Abbey Antiques & Art – Booth #1

John Cooper

Welcome again to Abbey Antiques & Art, 914 Corydon Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3M 0Y5.
My name is John Cooper. For over 56 years, I have collected and studied antiques.
As an antiques dealer, as well as an “antique” dealer, owing to my age, I have displayed at physical Antiques Shows across Canada for over 40 years; that has been quite a ride !
But this is a new era of dealing in Virtual shows, through ASC. Yet, with my careful descriptions and photos noting all good features and any slight wear to my items, you should have complete confidence in the objects to which you intend to give a new good home.
While you cannot actually hold them until they are delivered to you, rest assured that I, and all the vendors associated with ASCV shows, represent our items truthfully.
My specialties are silver and early porcelains, but of necessity I am a generalist antiques dealer because of my location in central Canada, indeed, close to the centre of North America !
Please explore my 2 booths for quality items in diverse areas. Now that my ISP has updated my access to my website (abbeyantiques.ca) I will bring it quickly up-to-date with fresh treasures.

CONTACTS:
I will answer questions, provide more information, and process payments at the following:

TELEPHONE: 1-204-477-0489 from 11 am to 5 pm CST.
TEXT: 1-204-981-1369 from 9 am to 9 pm CST.
EMAIL: abbeyant@mts.net from 9 am to 10 pm CST.

Your buying is made easier because my prices are all in CAD and include GST and Express Shipping within Canada;
for shipping elsewhere, please contact me for estimate.
Note that PST is not charged to destinations outside MB, but must be collected for items shipped within MB.
Should items be picked up at my store (by appointment only, please), shipping costs will be deducted.

Enjoy your time in my booths; merely “click” on a smaller photo to enlarge it, then “click” again to return to that item; easy enough, even for a technophobe like me. HAPPY HUNTING !

Contact Dealer

(204) 477-0489

abbeyant@mts.net

914 Corydon Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3M 0Y5
Canada

Website Address

www.abbeyantiques.ca

1.  GLASS PERFUME ATOMIZER WITH BULB C. 1920

Item Price: $95

Item Description: Mouth-blown, hand-formed glass perfume atomizer, an elegant tall thin body on thin stem to wide slightly domed foot, all in Steuben style C. 1920..

Soft deep ivory colour glass of 2-pice construction, shown by junction at foot, 6.5″ high, with brass fittings, unmarked, likely french, and rubber bulb in woven black mesh.

Sadly, the bulb is hardened and slightly flattened; aerosol opening is still clear, so will function with replaced bulb.

Will look elegant on your dresser, with its classic form.

2.  GLASS PERFUME ATOMIZER WITH BULB C. 1920

Item Price: $135

Item Description: Mouth-blown, hand-formed glass perfume bottle, the body of mottled yellow on red matte-finish glass, 6.5″ high including gold-colour metal fittings.

C. 1920, the upper orange-red body is cut-to-clear with polished oval windows.

The metal fitting is marked “Made in France”.

The rubber bulb encased within yellow mesh has hardened, yet the spray orifice is clear. This will become functional with a replacement bulb.

Yet, this will look stunning in your collection.

3.  GLASS PERFUME ATOMIZER WITH BULB C. 1890.

Item Price: $235

Item Description: Mouth-blown, hand-formed blue opaline glass bottle in elegant, tall form, 11″ high including “chic” golden-metal fittings.

Splendid colourful glass body is acid-etched and gilded in random ground arabesque panels.

The mesh-wrapped bulb is still flexible, and the spray orifice is clear; it functions well !

Note the many tassels to the bulb end, a touch of class.

Imagine this on your dressing table, or in your cabinet.

4.  CHINESE JADE TRIPOD CENSER WITH COVER, JADEITE.

Item Price: $265

Item Description: Clear, soft green jadeite incense burner on 3 curved feet, with 2 pierced scroll handles, and with lid having 3 pierced handles.

Only 4.25″ high without stand, and 4.5″ wide with handles.

Well carved top rim of body and short trumpet finial of lid.

Associated with later carved wood stand.

5.  CHINESE SOINACH JADE PLAQUE, FIGURES IN GARDEN.

Item Price: $395

Item Description: Chinese nephrite green “spinach jade” plaque 8″ X 3.5″ X 5/8″ thick C. 1900.

