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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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Pair of large-scale late C19th amethyst veneered obelisks.
Pair of large-scale late C18th amethyst veneered obelisks.

Beautiful pair of highly-decorative amethyst hardstone veneered obelisks with Belgian slate mouldings and grey marble plinth bases. The selected amethyst sections of highly-figured stone , alluding to the colour and composition of the much-prized and rare mineral of Derbyshire fluorspar , known as "Blue-John". The striking 'fire' and deep purple striations of the amethyst contrasting with the dark marble mouldings creating a strong visual impact.

In psychic and spiritual realms , amethyst is an excellent all-purpose stone that can increase spirituality and enhance intuition and psychic powers of all kinds . Amethyst is a meditative and calming stone which works in the emotional, spiritual and physical planes to provide calm , balance and peace.

Probably French.
In excellent condition with no chips,damage or repairs.

H 29"
Base 7" sq.
France c.1890
Ref: ML1511
Price: £2,200





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C19th Italian carved gilt-wood framed rococo-style mirror.
C19th Italian carved gilt-wood framed rococo-style mirror. Flamboyant C18th-style late Baroque-period design asymmetrically carved gilt-wood framed mirror, with elaborate rococo C-scroll ,flower-head and leaf detail.
Deeply-carved detailed gilt-wood surround to the aged and gently "foxed" mercury-silvered plate. In good original 'Country-House' condition , with an aged gilded 'period' patina, together with original back-boards.

In overall excellent condition ,with no losses or damage to frame.

A great piece of stylish interior decoration .
H 56"
W 28 ".
Italy c. 1850
Ref: MLBO 1411
Price: £2,200





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Magnificent pair of late C19th carved gilt-wood Corinthian column table-lamps.
Magnificent pair of late C19th carved gilt-wood Corinthian column table-lamps.

Standing on ebonised block plinth bases ,rising to multi-stepped bases supporting fluted classical architectural column shafts with highly-detailed and well-carved acanthus leaf wrapped and cherub-mask Corinthian caps. The caps topped by an ebonised platform with re-furbished traditional-style brass fitting and bulb-holders.

Wonderful original gilding and finish .

Elegant and imposing pair of classical-design lamps of good scale and presence .

Have been professionally re-wired using cotton-covered '3 twist' period-style flex, have also been fitted with on-line switches.
Baize covered undersides .
Excellent original condition with good stability .

Ready to use.

H 27"
Base sq. 7"
England c.1900

Ref: ML166
Price: £2,200





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Early C19th Regency period mahogany console or hall table.
Early C19th Regency period mahogany console or hall table.

Useful scale console table of practical proportions, raised on leaf-carved scroll-end supports with well-figured mahogany top . The design inspired by Greek classical antiquity , in the fashionable Grecian revival manner of this period from the drawings of the neo-classicists such as Thomas Hope and Charles Heathcote-Tatham.

The bold scrolled supports with 'stiff-leaf' carving to the front roll and classical leaf carving to the rear of the volute. Plain frieze with no drawer, the mahogany top raised above a mould , alluding to a marble top from antiquity .

Standing on moulded plinth bases, with plain uprights to the rear.

Excellent colour and condition , with no splits or damage.

Has been cleaned and waxed in our workshops , ready to use .

W 51"
D 23"
H 38"
England c.1820
Ref: ML163
Price: £2,200





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Fine and scarce set of 4 C19th cast ormolu bronze rococo design twin-branch candelabras.
Fine and scarce set of 4 C19th cast ormolu bronze rococo design twin-branch candelabras.

Stylish set of 4 candelabras in the C18th Louis XVI taste . Well-cast shell encrusted stems and trefoil bases , supporting flower-bud decorated twin-branch arms with well-detailed sconces and removable flower-head design bobeches.

In good original condition with an aged patina and some tarnishing to minor areas of the gilding .

High quality casting with some evidence of hand-finished chiselling .

H 14"
W 14"
D 8"
France c.1850
Ref: ML 1611
Price: £2,200





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C19th Empire-style mahogany floor-standing glazed bookcase cabinet .
C19th Empire-style mahogany floor-standing glazed bookcase cabinet .

