Feel like playing a traditional game over this long weekend? Well why don't you try something new or something old should we say.
POPE JOAN. The traditional equipment for this game, as illustrated on the right, consists of a wooden lacquer box divided into nine compartments, three sections for the decks of cards, four for mother of pearl gaming chips and two containing the stacked eight papier mache dishes each displaying their label: Pope (9♦), Matrimony, Intrigue, Ace, King, Queen, Knave and Game. Any number of players can take part and each receive thirty mother of pearl counters at the beginning of the game. A fifty-two card pack completes the equipment. This rare Pope Joan, shown with the lid and the interior, is Cantonese and dates from the first quarter of the nineteenth century.
The aim of the game is to either be the first to play all the cards of a hand; or to win the most counters by playing certain cards.
Now for some history on the naming of this pastime. The game was presumably named after Pope Julius II, the Warrior Pope, or it derives from the legend that Pope John VIII was actually a woman. As the Catholic Church denies a female pope, the legend was used as protest propaganda in the Victoria era, which also explains the popularity of the game in Scotland. Funnily enough, the 9♦ is sometimes called the Curse of Scotland.
Doesn't this game sound intriguing? Come and try something new and old this long weekend, and visit us in store at Greene & Greene Antiques, Woollahra.
Pope Joan game in original
Cantonese box, c.1820 - $2,450
Here at Greene & Greene Antiques we are pleased to be taking part in the annual Sydney Antiques & Art Fair at the Kensington Room, Royal Randwick Racecourse, Alison Rd. Randwick NSW 2031.
Allow yourself to fall under the spell of an extraordinary variety of art and antiques from Australia's best dealers. We will be exhibiting a collection of our finest antique jewellery, silver and a ran of decorative objects.
Please feel free to come and visit us in the shop this week to pick up a complementary entry ticket for you and a guest.
Wednesday 6 September (Gala Preview) 6pm – 9pm
Thursday 7 - Saturday 9 September 10am – 7pm
Sunday 10 September 10am – 5pm
You only get one Father in life, so why not show him how much you care on Father's Day with a unique gift. We have all sorts of gift ideas; jewellery in the form of cufflinks, signet rings and chains; decorative objects such as flasks, pens or even a pocket watch. Go the extra mile and make this year special with a gift for Dad from Greene & Greene Antiques!
It is always interesting to see when art crosses mediums, from an 18th century painted portrait to a late Victorian re-interpretation. Sir Joshua Reynolds portrait lives on and can be seen at Greene & Greene Antiques.
Sir Joshua Reynolds (16 July 1723 - 23 February 1792) was an influential eighteenth-century English painter, specialising in portraits. He was one of the major British painters of the 18th Century. He promoted the "Grand Style" in painting which depended on the idealisation of the imperfect. He was a founder and first president of the Royal Academy of Arts, and was knighted by George III in 1769.
You may ask why was this little girl painted? Frances Isabella Keir Gordon (1782-1831) was the only daughter of Lord William Gordon. Her uncles was Lord George Gordon, whose political activities had sparked the anti-Catholic riots of 1780. A notable family had asked an influential painter to stray away from his usual 'fancy pictures' (painting of scenes of everyday life with elements of imagination, invention or storytelling) to compose a portrait.
The Victorians being a rather sentimental group loved this portrait which has been on show at the Tate since 1841 and has been reproduced a number of times across prints and other mediums. One of the more fascinating reproductions is this interpretation on a set of seven sterling silver and cut crystal boxes in all different shapes and sizes, hallmarked in Birmingham 1904-08 that we have in store. Ideal as a christening present or a gift for a special god daughter, it will be cherished for years to come.
We don't only love art and history but a story to go along with it. This fine quality English hallmarked sterling silver tea service has a very interesting story to match.
The tea service in the original oak box with dedication on a brass plaque on the lid includes a heavy quality hand raised, chased and repoussee rococo revival tea pot with matching tea pot stand, sugar basin and a milk jug. With original gilt washed interiors and manufactured by Eames & Bernard of London 1828-29. The lid shows the original retailers details "Hamlet Goldsmiths & Jewellers to his Majesty". Each piece is engraved with the recipients initials. This piece was a gift from the parishioners of a small village in Norfolk as a token of appreciation. Extraordinarily the original parchment is included with details of the gift and its recipient. The parchment reads:
"To the Reverend Henry Jowett
Sir, the Parishioners of Little Dunham; of which you have been Rector nearly forty years being desirous of expressing their sense of your seal for the cause of Religion - your care of, and benevolence to, the poor, your uprightness of Character, and your obliging & gentle demeanour towards all, are desirous of presenting to you the accompanying silver tea-service, which they hope will be long possessed by yourself, and afterwards preserved by such of your family as you may think proper to bequeath it to, as a proof of the estimation, in which they hold you, and of the affection with which they regard you, and at the same time as an expression of their humble opinion of what the duty of a Minister of the Christian Church is, and ought to be - "to visit the Fatherless and Widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unsupported from the World."
