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C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze sculpture , after the antique , "Jennings' Dog".
C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze sculpture , after the antique , "Jennings' Dog". Modelled after the ancient Hellenistic original , this copy of the Roman C2nd AD version , is named after its first 'modern' owner Henry Constantine Jennings.
The metre-high marble is now on exhibition in The British Museum .Thought to represent the legendary Molossian guard dog or hound , of the Grecian statesman , Alcibiades, it was acquired by Jennings in Rome c.1756. It subsequently was sold in 1778 by Jennings to Hon .Charles Duncombe , in order to settle his gambling debts. Acquired for the nation from Duncombe Hall in 2001.

A similar pair of marble mastiffs are in the Belvedere Court , Vatican Museums , Rome , Italy.

Well-cast reduction model of good rich patination and consistent colour .

H 6"
W 6"
D 3.5"
Italy c.1870
Ref: ML166
Price: £480





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Pair of late C19th French miniature enamel tazzas on ormolu bases.
Pair of late C19th French miniature enamel tazzas on ormolu bases.

Smart pair of vivid 'blue-de-roi' enamel dished tazzas with gilded fleur-de-lys decoration mounted upon cast gilt ormolu bronze tripod bases. The finely-cast bases with hoof feet and chased decoration . Both bear engraved reference numbers from the unknown maker.

Quality pair of miniature 'objets de virtu' , produced in an arresting colour combination.

A minor nick to enamel on edge of one tazza , barely visible to the naked eye.

Dia. 4"
H 3"
France c.1875
Ref: ML164
Price: £475





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Late C19th/early C20th Italian tooled vellum waste-paper bin.
Late C19th/early C20th Italian tooled vellum waste-paper bin .

Smart gilt-tooled book-binding calf's-skin leather square bin raised upon cast gilt-brass lion's paw feet on a wooden base.

The spine of the book with the inscription "Museo Borbonico Vol.15 ,Napoli 1856" , which is the building created by Charles of Bourbon as cavalry barracks in Naples , now housing the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli. Fine gilt tooled detail with vitruvian scroll and decorative lines to the borders.


The interior beautifully lined with colourful marbled paper .

In excellent condition, great decorative 'Grand Tour' theme related accessory for an office , library or study .

H 12.5"
W 9"
D 9"
Italy c.1900
Ref: ML 1703
Price: £475





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Mid C19th rosewood 3-tier etagere of neat scale and proportions.
Mid C19th rosewood 3-tier etagere of neat scale and proportions.

Useful low rosewood stand with 3 serpentine outline platforms united by turned columns and surmounted by turned finial caps.

Raised on turned feet terminating with original lacquered brass cup castors.

Of practical low proportions and scale , could be used equally well as a display or end table.

In excellent condition, one minor water-mark to bottom platform . Well-chosen figured rosewood which has gained a pleasing mellow patina and colour.

H 31"
W 15"
D 13"
England c.1850
Ref: ML 1704
Price: £475





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Mid C18th George II period mahogany fold-over tea or side table of diminutive proportions.
Mid C18th George II period mahogany fold-over tea or side table of diminutive proportions.

Simple , uncomplicated design mid C18th mahogany table of outstanding colour and patina. Raised on square section legs with simple moulded corner detail and gently chamfered inside rear detail . The hinged fold-over top with single leg rear gate action support. The deep front frieze with undulating shaped detail .

The top with some marks and rings commensurate with age and use .

Evidence of minor extinct woodworm to rear gate section .

Useful small scale mid-Georgian side table of elegant proportions.

H 28"
W 27"
D 14"
England c.1750
Ref: ML 1705
Price: £475





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C19th brass-bound oak Naval fire-bucket.
C19th brass-bound oak Naval fire-bucket. Interesting coopered oak fire-bucket with rope handle and Royal Coat-of-Arms armorial cypher transfer to the front. Good quality wide brass bands with copper rivets .The coopered oak staves of a dark stained patina, and the twisted hemp rope handle attached by heavy-weight cast fittings with knotted ends. Probably originally conceived to hold sand, now fitted with a removable painted tin liner.
Decorative bucket , could be used for a myriad of purposes.
H 12"
Dia. 12"
England c.1860
Ref: ML1512
Price: £475





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C19th Parian-ware bust study of Beethoven.
C19th Parian-ware bust study of Beethoven . Strong portrait image of the brilliant German pianist and composer Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1828).Made of Parian or statuary ware , the waxy porcelain resembling white Parian marble, developed in the 1840's by Copeland and Minton .Raised on integral socle base with octagonal foot. Inscribed "BEETHOVEN" to front of socle. Minor chips to base. Impressed numbers to underside , probably produced by Minton.
H 16"
W 8" (shoulders)
England c.1860
Ref: MLJD 154
Price: £475





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Late C19th / early C20th brass-framed leather-top 2 tier occasional table.
Late C19th /early C20th brass-framed leather-top 2 tier occasional table.

