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Late C19th Chinese 'mother o' pearl' inlaid hardwood 2-tier stand.
Late C19th Chinese 'mother o' pearl' inlaid hardwood 2-tier stand.

Profusely inlaid nacre shell inlay to quality rosewood/hongmu framed table with inset white marble panel top. Open-fret sides with flower-head decoration, standing on carved scroll feet.

Excellent condition with only very minor losses to shell inlay .

H 31 "
W 17 "
D 13 ".
China c.1890
Ref: MLBO 146
Price: £800




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Pair C19th Regency period 'double' lustre candlesticks.
Pair C19th Regency period 'double' row lustre candlesticks .

Gilt-brass stylised dolphin supports on slate bases .

Minor losses to droppers .
H 12".
England c.1820
Ref: ML 134
Price: £800





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Late C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir carved alabaster sculpture group after Giambologna "The Abduction of the Sabine Women".
Late C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir carved alabaster sculpture group after Giambologna "The Abduction of the Sabine Women".

Expertly carved alabaster sculptural group after the iconic C16th marble original now situated in the Loggia dei Lanza in Piazza Della Signoria , Florence , Italy . The "Kidnapping of the Sabine Women" is an episode in the legendary history of Rome , traditionally dated to 750 BC , in which the first generation of Roman men acquired wives for themselves from the neighbouring Sabine families.

The sculptural group completed in 1582 , is considered the masterpiece of C16th Italian-Flemish sculptor Giambologna and was carved from a single block of white marble.

This alabaster reduction also carved from a single block of stone ,has sadly acquired some damage and losses , but nonetheless is a skilful and largely intact representation which conveys the power and striking visual impact of the original .

The fingers of the hands of both the raised woman and the two male figures have both been damaged and missing . In addition it has some historic 'country-house' repairs to the raised arm of the woman and the head of the main male figure.

The alabaster has acquired , through natural aging and polishing , a lustrous 'skin' or surface, giving the appearance of white statuary marble .

H 22"
W 6"
D 6"
Italy c. 1880
Ref: ML 1611
Price: £800





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Early C19th Regency period set of mahogany bedside-steps / commode.
Early C19th Regency period set of mahogany bedside-steps / commode.

Bow-fronted set 3-stepped bedside commode with leather-inset treads. Raised on squat ring-turned feet , reeded edge and moulded panel bow-front steps. The lift-up and pull-out commode section having now been removed to reveal a useful storage compartment . The rear fitted with original rattan/ cane-work panel in order to provide ventilation .

Excellent colour and condition . The replaced leather treads could be changed in colour and material to suit client's specification.

H 25"
W 15"
D 30"
England c.1820

Ref: ML 1611
Price: £800





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Late C19th /early C20th Edwardian period satinwood veneered kneehole dressing table.
Late C19th/early C20th Edwardian period satinwood veneered kneehole dressing table.

High-quality satinwood veneered bow-front centre side-table or dressing table with fine ebony line inlay . Raised on tapering square section legs and fitted with brass castors .

The centre drawer fitted with neo-classical design ring handles above a shaped kneehole , flanked by opposing hinged cupboards with matching oval ring handles .

Stunning book-matched 'quilted' and quartered veneers throughout .

H 32"
W 49"
D 24"
England c.1900
Ref: ML 1610
Price: £800





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Early C19th French Empire bronze and ormolu figural candelabrum.
Early C19th French Empire bronze and ormolu figural candelabrum .

Smart two-branch candelabrum , modelled as a classically-dressed female Greco-Romano style figure bearing candleholders modelled as torches with sconces cast as flames or flambeaux.

Raised on a shaped and stepped plinth block base with applied ormolu decoration . The sides with cast ormolu leaf-wrapped masks , the centre front featuring a mount with a flaming oil-lamp with neo-classical lion-masks, rams-head and griffin motifs.

Some minor discolouration to some areas of the torch 'handles'. No damage , breaks or repairs , with nice aged patination and polished high-points.

