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Early C19th George IV period mahogany 2-tier revolving 'dumb-waiter ' attributed to Gillows of Lancaster.
Early C19th George IV period mahogany 2-tier revolving 'dumb-waiter' attributed to Gillows of Lancaster.

Superb quality mahogany double-tiered circular 'dumb-waiter' , following a pattern and design by Gillows of Lancaster and London . The tiers with a moulded edge and of dished form , separated by a turned base stem . Raised upon a tripod base with carved leaf detail to the 'knees' , reeded detail to the down-swept legs terminating in a claw-footed patinated brass castor.

An excellent grade of timber with its original surface and polish which has achieved a rich patina.

This dining-room 'dumb-waiter' with its reed enrichments, vase-turned pillar, and voluted Grecian-reeded leg and claw castor , corresponds to a design dated 1830 in the "Estimate Sketch Book" (no. 3962) of Gillow of London and Lancaster executed for a Mr.Bastard.

*NB. An almost identical model sold by Christies , London , Lot 137, Sept.20th 2001 3760.
H 36"
W 26"
D 26"
England c.1830
Ref: ML 1703
Price: £1,450





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Magnificent pair of large-scale C19th French Louis XVI style ormolu bronze fireplace 'chenets' cast as rampant lions .
Magnificent pair of large-scale C19th French Louis XVI style ormolu bronze fireplace 'chenets' , cast as rampant lions , complete with detachable cast-iron and steel andirons and fire-basket.

Superb quality cast ormolu bronze rampant or 'guardant' regal lions , with excellent detail and finish . The snarling , open-mouthed beasts with raised front paws upon a shield , together with shell and armorial decoration . Finished as three-quarter dimension bodies with hand-finished and chiselled details. Designed on rococo scrolling bases and a shaped squared foot.

Supported upon cast-iron rear struts which slot into the cast andirons also with finial decoration. The slatted fire-basket with 'navette' shaped profile , fitting over the return ends of the andirons.

Great decorative presence , combining with an elegant and practical fire-place setting.

(*NB . A similar ,though smaller, pair of chenets sold Christie's London 22/03/2017 Sale No. 14193 "Robert de Balkany" Lot No. 178 4375 .)

H (lions) 19"
W 16"
D 8"
W (assembled) 63"
D 31"
France c.1860
Ref: ML 1703
Price: £2,250





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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 integral handle to the back. The interior fitted with a lift-out blacked-tin or zinc liner with hinged loop handles.

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

The timber having achieved a good rich patina and colour , has been cleaned and waxed in our workshops.

Ready to use . Useful addition to a hall, boot-room or vestibule.

H (back) 33"
W (base) 14"
England c. 1880
Ref: ML 1703
Price: £800





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Early C19th Regency period mahogany sabre-leg scrolled-arm desk or library chair of broad proportions.
Early C19th Regency period mahogany sabre-leg scrolled-arm desk or library chair of broad proportions.

Generously-scaled mahogany framed armchair with recently upholstered black leather drop-in seat . Curved and shaped top-rail with well-carved classically-inspired design lumbar bar. The fore-legs of shaped sabre design, the front rail of the seat with reeded detail . The arms of bold scrolled form .

In excellent strong , original condition. Good rich colour and patina.
No breaks , damage or repairs.

Has been polished , cleaned and waxed in our workshops.

H(back) 33"
H(seat) 18"
W 21"
D 18.5"
England c.1820
Ref: ML 1703
Price: £550





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Early C19th Chinese export brass-bound and studded burgundy leather-covered camphor trunk .
Early Chinese export brass-bound and studded burgundy leather-covered camphor trunk .

Decorative China Trade camphor-wood travelling chest or trunk with aged and deeply patinated red/burgundy leather covering .

Brass-bound for strength and durability with dome-stud decoration. Fitted with heavy-gauge brass lifting/carrying handles to each end . The front with a decorative swagged stud design, fitted with a shaped Chinoiserie-style escutcheon plate and supplied with its original steel key . The hinged lid with central oblong re-entrant corner studded design , the front edge fitted with a ring handle. Constructed in highly-scented exotic camphor wood to deter moths and pests ,and in order to provide the contents protection from such deterioration .

