Abbey Antiques & Art – Booth #2
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.
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: email@example.com 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 !
31. MURANO GLASS HEAVY BOWL FILIGRANA SWIRL.
Item Price: $155
Item Description: Wonderful technique of closely spaced hair-size filigrana white threads arranged in swirl pattern from centre of bowl, against clear cranberry ground.
All is encased in thick layer of colourless clear glass, with a large flat polished bottom.
The bowl is 3/4″ thick, 7.25″ diam. and 2.5″ high, with the thick clear glass giving optically magnified views of the threads at the edge.
As well, as you move past the bowl, the threads seem to rotate ! A wonderful effect !
Very heavy, over 2 kg.
Excellent condition, no chips, no cracks, no restoration.
32. MURANO GLASS VASE FILIGRANA ZANFIRICO.
Item Price: $235
Item Description: Wonderful delicate filigrana design in zanfirico white stripes within clear glass body, alternating with panels of pink twisted ribbons edged with gold.
Vase is 8″ tall, 3.5″ x 2″ body, with tall neck and delicate mouth.
A serrated ribbon of clear and gold adorns each side.
Bottom has depression with snapped-off pontil.
33. MURANO GLASS FIGURE OF LADY WITH BASKET, SEGUSO.
Item Price: $795
Item Description: Murano solid transparent glass lady figure, with open basket strapped to her back, C.1960.
Impressive size of 12″ high; lovely transparent clear glass, calcedonio technique, with internal blue overlaid with light yellow to the body.
The head, arms, and feet “platform” are crystal clear.
According to the shape of hands and feet, i attribute this to a Segusso design.
Heavy; 3.3 kg. !
34. ANTIQUE MINIATURE GREEK ICON, ENAMEL SIVER FRAME.
Item Price: $395
Item Description: Wonderful old Greek icon, painted over gesso on wood , only 2.75″ x 4″ .
Saint”s upper body portrait, gilt halo behind his head; no identifying Cyrillic characters.
Mounted in stamped 925 silver frame with relief filagree colour enamel spandrels.
Edge stamped “Antiqua”.
Back covered in gold damask cloth.
35. ANTIQUE MINIATURE GREEK ICON, ENAMEL 950 SILVER FRAME.
Item Price: $395
Item Description: Wonderful old Greek miniature icon, only 4.74″ x 5.5″ overall with 950 silver frame.
Image is head of old man (saint?), but no characters to tell whom it represents. Looks old, well-painted, but major interest for me is the frame.
Rectangular frame with 2″ x 2.5″ oval opening for portrait, apparently painted on gesso over wood.
Two-part silver frame, each with hand-hammered surface with raised edge looking like twisted wire.
Outer frame has applied filagree spandrels with fired colour enamels, like cloisonné. Bottom edge of frame stamped 950.
Totally black when found, I cleaned it carefully, without touching portrait.
I assume from silver mark this was assembled C. 1900 from unknown age icon and newly-made silver frame (probably for late “Grand Tour” tourist market).
A cleaning, yearly, would keep this great item looking good, so long as you avoid the oval portrait.
Be careful out there.
36. ANTIQUE MINIATURE GREEK ICON, ENAMEL 950 SILVER FRAME.
Item Price: $455
Item Description: Hand=painted miniature Greek icon in 950 silver frame, a portrait of Christ painted over gesso on wood.
Only 4″ x 5.5″, there is a gilt halo behind His head.
Gold is quite worn there, but rest of image is not bad, with some wear and crazing (I waxed image before I cleaned silver, which was total black when I received it).
The image is great, but look at the frame !
Applied with silver filagree devices with fired enamel,
Applied also with filagree IC (JC) and XC, the frame is beautiful.
Probably assembled from unknown age icon, with then-new frame C. 1900 for the last of the “Grand Tour” tourist trade, this is an excellent display piece.