H 18"
W 7"
D 5"
France c.1820
Ref: ML1610
Price: £800





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C19th Italian carved alabaster 'Grand Tour' souvenir sculpture ,after the antique, of "Spinario" or "The Thorn Puller".
C19th Italian carved alabaster 'Grand Tour' souvenir sculpture ,after the antique, of "Spinario" or "The Thorn Puller".

Originally recorded as seated outside the Lateran Palace , Rome, in 1165, the celebrated Roman marble sculpture from the Medici collections ,is now exhibited in a corridor at the Uffizi Gallery, Florence , Italy.

The Greco-Romano Hellenistic bronze version is now housed in the Capitoline Museum, Palazzo dei Conservatori, Rome , where it was placed in the 1400's.

Known to have been studied by , and to have influenced some of the greatest Renaissance sculptors such as Michelangelo . Copies of the statue were gifted to ,and commissioned by ,the Kings and aristocrats of Europe throughout the C16th . Examples can be found amongst the collections of the great aristocratic and Royal houses and museums of the world .

"Lo Spinario" or "Il Fidele" (The Faithful) was thought by some scholars, to depict a faithful lowly shepherd boy who having delivered a message to the Roman Senate ,his errand run , has stopped to remove the thorn from his foot. However, later thinking is that the sculpture's origins pre-date this theory .

Well carved and good scale version of the iconic image of the boy shown in intense concentrated focus attempting to remove a thorn from the sole of his foot. The base of the sculpture having been worked as rock ,upon which he is seated.

Excellent original condition with no breaks ,chips, repairs or damage.

H 12"
W 6"
D 6"
Italy c.1890
Ref: ML 169
Price: £800





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Late C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir marble micro-mosaic inlaid paper-weight "The Doves of Pliny".
Late C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir marble micro-mosaic inlaid paper-weight "The Doves of Pliny".

Cartouche shaped black marble ,or Belgo Nero , paperweight with intricate micro-mosaic coloured glass inlay . The design of the doves , known as the 'Capitoline Doves' or 'Doves of Pliny', comes from a Roman floor mosaic discovered in 1737 at Hadrian's Villa in Tivoli , which in turn is believed to be a copy of a lost Ancient Greek mosaic at Pegamon . The original is described by Pliny the Elder in his Natural History , completed in 77 AD.

The term 'micro-mosaic' is used to describe mosaics made of the smallest pieces of glass. Glass micro-mosaic technique developed in the C18th in the Vatican workshops , and later flourished as an industry in Rome making pieces such as this as expensive tourist momentoes.

Minor losses to a small area of one dove , but overall good original condition . Minor chip to edge of 'waisted' black marble body .

Good strong original colours.

H 4"
W 6"
D 0.75"
Italy c.1870
Ref: ML 1610
Price: £800





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Early C19th Regency period carved marble sculpture of a hound.
Early C19th Regency period carved marble sculpture of a hound .

Sculpted in white Carrara marble , well carved study of a dog in a lying prone alert pose. Carved from a single piece of marble with integral canted corner plinth base .

The rear haunches depicted with the legs and tail wrapped and folded underneath the prone body . Good definition and detail to the paws and claws, the mouth partially open exposing teeth . The raised head of slightly naive design .

Charming Regency period sculpture in good original condition with no damage or repairs . The marble of a polished patina and creamier in colour than in photographs.

H 4"
W 8"
D 5"
England c.1820
Ref: ML 1701
Price: £800





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Set of 4 C20th Chinese design hardwood barrel-shaped garden seats or side tables
Set of 4 C20th Chinese design hardwood barrel-shaped garden seats or side tables. Well-made open-sided hardwood decorative barrel-type garden seats with circular inset-panel tops . Heavy quality construction and choice of timber.
The curved side supports and friezes with pierced decoration ,and the top edges carved with studded decoration . Raised on miniature ogee section shaped feet.

Useful set of tables which would work well as garden seats/tables , or equally in an orangery/ conservatory or in an interior scheme .