In good original order with some marks , scuffs and dents to the metal-work and leather exterior commensurate with age, use and purpose. Minor losses to stud-work. Desirable decorative deep red hue , setting it apart from the usual black leather variety.

Would work well as a coffee table with useful storage.

H 16"
W 36"
D 17"
China c.1825
Ref: ML 1703
Price: £1,100





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Late C19th Chinese Qing Dynasty quartetto of carved hardwood nesting tables.
Late C19th Chinese Qing Dynasty quartetto of carved hardwood nesting tables .

Very good quality set of four graduated hardwood tables in excellent condition. Carved and pierced friezes with fruiting-vine decoration. Well-chosen timber with good figuring , of a rich colour and patina.

Raised upon shaped rounded-section legs terminating in ball feet . Fitted with shaped stretchers . Inset panelled tops with consistent colour , no marks , stains or damage.

Ready to use in the home , having been cleaned and waxed in our workshops.

H (largest) 29"
W " 17"
D " 13"
China c.1900
Ref: ML 1703
Price: £850





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Early C19th Chinese 'Imari ' porcelain lamp .
Early C19th Chinese 'Imari ' porcelain lamp.

Highly-decorative Chinese porcelain bodied lamp with ormolu bronze mounted base and gilded brass lamp fitting.

Decorated in the style of early C18th Japanese Imari porcelain, with the traditional colour palette of iron reds and colbalt blue with gilt highlights.

Gilded brass shade holder , the whole having been recently re-wired and tested .

H(body) 13"
H(overall)26"
W 12"
D 12"
China c.1820
Ref: ML 1703
Price: £850





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Fine quality late C19th French gilt-brass framed miniature agate casket .
Fine quality late C19th French gilt-brass framed miniature agate casket.

Beautifully-crafted rectangular agate casket or stamp-box with intricately cast filigree style frame-work . The loose bevelled agate panel lid with a cast classical fruiting-berry finial or knob . The ends cast with miniature anthemion motif decoration to the frame-work . The beaded frame surround standing upon miniature bracket feet. The base of the casket cast with an open trellis pattern gilded brass panel .

A wonderful bijou 'objet de virtu' in excellent original condition with no cracks, damage , losses or repairs .

H 1.5"
W 2"
D 1.5"
France c.1870
Ref: ML 1703
Price: £550





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Pair of early C19th Regency period scagliola columns.
Pair of early C19th Regency period scagliola columns.

Finely-made pair of faux siena marble sculpture stands/columns with simulated white statuary marble tops and rings to the base. Raised upon square wooden ebonised plinth bases.

The simulated siena marble columnar bodies of a particularly striking colour with a well-veined and striated finish . The capped simulated white marble tops with some minor wear and marks commensurate with age , use and purpose .

Scagliola being a decorative Italian technique (literally translates from the Italian scaglia meaning 'chips' ) whereby a composite stucco body is created and coloured using bonded plaster which can then be shaped , oiled and polished to simulate marble. The scagliola technique came into fashion in C17th Tuscany as an effective substitute for costly marble inlays.

Highly decorative pair of architecturally inspired column stands , for displaying classical objects or busts .

H 45"
W 10.5"
D 10.5"
Base 14"sq.
Ref: ML 1703
Price: £3,700





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Late C19th Italian bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir sculpture "The Dancing Faun of Pompeii" , after the antique .
Late C19th Italian bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir sculpture "The Dancing Faun of Pompeii " , after the antique.

Darkly patinated bronze study of the iconic dancing mythical Faun figure , excavated from the site of a villa in ill-fated Pompeii in 1830. The figure stood next to an impluvium , a basin to collect rain-water, at villa "Casa del Fauno"

The original now in the Museo Nazionale,Naples , Italy.

Portrayed dancing in exhultation , the horned and tailed figure stands upon an integral square plinth base.

