Welcome to Red Baron’s Private Reserve

Now well into our fifth decade as purveyors of architectural antiques, collectibles and decorative arts, we’ve spent a lifetime seeking out history’s masterworks. Throughout those years we have always maintained focus on finding the unusual and the magnificent. In many cases we’ve ended up with the absolute best representations of their kind.

We’ve seen it all. We’ve searched gotham and boondocks. We’ve poured through warehouses, fields, attics and basements for these pieces. And we’ve brought them to you in a marketplace of the sublime. That is the sole mission of Red Baron’s Private Reserve.

On the following pages you will find the culmination of our work. These pieces are the select few, elite items that stand out as the best ever made and not only are they not in a museum (though some of them once were,) they are for sale

RA73

RA73

Romanesque gazebo cast in Italian garden marble cement with bent steel domed top. A decorated rock work surface serves as the base from which six plinths rise to lift Corinthian capped twist columns which ultimately support the dome. An arced series of integrated benches provide seating. It’s a classically styled piece for your classically styled property.14‘h x 10’ diameter...

RA440

RA440

The Mont Oro. Brunswick triple arch back and front bar. This is the quintessential American bar made by the quintessential American bar company. Circa 1900, The Mont Oro, was the company’s top of the line offering in the classical triple arch configuration. Crafted entirely of quarter sawn oak, the lower cabinet has glassed sliding cabinetry as well as hinged, paneled doors flanked by two areas of ...

FL9614

FL9614

Grand scale American Aesthetic movement chandelier in polished bronze. Chandeliers of this sort are typically referred to as ‘Billiard Lights’ or ‘Pool Lights.’ The oblong configuration is ideal for illuminating the rectangular surface of a table and this light originally hung in the billiard room of a magnificent Gilded Age mansion in Connecticut. The scrolled, lyre shaped frame has a focal la...

RD1385

RD1385

Antique portable nautical wheel. Originally from a  lifeboat in the first part of the 20th century, this particular wheel is a television star - having appeared on screen in The Walking Dead. Mounted on walnut display panel with two bronze stars. 11”h x 12”w...

RJ132

RJ132

Ilias Lalaounis (1920-2013) filigreed ram’s  head bracelet in 18k gold with enameled cloisonné and inset with emeralds in the eyes. Lalaounis was a world renowned and internationally celebrated artist, goldsmith and jewelry designer from Athens, Greece. He founded his firm, Greek Gold, in 1968 and produced some of the finest pieces of artistic jewelry and micro sculptures the world has ...

RC2390

RC2390

Le Cameraman. Original silent movie poster promoting the famed Buster Keaton Film. French, circa 1928, bearing mark O.P.F Paris. 63”h x 47”w framed. Grand scale parlor stove in cast iron and nickel. Marked ‘Elegant-Universal No. 149,’ and signed Cribbon & Sexton - Chicago. Circa 1890, both Henry Cribbon and James Sexton were veterans of the Civil War who settled in Chicago during the post...

RL340

RL340

Pair of Japonesque dragon table lamps in bronze. Each mounted on painted wood plinth with a Meiji dragon reared up in its tail and hind legs breathing stylized fire to support the lamp fixture. Rewired, with new silk shades. Japanese feudal society was dissolved in 1868 with the Meiji Restoration. At the time, bronze and metal smiths, who had previously supplied. In Japanese folklore, the Drag...

RCG38

RCG38

John Wayne Commemorative Winchester lever action 32-40 rifle. Number 1 of 1000, walnut stock with checkered grip, bronze finish, factory engraved on frame and lever. This gun was part of the personal collection of Peter Murray, former Chairman of the Board of Winchester Repeating Arms Co. In custom, fitted and lined walnut case....

RP148

RP148

The Speaking Well. Oil on canvas by Anatole Vely (1838 - 1882) depicting a Lady standing at a well with her Noble suitor. The present work was on display at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington DC from 1873-1955 and subsequently was sold to Knoedler in NYC. It is written that the famed stained glass artist, Louis Tiffany was so enamored of this work that he personally crafted a window depicting its ...

