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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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Early C19th George IV period bronze and gilt-bronze twin-branch colza lamp.
Early C19th George IV period bronze and gilt-bronze twin-branch colza lamp.

Classically-inspired design bronze lamp with urn-shaped central reservoir and twin-light arms with their apparently original etched glass globe shades. Well-cast detail throughout with exceptional gilt bronze claw feet. The stem with foliate scroll detail and an applied mask motif .

Colza being rapeseed oil which became a popular fuel choice for lighting during this period, the lamp system having been pioneered and patented in France by Aime Argand in 1780.

Probably made by Thomas Messenger & Sons, Birmingham, though unmarked.

Consistent dark patination with contrasting gilded elements.

Excellent condition, having been adapted for electrical use , and has been professionally re-wired and tested in our workshops. Fitted with traditional style cotton-covered 3-core twisted flex.

H 23"
W 15"
D 7"
England c.1825
Ref: ML 1702
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Large pair of early C20th composition classical terrace/garden vases ,of campana form and copies of the antique Gaeta vase.
Large pair of early C20th composition classical design terrace/garden vases , of campana form and copies of the antique Gaeta vase.

Highly decorative pair of reconstituted or 'cast-stone' vases decorated with all-round classical figure relief and with satyr, or Bacchus mask, handle terminals . Raised on a spreading fluted foot onto to a square base, the top roll-over edge with 'egg and dart' detail .

Faithful copies of the esteemed ancient carved marble Gaeta vase now in the National Museum , Naples ,Italy . Named after the town of its discovery in central Italy , the antique Gaeta vase was created by the Greek sculptor Salpion in 1st century B.C .

The decoration represents Hermes,the Greek God, giving the infant Dionysus to the Nymphs to raise and educate him .

Of good large scale with a pleasing weathered patina and surface. Each vase in two sections for ease of movement , and located on a central spigot .

One old repair to cracked corner of square base . No chips , repairs or breaks to bodies .

Great decorative statement , would work equally well indoors or out, whether in a terrace or garden setting , hallway or orangery.

H 36"
D 25"
W 25"
Base 16.5" sq.
England or Italy c.1920
Ref: ML 1612
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Pair of early C20th lacquered tubular brass-framed leather-topped 2-tier etageres.
Pair of early C20th lacquered tubular brass-framed leather-topped 2-tier etageres.

Quality pair of Regency style brass-framed etageres or end tables . The lacquered brass frames with acorn finials and reeded moulded lateral edges and ring details . Raised on integrally fitted castors.

The tooled sage green leather tops with both 'blind' and gilt tooling of the highest quality and definition .

Minor old water stains to the leather tops.

H 24"
W 12"
D 16"
England c. 1920 .
Ref: ML 1612
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Early C19th late George III / early Regency period gilt-wood and gesso triple-plate 'landscape' overmantel mirror.
Early C19th late George III / early Regency period gilt-wood and gesso triple-plate 'landscape' overmantel mirror. Elegantly-designed mirror with fine classical carved and gesso decoration with architectural Doric-capped fluted column support uprights. The 'pounced' ground frieze with ribbon bows and flower-garland swags , oval sun-flower paterae and featuring a large central oval 'cameo' plaque with amorini/ putti at play.
The original plates with shallow hand-bevelling , divided by finely carved beaded and 'split-pearl' moulding. The break-front ended cornice with laurel-leaf wrapped decoration . Standing on gilded ball-feet.

Original gilding which has achieved a subtle warm patina . The backboards having been replaced due to age deterioration.

In overall excellent condition , minor chips and wear commensurate with age.
W 63"
H 30"
D 3"
England c.1805
Ref: ML1601
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Large mid C19th Japanese Imari porcelain vase.
Large mid C19th Japanese Imari porcelain vase. Impressively-scaled ,highly-decorative vase painted with the bold colours and gilding of the Imari pattern and palette. Of tapering octagonal form , with peony and chrysanthemum-type flower-head design decorated body with vignette panels of vines, grapes and 'Oriental' fantasy landscapes. Striking combination of design and colours ,with strong cobalt blues, reds, gold and with green highlights.
A stunning 'tour-de-force' example of Japanese porcelain at its most exuberant and flamboyant best.

Wonderful decorative vase , which alternatively could be fitted and wired as a lamp-base.

