Brass candlesticks

An exceptional pair of very early Brass Candlesticks.

This pair of Antique 10″ tall candlesticks have their steel push-rods still intact and working.

The push-rods are designed into these candlesticks so that any wax left in the sconce after burning a candle can be easily ejected to make way for the next wax candle.

In 1861 the English designer William Morris started the arts and crafts movement in an effort to improve the tastes of the public.

William Morris hoped to overcome the banality and inferior quality of industrially produced decorative arts by promoting a return to medieval style craftsmanship.

Gothic Revival 1830 – 1880

The Gothic Revival had a great impact on the Arts and Crafts style. The interest in all things Medieval and the use of bold forms and strong colours were particularly inspirational.


Introduced by Spode circa 1820.

A sprig of geranium surrounded by a border of radiating geometric shapes.

Plate with Geranium border surrounding the central Skinners Coat of Arms – To God Only Be All Glory. Backstamp: W T Copeland & Sons Stoke on Trent England and impressed Copeland.


Flowers 607016 pattern in the MARIA shape

Rosenthal GmbH is a German manufacturer of porcelain and other household goods.

Founded in 1879 as a family business by Philipp Rosenthal, who moved his porcelain painting from Werl (North Rhine-Westphalia) to Selb in Bavaria.

In 1897, Philipp Rosenthal founded the company Bauer, Rosenthal & Co. in Kronach.

The Rosenthal Archive, a collection of around 15,000 exhibits from 130 years of company history, were purchased by the Oberfranken Foundation on 12 August 2009 and is provided as a permanent loan to the Porzellanikon, the State Museum of Porcelain in Hohenberg an der Eger, Selb. These include nearly all product designs, from the company’s foundation.

Rosenthal Mark 1983-1991

Grovedale Pottery

Large 34cm dip platter, with printed backstamp.

Danny Ortiz and his wife Karen operate a working pottery studio, gallery and cafe at Grovedale, Victoria. A potter with many years’ experience making wheel-thrown and handmade stoneware pieces, Ortiz marks his work with a printed stamp reading ‘Grovedale Pottery Australia Danny Ortiz’.

Ortiz marks his work with a printed stamp reading ‘Grovedale Pottery Australia Danny Ortiz’

Source: Australian potters’ marks

Blue Italian

Framed by an 18th century Chinese border, the central scene of Italian ruins was inspired by a 17th century drawing.

Launched in 1816, Blue Italian is one of the collections that secured the reputation of Spode as a leader in the ceramic industry.

In 1784 that Josiah Spode perfected the process of underglaze printing on earthenware with tissue paper transfers made from hand-engraved copper plates. Initially the designs were sympathetic reproductions of the Chinese porcelain that had been incredibly popular during the 1700s, but soon Josiah launched original designs such as Willow and Blue Italian.

Now considered a design icon, Blue Italian is inspired by scenes of the Italian countryside featuring remarkably detailed figures amongst Roman ruins and framed by an 18th century Imari Oriental border.


Silverplate from Hecworth was advertised in 1936. “Hecworth” was a brand name sold through a shopfront in Collins Street Melbourne.  Hecworth plate was made by Platers Pty Ltd in the Melbourne suburb of St Kilda at 39 Greeves street. The “Hecworth” brand was taken over by Rodd Pty Ltd in 1940. 

Bud vase

This cut lead crystal bud vase from the ‘Shaftesbury’ suite by Stuart Crystal has an everted rim, tapering in to a waisted neck and broad bulbous body with a lattice formed from five rows of interlocking diamond shaped panels surmounted by an elongated vertical wedge cut.

The base of the vase is thickened and star cut. It is marked on the edge with the word ‘STUART’.

It has a height of approximately 12.7cm, with a diameter across the rim of about
4.0cm and across the base of about 3.7cm.

The Stuart story started in 1827 when eleven year old Frederick Stuart was sent to work on the ‘crystal mile’, an area just outside Stourbridge where generations of local craftsmen had already made this the centre of English Glassmaking.

Over the years the skills and techniques of hand-gathered glassmaking remained virtually unchanged, a tradition to which successive Stuarts added unique creativity and innovation.

Source: Stuart Crystal ‘Shaftesbury’ Design Lead Crystal Teardrop Bud Vase

Schumann porcelain

Fruit Plates with lobed, pierced rims; various fruit cluster centers.

Originally from Angelroda (Thuringia) Christian Heinrich Schumann (*1822, †1884) had a small pottery in Arzberg that had to close because it was in the way of the railway which was finalized in November 1879 and connected Arzberg with the railway network.

Together with businessman Riess as financial backer, Christian Heinrich Schumann founded his new porcelain factory directly under the Jakobsburg castle, next to the market square in the town center and directly next to the railway tracks responsible for the closure of his previous business.

Carl Schumann II studied in America and founded the Schumann China Corporation of New York, which distributed Schumann products in the U.S. The factory was run by his brother Heinrich during his absence. While the new market in the U.S. at first seemed very promising, the world financial crisis which started in New York on October 25th 1929 put a dramatic end to nearly all Schumann export efforts.

Used between 1918 and 1929, single ‘SCHUMANN’ crown with ‘BAVARIA’.

French Wine Goblets

A vintage look that feels modern again.

Perfectly weighted, sturdy and charmingly adorned with a turned stem, the classic French wine glass has been around for decades.

A more generous bowl for serving wine as well as water, soda or cocktails.