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Mid C19th Victorian period glazed top 2-door oak library bookcase .
Mid C19th Victorian period glazed-top 2-door oak library bookcase . Clean example in "golden" oak colour , with gently-arched glazed 2-door top, over 2-door panelled base . The upper glazed section fitted with 4 adjustable 'ladder-rack ' shelves with original gilt-tooled Morocco leather edges. The 2-door base fitted with 2 'flush' frieze drawers , the twin panelled doors with moulded surrounds and conforming gently-arched panels , 2 fixed shelves to the interior.
The whole carcass of rounded corner construction . Moulded rounded-corner stepped cornice with conforming plinth base.

Splits into 3 sections in conventional manner, for ease of transportation .

Good clean condition and pleasing golden colour . Original glass.

H 98"
W 48"
D (base) 20"
D (top) 12"
England c. 1850
Ref: ML167
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C18th George III period mahogany framed 'Gainsborough' type armchair.
C18th George period mahogany framed 'Gainsborough' type armchair .

Generously-proportioned armchair with moulded down-swept arms and raised on plain square section legs with 'H' frame stretcher beneath . The rear legs with angled splayed rake . The whole raised on sturdy brass wheel castors. Shaped 'camel-back' top rail and serpentine shaped front rail .

Has been recently reupholstered in the traditional manner and covered with yellow/gold figured damask in authentic Georgian period style.

Strong frame in original condition , cleaned and waxed. Deep rich colour and patina to the mahogany arms and frame .

A wide and deep , broad-seated C18th armchair of classic restrained and elegant design .

H(back) 39"
H(seat) 17"
W 28"
D 28"
England c.1780
Ref: ML 1610
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Pair of late C19th/early C20th giant clam shells or "Tridacna Gigas"
Pair of late C19th/ early C20th giant clam shells or "Tridacna Gigas".

Large natural history specimens with great decorative value and visual impact . Found in the shallow coral reefs of the South Pacific and Indian oceans , these huge bivalve molluscs have sadly now become one of the most endangered clam species . The molluscs can have a lifespan of over 100 years and can develop to measure as much as 120cm across and weigh 200kgs. In the mythology of the sea , these giant shells were thought to be a danger to divers , trapping and closing around the legs of the unwary .

This large pair of shells have come from a local large country-house where they were wall-mounted to act as jardinieres for flower displays. The bases have been drilled each with two small drainage holes. They also come with 2 black-painted estate/blacksmith-made iron brackets which were used to mount them on the wall .

The exterior of the shells with heavily-encrusted sea-washed finish , the interiors with smooth creamy surface and deep irridescence. Some minor damage to ends of shaped extremities .

Overall good condition , with "other worldly" deep-sea charm and fascination.

*A similar sized pair of giant clam shells sold at Christie's Amsterdam 21/06/2011 Sale No. 2866. Lot no. 270 for €3750 (approx .£3000)

