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C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze after the antique of Dionysus , known as "Narcissus".
C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze after the antique of Dionysus ,known as "Narcissus". Exceptional quality casting and good scale bronze study of the iconic statue attributed to the foundry and workshops of Benedetto Boschetti , Rome . Raised on a typical Boschetti-type 'Levanto Rosso' and black marble plinth , the well-patinated bronze figure is an exact scale copy of the original excavated at Pompeii in 1862. Now housed in the Museo Nazionale , Naples , Italy. Boschetti's celebrated workshops at Via Condotti 74 in Rome , produced high-quality bronze and marble copies of classical antiquities, and though unmarked, both the quality of the casting and the marble plinth base ,lead to a firm attribution. Minor chips to edge of marble base.
H(overall)32" H(of bronze) 25 ".
Italy ,Rome c.1870
Ref: MLJQ 1411
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Late George III period mahogany pedestal desk .
Late George III period mahogany pedestal desk.Lovely colour and nice grade of timber together with a wonderful quality replaced distressed green hide leather top with subtle gold tooled Greek-key pattern with lines and 'blind ' tooling (probably about 10 years old ). Old replaced brass knob handles . Some small old minor veneer repairs to plinth , but overall excellent condition . Good practical and visual proportions . H 30" W 54" D 33" (Kneehole H 24" x W 24" )Key for centre drawer.
c.1810
Ref: ML 914
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Pair late C19th ormolu and cut-glass wall-lights /sconces
Pair late C19th ormolu and cut-glass wall-lights/sconces .Spectacular design, quality and scale with cut-glass "drip-pans" and lustre droppers. 6 branch lights previously gasoliers , been wired need re-wiring to contemporary specification.
H 24" x W 16".
England c.1890
Ref: MLB 943
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Early C19th Japanese Imari porcelain vase and cover of huge scale
Early C19th Japanese Imari porcelain vase and cover of huge scale. Stunning large ovoid jar with gilt 'shishi' dog with ball surmount on cover. Decorated in Imari palette with 'ink' blue and 'iron' red colours and produced in Arita ,Japan during the Edo period. All-over decoration of floral and bamboo panels with exotic/phoenix birds and Foe dogs or kylins in cartouches around the neck of the vase. Contemporary lid but possibly associated. Vases such as this became a furnishing staple of fine English period country-houses where their huge decorative appeal and exotic design contrasted with the restraint of English Georgian mahogany and walnut period furniture, and they were often used to decorate the interiors of unused fire-places in summer months. A stunning decorative statement. Perfect, unrestored condition.
H 36"
W 18".
Japan c. 1800
Ref: MLMA 146
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Late C19th South German stag's antler-horn and ivory tea caddy .
Late C19th South German stag's antler-horn and ivory tea caddy. Rare horn caddy with carved ivory panels and paw/claw feet. The lid with oval panel depicting a stag and hinds in woodland, whilst the front has a panel and key escutcheon carved with tethered deer-hounds. The partially zinc-foil lined interior with twin lidded compartments , each with a horn lid with relief carved knobs depicting recumbent deer. The base with original paper label "Bing Gebr." (Bing Brothers) "Frankfurt A m" (Frankfurt Am Main), being the retailers or manufactory mark. Excellent original condition. W 9" x H 6" x D 6". Germany c .1880
Ref: MLPS 147
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Rare C19th New Zealand specimen-wood top walnut side or lamp table
Rare C19th New Zealand specimen-wood top walnut side or lamp table. A fine and mint-clean example of a Victorian period parquetry-work specimen wood table . Almost certainly the work of the Bohemian emigre cabinet-maker Anton Seuffert , who was re known for his parquetry design furniture made in Auckland using native New Zealand woods .Octagonal top on 4-pillar turned supports onto cruciform base with leaf-carved scroll feet and central finial. The top inlaid with a large selection of exotic wood veneers , including walnut, ebony, rosewood, palm-wood, maple and amboyna. Geometric 'fan' design with star/compass-style centre, the edges with chevron inlay. No damage , losses, repairs or woodworm and good consistent colour. H 29 " x W 22" .New Zealand c.1870
Ref: MLKMA 146
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C19th mahogany circular extending dining table
C19th mahogany circular extending dining table .Probably Dutch with heavily-carved 'capstan' base with gadrooned collar ,and with 3 original mahogany leaves .Fitted with brass clips .Excellent quality timber, all original ,good colour. Leaves in need of some re-polishing (inclusive of price) .Stands upon well-carved bold claw feet.Very flexible use table, 8/10 seater, solid telescopic action with extra 'drop-down' mahogany turned leg supports when fully-extended .
Compact size when closed .
Dia 45"
H 30"
L 108".
Holland c. 1835.
Ref: ML425
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Fine late C18th Italian Florentine carved gilt-wood frame mirror of good large scale.
Fine late C18th Italian Florentine carved gilt-wood frame mirror of good large scale. Heavily carved gilt-wood frame with scroll and leaf/foliate decoration , retaining its original gilding. Impressive 'double' depth carved and pierced frame with typical Florentine central cartouche/reserve carving detail to the centres of all sides. The hand-bevelled edge plate with a good silvered-grey period colour , probably having been replaced around 100 years ago. The frame probably conceived originally for an oil painting .