RD1347

RD1347

Monumental Renaissance mantel clock in doré bronze. Bun feet lift the fluted, black marble plinth clad with stylized tulips, wheat fronds and grapes. Atop the plinth, two winged cherubim flank the focal, enameled clock face further adorned with grape swags, acorns and assorted foliage. French, circa 1880. Signed...

RJ130

RJ130

Cuff bracelet in polished water buffalo horn with three bezel set white diamonds....

RC2361

RC2361

Set of rare WWII era German binoculars on original, collapsible walnut and aluminum tripod. Signed Otto Kroner MUNCHEN, excellent original condition with magnificent 6” lenses. 59”h standing  23”l binoculars...

RC535

RC535

Antique polo trophy in oak with crossed bronze mallets, horseshoe and cap mounted in front of a round beveled mirror. An artistically carved horse head is focally surmounted and signed J. Priestman who was a sculptor for the famed French artist Bonheur. Inscribed below the mirror ‘The Count,’ ostensibly a nickname for a start player of yore. English, circa 1910. 43”h x 28”w...

RC690

RC690

19th century English jockey scale in bronze with walnut seat and cast iron weights. Four bronze legs support the mechanism which is signed W & T AVERY Ltd BIRMINGHAM. Pieces of historical equestrian memorabilia are exceedingly rare and very few actually see the market, but this one did, and we snapped it up. 99”h x 77”w...

RC58

RC58

Original, self winding Western Union stock ticker. Designed by Thomas Edison, the stock ticker was his company’s very first commercial success and the profits derived therefrom directly funded his celebrated Menlo Park Lab in New Jersey from which sprung so many inventions that still touch our lives a century later. This iconic, supremely collectible piece is instantly recognizable even though it ha...

RI36

RI36

Joie d’Vie. Original drypoint etching by Louis Icart (1888 - 1950.) As an innovative artist, the artist is virtually unmatched as he had a successful career for over 40 years. In the 1920s, he captivated the free spirited Parisian art scene as he juxtaposed traditional forms with the avant-garde Art Deco movement as pioneered and perfected various etching techniques.  In his female subject, h...

KA632

KA632

Modeled after the grand conservatories popular throughout Europe for centuries, this stately solarium was originally commissioned for an amusement park in Belgium. The park never was completed and we were able to source the stock.Commercially constructed, they are fashioned from powder coated. galvanized steel and safety glass and are rated to withstand 90mph winds. We have two and they are both i...

RD1337

RD1337

‘Atmos Clock.’ Atmospheric mechanical torsion pendulum clock by the venerable Swiss firm Jaegar Le Coultre.A marvel of engineering originally invented by Cornelious Derbble in the 17th century. Without getting two technical, there is a chamber filled with ethyl chloride that expands and contracts due to changes and temperature. The resulting energy from this motion powers the mechanism in perpetuity...

RC2385

RC2385

Hand chased sterling silver oil Menorah. Extremely detailed, the Menorah features 8 seated lions with crowns as the reservoirs, flanked by regal lions in repose on top of plinths.  Above the lights is the Commandments flanked by Noble lions and an elaborate crown. The entire piece rests atop lion supports. Late 19th century. 10 5/8"h x 12 1/8"l x 5 1/8"d...

RF624

RF624

Expanding “Jupe” table in mahogany. This round to round expanding table was designed in the 19th century and is considered a masterpiece of design. Four bronze feet support the quatrefoil stretcher from which rises a central Doric pillar surrounded by four supplemental columns which lift the surface. The tabletop is an exemplary celebration of matchbook veneered flame mahogany with a rosewood band...

RC2254

RC2254

Koken ‘Congress’ barber chair in oak and nickel plated steel. Ernest Koken patented the hydraulic barber chair in 1881. A German immigrant, he settled in St. Louis and pioneered the iconic barber chair and virtually cornered the market on barber shop interiors. He had competition, but none rivaled the quality and design of the firm. This particular chair, the Congress, came on the market in the 18...