H 9"
W 23"
D 14"
Circa 1880




Ref: ML 1610
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C19th mid-Victorian period oak-framed library armchair.
C19th mid Victorian period oak-framed library armchair. Powerfully-designed 'horse-shoe'-back library chair , with original 'leather-cloth' upholstery . Lion-mask terminal arms above lion's paw supports, raised on shaped legs with satyr-mask carved knees and lion's paw claw and hairy feet and concealed castors . The wide back-splat carved with vine-leaf and grape decoration and a central cartouche . The timber has achieved a wonderful rich patina , whilst the pleated and buttoned oil-cloth leatherette upholstered covering has a glowing waxed surface. Minor wear to upholstery , but overall excellent original condition. Good strong frame, no breaks or repairs.
W 26 "
H (of back)30"
H (of seat)19"
England c. 1850
Ref: MLJG 1411
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Late C19th terracotta library bust study of the infamous Roman Emperor "Caracalla"
Late C19th terracotta library bust study of the infamous Roman Emperor "Caracalla". The Emperor born Lucius Septimus Bassianus, was Roman Emperor (211-217 AD) and thence known as Imperator Caesar Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus, and nick-named "Caracalla" after the hooded Gallic cloak he wore and popularised. This famous image modelled here in terracotta , captures the infamous scowl and suspicious glare of the subject, and depicts him as a soldier wearing his cloak with short-cropped hair ,beard and an aggressive expression . The cloak is patinated to resemble verdegris bronze , whilst the portrait head and socle are neutral terracotta. The bust study is known as of the 'Sole-Ruler' type ,dating to the period after Caracalla murdered his brother and co-emperor ,Geta. During his period as Emperor he was infamous for his ruthless approach and the numerous assassinations and eliminations of his rivals and perceived enemies. Versions of this image can be found in the great collections and museums of the world, including The Capitoline,Rome ; Museo Nazionale ,Naples; The Vatican Museum and the British Museum. In excellent condition.
H 26" x W 20".
Italy c.1890
Ref: MLMA 1410
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Large pair of C19th French Louis XVI style ormolu-mounted marble vases.
Large pair of C19th French Louis XVI style ormolu-mounted marble vases. Impressive scale 'breche violette'/ purple striated marble vases with well-cast ormolu mounts. Fixed 'lids' with berry finials ,shell-cast band, twin horned satyr-mask handles and floral garland swagged bodies. Raised on a stiff-leaf/feather cast support onto tapering foot and round marble base. Striking colour stone with subdued patinated ormolu bronze mounts. good condition with no breaks or repairs.
H 20" x W(handle to handle)8"
France c.1880
Ref: MLBO 1411
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Set of 8 late C19th Georgian design Chippendale-style mahogany dining chairs
Set of 8 late C19th Georgian design Chippendale-style mahogany dining chairs . Comprising of 6 single and a pair of carver/armchairs , good quality set of mid C18th-style dining chairs. Well-carved frames with interlaced splat-backs of gothic inspiration with acanthus leaf decoration below a serpentine carved top-rail with acanthus carved shoulders.The seat rails with lower gadrooned carved edges , and raised on boldly-carved cabriole legs, heavily carved knees, terminating in a 'claw-and-ball' foot.

The drop-in seats upholstered in their original tan leather, with some marks and staining, worn but servicable.

Good grade of mahogany which has achieved a pleasing rich patina, with minor sun fading.
A generously proportioned and comfortable set of chairs.

Excellent condition with no breaks or repairs.

H(back/single) 38"
W (seat/single) 22"
H(back/armchair) 40"
H(back/armchair) 24"
England c.1890
Ref: MLJG 159
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Late C19th Italian bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir sculpture after the antique of "The Dancing Faun of Pompeii".
Late C19th Italian bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir sculpture after the antique of "The Dancing Faun of Pompeii". Cast to the same scale as the iconic original bronze study excavated at ill-fated Pompeii in 1830 from the site of "The House of the Faun" ("Casa del Fauno") which is now housed in the 'Museo Archeologico Nazionale', Naples ,Italy . The sculpture was located in the property at the lip of the 'impluvium' , a basin used for catching rain-water. Produced with a heavily verdigris /'faux excavation' patina ,this iconic image of the horned ,bearded and tailed dancing mythical woodland 'faun' creature in ecstatic pose ,is mounted upon a circular unpolished thick grey slate base. The Pompeian discovery almost certainly being a Roman copy of an Hellenistic original . The raised arm has a slightly loose joint where the original pin has been set. A good large-scale, detailed casting probably produced by 'Chiurazzi et Fils ' Foundry ,Naples, Italy. Examples of this theatrical and visually-arresting bronze sculpture can be found adorning the great homes and gardens of the world .
H (overall) 31" x H (figure) 29" x Dia .(base)11".
Italy c.1880
Ref: MLMJ 152
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C19th brass-bound mahogany military officer's campaign chest of drawers.
C19th brass-bound mahogany military officer's campaign chest of drawers. Excellent quality 2-part military chest of drawers standing on original detachable turned feet. Attractive and practical drawer arrangement with brass counter-sunk handles and 'Bramah'-type circular brass key escutheons (no key). Heavy-quality brass corners and strapping throughout. The mahogany-lined drawers with cedar-wood bottoms. One drawer base stamped in multiple places with a cabinet-makers mark "R.Gurnsey ", whilst the rear of one drawer stamped "J.Tong" probably his apprentice.

