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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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Mid C18th George II period mahogany centre/side table
Mid C18th George II period mahogany centre/side table. Of free-standing form , cabriole-legged centre-table on pad feet . Well-drawn elegant mid-Georgian period table with oblong moulded edge top above a cavetto frieze. Slender cabriole supports united by a 'cross-grain' moulded-edge frieze (some minor old replaced sections).

Good rich patina with some marks to top commensurate with age and use. .
H 30"
W 34"
D 21"
England c.1740
Ref: MLJG 155
Price: £3,500





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Rare set of 5 numbered C19th iron-bound oak Country-House 'silver-chests'
Rare set of 5 numbered C19th iron-bound oak Country-House 'silver-chests' . A consecutively numbered set of chests or trunks originally made to transport the silver of an English noble family from town to country residences. Heavily constructed with all original iron-bound strapping , hasps and carrying handles. Each chest has been adapted to house a single fitted removable tray above the open void beneath. All locks have been altered and do not function , and no keys are present.
Each chest has a gently arched dome-top profile , but are flat enough for use as a table .
All fitted with an engraved brass plaque numbered 1-5 , bearing the inscription "The Hon. Hubert Beaumont" . Hubert Beaumont (1864-1922) was a British Liberal Party politician , styled The Honourable from 1906.

Would work well in either a large domestic setting or in a commercial environment as tables or storage chests.
Cleaned and waxed .
No.1. W 30" x H 25" x D 21"
No 2. W 31" x H 25" x D 23"
No 3. W 30" x H 25" x D 21"
No 4. W 30" x H 26" x D 21"
No 5. W 30" x H 25" x D 21"
England c.1860
Ref: ML 1512
Price: £3,500





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Fine quality early C19th mahogany 4-door library bookcase /cabinet of elegant and compact proportions.
Fine quality early C19th mahogany library bookcase/ cabinet of elegant and compact proportions .

Unusually compact scale 4-door bookcase with glazed top section and panelled-door cupboards beneath . The top with original velvet lining , fitted with adjustable shelves , brass door bolts , brass locks and original keys . The gently arched glazed-top panel doors above figured mahogany rounded-corner panel doors below . The cornice of stepped and flared architecturally-inspired form , the whole raised on a plinth base.

Of practical compact scale , with excellent to-scale proportions . Unusual build-design whereby the whole bookcase can be disassembled into 7 sections for ease of movement and to facilitate transport .

Exceptional quality bookcase throughout , with all original fittings , having been manufactured by highly-skilled cabinet-makers using a superior grade of mahogany . Has all the quality hall-marks of having been made by a leading London workshop of the era, though unsigned or stamped.

Excellent original colour , polish and patina. Has had rear base of lower sides cut and shaped to fit to a skirting board .

H 75"
W 76"
D (base) 18"
D (top) 12"
England c.1830
Ref: ML 1612
Price: £3,400





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Large early C19th Regency period carved gilt-wood convex plate mirror.
Large early C19th Regency period carved gilt-wood convex plate mirror.

Finely carved gilt-wood frame with deep acanthus leaf carved scrolls to the top and carved berry pendant and leaf carving to the bottom , with carved spread-eagle pedimented surmount . The eagle with finely-carved feather detail perched upon a carved rocky outcrop ,and the raised pedestal plinth with hatched /chequered decoration . The original grey silvered convex mirror plate surrounded by an ebonised reeded slip .

Deep moulded cavetto-section circular frame with carved 'split-pearl' and spiral detail to the inner , with large closely spaced balls/spheres to the outer . The edge of the frame with triple moulded detail .

In excellent original condition . Original gilded finish with only minor chips and losses to gesso and gilding .

England c.1815
H (overall) 48"
Dia. 28"
Dia. (Plate) 20"
Depth 5"
Ref: ML1610
Price: £3,300





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Late C19th Italian Neapolitan bronze bust study of Seneca , after the antique, known as the "Pseudo Seneca".
Late C19th Italian Neapolitan bronze bust study of Seneca , after the antique , known as the "Pseudo Seneca".

Arresting bronze study known as the "Psuedo Seneca" , after the Roman 1st century BCE original , having been excavated at ill-fated Herculaneum from the site of the Villa of the Papyri in 1754. The Papyrus Villa belonged to Lucius Calpurnius Piso Caesoninus , father-in-law of Julius Caesar , and was buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 .

