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C19th mid-Victorian period figured and burr walnut library 'drum' table.
C19th mid-Victorian period figured and burr walnut library 'drum' table. Fitted with 4 opposing mahogany-lined frieze drawers all retaining original turned knob pulls ,and mounted upon a carved baluster vase column base with 3-splay carved cabriole leg supports fitted with concealed original brass castors. Thumb-moulded edge top fitted with a quality replacement hand-tooled gilt and 'blind'-tooled burgundy/claret leather insert with sympathetically aged surface. The rich burgundy leather centre with gilded band of outer classically-inspired motifs, an inner gold Iine and large central 'blind' motif , provides an arresting combination and contrast with the beautifully figured walnut veneered border.
The quality walnut veneers are of highly-figured and burr grain , whilst the base is carved from solid walnut .
A robustly constructed table on which top quality materials have been employed.
This table has been fully re-polished and refurbished in the traditional manner in our workshops.

A great hall ,library or centre table in ready-to-use condition.

Dia. 44"
Depth of top 5.5"
H 29.5"
England c.1860
Ref: ML1510
Price: £2,650





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C19th George I revival walnut double corner-cabinet with ovoid and diamond interlaced glazing.
C19th George I revival walnut double corner cabinet with ovoid and diamond interlaced glazing . Faithful copy of an important early C18th style walnut 2-part 4-door corner display cabinet. Authentic period-style rounded 'barrel-back' construction with 2 double-door sections. The interior with shaped ,fixed shelves, has been refreshed to imitate the original traditional 'apple-green' painted finish of the period. Fine cross-grain moulded glazing bars and excellent quality period-style brass decorative pierced and engraved 'butterfly' hinges ,lock escutcheons and interior bolts to the doors. Simple moulded cavetto cornice and standing on shaped plinth base. Figured walnut throughout of excellent warm ,rich colour , with recessed burr walnut panels to the sides.

In excellent condition , cleaned and waxed ,ready to use.
Complete with locks and keys.
(Splits into 2 sections for ease of transportation and movement)
W 44"
H 82"
D 22"
England c. 1870
Ref: MLBS 157
Price: £2,650





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Large late C19th bronzed metal bust of "Paris" after Antonio Canova.
Large late C19th bronzed metal bust of "Paris" after Antonio Canova .

Highly decorative large-scale bronzed bust after the marble original by the Neoclassical Italian sculptor Antonio Canova (1757-1822) c.1812.

The technique employed in this bust study is of a type used by the esteemed English company of Elkington & Co., though unmarked by this manufacturer . The bronze patinated body is a skin , or layer , of moulded copper laid over a composition core , resulting in magnificently detailed finish which copies a finely-cast and vastly more costly bronze casting .

The enormously popular Neoclassical sculptor Antonio Canova frequently made replicas or variants of his major works to satisfy the demand for his art . This particular study is a true-to-scale copy of the marble original , one version of which is in the collection Chicago Institute of Art.

The sculpture depicts the moment in Greek Mythology when the shepherd Paris, ,called by Zeus to judge who was the most beautiful among Hera ,Athena and Aphrodite, turns to gaze at the three goddesses.

Canova exploited the subject to create an ideal head , balancing the geometry of pure forms with the sensuousness of Paris's expression.

Mounted upon an integral circular socle base . The reverse of the bust complete with the sculptor's inscription "Ant .Canova F A 1812" .

Excellent rich 'chocolate' patina throughout. Superb representation of the detail of the marble original .

A beautiful study and copy of the work of the Neoclassical master sculptor.

H 26"
W 16"
D 12"
England or France c.1900
Ref: ML 1705
Price: £2,650





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Superb pair of late C19th Chinese Cantonese intricately carved nacre shells mounted on their original bespoke period carved hardwood stands.
Superb pair of late C19th Chinese Cantonese intricately carved nacre shells mounted on their original bespoke period carved hardwood stands.

Brilliantly carved 'mother of pearl ' or nacre sea-shells with continuous intricate richly detailed designs all over the interior nacre-shell lustre surfaces. The contrasting landscape scenes depicting fantastical Chinese life with mountains and pagodas , one with warriors at battle to the centre. One shell with a beautifully detailed carved fish to the edge.

Displayed upon their original detachable carved blackwood or hardwood stands, with flower-stem and peony flower-head decoration.

The quality of the workmanship being the finest of its type we have seen .

H (full) 13"
H (shell) 8"
D 3"
W 10.5"
China , Canton c.1890
Ref: ML 1703
Price: £2,600




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C19th Regency period mahogany cellarette.
C19th Regency period mahogany cellarette.

