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DECORATIVE OBJECTS
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Large late C19th/early C2Oth French stone-ware salt-glaze sculpture of "The Medici Lion".
Large late C19th/early C20th French stone-ware salt-glaze sculpture of "The Medici Lion" . Well-modelled copy of the iconic Lion after the antique original , now sited with his companion at the Loggia Dei Lanzi ,Piazza della Signoria , Florence, Italy . Previously sited at the Villa Medici ,Rome, from 1598 until moved to it's present location in 1789. The original marble lion being of ancient 2nd century origin.

This copy having been manufactured and stamped by Oustau & Company of Tarbes , France. Stamped to side of integral plinth base "Oustau Et Cie, Tarbes".
Depicted with his raised left paw upon a ball , the mouth half-open. Well-sculpted mane and body , the tail wrapped around his hind-quarters and back. Conveys the power and majesty of the beast.

Rich ,dark brown colour with mottled glaze finish.

Minor chips to base and claw, but no breaks or repairs .

A large-scale classical design statement which would work equally as well in either an interior or garden scheme.

H 24"
W 28"
D 12"
France c.1890

(*for an identical example see Christies ,London. March 16th 2015 , Sale No.12034, Lot No .233 £4750.)
Ref: ML 166
Price: £2,900





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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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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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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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Rare early C19th Regency period papier-mâché tray decorated with fox-hunting scene.
Rare early C19th Regency period papier-mâché tray decorated with fox-hunting scene.

Featuring a rare subject matter for a tray of this type and period , painted with a wooded landscape scene with traditional scarlet-clad and top-hatted riders on horse-back following a pack of hounds in pursuit of a fleeing fox , which is depicted on the crest of the bank.

The broad raised edge of the tray decorated with continuous gilt bamboo decoration, of rectangular shape with gently rounded corners . The dished centre with gilded surround.

The reverse stamped with the impressed mark for the rare and little-known makers of "Dyson & Benson, London" and surmounted by a Crown . Dyson and Benson's "Japan Tin and Paper Tray Manufactory " in London closed in 1823 following bankruptcy. The inventory of the bankruptcy sale included "highly finished Salvers, Trays and waiters in sizes..."

The painting in excellent condition with no losses or damage .

Very minor age crackulature / crazing to the original varnished surface as to be expected.
The original colours retaining a bright hue .

H 23"
W 30"
D 2"
England , London c.1820
Ref: ML 167
Price: £1,750





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Pair of late C19th French ormolu-mounted agate/marble vases in Louis XVI style.
Pair of late C19th French ormolu-mounted agate/marble vases in Louis XVI style.

Strikingly-figured pair of hard-stone bodied vases with gilt-bronze mounts on square block bases. Of fluorspar-type striated stone with cast twin scroll handles with flower-head terminals, beaded ormolu ring to the necks ,and fitted with pineapple finials to the fixed 'lids'. The vase body supported in a 'cup' of 'fletched' feathers onto a turned gilded foot.

Smart quality pair of highly decorative urns for a chimney-piece or side-cabinet.

H 14"
Base 4"x 4"
France c.1890
Ref: MLTHS 154
Price: £1,400





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Large C19th carved gilt-wood wall-bracket/corbel with loose marble top.
Large mid C19th French carved gilt-wood wall-bracket/corbel with loose marble top . Exceptional gilt-wood bracket with original gilded finish and 'peach'-coloured marble top, of important large scale proportions. Well-carved scroll decoration with 'punched' ground centre. Has minor evidence of historic woodworm , minor chips to gilt ,and minor chip to front edge and surface scratches to marble.
H 25"
D 13"
W 19"
France c.1850
Ref: MLBB 157
Price: £1,250





