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Late C19th/early C20th neo-classical terracotta statue "Venus Italica" after Canova.
Late C19th /early C20th neo-classical terracotta statue "Venus Italica" after Canova.

Well-modelled terracotta sculpture after an 1812 marble original sculpted by Antonio Canova (1757-1822). Canova's famous white marble Venus Italica is in the Pitti Palace , Florence , Italy . Taking its inspiration from the antique Greco-Romano copy of a Hellenistic Aphrodite rising from the Sea, it draws its influences from other versions of Venus Pudica (Venus concealing her modesty) in antiquity. Ludovici I , King of Etruria ,
gave Canova the commission for the original figure in 1802 , asking him to interpret the magnificent white marble Venus de Medicis , which at the time was in France, having been seized and carried off by Napoleon (Now returned to Florence and in the Uffizi). In the Pitti Palace this sculpture stands in the 'Sala di Venere' ( 'Room of the Venus' ).

Canova created several versions of the subject , working on his Venus Italica from 1804 until its completion in 1812. Canova's neo-classical adaption portrays the beautiful goddess clutching drapery to her breast in a gesture both seductive and coy.

The Italian Antonio Canova is regarded as the greatest of the neo-classical artists, famous for his marble sculptures.

Good large-scale decorative neo-classical statue in excellent condition with no damage or repairs . Has weathering , moss and lichen due to exposure to the elements from its previous location as a garden centrepiece.
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Would enhance an interior or exterior scheme.

H 47"
W 16"
D 16"
England or Italy c.1900
Ref: ML 1611
Price: £950





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Early C20th French plaster library bust of Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa.
Early C20th French plaster library bust of Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa .

Life-size plaster copy of the marble original now housed in the Louvre Museum , Paris , France. A cast produced by the 'Musee Du Louvre' , and bears their impressed stamp to rear .

The marble original was acquired by Napoleon in 1807 from the Borghese collection . The marble bust was discovered in 1792 at a property in Gabies belonging to Prince Camille Borghese. Hence the bust is known as the "Agrippa De Gabies"

A Roman copy of the lost original , it depicts the stern-faced his head Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa (63-12 BC ) general and son-in-law of the Emperor Augustus.

Agrippa was a Roman statesman ,consul , general and architect. As well as his important military victories ,most famously defeating Mark Antony and Cleopatra at the Battle of Actium in 31 BC, he was partially responsible for helping to create Rome as a city of marble and many of the most notable buildings in the history of Rome including the original Pantheon ,and creation and renovation of the acqueducts giving Romans of all social classes, access to water and public services . He became praetor,governor, consul ,edile and a patron of the arts.

Patinated plaster simulating the colours of the aged marble original . Head turned slightly to the left, raised upon a circular waisted socle base with shaped mount. This powerful portrait bust study emanates authority and determination in its sober simplicity .

Has minor damage/chip to edge one ear.

H 24"
W 12"
D 10"
France c.1920



Ref: ML 1610
Price: £950





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C18th George III period mahogany oval drop-leaf dining table .
C18th George III period mahogany oval drop-leaf dining table.

Raised on tapering turned legs with pad feet , useful size mahogany table with a swing-out double gateleg action forming an oval table to comfortably seat 6 diners.
Rounded-edge top and shaped ends to the under-frame.

Excellent quality timber with a good original surface having acquired a mellow colour and patina. Some minor marks and stains to top commensurate with age and usage.

Has evidence of historic woodworm to the frame which has been treated in our workshops.

Cleaned and waxed.

H 29"
W 49"
D 22"
D (open) 63"
England c.1760
Ref: ML 1703
Price: £950





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Large early C20th Italian carved giltwood lamp standard in C17th Venetian style .
Large early C20th Italian carved giltwood lamp standard in C17th Venetian style.

Elaborate and flamboyant carved giltwood standard lamp of bold scale, modelled as a Venetian candle-stand . Standing upon three carved lion's paw feet , the column with intricate carved ,pierced and leaf-wrapped detail .

The gilt having a gently aged patina and colour . No breaks or losses , minor wear and chips to gilded surface, adding to the overall appearance of an important and impressive period candle-stand.

Can be wired to client's specification.