February 2nd 1829."
This piece comes from a country estate and was probably bought in the 1920s as a wedding gift. It is interesting to wonder how and when it came to Australia. However it goes to show the tradition of giving a silver tea service to mark a special occasion and the taking of tea have never gone out of style.
Do you also love to hear a great story over a nice cup of tea? Come and visit us in store here at Greene & Greene Antiques, Woollahra for a wide range of tea services and tea drinking paraphernalia.
Join us on the 7-11th of September in the Kensington Room, Royal Randwick Racecourse, Alison Road for the annual Sydney Australian Antique & Art Dealers Association (AAADA) Fair and fall under the spell by the variety of art and antiques from Australia's finest dealers.
Wednesday 7 September (Gala Preview) 6pm – 9pm
Thursday 8 - 10 Saturday September 11am – 6pm
Sunday 11 September 11am – 5pm
General admission is $20. For more information about the AAADA fair, click here.
Tradition never goes out of style at Greene & Greene Antiques. We recently purchased this delightful Coalport bone china tea service for six. It's in mint condition and has probably never been used and comprises an eight cup tea pot, milk jug, lidded sugar basin, six tea cups, saucers and side plates and a useful little cake bowl. It is called "Hong Kong" pattern and was made from 1970 and discontinued in 1993. This particular set was purchased at Thomas Goode & Co. of Mayfair in 1976 for which we have the original invoice (pictured below). The pattern is very reminiscent of 18th century Chinoiserie designs depicting birds, butterflies, dragonflies and oriental flowers in the Imari palette of cobalt blue and iron red with gilded highlights.
As afternoon tea has become so fashionable, it would be our recommendation for a generous gift that would become a family heirloom for future generations. Come and visit us in store here at Greene & Greene Antiques, Woollahra for a myriad of engagement and wedding gift ideas.
Peridot is said to host magical powers and healing properties to protect against nightmares and to bring the wearer power, influence, and a wonderful year. As peridot is a gemstone that forms deep inside the earth and brought to the surface by volcanoes, in Hawaii, peridot symbolizes the tears of Pele, the goddess of fire and volcanoes.
This gemstone comes in several colour variations ranging from yellowish green to brown, but most consumers are attracted to the bright lime greens and olive greens. Peridot, in smaller sizes, often is used in beaded necklaces and bracelets.
The pieces pictured below to celebrate the August birthstone of Peridot are a 15ct yellow gold bar brooch set with a large square central peridot in original box by Mappin & Webb, c1930; An Art Nouveau peridot and natural keshi pearl pendant in 9ct yellow gold on a 10ct gold chain, c.1890; And a contemporary large tumbled and polished peridot string of beads with interspersed amethyst.
Come and visit us in store here at Greene & Greene Antiques to celebrate the August birthstone Peridot and all its wonders.
Pro Feminis A Feminis – For Women by Women
A new and significant era began in 1912 with the foundation stone for the new Melbourne Hospital being laid Lonsdale Street that gave rise to an association between the place and the women of Victoria. This association endured well beyond its stay on this site, and beyond the life of the Queen Vic Hospital itself.
The image below depicts an original nurses badge from the Queen Victoria Hospital, Melbourne in 9ct yellow gold and vitreous enamel, c.1910 with the name 'K.Bailey' engraved on the reverse.
Come and visit us in store here at Greene & Greene Antiques, Woollahra to help us celebrate a part of Australia's history.
Last Sunday we celebrated Mothers Day here in Australia and we consumed a fair amount of tea and cakes. If you go through the slideshow below you can see our festivities throughout the day, from morning and afternoon tea to a sophisticated supper with something rich and chocolatey. Nothing better than to be surrounded with your loved ones while enjoying great food on some elegant antiquities.
Antiques, jewellery and silver.