Single door cabinet with simple bar glazing , enclosing an interior with 4 adjustable shelves . The sides with bold flame-veneered Empire-style columns capped with carved Egyptian-style 'lotus' capitals and terminals . Standing on a plinth base , the flat top of the cabinet veneered and polished.
Fitted with a stamped English brass lock "VR" (Victoria Regina) and with original key .
Original glass to door .

Panelled back .

Excellent condition , rich patina and colour to the well-chosen figured veneers.

A stylish floor-standing bookcase of good proportions and scale .

H 66"
W 39"
D 20"
Depth of shelves interior 12"
England c. 1840
Ref: ML 1610
Price: £2,200





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C19th French bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir study of the "Lateran Sophocles" by F.Barbedienne Foundry ,Paris.
C19th French bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir study of the "Lateran Sophocles" by F. Barbedienne Foundry, Paris.

Well cast , large-scale study of the ancient Roman version of the Greek tragedian poet and playwright Sophocles ,having an exceptional patina.

Cast and inscribed by the Ferdinand Barbedienne Foundry of Paris ,and also bearing the stamped seal mark of the patented 'Achille Collas' reduction method ("Reduction Mechanique") which allowed and introduced the facility to produce reductions of large-scaled statuary from both museums and private collections , to be produced and made available to the wider market .


The ancient Roman marble based upon a Greek bronze original from antiquity (330-340 BC) exhibited in the Lateran Museum ,Rome (Museo Lateranense) founded by the Popes and housed in the Lateran Palace. The Roman statue was excavated in the Theatre of Dionysus and Athena at Terracina in 1839.

The tragic poet and playwright is depicted in classic contrapposto pose ,mounted on an integral rectangular plinth, wearing and gripping his folded cloak. The subjects feet shod in thonged sandals , with a circular basket full of rolled manuscripts at his feet, whilst the fillet in his hair indicates Sophocles' priestly office.

Excellent condition, with superb 'antique' patina showing hints of green and brown throughout.

Would make a bold statement in a library ,study or in a 'Grand Tour' collection , possessing both gravitas and sculptural elegance.


H 25"
W 9"
D 6.5"
France, Paris c.1860
Ref: ML 169
Price: £2,200





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Large C19th Italian bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir statue , after the antique , of "Venus of Capua".
Large C19th Italian bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir statue , after the antique, of "Venus of Capua".

The original Venus of Capua , named after it's place of discovery at the ruins of an ancient amphitheatre in Capua , southern Italy, is now on display in the Museo Archeologico Nazionale , Naples ,Italy.
A Roman study of the Greek Goddess Aphrodite, the cult of Venus continued throughout the Roman period where she came to symbolise Rome's Imperial power. Like her Greek counterpart, Aphrodite , Venus was intimately associated with love and beauty. The statue's pose arising from having originally held a shield , the image of the goddess portrays the desirability of military success and civic peace. Her foot is shown atop the helmet of Ares, God of War , and combines sexual allure and martial symbolism.

Good large-scale bronze reduction copy probably produced in Naples , Italy , for sale as a souvenir to wealthy tourists untaking the 'Grand Tour' of the sites and sights of classical Europe.

Excellent quality casting with exceptional detail to the hair , hands, feet and facial features.

Has an exceptionally attractive green hue to the deeply-patinated surface.

Raised on an integrally-cast oblong base.

H 25"
W 6.5"
D 5"
Italy , Naples c.1830
Ref: ML 1703
Price: £2,200





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Large pair of mid C19th cast-iron terrace or garden vases of campana form .
Large pair of mid C19th cast-iron terrace or garden vases of campana form .

Purchased and removed from a local country property in Worcestershire , a well-cast pair of vases in old paint finish. The edges with 'egg-and-dart' borders , the ribbed and fluted bodies unto a cast detail socle teminating in a square plinth base .

In excellent original condition with no damage , breaks or repairs. (1 bowl loose on base).

(These vases closely match another pair of large C19th cast-iron vases available on our web-site ref. MLDI 159 or SA 363806)


Probably by either Coalbrookdale or Handyside founderies.

H 22"
W 30"
D 30"
England c. 1840
Ref: ML 1704
Price: £2,200





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Fine quality early C19th Regency period mahogany wine cellarette.
Fine quality early C19th Regency period mahogany wine cellarette.