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C19th black marble tazza with coloured specimen marble inlaid top.
C19th Black marble tazza with coloured specimen marble inlaid top. From the Ashford area of Derbyshire ,well designed small dish-top tazza on ring-turned column with spreading circular foot. Inlaid with indigenous English coloured marble samples , including the prized local Derbyshire Spa or 'Blue-John'. The centre of the top inlaid with a fossilised ammonite. Ashford during this period became a centre for the production of such wares, using local black marble and both native and imported coloured marbles in an industry reflecting that of the 'pietra dura' workshops of Florence ,Italy. Decorative table-top object in excellent untouched and original condition.
H 6"
Dia. 8".
England c.1860.
Ref: MLF 144
Price: £950





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Pair of late C19th French ormolu-mounted marble urns/vases.
Pair of late C19th French ormolu-mounted marble urns/vases. Smart pair of peach-coloured striated marble vases with good quality Louis XVI style ormolu mounts. Pineapple finial tops ,swans-head handles ,with female 'Eygptienne' style mask terminals. Chased ormolu tops and rosette details to corners of bases. The 'covers' fixed. Elegant tapering ovoid bodies and a striking colour. Overall excellent condition ,minor chip to corner of base.
H 17"
W (of bodies) 5".
France c.1900
Ref: MLJQ 147
Price: £850





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Pair of late C19th French ormolu-mounted onyx vases in 'Japonesque' style.
Pair of late C19th French ormolu-mounted onyx vases in 'Japonesque' style.

Smart pair of cylindrical onyx marble bodies with brightly-gilded ormolu bronze mounts.

Well-figured stone bodies with a tri-footed base and mounts taking their influence from the art of Japan . 'Japonisme' or the style influences of Japanese decoration and techniques upon European works of art began during the 1870's .

Crisply-cast gilt bronze mounts with shaped top rims and flower-cast pierced bases with moveable shaped-plate dropper handles to the sides.

Excellent original condition.
H 7"
W 3.5"
D 3.5"
France c.1870
Ref: ML 166
Price: £700





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C19th French onyx marble and ormolu bronze ink-stand.
C19th French onyx marble and ormolu bronze ink-stand.

Fine quality oval onyx marble ink-stand with ormolu bronze mounts. Central 8" ormolu bronze figure of 'Diane de Gabies' ,after the marble antique discovery now exhibited in the Louvre ,Paris . Fitted with twin cast ormolu ink-wells with hinged tops and 'flambeau' finials .The cream oval onyx stone base with ovoid pen recess, and raised on compressed ormolu bronze bun feet.

Excellent condition with good bright ormolu .

High-quality decorative statement ink-stand for a desk.

H 10"
H(figure) 8"
D 9"
W 18"
France c.1870
Ref: ML 165
Price: £700





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Late C19th ormolu-mounted alabaster lidded urn.
Late C19th ormolu-mounted alabaster lidded urn . Impressive Italian alabaster urn fitted with finely-cast ormolu mounts and cast stylised dolphin feet, and hinged lid. Classically-designed urn turned in grey/brown stone with contrasting chased-gilt embellishments, gilt feet and knop to lid. Smart quality centre-piece, with no chips or breaks.
H 12"
W 7".
Italy c .1870
Ref: MLSA 149
Price: £550





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Pair of late C19th/early C20th Italian marble tazzas.
Pair of late C19th/early C20th Italian marble tazzas. Decorative pair of shallow-bowl 'marmo giallo' and 'verde antico' tazzas raised on stepped plinth bases . The green marble banded socles supporting yellow/siena marble bowls , the bases with an applied moulded panel of siena marble to the green marble face. Excellent original condition, no breaks ,chips or repairs.
H 8"
Dia. 6".
Italy c.1900
Ref: MLWJC 1411
Price: £550





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Early C20th alabaster architectural model of the Taj Mahal.
Early C20th alabaster architectural model of the Taj Mahal.

Carved white alabaster model with coloured highlights and pen-work detail ,of the iconic white marble mausoleum in Agra , India. Completed in 1648 by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved third wife Mumtaz Mahal, a Persian princess who died in child-birth. Intricately-made scale model standing upon a decorated plinth base .Decorated to simulate the jali-work and inlaid marble and precious stones of the original. The base , dome and minarets all decorated and incised to simulate stone-work construction. The bronze finial above the centre dome of the tomb is in the shape of a crescent moon , a typical Islamic symbol whose horns point to the heavens. The style of Mughal architecture combines both traditional Hindustani and Persian decorative elements.

