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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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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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Pair of late C19th/early C20th giant clam shells or "Tridacna Gigas"
Pair of late C19th/ early C20th giant clam shells or "Tridacna Gigas".

Large natural history specimens with great decorative value and visual impact . Found in the shallow coral reefs of the South Pacific and Indian oceans , these huge bivalve molluscs have sadly now become one of the most endangered clam species . The molluscs can have a lifespan of over 100 years and can develop to measure as much as 120cm across and weigh 200kgs. In the mythology of the sea , these giant shells were thought to be a danger to divers , trapping and closing around the legs of the unwary .

This large pair of shells have come from a local large country-house where they were wall-mounted to act as jardinieres for flower displays. The bases have been drilled each with two small drainage holes. They also come with 2 black-painted estate/blacksmith-made iron brackets which were used to mount them on the wall .

The exterior of the shells with heavily-encrusted sea-washed finish , the interiors with smooth creamy surface and deep irridescence. Some minor damage to ends of shaped extremities .

Overall good condition , with "other worldly" deep-sea charm and fascination.

*A similar sized pair of giant clam shells sold at Christie's Amsterdam 21/06/2011 Sale No. 2866. Lot no. 270 for 3750 (approx .3000)

H 9"
W 23"
D 14"
Circa 1880




Ref: ML 1610
Price: £1,900





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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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Late C19th four-fold Chinoiserie polychrome and gilt decorated embossed leather draught-screen / room-divider.
Late C19th four-fold Chinoiserie polychrome and gilt decorated embossed leather draught-screen / room-divider.

Highly decorative four panel screen with scarlet red background decorated with gilt and black Chinoiserie vignettes in imitation of oriental lacquer-work . Featuring typical fantastical 'Chinese-style' decoration subjects of mountainous landscapes with trees ,pagodas , bridges, figures , boats and birds.

Has a sympathetically aged patination with only minor historic repairs , with no punctures or tears .

The borders with studded and banded leather edges.
Four hinged and folding panels mounted on a reverse frame-work with plain black decoration .

Would be equally well-suited to being wall-mounted in a flat profile to form a large decorative single-panel picture.

(See Christies, London ,Sale No. 4479 18/03/12 Lot 106 for an identical example)

H 70"
W (total ) 72"
W (each panel) 18"
D 1.5"
England or Holland c . 1890

Ref: ML 168
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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Late C18th George III period mahogany wine table or kettle-stand , probably Irish.
Late C18th George III period mahogany wine table or kettle-stand , probably Irish.

Interesting late C18th table of diminutive proportions , unusual design and form .The circular single-piece dished top with raised ring-moulded rim , supported upon a tripod base by shaped uprights , the lower part of the base terminating in scroll legs with 'zoomorphic' lion's paw feet. The triple upright supports with a moulded profile to the leading edge which follows down through the leg and onto the foot ,contributing to the overall elegance and sophistication of the table .

The lower part of the base united by a central carved and dished circular patera or disc , whilst each of the 'knees' of the legs have applied turned paterae to their sides. Well-carved paw feet with carved claw detail to the front edge .

The unusual design and form of the table, together with the powerful carved animal feet , strongly point to the table being of Irish origin .

Good rich original colour and patina . The top with some stains and marks commensurate with age, use and purpose .

Cleaned and waxed.


H 18"
W 10"
D 10"
Ireland c.1780
Ref: ML 1610
Price: £1,800





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Early C20th Italian cast bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir sculpture , after the antique, "Apollo Belvedere".
Early C20th Italian cast bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir sculpture, after the antique, "Apollo Belvedere" . Superior quality casting with excellent patina by the 'Sabatino de Angelis & Fils' Foundry , Naples. Signed to rear of base and dated 1904.

The figure of the God is depicted in contrapposto pose, depicted as an archer having just shot an arrow. The subject is thought to show the moment having just slain the Python or serpent guarding Delphi.

The "Apollo Belvedere" or the Pythian Apollo is a celebrated marble sculpture from classical antiquity, now exhibited in the Pio-Clementine Museum of the Vatican Museums , Rome, Italy.

Dark , consistent patina with a greenish hue.
Excellent original condition. This version depicted as the original and completely naked , has an original tiny cast hole for the addition of an optional 'modesty' fig-leaf.
Signed and dated.
H 16"
Italy c.1904
(For a similar example see Christie's "Claudio Bravo Collection" Sale no . 12938 13/07/2016 Lot No. 21 3000 )
Ref: ML1601
Price: £1,800





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Mid C18th George II period 'red walnut' chest of drawers.
Mid C18th George II period 'red walnut' chest of drawers. Very clean and original chest of two short over three long drawer configuration, raised on tall bracket feet. Oak-lined drawers all fitted with original period shaped brass plate handles and solid plate escutcheons . Completely original throughout with minor marks and wear commensurate with age and use. Original oak back-boards. Original locks and working key.

So called 'red walnut' or 'Virginia walnut' from the Eastern part of North America ,was imported in the second quarter of the C18th for cabinet-making following the decline of European walnut timber stocks following the blight and harsh winters which greatly affected it's availability.

Good rich patina and pleasing colour having been waxed and cared for by its previous owners for 4 generations.
A practical chest of elegant, compact proportions.
W 36"
H 36"
D 20"
England c. 1750
Ref: ML 1511
Price: £1,800





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Fine pair of C19th Italian carved serpentine marble 'Grand Tour' souvenir models of the "Medici Lions" , after the antique.
Fine pair of C19th Italian carved serpentine marble 'Grand Tour' souvenir models of the "Medici Lions" ,after the antique. Well-carved pair of green serpentine marble reductions of the famous white marble lions who have ,since 1789 ,guarded the entrance steps of the Loggia dei Lanzi ,Piazza della Signoria, Florence , Italy. Previously at the 'Villa Medici' ,Rome, where they were sited in 1598. One lion being of ancient 2nd Century origin , the other companion carved in the C16th by Flaminio Vacca.

Both male lions are shown with their front paws raised upon a ball or sphere mounted on canted corner bases.

Minor chips to rear of base of one, and an historic repair to a crack across base of other. Bases lined with old baize .

The selected stone of excellent quality and colour . 'Verde Prato' serpentine stone has been quarried near to Prato , North-west of Florence ,for centuries.
W 9"
H 7"
D 3"
Italy , Florence c. 1870
Ref: MLMC 158
Price: £1,800



 

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