RC2375

RC2375

Boom Boom Room. Original, restored mid 20th century themed neon sign from a Polynesian themed cocktail lounge. A cutout Hula dancer is flanked by neon lettering and set within a bamboo diamond.40”h x 118”w...

RA439

RA439

Superior grade Brunswick backbar and front bar in mahogany. The massive tapered columns have Beaux Arts style capitals and support the crown which is adorned with corner cabochon cartouches and a central Romanesque arch further decorated with acanthus leaf and scrolled foliate detail. Four antique brass fixtures illuminate the mirror. The lower cabinets are hinged with outfitted with stylized hard...

RD1366

RD1366

“Showdown” Original sculpture in patented metal depicting a raptor and a rattlesnake at a critical moment. Each beast is mounted in a stylized tree, the roots of which have grown magnificently around a stone base.39”h x 31’w...

RF574

RF574

Monumental Renaissance sideboard in black oak. The lower cabinet has figural caryatids flanking a focal, relief carved door with various flora, game birds and wheat fronds. The caryatids give rise to an ample serving and carving surface from which rise a pair of fleur de lis capped, fluted columns that lift etagere shelving from a massive back panel adorned with lion masks, c-scrolls, swirling aca...

RF600

RF600

Original, early 20th century single seat shoe shine stand in walnut. Four nickel plated feet lift the two step stand. In classic Americana style, the surfaces are of polished granite and the nickel plated serpentine foot rests are embossed with low relief foliate design.60”h x 24”w x 36”d...

BA2717

BA2717

Horseshoe shaped showcase in bronze and glass. The four sided, tapered legs support the curved glass cases. Originally from the Cartier store on the Champs Elysees in Paris, these actual cases have served royalty, nobility and a veritable who’s who of 20th century eminence as they graced the venerable firm’s flagship store for much of that century before they were removed for a well publicized ren...

RF625

RF625

Pair of antique Louis XVI style pedestals in pine. Three acanthus decorated, serpentine feet give rise to the central shaft which is further decorated with fruited garlands and characteristic ribbon work and culminates in a foliate adorned surface with a stylized egg and dart ornamental band.65”h x 24”w...

RL339

RL339

Dramatic Mid Century Modern ‘Spider Lamp.’ The enameled plinth base supports twelve chrome arms with each culminating in flared chrome directional shades. Circa 1960.88”h x 43” diameter at max heightBase 18” diameter...

RF612

RF612

A pair of massive, overstuffed vintage Whittemore Sherrill club chairs and matching ottomans. Each piece rests on stylized walnut bun feet and has leather upholstery punctuated with large, nicely patinated bronze studs. Sitting in these, one can almost smell the fireplace, brandy and leather bound volume of Dickens. Labeled Whittemore Sherrill Limitedchairs 40”h x 41”w x 40”d...

RP142

RP142

Madonna della Sedia. 19th century oil on canvas. After Raphael. Originally painted during the artist’s Roman period in 1513-1514, the ‘Seated Madonna’ is considered a bit of a departure from his earlier geometric forms and the warmer palette suggests influence from Titian.The original is housed in Palazzo Pitti in Florence and the images has been celebrated by other artists throughout the centurie...

RP147

RP147

A Decorated Column. Oil on canvas signed V. Tojetti. Virgilio Tojetti (Italian 1849-1901) was born in Rome and studied under his father and later under Bouguereau. He moved to San Francisco in 1871 and subsequently to New York where he won numerous commissions for the Savoy Hotel, Hoffman House and others and he continued genre painting throughout his lifetime. The present work depi...

RC2372

RC2372

Presentation Spoon in 750 silver with a Noble coat of arms in the large bowl and an intricately detailed sailing ship on the handle. European, circa 1860.12”...

