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Early C19th Regency period brass-inlaid rosewood fold-over 'tea' table.
Early C19th Regency period brass-inlaid rosewood fold-over 'tea' table. Superb quality figured rosewood fold-over table with 'fleur-de-lys' style inlay to frieze and corners , brass stringing throughout , and central frieze panel of intricate cut-brass design . The D-shaped top raised upon a concave quadripartite base with hipped sabre-leg supports and brass box-toe castors. Polished timber and brass-inlaid all around , of free-standing form when opened. Brass-mounted stylish shaped pillar support . Great mellow patina with minor blemishes to polish of top , whilst the polished interior retains its original dark, rich colour. Swivel-action top revealing concealed compartment panelled interior and the mahogany construction of the table frame.

Top quality table of high Regency design in first-class condition, and entirely original state.

Provenance: from a local deceased Worcestershire estate.
H 29"
W 36"
D 18".
England c.1815
Ref: MLFSL 148
Price: £4,250





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Imposing C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir carved serpentine marble sculpture group ,after the antique, of "The Uffizi Wrestlers"
Imposing C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir carved serpentine marble sculpture group ,after the antique, of "The Uffizi Wrestlers" . Exceptional quality carved marble group of good scale ,after the original now housed in the Tribuna of the Uffizi Gallery ,Florence ,Italy.

The Roman marble group thought to be modelled after the lost Greek bronze original ,of 3rd century BCE , was discovered in 1583 near Porta S.Giovanni, Rome . Purchased by Cardinal Ferdinando de'Medici , formerly housed at the Villa Medici in Rome before moving to Florence in 1677. In 1800 it was removed together with other treasures to Palermo to escape the French , being returned to the Tribuna in 1803.

Also known as 'The Two Wrestlers' or 'The Pancrastinae' , the group depicts the two young men engaged in a type of martial art combat called Pankration. Their muscular structure is very defined and exaggerated due to their physical and sustained effort. Copies of this iconic sculpture have been reproduced in both marble and bronze both full-size and miniature. Phillipe Magnier produced a marble group c .1684 for the gardens of Versailles, later moved to Marly ,now in the Louvre, Paris.
The group here is carved from a single block of Italian green serpentine marble, with a highly-polished finish to the figured stone . 'Verde Prato' serpentine stone has been quarried near to Prato , North-west of Florence , for centuries. The base is rusticated to portray the earth on which they fight.

Excellent original condition and colour .
Minor historic repairs.

A master class of the marble carvers oeuvre.

A bronze cast of the group by Soldani Benzi of Florence , can be found in the formal garden of Blenheim Palace ,Oxfordshire , England.

H 14"
W 14"
D 6"
Italy c.1880
(For a similar example see Christie's "Claudio Bravo Collection" Sale no. 12938 13/07/2016 Lot no. 11 £6000 )
Ref: MLUW 155
Price: £4,200





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C19th Regency period rosewood secretaire chiffonier.
C19th Regency period rosewood secretaire chiffonier /bookcase. Unusual design chased gilt-brass mounting, lattice brass grille doors with silk-covered panels and gilt-brass edging .Fold-over secretaire/writing section with replaced leather inset panel , fitted ink-well apertures above single frieze drawer, standing on turned feet. Finely figured timber with good original patina and colour.
D 17"
H 50"(full) + 31"(base)
W 36".
England c.1815
Ref: ML 600
Price: £4,200





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Early C19th George IV period mahogany serving/console table.
Early C19th George IV period mahogany serving/console table. Boldly proportioned mahogany serving table fitted with 3 frieze drawers, raised on tapering reeded supports of unusual form with turned top-sections and rounded terminal feet. Wonderful rich patina throughout , with well-figured single-piece top above a heavily-moulded edge. All panelled friezes with shaped moulded detail .
The style of the table taking its inspiration from Classical Greek and Roman antiquity and architecture, the 'slab' design top alluding to a marble equivalent. A fashionable genre of design popularised by the classically-inspired drawings from the leading exponents of the period such as Thomas Hope ,Charles Heathcote-Tatham and Henry Holland.

Excellent original colour and condition . Completely flat with no splits, damage or restoration ,and of strong, robust construction.

The drawers fitted with quality old replacement oval ring-handles with decorative back-plates.

Cleaned and waxed.
H 35"
W 72"
D 29"
England c. 1825
Ref: ML1601
Price: £4,200





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Set of 10 mid-C19th carved mahogany dining chairs in the Chippendale style.
Set of 10 mid-C19th carved mahogany dining chairs in the Chippendale style.