Of classically-designed ancient sarcophagus-shaped form , the panelled front cellarette is raised on exceptionally well-carved acanthus-wrapped lions' paw feet with intricate claw detail . The stepped and concave-moulded lid with a well-carved oblong central block or tablet , of stylised flowers. The carved feet fitted with original 'concealed' or sunken, brass barrel-type castors . The panelled ends each fitted with an original cast-brass well-detailed lion's mask ring handle.

The polished interior of plain form , which would hold approximately 15-20 bottles of wine. The lid fitted with brass hinges and an interior brass restraining chain . The front fitted with a brass lock escutcheon and supplied with original steel key .

Drawing its influences and inspiration from the revisited forms of the ancient classical worlds of Greece and Rome , made fashionable again during this Regency period by the drawings and designs of leading architects and designers such as Thomas Hope , George Smith and Charles Heathcote-Tatham.

Of good compact ,practical proportions.

Excellent condition , figured and flamed mahogany with a rich patina, cleaned and waxed in our workshops.

H 19"
W 32"
D 19"
England c.1820
Ref: ML 1704
Price: £2,200





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C19th French 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze study , after the antique, of "The Borghese Gladiator ".
C19th French 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze study , after the antique , of "The Borghese Gladiator ".

Good large-scale bronze reduction of the ancient Hellenistic marble original now exhibited at the Louvre Museum , Paris , France. The statue was discovered at Nettuno , near Anzio , Italy in 1611 and thence to Cardinal Borghese's estate where it remained in a room named after it at the Villa Borghese , until 1807 when it was sold to Napoleon Bonaparte and taken to Paris.

The study depicts the warrior in fighting pose with well-sculpted muscular physique and torso , having lost both his defensive shield and sword from his hands .

This version has been cast with a modesty fig-leaf.

Excellent dark green-ish consistent patination . Raised upon an integral rectangular plinth base , inscribed in fine script "Musee de Louvre" to front edge .

Examples of this iconic statue grace the museums , gardens and great houses and private collections of the world , including Houghton Hall , Highgrove , Chatsworth , Blenheim and Windsor.

H 15"
W 10.5"
D 5"

France c.1875
Ref: ML 168
Price: £1,950





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C19th William IV period mahogany library bookcase .
C19th William IV period mahogany library bookcase.

Excellent quality flame-veneered mahogany glazed-top bookcase , with fitted secretaire drawer over an inverted break-front 4-cupboard base. Ovoid bar-glazed 2-door bookcase top fitted with 2 adjustable shelves, beneath a flared, stepped cavetto cornice. The secretaire with figured satinwood interior comprising an arrangement of drawers (one fitted as a pen/ink drawer) and 'pigeon-holes'.

The lower inverted break-front base comprising of 2 end side cupboards with adjustable shelves, and 2-door centre enclosing an unusual central drawer fitment with 'secret' / concealed drawers behind. All conforming moulded arch-panel decoration, with ovoid secretaire drawer panel echoing the glazing.
Original panelled back.
Standing on a plinth base.

Rich mahogany patina and colour ,in good original condition , with minor shrinkage crack to top left of base section (shown).

H 89"
W 46"
D 22".
England c. 1835
Ref: MLBO 1410
Price: £1,900





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C19th Victorian period burr-walnut bow-ended display cabinet/credenza.
C19th Victorian period burr-walnut bow-ended display cabinet/credenza. Highest quality glazed burr-walnut, kingwood cross-banded and gilt ormolu-mounted cabinet. Shaped and moulded original white marble top above an ormolu-mounted frieze, fitted with 2 ormolu-trimmed shelves with original velvet interior. Rounded section twin-pilaster column front ,single central glazed-panel door with lock and key. Constructed using the finest quality selected veneers and materials , designed in the French Louis XVI style , probably made by Gillows of Lancaster. In completely original condition , cleaned and waxed in our workshops, ready to use.
H 49"
D 16"
W 48"
England c. 1850
Ref: MLMA 1410
Price: £1,875





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Pair of early C20th Regency style reeded frame mahogany armchairs
Pair of early C20th Regency-style reeded frame mahogany armchairs. A Thomas Hope style design and inspired from the drawings of Charles Heathcote-Tatham ,based upon an ancient classical Roman 'curule' armchair , reeded frames with X-frame supports and shaped swept open arms . Partially ebonised reeding and central carved boss to X frame legs.
Good deep seats and ring-turned stretcher supports beneath.

