John Fox – Carved Figure

John Fox – Carved Figure “Madonna” – stock #30518

A striking mid century modernist carved figure by the well respected Cambridge artist John Fox (d1991). I think this is carved from pine and most likely is an abstract representation of the “Madonna with Child”. An unusual subject for the artist who is known for his carvings of small animals including the iconic “Martha” the cat.

Stamped “JF” on the underside.

Size
Marks
Condition
cm high
cm wide
Stamped “JF” monogram on the undersoide. Small graze on one corner. Some scrarches and a couple of water marks – SEE pictures.

Price GB Pounds
£125.00

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Irish A&C Napkin Ring

Irish Decorative Art Association – Napkin Ring – stock #23218

A delightful early 20th century napkin ring decorated with a coloured Irish Celtic design with celtic knots and an illuminayed “E”. No makers marks found – however this similar to and almost certainly the work of The Irish Decorative Art Association.

The Irish Decorative Art Association was established by the artist Mina Robinson. She initally held art classes in Belfast in the early 1890s which then evolved into the Irish Decorative Art Association. The group, established along with Eta Lowry, was first known as the Belfast School of Poker-work. In 1894 at the Irish Decorative Art Association Exhibition in Portrush, County Antrim, she exhibited poker-work and at the Belfast Art and Industrial Exhibition of 1895. By 1896 the Belfast School of Poker-Work was involved in large scale decorations for house interiors, railway carriages and steamers. The work was widely exhibited, from Cork to St Louis.

Size
Marks
Condition
11.5cm by 9cm
6.5cm high
Original paper labels and signatures on the underside. No cracks, splits or repairs. A few surface scuff and scrapes.
Price GB Pounds
£9.99
SOLD


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Irish Decorative Art Association – CASKET

Irish Decorative Art Association – CASKET – stock #20818

A delightful early 20th centruy casket decorated with a coloured Irish Celtic design with celtic knots and drogon motifs. Marked on the underside with labels for the Irish Decorative Art Association and signed Joyce Gregory.

The Irish Decorative Art Association was established by the artist Mina Robinson. She initally held art classes in Belfast in the early 1890s which then evolved into the Irish Decorative Art Association. The group, established along with Eta Lowry, was first known as the Belfast School of Poker-work. In 1894 at the Irish Decorative Art Association Exhibition in Portrush, County Antrim, she exhibited poker-work and at the Belfast Art and Industrial Exhibition of 1895. By 1896 the Belfast School of Poker-Work was involved in large scale decorations for house interiors, railway carriages and steamers. The work was widely exhibited, from Cork to St Louis.

Size
Marks
Condition
11.5cm by 9cm
6.5cm high
Original paper labels and signatures on the underside. No cracks, splits or repairs. A few surface scuff and scrapes.
Price GB Pounds
SOLD


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Arts & Crafts Casket

Arts and Cafts – Stained WOODEN Casket Box – stock #15318

A gorgeous original arts and crafts period wooden trinket or jewellery box / casket decorated with a pen and ink pattern of stylised leaves and flowers with remants of a green stained colour. A beautifully crafted box with an almost air tight seam.

Most likely dating to the early 20th century. There is an old price label on the underside for 2/- suggesting that it was originally retailed within Great Britain. Reminds me of the work of Irish arts working in the early 20th century in the Irish arts and crafts movement and especially that of the Irish Decorative Art Association based in Belfast.

Size
Marks
Condition
6cm high
16cm by 10cm wide
No maker marks or artist signatures. Original price tag on the underside. NO breaks or repairs. Some surface wear. Fading to the colours.

Price GB Pounds
£23.00

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YZ Henry Howell – Ashtray

YZ Henry Howell – Ashtray – stock #39917

An fine novelty ashtray by Henry Howell & Co Ltd dating to the early 1930’s and from their YZ range of novelties designed by Bernard Charles Howell. The nut bird on this examples swivels to sit in different positions. It is made from various exotic woods, roots, horn and glass.

Henry Howell & Co Ltd were established in c1860 manufacturing walking canes and umbrella. It was not until tc1930 that the YZ range of novelties was marketed. The company ceasde trading in 1936.

39917a

Size
Marks
Condition
10cm high
11.5cm long
Stamped mark on the underside – SEE pictures. Good condition – Nice age patination.
Price GB Pounds SOLD Email to order.


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YZ Henry Howell – Dinner Gong

YZ Henry Howell – Dinner Gong – stock #24617

An fine large novelty dinner gong by Henry Howell & Co Ltd dating to the early 1930’s and from their YZ range of novelties designed by Bernard Charles Howell. It is made from various exotic woods, roots, horn, glass and bakerlite with a brass gong. The striker is a modern recreation.

Henry Howell & Co Ltd were established in c1860 manufacturing walking canes and umbrella. It was not until tc1930 that the YZ range of novelties was marketed. The company ceasde trading in 1936.

24617a

Size
Marks
Condition
34cm high Stamped mark on the underside – SEE pictures. Good condition – Nice age patination. Split on the birds crest. Small chip on the ashtray – SEE pictures.
Price GB Pounds SOLD Email to order.


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Brian Wilsher – Wood Sculpture

Brian Willsher – Wood Puzzle Sculpture – stock #28117

An original Brian Willsher (1930-2010) wooden puzzle sculpture dating to c1980. This example is 33cm tall and carved from a mahogany type wood with a pale chestnut colour. It does un-tangle if the correct piece is removed. This example is un-signed.

Brian Willsher (1930-2010) was a sculptor specialising in creating work in wood with a puzzle like structure mixed geometric abstraction with organic abstraction. He was creating works of art in wood from the mid 1950’s with his first one man show at Dunn’s in Bromley in 1965 followed by at Heals in 1966.

28117a

Size
Marks
Condition
33cm high
7.5cm wide
Un-Signed No chips, cracks or restorations. Minimal wear and a couple of white paint spots.
Price GB Pounds
£185.00
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