H 62"
W 18"
D 18"
Italy c.1920
Ref: ML 1701
Price: £950





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Late C18th/early C19th George III period mahogany etagere.
Late C18th /early C19th George III period mahogany etagere.

Elegant 4-tier mahogany etagere with a 'cock-beaded' mahogany-lined drawer to the base fitted with original turned knob handles ,finely turned and tapering uprights with entasis ,terminating with ball-finial caps and raised upon turned bulbous feet with a carved stylised Ionic capital detail .

In excellent original condition and having a fine original rich patina and colour to the superior well-chosen grade of mahogany. Some minor marks and stains to the platforms , commensurate with age and use , but crucially all without warps or splits.

Cleaned and waxed in our workshops.

H 56"
D 17"
W 17"
England c.1800
Ref: ML1612
Price: £950





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Large mid C19th Victorian period carved walnut X-frame stool .
Large mid C19th Victorian period carved walnut X-frame stool.

Useful rectangular stool of large scale proportions , standing on boldly carved X -framed ends with central turned disc patera , united by a turned central stretcher. Well carved scroll-work detail to each of the side frames .

Strong and sturdy construction , the X-frame ends carved from single pieces of walnut with no joints .

Would work well as a coffee table , window seat , dressing stool or occasional seating .

In excellent condition , retains its apparently original cover and upholstery. Would benefit from re-covering .

No breaks , repairs or damage.

H 17"
W 36"
D 21"
England c.1850
Ref: ML 1612
Price: £950





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C19th Italian verdegris bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir figure of Silenus.
C19th Italian verdegris bronze figure of Silenus . The original bronze statuette was excavated from the engulfed site of Pompeii in 1863 , this model designed to hold an oil or colza burner was modelled by Pietro Massulli and produced by the J.Chiurazzi & Fils Foundry in Naples ,and conceived as a base for an oil lamp.
Silenus wrapped in a loin cloth and grape-vine in his hair , a follower and mentor of Bacchus or Dionysus, the God of wine, is portrayed staggering , holding a serpent and supporting a ring with anthemion leaf motif decoration.

Verdigris/ 'faux' excavation patination . Naples, Italy c 1890.
H 24"
Ref: MLLE 137
Price: £950





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C19th black marble tazza with coloured specimen marble inlaid top.
C19th Black marble tazza with coloured specimen marble inlaid top. From the Ashford area of Derbyshire ,well designed small dish-top tazza on ring-turned column with spreading circular foot. Inlaid with indigenous English coloured marble samples , including the prized local Derbyshire Spa or 'Blue-John'. The centre of the top inlaid with a fossilised ammonite. Ashford during this period became a centre for the production of such wares, using local black marble and both native and imported coloured marbles in an industry reflecting that of the 'pietra dura' workshops of Florence ,Italy. Decorative table-top object in excellent untouched and original condition.
H 6"
Dia. 8".
England c.1860.
Ref: MLF 144
Price: £950




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Set of 6 late C19th Chippendale design mahogany dining chairs.
Set of 6 late C19th Chippendale design mahogany dining chairs. Well-carved interlaced splat backs , leather drop-in seats , tapering moulded front legs, 'H' shape stretcher supports ,carved serpentine top rail. Serpentine front seats. Rich colour timber .Cleaned and waxed .Seat 18" w (6)
England c.1890
Ref: ML127
Price: £950





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Late C19th /Early C20th George III style carved mahogany salon armchair.
Late C19th /Early C20th George III style carved mahogany salon armchair.

Well-carved and faithful copy of a C18th Hepplewhite design armchair . Good dense timber and rich colour with crisply detailed carved husk,swag and sun-flower paterae decoration on fluted frame with oval 'cameo' back .

Upholstery top cover worn and could be replaced to client's choice .

H 37"(back)
H 20"(seat)
D 19 ".
England c. 1900.
Ref: ML 111
Price: £950





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C19th William IV period pollard/burr oak ladies sewing or work-table.
C19th William IV period pollard/burr oak ladies sewing or work table. Smart example with well-chosen figured burr-oak veneers, raised upon a quadrupite concave-sided platform base with carved collar and scroll-carved feet fitted with brass castors. The pillar support with 'swollen' carved stem , the canted-corner top with carved detail to corners and rim.

