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C19th Regency period x-framed rosewood dressing stool or window seat.
C19th Regency period x-framed rosewood dressing stool or window seat. Great size and elegant classically-inspired design based on ancient Roman curule shape ,double-sided (ie. free-standing) with 'egg and dart' style carved seat- edge. Recent neutral silk upholstery and in very good order . Has been in sun-light to one side hence pale colour of frame .
W 40"
D 16"
H 19".
England c. 1820
Ref: ML 133
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Early C19th Regency period mahogany centre pedestal occasional or lamp-table.
Early C19th Regency period mahogany centre pedestal occasional or lamp-table. Finely-proportioned elegant single-drawer table of free-standing symmetrical design . Reeded-edge top ,with reeded decoration to shaped drawer-front. The single mahogany-lined shallow 'concealed' frieze drawer with scroll ends and paterae/draught terminals. The reverse with identical silhouette frieze. Raised on finely-turned column , onto quadrupite concave base. Scrolled and moulded shaped legs of exaggerated form ,with hipped paterae decoration , paterae-mounted inverted scroll toes with gilt-metal ball feet. Excellent condition and mellow patina , the top having benefitted from re-polishing some 20 years ago. Cleaned and waxed ready to use.(Inventory mark/initials painted to underside of top)
H 29 " x W 26" x D 18 ".
England c. 1820
Ref: MLWJC 1411
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C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir carved serpentine marble ink-stand set with carved lava cameos.
C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir carved serpentine marble ink-stand set with carved lava cameos. A South Italian , Neapolitan, two-piece carved 'Prato verde' or Serpentina Moschinata , marble ink-stand with gadrooned body and sectioned lid set with oval carved coloured lava profile cameos of classical and Renaissance Italian philosophers and poets framed in brass mounts. The central raised knop handle also inset with a brass-framed carved circular cameo . The inside of the top contains a glazed and brass-framed period gouache/body watercolour study depicting the Bay of Naples and the erupting volcanic Mount Vesuvius. The outer ring retains the original hand- scripted paper labels identifying 6 of the cameo profiles such as "Aristotle", "Petrarch", "Dante" etc.

The base section fitted with 2 glass ink-wells with brass rims and 2 pen/quill-holders (1 brass ferrule missing).

The different lava rock cameos having obtained their individual colours from the oxidisation and crytallised nature of the various cooled minerals from the volcanic eruption and lava flow.

This type of ink-stand was produced in the Naples area of Italy during the mid C19th as souvenirs for tourists visiting the historic sites and sights of the European 'Grand Tour'.

In good original condition , with one historic repaired crack to the lid.

(For a similar example see Christies Sale 7889 /Lot 272 9/12/2010 3375)

H 5"
W 6"
D 6"
Italy , Naples c.1870
Ref: ML 1605
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Late C19th mahogany glazed Chippendale revival double bookcase.
Late C19th mahogany glazed Chippendale revival double bookcase.

Capacious 4-door mahogany library bookcase with intricately-glazed astragal doors , 'blind-fret' decoration and elegant pierced fret-work 'swan-neck' broken-arch pediment cornice. Fitted with adjustable shelves to both sections . The whole raised on a plinth base.

Well-defined Chippendale style 'Chinese blind-fret' carved detail and carved square corner blocks. The impressive fret-work cornice surmount with dentil moulded detail and carved rosette terminals to the arch .

Fitted with brass bolts and locks to the doors and supplied with 2 original keys.
Divides into 3 sections for transportation and ease of movement .

Original polish and finish, has minor areas of fading and colour variance from sun-light exposure.

Excellent condition with no losses, damage or repairs.

H(overall) 96"
W (extreme)50"
W (base) 48"
D (top) 10"
D (base) 16"
England c.1890
Ref: ML 1611
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Fascinating C19th Victorian folk-art 'scratch-built' whimsical diorama of the Jacobean mansion "Aston Hall" , Birmingham .
Fascinating C19th Victorian period folk-art 'scratch-built' whimsical diorama of the Jacobean manor "Aston Hall",Birmingham.

