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Fascinating C19th Victorian folk-art 'scratch-built' whimsical diorama of the Jacobean mansion "Aston Hall" , Birmingham .
Fascinating C19th Victorian period folk-art 'scratch-built' whimsical diorama of the Jacobean manor "Aston Hall",Birmingham.

Three-quarter aspect view diorama of the facade and front terrace of "Aston Hall" , Birmingham ,England . Built using wood , paper and various coloured foils and seaweed elements , to form the impressive winged facade and front planted terrace of the Grade1-listed Jacobean red-brick manor constucted in 1618 for Sir Thomas Holte . Now open as a Museum.

Featuring the balustraded and turreted manor with its distinctive central clock tower. The foliage composed of seaweed or lichens , the stained-glass windows with coloured foil backs . Contained in a scratch-built wooden frame/case lined with vivid cobalt blue paper. Each corner with a 'tree' behind . The terrace with a central garden urn detail , flanked by a pair of 'planted' vases.

In good original condition with minor losses and natural aging throughout.

H 18"
W 27"
D 14"
England c. 1860



Ref: ML 1612
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Rare set of 4 grand mid C19th 'Country-House' carved gilt-wood corbel curtain-pole supports.
Rare set of 4 grand mid C19th 'Country-House' carved gilt-wood corbel curtain-pole supports.

Superb set of 4 water-gilded carved corbel supports (ie 2 pairs or for use as a long set across a window).

Well-carved scrolling 'stiff-leaf' corbels each with apertures through to support the curtain poles. The scrolls with intricately carved flower-head detail. The flowers appear to be highly symbolic and romantic Myosotis or "Forget-me-nots" .

Mounted upon gilded flat wooden back-plates of stylised gothic outline .

In excellent original condition with minor rubbing and wear to the original gilding , showing atmospheric red gesso ground beneath. Some minor losses to gesso.

Fitted with original metal supports to provide strength when fitted and hung with drapes, which could easily removed if desired.

Interestingly the reverses with pencil inscriptions for the locations of original positioning , "North Front" etc .

H 24"
W 6"
D 10"
England c.1850
Ref: ML 1611
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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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Set of late C19th mahogany library steps in the Regency taste.
Set of late C19th mahogany library steps in the Regency taste .

Useful and decorative set of 3 tread library steps with ring-turned support pole with brass ball cap. Rich , solid mahogany with pierced gothic style trefoils to the sides . Reeded edge frame , the steps of gently graduated width .

Deep rich colour and patination.
Sturdy construction in excellent ready to use condition.

H (full) 63"
H (top step) 36"
W 24"
D 36"
England c.1880
Ref: ML 1702
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Collection of C19th erotic 'Grand Tour' souvenir plaster intaglios in 'faux book' binding.
Collection of C19th erotic 'Grand Tour' souvenir plaster intaglios in 'faux book' binding. The double-sided 'volume' containing 102 explicit intaglios from the ancient Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum , depicting erotic art, frescoes, mosaics, sculptures, phallic and fertility symbolism. Produced by Lacchini , probable Victorian prurience has led to the binding being entitled 'Opere di Canova' (ie. Works by Antonio Canova) on the spine , to disguise the true nature of the content . Regarded on excavation in the C18th as pornographic , the collection of images ,frescoes and mosaics was for over a century ,hidden from public view in a secret cabinet in the National Museum of Naples. On open exhibition since 2000, the collection indicates that the sexual mores of ancient Roman culture at this time were far more liberal than most modern-day cultures , though much of the erotic depiction is regarded now as fertility-imagery. A rare item from the 'Grand Tour' souvenir industry ,no doubt regarded as a highly risqué acquisition in the period , in addition to being a serious academic reference study of ancient Roman art .
The 102 well-cast paper-bound plaster intaglios/gems in excellent condition , the vellum-tooled and paper binding in good serviceable order with some minor wear to spine binding.
Book 10" x 7".
Italy c.1880
Ref: MLBO 152
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C19th Regency period "Old Sheffield Plate " hot water urn or samovar by Matthew Boulton
C19th Regency period "Old Sheffield Plate " hot water urn or samovar by Matthew Boulton. Stunning quality with makers mark punch 'star' stamps for Matthew Boulton & Co , the pioneers and best exponents of production of this highly-prized early "Sheffield Plate" wares .Fantastic original condition with inset silver panel with armorial crest/hatchment and motto "Fortitudine Vincit" (Strength Conquers).Fine pineapple finial , gadrooning and cast feet and ivory knop to tap .H 18 " W 16". England c 1820
Ref: MLP 26
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Late C19th French turned-wood 'faux-bamboo' hat and coat stand.
Late C19th French turned-wood 'faux-bamboo' hat and coat stand . Well-made turned beech-wood stand simulated to resemble exotic bamboo. Standing upon a stable tri-form base of splayed form, the stem fitted with 2 graduated tiers of 3 well-formed hooks with turned 'button' caps to hang coats and hats, the top of the column with a conforming turned central finial .
Great colour and patina , cleaned and waxed , ready to use.

