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C19th Italian carved alabaster sculpture "Ariadne on the Panther" after Heinrich Dannecker.
C19th Italian carved alabaster sculpture "Ariadne on the Panther" after Heinrich Danneker.

Carved alabaster sculpture after the marble original by Heinrich Danneker (German b. 1758 Stuttgart d. 1841).

This masterpiece by Dannecker is considered by some to be a 'modern' classic and is perhaps one of the best known and important German sculptures of the 19th century. The sculpture shows the Greek goddess Ariadne , lying in divine nakedness on one of Dionysus' panthers.
Completed in 1824, it was heavily damaged by bombing at Frankfurt in October 1943 , and it's restoration was only completed in 1978. It is now exhibited at the Liebeg-Haus in Frankfurt.

In Greek Mythology , Ariadne , having been abandoned by Theseus , is comforted by Bacchus/Dionysus on the island of Naxos and carried to him , her head crowned with a garland of grape leaves , on a panther.

This well-executed and detailed scale reduction in carved alabaster , is an accurate copy of the iconic original .

Minor historic professional restoration to fingers of one hand and a repaired break to tail of the panther.

H 15"
W 14"
D 6"
Italy c.1870

Ref: ML169
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C19th Italian carved lime-wood relief panel.
C19th Italian carved lime-wood relief panel . Highly decorative lime-wood cartouche carving mounted on a painted pine panel. Central lion's head mask surrounded by laurel wreath and floriate carving . The mounting panel painted dark green with a claret-red coach-line border. Probably conceived as a door or coach armorial panel .
H 24" x W 18.5" x D (of lion mask)5".
Italy c.1850
Ref: MLBB 1410
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C19th Italian ebony casket with fruit-wood, bone and motherofpearl shall marquetry inlay.
C19th Italian ebony casket with fruit-wood,bone and motherofpearl shell marquetry inlay.

Smart Italian table or jewellery casket with all-over classical style foliate and flower-head marquetry inlay ,with motherofpearl shell and bone flower-head design details.

The lid with moulded edge with conforming mould to base. The interior with original crimson red velvet lining , the base with similar covering. Fitted with twin brass hinges and steel lock (key missing)

Has suffered a small area of water damage to inlay of lid , and some minor losses to some leaves of motherofpearl inlay.

H 5.5"
D 11"
W 14.5"

