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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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Impressive pair of late C19th French bronze vase-bodied lamps of classical design .
Impressive pair of late C19th French bronze vase-bodied lamps of classical design. Tapering ovoid vase bodies with all-round relief cast decoration of dancing classical maidens or nymphs and a running 'Greek-key' type decoration ,taking it's inspiration from antiquity. The fixed cover tops each with twin entwined serpent handles and fluted detailing . Raised upon fluted square socle bases with twin steps and concave corners, and with fluted and wreath-cast decoration .
Adjustable height bulb-stems with acorn finial shade holders.

Excellent colour ,patina and quality , possibly by the Ferdinand Barbedienne Foundry ,Paris, but unmarked or signed.

Executed in the style and manner of the C18th French sculptor Claude-Michel Clodion (1738-1814)
Minor rubbing to handles.
Good quality period-style fittings , can be re-wired to clients specification.
(The pleated silk-lined shades are included)

H(body) 19"
H(overall) 33"
W (handles) 9"
Base 6" sq.
France c. 1880
Ref: ML1603
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Rare C19th New Zealand marquetry/parquetry top tripod base occasional table in the manner of Anton Sueffert.
Rare C19th New Zealand marquetry/parquetry top tripod base occasional table in the manner of Anton Sueffert. Marquetry 'star-on-star' radiating motif circular top inlaid with New Zealand indigenous specimen timber veneers, thumb-moulded edge . The tripod scroll-foot base with carved finial and swollen turned stem.
The top fitted onto the base by wooden screw dowel , the shaped bearer beneath of distinctive shape and form .

The timbers used appear to include Totara , Rewarewa, Kohekohe and numerous others.

Made in the manner and style of the celebrated emigre cabinet-maker Anton Sueffert ,renown for this type of inlaid furniture and the use of native New Zealand timbers.

Excellent original condition with no losses to marquetry top.
Good original patina , has been cleaned and waxed in our workshops.

H. 28"
Dia 22"
New Zealand c.1870
Ref: ML 164
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Early C19th Regency period gilt-wood overmantel mirror .
Early C19th Regency period gilt-wood overmantel mirror . The frame decorated with carved 'split-reel' design moulding with decorative leaf-carved corners . The concave channelled frame terminating in blocks to the uprights .

Good original gilding throughout . The original back with oak panels .
Clean mirror plate , possibly an old replacement .

A good scale mirror of pleasing simple design .

W 68"
D 3"
H 42"
England c.1820
Ref: ML 167
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Pair of late C19th/early C20th cast plaster Corinthian-capped fluted architectural columns .
Pair of late C19th/early C20th cast plaster Corinthian-capped fluted architectural columns . Impressive tall pair of classical columns for interior use . Cast plaster onto a wooden core , for use as a decorative feature , not for load-bearing construction .
Well-defined detail to the caps with concave sides , scroll corners and 'egg-and-dart' mouldings . The shafts of the columns with crisply-defined flutes.
Old paint finish.

In excellent condition with no breaks , damage or losses.

H 89"
W (Base) 12" sq.
W (Cap) 14" sq.
D 12"
England c.1900
Ref: ML 167
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Matched 'pair' of late C19th Anglo-Indian carved shisham octagonal tables on folding bases.
Matched 'pair' of late C19th Anglo-Indian carved shisham octagonal tables on folding bases.

High quality tightly-carved octagonal tops of varying carved detail but of identical size , design and scale . Each with geometric and trailing floral and leaf motif designs . The folding and hinged carved bases each with intricate 'pinjra' or 'bird-cage' work , geometric open-fret-work panels of the type traditionally employed in Indian architecture.

Produced by principally Sikh craftsmen in the Simla (or Shimla) hill-top region of Northern India , in locally sourced "shisham" timber for export to the English market .

Both tables of matching dimensions and scale , excellent matched pair of tables to bring symmetry to an interior scheme.

Each table in excellent original condition with no breaks, damage or losses. One table slightly darker in colour , both in dry untouched state . Could be waxed and 'colour-matched' if desired.

Highly fashionable in England during the late C19th , these exotic imports and similarly designed articles of furniture , were produced for leading retailers such as ' Liberty's ' of London .

H 25"
W 24"
D 24"
India c.1880
Ref: ML 1612
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Large and impressive pair of late C19th/early C20th French gilt-metal mounted marble vases in the Louis XVI style.
Large and impressive pair of late C19th/early C20th French gilt-metal mounted marble vases in the Louis XVI style.