This model though having suffered somewhat by nature of its fragility , nonetheless is a great decorative table/desk ornament . Has chips and old repairs and some losses , but still represents a stunning depiction of perhaps the most famous and arresting image of the Indian sub-continent.
H 14"
W 12"
D 12".
India c. 1920
Ref: MLF 144
Price: £475





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Late C19th 'scagliola' simulated marble circular pedestal jardiniere /centre-piece
Late C19th 'scagliola' simulated marble circular pedestal jardiniere/centre-piece.
Highly decorative gadrooned-body bowl with roll-over lip edge , raised on a turned and dished pedestal foot.

Well simulated and figured marble design with aged finish .

The interior of the bowl with some fading/ water marks , having probably been used as a plant jardiniere. Minor chips to edges, commensurate with age , use and purpose.

Could be used equally as well in an interior or exterior scheme with dramatic effect .

H 12"
W 18"
D 18"
Probably Italian c .1880
Ref: ML 1610
Price: £450





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Pair of late C19th/early C20th Italian white marble Campana vases.
Pair of late C19th /early C20th Italian white marble vases. Smart pair of white marble urns of classical design , with gadrooned bodies with a wrythen band around the centre, spreading foot onto a square block base. The turned bodies of Campana or bell shape , with a stepped lip to the tops. Green baize to bases.
No chips ,breaks ,damage or repairs.
H 11"
Dia. 7"
Italy c. 1900
Ref: MLDC 158
Price: £450





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Pair or early C19th George IV period turned ornamental rosewood vases.
Pair of early C19th George IV period turned rosewood ornamental vases.

Well-selected grade of rosewood has been chosen to produce this pair of swollen-bodied vases on ring turned bases into a square foot.

The hobby of ornamental turning in exotic woods and Ivory , was a popular pastime in the late C18th and early C19th amongst both middle-class and aristocratic gentlemen.
The pastime was made popular by the production of lathes for ornamental turning by the London founded company of Jean-Jacques Holtzapffel.Indeed in addition to the machinery ,the company of Holtzapffel also published 2 volumes of a treatise entitled "Turning and Mechanical Manipulation ", which instructed gentlemen on use and decorative technique. The lathes were hugely expensive when produced and individually numbered, hence their use was the preserve of the upper classes.

Excellent colour , patina and condition.
H 10"
W 4"
D 4"
England c.1825
Ref: ML165
Price: £400





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C19th carved oak armorial cartouche.
C19th carved oak armorial cartouche. Heraldic device featuring a boars-head upon a castellated rampart/turret with flower-heads. 'Scroll-paper' style shield-shaped cartouche with leaf cresting above .Would make a smart addition to a door or a piece of furniture.
H 11"
W 7"
D 1.5".
Probably French c. 1860
Ref: MLMJ 143
Price: £375





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Charming early C19th cast-iron door-stop modelled as a comical lion
Charming early C19th cast-iron door-stop modelled as a comical lion . Lion mask body against a background of the mane with the loop handle formed by the beasts tail. Excellent original paint finish with some chips and minor refreshment. Shaped base with overlapping paws to the front edge.

A scarce model and rare period survivor.
H 12"
W 6.5"
D 3.5"
England c.1820
Ref: ML165
Price: £325





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Large pair of C19th French Louis XVI style ormolu-mounted marble vases.
Large pair of C19th French Louis XVI style ormolu-mounted marble vases. Impressive scale 'breche violette'/ purple striated marble vases with well-cast ormolu mounts. Fixed 'lids' with berry finials ,shell-cast band, twin horned satyr-mask handles and floral garland swagged bodies. Raised on a stiff-leaf/feather cast support onto tapering foot and round marble base. Striking colour stone with subdued patinated ormolu bronze mounts. good condition with no breaks or repairs.
H 20" x W(handle to handle)8"
France c.1880
Ref: MLBO 1411
This item has been sold



 
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