Deeply carved with 2 persons in garden, a brilliant green colour with dark flecks, this glows a lovely bright green in patches with transmitted light.

Back bears circular diamond-saw curved marks.

Likely from a small table screen, wood support now missing.

Bur show this in a window, lit from behind as well as from front, it will be beautiful.

6.  CHINESE NEPHRITE JADE SEA GOD FIGURE.

Item Price: $695

Item Description: Expertly carved Chinese nephrite jade figurine, 3.25″ long, a representation of a sea god, with ears, hands, and tail as tentacles.

Superb details in carving, with wonderful smile, and much pierced work.

Mainly light translucent green with lower patches of white and faint lilac. One brilliant spot of green to tail.
NO trace of colour enhancement detected by UV light.

Specific gravity is 2.7, low end for nephrite, much too light for jadeite. Whatever the stone, expert carving !

7. FIRST NATIONS 1950 DOLLS IN MOOSEHIDE BABY CARRIERS.

Item Price: $295 the pair

Item Description: Pair of tanned moosehide Tihkinaahgen (baby carriers) of wood covered in hide with beaded designs on edges and the bent-wood safety bar, C 1950.

Each is 15.5″ X 7.5″ wide, made to carry a doll, not a real human child.
Each pouch on the board is hide, also beaded, and tied with thongs.

Each carries a hard plastic realistic doll by Dee Cee, to represent a first nations young girl, with hide clothes similarly beaded.

Acquired by me in 2006 from Calgary, AB. but likely woodlands Cree made for the “tourist” market.

Excellent condition…likely never been played with.
Each is signed on reverse with either “Edythe Hogarth” or “Janet Hogarth”, likely a pair of sisters for whom they were destined.

8. FIRST NATIONS MOOSEHIDE DOLL C. 1910.

Item Price: $365

Item Description: Lovely little hand-made doll with a stuffed linen body, wearing tanned moosehide long dress and leggings, C. 1910.

9.5″ long, she has long black wool braids, and great beaded bands on front & back of dress and at shoulders.

Wonderful minute size of beads.

No sign of major “being played with “. Good condition overall; minor bead loss, and loss of 1 double-thong decoration to front and to back..

Collected by me in 1979, before I knew importance of provenance…Mea culpa.

9. RARE FIRST NATIONS TIHKINAAHGEN BABY DOLL CARRIER L.19TH C.

Item Price: $895

Item Description: Museum quality Huron First Nations “cradleboard” doll carrier, Tihkinaahgen, late 19th or early 20th C.
(Rarely do I call an item museum quality, but this qualifies, if only because it survives having been played with so long.)

It is 17″ high, 8″ wide, with the bentwood support 8″ from the backboard; note the heart cut-out on the back top. Original wide cloth ribbon hanger, now fragile.

All original, surface never varnished, sinew lashings to cloth.
Hand-made clenched nails attach bar to hold bentwood support to back. Curved support bar is slotted to allow collapse when doll not present.

Excellent ergonomics and functional design.

Obtained from prominent Winnipeg estate in 2010; previous owner purchased it from locals on lake Superior, S. of Wawa.

10. MOORCROFT BURSLEM VASE, PANEL FORGET-ME-NOT, 8.5″

Item Price: $695

Item Description: A rare early period mpressive large Moorcroft vase C 1916, speckled blue ground with 2 panel reserves of dark blue flowers on white ground.

Height is 8.5″, 5.5″ widest body on 3.5″ diam. foot.

Foot bottom bears full green script signature, and impressed “Moorcroft/ Burslem/ England”.

Great condition; no chips, no cracks, no restorations.
Minutely crazed, unstained, visible only under strong oblique light.

11. MOORCROFT LIBERTY VASE FLAMMINIAN C. 1912

Item Price: $655

Item Description: Lovely Moorcroft vase in frosty green ground with 3 Arts & Crafts roundels, each with dripping blue glaze, described as Flamminian pattern.

Height is 5.5″, with widest body diam. of 4.5″.
Finely potted with delicate rim.

Bottom bears impressed and filled green script full signature,
and stamped underglaze mark “Made for/ Liberty & Co/ Rd. No. 452777”.

Excellent condition; no chips, no cracks, no restorations.
Slight unstained crazing to bottom (see last photo).

12. RARE MOORCROFT ROUND COVERED BOX FERN PATTERN.

Item Price: $495

Item Description: Extremely seldom found, this covered round box is in Banded Fern pattern (previously called Scrolling Leaves).
This design dates to C. 1921.

