Throughout history, artisans of all cultures have incorporated animals into their work. From birds and bees to dogs and lions, these animal antiques have enchanted collectors for years.
Painting and Sculpture
The first art pieces created by humankind incorporated animals. Nowadays, it is easy to find a piece of art depicting any animal of your choosing. A significant piece of art from our collection is the below painting Terriers Ratting in a Barn by George Armfield. Armfield was famous for his charming depictions of hunting dogs, rabbits, and foxes.
Jewelry and Watches
Animals have been incorporated in jewelry since the Ancient Egyptians. Gem-studded designs featuring birds, lions, dogs, and more make up a large portion of vintage and antique jewelry. Antique watches often incorporate animals designs as well. The pocket watch below, designed for the Indian market in 1880, includes a dramatic bird design.
Clocks and Furniture
Animal designs in clocks and furniture can bring a unique character to a piece. The Art Deco era three piece clock below incorporates a sculpture of a hunting dog as its centerpiece. The walnut buffet below is very ornately carved, and includes a small design of a dragon near its base. The Empire era clock by Bergmiller below incorporates a design of a griffin, a mythical creature combining an eagle and a lion.