The fitted interior with lift-out centre section concealing a well. The compartmentalised interior with lidded and open sections for sewing paraphernalia and accoutrements .(Some lids deficient)
The inside of lid with deep red cut-velvet/plush lining.

Excellent condition , with a warm 'honey-coloured' patina to the pollard oak .
H 30"
W 18"
D 15"
England c.1835
Ref: ML1512
Price: £950





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C19th Victorian period walnut framed ottoman/stool or window seat
C19th Victorian period walnut framed ottoman/stool or window seat .

Generously proportioned figured walnut ottoman/stool with hinged lift-up lid. Concave frieze above a stretcher base with carved and shaped end supports.

Has been cleaned, waxed and re-upholstered in our workshops. The whole standing on replacement period-style brass and porcelain castors , the lid fitted with a folding hinged brass 'stay'. Veneered all-around in burr and figured walnut .

Could be used in any number of situations , at the end of a bed , as a window seat, a centre-piece/coffee table or as a piano stool.

Quality timber ,fitments and finish with well-chosen fabrics and trims.

L 40"
D 20"
H 21"
England c.1860
Ref: MLD 151
Price: £950





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Late C19th Adam-revival mahogany 'silver' or centre table .
Late C19th Adam-revival mahogany 'silver' or centre table.

A faithful copy of an important late C18th George III period centre-table ,to a design by the celebrated Scottish-born architect ,furniture and interior designer , Robert Adam.

Quality free-standing mahogany table with carved flower-head and ribbon edged shaped top , fluted and 'stop-fluted' frieze and carved oval paterae blocks to the out-swept corners. The centre of the lateral friezes with carved break-front tablet panels of neo-classical oval sun-flower head paterae and bell-flower or garrya husk swags. The tapering fluted square section legs with 'gaitered' terminals joined by a moulded X cross stretcher with large central carved oval sun-flower motif patera. Good rich period-style patination throughout , the 2-piece joined top ,with minor shrinkage crack.

The well-patinated Cuban mahogany top with ink-stains and minor marks commensurate with age and use.

H 27"
W 36"
D 23"
England c.1880
Ref: MLSC 1201
Price: £900





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Early C19th Regency period papier-mâché tray with gilt 'Chinoiserie' decoration.
Early C19th Regency period papier-mâché tray with gilt 'Chinoiserie' decoration . Of canted-corner /'lozenge'-shape form , good-scale tray with exotic Chinese-type gilt decoration with figures, chrysanthemums and foliage ,to the raised borders and edges. Minor chips to edges , some crazing to the surface and rubbing to gilt commensurate with age and use. Very decorative tray of useful size , which could be used on a base as a coffee/occasional table .From its scale and quality probably manufactured by the renowned firm 'Clay of King St. ,Covent Garden ,London' , but unmarked.
W 32"
D 22"
H 2"
England c.1815
Ref: MLPL 1406
Price: £900





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C19th William IV period mahogany 3-tier buffet or dumb-waiter
C19th William IV period mahogany 3-tier buffet or dumb-waiter.

Useful practical-scale serving
buffet or display etagere, with tapering fluted column supports with carved lobed 'melon' caps . Raised on turned feet with original lacquered brass socket castors with ceramic wheels. The 3 platforms with moulded front edges and shallow 3/4 gallery surrounds. Polished all around, of free-standing form.

In excellent original condition , with no splits,damage or repairs.

Good rich colour and patina , cleaned and waxed in our workshops.
H 40"
W 42"
D 16"
England c.1835
Ref: ML1512
Price: £900





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C19th William IV period mahogany knee-hole dressing or writing table
C19th William IV period mahogany knee-hole dressing or writing table. Fitted with a three-quarter surround gallery up-stand ,and 2 drawers either side of a classically-inspired and crisply-carved with honeysuckle motif central 'knee-hole' panel. The waist frieze decorated with an applied gilt-brass trim , the drawers fitted with replacement cast gilt-brass period oval ring handles. Raised upon turned, tapering legs with carved detail to top and bottom ,onto turned feet.

