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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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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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Pair late C19th/early C20th George I period style walnut framed armchairs
Pair late C19th/early C20th George I period style walnut framed armchairs. Well-executed copies of important early C18th walnut armchairs, upholstered in beautiful period-style richly-coloured floral design needlework/tapestry (some minor wear to seat).'Shepherds-crook' arms ,shaped cabriole legs with c-scrolls ,shell-carved knees terminating in scroll carved feet. The top centre back carved with scallop-shell decoration. Shaped serpentine front-rail and stylish shaped backs. Rich colour timber and overall good condition. H(back)42" x (seat) 18" x W 23".
England c. 1900
Ref: MLWA142
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Impressive late C19th cast-iron, brass and steel fire-basket
Impressive late C19th cast-iron, brass and steel fire-basket. Almost certainly Irish with well-cast detailed back featuring garlands, vines and sun mask , with open-twist finial supports on brass 'claw and ball' feet. Serpentine front with pierced Vitruvian scroll frieze .Old minor repair to back (shown).Loose fire-brick to back. A stylish and functional fire-place accessory. A very similar fire-basket can be found at Myrtle Grove, Yougal ,Co. Cork,Eire. ,once the home of Sir Walter Raleigh. See "Country Houses of Ireland" by The Knight of Glin and James Peill.
H 42 "
D 16 "
W 36".
Ireland c. 1890
Ref: ML135
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Pair late C19th French ormolu-mounted 'rouge' marble urns.
Pair late C19th French ormolu-mounted 'rouge' marble urns. Wonderful purple figured marble bodies with ormolu bronze floral swags with rose-heads and sun-flowers, and twin loop handles, in the Louis XVI style. Stiff-leaf design cast ormolu bronze cup bases with ribbon cast ormolu mounts onto the socle base fitted to square plinths. Detachable lids with ormolu flambeau finial tops .Stunning decorative French solid marble vases and covers , with a fantastic colour not dissimilar to the illustrious and highly desirable 'Blue-John' (Derbyshire Spa) mined in England. No damage or repairs, all complete. H 17" x W (bodies) 7". France c 1880.
Ref: MLJQ 142
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Late C19th Chinese 'mother o'pearl'-inlaid hardwood console table
Late C19th Chinese 'mother o'pearl inlaid hardwood console table . Well-carved and pierced friezes with fruit,leaves and 'endless knot' design. Reeded frame and 'stepped' stretchers to base and carved feet. Inset white marble top , surrounded with floral 'mother'o pearl' shell inlay .Of tapering form back to front ,and a good practical height. No damage or losses , and good heavy timber. H 33" x W(front)17" x W(back)32" x D 18" . China c .1890
Ref: MLPF 1311
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Pair C19th Regency period mahogany hall-chairs
Pair C19th Regency period mahogany hall-chairs on reeded sabre legs . Excellent colour ,timber and condition.(2)
Ref: ML 116
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C19th Italian carved alabaster sculpture "Ariadne on the Panther" after Heinrich Dannecker.
C19th Italian carved alabaster sculpture "Ariadne on the Panther" after Heinrich Danneker.

Carved alabaster sculpture after the marble original by Heinrich Danneker (German b. 1758 Stuttgart d. 1841).

This masterpiece by Dannecker is considered by some to be a 'modern' classic and is perhaps one of the best known and important German sculptures of the 19th century. The sculpture shows the Greek goddess Ariadne , lying in divine nakedness on one of Dionysus' panthers.
Completed in 1824, it was heavily damaged by bombing at Frankfurt in October 1943 , and it's restoration was only completed in 1978. It is now exhibited at the Liebeg-Haus in Frankfurt.

In Greek Mythology , Ariadne , having been abandoned by Theseus , is comforted by Bacchus/Dionysus on the island of Naxos and carried to him , her head crowned with a garland of grape leaves , on a panther.

This well-executed and detailed scale reduction in carved alabaster , is an accurate copy of the iconic original .

Minor historic professional restoration to fingers of one hand and a repaired break to tail of the panther.

H 15"
W 14"
D 6"
Italy c.1870

Ref: ML169
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