37. ART DECO HAND-KNOTTED WOOL MAT C. 1930, 22″ X 38″
Item Price: $225
Item Description: Hand-knotted wool pile small mat, in Art Deco theme, made C.1930.
Soft beige ground with Art Deco designs of tree and mountains, sunburst, etc.
Wonderful unworn condition; I had it as a wall hanging for 17 years (not in the sun !) after I acquired it in great condition.
Decent density of 64 knots per square inch, good depth of pile.
What else can I say ? A rare design, worthy of hanging in your home (Don’t you dare walk on it !)
38. INDIA FABRIC MARRIAGE RITE EMBROIDERED DOOR HANGING.
Item Price: $165
Item Description: An unusual, great example of India handiwork, a marriage-rite cloth hanging to frame a doorway, 46″ wide x 43″ long to outer edges.
Fine-weave cloth (linen ?) heavily and expertly embroidered in coloured threads with a great variety of symbols, gods elephants, bulls, peacocks, parrots, flowers and trees.
All centred by Ganesh !
Front is in superb condition, back has some wear to tan-colour backing cloth, not serious.
Looks fabulous as a wall-hanging. I had it framing a door at Abbey Antiques for 28 years (not in sunlight !), but it is time to find its next goode syte !
39. MENNONITE SHOW TOWEL FAMILY HISTORY 1826-1896.
Item Price: $1655
Item Description: This is wonderful !
A great piece of Canadiana, a rare Mennonite show towel to display artistry & skill in needlework.
But this one is huge, 16.5″ x 45″ long !
And it records family history !
All on extremely fine-weave home-spun linen !
Dates from early 1900s, but unknown origin, as I acquired it in MB in 1975, before I knew importance of provenance, and neglected to obtain any family history of such an important article.
Mea culpa (again).
Family dates are recorded from 1826 to 1896, with frequent name “Hofer” stitched.
Some colours have faded a bit, particularly light yellow, but lit from behind, the stitches become clear.
I had never seen such a long towel, and had to save it, but have never had the opportunity to acquire another.
Nor would I have wanted another, because I had the Best!
It is now time to release this to one who can research it properly, and find its best home.
40. CHINESE PORCELAIN ROSE MEDALLION VASE C.1860.
Item Price: $125
Item Description: A petite Chinese porcelain Rose Medallion vase dating C. 1860, only 5.25″ high, with added sterling silver rim, making total height 5 & 5/8″.
There is a reserved panel of family in home, and back panel of bird, flowers and butterfly.
Much raised enamel decoration with gilt highlights.
Sterling silver top was added much later, likely to conceal damage to upper rim. Other than that, there are no issues with its condition.
It remains an attractive example of the artistry of Chinese painting on porcelain in the late Ch’ing dynasty.
41. CHINESE PORCELAIN ROSE MEDALLION VASE KUANG HSU
Item Price: $275
Item Description: Excellent quality Chinese porcelain vase C. 1880.
Hand-painted fired polychrome enamels in 4 reserved panels, 2 with figures in domestic settings, 2 with birds and flowers.
10″ high with relief gilt dragons, and gilt foo dog handles.
Good detail to figures’ faces, an impressive piece.
Excellent condition; no chips, cracks, nor restorations.
42. CHINESE PORCELAIN ROSE MEDALLION PAIR VASES TAO KUANG
Item Price: $695
Item Description: PAIR of Chinese porcelain vases in Rose Medallion design, Tao Kuang dynasty C.1850.
Each vase is 10.5″ high, with 6 reserves, 4 with Chinese persons, 2 with birds, butterflies, and foliage.
Each vase has 2 figural foo dog handles and 4 figural dragons on shoulders.
Glazed bottoms are unmarked.
Couple tiny chips to rims, but no other chips, cracks, nor restorations.
43. INUIT WHALEBONE FIGURE SCULPTURE
Item Price: $175
Item Description: Great figure of Inuit hunter in porous whalebone, 10″ high, standing with right hand raised grasping a harpoon made of reindeer (caribou) antlet.