Good set of 10 (comprising 8 singles+ 2 carvers) mahogany chairs in the mid C18th style to the designs of Thomas Chippendale .

Well-carved elaborate interlaced open splat backs with leaf-carving detail and flamboyantly-shaped top-rails with leaf-carved 'ears'.

The broad serpentine-fronted seats with 'drop-in' seat pads ,raised on shaped cabriole legs with acanthus leaf carving to the knees and terminating in 'claw-and-ball' feet.

The larger-proportioned pair of armchairs with conforming decoration , the shaped arms with leaf-carving to the ends which have achieved pleasing wear and patina.

Excellent C18th period-style generous proportions and scale, constructed in traditional manner.

Good rich colour and period-style patina.

Furniture to the designs and taste of Thomas Chippendale saw a fashionable revival during this mid C19th period .

(The seats in need of recovering and upholstering , using a fabric of clients' choice and supply , this is included in the price.)

H (armchair) back 40"
W 24"
D 21"
H(seat) 18"

H(single) 39"
W 23"
D 19"
H(seat) 18"
England c.1850
Ref: ML 169
Price: £4,200





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Early C19th Regency period brass-inlaid rosewood sofa table in the manner of George Oakley.
Early C19th Regency period brass-inlaid rosewood sofa table in the manner of George Oakley. An elegantly designed table in selected well-figured rosewood veneers with brass stringing and cut-brass inlays. Raised upon four hipped sabre-leg supports from a concave-shaped platform with 4 turned columnar supports . The brass castors of a distinctive oak-leaf and acorn design , probably alluding to its manufacture in the workshops of the celebrated London Regency-period cabinet-maker George Oakley (1760-1841). Established in Bond Street and patronised by the Prince Regent ,and later as King George IV, Oakley was re-knowned for his fashionable use of brass 'buhl'(sic)/marquetry type inlay and elements of Grecian antiquity style. The brass inlay to the top with 'fleur-de-lys' and 'clover-leaf' type motifs and scroll decoration. Of free-standing form, the front frieze fitted with 2 assymetrical mahogany-lined drawers with intricately brass-inlaid centre reserve panel , with 'mirrored' "dummy" arrangement to the reverse. The twin drop-flaps each supported on double shaped brass-inlaid folding 'fly' supports. A fine quality table of excellent rich colour and in original condition, has been cleaned and waxed in our workshops. No breaks ,repairs, warps or losses.
W 35"
W(extended) 60"
D 26"
H 28.5"
England c.1815
Ref: MLBO151
Price: £3,900





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C19th oil painting on panel by Stephen Brownlow.
C19th oil painting on panel by Stephen Brownlow. Depicting shipping on the river Tyne , well-executed and composed study by the renowned local Newcastle-on-Tyne artist. Regarded as one of the major artists of the Cullercoats Artists' Colony, Stephen Brownlow (1828-1896) ,trained at Newcastle School of Art under the celebrated painter William Bell Scott. He was a close friend of the artist Robert Jobling ,often going on sketching trips with him. Brownlow is known to have lodged or had a studio in Cullercoats in 1866. The Newcastle artist Ralph Hedley was another friend and painted his portrait which is in the Shipley Art Gallery ,Gateshead. Brownlow was trained as a boot-maker by his father in Byker and took evening classes at Newcastle's Government school of Art. In the 1880's ,encouraged by the formation of the Bewick Club, an artists exhibiting society , Brownlow took a studio at 22,New Bridge St.

This picture shows shipping navigating the river Tyne , showing its shore-line and city backdrop. In the distance can be seen the lantern of St.Nicholas Cathedral, a landmark whose distinctive outline has served as a navigation point for ships on the often foggy Tyne for over 500 years. To the right the fish quays and harbour of North Shields are depicted and also the white-painted "High Light" tower. A busy picture capturing the bustling life on the river in the second half of the 19th century, and of great documentary interest for the North-East. Signed right-hand lower .

In it's original contemporary wood and gesso 'leaf-wrapped' frame , bearing paper trade label of Newcastle framers 'T.J.Jones'.
Two pictures of similar subject matter by Stephen Brownlow, "Early Morning, North Shields ,Tyne and Wear" and "North Shields" 1880, can be seen at the Quadrant, North Tyneside Council and at the Laing Art Gallery respectively.

At present behind glass, this picture is offered in untouched, fresh-to-the market condition.
Size overall W 34" x H 29".
Picture W 24" x H 19".