The chest also bears numerous paper retailers labels for "J.W.Randall & Co." of Chatham . The significance of this being the siting of the expansive Naval dock-yards at Chatham, Kent, where military officers would have embarked for overseas duty and acquired chests like this and other campaign furniture for their use during service.

Good mellow , golden patina , in overall excellent condition with some minor marks and scratches commensurate with age, use and purpose.
Cleaned and waxed ready to use.
H 41"
W 40"
D 18"
England c. 1870
Ref: MLTH 155
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C19th Staffordshire porcelain dessert service
C19th Staffordshire porcelain dessert service.Hand-painted botanical designs and fine gilding .Undamaged throughout , very pretty set comprising 38 pieces (+ 2 lids).
x23 side plates 9"
x4 Sq. dishes 10"
x1 large comport 7"h X 14"w
x2 covered tureens
x4 oval dishes 12"w
x4 ovoid side plates with handle
Unmarked other than pattern serial number 4203 painted on reverse in red.Probably Coalport.
Ref: ML 903
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Set of 8 early C19th Regency period mahogany dining chairs
Set of 8 early C19th Regency period mahogany dining chairs . Clean , strong frames on turned legs with toupie feet, no breaks or repairs and recent upholstery on stuff-over seats .Good original condition and colour . Flame-veneered back-bars and lumbar splats.( 6 singles+2 carvers/armchairs)
Armchairs W(seat)21". H(seat) 20" D(seat)18".H(of back)33". W(of back top ) 16" .
Singles W19". D 17". H 20". H(of back)33". W 15" .
England c.1820
Ref: ML 921
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Pair of late C19th Chinese carved hardwood/ 'hongmu' inset marble-top jardinière or urn stands.
Pair of late C19th Chinese carved hardwood /'hongmu' inset marble-top jardinière or urn stands. Pair of heavy quality tables of most unusual design and form , constructed with detachable 'pegged' top sections . Good carved detail with peony flowerheads, vine and leaf decoration on four-splay bases with carved and pierced lower tier. Fitted with inset variegated rouge marble octagonal tops , with carved edges. Good original condition and colour, with no breaks or losses. Great for use as a pair of lamp or vase tables .Tops W 16" x H 32" . China c.1890
Ref: MLC 143
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C19th mahogany étagère/'what-not' with gallery top
C19th mahogany étagère/what-not with gallery top . George IV period after a Gillows of Lancaster design. Fitted with a mahogany-lined and quarter dust-beaded drawer to base with turned knobs, and pierced gilt-brass gallery surround to top tier. Three platforms with 'spindle' turned sides , standing on compressed and ribbed bun feet with concealed brass castors. Great original condition and wonderful grade of timber which has mellowed and faded to rich honey colour. A truly top-quality piece of cabinet-making . Would make a stylish drinks/lamp table or magazine/book rack .
H 40"
W 24"
D 18" .
England c 1825
Ref: MLB 1312
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Late C19th four-fold Chinoiserie polychrome and gilt decorated embossed leather draught-screen / room-divider.
Late C19th four-fold Chinoiserie polychrome and gilt decorated embossed leather draught-screen / room-divider.

Highly decorative four panel screen with scarlet red background decorated with gilt and black Chinoiserie vignettes in imitation of oriental lacquer-work . Featuring typical fantastical 'Chinese-style' decoration subjects of mountainous landscapes with trees ,pagodas , bridges, figures , boats and birds.

Has a sympathetically aged patination with only minor historic repairs , with no punctures or tears .

The borders with studded and banded leather edges.
Four hinged and folding panels mounted on a reverse frame-work with plain black decoration .

Would be equally well-suited to being wall-mounted in a flat profile to form a large decorative single-panel picture.

(See Christies, London ,Sale No. 4479 18/03/12 Lot 106 for an identical example)

H 70"
W (total ) 72"
W (each panel) 18"
D 1.5"
England or Holland c . 1890

Ref: ML 168
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Late C19th/early C20th Edwardian period decorated satinwood display cabinet or vitrine in the Adam revival style.
Late C19th/early C20th Edwardian period decorated satinwood display cabinet or vitrine in the Adam revival style. Good quality painted neo-classical style decoration to well-figured satinwood cabinet . Serpentine front door and sides ,raised on tapering square section supports with 'spade' feet. Cross-banded throughout and mounted with a carved and painted detail classically-inspired pediment. The decoration featuring floral swags , trailing husks and sun-flower oval paterae.
The interior fitted with shaped shelves , and covered in the apparently original , clean material lining. Original brass fittings , lock and key.