Wonderful weathered face has rudiments of eyes and mouth and his hands are mere stumps….but why don’t you try to carve such a hard and openwork substance !
He is affixed to a slab of polished agate, for stability.
Note the harpoon has remnant of thong used to hold it to the hunter.
Condition is overall good;some loss to hands and toes, with crack in left ankle
Yet this remains an attractive example of Inuit art.
44. INUIT CRIBBAGE BOARD WLRUS TUSK 14″ LONG.
Item Price: $325
Item Description: Solid ivory walrus tusk, carved and made as cribbage board.
Small end carved as swimming polar bear, with full-carved seal behind as if on ice (sits on peg), raised counting board behind that, and then carved ptarmigan on peg.
All on 4 carved round peg feet; side with drilled compartment to hold 4 small carved counters (pegs), closed by carved flat-end plug.
Excellent condition, with no chips or missing edges; minor natural shrinkage cracks to bottom.
45. INUIT IVORY /BONE SCULPTURE, HUNTER, SLED & DOGS AFTER A SEAL
Item Price: $295
Item Description: Intricate carved scene of an Inuk hunter with his sled pulled by 5 dogs, approaching a seal lying on the ice beside his air hole.
There is a hawk flying above the scene.
All that is carved in walrus ivory tusk, and mounted on a free-form platform of cariboo (reindeer) antler 13″ long x 6″ wide x 4.5″ high (to hawk).
Excellent attention to detail, with fine sinew linking dogs to sled and to hunter’s arm.
Inscribed in syllabics to bottom (see main photo).
Great condition, but for loss of right front paw of second dog.
46. CAST STERLING SILVER SUGAR TONGS BY GORHAM.
Item Price: $215
Item Description: Ornate heavy cast sterling sugar tongs, stamped inside 1 arm with Gorham mark and Sterling.
Length is 5″, weight a substantial 54 grams.
Ornate pierced 6-claw feet ends to grasp sugar cubes, or in today’s society, ice cubes; 1.5″ spread of ends.
A relief crowned goddess head adorns each arm of the handles.
47. MINIATURE SILVER FURNITURE, 10 PIECE SUITE 1899-1949.
Item Price: $795
Item Description: Fabulous suite of 10 pieces of salon furniture, each made of sterling silver with Baroque designs of putti, etc.
Suite consists of 3 settees, 3 side tables (desks), a grand piano and a chair, and 2 side chairs.
Each settee is only 2.5″ long; the rest are to that scale.
The main photo shows the suite arranged in the salon of my miniature toy cabin, so don’t be mislead; they are tiny.
The 3 settees, 2 side chairs, and piano (with 2 hinged lids) are each hallmarked for Birmingham 1948.
Each of the 3 desks is hallmarked for Birmingham 1949, and the Louis XIV-style piano chair is marked for Chester 1899.
Condition is all very fine; no wear, no damages.
48. STERLING SILVER NATHANIEL MILLS 1827 AIDE MEMOIRE
Item Price: $1395
Item Description: Extremely rare, this exceptional aide memoire (note book) in sterling silver is by Nathaniel Mills, Birmingham 1827.
Repoussé covers show Windsor Castle one side, the other with Warwick Castle.
Closed size is 3.25″ x 2″, containing 5 ivory leaves, each marked for one work-day of the week.
Each cover bears mark for Nathaniel Mills and for year date 1827, Birmingham.
Note the original sterling propelling pencil included, much like that patented in 1822, totally appropriate to this item.
Good condition, with original inner silk covers and leather spine.
CANNOT BE EXPORTED.
49. FIRST NATIONS BEADED BELT, 8 COLOURS.
Item Price: $195
Item Description: Lovely beaded belt 35″ long x 2.5″ wide, this is a heavy fine-woven cloth completely covered in 1/8″ diam. beads.
A brilliant sky-blue ground supports a repeating pattern of 2 black & white motifs separated by a flame motif in 6 colours.