Provenance: from a local deceased Worcestershire estate.
England c. 1880
Ref: MLTH 148
Price: £3,800





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C19th Regency period gilt-wood console table.
C19th Regency period gilt-wood console table. Original mirror inset back with simulated faux 'portoro' marble base and 'nero marquina' marble top (old repair).Wonderful soft colour original gilding on well-carved corbel supports with hare-bells and rosettes .Carved classical anthemion freize details.
Fragment makers label " ..carvers and gilder..and convex " to panelled reverse. Possibly label of ,and made by Thomas Fentham of London .
H 34"
D 15"
W 51".
England c.1815
Ref: ML 926
Price: £3,800





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Fine late C18th George III Sheraton period mahogany centre or 'drum' table of rare design.
Fine late C18th George III Sheraton period mahogany centre or 'drum' table of rare design .

Elegant free-standing centre table of small proportions , following the designs and influences of Thomas Sheraton (1751-1806).

The square cross-banded top with shaped ,rounded 're-entrant' corners with box-wood strung 'framed' vignette panels , the friezes fitted with a single full-length double-sided drawer (opens in both directions) and opposing twin 'dummy' drawers , all with cross-banding and box-wood strung edges . The finely-made mahogany drawer linings with quarter-cut dust-bead corners. All sides fitted with original cast gilt-brass knobs, the key-hole escutcheons with diamond /lozenge shaped inlay . The lower edge with ebony and satin-wood/box-wood line.

Raised on an inverted 'umbrella' type 4-splay base with box-wood stringing , fitted with original brass box castors .

The octagonal facetted and gently tapering central column support with conforming box-wood strung edge detail .

In excellent original condition .

Fine patina and colour with a well-chosen figured mahogany top.

An outstanding example of elegant and restrained late C18th furniture design .

Has the original steel key.

H 28"
W 20"
D 20"
England c.1790
Ref: ML 17 01
Price: £3,800





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C18th George II period walnut and carved 'parcel' gilt framed mirror of Palladian design .
C18th George II period walnut and carved 'parcel' gilt framed mirror of Palliadian design .

Good large scale mid-C18th walnut framed mirror of bold architectural design influenced by the works of the Italian Andrea Palladio (1508-1580) , one of the most influential figures in Western architecture . Revered in Britain by C18th architects and designers ,such as William Kent , who adopted his principles , the Palladian style of architecture drew heavily on its composition from the classical architecture and design of the ancient Roman and Greek Empires.

Bold scroll pediment surmount following the lines of a Roman triumphal arch , with large central carved giltwood cartouche , carved rosette and leaf motifs to the terminals. Incised gilt-wood surround to the edges and to the original aged grey silvered mirror plate . The pediment divided from the plate with a bold 'egg and dart' carved gilt-wood mould.

The sides with carved gilt-wood leaf and berry ornamentation . The upper part of the sides with shaped classical volute scrolls . The base of the frame with a deep shaped apron .

In excellent original condition , with only minor areas of historic repairs to the figured walnut veneered frame surround.

The walnut of good quality selected figured veneers . The gilding of good , gently-aged patina.

Original backboards.

H 56"
W 31"
D 3"
England c. 1740
Ref: ML 1701
Price: £3,750





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Fine late C19th carved marble 'Grand Tour' souvenir ink-stand, probably Maltese.
Fine late C19th carved marble 'Grand Tour' souvenir ink-stand, probably Maltese. Beautifully designed and executed, carved scallop-shell form desk ink-stand or standish. Carved from a single piece of stone , believed to be either Marmo Giallo Antico or Jaune de Valence, with striking figuring and colour. The carved and 'ribbed' shell body has an integral 3-division ink/pen/sand section to the rear.
The reverse of the piece has a clearly incised letter "D" carved to the flat surface. We believe this to be the signature of the famous Maltese marble sculptors , Darmanin & Sons. Renowned for their armorial table-tops and sculptural objects, the firm founded by Giuseppe Darmanin (1779-1863) in about 1800, were the most prominent marble-workers in C19th Malta. Many of their marble-inlaid table-tops feature Mediterranean shells in the decoration , further adding to our attribution.

Darmanin & Sons exhibited at The Great Exhibition of 1851 at the Crystal Palace , London .