The ground is varied blue, with 2 horizontal bands of varied green, crossed by scrolling white designs, not unlike unfurling fern fronds.
A delicate design, perfectly suited to this shape.

Only 3.5″ high to lid finial, the body is 4″ diam.

Bottom bears William’s initials over impressed Moorcroft, and impressed Made in England.

Great condition, no chips, cracks, nor restorations; minute crazing visible under strong oblique light.

As an aside, I had only seen 1 example of this pattern of Moorcroft; I sold it to an advanced collector in 1991, and none since then. I bought it back from that collector in 2019, so I have seen this pattern only once in 40 years of dealing with Moorcroft.

13. WEDGWOOD CREAMWARE PIERCED-EDGE PLATE C.1790.

Item Price: $165

Item Description: Great example of late 18th Century pottery by the famous firm of Wedgwood.
Low dish/ plate 9″ diam. X 3/4″ high at rim, this has thinly-potted body covered with tightly-fitted glaze.

But it is the lovely pierced and ruffled 1″ rim that is amazing, it’s delicacy giving a utilitarian “plate” such an elegant look.

The back centre is impressed with “Wedgwood” in serif capitals.

Amazingly, no damage ! No chips, cracks, nor crazing, nor restorations, merely a couple tiny glaze faults or wear to the rim, very hard to find.

14. WEDGWOOD CREAMWARE LOW BOWL/ DISH C. 1765.

Item Price: $295

Item Description: Another example from the early years of the famous Wedgwood pottery, this is a fine Chippendale-edge low dish 10″ diam. and 1″ high at the rim, dating C. 1765.

Thin light body, exceedingly well potted with a fluted and raised-edge rim, all with tightly fitting glaze in yellowish ivory tone.

But this example has been decorated overglaze with detailed reddish-brown transfer prints, designed by Sadler & Green, of “disheveled birds”.

Back bears faint impressed “Wedgwood” near well rim.

Very good condition; no chips or cracks, no restorations.
Slight glaze “rubs” to high points of rim, revealing age stains to body, not disfiguring…after all, this dish has survived well for over 250 years.

15. PAIR OF WEDGWOOD CREAMERWARE CHESTNUT BASKETS & STANDS.

Item Price: $445

Item Description: And now for something different…yet similar.

A “more modern” example of Wedgwood creamware, these 2 chestnut baskets and their underplates (stands) were made C. 1820, much later than the 2 previous 18thC. items, yet still by the famous Wedgwood firm, and in their equally famous Creamware.

Each is of shaped rectangular form (octagonal, considering the canted corners), 12″ long, including the open handles, and 8″ wide, standing 3.5″ deep.
Each rectangular-form basket bottom well is pierced, and the basket sits well on its separate stand.
The stands are each 10.5″ long, 8″ wide, and 1″ high.

Each of the 4 pieces is stamped Wedgwood in serif capitals.

Condition is great ! No chips, cracks, nor restorations.
There is a minor stain to 1 area of 1 foot, only.

16. GENUINE BALTIC AMBER NECKLACE 9 LARGE “BEADS” +, 17″ LONG

Item Price: $595

Item Description: Wonderful Baltic amber necklace of 9 large nuggets and numerous smaller amorphous “beads”, altogether 17″ long.

The nuggets range from largest of 2″ x 1.5″ to 1.25″ x 1″ smallest, consisting of 4 clear honey colour alternating with 5 mottled darker tones, (chocolate, etc).

Weighs a good 117 grams, a lot of amber, but because of its light weight, easy to wear, with no stress on your neck; you’ll hardly know it’s on !

Looks equally great against black or light colours, depending on your mood.

17. GENUINE BALTIC AMBER NECKLACE 17 LARGE NUGGETS, 27″ LONG.

Item Price: $895

Item Description: Fabulous Baltic amber necklace, of only 17 large polished nuggets, transparent honey, eggyolk, transparent coffee, etc.

The central piece is 2.5″ x 1.5″, the smallest nugget is 1″ x 7/8″, this makes a spectacular statement.

While it weighs a massive 212 grams (massive for amber !), it feels like you are wearing “nothing” around your neck, because amber is so light weight, only 1.07 specific gravity (water is 1.0).