Caramel-coloured marble bodied vases with well-cast gilt bronze mounts raised on square section bases. Of good large scale and proportions, with well-chosen figured marble bodies and intricate mounts . The sides with horned goat or rams-head mounts , whilst the lateral cast leaf band has a central mask motif . The bodies with swags of flower-head design, the tapering body is held in a feathered or 'fleched' mount onto a spreading socle foot . Cast wreath rings to the bases and cast finials to the fixed 'lid' tops.

The metal mounts having a subtle aged patina .

Excellent original condition with no damage or repairs.

Over-sized pair of decorative vases with dramatic visual impact.

H 22"
W 8"
D 8"
France c.1900
Ref: ML 1702
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Rare set of 4 grand mid C19th 'Country-House' carved gilt-wood corbel curtain-pole supports.
Rare set of 4 grand mid C19th 'Country-House' carved gilt-wood corbel curtain-pole supports.

Superb set of 4 water-gilded carved corbel supports (ie 2 pairs or for use as a long set across a window).

Well-carved scrolling 'stiff-leaf' corbels each with apertures through to support the curtain poles. The scrolls with intricately carved flower-head detail. The flowers appear to be highly symbolic and romantic Myosotis or "Forget-me-nots" .

Mounted upon gilded flat wooden back-plates of stylised gothic outline .

In excellent original condition with minor rubbing and wear to the original gilding , showing atmospheric red gesso ground beneath. Some minor losses to gesso.

Fitted with original metal supports to provide strength when fitted and hung with drapes, which could easily removed if desired.

Interestingly the reverses with pencil inscriptions for the locations of original positioning , "North Front" etc .

H 24"
W 6"
D 10"
England c.1850
Ref: ML 1611
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Late C17th/ early C18th Japanese Edo period Imari pattern porcelain vase.
Late C17th / early C18th Japanese Edo period Imari pattern porcelain vase.

Fine Edo period porcelain vase circa 1700 , painted with all-round decoration featuring exotic birds and phoenixes , pines trees , butterflies, landscapes and chrysanthemum flowers. The 'shoulders' decorated with blue and white trailing foliate detail and shaped cartouches or reserves with vases of flowers. Featuring the distinctive bold colour palette of the period ,with strong iron-red , gold, cobalt and inky blue painting .

Exotic porcelain vases such as this , from the distant Orient , were highly fashionable and expensive imports during this period , and can be seen in some of the grandest and most important houses and museums of Europe. As now even , their striking colours , glamour and exoticism must have caused a sensation upon arrival . Often placed within fireplace hearths during the summer months to provide colour and decoration whilst fires were not being set .

Excellent condition, with minor rubbing . No breaks , cracks or repairs .

H 17"
W 13"
D 13"
Japan c.1700

Ref: ML 1705
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Early C20th Art Deco period gilt-bronze female nude figurine by Paul Philippe.
Early C20th Art Deco period gilt-bronze female nude figurine by Paul Philippe (1870-1930). Stylish nude study in athletic pose with outstretched arms standing on the balls of her feet, upon a 2-piece portor marble and onyx circular base . A study known as "L'Eveil " ("Awakening "). Signed to base of bronze in script "Philippe ". Some minor rubbing /discolouration to gilding. H 16" .France c.1930
Ref: MLDQ 146
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Early C19th Regency period scroll-end day-bed .
Early C19th Regency period scroll-end day-bed . Classically-inspired Grecian design day-bed of exaggerated asymmetrical scroll-ended form. Free-standing ,double-sided design, finished in original creamy/off-white painted decoration (some old refreshment) with parcel-gilt highlights. The oblong reserves above the legs with original gilded cast-lead decorative floriate mounts . Raised on sabre-legs fitted with original well-defined cast-brass claw castors.
Taking its inspiration from Greek antiquity and popularised by the neo-classical designs of the likes of Thomas Hope ,George Smith, and drawings from Ackermans 'Repository of Arts'.
A rare survivor retaining its original calico base covering. In good original 'country house' condition.
W 68"
D 26"
H (seat) 15"
England c.1810
Ref: ML 1510
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William IV period mahogany hall-bench
William IV period mahogany hall bench . Great colour and condition. Turned supports and applied paterae decoration . Unusual shaped profile ends to seat . H 17" W 48" D 13"
Ref: ML 117
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