RV75

RV75

1975 Donzi  “Sweet 16”  Restored, classic runabout with a Corvette V-8 engine. Designed by famed nautical engineer and boat racer Don Aronow, Donzi, along with his other famous lines (Cigarette, Arrow, Magnum, Formula, etc.) is among the finest and most renowned speedboats in the world. The Sweet 16, so named for its compact, 16 foot size was the favored small speedboat of luminarie...

RF467

RF467

Gothic Revival roll top desk in oak. Lancet arch adorned with stylized spires and tracery open to reveal fitted drawers. The ample desk surface is served by a series of eight fitted linenfold drawers. Further tracery and quatrefoil panels adorn virtually every square inch of surface and the desk stands as a veritable monument to the style. French, circa 1880. In nearly five decades of buying, sell...

RF622

RF622

Pair of exhibition console pedestals in mahogany and rosewood. Circa 1900, American, detail includes exquisitely carved rose garlands, rocaille flourishes and a dramatic, focal foliate cartouche on each door. A single semi hidden drawer is inset to the front of each cabinet. Exceptional in detail, style and execution, they were doubtlessly made by commission or for a specific purpose.45”h x 26”w x...

RD2827

RD2827

Pair of stately Renaissance cassolets in cast Belgian stone. The fluted bases support the satyr’s mask and foliate  decorated urns and surmounted fruited garland lids. We have a large selection of grand scale, formal garden statuary, fountains, urns and gazebos so if you have a need, please contact us.53”h x 30” diameter each...

KD5163

KD5163

Winged Lions of San Marco. Cast in extra grade Belgian stone, this matched pair rests on fitted plinth bases. For the past two millennia, the winged lion has represented St. Mark in generaland, specifically, the city and Republic of Venice. If you mount them at the end of your driveway, they can also represent you. We have a large selection of grand scale, formal garden statuary, fountains, urns a...

RC2319

RC2319

Holcomb & Hoke ‘Butter Kist’ popcorn machine. Manufactured in Walnut and glass with all steel mechanism in the early 20th century, this piece is in exceptional original condition and still retains much of the century old decal. The light fixture on the top of the machine would signify to customers that fresh, hot popcorn was ready. For reference, see the JH Fentress Antique Popcorn Museum in H...

RD1350

RD1350

Late Art Nouveau period (c. 1910) lighted sculpture in bronze. The female figure stands on a rock work base draped with a flowing dress that typifies the style. A series of foliate lamps are inset at her feet and hips, along with further lamps set within her hair. Signed on the base L. Alliot, Lucien Charles Edoard Alliot (1877-1967) studied in Paris and exhibited at the Salon and widely across Eu...

RC2314

RC2314

Jennings ‘Silver Moon’ 5-cent floor console model slot machine. Circa 1950, the machine is housed in a maple Art Deco case with classic mid-century Modern lines. A stylized coin mechanism protrudes from the top surface and a nickel plated arm extends from the front. The reverse painted, mirrored and enameled console top is in excellent condition as are the interior mechanics.44”h x 21”w x 18”d...

RC2302

RC2302

Exactingly detailed model of the HMS Bellona, a ship built in 1760 for the British Royal Navy. This was a ship steeped in history as she saw service in the US Revolutionary War, the War if 1812 and the Napoleonic Wars. Volumes have been written about the ship and many models made over the years, but it’s doubtful that there is a model better than this one on the market. Museum quality, mounted on ...

RF613

RF613

American Empire map table originally from the library at Virginia Military Academy. Deaccessioned from VMI recently, it has been expertly conserved and refinished and is in virtually new condition despite the fact that it’s well over 125 years old.Two pillars are joined by a stylized cross stretcher and support the large ovoid surface with a deep (7”) apron. Black walnut, American, circa 1870.&nbs...

RC2368

RC2368

Realistic, life size elk sculpture masterfully carved from a single block of black walnut and mounted with a real 12 point rack. This artisinal piece is signed Rutledge and would look fantastic in your lodge, library, restaurant or hunt room. 52”h x 31”w x 36”d from wall...