Of ancient sarcophagus form ,mahogany with ebony edge , reeded lid ,edge and feet . Canted tapering corners and fitted with lion-mask ring carrying handles to sides. Stands on reeded compressed bun feet with brass castors.

Good original condition . Bears old paper label to interior listing contents of bottles.

Nice faded mellow colour. (Key)
W 25"
D 18"
H 23".
England c.1820
Ref: ML230
Price: £2,600





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Early C19th George III period bow-front 'batchelors'-type chest of drawers.
Early C19th George III period bow-front 'batchelors'-type chest -of -drawers. Most unusually configured bow-front chest of drawers fitted with a brushing slide . The slide is placed in a rarely-featured position beneath the top drawer, in order to be placed at its most practical height. In addition , in another rare feature , the bottom drawer is constructed as two "dummy" or simulated drawers in order to create one single deep drawer, which could accommodate a gentleman's hats or a lady's bonnets.
A wonderful rich original colour, with all original brass ring drawer-handles and back-plates, and original ring-pulls for the slide. Fully oak-lined graduated drawers with cock-beading ,together with original brass locks and escutcheons, and a fully-polished mahogany slide. Moulded edge to the solid mahogany top . Original panelled back .Stands on swept bracket feet, with a subtly-shaped apron frieze.

A rare configuration of a wonderfully proportioned chest-of-drawers, which is both practically and aesthetically designed.
Cleaned and waxed, ready to use.
W 36"
D 22"
H 39".
England c 1810
Ref: MLLE 139
Price: £2,600





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Magnificent large-scale pair of mid C19th cast-iron shallow-bowl garden or terrace vases.
Magnificent large-scale pair of mid C19th cast-iron shallow-bowl garden or terrace vases. Of important scale and presented in their old flakey paint 'Country House' finish , impressive pair of shallow-bowl garden urns/vases. 'Egg and dart' cast rim edges with gadrooned bowls onto a decorative cast collar above a spreading fluted socle foot down to a square plinth base .
No damage or repairs.
Probably produced by Handyside Foundry, Brittania Iron Works ,Derby .
Dia. 30"
H 20"
Depth of bowl 9"
Base 13"sq
England c.1850
Ref: MLDI 159
Price: £2,450





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Early C19th Regency gilt-wood classical design overmantel mirror of good large scale and proportion.
Early C19th Regency gilt-wood classical design overmantel mirror of good large scale and proportion .
All original condition and gilding . Large single mirror plate flanked by Corinthian-capped leaf-wrapped columns of classical inspiration , with leaf embossed cavetto top frieze of breakfront-end form . The base with shallow ebonised mould plinth of conforming shape.

Wonderful original silvered plate with atmospheric aging and foxing . Some minor areas of rubbing to gilding with minor areas of 'bleeding' ,showing base of red/pink gesso.

Strong classical architectural statement.

Original panelled back-boards.

The whole in as found ,original 'country-house' condition.

Minor losses to Corinthian cap detail , which can be sympathetically restored and gilt-matched in our workshops if required.

A mirror of rare and desirable scale , surviving in wonderful original state .

H 52"
W 70"
D 6"
England c.1820
Ref: ML166
Price: £2,450





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Pair of late C19th French rosewood 'petite commodes' or 'tables en chiffoniere' with "Chinoiserie" marquetry inlay.
Pair of late C19th French rosewood 'petite commodes' or 'tables en chiffoniere' with "Chinoiserie" marquetry inlay .

Elegant pair of Louis XV style marquetry inlaid tables , each fitted with 3 oak-lined drawers with gilded rococo-style escutcheons , fitted with sabots to the feet and brass-mounted edges both to the tops and the platform below.

Each raised on cabriole supports with cross-banded edges , and of serpentine outline . The tops , lower tiers , sides and drawer fronts all inlaid with fantastical 'Chinese' scenes of landscapes with pagodas , figures, bridges, boats and exotic birds. The marquetry-work comprising of various fruit-woods , satinwood and exotic wood inlays .

Of free-standing form , with polished backs .

Minor differences to design of marquetry and mixes of timber within the designs indicating the individually hand-made nature of the tables.

Minor colour differences to patina of metalware through exposure to sunlight. One table has a dark mark beneath the original polished surface to the reverse side (shown).

In overall excellent condition .
Cleaned and waxed , ready to use . Minor marks commensurate with age and use.
Could be used equally well as bedside or lamp tables , or in a reception / drawing-room scheme .

Highly decorative and smart pair of practical tables conceived in the C18th taste.
Each table with an original elaborately-cast key to operate the locks fitted on each drawer.