Thus, 8 different bead colours were used.
Probably Woodland Cree origin, this was obtained from a prominent Winnipeg family, who report it was bought on Lake Superior East shore, S. of Wawa, 1970s.
One end has 2″ strip of Velcro sewn on the front, the other end has mating 5″ strip of “hooks”, thus allowing belt to be quickly put onto a waist size from 33″ to 30″.
Piece of sinew sewn to one end helps in releasing the belt quickly. Very functional.
Condition is very good; no bead loss, no tears, merely one portion of inner cloth lining has loosened to reveal sewn construction.
50. FIRST NATIONS BEADED MOCCASINS, 8 COLOURS.
Item Price: $335
Item Description: Similar to previous item, these beaded pair of moccasins have similar pattern of beads on sky-blue ground, using 8 different colours of 1/8″ diam. glass beads.
Fashioned of tanned moosehide with separate attached sole, each moccasin upper is fully beaded as before, with thong ties for closure.
Gently worn, these moccasins are ready for a wonderful display, with no bead loss nor construction separations.
51. FIRST NATIONS BEADED DANCE COLLAR, 6 COLOURS.
Item Price: $495
Item Description: Impressive, large dance collar, to fit over upper chest/ neck area, fully beaded in 6 colours of 1/16″ beads.
Ground colour is deep sky blue, darker than previous 2 items.
Yet, the same style of flame-like motif is used !
Head opening is 8″ diameter, width across shoulders is 16″, panel depth is 6.25″ at front centre, and 10″ including fringe of braided thin red cords.
Obtained from Winnipeg North End home in 1994; no information as to origin, but I speculate, on same design as #49 and #50 here, that it is also Woodland Cree, dating 1980?
Condition is great, no bead loss, no deterioration to fabric support.
52. MOSER CREAMER GREEN GLASS AND GILT.
Item Price: $155
Item Description: Small clear light green glass cream jug, mouth-blown and hand-fashioned, only 3″ high.
Covered in detailed enamel and raised gilt designs, including butterflies and flowers.
While not marked, this is of quality often attributed to Moser.
Bottom has full diam. polished pontil.
Great condition, with no wear to raised designs, although there is wear to gold on rim and handle.
No chips, no cracks, no restorations.
53. WATERFORD CUT GLASS PICTURE FRAME.
Item Price: $175
Item Description: Large cut glass Waterford (Ireland) photograph frame, 8″ x 10″, to hold a 5″ x 7″ photo under clear glass front, or perhaps a mirror ?
Very heavy glass, decorated in simple groove and squares pattern.
Lovely inner frame of silver-plated metal, front and back.
Original green felt front and back panels, with original felt covered back easel support.
Original foil sticker to front panel.
Excellent condition; no scratches, chips nor cracks.
No loss to silver.
54. LOETZ 2-BOWLCENTREPIECE, SILVER-PLATE STAND.
Item Price: $1185
Item Description: Spectacular, impressive silver plated stand holds 2 Loetz glass ruffled edge bowls, each bowl with spotted yellow iridescence.
Large 21″ high overall, with 10″ diam. lower bowl and 6.5″ upper bowl, held in 4-piece silver plated frame.
The low base has 3 foliate feet with grape vine on each, with 3 cast ornate supports of 3-dimensional grape vines and grapes holding the 2 bowls.
Unmarked silvered frame, not brass nor spelter nor copper, possibly nickle silver.
Each bowl is of typical Loetz design, with a finely-ground pontil, and typical edges.
Each has pierced hole for the supports. Lovely plain iridescence to inner surfaces, mottled to outer surfaces.
Holes in the base indicate missing foliate elements, not noticeable at first, and do not distract from overall luxurious effect.
Small flakes around bowl holes, as expected from years of disassembly for cleaning. No other chips, no cracks, no restorations.