Ref: ML169
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C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir "faux" book volume containing series of plaster intaglios of the works of Bertel Thorvaldsen by Paoletti, Rome.
C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir "faux" book volume containing series of plaster intaglios of the works of Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1838) by Paoletti ,Rome."Opere di Thorwaldsen" (sic) contained in a double-sided binding and hand-scripted ink indices to inside covers . Produced by Bartolomeo and Pietro Paoletti of Rome (signed lower inside rear board ) the gilt-foil edged intaglios showing some of the famous works of the renowned Danish neo-classical sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen . Titled on edge of spine, with marble paper outer, blue-paper lined inners. .The binding in card and gilt-tooled leather. Complete set of 25 intaglios all in excellent original condition .Paoletti's studio in 'Piazza di Spagna, Roma', produced these volumes as fashionable souvenirs for wealthy 'Grand Tourists'. The "book" worn , and hinges loose. Good 'Country House' library /scholars reference. Provenance: Private collection of a Worcestershire gentleman.
10" x 6" x 2".
Italy c. 1820
Ref: MLBB 101
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C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir ,after the antique, bronze study of "The Borghese Gladiator"
C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir ,after the antique, bronze study of "The Borghese Gladiator". Good large-scale bronze of the ancient Hellenistic marble original now exhibited in the Louvre Museum ,Paris .The statue was discovered at Nettuno ,near Anzio in 1611 and thence to Cardinal Borghese's estate where it remained in a room named after it in the Villa Borghese, until 1807 whence it was sold to Napoleon Bonaparte and taken to Paris. The study depicts the warrior in fighting pose with well-sculpted muscular physique , wearing only a fig-leaf. Dark green, aged patination , with some area of rubbing to the back of torso. Examples of this iconic statue grace the museums ,gardens and great houses of the world , including Houghton Hall ,Norfolk ; Highgrove ,Gloucestershire; Chatsworth, Derbyshire ;Blenheim Palace and Windsor Palace.
H 21"
Base 14" x 8"
Italy c. 1870
Ref: MLTH 154
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C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir ,after the antique, carved marble reduction of the Tomb of Scipio.
Ci9th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir ,after the antique , carved marble reduction of the sarcophagus from the Burial chamber of the Scipios . A small-scale white statuary carrara marble model of the Roman sarcophagus tomb of the 3rd Century AD consul Lucius Cornelius Barbatus , of the Scipioni family . A Roman consul and war hero whose leadership led to victory over the Etruscans at the battle near Volterra in 298 BC . The Tombs of the Scipios discovered in 1614 , in a vineyard near Porta Capena on the Via Appia, Rome.
Well-carved desk-top model with dentil , rosette, tryglyph and guttae classical decoration elements , the 'lid' with foliage scrolll ends . Fully inscribed to the leading edge and body of the tomb. "Cornelius C.N.F . Scipio " and Latin text describing the deeds of this famous scion of the patrician Scipioni family of Ancient Rome. (Full text and translation available)
Raised upon a black marble block plinth . No chips,repairs or damage . Some minor staining /discolouration to left hand top scroll of tomb 'lid'. Constructed in one piece with 'fixed' lid.
The original carved in grey tufa stone, now preserved in the Vatican's Museo Pio Clementino Rome, having been rediscovered in 1780.
W 6"
H 3.5"
D 2"
Italy c.1820
Ref: ML 159
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C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze after the antique of " Augustus Caesar Prima Porta"
C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze after the antique of " Augustus Caesar Prima Porta". Well-cast and sharply detailed bronze copy of the iconic marble antique original of the Imperator , the first of the Roman Emperors 27 BC- 14 AD. In this study Augustus is depicted as commander-in-chief of the Roman army , dressed in military attire , posed with his arm raised as an orator probably addressing his legions , and carrying a consular baton. The elements combining to portray both the martial and political characteristics of the great leader. The 2m high original 1st Century AD marble statue was discovered in 1863 in the grounds of the Villa of Livia at Prima Porta near Rome, and is now shown in the 'Braccio Nuovo' of the Vatican Museums. The 'cuirass' or breast-plate, is finely detailed with bas-reliefs featuring diverse Roman deities including Mars the God of war, Diana, Apollo and Sol the sun god. The design also features symbolism and personifications of conquered territories and celebrates his victories in Hispania, Gaul, Germania and Parthia, and the return of the lost Roman legionary eagles , as well as Augustus's establishment of Pax Romana.The sphinxes on the shoulders represent the defeat of Cleopatra, the sheathed sword represents the subjected peoples (ie The Celts) , whilst the back of the cuirass is decorated with a large spread-eagle.The small cupid at his feet(riding on a dolphin ,Venus's patron animal)is a reference to the claim that the Julian family were direct descendants of the goddess Venus. The bare-footed pose also alludes to his status as a hero, and perhaps even him being regarded a god , as was the deified Julius Caesar his great-uncle.