Three-quarter aspect view diorama of the facade and front terrace of "Aston Hall" , Birmingham ,England . Built using wood , paper and various coloured foils and seaweed elements , to form the impressive winged facade and front planted terrace of the Grade1-listed Jacobean red-brick manor constucted in 1618 for Sir Thomas Holte . Now open as a Museum.

Featuring the balustraded and turreted manor with its distinctive central clock tower. The foliage composed of seaweed or lichens , the stained-glass windows with coloured foil backs . Contained in a scratch-built wooden frame/case lined with vivid cobalt blue paper. Each corner with a 'tree' behind . The terrace with a central garden urn detail , flanked by a pair of 'planted' vases.

In good original condition with minor losses and natural aging throughout.

H 18"
W 27"
D 14"
England c. 1860



Ref: ML 1612
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Fine C19th Italian gilded bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir architectural model of a Cathedral dome or 'Tempietto'.
Fine C19th Italian gilded bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir architectural model of a Cathedral dome or 'Tempietto'. Cast bronze model with fine architectural detail of the dome of a Cathedral or monument , mounted upon a block of Siena marble. Possibly conceived as a pastille burner, the lift-off lid with a removable frame-work inside.
Excellent attention to detail with arched apertures, finely detailed Corinthian-capped columns with incised block-work detail ,and a bell-tower /cupola surmount.

Although it has similarities to the dome of St.Paul's Cathedral in London , the Siena base and style of gilded /patinated bronze and casting , suggest Italian origin . It could be a true representation of a landmark dome or indeed an idealised model sold as a souvenir to 'Grand Tourists'.

In excellent original condition , with only minor rubbing and wear to the patination of the bronze commensurate with age and use.

Smart addition to a 'Grand Tour' collection of architectural models.

H (full) 9"
H (bronze) 8"
Dia 4.75"
Base 5" sq.
Italy c. 1870
Ref: ML165
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Early C19th George IV period mahogany 2 drawer writing/library table in the manner of Gillows of Lancaster.
Early C19th George IV period mahogany 2 drawer writing/library table in the manner of Gillows of Lancaster. Of free-standing form with shallowly panelled friezes to all sides and asymmetrical /concealed drawer fronts. The drawers fitted with brass escutcheons and working brass locks (with key) , having never been fitted with knobs or handles. Raised on tapering reeded legs to a turned foot into original patinated brass socket castors .
The rounded-corner top with a 'thumb-mould' edge. Fitted with an old replacement green leather inset writing surface which has rubbed gold and 'blind-tooled' decoration.
The drawers with fine hand-cut dove-tails ,mahogany linings and quarter dust-beads.

High-quality timber and fittings which both allude ,together with the overall design , to the celebrated cabinet-makers Gillows of Lancaster.

