(A) My piece de resistance this time is a brilliantly conceived and executed bronze vase (weighing nearly nine pounds!) by E. Sanglan, an important French sculptor. This organic fantasy features a young and darling satyr (note the emerging tail) who has just harvested grapes for his drunken lout of an old man -- or somesuch story! It's a magnificent work by any interpretation, worthy of the finest Art Nouveau collection. It stands just under seven inches tall. (e-mail Jack for a price)



(B) This pewter vase propelled its way into my life at 5 AM... woke me right up, it did (trolling through an early-morning market in France)! It's incredibly well crafted, along with its glorious design... and signed by the artist, R. Silofeux, a major name in the realm of French "etain." The etain (pewter) medium was highly respected and drew gifted and talented artists. It measures 10 high, 9 wide. (e-mail Jack for a price)




(C) A 14-inch hand-hammered brass vase (German, signed WMF) circa 1900; what an organic beauty! Plenty of presence for a striking floral arrangement... (e-mail Jack for a price)




(D) These just took my breath away when I found them! The gilded metal bases are of white metal, and the gold-embossed vases of clear glass, standing about 7 1/2 inches tall. This mere photo doesn't do them justice, unfortunately... (e-mail Jack for a price)




(E) A pair of beautifully designed sterling silver vases of a decidedly organic, Art Nouveau fashion... about six inches tall...signed Roca, a Spanish silversmith. (e-mail Jack for a price)




(F) "Benteja...?" and "Bordeau" appear to be present in the form of a very subtle acid-etched mark on the bottom of this 7 1/2 inch tall acid cut-back vase. There's a lot of opalescence in the bottom of this exquisite cabinet piece, and the artwork is compelling. (e-mail Jack for a price)




(G) How could I resist presenting this electric Art Nouveau bowl with the "vases?" It's probably by Limoges, who knows who the painter was (hint: "R.A.B." marked on the bottom!)? It's about 11 inches across, plus the handles. (e-mail Jack for a price)



(H) Signed A. Marionnet, a well-known French Art Nouveau bronze sculptor; it stands a full 14 1/2 inches tall, and has a tin liner for water. (e-mail Jack for a price)



(I) Another interloping non-vase item in the "vases" section, but there's no argument about its Art Nouveau styling! It's by the famed German WMF group, another example of their high-flying design and craftsmanship. Lots of room for a nice succulent garden at 17 3/4 wide (including the handles, 12 1/2 just the vessel) and 4 3/4 high (again, just the vessel). (e-mail Jack for a price)


(J) And just how sublimely gorgeous is this vase?! The asymmetical aspect, along with the excellence of the floral designs, would suggest European origins, but... who really knows (which is to say, no identifying marks)? It's probably made of spelter, with a bronze-like finish, not having the full weight of bronze. No complaints from this shoemaker! (e-mail Jack for a price)


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