Good consistent patination, one small joint 'opening' on the upper part of the out-stretched arm.
H 20" x W 8" x D 6".
Italy c.1880
Ref: MLAF 1412
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C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze after the antique of Dionysus , known as "Narcissus".
C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze after the antique of Dionysus ,known as "Narcissus". Exceptional quality casting and good scale bronze study of the iconic statue attributed to the foundry and workshops of Benedetto Boschetti , Rome . Raised on a typical Boschetti-type 'Levanto Rosso' and black marble plinth , the well-patinated bronze figure is an exact scale copy of the original excavated at Pompeii in 1862. Now housed in the Museo Nazionale , Naples , Italy. Boschetti's celebrated workshops at Via Condotti 74 in Rome , produced high-quality bronze and marble copies of classical antiquities, and though unmarked, both the quality of the casting and the marble plinth base ,lead to a firm attribution. Minor chips to edge of marble base.
H(overall)32" H(of bronze) 25 ".
Italy ,Rome c.1870
Ref: MLJQ 1411
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C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze figure , after the antique ,of drunken Faun .
C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze figure ,after the antique ,of drunken Faun. Good large-scale bronze of the drunken Satyr or Faun ,excavated at Pompeii from the site of the House of the aristocratic Patrician or Centenary. Discovered by the pool in the Peristyle or open colonnade,at the site , and mounted upon a stone block of tufa (limestone), the original is now in the 'Museo Archeologico Nazionale', Naples, Italy.
The drunken faun is depicted in a staggering pose , a look of intoxicated concentration on his face as he attempts to fill a wine cup (deficient as in the original),from a wine-skin bladder or bag slung under his arm. A true scale copy of the magnificent Roman bronze original with a 'faux excavation' verdegris patination , mounted upon a 'stepped' block of riven and aged white marble or limestone copying the original.
Shown completely naked , the well-modelled and balanced figure, conveys the acute movement and motion of the drunken satyr, his muscular body complete with Faun's tail.
Probably produced by the reknowned 'Sommer' or 'Chiurazzi' foundries of Naples.
H 24" (overall)
H 21" (figure)
Base 20" x 9 "
Naples, Italy c.1890
Ref: ML157
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C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze sculpture after the antique of Dionysus .
C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze sculpture after the antique of Dionysus. Good quality and well-defined casting of the iconic image of Dionysus (Greco-Romano God of Wine and the Grape Harvest) ,known as "Narcissus" .The nude figure of the deity is depicted in contrapposto pose , with a deer-skin wine bag draped over his shoulder and grape-vines in his hair, wearing finely-detailed sandals. Mounted on an oblong 'verde antico'/green marble base .Good consistent dark patination. After the original excavated at Pompeii in 1862 ,now residing in the Museo Nazionale, Naples, Italy.
H 16"
Base 10" x 5"
Italy ,Naples c.1880
Ref: MLMAI 1411
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C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze study ,after the antique , of "Spinario" or "The Thorn-Puller".
C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze study ,after the antique ,of "Spinario" or "The Thorn-Puller". Originally recorded as seated outside the Lateran Palace in 1165 , the celebrated sculpture is now exhibited at the Capitoline Museum in Rome. Well-cast ,good-scale version of the famous image of the seated boy in intense concentrated focus attempting to remove a thorn from the bottom of his foot. Raised on a 'Levanto Rosso' and black marble circular plinth base in the style of Benedetto Boschetti , the celebrated foundry and marble sculptors of C19th Rome . Fitted with a bronze handle to base which originally turned the sculpture on revolving pin , but this mechanism is now lacking. Good consistent dark patination , minor chips to edges of marble base.
H (Full) 18"
H (bronze)13"
Dia. (base)9"
Italy c. 1870
Ref: MLTH 154
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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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C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir carved serpentine marble ink-stand set with carved lava cameos.
C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir carved serpentine marble ink-stand set with carved lava cameos. A South Italian , Neapolitan, two-piece carved 'Prato verde' or Serpentina Moschinata , marble ink-stand with gadrooned body and sectioned lid set with oval carved coloured lava profile cameos of classical and Renaissance Italian philosophers and poets framed in brass mounts. The central raised knop handle also inset with a brass-framed carved circular cameo . The inside of the top contains a glazed and brass-framed period gouache/body watercolour study depicting the Bay of Naples and the erupting volcanic Mount Vesuvius. The outer ring retains the original hand- scripted paper labels identifying 6 of the cameo profiles such as "Aristotle", "Petrarch", "Dante" etc.