RA441

RA441

Four Rivers. Monumental fountain in cast bronze. A quatrefoil plinth base supports a large Doric Column. Four classically draped female figures stand with their backs to the column. Each figure is plumbed and holds a flowing jug. Atop the columns rests a large fluted bowl adorned with lion masks and a rose garland apron. From the center of the bowl, a smaller column rises and is plumbed for four l...

RA161

RA161

Monumental American mantel in quarter sawn oak. Four Ionic capped, fluted columns rise from the legs of the mantel to frame the firebox. A large modified ornamental band of egg and dart moulding runs across the top of the firebox. Superior to that, an elaborate overmantel boasts stately caryatid pilasters, geometrical raised panels and elaborate ziggurat cartouches.Originally installed at the fame...

RC2365

RC2365

Original Watling Big Head Lollipop scale with fortune telling feature. The original porcelain over iron body is in exceptional condition. The bronze foot pad is cast with company badging. A fluted column rises from the base to support the silvered, reverse on glass mirrored face. ‘YOUR WEIGHT AND FORTUNE - ONE CENT’ being highlighted in red. A mechanical knob is inset below the face to allow the u...

RC2212

RC2212

Closed can Ferrari dealership sign with the focal, iconic, ’Prancing Horse’ between the Tre Colore and the extended ‘F’ Ferrari script. 57”h x 32”w...

RC2354

RC2354

Hand painted carved wood car. Executed primarily in oak, it was originally an amusement park sign designed to attract attention to the ride. With original park paint this piece is in exceptional condition and part of a larger collection of vintage Automobilia in stock. English, circa 1930s. 42”h x 94”w...

RD1355

RD1355

Pair of Loie Fuller lamps executed in gilt bronze by French sculptor Raoul Larche who was active in Paris in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was a proponent of the Art Nouveau movement and these lamps epitomize the flowing sinuous lines and feminine form of the genre.The subject, Loie Fuller, was a well known dancer of the period and the artist was, by anecdotal accounts, infatuated wit...

RC2371

RC2371

Series 1934 A original $1000.00 bill. The Federal Reserve began removing high denomination currency from circulation in 1969. Prior to that, notes in the $500, $1000, $5000 and $10,000 were in circulation. Suffice it to say, the Federal Government does NOT want you to have this bill and because of this, their value has skyrocketed as their availability has greatly diminished.Primarily, these large...

RC2376

RC2376

Original 19th century American Jacob’s Candies chocolate showcase in walnut in walnut and glass with reverse on glass panels. The upper cabinet held a block of ice to chill the chocolates which were on display in the lower glass cabinet. Circa 1890.62”h x 23”w x 23”d...

RC2328

RC2328

Vampire Killing Kit. 19th century cased collection in fitted, bronzed band and locking box. The kit includes various implements to kill not only vampires, but the other ancient scourge known as werewolves. A partial inventory: Pistol, Rosary, Cross, Holy water, silver nitrate and silver bullets, wooden mallet and stake, handled mirror and various chemicals believed to be toxic to monsters.box 9” x...

CJ858

CJ858

Spider brooch in 14k gold. Circa 1870, St Petersberg, Russia, The piece is crafted in gold and encrusted with over 2 carats of diamonds in addition to cabochon cut amethysts, garnets and rubies. The domical abdomen is finished in a lapis enameled guilloche with a focal, eight pointed star inset with diamonds and a central cabochon ruby. The piece is executed in the classical style of the renowned ...

RC2367

RC2367

Exquisitely carved bighorn sheep mount in walnut with organic horn and glass eyes. Executed by a master carver, it would be perfect in a lodge, cabin, ski house, tavern or club.20”h x 20”w x 24”d...

RF611

RF611

Mid Century Modern serpentine chair. The chrome base supports supports the tufted, distressed, ‘bomber jacket’ cushion.34”h x 47”w x 63”l...