Antique Collectables

While the antique collectables at Mayfair Gallery are diverse in their content, they are consistent in their high quality. From caskets to micromosaics, these exquisite objects are sure to satisfy a range of keen collectors.

The act of ‘collecting’ is an ancient tradition that has captivated humanity for centuries, with even our prehistoric ancestors collating small objects for religious or ceremonial purposes: in Mesopotamia, collecting practices have been noted among royalty and elites as far back as the 3rd millennium BCE.

The modern collecting hobby is a descendant of a Renaissance invention – the ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’. Scholars and elite enthusiasts would collate a variety of unusual objects, often from travels to distant lands, which would then be displayed in a cabinet filled with drawers and shelves. Such items were a clear symbol of status, combining scientific specimens with ornate decorative pieces to indicate both the wealth and the intelligence of the owner. By the 19th century, an interest in collecting had been disseminated throughout the social hierarchies, with individuals curating collections of objects that were highly personal and spoke to their own interests.

Mayfair Gallery is proud to present a large number of antique collectables perfect for the modern cabinet of curiosities. Particularly exceptional items include extraordinarily intricate micromosaics, as well as several miniature flower and bird models which are true objets d’art, with makers including esteemed designers Asprey and Gorham.

A stand-out in our collection of antique collectables is our stunning selection of boxes and caskets. From large scale marriage caskets with exquisite decorative details, to miniature jewellery and storage boxes designed to house precious items, our extensive range features rare items in a host of materials and designs.

Be it as an unusual gift, or as an elegant addition to an already established collection, a choice from our beautiful range of antique collectibles will provide enjoyment for generations.