Excellent ready-to-use condition , with good original rich patination and colour.
Cleaned and waxed in our workshops.
W 48"
H 29"
D 28"
England c.1825
Ref: ML1601
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C19th French bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze sculpture after the antique of "Diana Chasseresse" /"Diana the Huntress" by Ferdinand Barbedienne Foundry.
C19th French bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze sculpture after the antique of "Diana Chasseresse" / "Diana the Huntress". Large scale bronze by the celebrated Parisian foundry of Ferdinand Barbedienne (1810-1892) , signed on the reverse by the foundry and also bearing the impressed stamp of Achille Collas ,whose invention introduced the technique to produce smaller scale reductions of large classical statuary. `The marble original now housed in the Louvre , Paris , being a Roman (1st or 2nd century AD) over life-size copy of a lost Greek original c.325 BC . Discovered in Italy reputedly at Hadrian's Villa at Tivoli, the statue was gifted to Henry II of France by Pope Paul IV in 1556. Portrayed as a Huntress, the Goddess of the Chase has her quiver of arrows across her back ,and is attended by a buck deer ,with her left hand gripping part of her bow .She wears a short Dorian chiton ,a himation around her waist and sandals on her feet. Excellent condition and good consistent patination. Good clear foundry marks.
H 21"
W 12".
France c. 1870
Ref: MLAF 1412
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C18th Dutch marquetry-inlaid mahogany 'silver' table
C18th Dutch marquetry-inlaid mahogany 'silver' table .Elegant mahogany centre-table on cabriole legs , dished tray-top with floral marquetry decoration and re-entrant corners. Pad feet with moulded 'hip' to knee of the leg. Good colour and patina, no breaks. Minor losses to marquetry in top , and minor shrinkage crack .
H 27"
W 30"
D 20" .
Holland c .1770
Ref: MLI 13111
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Pair late C19th/early C20th Chinese hardwood stands.
Pair late C19th/early C20th Chinese hardwood stands. Well-carved pair of rosewood/huali tables with rouge/pink marble inset tops (1 with old repairs to crack)standing on claw feet .Good carved and fretted friezes. Very good quality and colour. 16" x 12" X H 17". China c. 1900.
Ref: MLBO 137
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Late C19th Indian ivory-inlaid 'shisham'(Indian rosewood) octagonal table on hinged folding base.
Late C19th Indian ivory-inlaid 'shisham'(Indian rosewood) octagonal table on hinged folding base . Profusely ivory-inlaid top-quality table with ebony/ivory chevron edge . Foliate leaf and vine trailing designs with a central ring surrounded by a most unusual ring of 'open work' carved ivory. Panelled and arcaded base with ivory inlay and chevron decoration . Bears paper label on both parts for "Ohri Brothers ,Hoshiarpur , N. India ". Hoshiarpur, in the Punjab, was a centre for the production of these fashionable exotic 'Moorish' style wares as marketed by the likes of Liberty and Tiffany . An outstanding example of good scale , and in great condition .W 24 " H 24". India c 1890.
Ref: MLMJ 1311
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C19th George II style carved mahogany 'Gainsborough' armchair.
C19th George II style carved mahogany 'Gainsborough' library armchair. Well-carved frame of wide, generous proportions . Bold cabriole legs to front and rear with 'c' scrolls ,leaf carving and richly patinated timber . Heavily carved 'scallop' seat-edge with acanthus leaf carved arms and leaf-wrapped feet . Upholstered in old floral tapestry fabric. Stunning copy of an important early Georgian period armchair .
W(seat)27"
H 19"
W(between arms)25"
D 23"
H(back)46"
England c . 1880.