In excellent clean condition , with no stains or damage .

H 18.5"
Dia(top)11.5"
Dia(body) 16"
China/Asia c.1940
Ref: ML165
Price: £800





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Late C19th walnut console table with marble top in the early Georgian period revival style.
Late C19th walnut console table with inset marble top in the early Georgian period revival style. Raised on shaped cabriole supports with c-scroll carving , upon pad feet. Moulded-edge surround to the removable inset highly-figured variegated marble slab top. The frieze with well-figured cross-grain veneers , and constructed in free-standing form having been finished on all sides. A well-executed copy of an important early C18th George I period console or pier table.

Excellent condition throughout with a good rich patina .

Useful table of practical scale and proportions suitable for a variety of purposes , whether as a hall/console table, centre-table or drinks table.
H 34"
W 50"
D 23"
England c.1900
Ref: ML1602
Price: £800





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C19th mahogany William IV period metamorphic 'rise-and-fall' buffet/dumb-waiter/side-table
C19th mahogany William IV period metamorphic 'rise-and-fall' buffet/dumb-waiter/side-table. Interesting mechanical dumb-waiter or buffet with concealed rope-and-pulley system allowing transformation from a side-table to a 3-tiered buffet or etagere. Standing on crisply carved scroll feet with concealed brass castors beneath, the stepped platforms supporting plain bold uprights joined by a well-executed turned stretcher. The friezes with flame veneers , the top and lower platforms of solid mahogany . Good mellow ,faded patina to the moulded-edge top , with minor shrinkage crack to one end. The centre retaining its rich original polished finish having not been exposed to sun-light. Minor shrinkage crack to centre tier.

Good original condition and working order.

A useful side table with added interest ,and the capacity of a 3 tier buffet when opened.
H (closed) 31"
H (open) 48"
W 43"
D 19"
England c.1835
Ref: ML1601
Price: £750





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Late C19th Anglo-Indian teak-framed 'planter's' armchair
Late C19th Anglo-Indian teak-framed 'planter's' armchair . Interesting teak and rattan/cane verandah armchair with folding 'swing-out' extending leg-rests. An exaggerated rake to the angle of the back and all original cane-work seat in good strong condition , add to its appeal as an iconic design from the days of British India and the Raj.

Turned front legs and arm supports ,the rear square-section legs splayed , the extensions of the arms swivelling on brass-ringed fitments .

H (back) 37". H (seat) 16"
W (seat) 30"
D 46"
Length of arm 33" extended 55"
India c.1880
Ref: ML 167
Price: £750





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Interesting C19th Italian carved alabaster sculpture of a seated Poodle.
Interesting C19th Italian carved alabaster sculpture of a seated Poodle .

Well -executed study of a seated Standard Poodle , in the early C18th style . Shown with its mouth open and head to one side , the coat shown with traditional 'Continental Clip' with shaven hind-quarters and pomponed legs .

Good attention to detail with fur and skin definition , well-carved snout ,eyes and teeth ,the legs with good carved paw detail.

Carved from white and grey veined alabaster, mounted on a fixed ,canted-corner plinth base with cavetto sides.

Some evidence of minor historic repairs ,and some historic cracks and fissures to the stone.

Standard Poodles were breed principally in Germany during the C15th ,but their popularity spread throughout Europe , traditionally used as water-dogs and retrievers in the sporting field .

H 14.5"
W 8"
D 5"
Italy c.1870
Ref: ML 167
Price: £750





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C19th brass-bound oak fire-side log or peat bucket.
C19th brass-bound oak fire-side log or peat bucket.

Smart coopered triple brass-ringed oak bucket of good proportions fitted with brass lion-mask ring handles . Tightly-staved oak construction with a 'chip-carved' serrated top-edge. Good heavy-gauge brass bindings with aged patination and screwed positioning . The brass lion-masks portraying a regal imperious expression with well-cast detail and patina, fitted with decorative rings.