Excellent condition with no damage or repairs. (Hats not included!)
H 72"
W(base) 23"
France c.1875
Ref: ML1602
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Late C19th / early C20th "Cippolino" marble column .
Late C19th/early C20th "Cippolino" marble column. Superior quality Italian marble column/pedestal with strikingly-figured Greek or Italian "Cippolino " turned body . The 4 section multi-stepped plinth base with a contrasting purple-veined white turned 'breccia' marble foot which matches the 'breccia' turned top section supporting the vibrant green cipollino marble slab top. The well-turned stem with gently swollen and tapering body , this application of a convex curve is a term known as 'entasis' when referring to architectural form such as this .It is an indication of the quality and fore-thought of the mason who conceived this pedestal column.

Cipollina marble ("onion-stone") was a variety of marble used by the Ancient Greeks and Romans, quarried on the island of Euboea in Greece . Also found in Italy around Lucca , this green Cippolino Verde Apuano has a distinctive green /white crystalline vein. Cippolini marbles were used extensively in Rome during the Imperial period in villas , temples and for sculptural purposes.

Stunning combination of colours combining in a highly decorative column ,which would provide an important base for a bronze or marble sculpture.
H 45"
Top 7" sq
Base 11" sq
Italy c.1900
Ref: MLB 159
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C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir carved serpentine marble ink-stand set with carved lava cameo profiles.
C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir carved serpentine marble ink-stand set with carved lava cameo profiles.

A southern Italian, Neapolitan, two-piece carved 'Prato verde' or Serpentina Moschinata , marble inkstand with gadrooned or ribbed base and sectioned lid set with oval carved coloured lava cameos of classical and Renaissance Italian philosophers ,poets and luminaries framed in brass mounts. The central raised knop handle also inset with a lava cameo profile apparently of Bacchus, God of wine .

The base section with apertures and brass ferrules for inkwells and quills , some deficient .

The different lava rock cameos having obtained their individual colours from the oxidisation and crystallised nature of the various cooled minerals from the volcanic action and eruption and lava flow. These particular examples having been gleaned from the site of Mount Vesuvius in the Bay of Naples.

This type of inkstand was produced in the Naples area during the mid to late C19th as souvenirs for wealthy tourists visiting the historic sites and sights of the European 'Grand Tour'.

In original condition, with some minor cracks and repairs .

(For a similar example see Christies London Sale 7889/Lot 272 09/12/2010
£3375)

H 4"
W 5"
D 5"
Italy , Naples c.1870
Ref: ML 1702
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Pair C19th late Victorian period fired terracotta garden/terrace vases
Pair C19th late Victorian period fired terracotta garden/terrace urns. Nice quality weathered pair of urns of campana shape with 'egg and dart' rims and twin Bacchus-head handles and old worn paint finish .Decorated in grape-vine relief with gadrooned lower body to spreading fluted foot. Two-part construction with drainage hole to base.(one minor chip to square base and minor one chip to rim as shown) .No breaks or repairs , could be used both indoors and outside . H 24 " Dia 18"
Ref: MLM136
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Late C19th brass-bound oak semi-circular umbrella/stick-stand of 'coopered' construction.
Late C19th brass-bound oak semi-circular umbrella / stick-stand of 'coopered' construction . Well-designed flat-backed umbrella stand with 3 brass bands over a slatted oak body. Weighted heavily-moulded base for stability and balance ,with pierced integral handle to the back . The interior fitted with a lift-out blacked-tin or zinc liner with hinged handles.

Excellent original condition with marks and wear to base and liner commensurate with age and use.

The timber having achieved a good patina and 'mid-oak' colour , has been cleaned and waxed in our workshops.
Ready to use.

Useful addition for a hall-way or boot-room.
H(back) 33"
W(base)14"
England c. 1890
Ref: ML163
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Early C20th Art-Deco period silver-plated patent "recipe" cocktail-shaker.
Early C20th Art-Deco period silver-plated patent "recipe"cocktail-shaker . Well-designed and rare shaker with 'twist action' recipe for cocktail mixes. Features 15 cocktail recipes and lists their ingredients and measures . Cap measure , strainer in lid and gilt interior. 4-piece construction. Good condition , with no dents , minor wear to silver-plate. Patented mark to base. A stylish and functional Art-Deco accessory .