W 17"
D 12"
H 28"
France c. 1890
Ref: ML 168
Price: £2,400





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Pair of late C18th George III period 'faux' or simulated rouge marble wooden Tuscan columns.
Pair of late C18th George III period 'faux' or simulated rouge marble wooden Tuscan columns .

Smart pair of C18th architectural interior columns in the form of the Tuscan order. The partial gilt decorated capitals with 'egg-and-dart' ovolo carved decoration . The gently tapering rouge marbled pine shafts of the columns with well-executed simulation, the ringed bases onto a square section plinth foot.

Have been the subject of some historic over-decoration and restoration to the paint finish and gilding .

A stunning decorative period architectural statement for an interior scheme.

H 89"
W 10"
D 10"
Base 12" Sq.
England c.1770
Ref: ML 1703
Price: £2,400





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Set of 8 C19th Victorian period mahogany "Athenian" design armchairs.
Set of 8 C19th Victorian period mahogany "Athenian" design armchairs .

Heavy quality mahogany frames ,with vase shaped splats ,ring-turned legs and with recent red leather seats, all-round excellent condition.

Classically-inspired design with broad seats ,shaped backs and scroll arms .

Substantial proportions, no breaks or repairs.

Cleaned and waxed ready to use.

England c. 1870



Ref: ML 1351
Price: £2,400





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Mid C20th oil painting on canvas by Paul Bret (French 1902-1956) view of Venice.
Mid C20th oil painting on canvas by Paul Bret (French 1902-1956) view of Venice. Impressionist style oil by the French artist depicting 'Piazza San Marco' , the Grand Canal, and the church of 'Santa Maria della Salute' beyond. A view captured by the artist from the roof terrace of the exclusive hotel "Danieli Excelsior" , with the distinctive ridged terracotta tiles of the 'Prigioni' in the fore-ground and the stuccoed wall of the 'Doges Palace' ; onward to the bustling quay, moored gondolas and 'Piazzetta San Marco' with the Column of St.Mark atopped by the winged Venetian Lion of St.Mark at its entrance.
A well-composed picture capturing the Mediterranean light, magical spectacle and architectural beauty of "La Serenissima".
Presented in a softly gilded carved wood frame.
Signed and dated bottom right "Paul Bret '55"
W (canvas) 30"
H 24"
Venice, Italy c.1955
Ref: ML 156
Price: £2,350





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Fine C18th Dutch Colonial palisander and ebony bronze-mounted chest.
Fine C18th Dutch Colonial palisander and ebony bronze-mounted chest . Rare rosewood/palisander chest with ebony mouldings. Fitted with large cast-bronze side carrying handles with pierced back-plates, pierced escutcheon plate and large 'cabouchon' domed studs to lid . Stands upon original loose/detachable turned bun feet on 'trestle' base frames with bracket-style rear supports (loose for ease of transportation).Has a great bold presence together with a highly decorative quality , whilst also being a useful piece of period storage furniture.

Made in Dutch colonised Java, known as Batavia , these heavily-constructed costly storage chests were functional status symbols ,serving as an ostentatious display of wealth amongst the Dutch colonists. These type of chests were made for officers of the Dutch East India Company (the trading company known as the 'VOC' ) and would have been used during their various postings throughout the colonised trading countries. A rare survivor in great original condition, cleaned and waxed.

A type of chest often found adorning the halls and landings of fine English country-houses. Retains it original functioning lock and key.
Provenance: Buscot Park , Oxfordshire.
W 54"
D 27"
H 33".
Dutch East Indies c 1760.
Ref: MLDW147
Price: £2,350





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Late C18th Italian marble-topped carved gilt-wood and decorated rococo-style console table.
Late C18th Italian marble-topped carved gilt-wood and decorated rococo-style console table . Well-carved shapely Northern Italian console table of serpentine outline and neat scale , probably lime-wood frame .

Presented in 'as found' country-house condition with evidence of some over-painting or paint 'refreshment' scheme to the frame with traces of the original gilding showing beneath .

Stylish rococo shell-like central decoration , raised on a twin-legged central support with scrolled feet , designed to be wall-fixed .

Some minor old damage , but complete with no losses .

The loose, shaped ,apparently original figured and variegated marble top, with moulded detail to the leading edge.