Originally thought to depict Seneca the Younger , Lucius Annaeus Seneca , the notable Roman philosopher, because it was assumed the bust's emancipated features were supposed to reflect his Stoic philosophy . However latterly ,scholars now believe it to be a fictitious portrait , either Hesiod or Aristophanes.

The head study displays a remarkable quality of workmanship with the casting of the accentuated wrinkles and folds of the face and forehead of the man . The intentionally unruly locks of his hair and wrinkly neck contrast openly with the unwavering , penetrating gaze .

Almost certainly a bronze cast in Naples and probably by the Chiurazzi Foundry , who were licensed to produce high-quality bronze copies such as this ,from the antique originals . The original bust now conserved and exhibited in the Museo Archeologico Nazionale , Naples Italy.

Evocative and authentic verdigris 'faux' excavation patination as the original , with some areas of brighter green verdigris showing , particularly evident on the shoulder. The eyes with fragmented white inlays (possibly slips of alabaster) , also as portrayed in the antique original .

Mounted on a shaped and turned figured pale yellow Siena marble socle with some evidence of verdigris staining from probably having been sited with minor exposure to the weather elements at some period . Fixed to the socle with the original bolts , supported at the rear by an integrally-cast open strut .

A striking visual composition and a faithfully cast copy of the antique original.

(* an identical copy of this bust sold Christies , London , 13/07/2016 "The Claudio Bravo Collection" Sale No. 12938 Lot No. 124. 4375 )

H 18"
W 9"
D 9"
Italy , Naples c.1880
Ref: ML 1611
Price: £3,300





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C18th George III Chippendale period and design mahogany centre/pier table with marble top.
C18th George III Chippendale period and design mahogany centre/pier table with marble top . Of free-standing form (ie. finished /polished all-around),rectangular marble-topped mahogany-framed pier table . Fitted with an apparently original 'Verde Antico' or 'Verde Mare' ,highly-figured marble slab top (1" thick).
Standing upon square-section legs with inside chamfer detail, the veneered frieze with heavy moulding lip beneath the top ,and beaded moulding on 'waist'.
The corners of the legs all fitted with a Chippendale "Gothic" design open shaped angular bracket 'spandrels'.
Excellent colour and patina to the timber ,and strong frame .
The underside fitted with a central support bearer for the marble top. Minor chips to bottom edges of marble top.

Good ,classic ,simple CI8th design and a useful scale period table which could be used in numerous ways and settings.
H 30.5"
W 43"
D 25"
England c.1760
Ref: MLBO 10
Price: £3,300





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Late C19th Italian carved gilt-wood Baroque-style hanging hall lantern.
Late C19th Italian carved gilt-wood Baroque-style hanging hall lantern.

Impressive-scale lantern of flamboyantly carved C17th Venetian style. Carved winged putti/amorini figural uprights to the corners,and all-over deeply-carved scroll and leaf decoration. Fitted with a cleverly-designed concealed hinged door for access to the lamp.

High-quality gilding with a 'softly' aged patina , with minor areas of 'bleeding' showing the traditionally-prepared red gesso ground base beneath. The 4-panel sides fitted with hand-bevelled glass panes.

The interior refreshed in pale green 'chalky' paint to replicate the original finish .The base with a carved drop pendant finial .

A dramatic and highly-decorative statement for a hall-way, portico or reception room .

In excellent condition with no losses. Complete with short chain , hook and gilt-brass ceiling 'rose' fitting.

Can be re-wired and re-fitted with an internal lamp configuration to client's specification.

The V&A Collection , London , has a similar , though of the period 1570-1600 , Mannerist-style giltwood lantern in its collections .(Museum no. 7225-1860)

H 42"
W 18" sq.
Italy , probably Venice, c.1900
Ref: ML1511
Price: £3,300





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Early C20th gilt-bronze octagonal hall lantern of "Versailles" design .
Early C20th gilt-bronze octagonal hall lantern of "Versailles" design . Stunning quality copy of impressive scale and form, of the C18th lantern from the Marble Vestibule of the French Royal Palace of Versailles during the reign of Louis XIV. Tapering cage-form design with multi-panel bevelled glass panes fitted rosettes to the divisions. The top formed as a royal crown or corona, with acanthus-leaf and scallop shell decoration. The base with Neptune term masks to the corners and terminating with a berry or pineapple-type finial .Exceptional quality casting and finely chased finish. The pane rosettes with a protruding 'spike' centre (2 deficient) ,and fitted with a hinged opening door for access to the lamps .
Complete with bronze 'S' hook with short chain and bronze ceiling-rose mount .