Some pieces are so clear, you can read fine print through them

18. GENUINE BALTIC AMBER NECKLACE 9 LARGE NUGGETS +, 19″ LONG

Item Price: $525

Item Description: A final genuine Baltic amber necklace, this one consisting of 9 nuggets, from 2.25″ x 1″ down to 1″ x 3/4″, with many small amorphous beads in transparent honey colour.

Overall, 19″ long, weighing 101 grams, as light as feathers around your neck !

This and the previous 2 amber necklaces were obtained from a Winnipeg collector, and assessed by a gemologist as genuine amber…not just my well-founded opinion.

Please enjoy these….my wife has 2, doesn’t want more.

19. BOOK- FIRST CANADIAN CHRISTMAS CAROL FIRST EDITION 1927

Item Price: $62

Item Description: First edition 1927, hardcover, green paper ground with gold specks.
Unpaginated, 20 pp. + 2 endpapers, 6.25″ x 9.5″.

After the original by Father Jean de Brebeuf 1641, this is the interpretation by J.E. Middleton with illustrations by Stanley F. Turner.

No notations, all pages good clean condition, intact edges, no inner wear, no tears.

Outer condition good, corners & edges with only slight wear, 1/4″ spot of green ground front cover missing.

20. BOOK – DE GRAZIA PAPAGOS INDIAN LEGENDS 1976.

Item Price: $95

Item Description: Large size 11.25″ x 14.25″ Bicentennial Commemorative Edition, Artist’s Limited Proof, first printing.

Signed to first fly leaf 1/1 1976.

Complete, great condition, original dust jacket, still in thin loose plastic cover; no notations, no edge wear.

Great colour illustrations intact.

21. BOOK – CHILDREN’S BOOK “CARRIAGE AND PAIR..” 1890.

Item Price: $495

Item Description: Full colour chromolith children’s book, “A Picture Book For Little Folk”. Hardcover.

Undated, but 1890, printed in Bavaria, sold by Dutton & Co., NY and by Nistar, London.

Unpaginated, 36 pp.; 12″ x 10.25″. Red cloth spine fine.

Good condition; bottom right front cover worn, inner pages all good, slightly darkened edges.
First 2 sheets (4 pages) loose in front…no evidence of ever being bound within.
Back fly leaf with small oval stamp “Sold by …”

22. FOLK ART PAINTING BEAR PORTRAIT, POSSIBLY MANITOBA

Item Price: $95

Item Description: Acrylic on 12″ x 16″ canvas board, a cute portrait of a bear (head) in the moonlight, with a strange Luns-like moth, and trumpet-shape blooms.

One of 3 paintings marked only MBC to front, but all 3 are on similar board bought from Eaton’s and from Wilsons, both in Winnipeg.
One is marked on back “Michael B. Clivinsky / July ’92”,

So I make assumption this is same Manitoba-assumed artist, and is C.1990s. I have been unable to find any Clivinsky since I bought them from local auction in 1976.
Nonetheless, I like the sympathetic portrait of the bear.

23. FOLK ART “MEMORY PAINTING”, POSSIBLY MANITOBA c.1980.

Item Price: $115

Item Description: Acrylic painting on fragment of wood paneling 16″ x 12″
(remember that craze of 1970s. when dens were sheathed in thin wood panels ?)

This is a “memory painting” of family baking in the kitchen.
Great folky rendering of wood-burning stove with brick chimney behind!
(I found evidence of such a stove in my 1912 kitchen when it was remodeled in 1985.)

Signed E.Joyce McComiskey on front, and titled to back “Grannies Helpers”.

Note the lovely turned table supports, likely an oak table, like that we still use today in our home.

Sadly, I can find no evidence of this family since I acquired this painting. Yet, it fits well with other “memory paintings”

24. FOLK ART BIRDS, NOVA SCOTIA ARTIST c. 1980.

Item Price: $225

Item Description:  Charming folky acrylic on wood paneling portion 16″ x 12″, mounted in rustic pine lath frame.

Primitive painting shows 4 birds in trees, 2 ducks on a pond, and 5 gulls flying overhead.

Signed by artist J. M. Poirier.
Display/ sales sticker to back, from Baddeck, NS, from a gallery with which I have been unable to connect.

It is still a lovely primitive folk painting, reminiscent of style of Maud Lewis. If only Poirier had done more work ?

