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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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Mid C19th Victorian period papier-mache tip-top occasional table in the manner of Jennens & Bettridge.
Mid C19th Victorian period papier-mâché tip-top occasional table in the manner of Jennens & Bettridge.

Decorative circular topped tip table with gilt and inset nacre shell , or 'mother of pearl ' , details.

The top with gilt rococo style and floral decoration together with applied and inset shell butterflies and moths . The tapered swollen column support with conforming decoration onto a dished circular shaped base with scroll feet .

The top fitted beneath with original brass hinges and an unusually designed gilded brass catch and release.

In excellent original condition, the top with a pleasant subtle aged crackulature to the surface . Some rubbing to the gilded decoration to the stem and base as to be expected, commensurate with age and use .

The top of a completely flat profile with no warping or distortion.

Smart decorative occasional table to add glamour to an interior scheme.

Probably produced by the Birmingham and latterly London-based firm of Jennens & Bettridge , a company renowned for the production of such high quality papier-mâché wares and items of small furniture during this period.

H 29"
W 20"
D 20"
England c.1860

Ref: ML 1705
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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Late C19th George III period mahogany oval Pembroke table.
Late C18th George III period mahogany oval 'Pembroke' table.

Elegant oval-framed drop-leaf 'Pembroke' table with twin leaves and fitted with a single drawer to the bowed-end frieze. Standing on tapering moulded square-section legs with a moulded foot ,fitted with original brass 'barrel' castors beneath . The solid figured mahogany oval top supported on shaped 'fly' supports when opened .

Original throughout with blue-paper lined drawer fitted with a decorative brass knob and box-wood stringing to the edge. The reverse frieze fitted with a box-wood inlaid line to simulate drawer .The tops of legs and base edge with ebony line inlay .


Excellent ready-to-use condition , original finish and pleasing consistent mellow faded patina . The top with some ring-marks and stains commensurate with age and use. A classic piece of late Georgian period drawing-room furniture of useful scale and elegant design.

H 26.5"
W (closed)19"
W (open) 39"
D 29.5"
England c.1790
Ref: MLPS 117
Price: £750





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Early C19th French Restauration-period mahogany 'table-en-chiffoniere'.
Early C19th French Restauration-period mahogany 'table-en-chiffoniere'. Smart 2-drawer side table with veneered and polished interiors. The top drawer fitted with brass escutcheon ,lock and key , the lower drawer fitted with twin turned knob-pulls inset with 'mother'o pearl' discs. The 4 turned coloumn supports onto a platform base and plinth surround. Pedimented architectural-style up-stand back with moulded edge. .Book-matched flame veneers of the best quality and colour, the edge of top inlaid with a fine box-wood line .The top with minor shrinkage movement .

A useful side or console-type table of neat proportions.
Cleaned and waxed, ready to use.
H 30"
H(+back)34"
D 12"
W 21"
France c. 1830
Ref: MLBO 121
Price: £750





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C19th Victorian period copper 'copper'.
C19th Victorian period copper 'copper'.

Good large scale 'copper' with fantastic aged patination and domed rivetted seam construction. Heavy quality thick copper sheet with flat edge lip and flattened bottom.

Originally conceived as a hot-water vessel for either domestic or industrial use, would make a stunning planter, log-bin or wine-cooler . Some nice verdegris spotting, casting texture and wear commensurate with age and use, but no holes ,splits or repairs. Ideal for interior or outdoors use, could be polished to a high-shine finish if required.

H 18"
Dia. 25"
England c. 1880
Ref: MLTH 154
Price: £750





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Pair of late C19th Japanese Meiji period (1868-1912) carved boxwood figures.
Pair of late C19th Japanese Meiji period (1868-1912) carved boxwood figures. Male and female studies dressed in traditional Kimono robes and sandals, with well-carved detail and defined naturalistic facial features, hair-styles and colouration.
The male figure depicted gripping a katana sword in his belt, the female clutching a folded fan, both raised upon ovoid wooden bases with leather pad undersides.
Wonderful patination and finish , with minor rubbing.
A stylish pair of carved okimono figures with great presence.

Gentleman H .14.5"
Lady H .14".
Japan c. 1900
Ref: MLMJ 147
Price: £725





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Pair of C19th Italian carved alabaster busts of "Petrarca" and "Laura"
Pair of C19th Italian carved alabaster busts of "Petrarca" and "Laura".