55. FIRST NATIONS BEADED EDGE MOOSEHIDE TRIVETS.
Item Price: $145
Item Description: Assembled pair of Metis bead-edge hot plate trivets (to protect table surface) of tanned moosehide, each 14″ x 9.5″.
Each has outer wide band of beads in stylized floral motif.
One is backed with fine rose-colour cloth, and the edge is trimmed by red & orange beads.
The other is backed with fine grey-brown cloth, without beads.
These are among the last of the items collected by Walter J. Kane in the Kootenays (AB /BC) 1925-1945.
I purchased collection from heirs in Winnipeg in 2017.
Condition is overall good, with slight loss of white “stem” beads on one without beads on edge.
The one with beaded edge has 1/4″ loss of those beads.
No rips or tears.
56. FIRST NATIONS METIS EMBROIDERED DOUBLE POCKET.
Item Price: $175
Item Description: Metis embroidered hanging double wall pocket, 8″ x 6″, C. 1920.
Made of tanned deerskin panels, each approx. 4″ x 3.5″, delicately embroidered with closely-spaced polychrome threads in stylized floral motifs.
Both mounted with navy blue cloth edging onto patterned cloth backing, dark purple designs on dark ground.
Each upper corner of the cloth has a flat cloth ribbon sewn on to form supports for hanging on wall.
Condition is very good; 1/4″ loss to blue edging upper left, no loss to embroidery, patterned backing at front top faded to reveal the pattern more clearly (a nice effect, actually),
57. FIRST NATIONS METIS EMBROIDERED DEERSKIN LADY’S GAUNTLETS
Item Price: $245
Item Description: Pair of lady’s gauntlets, made of fine tanned deerskin, tastefully embroidered with stylized Columbine blossoms above the wrist, and a horseshoe over back of hand.
Total length of 12″, 3.5″ at wrist; 7″ from wrist to finger tips.
I suspect this is “small lady’s size”.
Note lovely 3″ fringe to each outer edge.
Excellent tiny stitching in construction.
Among the last items from the Walter J. Kane collection, assembled 1925-1945 in the Kootenays (AB / BC).
I acquired the collection from Winnipeg heir in 2017.
Carefully used, in good condition, still supple.
Will display well.
58. MINIATURE FRETWORK CHEST OF 2 DRAWERS.
Item Price: $115
Item Description: Small wooden chest of 2 drawers 9.75″ wide, 8.5″ high to backboard top, 3.75″ deep.
Constructed from 3/16″ pine and 1/8″ 3-layer plywood, with exposed mortise & tenons.
Openwork fretwork panel applied to each of 2 long drawers and to each side; each drawer with a button pull.
Excellent example of amateur re-purposing of lightweight shipping boxes from Winnipeg, MB; see back, and inside of upper drawer.
Original shellac “spirit varnish” finish.
Good condition, but for missing left side lower element.
59. MINIATURE CHIP CARVED TRAMP ART BOX.
Item Price: $275
Item Description: Intricate pine box has locking lid with carved handle.
Five sides are edged with 3 deep layers of chip carving, called “tramp art”.
10″ wide x 6″ high x 6.5″ deep.
Original functional Yale lock with key, working well.
Lined with early linen, beautifully edged by 3-D ribbon flowers and leaves.
All original spirit varnish (shellac) finish, excellent condition.
60. MINIATURE 7-DRAWER PINE CABINET ORIGINAL BLUE.
Item Price: $375
Item Description: Miniature pine cabinet with 6 short drawers over 1 long drawer, as a spice chest, perhaps.
Only 13″ high to top of 1-piece scroll-top backboard, 8.25″ wide, and 4″ deep.
Primitive construction using mostly 3/8″ stock, nothing fancy here, no good “cabinetry” used for this cute hand-made, hand-painted little chest.
Remnants of original light grey-blue paint, with dark blue 1/4-round moldings to bottom wide drawer and front edges.
The 6 short drawers each with original brass knob, the bottom long drawer has iys original white porcelain knob.