Excellent piece of fire-side furniture in good original condition . The wood-work having been cleaned and waxed , whilst the metal-work remains untouched, and retains its aged colour and patina.
Possibly of Irish origin.

H 16"
D 16"
W 16"
England or Ireland c. 1870
Ref: ML 1611
Price: £750





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Large late C19th walnut bureau of early Georgian design
Large late C19th walnut bureau of early Georgian design .

Substantial walnut bureau with well-figured veneers , unusual drawer arrangement all fitted with period style shaped brass plate handles and escutcheon plates , and with cross-banded edges. The book-matched veneered fall-front with 'herringbone' inlay, enclosing a well-fitted walnut interior comprising drawers, central cupboard and pigeon-holes , with key. The top also banded and inlaid with 'herringbone' detail .

Raised upon shaped bracket feet .

A large and capacious writing bureau of early eighteenth century design with a faded pale walnut period style patina .


H 42"
W 48"
D 22"
England c. 1900
Ref: ML 1610
Price: £750





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Pair of impressive mid C19th mahogany and parcel-gilt curtain-poles with rings and brackets.
Pair of impressive mid C19th mahogany and parcel-gilt curtain-poles with rings and brackets.

Scarce pair of turned mahogany curtain poles of high quality mahogany with carved decorative finial ends with parcel-gilt decoration. Each fitted through twin bracket or corbel supports, and with a large quantity of turned mahogany circular rings fitted with brass eyelets for drapes.

Excellent pair of over window or over-door statements.

In good original condition with a rich colour and patina.

W 84"
H(brackets) 18"
D 8"
Diameter of poles 4"
England c.1840
Ref: ML 1704
Price: £750





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Late C19th/early C20th Edwardian period quartetto of mahogany occasional/nesting tables.
Late C19th/early C20th Edwardian period quartetto of mahogany occasional/nesting tables. Clean set of 4 tables on turned legs , on stretcher bases with scrolled feet . The largest table with inlaid satinwood cross-banding and string inlay . Rich original colour , original polish finish( table no.2 with slight fading to edge).Quality set of solid mahogany tables, with strong, stable bases with no breaks or repairs, and good practical height.
Largest Table H 28"
W 22"
D 15".
England c .1910 .
Ref: MLJG133
Price: £750





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C19th bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir reduction of the "Medici Vase" lamp-base.
C19th bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir reduction of the "Medici Vase" lamp-base. Well-cast bronze copy of the famous marble 'krater' vase sculpted in Athens in the second half of the 1st century AD as a garden ornament for the Roman market. The vase re-appeared on the 1598 inventory of the Villa Medici , hence its title, since 1780 has been displayed in the Uffizi Gallery , Florence ,Italy. The vase features images of Diana and Iphigenia together with heroic warriors such as Agamemnon, Achilles and Odysseus , all in a bas-relief frieze below a vine-leaf band and 'egg and dart' rim. Twin fluted handles with satyrs heads to the sides, an acanthus-carved base with gadrooned support onto a laurel wreath band and square foot.
Patinated dark bronze with highlights.

Wired and ready to use.
A good piece of classical and practical decoration.
H 14"
Dia (top) 10".
Italy c. 1880







Ref: MLAF 148
Price: £750





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C19th Italian "Sorrento" inlaid parquetry occasional table.
C19th Italian "Sorrento" inlaid parquetry occasional table.

Finely-inlaid octagonal tripod-base table with 16-pointed concentric star design parquetry top with multiple fruit-wood specimen inlays. 'Greek-key' type inlay to the border ,banded and inlaid edge and inlaid detail to the turned column and shaped triple supports.

Sorrento on the coast of the Bay of Naples, has had an industry producing inlaid marquetry and parquetry wares since the C16th .

Good mellow patina , slight shrinkage creases to the top. Original condition with no losses.
W 25.5"
H 25.5"
Sorrento ,Italy c. 1870
Ref: MLFB 1412
Price: £750



 

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