Offering for sale an extremely rare find, a two piece desk set from Austria, Vienna bronze. This is an Orientalist set, the Arab theme, cold painted bronze, both pieces signed in the bronze "Austria". We can not find the artist signature,it may be hidden between the marble and the bronze if there is one. The curved blotter has removable metal insert, black grey veined thick marble base, the bronze featuring a Persian rug of red, blue, yellow with gold fringe, no which is seated an Arabian figure with a rifle, fabulous facial detail, dark skin, black beard. There are a few tiny chips on the marble edge, the bronze with no damage, age wear & discoloration only. The large piece is the writing set with thick black marble base with front curved pen rest, on which is a large cold painted bronze with matching Persian carpet in red, black, silver, gold , yellow, blue, green and maroon. To the right a Middle-Eastern table on which are a box of possibly cigars, an urn and carafe; this opens up to reveal the inkwell with original (?) glass insert. A large smoking apparatus is on the carpet to the right, and open books on the floor in front of the table, and another urn in the center on the rug. On the left one standing figure holding a sword, with a dagger and rifle on the carpet in front of him. His details are just wonderful ! The figure is 5 & 1/2" tall, and the overall size of this piece is 9 & 1/4' by 10". The blotter piece is 3 & 3/4" tall with a 2 & 1/4" figure, and the blotter is 4 7 3/4' by 3". This rare and important Orientalist set came from a fine estate in Southern Tennessee, from a house filled with only the finest of antiques. We can not find another one of these for sale anywhere !, nor any evidence of one sold in recent history. We priced this based on research from auction results from Sotheby's and other dealers experienced in Vienna bronze. Unlike a lot of the Vienna bronze, this is a very practical item as well, and a family treasure to be handed down for generations to come. We can provide additional photos to serious customers upon request. Payment methods restricted on this item due to the price. Layaway available in the US only. This item is currently reduced to the lowest price we would ever consider accepting for it and is subject to being restored to original price at any time.
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