Smart pair of library or reading armchairs.

W 23" (arm to arm )
D 18"(of seat)
H (of back)34"
H(of seat) 18" .
England c.1920
Ref: MLCA145
Price: £1,850





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Early C19th Regency period carved gilt-wood framed 'girandole' convex -plate mirror
Early C19th Regency period carved gilt-wood framed 'girandole' convex -plate mirror. Elegant Regency convex mirror with original gilding . Fitted with shaped twin candle-arms with carved sconces/candle nozzles ,and crisply-carved classically inspired gilt-wood embellishments.
The original mercury-silvered convex plate with reeded and ebonised slip surround. The top surmount with scroll acanthus leaf and central leaf-wrapped 'berry' finial , the base apron of similar foliate scroll design. All carving of good definition and depth. The rounded section frame with leaf carving detail to the quarters.
Original back-boards.
Excellent original condition with gently-aged original gilding , minor areas of wear with 'bleeding' of rouge gesso base showing .
No damage or losses.
H (overall) 41"
W(arm to arm)32"
Dia (overall). 24"
Dia (plate). 18"
Depth 3"
D(overall) 9"
England c. 1815

Ref: ML1510
Price: £1,850





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Late C19th French gilt-wood and gesso-framed oval mirror of good large scale.
Late C19th French gilt-wood and gesso-framed oval mirror of good large scale . Elegant bow-crested frame with intertwined wavy ribbon edge and interlaced cresting to the base. Well-defined detailed decoration throughout with foliate-carved scones (lacking candle-knozzles).The inner edge with carved 'lambs-tongue' decoration ,together with split-pearl detail to the outer, the 'ribbons' decorated with flower-heads.
The frame has benefited from expensive re-gilding some 25 years ago , and is presented in "ready-to-hang" condition .The gilding is bright and crisp ,and has a warm glow and patina. The original mercury-silvered oval plate of a good sparkly ,grey hue with some atmospheric small areas of 'foxing'.
Original panelled back-board. A great decorative statement of impressive design and proportions.
Excellent overall condition.

H (overall)56"
W(overall)33"
Mirror plate 37"x 27".
France c. 1880
Ref: MLBO 133
Price: £1,850





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C19th Anglo-Indian or Colonial-made, solid satinwood centre-table.
C19th Anglo-Indian or Colonial-made, solid satinwood centre-table.

Superbly made satinwood circular centre table , constructed from solid timber . Raised on a shaped concave-sided tri-part platform base with turned feet below . The centre column support with moulded ring base below carved bands of 'stiff-leaf' detail . The single-piece top with a shallow frieze edge with moulded detail .

The whole of wonderful rich golden colour and patina , in excellent original condition . Complete with original cast brass bolts enabling the table to be tipped . The underframe of the table fitted with wooden sliding release . The column removable from the base with a peg beneath the platform .

Stunning decorative centre or breakfast table with an exotic colonial attraction .

H 28.5"
W 44"
D 44"
D(of frieze)3"
British India , probably Ceylon
Ref: ML 1701
Price: £1,850





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Early C19th Regency period inlaid rosewood fold-over card/games table raised on sabre legs.
Early C19th Regency period inlaid rosewood fold-over card/games table raised on sabre legs.

Stylish 'D'-shaped rosewood card table with box-wood and ebony line inlay . Double rear gate-leg action and with the apparently original 'blind-tooled'-edge green baize inset playing surface.

Raised on shapely ,well-drawn exaggerated 'sabre' form legs ,and fitted with original brass box castors. The corners of the top inlaid with box-wood scrolling lines and motifs. The tops of the leg stiles with diamond-shaped motif inlay, the legs with box-wood line inlay. The friezes with ebony and box-wood line inlay.

Well-figured rosewood veneers throughout. The whole table has achieved a consistent mellow patina .

Elegant 'high' Regency design , probably Scottish .

Excellent original colour and condition with no breaks or repairs. Perfectly flat top with no warping .

The polished top with minor indentations commensurate with age , use and purpose.


H 29"
W 35"
D 17"
Scotland c.1815

Ref: ML169
Price: £1,800



 

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