Useful tubular brass-framed rectangular low etagere / table with gilt-tooled dark green leather platforms. Decorative brass acorn-type terminals , 'milled' brass rounded corners and moulded brass edges . Raised on integral brass castors.The leather with marks and scuffs commensurate with age , the brass with nice aged patination.

Great drinks/magazine table.
H 21"
W 13"
D 11"
England c.1900
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Ref: MLTH 155
Price: £475





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Late C19th/early C20th carved mahogany armchair of Adam revival design.
Late C19th/early C20th carved mahogany armchair of Adam revival design . Good large-scale armchair suitable as a desk chair , of well-carved neo-classical inspiration in the style of the celebrated C18th designer and architect ,Robert Adam. Oval concave back with intricate carved splat featuring swags, ribbons and central "Prince of Wales" plumed feathers. The elegant frame fluted throughout and with carved flower-head paterae. Generous brown leather-covered serpentine-fronted seat with close-nailed stud decoration. Broad sweep to the carved arms , the legs with fluting and carved detail terminating in a balled foot . Dark mahogany, with deep patination , some lighter aged wear to the arms . No breaks or repairs.
H(of back) 40"
W(of seat) 24"
H(of seat) 19"
England c.1900
Ref: MLSC 1212
Price: £475





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Early C20th alabaster architectural model of the Taj Mahal.
Early C20th alabaster architectural model of the Taj Mahal.

Carved white alabaster model with coloured highlights and pen-work detail ,of the iconic white marble mausoleum in Agra , India. Completed in 1648 by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved third wife Mumtaz Mahal, a Persian princess who died in child-birth. Intricately-made scale model standing upon a decorated plinth base .Decorated to simulate the jali-work and inlaid marble and precious stones of the original. The base , dome and minarets all decorated and incised to simulate stone-work construction. The bronze finial above the centre dome of the tomb is in the shape of a crescent moon , a typical Islamic symbol whose horns point to the heavens. The style of Mughal architecture combines both traditional Hindustani and Persian decorative elements.

This model though having suffered somewhat by nature of its fragility , nonetheless is a great decorative table/desk ornament . Has chips and old repairs and some losses , but still represents a stunning depiction of perhaps the most famous and arresting image of the Indian sub-continent.
H 14"
W 12"
D 12".
India c. 1920
Ref: MLF 144
Price: £475





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Pair of late C19th/early C20th Italian white marble Campana vases.
Pair of late C19th /early C20th Italian white marble vases. Smart pair of white marble urns of classical design , with gadrooned bodies with a wrythen band around the centre, spreading foot onto a square block base. The turned bodies of Campana or bell shape , with a stepped lip to the tops. Green baize to bases.
No chips ,breaks ,damage or repairs.
H 11"
Dia. 7"
Italy c. 1900
Ref: MLDC 158
Price: £450





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Late C18th George III period inlaid rosewood double tea caddy
Late C18th George III period inlaid rosewood double tea caddy. Finely figured rosewood tea caddy with satinwood banding , oval medallions inlaid with floral designs to top and front. The interior fitted with 2 compartments with original twin lids and knobs .
With original steel key.
The term caddy deriving from the Chinese word "Kati " which was the measure of weight used in the tea industry.
Of good colour and in totally original condition .
W 8"
H 4"
D 4"
England c.1800
Ref: MLCA 159
Price: £450





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Mid C19th English porcelain jardinière or 'cache-pot'.
Mid C19th English porcelain jardinière or 'cache-pot'. Beautifully hand-painted pot with wild poppy and wheat-sheaf design .Both sides painted with a variant of the same decoration, on a powder blue ground . Gilded rim and foot-rim , applied with twin 'rope-twist' double handles. Minor rubbing to gilt and blue-ground. Some minor staining to interior. Has a Victorian registration 'kite' mark to base , which signifies it was manufactured on 30th September 1861. No factory mark , but high quality piece probably by Minton or Coalport.
H 7"
Dia . 8".
England c.1861
Ref: ML127
Price: £450





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Late C19th Chinese porcelain celadon glaze lamp
Late C19th Chinese porcelain celadon glaze lamp. Subtle-coloured green celadon lamp with under-glaze incised decoration of chrysanthemum heads, leaf and foliate design in early C18th style. Stylised 'elephant-head' twin handles , raised on a pierce-carved hardwood base. Good quality brass fittings ,can be re-wired to clients specification .
H (body)18"
W 10".
China c. 1880
Ref: MLMC 1410
Price: £450





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Pair of large late C19th Chinese carved soap-stone book-ends of superior quality and depth.
Pair of large late C19th Chinese carved soap-stone book-ends of superior quality and depth.