For a similar example see Simon Khachadourian "The Cocktail Shaker" pub. London 2000.p.98 (An example sold Christie's 'Style and Spirit' 24/11/2015 Lot no. 168 £1500 )
H 11".
England c. 1930
Ref: MLTH 149
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Pair of mid C19th English cast-iron garden or terrace vases.
Pair of mid C19th English cast-iron garden or terrace vases. Good pair of classical design 'campana' shaped garden urns. Detachable 'egg-and-dart' cast rims onto fluted bodies with gadroon bases onto a spreading foot with a square plinth .
Appear to have original black paint finish and have not suffered from any subsequent paint layers, therefore showing good definition of casting. No breaks, cracks or damage , some rusting as to be expected.
Would work equally well outdoors or in, excellent hall-way or orangery feature.

Probably made in Coalbrookdale, Shropshire.
H 20"
Dia. 15"
Bases 9" sq.
England c. 1840
Ref: MLC 1201
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Early C20th 6" celestial globe by Philips, London
Early C20th 6" celestial globe by Philips, London. On ebonised beech stand with nicely patinated brass arm .Labelled "Philips Popular Magnitudes Celestial Globe, Fleet St . London" Dia 6" x H 11 ". England c. 1920.
Ref: MLC 613
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Late C18th/early C19th George III period cast-iron strong-box.
Late C18th/early C19th George III period cast-iron strong-box.

Rare surviving example of a cast-iron strong-box from the late Georgian period with 2 original keys (one as spare) in good operating condition .
Fitted with a 3-lever/bolt action lock and fitted with an original brass knob to the lid .

Designed to store valuables and documents ,in order to protect from theft and fire .

Decorated to all 4 sides and lid with "beaded" panels and star-type corner motifs . Single-piece heavy-gauge lid with twin hinges, and centrally-positioned key escutcheon

The inside being plain and finished in its original 'red-wash'/ pink-painted finish . The base with stepped plinth .

Very heavy and well-constructed strong-box in excellent condition with original steel-grey finish .
Lacks brass hasp / lock cover.

Probably made by Coalbrookdale but not marked.

H 17"
W 18"
D 18"
England c.1810
Ref: ML 168
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Rare C19th Brass telescope gentlemans walking stick
Rare C19th brass telescope gentlemans walking stick . Ebonised shaft stick fitted with a lacquered brass 3 draw telescope as its handle. Detachable lens-cap protector and sliding eye-piece shield. In excellent condition throughout, and optically perfect . Brass ferrule fitted to base of shaft.
The ultimate gentlemans accessory for a country walk.
Unmarked by maker.
Length of stick 36"
Telescope handle(unextended) 6"
Extended 16.5"
England c.1860
Ref: ML 158
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Pair late C19th mounted Elk antlers
Pair late C19th mounted Elk or Moose antlers. .With part skull mounted on oak roundel with bevelled back .Good width and colour, nice symmetrically balanced rack .W 44" D 21".Probably European ,
Scandinavia. .C 1900
Ref: MLW138
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Early C20th Royal Naval officer's bicorn hat, epaulettes and sword-belt in a fitted service tin.
Early C20th Royal Naval officer's bicorn hat, epaulettes and sword-belt in a fitted service tin. Naval officer's black 'beaver' cocked hat lined with white twilled silk .The upper edge of the hat is trimmed with black silk ribbon cockade ,decorated with single bullion loop ,button and tassels. The leather-lined epaulettes with gilt-metal fittings ,button and 'fouled anchor' wire decoration, trimmed with frogging. Together with patent leather sword belting with gilded buckle and clasp. All stamped and marked from service outfitters 'Gieves Ltd.' The velvet-lined 'jappaned' metal tin bearing makers armorial shield plaque 'Gieves' and inscribed "R.D.East R.N ". Together with a framed black-and-white photograph presumed to be the owner. All in excellent condition, some minor splits to belt leather. A highly decorative and historic set of Naval dress accessories. England c.1910
Ref: MLTH 148
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C19th brass-bound oak Naval fire-bucket.
C19th brass-bound oak Naval fire-bucket. Interesting coopered oak fire-bucket with rope handle and Royal Coat-of-Arms armorial cypher transfer to the front. Good quality wide brass bands with copper rivets .The coopered oak staves of a dark stained patina, and the twisted hemp rope handle attached by heavy-weight cast fittings with knotted ends. Probably originally conceived to hold sand, now fitted with a removable painted tin liner.
Decorative bucket , could be used for a myriad of purposes.
H 12"
Dia. 12"
England c.1860
Ref: ML1512
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Large early C20th Italian turned alabaster tazza/bowl
Large early C20th Italian turned alabaster tazza/bowl . Good scale deep-bowled tazza raised on turned circular socle base and stepped foot . Moulded-edge rim . Cream stone with nice subtle veining and figuring.
No damage, chips or repairs.
(Shells not included)

H 9"
W 12"
Italy c.1920
Ref: ML156
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