25. TURNED BIRD’S EYE MAPLE BOWL ON FOOT.

Item Price: $165

Item Description: Solid bird’s eye maple expertly turned wood bowl, with exquisite thin rim.

All one piece, 10″ diam. rim, 5″ high on platform foot with tiny stem.

Lovely natural pattern of bird’s eyes shows prominently.
Never lacquered of shellac finish, merely waxed occasionally.

Original green felt felt to bottom.
One area of spotty stain, not distracting, ready for use.

26. NORWEGIAN ROSEMALING FOLK CRAFT BOWL 1975.

Item Price: $175

Item Description: Great example of the folk craft of rosemaling, painting on wood forms, this large bowl is 8″ diam. x 3.5″ high.

Painted inside on dark red ground with stylized flowers and gold and green swirls.

Outer top band painted with Norwegian saying…translates to English as “I could (travel) to Telemark and live in Sumarstund” and the date 1975.

Back has artist’s monogram “A.S”, near a hook for hanging on wall to show the beautiful inside painting.

Excellent unworn condition, no cracks, ready to enhance your space.

27. BOLIVIA CEREMONIAL CUP CHALLADOR C. 18TH CENTURY

Item Price: $375

Item Description: Bolivian ceremonial marriage bowl, or cup, used for drinking chicha (corn beer), this bowl is 6″ diam. (6.75″ with 2 integral primitive handles) by 2.25″ high.

This is hand-carved, not lathe-turned, from a solid piece of wood. Inside features a stylized pair of yoked oxen, indicative of wishes for matrimonial harmony.

Incised fine line decorations on the base run through incomplete edges, and show much wear.

Collected in Tihanacu area (Lake Titicaca region) in 1949-1952, and dates 18th C. to early 19th C.
Provenance available to buyer

Condition is very good; wear to edges.

28. OIL PAINTING ON CANVAS OVER PANEL 18TH C. VAN LOO

Item Price: $795

Item Description: Oil painting on thin panel, circle of Jean-Baptiste Van Loo (French, 1684 – 1745.
Portrait of a young soldier in armor 7″ x 8.5″ sight, in ornate gilt frame.

Re-framed in present frame C. 1870; back of frame bears sticker for “Saml. Coombes 331, Strand, W.C. carver & gilder”
Those premises were occupied by that firm 1859-1901, but after 1870 was advertising as “dealers in works of art”, so this item must date before 1870.

A thin plywood backing was probably applied then, and had since been removed to reveal a stiff canvas panel heavily coated with dark varnish, perhaps consistent with mid-18th C. origin.

Condition is good with minor cracquelure at bottom left.

29. PAIR OF INDIA MUGHAL STYLE MINIATURE WATERCOLOURS

Item Price: $275 pair 

Item Description: A lovely assembled pair of miniature water colour paintings in the Mughal style with fine detail of figures..

Each is approx. 7″ x 8.5″ sight, hand-painted in gouache and gilding on gesso ground over thin fabric or laid paper…not examined out of frame.

Of the two, the example with wide blue border displays much better drawing and brush strokes.

Each is mounted in a modern silver & gold colour frame, with amateur-cut acid-free matt, reasonably good to display them.

30. ANGUS SHORTT 1981 ARTIST PROOF PRINT -LAST OF 25 !

Item Price: $135

Item Description: This is #17/25, the last available Artist’s Proof Print by Angus Shortt, “Swinging Out – Canvasbacks”, taken from his 1981 Waterfowl Art Award Painting, Ducks Unlimited (Canada).

Image size is 27″ x 18″, sheet size is 29″ x 22″, untrimmed.

This is unique, in being inspected by the artist before release, having his pencil signature, and with a unique pencil drawing of a rising duck in the margin.

Ready for your desired framing to suit your environs, this will be shipped safely rolled in a sturdy cardboard mailing tube.

Only 25 Proof prints were made; 15 were presented to a prominent Winnipeg businessman by Mr. Shortt, his good friend. I acquired all 15 from the businessman’s estate in 2005, and have spent years slowly finding good homes for each.

This one is the LAST AVAILABLE outside of personal collections !
Note that none has come onto the market since 2005 other than those I offered; once obtained, people keep them

Rest assured, condition is wonderful, having been kept in original folder in which Mr. Shortt presented them.
Two 1/4″ stains at the top margin of sheet, well above the image area, not showing when matted.