Well-carved rare companion pair of miniature library/desk-top busts of the Italian Renaissance scholar and poet Francesco Petrarca (anglicised as Petrarch) and his 'muse' and inspiration, Laura de Noves. Petrarca (1304-1374)is often referred to as the "Father of Humanism" , whose sonnets and poems were admired and imitated throughout Europe during the Renaissance . His re-discovery of the letters of Cicero is often credited as initiating the C14th Renaissance, and in 1341 he became the first poet laureate since antiquity and was crowned on the holy grounds of Rome's Capitol. Born in Arezzo ,Petrarca gave up his vocation as a priest when the sight of Laura in the church of Sainte-Claire d'Avignon awoke in him a lasting passion. Already married , Laura refused him and his unrequited passions were channeled into love poems. Both titled on the base of bust sections, raised on integral turned socles. Petrarca portrayed with a period head-covering and laurel wreath ,Laura shown with her hair tied in a distinctive chignon style.

Chip to rear base of Laura study.

H 9"
Italy c. 1870
Ref: ML1412
Price: £700





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Late C19th Victorian period miniature inlaid rosewood drop-leaf "Sutherland" table
Late C19th Victorian period miniature inlaid rosewood drop-leaf "Sutherland" table. Figured rosewood table with box-wood string inlay and 'arabesque' marquetry inlay to the corners. Canted-corner twin drop leaves with finely turned uprights and spindle-turned stretcher base. The swing-out legs fitted with original brass castors with ceramic wheels. Excellent condition and colour , cleaned and waxed.
H 22"
L 24"
W(closed)7"
W(open) 29"
England c. 1890
Ref: MLPS 1401
Price: £700





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Late C19th/early C20th 'cold-painted' cast bronze and brass fox-head ink-well.
Late C19th/early C20th 'cold-painted' cast bronze and brass fox-head ink-well. Great desk-top accessory for the field-sports aficionado , a well-modelled and naturalistically-painted bronze fox-head lidded ink-well ,fitted with original glass liner. The base decorated with a riding crop , whip and stirrup . The edge of the base cast with an oak-leaf /acorn design.
In good original 'Country House' condition , minor wear to painted decoration.
Provenance: formerly the property of a Gloucestershire Master of Foxhounds.
H 5"
W 6"
England c.1900
Ref: ML 1510
Price: £700





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C19th George IV period mahogany cylindrical column bedside cupboard
C19th George IV period mahogany cylindrical column bedside cupboard. Exceptional quality mahogany flame-veneered circular pedestal cupboard fitted with a white marble top. Constructed with flat pilaster type divisions around the body , with hinged door with brass sprung closing-mechanism and original knob , raised on a plinth base. The detachable circular marble slab top positioned on two locating dowels on top of the mounded edge pillar. Fitted with an interior shelf. Minor stains to marble.
All original , rich dark patina.
Cleaned and waxed ready to use. No splits ,cracks or damage.
Could be used for a variety of purposes , including display pedestal , bedside cupboard or storage for bottles etc .
H 30"
Dia 15"
England c.1825
Ref: MLJG 159
Price: £700





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C19th late Qing Dynasty Chinese carved hardwood armchair.
C19thlate Qing Dynasty Chinese carved hardwood armchair . Throne-type carved 'hongmu' (Asian rosewood) armchair of generous proportions . Well-carved splat-back with central cartouche panel depicting archaic-shaped vases and censer on asymmetric stand. The crest-shaped top-rail featuring auspicious bat carving and motifs , the shaped arms with flat rests and scrolled decoration. Shaped and carved front-rail, panelled seat ,scroll carved feet, the whole joined by stretcher base. Well-figured timber throughout of good rich colour .
Cleaned and waxed ready to use.
H (back)39"
H (seat)20"
W 24"
D 18"
China c.1880
Ref: MLPS 157
Price: £700




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C19th Continental porcelain plaque.
C19th Continental porcelain plaque .

'Classical lady with Greek style lamp '. Perfect condition .

Carved gilt-wood Italianate frame (some minor damage). Unmarked .

German or Austrian.
H 7"
W 5"
c. 1890
Ref: ML136
Price: £700





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C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze figure, after the antique, of the drunken faun .
C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze figure , after the antique, of the drunken faun .

Well-cast bronze reduction of desk-top scale , depicting the study of the drunken satyr or faun excavated at Pompeii from the site of the House of the Patrician or Centenary. Discovered by the pool in the Peristyle or open colonnade at the site ,and mounted upon a stepped block of pale limestone or tufa . The original sculpture now housed in the 'Museo Archeologico Nazionale ' , Naples, Italy .

