Asian Antiques by Silk Road
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #905329 (stock #27-57)
Silk Road Gallery
$800
A magnificent silver belt is made of 112 separate silver rectangles, all of them hallmarked, fitted closely together around a leather strap. This piece belonged to a family from the Republic of Georgia who identified the belt as Russian, and sold it not long after Georgia declared its independence following the demise of the USSR. Hallmarks appear to be in Cyrillic and, while difficult to decipher, resemble the letters “MP,” which may be an identification of the silversmith...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #787238 (stock #55-95)
Silk Road Gallery
$120
Handmade silver tubes of various lengths are strung together to form this simple, unusual necklace from Tbilisi in the Republic of Georgia. Made of two separate strands, the necklace may have been part of an ethnic costume or just the decorative invention of a home artisan. Dating this necklace is guesswork as a search on Georgian ethnography gave no clue except discussions of the popularity of "silversmith street" in old Tbilisi...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #774309 (stock #27-38)
Silk Road Gallery
$700
This early 20th century Russian-made samovar was found in the Republic of Georgia following that small country's independence in 1991 after 70 years as part of the USSR. A maker's seal on the top shows a hammer and sickle under a star, perhaps a reason it was not retained by the original Georgian owners. The stamp includes the letters "BCHX" and "CCCP" as well as a Russian inscription...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #758950 (stock #27-29)
Silk Road Gallery
$995
This nicely proportioned early 20th century brass samovar from the Republic of Georgia has a Russian maker's seal on the top front. It is one of a number of interesting acquisitions made by Silk Road Gallery owners as they explored a little known branch of the ancient Silk Route that once passed through Tbilisi, Georgia's capital...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #681058 (stock #27-85)
Silk Road Gallery
$470
A chased metal vessel used to serve wine, this 19th century pitcher from the Republic of Georgia is a reflection of that small country's historic role as a crossroad between East and West. Georgia's antiques, sometimes European, sometimes Asian in design, mirror its blend of cultural influences. While this wine pitcher obviously has Middle Eastern lines, a look at ancient Georgian wine vessels shows a split in design and motifs between pure East and pure West...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #353729 (stock #28-15)
Silk Road Gallery
$130
From early 20th century Tbilisi in the Republic of Georgia, this silver bracelet shows some similarity in design to jewelry that originated in the Caucasus Mountains regions to the north. Three beaded balls with flower petal markings are separated with fine silver wire wrapped around the heavier silver wire that forms the bracelet. The pliable bracelet wire, twisted on one side, smooth on the other, can be shaped to fit the wrist. As shown, the bracelet measures about 3" (7 cm) in diameter.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #295039 (stock #27-73)
Silk Road Gallery
$195
Hallmarked and dated 1894, this silver salt cellar from the Republic of Georgia stands on three ball feet. Flowers and leaves engraved on the side are centered with a plain cartouche. Art and design from Georgia, a geographic and cultural bridge between East and West, draws on both Asian and European aesthetic traditions. This salt cellar leans more toward the small country's European side. It is in very good condition. Dimensions: height 1" (3 cm), diameter 3" (7 cm).