In excellent original condition , the top having achieved a nicely sun-faded , mellow colour , the whole of a generally good rich patina. Minor marks and ring stains to top commensurate with age and use .
Cleaned and waxed.
H 30"
W 39"
D 20"
England c.1830
Ref: ML 1511
Price: £900





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C19th Italian bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir statue of Lorenzo de Medici.
C19th Italian bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir statue of Lorenzo de Medici. Good quality bronze reduction of the Michelangelo marble statue from the tomb of Lorenzo de Medici situated in the 'Capello de Medici ' ,Basilica of San Lorenzo , Florence ,Italy. Michelangelo's depiction of his subject and patron ,sits above the sarcophagus tomb in the Medici funerary chapel ,guarded by reclining marble figures portraying 'Dawn' and 'Dusk' . His elbow resting upon a money box probably a reference to the Medici family's banking operations , whilst his pseudo-Roman armour is a reference to him being granted Roman citizenship .

Lorenzo de' Medici (1449-1492) was an Italian statesman and 'de facto' ruler of the Florentine Republic during the Italian Renaissance. Known as "Il Magnifico", he was a diplomat ,politician and patron of scholars ,artists and poets.

Well-detailed casting of excellent patina and colour.
H 11.5"
W 4"
D 4.5"
Italy c.1880
Ref: ML 1510
Price: £900





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Large late C19th Chinese Qing dynasty carved hardwood 2-tier marble-top table.
Large late C19th Chinese Qing dynasty caved hardwood 2-tier marble-top table .

Of superior size and quality , well-carved Chinese rosewood 2-tier stand with highly-figured inset rouge/pink marble 'lobed-edge' top .The border of the shaped octofoil top carved with peony flower trailing design and 'rope' edge, the friezes with intricate carved and pierced foliate designs with animal /grotesque masks to knees of legs . The under-tier with raised/dished edge . The shaped quadruple supports terminating onto ball feet .


Excellent condition and of rich patination , a heavy quality table.

No damage ,losses or repairs . Cleaned and waxed , ready to use.

Marble top in perfect unrestored condition.
Top Dia. 22"
Overall Dia. 27" inc legs.
H 22"
China c.1890
Ref: MLCA 156
Price: £900




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C19th William IV period carved rosewood canterbury
C19th William IV period carved rosewood canterbury .

Floral carved shaped divisions , on turned legs with original brass castors. Fitted with mahogany-lined drawer to base .

In excellent original condition ,rich colour and patina .

Probably by 'William Smee & Sons" , Finsbury , London . The prolific firm of renowned cabinet-makers produced high-quality furniture with their design inspirations drawn from antiquity , their line drawings held in the V&A Museum.

W 22"
H 21"
D 15".
England c.1835
Ref: ML 30
Price: £900





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Pair of C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir carved serpentine marble models of "Jennings Dog".
Pair of C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir carved serpentine marble models of "Jennings Dog" after the antique. The dog being a Roman sculpture of a Molossian guard-dog with a docked tail, named after its first 'modern' owner Henry Constantine Jennings, who acquired it during his stay in Rome for £80 ,sometime between 1753 and 1756 quoting "a fine dog it was, and a lucky dog was I to purchase it". It is a 2nd century AD Roman copy of a Hellenistic bronze original probably from 2nd century BC. The study showing the immense physicality and power of this impressive canine specimen .Now on permanent display in The British Museum having been saved for the nation (see photo below). Also known as the "Hound of Alcibiades", by legend the Greek statesman who owned such a fierce dog and docked its tail to invoke pity from the Athenians and distract them from his worst deeds. Also latterly known as "Duncombes Dog",when in 1778 , Jennings was forced to sell the sculpture in settlement of his gambling debts and it was sold at Phillips for £1000 to the Rt.Hon Charles Duncombe. Subsequently it stood guard for 150 years in the entrance hall at Duncombe Park ,Yorks, before being sold by descendents in 2001 , and thence to the national collection after export was deferred and $950,000 raised by appeal to secure it.
A similar pair of antique mastiff sculptures in marble are on view in the Belvedere Court of the Vatican Museums .
Both dogs of good colour and patina and with finely detailed carving. Minor chip to snout of one dog .

'Verde Prato' serpentine stone has been quarried for centuries near to Prato , North-west of Florence.

Nice scale and a 'handed' pair.
H 7"
Bases 6" x 3".
Italy c.1880
Ref: ML138
Price: £900



 

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