to 1851. We don't know when he was at 174 Washington Street: before or after the 270 address. We sold a similar set to The Rhode Island School of Design Museum a number of years ago and similar examples exist in the Sleep Hollow Restorations Collection and other important private and public collections. Price: $2,750.00 the set.

# 4135. A pair of Gilded Bronze Gothic Pricket Antique Wall Sconces. Each is 13" deep by 14" wide and accommodates a 3.5" candle. Age: between 1850-1875. Each sconces accommodates 3 candles. Possibly French. Condition: the Fire Gilt surface is in excellent condition. Reproduction but suitable brackets allow the arms to pivot from one side to the other. The brackets are painted black. Price for the pair is $850.00.

# 5169. A matched pair (2) of Polychromed Gothic Pedestals. Size: 40" tall / base is 19" square / the top width is 16" square with the usable top surface being 12" square. Polychromed / painted decoration / recessed Gothic framing on each of the four sides with stylized Gothic design elements painted inside the recessed areas. Condition: considerable worm holes / scuffed and flaking painted surface. Age: between 1865-95. Probably American. Price for the pair is $3,950.00.

# 5116. Pictured is one of a pair of 19th century Carcel Lamps in the Gothic Style. Mid 19th century. Size: 6" across; 16" tall to the top of the burner and app. 24" tall to the top of the chimney. The footed figural base is gold painted pot metal. The lamp is stamped brass. These lamps may have had mechanical interior works; they now function as kerosene lamps with a kerosene burner. We believe that they have been kerosene lamps for a long time. The matching glass ball shades appear to be period. The footed bases probably date from around 1870 while the lamps themselves date 20 years earlier. The lamps have tin fitted base covers while the rest is stamped brass. This is a very rare decor for a Carcel lamp. Country of origin, probably France. Price $3,500.00 the pair.

Item Sand1. A covered Sugar Bowl. Att. to Boston and Sandwich Glass Company. Circa 1835-45 Size: 5.5" tall and 4.5" wide. Octagonal pressed glass. This one is clear. Condition: minor edge flakes to the base and lid difficult to photograph. Pictured on page 67 of The Gothic Revival Style in America, 1830-1870; an exhibition catalogue from The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston June 1976 written by Katherine S. Howe and David B. Warren. A nice Gothic item for ones collection. Price: $250.00.

An Exhibition Catalogue titled: The Gothic Revival Style in America, 1830-1870. Written by Katherine. S. Howe and David B. Warren with an introduction by Jane. B. Davies for the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. April 1 through June 6, 1976. 101 pages; first (and only) edition limited to 2500 copies. app. 195 photos with full descriptions as displayed in the Museum. A few are in color, most are black and white. As a reference book, this is very helpful to the dealer in American Decorative Arts and to a Gothic Collector, it is invaluable. Condition: excellent with no mark, marks, torn or folded or missing pages. Embossed interior page with the name of a private library emboss: "Library of John Stephen Hullaney" . Price: $250.00 including shipping in the Continental U.S.A.

# 4613. One of a pair of Gothic Revival candelabras. Each is 30.5" tall and uses 5 candles. Gold gilt bronze with red and blue glass jewels for decoration and small amount of enamel decoration. No religious decoration: saints, crosses, etc. Condition: scuffs consistent with use and age and slight bending to the circular 4 candle suspension; loss of two of the decorative quatrefoil screws attachments. Price for the pair is $2,850.00.

# 4855. An American Gothic Cast Iron Parlor Stove. Size: 18" deep x 29" wide and 28" tall to the top of the fire box with another 14" to the top of the finial. (the following information from a web visitor: thank's!) "The stove was cast in W. Poultney or Poultney, Vermont by Henry Stanley, likely prior to 1856 if the plate reads W. Poultney. The foundry didn't move, but in 1856 West Poultney was incorporated into Poultney, and if the plate drops the 'W.' then it would be safe to conclude that it was cast after 1856." Markings: (a little hard to read) "Poultney VT. Oct. 16, 1845" "Stanley's Patent No. 2". The age of this stove is consistent with the 1845 cast date. Condition: looks more rough that it actually is: someone painted this stove with white enamel paint and then painted over it with black paint; the box is intact with no breaks or repairs; the side door has a replaced knob; the finial underplate has two edge losses and the finial has a side 'ear' decorative element broken off and missing; two of the feet body support flanges have been repaired and there is loss to on foot (part of the body support flange is broken off and missing). Still all in all, it is in pretty good shape. The stove needs to be sandblasted and blacked. No holes in the body floor of the stove. I don't know if this style stove had a brick interior liner: there is none evident at this time. The style is Gothic with Rococo embellishments. Gothic stoves are not very common. Though box like in form, this stove still has a great style and design. Price: $650.00.

Item # 4593. A fire gilt bronze clock garniture. Clock with a pair of matching three light candelabras. Napoleon III era; c. 1850-1870. Probably French. The works are French. Strikes on the hour and half hour. Size: the clock is 12.5" tall x 9" long x 6" deep. The candelabras are 15" tall. Material: Fire Gilt Bronze with painted "Paris Porcelain" elements with hand painted details. The decorative elements used reflect Renaissance designs: battle arms, swords, axes, helmets, etc., all reflected in the porcelain and cast bronze decor. The colors are royal blue porcelain enhanced with gold and white art work. Condition: one of the candelabras has a missing candle cap and there are several decorative chains missing. The bezel around the clock face may or may not have been altered. There is no glass cover to the clock face. There is a glass cover to the back of the clock. The movement appears to be original and the clock is presently in running and striking condition. There is a key. From a local Newport Rhode Island estate. Price: $4,000.00 the set.

# 3990. Pictured is one of a pair of rare gas wall sconces in the Gothic Style. Each supports one gas shade. Size (not including the size of the Shade)17" deep and 28" tall. These are very large scale sconces, from a Long Island Gothic Mansion. The Crockett at the base of the sconce is the gas key. Fitted for electricity. The finish is not original. Metal: White Metal. The Cameo Style Gas Shades (pair) are for 4" fitters. The Shades have a top opening of 5.5" and are app. 7" tall. Probably American. Fitted for electricity. NO back plates. Price: $5,650.00 the pair.

# 4466. A Napoleon III Gothic Table Gallery {Frame}. Ormoulu Bronze with inset Champlevé decor; silver metal Sphinx. The Sphinx as depicted here is a monster of Greek mythology, with the head of a woman and the body of a lioness that proposed riddles to travellers and strangled those who could not solve them. Three Sphinx guard the footed base of this Table Gallery. Probably French, c. 1850-60. Size: 6.5" across and 7" tall. Opening {16" across} to reveal eight frames, each 2.25" x 3.25" in size. Condition: wear to the gilt surface consistent with use and age. Minor enamel loss. The finest quality workmanship. Unsigned except for various scribed numbers. Price: $6,500.00.




The Drawing Room is located at 152-154 Spring Street, Newport, Rhode Island 02840.We are open daily from 11 am to 5 pm and by appointment. If you have an interest in an item listed in this document or wish to purchase an item, please call us at 1-401-841-5060 (cell phone 401-261-3980). The Partnership of John Gacher and Federico Santi has been in business for over 40 years. We have been located in Newport since 1985. All images copyright by Federico Santi

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