The original illustrated H.Harvard 'Dictionnaire de l'Ameublement et de la Decoration' Paris 1893 Vol.III pl. 15.

Can be re-wired to client's specification.
H 32"
W 14"
France or England c.1920
Ref: MLC 159
Price: £3,250





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C18th George III period mahogany long-case clock
C18th George III period mahogany long-case clock. Fitted with an 8-day , 5 -pillar striking movement , 'Strike/Silent' feature ,with date and seconds hands .Arched cream-painted dial with raised gold gesso decoration ,signed by "CLARK London" .Good solid mahogany case with panelled arch-top door .Brass finials to hood replaced . Fully serviced and in good working order .Brass stop-fluted columns to hood .all original keys for hood, case and mechanism .
H 86".
England c.1800
Ref: ML 42
Price: £3,250





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C18th George III Sheraton period mahogany sideboard
C18th George III Sheraton period mahogany sideboard of breakfront form with bow-front centre ,charming small scale proportions and wonderful faded colour .Fitted unusual pull-out slides beneath top and fitted with cellarette as simulated 'double' drawer. Standing on tapering square section legs with spade feet. Brass rail maybe old replacement . Old replaced brass ring handles .
H 36"
W 48"
D 23" .
England c.1790
Ref: ML 77
Price: £3,250





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C19th Chinese Qing dynasty carved 'hongmu' marble-topped centre table.
C19th Chinese Qing dynasty carved 'hongmu' marble-topped centre table . Superior quality carved hardwood free-standing centre table with inset figured rose-pink marble top .

Well-carved scrolling foliage and flower-head detail to the aprons with carved open fret-work friezes. Raised upon shaped square-section supports terminating in dragon's claw-form feet .

The well-figured marble top set into over-hanging rectangular frame with pierced detail below.

In excellent original condition , good rich consistent colour and patination. No breaks , cracks ,damage or repairs to the marble top.

(For an almost identical example see Christies, London 11/05/2016 Sale no. 12289 Lot no.361 3750)

H 33"
W 39"
D 22"
China c.1860
Ref: ML169
Price: £3,250





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Late C18th George III period mahogany demi-lune side or pier table with profuse neo-classical style inlay .
Late C18th George III period mahogany demi-lune side or pier table with profuse neo-classical style inlay . Raised on tapering square leg supports , terminating in block spade feet .Fitted with a deep central oak-lined frieze drawer , the end panels of the frieze having been adapted and hinged as shallow cupboards, all fitted with lion-mask plate handles (could be re-instated to original form if desired).

Satinwood cross-banding throughout, and high-quality swag and ribbon inlay , the tops of the legs with inlaid classical urn onto a satinwood panel . The triple-line satinwood cross-banded demi-lune top featuring large central urn and swags, of coloured neo-classical design inlay . The front edge also has satinwood banding/inlay.

Good rich consistent colour and patination .

An impressive and decorative table of good proportions .

W 59"
H 36" (27.5" to underside of drawer)
D 31"
England c.1790
Ref: ML 167
Price: £3,250





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C19th William IV period mahogany circular extending dining table with extra leaf.
C19th William IV period mahogany circular extending dining table with extra leaf .

Superb quality mahogany table with a 'split-pod' opening carved base with well-carved bulbous capstan column support onto shaped legs terminating in impressive lion's paw feet with claw detail.

The pull-out action mechanism with oak runners and fitted with circular brass 'twist' clip fixings to secure the top . The whole table , including the original spare extension leaf fitted with an elegant shallow frieze .

The table has benefitted from an expensive highly professional re-polish some 10 years ago , as is in excellent ready-to-use condition. Strong , sturdy table of good proportions and presence.

Good rich colour thoughout.

H 29"
H(to bottom of frieze)26"
Diameter(closed) 54"
Length (with leaf) 82"
Depth of leaf 28"
England c.1835
Ref: ML 1704
Price: £3,250





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Large late C19th/early C2Oth French stone-ware salt-glaze sculpture of "The Medici Lion".
Large late C19th/early C20th French stone-ware salt-glaze sculpture of "The Medici Lion" . Well-modelled copy of the iconic Lion after the antique original , now sited with his companion at the Loggia Dei Lanzi ,Piazza della Signoria , Florence, Italy . Previously sited at the Villa Medici ,Rome, from 1598 until moved to it's present location in 1789. The original marble lion being of ancient 2nd century origin.