Ref: MLB139
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C18th style Italian Venetian-design carved gilt-wood mirror.
C18th style Venetian carved gilt-wood mirror. Very clean gilded surround with minor rubbing showing red gesso ground in places .Good carved detail with flower-head and rococco carving .Clean mirror plate with only minor foxed areas , and with cartouche mirror above. No breaks or losses. H 66 " x W 46" . Italy c.1920
Ref: MLI 137
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Late C19th Chinese Qing Dynasty hardwood side or centre table.
Late C19th Chinese Qing Dynasty hardwood side or centre table. Darkly-polished 'hongmu'/rosewood side table with 'floating' panel top and carved geometric detail frieze. Free-standing design on four square-section corner legs onto scroll-carved feet. Very good condition , with minor shrinkage to panel top and a small crack . Useful scale table of elegant proportions ,ideal as console or hall table. Rich ,dark, heavy quality timber with well-patinated top showing highlighted areas. W 37" x D 18.5 " x H 34". China c. 1890
Ref: MLCA 144
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C19th bronze figure "Venus de Milo "
Late C19th bronze figure "Venus de Milo ". Inscribed on base 'Musee du Louvre' and name plaque to front . Good large-scale image.
Rich/dark patination . H 39 "
Ref: ML 103
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Pair C19th Victorian walnut cabriole leg stools.
Pair C19th Victorian walnut cabriole leg stools . Good carved leg , nice timber and serpentine outline . Reupholstered in traditional manner .Excellent condition. H 18" W 25" D 20" (2)
Ref: ML 120
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C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze after the antique of " Augustus Caesar Prima Porta"
C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze after the antique of " Augustus Caesar Prima Porta". Well-cast and sharply detailed bronze copy of the iconic marble antique original of the Imperator , the first of the Roman Emperors 27 BC- 14 AD. In this study Augustus is depicted as commander-in-chief of the Roman army , dressed in military attire , posed with his arm raised as an orator probably addressing his legions , and carrying a consular baton. The elements combining to portray both the martial and political characteristics of the great leader. The 2m high original 1st Century AD marble statue was discovered in 1863 in the grounds of the Villa of Livia at Prima Porta near Rome, and is now shown in the 'Braccio Nuovo' of the Vatican Museums. The 'cuirass' or breast-plate, is finely detailed with bas-reliefs featuring diverse Roman deities including Mars the God of war, Diana, Apollo and Sol the sun god. The design also features symbolism and personifications of conquered territories and celebrates his victories in Hispania, Gaul, Germania and Parthia, and the return of the lost Roman legionary eagles , as well as Augustus's establishment of Pax Romana.The sphinxes on the shoulders represent the defeat of Cleopatra, the sheathed sword represents the subjected peoples (ie The Celts) , whilst the back of the cuirass is decorated with a large spread-eagle.The small cupid at his feet(riding on a dolphin ,Venus's patron animal)is a reference to the claim that the Julian family were direct descendants of the goddess Venus. The bare-footed pose also alludes to his status as a hero, and perhaps even him being regarded a god , as was the deified Julius Caesar his great-uncle.
Good consistent patination, one small joint 'opening' on the upper part of the out-stretched arm.
H 20" x W 8" x D 6".
Italy c.1880
Ref: MLAF 1412
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Pair of C19th mahogany pier or side tables in the style of Robert Adam.
Pair of C19th mahogany pier or side tables in the style of Robert Adam . Pair of C18th style Adam revival tables with neo-classical carved decoration . Oblong side or pier tables with fluted friezes , 'sun-flower' oval paterae , carved 'blind-fret' corner brackets and trailing husk carving to the legs. Faithful copies of an important pair of C18th Robert Adam (1728-1792) design tables influenced by his interpretations of the architectural elements of Ancient Rome . Solid Cuban mahogany tops, moulded tapering square-section legs, with carved detail to ends. Good colour and condition with some marks and stains to tops consistent with age and aging .A useful pair of neo-classical style tables of C18th design. Provenance: 'Albright House' , Charlbury, Oxfordshire. H 28" x D 19" x W 39" . England c.1880
Ref: MLMO 149
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Late C19th cold-painted bronze study of a cockatoo by Franz Bergman.
Late C19th cold-painted bronze study of a cockatoo by Franz Bergman (1861-1936) . Good-scale Viennese bronze study modelled by the famous Austrian sculptor and foundry-owner . Naturalistically-painted plumage with rustic perch base. Some minor rubbing to feathers of back and rear of head. Stamped to base of bird with Bergman monogram in Amphora mark, the tail stamped "Geschutzt" (registered/patented) and with numbers 8353 .H. 12". Austria, Vienna c. 1900
Ref: MLMJ 148
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Pair of early C20th Northern Italian inlaid walnut bedside cupboards in the late C18th style of the Lombardy region.
Pair of early C20th Northern Italian inlaid walnut beside cupboards in the late C18th style of the Lombardy region. Copies of an important pair of neoclassically-inlaid marquetry 'commodini' in the manner of the celebrated C18th Italian Milanese cabinet-maker Giuseppe Maggiolini . Inlaid and banded with kingwood , tulip-wood and various fruit-woods , raised on short tapering legs, each fitted with a single frieze drawer and cupboard. Tops and door fronts inlaid and banded with similar marquetry design within cross-banded borders, whilst the sides inlaid with vignettes of crossed torches. Excellent condition and colour, with no repairs or damage . A true pair with opposing opening doors. Quality gilt-brass fittings and key.
H 28"
D 15.5"
W 19.5"
Italy c.1920
Ref: MLBO 155
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