Excellent colour and condition with no breaks,chips or repairs. Minor wear inside shell dish from use.
Malta c.1850
W 11.5"
D 10"
H 2"



Ref: ML1601
Price: £3,750





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C19th Regency rosewood centre table
C19th Regency period cross-banded rosewood centre table . Good colour and original condition . Carved "Prince of Wales Feathers " column and carved classical motif feet with original brass castors. Deep cross-banding with gilt-brass bead to lower edge of frieze.
Dia. 50 "
H 28 ".
England c.1810.
Ref: ML 139
Price: £3,750





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Pair of early C20th George II design period-style brass-bound oval mahogany wine-coolers
Pair of early C20th George II design period-style brass-bound oval mahogany wine-coolers. Standing upon carved 'hairy-paw' lion's feet ,impressive pair of mahogany oval-form wine-coolers with gilt-brass bands together with well-cast carrying handles. Gadrooned carved edges with ribbed and carved mouldings to the bodies, above fluted bases.
Heavy quality copies of an important pair of mid-Georgian period wine-coolers .
Fitted with removable brass liners, for use as either coolers or jardinières.

Imposing scale and bold, dramatic design .
H 16"
W 28"
D 18"
England c 1920
Ref: MLMA 153
Price: £3,750





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Pair of large and impressive late C19th /early C20th Chinese carved wood polychrome paint and gilt decorated 'Dogs of Foo'.
Pair of large and impressive late C19th/early C20th Chinese carved wood and polychrome paint and gilt decorated 'Dogs of Foo'. Highly decorative pair of Chinese Temple guardian 'Shishi' lion dogs , raised on carved detail rectangular plinth bases. Well-carved detail with original multi-coloured polychrome paint decoration . An opposing and imposing pair, depicting the male and female guardian dogs with their paws raised upon symbolistic spheres and pup respectively. The male paw on the sphere representing supremacy over the world , whilst the restraining female paw on the pup, represents nurture.

The mythical beasts convey their power through detailed bared teeth and vicious claws , whilst their backs display dragon-like spinal scales. The bodies are depicted with coarse , coiled fur ,and the necks wear decorative collars hung with bells and symbols .

The fierce expressions and ferocious presence are well presented ,with multiple colours, gilding and symbolic decorative motifs, including auspicious bats.

Statues of guardian lions have traditionally stood in front of Chinese Imperial Palaces , Imperial tombs and Government offices and homes of the wealthy, since the Han Dynasty (206 BC - AD 220) and were believed to have powerful mythic protective powers.

Some losses to painted decoration commensurate with age and wear.
Some shrinkage cracks to bodies , and minor old losses and some historic repairs.

A stunning pair of Guardian lion dogs for an entrance-hall or decorative scheme.
H 34"
W 25"
D 17"
China c.1900
Ref: ML165
Price: £3,700





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Pair of early C19th Regency period scagliola columns.
Pair of early C19th Regency period scagliola columns.

Finely-made pair of faux siena marble sculpture stands/columns with simulated white statuary marble tops and rings to the base. Raised upon square wooden ebonised plinth bases.

The simulated siena marble columnar bodies of a particularly striking colour with a well-veined and striated finish . The capped simulated white marble tops with some minor wear and marks commensurate with age , use and purpose .

Scagliola being a decorative Italian technique (literally translates from the Italian scaglia meaning 'chips' ) whereby a composite stucco body is created and coloured using bonded plaster which can then be shaped , oiled and polished to simulate marble. The scagliola technique came into fashion in C17th Tuscany as an effective substitute for costly marble inlays.

Highly decorative pair of architecturally inspired column stands , for displaying classical objects or busts .

H 45"
W 10.5"
D 10.5"
Base 14"sq.
Ref: ML 1703
Price: £3,700





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Superb set of 10 C19th William IV period mahogany dining chairs .
Superb set of 10 C19th William IV period mahogany dining chairs .

High quality rare set of 10 single mahogany dining chairs , taking their design inspiration from classical Greek references.

Broad figured mahogany backs supported on carved stylised Corinthian capital blocks. The forelegs with upper 'lappet-style' carved detail, the feet with carved 'bulb' detail . The seat frame edges with a moulded profile .

The chairs have been the subject of top-quality sympathetic refurbishment approximately 10 years ago , with re-webbed and recovered seats in the traditional manner . The polish on the legs has been professionally matched to repair any scuffs and loss to the surface.

Wonderful colour to the deeply concave top rails which have obtained an excellent patination .

The seats covered in an expensive self-patterned fabric of a golden yellow hue , with classical wreath motif pattern and Medusa head mask design. The edges with braided detail .

In ready-to-use condition. A fine quality set of well-proportioned chairs benefitting from comprising a scarce set of 10 single chairs .

Have no breaks or repairs.