Excellent colour and condition , with minor shrinkage cracks to the top bar of the shaped ends. The painted decoration in excellent condition , retaining its original colours.

A smart cabinet in which to house a collection of fine porcelain , silver or 'objets de virtu'.

H 58"
H (+ pediment) 64"
W 41"
D 17"
England c.1900
Ref: ML 164
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C19th pastel portrait drawing of aristocratic woman in large gilt-wood and gesso surround frame.
C19th pastel portrait drawing of aristocratic woman in large gilt-wood and gesso surround frame .Subtlely coloured drawing in grey and blue tones , a well-executed half-length art-work of a lady in C18th style grey silk costume with powdered wig . Drawn in pastels on paper , mounted upon canvas and behind glass (apologies for reflections). In the style of, and by a follower of, John Russell of Guildford (1745-1806).Wonderful serene depiction of this beautiful and enigmatic lady of aristocratic bearing drawn in subdued colours and showing great attention to detail. Good original condition throughout. Gilding on frame is original and has achieved a very nice aged warmth. H. 40" x W . 35" . England c 1820.
Ref: MLBO141
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Late C19th George I style walnut card table
Late C19th George I style walnut card table. Fantastic copy of an important early C18th fold-over gaming table. Raised on carved cabriole legs with shell-carved knees and claw and ball feet, carved conch-shell decoration to the frieze.The veneered and banded top with 'fumed ' polish finish and distressing to imitate age and wear. Double-gate action to rear supports. Vibrantly coloured needle-work interior in early C18th style in perfect condition ,depicting playing cards ,gambling chips etc .The shaped fold-over top with 'guinea counter' scoop corners or candle-wells. W 33" D17 " H 30". England c 1890.
Ref: MLBO 1310
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Pair C19th 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze vases.
Pair C19th 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze vases .Mounted on fluted black marble bases ,subtle verdegris patinated models of the Albani vase after the antique. Well-cast copies of the antique discovered in Rome in the mid C18th by the excavation of grounds of a Villa during a dig sponsored by the great collector, connoisseur and patron of ancient art antiquities ,Cardinal Alessandro Albani,and then housed in the art collections of Villa Albani . The rims with 'egg and dart' borders above a vine leaf decorated collar. The body cast with bearded masks of male gods set amongst drapery and lion-skins, whilst the handles are formed by twisted vine branches, standing on a fluted socle. The antique was thought to have originally stood outside the ancient Temple of Bacchus. H 14" x W ( inc. handles)12 " x Dia (of bowl)8" .Standard wine-bottle used to illustrate impressive scale.
Ref: MLB 5
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C19th Regency period rosewood side cabinet
C19th Regency period rosewood side /pier cabinet . Replaced Verde Antico marble top and brass grille in door . Nice rich colour and figuring . .Strong crisply carved capital column decoration .Fitted 2 interior shelves (key) H 36" W 34" D 14"
Ref: ML 152
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C19th brass-bound mahogany umbrella/stick-stand of semi-circular form.
C19th brass-bound mahogany umbrella/stick-stand of semi-circular form . Good quality mahogany flat-back ribbed-form section stand. Deep-moulded weighted base for stability, integral open shaped carrying handle to top of rear. Bound with quality brass bands which provide a striking contrast to the rich mahogany body. Fitted with a loose /removable 'jappaned' tin liner with folding carrying loops. Excellent rich colour and patina. Waxed and cleaned ready to use. Minor old knocks and bruising commensurate with age ,use and purpose.
A useful and smart piece of furniture to grace a hall-way or boot-room.
(Note: Identical model sold Bonhams ,New Bond St., London 03/06/2015 Lot 246 £3000)
H 33"
W 13"
D 8"
England c.1870
Ref: Ml 156
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