H 32"
W 27"
D 17"
Italy , probably Venice or Veneto region c.1780
Ref: ML 168
Price: £2,300





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Rare mid C19th Anglo-Indian carved ivory desk-top thermometer 'Tempietto'.
Rare mid C19th Anglo-Indian carved ivory desk-top thermometer 'Tempietto'. Beautifully carved and pierced ivory model dome-top 'fantasy' temple with four-column supports and central thermometer pedestal, below a gallery. Intricately carved and pierced base onto velvet-covered ebony circular plinth with ivory paterae, the whole covered with original removable glass dome. The detachable ribbed ivory dome-top with 'bell-tower' pinnacle surmounted by orb and cross. Fantastic original condition with no damage or repairs.
H (overall inc. glass dome)15 "
H (Tempietto)11 "
Dia. (Tempietto)3 "
India c. 1850
Ref: MLTH 154
Price: £2,250





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C19th burr-walnut and floral marquetry inlaid ormolu-mounted 'bureau plat' or writing table.
C19th burr-walnut and floral marquetry inlaid ormolu-mounted 'bureau plat' or writing table. English in the French Louis XV taste. Of serpentine outline with single 'concealed' frieze drawer, well-figured walnut veneers and good quality gilt-bronze ormolu mounts on shaped cabriole legs. Pretty coloured floral marquetry inlaid top ,together with original faded green and gilt tooled-leather inset top. Cross-grain moulded edge of strikingly selected figured timber.

Stamped on drawer edge "Edwards and Roberts, Wardour St., London". Edwards and Roberts were a well-respected firm of quality cabinet-makers and retailers.

Good rich colour and very clean example of a very practical and stylish writing table.
W 52"
D 26"
H 29".
England c.1860
Ref: MLB143
Price: £2,250





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Late C18th George III period mahogany twin-pillar dining table.
Late C18th George III period mahogany twin-pillar dining table. Cuban mahogany d-ended two pillar table with an extra matched period mahogany leaf .Elegant simple 'gun-barrel' ring-turned columns with shaped and moulded 3-splay tripod bases with original 'spider' metal-work beneath. Good flat, thick top with rich original colour and patina , with some marks and stains commensurate with age and use. The period timber extra leaf supported on turnable 'fly' supports and held by integral flattened 'dowels', whilst secured by brass fork clips and sockets.
A nicely-scaled two-pillar table of outstanding quality timber and understated design, together with the flexibility of an extension leaf. Has never been fitted with castors , and an early example of a table of this type and configuration.
Comfortably a 6-8 person dining table ,which can be reduced to compact proportions of breakfast table size, alternatively the twin sections could be used as side or pier tables when not in use for dining.

Cleaned and waxed.
L 50 " closed.(each pedestal top 25")
L (with 20" leaf)70"
W 48"
H 29".
England c.1800
Ref: MLBW 1311
Price: £2,250





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C19th Regency period mahogany sideboard.
C19th Regency period mahogany sideboard . Excellent quality and colour and of substantial proportions .Standing on 6 'rope-twist ' carved legs ,cross-banded details to front with cock-beaded reserves .Fitted deep central 'napery' drawer and cellarette to side .Fitted with old replacement brass ring handles. Great grade of timber to the top ,original colour and finish with no splits .W 72"
H 38"
D 28".
England or Scotland c.1820
Ref: ML 56
Price: £2,200




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C19th Victorian inlaid burr-walnut canterbury.
C19th Victorian inlaid burr-walnut canterbury of large proportions.

With box-wood ivy style marquetry inlay .Fitted with drawer, standing on turned legs with brass and porcelain castors. Good figured veneers .

W 23"
H 23"
D 17".
England c.1850.
Ref: ML98
Price: £2,200





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Late C19th Italian carved alabaster bust study on pedestal of "The Sorrowing Virgin"
Late C19th Italian carved alabaster bust study on pedestal of "The Sorrowing Virgin". Well-carved depiction of Mary lamenting the suffering and mourning the death of Christ . Depicted in a cloaked pose with star-edge decoration to the shawl , the sorrowful Virgin clasps the garment to her breast. Mounted by a steel pin upon its original carved alabaster pedestal of tapering spiral-carved / wrythen form , with lobed and carved-leaf detail onto octagonal base. The alabaster of a creamy white aged hue. The bust with minor chips to rear of socle base ,and an old repair to edge of head scarf/shawl. The sectional base / pedestal with minor old chips and repairs . The sections of the pedestal are connected on a central steel rod which has become loose and needs tightening to secure. A powerfully observed study which conveys strong sentiment and emotion. Repairs and stabilising of base ,included in price.
H (whole)67"
H (bust)24"
W (shoulders)18"
Dia (of base of pedestal)13"
Italy, probably Florence c. 1875
Ref: MLSR 156
Price: £2,200



 

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