Craig Sobat and Connie Toporowski

Craig and Connie live in Edmonton, AB. We have been collecting antiques and art from around the world for nearly 40 years. We are pleased to offer, for private sale, select items from our extensive collections – most have been thoroughly researched and we welcome any questions you may have. Thank you for your interest in what is currently for offer.

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(780) 719-7641

11607-128 ST NW
Edmonton, AB T5M 0X3

1.  Articulated Japanese Lobster

Item Price: $995

Item Description: Japanese jizai articulated copper model of a Pacific spiny lobster. Very realistic with naturalistic patina. Signed underneath with full mark, “Myochin”, a famous family of Japanese metalsmiths dating back 4 centuries. Fully articulated, no damage, a very large example of jizai metalwork. Meiji Period, circa 1900. measures 22 1/4 ” tail to feeler tip, body size including tail, 10 1/4 “.

2.  Chinese Bronze Vase

Item Price: $350 

Item Description: Chinese 19th C. bronze vase decorated in high relief with cranes in flight amidst scrolling clouds, gilt detail. Nice dark patina with no damage. Calligraphy (date, maker?) around rim and reign mark on base. Measures 9 1/2″ tall and 6″ wide. Late 1900’s.

3. Collection of Helmut Newton Photography Books

Item Price: $525

Item Description: Helmut Newton collection of 3 hardcover erotic books of photography. All first editions with intact dust overs. Very good condition. Selection includes;
i) “Big Nudes”, Helmut Newton, First ed., Xavier Moreau Inc, 1982.
ii) “White Women”, Helmut Newton, First ED. Stonehill Pub., 1976.
iii) “Playboy”, Helmut Newton, First edition, Chronicle Books, 2005.

4. “Zuni” Inlaid Sterling Silver Earrings

Item Price: $250

Item Description: Zuni sterling silver earrings, 1980’s vintage, multi-gemstone inlay and beaded semi-precious stone “hishi” dangles with hammered tips. Gemstones include turquoise, red coral, black onyx, shell, malachite, sugilite, and rhodonite. Purchased directly from the silversmith in Southwest USA. The earrings measure 2 1/2 ” long and 1 1/4 ” wide.

5. Six Engravings, Illustrations of the Fair Maid of Perth 1878

Item Price: $1200 

Item Description: Six very fine Scottish engravings based on the novel of the same name by Sir Walter Scott, written in 1828 about the true story of the Battle of the North Inch set in Perth around 1400 AD. All framed, conserved, and mounted with acid free backing and glass. Each measures 11 x 15 inches, lists name of engravers, all printed by McGlashom & Smith in 1878. Figure titles are: Catherine and Father Clement; The Gateway Falkland Palace; The Glee Maiden; The Interview Between the Gow Chrom and the Highlander; Boat Scene in Loch Tay; and Campsie Linn. Additional photos upon request.

6.  Salvador Dali Framed Lithograph

Item Price: $780 

Item Description: Salvador Dali lithograph from King Series, 274/300 edition. In great condition, professionally mounted in heavy duty frame with acid free backing and glass. Measures 25 x 33 inches framed. Symbols of a well, a crotched tree branch, skull and king in the background.

7.  Framed Serigraph of EYEGLASSES by FOLON

Item Price: $780 

Item Description: Jean-Michel FOLON (1934-2005) was a Belgian artist renowned for his printed, modernistic silk-screened (serigraph) posters. Eyeglasses (circa 1980) was featured on back cover of a Posters of Folon book published by Milton Glaser in 1978. The serigraph measures at 40 x 29 inches framed, with acid free backing and glass.  Includes the book of 20 frameable Folon posters.  15″ x 12″.

8.  Art Deco Dancing Figure

Item Price: $875 

Item Description: Art Deco spelter figure by Emile Gregoire of a dancing Grecian woman playing cymbals. Silvered patina. Well cast with no damage or wear. Mounted on a marble plinth. Signed on her hip, “Made in France” and on the bottom of one foot, “Gregoire”. Circa 1925. measures 19″ tall overall.

9.  French Altar Cloth

Item Price: $850 

Item Description: Altar Cloth (table runner), French, early 19th Century, possibly earlier. This large textile is framed with heavy gold metallic thread, followed by a dark brown embossed boarder, and a continuous central repeating colourful embroidered design of classical urns and phoenix birds. Each end of the cloth is finished in black velvet with the same metallic edging and ends in black silk tassels. Linen backing. A striking piece. Some wear due to its age, but a good textile conservator could restore its original brilliance. The cloth measures 112″ long (not including tassels) and 23.5″ wide.

10.  Japanese Kimono

Item Price: $650 

Item Description: Japanese Kimono, formal, mid 20th Century. Lovely emerald green silk-satin fabric, embossed with fans and colourfully decorated with hand painted birds of paradise and metallic gold and silver embroidery. Stunning when displayed. Some areas of sun fading to green fabric along cloth folds. The kimono measures 77″ long and 49″ wide across the arms.

11.  Victorian Gentleman’s Card Case

Item Price: $350

Item Description: Late Victorian Gentleman’s Card Case, 1898 or 1902, embossed leather with Birmingham sterling silver mounts. Signed by silversmith, Charles Boyton, in multiple locations. Monogramed with initials. Good condition.

12. Hopi/Navajo Earrings

Item Price: $135

Item Description: Hopi /Navajo earrings, 1980’s vintage, unique convex sterling silver design with turquoise stones and pierced cut-out of a dancing female figure bordered by stylized squash-blossom engraving. Earring measure 1 1/2 ” long x 1″ wide.

13.  Royal Winton Stackable Tea Set

Item Price: $140 

Item Description: Royal Winton, stackable tea set includes mini teapot, creamer and sugar cup. Vintage England, circa 1950’s. Set is a mottled green colour trimmed in gold on a smooth rim. Also included, two matching Winton tea Cups, one has repair on tea cup handle.

14.  French Writing Folio

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Item Description: French Boulle inlaid writing folio, early 1800’s, bound in soft, gilt and embossed leather, the front cover with inlay of pewter, stone, brass, ivory, mother-of-pearl, and horn. The back with stone and exotic wood inlays. Intricate, engraved gilt bronze French lock (requires 2 turns to lock/unlock), original bronze key. The interior with red silk, vellum compartments, original paper plus original letter paper; each sheet embossed with a detailed monogram. Possibly a one-of-a-kind special order for the Russian market. Some age-appropriate wear, it measures 11 1/2″ long x 9 1/4″ wide x 7/8″ thick.

15.  Imari Sake Bottle

Item Price: $195

Item Description: Japanese Imari tokkuri (sake) bottle, early 20th C., large octagonal example, with alternating panels of over and underglaze enamel floral arrangements, the shoulder decorated with “wagara” overglaze red textile patterns. The base with 3 firing spurs and Fuku mark. Measures 8 1/2 ” tall by 4″ wide.

New Item #1:   Book – Thirty-two Studies in the Nude

Item Price: $125

Item Description:   “Blonde and Brunette”, Thirty-two Studies in the Nude by “Jason”, first edition, Chapman & Hall Ltd., London, rare book, missing dust Cover, circa 1941. Thirty-two Studies in the Nude of black and white photographs. Some damage to spine.