Saturday, September 27, 2008

George Savage. Ceramics for collectors. Limited de Luxe.

Savage, George Ceramics for the Collector: An Introduction to Pottery and Porcelain.

Published by Theodore Brun Ltd, 1949. Limited. Leather, hard Cover, 224pp.

Limited edition - copy no. 120 of 200.

Slight scuffing to edges of covers, a few scratches at the back of the cover, a few brown spots. 8.75" by 5.75". Quite a few photos of objects.

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Art Nouveau Sculpture by Marie Louise Sarre, Resistance

Scarce Marie Louise Sarre sculpture from the beginning of last century. Artist signed ML which refers to Marie Louise Sarre.

Size: 8,5 x 6,5 x 3 inches.

The sculpture is in very fine condition with no faults.

Size: 8,5 x 6,5 x 3 inches.

Marie-Louise Sarre lived in Berlin before World War II. Her friends called her “Puppi,” meaning “small doll” in German. She didn’t have much of a doll when she became active in the German resistance against Hitler. In the summer of 1944 she was involved in a scheme to secure the support of none other than Heinrich Himmler in a plan to assassinate Hitler.

After the failed coup attempt of July 20, 1944, she and many others were arrested and imprisoned by the Gestapo. She managed to escape and fled to Ascona, Switzerland, where she lived until her death at age 95, in 1999.

Her father was Friedrich Sarre, the first director of the Department of Islamic Art at the Kaiser Friedrich Museum (today’s Bode Museum) in Berlin. Her maternal grandfather was Carl Humann, the discoverer and excavator of the Pergamum Altar in Turkey in the 1880s.

Her father also was member of The Solf Circle (German: Solf-Kreis) which was an informal gathering of German intellectuals involved in the resistance against Nazi Germany. Most members were arrested and executed after attending a tea party held near Heidelberg on September 10, 1943, at the residence of Elisabeth von Thadden. The group's downfall also ultimately led to the demise of the Abwehr in February 1944.

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Tuesday, September 02, 2008

19. Century Measures. Scarce Antique Set from Europe.

19th Century full set of portable and stacking Measures. The exact country of origin is unknown, most probably it is Dutch.

Weight: 4,4 kg ( 8.8 pounds ). Size: Diameter 4.2 inches. Height: 4.5 inches.

At the top and at the bottom are embossed coat of arms ( different patterns ).

There are no blemishes. The hinging and locking mechanism is in very fine condition too.

Very unique and unusual set in perfect condition.

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