This copy having been manufactured and stamped by Oustau & Company of Tarbes , France. Stamped to side of integral plinth base "Oustau Et Cie, Tarbes".
Depicted with his raised left paw upon a ball , the mouth half-open. Well-sculpted mane and body , the tail wrapped around his hind-quarters and back. Conveys the power and majesty of the beast.

Rich ,dark brown colour with mottled glaze finish.

Minor chips to base and claw, but no breaks or repairs .

A large-scale classical design statement which would work equally as well in either an interior or garden scheme.

H 24"
W 28"
D 12"
France c.1890

(*for an identical example see Christies ,London. March 16th 2015 , Sale No.12034, Lot No .233 4750.)
Ref: ML 166
Price: £2,900




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Pair C19th Davenport porcelain plaques.
Pair C19th Davenport porcelain plaques.

Decorated with Victorian period pastoral/country scenes after original watercolours by Myles Birket Foster .

Signed and dated "J.WILLIAMS 1875" Impressed 'DAVENPORT' to rear .
8" x 10".
England c.1875
Ref: ML127A
Price: £2,900





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Early C19th French Empire-style mahogany console/pier table
Early C19th French Empire-style mahogany console/pier table.

Turned white marble front column supports with chased brass mounts ,fitted inset mirror-back and freize drawer.

Concave plinth base . White figured marble top.

Rich colour timber with nice quality Empire-style chased mounts.


H 34"
D 16"
W 32".
France c. 1820
Ref: MLBO 32
Price: £2,900





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C19th Chinese late Qing Dynasty carved hardwood centre/side or console table
C19th Chinese late Qing Dynasty carved hardwood centre/side or console table. Well-proportioned 'hongmu' oblong side table of free-standing form . The panelled top above a heavily-carved frame with stylised leaf/wave design resembling 'vitruvian scroll' , joined by an open carved scroll-work frieze. Raised on slender, shaped rounded-section legs and shaped feet.

A stylish, useful scale table of excellent quality and well-chosen grade of timber.
Rich ,deep ,original patination and colour.

Ideal for use in a hall or reception-room setting.
No damage or repairs, waxed and cleaned ready to use.
H 32.5"
W 38"
D 17"
China c.1880
Ref: ML1511
Price: £2,850





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Late C18th Italian coromandel and ivory inlaid table cabinet.
Late C18th Italian coromandel and ivory inlaid table cabinet.

Interesting table cabinet with an arrangement of decoratively inlaid Milanese style ivory and bone drawers around a central 'tabernacle' type portico door with capped architectural columns ,which opens on decorative strap-work hinges .
The interior of the central compartment with an interior fitted with 2 small drawers with ivory knobs . The top left drawer opening with the central reserve to create a longer document drawer. The drawers and frame all divided and decorated with ebonised 'ripple' mouldings. The drawers and door door all fitted with spring-loaded steel locks with the single key operating all .

The exterior inlaid with pewter/white-metal stringing dividing the segments of figured coromandel veneers, composing an attractive 'brick-like' design.

Good quality thinly-made hardwood drawer linings , the reverse with a plain unpolished flush-boarded back . Raised on small compressed bun feet .

Highly decorative table cabinet in excellent original condition .

H 15"
W 26"
D 10"
Italy , Milan c.1780
Ref: ML 1610
Price: £2,800





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Late C18th George III period mahogany sideboard of serpentine outline and elegant compact proportions.
Late C18th George III period mahogany sideboard of serpentine outline and elegant compact proportions.

Graceful figured mahogany Sheraton period cross-banded and finely box-wood line inlaid mahogany sideboard of excellent quality, colour and patina. Raised on 6 square section tapering supports terminating in 'spade' feet . Central oak-lined drawer flanked by a cupboard door and a deep cellarette drawer (without zinc or lead lining ).

The top in particular of a fine grade of figured mahogany which has achieved and obtained a wonderful colour and patina.

The drawers and cupboard fitted with antique replacement quality well-cast lion's mask ring handles .

A fine example of an elegant Georgian period sideboard of restrained classic design.

H 35.5"
W 51"
D 24"
England c.1790
Ref: ML 1704
Price: £2,800



 

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