Produced in Italy during the late C19th, probably in Naples, as a souvenir for wealthy tourists who visited the ancient sites and sights.

H 12.5"
W 3.5"
D 3.5"
Italy c.1880

Ref: ML 1703
Price: £550





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Late C19th Japanese Imari porcelain dish of large scale.
Late C19th Japanese Imari porcelain dish of large scale .

Impressive Imari charger of large scale . Decorated with a deep blue and white mountainous landscape scene , brightly coloured chrysanthemums and flowers to the foreground .The reverse with blue-and-white trailing floral and trellis decorated borders. Of deep-dished form with a foot-rim and the interior with a double-ring marking together with kiln-spur marks in the glaze .

In perfect , unrestored condition.

H 27"
W 27"
D 5"
Japan c.1870

Ref: ML 1703
Price: £900





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Pair of late C19th Italian carved alabaster 'Grand Tour' souvenir "Medici Lions".
Pair of late C19th Italian carved alabaster 'Grand Tour' souvenir "Medici Lions".

Well-carved pair of alabaster lions modelled 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 its present location in 1789. The original marble lion being of ancient 2nd century origin , the companion carved in the C16th by Flaminio Vacca.

Both male lions are depicted with with their front paws raised upon a ball or sphere. Good carved detail to the manes and bodies, raised on integral two-tier canted corner plinth bases.

In excellent condition, with minor marks but no breaks, repairs or losses.

H 9"
W 10"
D 4"
Italy c.1870
Ref: ML 1703
Price: £1,200





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Pair of early C19th Regency period simulated/'faux' bamboo decorated bedroom chairs.
Pair of early C19th Regency period simulated/'faux' bamboo decorated bedroom chairs.

Pair of decorative carved beech bedroom chairs in all-over simulated bamboo style. The decoration and gilding having a worn patina ,the cane seats in good condition with no rips or tears. Probably originally gilt and green but now elegantly faded and worn showing a yellow/ochre ground.

Conceived in the early C19th when the taste for all things exotic ,and from the Orient , was highly fashionable, following in the style of the flamboyant Prince Regent and the Oriental fantasy-inspired Royal Pavilion at Brighton.

Chic pair of bedroom , bathroom or occasional chairs with a decorative and exotic flavour.

(2 pairs available)

H(back) 34"
H(seat) 17"
W 14"
D 13"
England c.1820
Ref: ML 1703
Price: £300





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Late C19th Italian 'Grand Tour ' souvenir carved serpentine marble study of "Il Porcellino" or the Ufizzi boar.
Late C19th Italian carved 'Grand Tour ' souvenir carved serpentine marble study of "Il Porcellino" or the Ufizzi boar.

Skilfully carved from Italian green serpentine marble .

The original bronze sculpture was cast by Baroque Master Pietro Tacca( 1577-1640) after a Hellenistic marble original now on display in the Ufizzi Museum, Florence, Italy. Tacca's bronze can now be seen in the Museo Bardini , Palazzo Mozzi. Traditionally coins were fed to to the boar for good luck and rubbing the snout ensured a return to Florence, hence the polished nose. The boar is based on the Calydonian boar of Greek Mythology.

A bronze casting now stands in the Mercato Nuovo close by the Ponte Vecchio in Florence , and is one of the city's tourist attractions .

Nice small-scale copy with excellent attention to detail with well-carved features , faithfully copying the original.

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

H 5"
W 5.5"
D 3.5"
Italy c.1870
Ref: ML1704
Price: £450





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C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir specimen marble obelisk.
C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir specimen marble obelisk .

Smart desk-top marble obelisk composed of six different varieties of stone . The tapering white marble shaft sits directly onto a slip of figured yellow 'Convent Siena ' marble. Beneath this is a moulded section of 'Nero Marquina' marble onto a tapering block section of 'Nero Belgo' stone . The next lower section is a piece of moulded and stepped pale yellow 'Siena' marble, which in turn rests upon a moulded base plinth of 'Portoro' marble.

Stylish desk-top size obelisk constructed from a well-chosen selection of marble samples.