The base section fitted with 2 glass ink-wells with brass rims and 2 pen/quill-holders (1 brass ferrule missing).

The different lava rock cameos having obtained their individual colours from the oxidisation and crytallised nature of the various cooled minerals from the volcanic eruption and lava flow.

This type of ink-stand was produced in the Naples area of Italy during the mid C19th as souvenirs for tourists visiting the historic sites and sights of the European 'Grand Tour'.

In good original condition , with one historic repaired crack to the lid.

(For a similar example see Christies Sale 7889 /Lot 272 9/12/2010 3375)

H 5"
W 6"
D 6"
Italy , Naples c.1870
Ref: ML 1605
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C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir oblong specimen marble inlaid paper-weight.
C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir oblong specimen marble paper-weight. Smart desk-top black marble paper-weight inlaid with coloured marble and hardstone oval specimens. The edge framed with a 'Marmo Giallo' yellow line border.
The specimens include malachite ,lapis lazuli and assorted exotic marbles , alabasters and hard-stones.

The back lined with old green baize , though heavily worn.

H 8"
W 4.5"
D 75"
Italy c.1880
Ref: ML165
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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
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C19th Italian neo-classical console table.
C19th Italian neo-classical console table . Very stylish stone-white/grey painted console table with parcel-gilt decoration. Carved architectural cavetto frieze with fluted decoration and inset paterae/roundels, below dentil-type lozenge mould.The whole supported on four carved and fluted legs with 'fletched'/feathered details onto plinth-style bases ,the tops with swagged Corinthian capitals. Good scale pier or console table now fitted with 3cm replacement white figured marble top, the body with great distressed ,chalky ,ivory paint surface. Incorporating C18th elements with some decoration refreshed in minor areas.
W 56" x D 28" x H 37".
Italy c. 1850.
Ref: MLMH 138
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C19th Italian Venetian bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir sculpture of the Lion of St. Mark.
C19th Italian Venetian bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir sculpture of the Lion of St. Mark .

Well-cast miniature bronze reduction of the Lion of St.Mark representing the evangelist St.Mark , portrayed as a winged lion holding a bible. The lion is the symbol of the city of Venice and formerly of the Republic of Venice. The original ancient full-size winged lion sculpture is situated atop one of the twin marble columns at the entrance of the Piazzetta di San Marco adjacent to Piazza San Marco , Venice. Placed there in the 12th century , it was temporarily removed by Napoleon in 1797 and taken to Paris as to underscore his conquest of the Venetian Empire.

Venetian tradition is that St.Mark arrived at the Venetian lagoon whilst travelling through Europe , when an angel appeared to him and told him that here was where his body would rest. St. Mark represented as a lion is a typical Christian iconography.

In excellent condition ,with good consistent dark patination.

H 3"
W 7"(inc. tail)
D 2.5"
Italy, Venice c.1870
Ref: ML 1611
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C19th late Qing Dynasty period Chinese carved hardwood 'opium' or 'kang' table.
C19th late Qing Dynasty period Chinese carved hardwood 'opium' or 'kang' table. Scroll-ends with inverted leg design and 'floating' panel inset top ,together with fruiting-vine open carved friezes .The panelled ends with carved vine decoration . The origins of the design relating to the raised platform ,or 'kang' used in the ancient traditional Chinese home for sleeping or relaxing, upon which tables of this type were used. Good colour , and in excellent condition, cleaned and waxed . Useful low height coffee or drinks table.
W 36"
D 18"
H 13".
China c.1900
Ref: MLBO 146
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C19th mahogany bow-front chest of drawers
C19th mahogany bow-front chest of drawers. Turned column corner decoration and feet .Fitted top drawer with baize-lined interior slide (some partition elements replaced). Great lion mask brass knobs , good height .H 36" W 45" D 23"(key)
Ref: ML301
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C19th mahogany circular extending dining table
C19th mahogany circular extending dining table .Probably Dutch with heavily-carved 'capstan' base with gadrooned collar ,and with 3 original mahogany leaves .Fitted with brass clips .Excellent quality timber, all original ,good colour. Leaves in need of some re-polishing (inclusive of price) .Stands upon well-carved bold claw feet.Very flexible use table, 8/10 seater, solid telescopic action with extra 'drop-down' mahogany turned leg supports when fully-extended .
Compact size when closed .
Dia 45"
H 30"
L 108".
Holland c. 1835.
Ref: ML425
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