Pale of pale green jade-coloured soap-stone block bookends with all-over intricately carved decoration. Deeply carved with flower, Phoenix or Ho-hi bird and monkey motif decoration .

Of heavy form ,with flat slab backs .

One piece with chips to rear , no losses or breaks to carving .

H 8"
W 6.5"
D 3"
China c. 1890
Ref: ML 1705
Price: £450





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Pair of early C19th Chinese Export lacquer wine-bottle coasters.
Pair of early C19th Chinese Export lacquer wine-bottle coasters.

Rare form of Chinese lacquer-work dining room wine-bottle coasters made in China for the European export market . The English equivalent of the period having been made usually in papier-mâché to imitate exotic fashionable Eastern lacquer-ware.

Decorated with hand-painted vignettes of fantasy Oriental scenes interspersed with painted and gilded decoration.

In good original condition, with minor rubbing and minor cracks to the lacquer.

H 2"
D 5.5"
W 5.5"
China c.1825
Ref: ML 1704
Price: £450





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Late C19th Italian 'Grand Tour ' souvenir carved serpentine marble study of "Il Porcellino" or the Ufizzi boar.
Late C19th Italian carved 'Grand Tour ' souvenir carved serpentine marble study of "Il Porcellino" or the Ufizzi boar.

Skilfully carved from Italian green serpentine marble .

The original bronze sculpture was cast by Baroque Master Pietro Tacca( 1577-1640) after a Hellenistic marble original now on display in the Ufizzi Museum, Florence, Italy. Tacca's bronze can now be seen in the Museo Bardini , Palazzo Mozzi. Traditionally coins were fed to to the boar for good luck and rubbing the snout ensured a return to Florence, hence the polished nose. The boar is based on the Calydonian boar of Greek Mythology.

A bronze casting now stands in the Mercato Nuovo close by the Ponte Vecchio in Florence , and is one of the city's tourist attractions .

Nice small-scale copy with excellent attention to detail with well-carved features , faithfully copying the original.

In excellent condition, with no damage ,chips or repairs.

H 5"
W 5.5"
D 3.5"
Italy c.1870
Ref: ML1704
Price: £450





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Late C19th 'scagliola' simulated marble circular pedestal jardiniere /centre-piece
Late C19th 'scagliola' simulated marble circular pedestal jardiniere/centre-piece.
Highly decorative gadrooned-body bowl with roll-over lip edge , raised on a turned and dished pedestal foot.

Well simulated and figured marble design with aged finish .

The interior of the bowl with some fading/ water marks , having probably been used as a plant jardiniere. Minor chips to edges, commensurate with age , use and purpose.

Could be used equally as well in an interior or exterior scheme with dramatic effect .

H 12"
W 18"
D 18"
Probably Italian c .1880
Ref: ML 1610
Price: £450





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C19th Victorian period walnut cabriole leg stool.
C19th Victorian period walnut cabriole leg stool. Robustly-made quality walnut-framed stool standing on boldly carved cabriole-shaped legs with scroll feet. The serpentine-shaped side rails with moulded edges. Upholstered in the apparently original, floral needle-work cover with corded braid. The needle-work in faded , muted condition but not damaged.
(Could be re-covered if desired,at cost , with clients chosen fabric.)

A useful size stool which would suit as a small coffee table, or as a dressing or drawing-room stool.
H 16"
W 20"
D 20"
England c.1860
Ref: ML 165
Price: £450





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C19th cast-iron stick/umbrella stand modelled with a dog.
C19th cast-iron stick/umbrella stand modelled with a dog.

Two-division umbrella-stand modelled with a hound sat in profile beneath an oak tree with leaves and acorns.
The base of semi-circular form with removable dished drip-tray cast with the Latin motto "CAVE CANEM" ( ie. 'Beware of the Dog').

The twin-hooped holder naturalistically-cast as tree branches . The reverse with applied Victorian 'kite' registration mark which would denote its date of manufacture , material and origin , though illegible.

The top formed as a loop handle for ease of movement.

Raised on conforming design low ornately-cast naturalistic feet.

In excellent original condition with original blacked finish , having never been over-painted to obscure the detail.

Probably made by Coalbrookdale.
No breaks or damage.

H 28"
W 18"
D 8"
England c.1870
Ref: ML165
Price: £450



 

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