Some minor chips and cracks to the decoration and carving commensurate with age ,and the back-boards having been replaced.

A smart piece of C18th opulent and flamboyant decoration with which to add mood and light to a period room-setting.


H 52"
W 42"
D 4"
Italy, Florence c.1770

Ref: ML1601
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Early C19th George III period mahogany Canterbury of exceptional size and quality.
Early C19th George III period mahogany Canterbury of exceptional size and quality. A magnificently proportioned Canterbury of large scale ,finely chosen grade of timber with a wonderful rich patina and colour. A broad 'Country House' style rack of uncomplicated design, dished-top with 4 divisions above a mahogany-lined drawer with original brass knobs. Stands upon original heavy gilt-brass castors. Broadly-reeded uprights with 'cut-end' reeds, classically referencing the pipes of Apollo or Pan ,and alluding to its original conception to hold sheet music books or folios, capped with paterae which have achieved a great patina and surface.

A well-constructed 'no nonsense ' quality piece of late Georgian period furniture of grand scale .The grade of timber selected together with the build-quality and design of the vertical dividers, lead to a probable attribution to Gillows of Lancaster , though no stamp is present and the model is apparently unrecorded.

Large enough to easily accommodate the "Sunday Times ","Telegraph", "Country Life", "Vogue", "Racing Post" and a copy of the Bible!
W 24"
D 18"
H 17" .
England c 1800
Ref: MLMJ 1311
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C19th 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze sculpture after the antique "Apollo Belvedere"
C19th 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze sculpture after the antique "Apollo Belvedere". High quality large-scale bronze version of the celebrated marble figure from Classical Antiquity known as "Apollo Belvedere" or "Pythian Apollo". Re-discovered in Central Italy in the late C15th Rennaisance period, originally displayed in the 'Cortile della Statue' of the Belvedere Palace within the Vatican (hence its title),it is now housed in the Octagonal Court of the 'Museo Pio Clementino' ,Vatican ,Rome. The Greek god Apollo is depicted posed as an archer having just shot an arrow, possibly having just slain the serpent python guarding Delphi in Greek mythology . Portrayed in contrapposto stance , a robe or 'chlamys' draped around his neck and arm , his curled hair held in a 'strophium' , a band symbolic of gods and kings. he is entirely nude except for his sandals , a quiver of arrows across his left shoulder. Copies of this iconic image are present in some of the greatest public and private collections of the world. Excellent condition and good consistent patination . The statue mounted and raised upon a shallow black and white striated marble plinth base.
H 24" .
Base 9" x 9 "
Italy c. 1880
Ref: MLAF 1412
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Early C19th late George III period mahogany sideboard of impressive scale and proportions.
Early C19th late George III period mahogany sideboard of impressive scale and proportions. Raised on 6 turned legs with toupie feet, fitted with a central bow-front drawer above a shaped 'knee-hole' and cupboard doors to each end with fitted shelf. Wonderful rich original patina and colour with no splits or cracks to the top .The top is cut from a single piece of figured mahogany. The drawer and cupboard fronts are cross-banded with satinwood ,together with stringing to the uprights/stiles ,and fitted with brass ring-handles which appear to be totally original . The right-hand end fitted with a narrow cupboard door with handle, opening to reveal the aperture designed to house the chamber-pot or 'borde-lieu', which enabled the diners not having to leave the banquet-hall/dining-room to relieve themselves. An impressive and functional piece of period furniture of exceptional scale and condition.
W 96"
H 36.5"
H (knee-hole)27"
D(centre)32.5
D (ends)28".
England c.1810
Ref: MLJM 121
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Superior quality early C19th George IV period mahogany dressing table firmly attributed to Gillows of Lancaster.
Superior quality early C19th George IV period mahogany dressing table firmly attributed to Gillows of Lancaster. Fitted with 3 mahogany-lined 'cock-beaded' drawers with quarter dust-beads, original ring-turned knobs , with a 3/4 reeded-edge gallery up-stand. Standing upon finely reeded legs with a typical Gillow's pattern turned foot into a maker's stamped and patented top-quality brass socket castor. Exhibiting all the quality and design features of the Gillows workshops, executed in a finely-figured superior grade of mahogany. The reeded edges , reeded mouldings and reserve panels at top of the legs also a classic design feature of this much sought-after and lauded firm of Lancaster cabinet-makers.