Has a minor repaired chip to one corner of 'Portoro' marble base. Very minor nicks to the edges of shaft.

H 11.5"
W 4"
D 4"
Italy c.1870
Price: £550





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Early C20th brass-framed glass-topped console table of Empire design.
Early C20th brass-framed glass-topped console table of Empire design .

Stylish reeded brass-frame console table with crossed-arrow Empire-style decoration joined with a cast circular floral-design boss. Good lightly verdigris and aged bronze patina with polished highlights.

The top with recessed glass plate.

In excellent condition, with no damage or losses.

H 30"
W 40"
D 13"
England c. 1920
Ref: ML 1703
Price: £1,200





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Late C19th/early C20th Italian tooled vellum waste-paper bin.
Late C19th/early C20th Italian tooled vellum waste-paper bin .

Smart gilt-tooled book-binding calf's-skin leather square bin raised upon cast gilt-brass lion's paw feet on a wooden base.

The spine of the book with the inscription "Museo Borbonico Vol.15 ,Napoli 1856" , which is the building created by Charles of Bourbon as cavalry barracks in Naples , now housing the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli. Fine gilt tooled detail with vitruvian scroll and decorative lines to the borders.


The interior beautifully lined with colourful marbled paper .

In excellent condition, great decorative 'Grand Tour' theme related accessory for an office , library or study .

H 12.5"
W 9"
D 9"
Italy c.1900
Ref: ML 1703
Price: £475





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Late C19th/early C20th verdigris copper "copper" or vat .
Late C19th/early C20th verdigris copper "copper" or vat.

Well-patinated copper vessel with twin riveted side seams and riveted base. The top with smoothly rolled lip edge.

Possibly used as an industrial vessel , but size, scale and condition probably indicate it was for domestic use.

No holes or damage . Sits flat to foor having had the bottom slightly compressed over time to aid balance.

Would work well in an interior or exterior setting, whether as a log-bin or as a planter.

H 13"
W 19"
D 19"
England c.1900
Ref: ML 1703
Price: £450





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C18th George III period mahogany oval drop-leaf dining table .
C18th George III period mahogany oval drop-leaf dining table.

Raised on tapering turned legs with pad feet , useful size mahogany table with a swing-out double gateleg action forming an oval table to comfortably seat 6 diners.
Rounded-edge top and shaped ends to the under-frame.

Excellent quality timber with a good original surface having acquired a mellow colour and patina. Some minor marks and stains to top commensurate with age and usage.

Has evidence of historic woodworm to the frame which has been treated in our workshops.

Cleaned and waxed.

H 29"
W 49"
D 22"
D (open) 63"
England c.1760
Ref: ML 1703
Price: £950





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Mid C19th carved giltwood oval-framed overmantel mirror with unusual carved fern motif decoration.
Mid C19th carved giltwood oval-framed overmantel mirror with unusual carved fern motif decoration .

The central oval-framed plate with applied surmount and side-pieces carved decoration featuring "Hart's-Tongue" fern fronds. Original throughout with good clear original mirror plate and back-boards. The original gilding with a gently aged patina, which in places has subtly worn through to show the decorative and atmospheric red-pink gesso ground beneath .

The "Hart's-Tongue" fern deriving it's name from the likeness of it's fronds in appearance ,to that of the tongue of an adult male red deer or hart . The leaf of the "Hart's-Tongue" fern was also used in folk medicine as a spleen tonic.

During the mid to late C19th , 'ferneries' and botanical collections of ferns were highly-desirable and fashionable . 'Pteridomania' (or fern craze) was a term coined by Charles Kingsley, clergyman and naturalist , to describe the fervoured collecting of British and exotic species of fern which gripped the country during this period.

It is likely this attractively designed mirror frame with its unusual and possibly unique fern decoration, was commissioned by such an aficionado , naturalist, horticulturist or botanist.

Designed to fit flush to ,and sit upon , the top of a mantle-piece or fire-surround .

H 39"
W (oval) 44"
W (full) 55"
D 3"
England.1850
Ref: ML 1702
Price: £1,250



 
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