No cracks or damage to the body , minor historic repair to one facet of the raised neck(shown).
H 25"
Dia.(widest) 17"
Japan c.1860
Ref: ML1602
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Suite of 3 early C20th brass-framed glass-topped reception room tables of Empire design.
Suite of early C20th brass-framed glass-topped reception-room tables of Empire design. Smart set of 3 tables with verdigris brass frames and Empire motifs.

Comprising a pair of circular 'drum' tables with reeded column supports , crossed arrow design , 'milled' decoration frames with rosette paterae roundels, together with a matching oblong table . Well-cast elements ,with good detail to the arrow-points and fleches.

Stylish and elegant set of tables providing practical heights and period-style design to complement an interior.

Good aged 'verdigris' /distressed patina .

H(pair) 17" H(oblong) 16"
D 20" D 22"
W 20" W 44"
England or France c . 1920
Ref: ML168
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Pair of early C20th Chinese verdigris bronze lamp-bases of Archaic Shang dynasty 'Fanglei' design.
Pair of early C29th Chinese verdigris bronze lamp-bases of Archaic Shang Dynasty 'Fanglei' design .

Smart pair of incricately-cast bronze lamp-bases imitating ancient Chinese ritual wine or food vessels /vases or 'Fanglei' , from the Archaic Chinese Bronze Age c. 1650 BC.

Such ancient bronze vessels were used for the purposes of ancestor veneration and worship in Chinese culture.

The cast decoration of traditional Chinese archaic style with stylised eyes and mask imagery.

Mounted onto bleached hardwood stands and feet of typical Chinese form , with corresponding wooden 'lids'. All-round cast decoration , of free-standing form .

Well-executed aged verdigris /ancient patination and finish .

Highly decorative pair of stylish lamp-bases.

Can be rewired to clients' specification (inclusive of price).

H(excluding lamp fitting) 15"
W 8"
D 5"
China /Asia c. 1920
Ref: ML 169
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Late C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir marble paperweight with inlaid micro-mosaic panels depicting scenes of Ancient Rome.
Late C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir marble paperweight with inlaid micro-mosaic panels depicting scenes from Ancient Rome.

Good cartouche-shaped 'Nero Belgio' black marble paperweight inset with 7 micro-mosaic oval scenes, each surrounded with a malachite-banded border.

The largest central scene depicting "St.Peters Square". Clockwise, the scenes depict "The Roman Forum", "The Temple of Hercules" , "Castello di Angelo" ,"The Coliseum ", "Arch of Constantine ", and "The Pantheon".

Skilful and expensive souvenirs such as this were produced from the C18th onward by the likes of the Vatican workshops and others , to supply the demand for souvenirs from rich tourists visiting the Eternal City .

All in excellent original condition with no losses, repairs or damage. Minor nicks and small chips to the edges of black marble .

H 5"
W 6.5"
D 1"
Italy ,Rome c.1870
Ref: ML 1611
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Late C18th/Early C19th Dutch leather draught screen .
Late C18th/Early C19th Dutch leather draught screen. Great bright colours ,good height and condition . 4-Fold . H 78" W 96"
Ref: ML 280
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Royal Worcester Porcelain plaque by R.Rushton
Royal Worcester Porcelain plaque by R.Rushton.Date code 1917 and signed by R.Rushton entitled to rear "The Severn near Arley " (Worcestershire).Plaque size 6" x 4", original factory frame 12" x 10".Under glass at present. Very pretty. c. 1917
Ref: ML 988
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Early C20th French glass chandelier
Early C20th French glass chandelier .Striking coloured drops and nicely cut lozenge facets .An impressive scale 8-branch chandelier on gilded 'bird-cage' frame .All complete , no losses or damage. H 29" (not including rose or chain ) Dia 26". c.1920
Ref: ML 888
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Pair early C20th George I style walnut library armchairs
Pair early C20th George I style walnut library armchairs.Good large scale chairs with 'shepherds crook' arms ,cabriole legs with carving to knees ,claw and ball feet. Broad carved vase-shaped splats with roundels and carved details to frame . Shaped front rail with drop-in seats. Nice mellow colour timber and of broad ,deep proportions .Faithfully produced quality copies of a pair of important early Georgian period chairs.
England c .1920
Ref: ML 70
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