Excellent condition with only very minor marks to the top commensurate with age and use.
W 42"
H 30"
D 23"
England c.1825
Ref: ML 1511
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Early C19th Regency period mahogany writing / library table of wide ,exaggerated 'kidney' form.
Early C19th Regency period mahogany writing / library table of wide ,exaggerated 'kidney' form. Unusual free-standing mahogany and leather-lined writing table of dramatic scale kidney design with partially ebonised/bronzed shaped concave stretcher with central tablet feature .Fitted with its original "Greek Key" 'blind'-tooled Moroccan leather top , which though worn heavily in places, has been conserved and preserved, and shows a nice mellow red hue. Standing on inverted or 'umbrella' shaped supports fitted with original box castors and wheels, the end supports of plain 'standard' form. The cross-banded top with a reeded edge , and conforming reeded detail to legs and frame . The shallow frieze with no drawers. An exceptionally rare form of table with great elegance and presence.

Original finish and condition with minor historic repairs to the legs and stabilised crack to the writing surface.

Has been sympathetically restored ,waxed and conserved in our workshops, and is in ready-to-use , "Country-house" condition.
W 63"
D 24"
H 30"
England c.1820
Ref: ML1510
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C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze figure , after the antique ,of drunken Faun .
C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze figure ,after the antique ,of drunken Faun. Good large-scale bronze of the drunken Satyr or Faun ,excavated at Pompeii from the site of the House of the aristocratic Patrician or Centenary. Discovered by the pool in the Peristyle or open colonnade,at the site , and mounted upon a stone block of tufa (limestone), the original is now in the 'Museo Archeologico Nazionale', Naples, Italy.
The drunken faun is depicted in a staggering pose , a look of intoxicated concentration on his face as he attempts to fill a wine cup (deficient as in the original),from a wine-skin bladder or bag slung under his arm. A true scale copy of the magnificent Roman bronze original with a 'faux excavation' verdegris patination , mounted upon a 'stepped' block of riven and aged white marble or limestone copying the original.
Shown completely naked , the well-modelled and balanced figure, conveys the acute movement and motion of the drunken satyr, his muscular body complete with Faun's tail.
Probably produced by the reknowned 'Sommer' or 'Chiurazzi' foundries of Naples.
H 24" (overall)
H 21" (figure)
Base 20" x 9 "
Naples, Italy c.1890
Ref: ML157
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Early C19th late George III period mahogany sofa table.
Early C19th late George III period mahogany sofa table. High-quality classic mahogany sofa table of very elegant proportions , standing on reeded swept sabre supports. Fitted two slim 'cock-beaded' frieze drawers with 'dummys' in reverse, all fitted original knobs ,with reeded diamond decoration to ends. Desirable high 'invisible' stretcher and 'standard-end' supports with reeded panel reserves , fitted with square brass box-cap castors . Reeded edge to top, reeded stretcher, reeded legs and reeded mould decoration. The twin drop-flap ends each fitted with double 'fly' bracket supports, opening to form a completely flat and true surface. Excellent original colour and patination, in entirely untouched original condition. The drawer fronts fitted with bone 'diamond' escutcheons,a feature which alludes to a north of England origin , whilst the grade and choice of timber ,quality of design and construction,all point to a possible 'Gillows' of Lancaster attribution. A wonderful table which combines function, elegance of design and practicality. As well as a centre or reception room table, could also be used as either a writing,drawing or dressing table , with the high stretcher allowing for use with a chair and providing ample leg-room. Cleaned and waxed , some minor marks to top commensurate with age and use.(Key). W(closed) 36" x (open) 60" x D 25.5" x H 28". England c. 1800