(Extra fabric available to match ,which would cover a pair of carver armchairs, should they be purchased to extend the set further)

H (back) 33"
H(seat) 17"
W(back) 20"
W(seat) 18"
D 16"
England c.1835
Ref: ML 1704
Price: £3,700





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Rare mid C19th pollard oak pedestal desk .
Rare mid C19th pollard oak pedestal desk .Good quality pollard oak veneered 3-part pedestal desk of 9 drawers. Stunning figured timber which has achieved a wonderful golden honey-coloured patina and hue. Stands on original wooden castors and fitted with old replacement cast-brass knobs and brass key escutcheons to the drawers . Fitted with brass locks stamped with an 'H' with an arrow (probably Hobbs & Co. London) together with a single key which operates all. The replacement black leather inset writing panel an exact copy of the worn-out original, with 'blind' tooled edging and centre motif and thin gold line within. Of free-standing form with highly-figured inset panels to the reverse.

A well-proportioned practical desk with great decorative qualities. In excellent ready-to-use condition .

Divides into 3 parts in the traditional manner for ease of movement and transportation .
W 48"
D 25"
H 31" .
Knee-hole 25" h . X 18" w.
England c.1860
Ref: MLBSA 146
Price: £3,600





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C19th French Empire period mahogany and ormolu-mounted 'cheval ' or Psyche , robing mirror
C19th French Empire period mahogany and ormolu-mounted 'cheval' or Psyche ,full-length robing mirror. Fantastic quality chased ormolu urn surmounts with ormolu leaf/wreath and floreat design surrounds upon rich coloured and well-figured mahogany frame. Original mercury plate pivoting in centre ,and standing upon gilded brass castors . The shaped support base joined by a columnar lateral bar .
France c.1820
H 76 "
W 40 "
Ref: ML 723
Price: £3,600





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Early George III Chippendale-period C18th mahogany chest of drawers.
Early George III Chippendale-period C18th mahogany chest of drawers. Outstanding colour and originality, made in Northern counties of England. Reeded quarter column corners unto chequer-strung inlaid blocks, beneath carved deep-fluted moulded edge. The use of this form of stringing could point to a possible attribution to the Gillows workshops in Lancaster, where such a feature "stringing to two little pedestals" is described and discussed on long-case clock cases of this period in the Gillows archive p398 (plate484) "Gillows of Lancaster and London" by Susan E. Stuart.
In addition , a chest-on-chest attributed to Robert and Richard Gillow (plate D2 i) p.329 also features the same fluted /reeded quarter columns which is a typical regional feature. Such an attribution could be further argued by the use of such superior quality timber.

Standing on compressed ogee-section bracket feet. All original brass-ware, rococo swan-neck handles and escutcheons ,retaining partial original mercury-gilded finish. Cock-beaded ,oak-lined drawers and 'red-wash' back-boards. Wonderful rich patina and untouched condition.
Cleaned and waxed.
W (top) 38"
D 21"
H 32" .
England c 1760.
Ref: MLLE 137
Price: £3,600





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C19th carved white statuary marble bust of Madame Juliette Recamier after the original study by Joseph Chinard.
C19th carved white statuary marble bust of Madame Juliette Recaimer after the original study by Joseph Chinard. Sculpted in 1801 the study by Chinard (1756-1813) depicts Juliette Recamier (1777- 1849) ,the society hostess and beauty of the Napoleonic French Empire period. Juliette was celebrated for her beauty and love affairs and the sculpture captures the essence of her beauty.

Coyly looking down ,this study Madame Recamier holds a veil across her chest, the sheath both demurely concealing and revealing her breast. Chinard cleverly compensated for the artificiality of the bust form by elongating the bust to mid-torso and covering the transition between the body and the pedestal with drapery , thus creating a work of surprising naturalism. The softly modelled limbs and the slight twist of her head and shoulders suggest a living presence while the upswept hair held with a scarf, hints at her elegance.

Married at aged 15 to a wealthy lawyer some 30 years her senior, Juliette had a loveless unconsummated marriage and conducted numerous flagrant affairs, the most celebrated with the Prussian Prince Augustus, the youngest brother of King Frederick II. In her Parisian town-house, she held a fashionable literary salon frequented by the political and educated elite. Many of the most accomplished portraitists of the era sculpted, drew and painted her image . Chinard's original terracotta bust was considered the most successful at capturing her spirit and beauty and was produced in different versions in both clay and marble. The study was later copied and reprised by the sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon .

An stunning portrait bust of the highest quality ,depicting an elegant, celebrated and enigmatic woman.

A terracotta version now in J.Paul Getty Museum ,Los Angeles . U.S.A.
A marble bust in the Musee-des-Beaux-Arts , Lyons ,France.

In excellent condition with no damage or repairs. Good consistent gently-aged colour and patina .

H 25"
W 15"
D 10"
France c. 1870
Ref: MLTH 1503
Price: £3,500



 

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