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  1. Floral 46
  2. 20th and 21st Century Design 29
  3. Jewish 26
  4. Religious 25
  5. Chinese Interest 20
  6. Islamic 20
  7. Russian Interest 17
  8. Figurative Art 15
  9. Animal / Animalier 14
  10. Birds / Ornithology 11
  11. Christian 10
  12. Victorian 10
  13. Indian Interest 9
  14. Classical 8
  15. Neoclassical 8
  16. Persian interest 8
  17. Biblical 7
  18. Grand Tour 6
  19. Contemporary 5
  20. Fabergé 5
  21. Modern 5
  22. American Interest 4
  23. Arabesque 4
  24. Faberge 4
  25. Mythological 4
  26. Renaissance 4
  27. Art Nouveau 3
  28. Arts & Crafts 3
  29. Bizarre 3
  30. Equestrian / Horses 3
  31. Hunting 3
  32. Japanese Interest 3
  33. Militaria / Military 3
  34. Orientalist 3
  35. Ottoman 3
  36. Rococo 3
  37. Royal / Monarchy 3
  38. Academic 2
  39. Arms / Armour 2
  40. Art Deco 2
  41. Belle Époque 2
  42. Boulle 2
  43. Gothic 2
  44. Landscape 2
  45. Meiji 2
  46. Moorish 2
  47. Music / Musical 2
  48. Portrait 2
  49. Sporting 2
  50. Abstract 1
  51. Chinoiserie 1
  52. Dolls 1
  53. Egyptian Revival 1
  54. Empire 1
  55. Louis XIV 1
  56. Louis XVI 1
  57. Marine / Seascape 1
  58. Napoleonic 1
  59. Old Master 1
  60. Regency 1
  61. Sèvres 1
  62. Shakespeare, Theatre & Literature 1
  63. Still life 1
  64. Urban Views / Townscapes 1
Material
  1. Silver 55
  2. Enamel - Cloisonné 22
  3. Silver-gilt 22
  4. Metal 21
  5. Textile 16
  6. Gold 15
  7. Hardstone 15
  8. Brass 14
  9. Gilt 13
  10. Porcelain 13
  11. Glass 12
  12. Wood 12
  13. Enamel 11
  14. Jade 11
  15. Ormolu (Gilt Bronze) 10
  16. Agate 8
  17. Bronze 8
  18. Gilt Metal 8
  19. Leather 8
  20. Marble 8
  21. Enamel - Guilloché 7
  22. Nephrite 7
  23. Paper 7
  24. Precious Stones 7
  25. Rose Quartz 7
  26. Silk 7
  27. Diamond 6
  28. Ebonised Wood 6
  29. Giltwood 6
  30. Sterling Silver 6
  31. Amethyst 5
  32. Bone 5
  33. Mother-of-Pearl 5
  34. Quartz 5
  35. Carnelian 5
  36. Copper 4
  37. Fabric 4
  38. Lapis Lazuli 4
  39. Malachite 4
  40. Micro-mosaic 4
  41. Rock Crystal 4
  42. Semi-precious stones 4
  43. Silver-plate 4
  44. Coral 3
  45. Iron 3
  46. Lacquer 3
  47. Olive Wood 3
  48. Pearl 3
  49. Plastic 3
  50. Silvered Metal 3
  51. Steel 3
  52. Tapestry 3
  53. Wool 3
  54. Crystal 2
  55. Cut Glass 2
  56. Pietra Dura 2
  57. Ruby 2
  58. Satin 2
  59. Stone 2
  60. Turquoise 2
  61. Velvet 2
  62. Petrified Wood 2
  63. Abalone Shell 1
  64. Bisque (biscuit) porcelain 1
  65. Ceramic 1
  66. Ebony 1
  67. Emerald 1
  68. Enamel - Plique-à-jour 1
  69. Felt 1
  70. Gilt Brass 1
  71. Hoof 1
  72. Ink 1
  73. Ivory 1
  74. Mirror 1
  75. Oak 1
  76. Onyx 1
  77. Opal 1
  78. Painted Wood 1
  79. Pewter 1
  80. Plaster 1
  81. Taxidermy 1
  82. Tortoiseshell 1
  83. Walnut 1
  84. Bois Durci 1
  85. Parchment 1
  86. Meerschaum 1
  87. Fossil 1
  88. Sand 1
Colour
  1. Multi-coloured 84
  2. Gold 74
  3. Silver 59
  4. Brown 32
  5. Blue 30
  6. Red 26
  7. Cream 25
  8. White 25
  9. Black 24
  10. Metallic 20
  11. Green 16
  12. Clear 10
  13. Orange 8
  14. Pink 8
  15. Yellow 6
  16. Purple 4
  17. Grey 3
  18. Turquoise 2
Country Of Origin
  1. Continental 34
  2. English 30
  3. French 24
  4. Russian 24
  5. Chinese 19
  6. Italian 12
  7. Indian 9
  8. British 8
  9. American 7
  10. Jerusalem 7
  11. Persian 7
  12. German 5
  13. Uzbekistan 5
  14. Austro-Hungarian 4
  15. Turkish 4
  16. Austrian 3
  17. Middle Eastern 3
  18. Spanish 3
  19. Anglo-Indian 2
  20. Bohemian 2
  21. Flemish 2
  22. Iranian 2
  23. Japanese 2
  24. Swiss 2
  25. Asian 1
  26. Balkan 1
  27. Belgian 1
  28. Burmese 1
  29. Dutch 1
  30. Ethiopian 1
  31. Greek 1
  32. Portuguese 1
  33. Syrian 1
  34. Omani 1
Period
  1. 20th Century 64
  2. 19th Century 48
  3. Late 19th Century 40
  4. Early 20th Century 37
  5. 18th Century and Earlier 13
  6. Early 19th Century 9
  7. 21st Century 6
Artist / Maker
  1. Fabergé 5
  2. Gorham Manufacturing Co 5
  3. Bezalel Academy 4
  4. Asprey 3
  5. Hutcheson, Jane 3
  6. Salkind, Moses 3
  7. Baccarat 2
  8. Blanchard, Elodie 2
  9. Buccellati, Mario 2
  10. KPM, Konigliche Porzellan-Manufaktur 2
  11. Ackermann, Rudolph 1
  12. Beauvais factory 1
  13. Bergman, Franz Xaver 1
  14. Boucheron 1
  15. Carrington & Co 1
  16. Carrs Silver 1
  17. Dalí, Salvador 1
  18. Daum 1
  19. de Syllas, Charlotte 1
  20. Garrard & Co. 1
  21. Girardon, François 1
  22. Hadad Brothers 1
  23. Herfurth, Rotger 1
  24. Hoet, Gerard 1
  25. Hume, Robert Jr 1
  26. J. C. Vickery 1
  27. Klinkosch, Josef Carl 1
  28. Langleben, Jacob 1
  29. Lepage, François 1
  30. Leyniers, Daniel III 1
  31. Leyniers, Urbanus 1
  32. Lionel Alfred Crichton 1
  33. Monbro Fils Ainé 1
  34. Novella, S.E René 1
  35. Petit, Jacob 1
  36. Puiforcat 1
  37. Raphael 1
  38. Raymond, Alexandre M. 1
  39. Richard Comyns 1
  40. Rosenzweig, Taitelbaum & Co 1
  41. Seeburg 1
  42. Sèvres 1
  43. Tahan 1
  44. Tolliday, William 1
  45. van Orley, Bernard 1
  46. Yamamoto, Yusuke 1
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