Ref: MLPS 147
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C18th George III period mahogany demi-lune pier table
C18th George III period mahogany demi-lune pier/ serving table .Carved Adam-style oval paterae ,good rich colour .Nice veneered freize .Good height.H 33" W 56" D 28"
Ref: ML 55
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Large C19th bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze statue of "Diane de Gabies" after the antique
Large C19th bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze statue of "Diane de Gabies" after the antique.Great scale, wonderful patina and consistent colour, a superior quality casting in fine detail of this iconic sculpture. Depicting the goddess Artemis, the original marble statue was discovered during excavations in 1792 by the entrepreneur,dealer and antiquarian, Gavin Hamilton on the property of the Prince Borghese at Gabi, near Rome . In 1807 the sculpture was sold to Napoleon and was thence exhibited in the Louvre ,Paris, where it remains today .Named by the Greeks as Artemis , and called Diana in the Roman world ,the beautiful virgin goddess of hunting and wild nature is depicted standing in contrapposto position supported against a tree stump, dressed in a loose robe or 'chiton' ,buttoned at the shoulder,together with strapped Grecian sandals . The figure stands upon a separate and associated ebonised fluted-column support with carved ionic capital top.(Although purchased with the statue ,would obviously sell figure without column) Bears a scripted foundry mark "Stradelli" to rear of integral square base. H. (of bronze) 31 " . Overall H. on column 76 ". Italy c. 1870
Ref: MLS 141
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Set of 6 early C19th Regency period mahogany and coromandel wood sabre-leg dining chairs.
Set of 6 early C19th Regency period mahogany and coromandel wood sabre-leg dining chairs. Very stylish set of 'High Regency' mahogany dining chairs with highly-figured coromandel inset panel backs and brass mounts. Wonderful faded colour mahogany with strikingly contrasting exotic coromandel veneered backs. Gilded-brass 'rope-twist' edges to the finely cross-banded panels. The shaped reeded and turned top-rail with brass rings , and the panel 'quartered' by brass 'bull-nose stud' mounts. Have been in strong sun-light hence some fading to mahogany frames, but this has achieved a stunning visual contrast. Have been recently re-upholstered in top quality striped linen covers onto the original shaped 'drop-in' seats. One chair has a very old repair to top rail which has been skilfully done and is almost undetectable. Strong ,sound frames and joints with no movement. The use of coromandel (also known as 'calamander') at this period ,imported from Ceylon ,illustrates the quality ,exclusivity and expensive build-cost of this rare set of chairs .The use of these highest quality timbers together with their metal design elements, point to a probable attribution to a leading London firm of cabinet-makers such as George Seddon , or possibly to the renowned Scottish firm of William Trotter of Edinburgh. H (of backs)34" x W 18" x D 18"x H(of seat)18".
England c.1810
Ref: MLBW143
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Late C19th George II style Irish carved mahogany silver or centre table.
Late C19th George II style Irish carved mahogany silver or centre table. Dished tray-top table with re-entrant corners above shell-carved frieze and acanthus-carved knees on 'claw and ball' feet .Free-standing , carved all-round .Good quality timber and colour, with crisp carving and well-executed design . Has stood in sun to one side so slight variance to colour , but a beautifully proportioned and faithful copy of an important mid C18th Irish table with blocked construction underneath. H 27" x W 30" x D 20"
Ref: MLB 136
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Set of 6 George III period mahogany dining chairs
Set of 6 George III period mahogany dining chairs .Re -upholstered . good colour and condition . Great design backs and timber (6)
Ref: ML66
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