The drunken faun is shown in a staggering pose , a look of intense intoxicated concentration on his face as the attempts to fill a cup ( deficient as in the original) from a wine-skin bladder slung over his shoulder. A nice scaled-down copy with a deep 'faux excavation' verdigris patination , and also mounted upon a stepped block of aged white limestone as the original.

Shown completely naked , the well-modelled and balanced figure , conveys the acute movement and motion of the drunken faun , his muscular body and torso complete with a faun's tail .

Probably Neapolitan, by the likes of the Sommer or Chiurazzi foundries .

H 10"
W 8"
D 4"
Italy c.1880
Ref: ML 1705
Price: £700





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Late C19th /early C20th Edwardian period mahogany ladies' writing table or 'Bonheur du jour' style desk .
Late C19th/early C20th Edwardian period mahogany ladies' writing table or 'Bonheur du jour' style desk .

Neat mahogany Sheraton revival style writing table with satinwood cross-banding and string inlay . The frieze fitted with 2 drawers retaining original cast gilt brass handles . The writing surface with the original tooled green leather inset , though worn . Raised on square tapering legs fitted with brass castors .

The rear with fitted inkwell and pen drawers to either side with fiddle-back mahogany veneered concave lidded stationery compartments with galleried backs and inlaid flame-veneered ovals , in the manner of a "Carlton House" style desk .

Original throughout , wear to leather and some fading to polish .

H(overall) 36"
H (writing surface) 28.5"
W 36"
D 21"
England c. 1900
Ref: ML 1610
Price: £700





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Mid C19th Victorian period circular mahogany stick / umbrella stand.
Mid C19th Victorian period cirular mahogany stick / umbrella stand.

Smart circular mahogany hall-stand for umbrellas and sticks , with original fitted brass 'drip-tray' base. Open-sided 4 columnar turned mahogany supports with a turned circular ring top . The ring-turned base fitted with ball feet . The base of heavily-turned construction to achieve good stability.

In excellent original condition with no breaks,repairs or damage . The quality mahogany of good rich colour and patina.

Stylish addition to a hall-way or porch.

H 27"
W 12"(top)
D 12"
W(base) 14"
Brass tray base 9" dia.
England c.1860
Ref: ML 1612
Price: £700





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C19th Italian bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir reduction of the equestrian statue of Emperor Marcus Aurelius.
C19th Italian bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir reduction of the equestrian statue of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius .

Copy of the ancient Roman statue in the Campidoglio , Rome , Italy. Portraying the Emperor mounted on horse-back, the original is now on display in the Capitoline Museums , with a replica on display in the open air of the Piazza del Campidoglio .
The overall theme of the statue is one of power and divine grandeur , with the over life-size study of the Emperor mounted on horse-back.

Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus (121 AD- 180 AD) was Roman Emperor from 161 to 180. He ruled with Lucius Verus as co-emperor.

Good quality detailed casting of consistent dark patination .
Minor damage to finger-tips of outstretched right hand .

H 7"
W 5"
D 2"
Italy c.1850
Ref: ML168
Price: £700





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Pair of late C19th French ormolu-mounted onyx vases in 'Japonesque' style.
Pair of late C19th French ormolu-mounted onyx vases in 'Japonesque' style.

Smart pair of cylindrical onyx marble bodies with brightly-gilded ormolu bronze mounts.

Well-figured stone bodies with a tri-footed base and mounts taking their influence from the art of Japan . 'Japonisme' or the style influences of Japanese decoration and techniques upon European works of art began during the 1870's .

Crisply-cast gilt bronze mounts with shaped top rims and flower-cast pierced bases with moveable shaped-plate dropper handles to the sides.

Excellent original condition.
H 7"
W 3.5"
D 3.5"
France c.1870
Ref: ML 166
Price: £700





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C19th French onyx marble and ormolu bronze ink-stand.
C19th French onyx marble and ormolu bronze ink-stand.

Fine quality oval onyx marble ink-stand with ormolu bronze mounts. Central 8" ormolu bronze figure of 'Diane de Gabies' ,after the marble antique discovery now exhibited in the Louvre ,Paris . Fitted with twin cast ormolu ink-wells with hinged tops and 'flambeau' finials .The cream oval onyx stone base with ovoid pen recess, and raised on compressed ormolu bronze bun feet.

Excellent condition with good bright ormolu .

High-quality decorative statement ink-stand for a desk.

H 10"
H(figure) 8"
D 9"
W 18"
France c.1870
Ref: ML 165
Price: £700



 

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