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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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Decorative pair of early C20th Italian ebonised and gilt lyre-form wall appliqués or girandoles, with candle-arms.
Decorative pair of early C20th Italian ebonised and gilt lyre-form wall appliqués or girandoles , with patinated brass candle-arms.

Neat pair of composition and carved wooden wall appliqués of classical lyre form with adjustable and lift-out pierced decoration brass candle-arm brackets. Carved ebonised ribbon bow tops and sides , with brass 'strung' gilded lyre centre with classical Doric capital design top . The bows with oval gilt shell motif centres , the bases interspersed with carved gilt leaf decoration .

In excellent condition.

H 22"
W 11"
D 2"
Italy c.1920
Ref: ML 1702
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Early C18th George II period oak drop-leaf table of small proportions.
Early C18th George II period oak drop-leaf table of small proportions. Charming diminutive-scale cottage-sized oak table with twin gate-leg action raised on rounded tapering supports terminating in pad feet. The twin rounded flaps with 'rule-edge' joints ,raising to form an ovoid table.

Practical folding table of portable proportions.

Good rich patina and colour.
Cleaned and waxed.

In good usable and stable condition, with minor losses and wear to pad feet from use on stone-flagged floors.

Marks to top commensurate with age and use.

H 26"
W 13"
W(open) 35"
D 27"
England c. 1740
Ref: ML 166
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Early C19th bronze cherub candlestick figure/lamp-base.
Early C19th bronze cherub candlestick figure/lamp-base. Well-modelled patinated bronze cherub or amorini, holding aloft a torch or quiver,mounted upon a fine quality porcelain Wedgwood-type classically-decorated jasperware column with gilt-bronze base. Has lost one wing ,has minor chip to porcelain base. Has previously been wired, could be re-wired to U.K specification .H 15" Base 4" sq. England c. 1830
Ref: MLBO144
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Early C19th bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir sculpture of "The Farnese Hercules".
Early C19th bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir sculpture of the "Farnese Hercules". Large-scale bronze version of the antique Roman marble sculpture of the Greek hero Herakles depicted resting after the completion of his 'Twelve Labours' or tasks ,set out to him in Mythology. He leans ,resting on his wooden club , his expression weary, whilst the pelt of the slain Nemean lion is draped next to him and his right hand behind his back clutching the 'Golden Apples' of the Hesperides. The ancient Roman marble statue had been re-discovered during excavations in The Baths of Caracalla in Rome in 1546 and installed in the courtyard of Cardinal Allesandro Farnese's palace on the banks of the Tiber, where it was surrounded by frescos depicting his heroic feats and where it became one of the highlights of the Roman Tour for visiting scholars, connoisseurs and artists. The 3rd Century AD Roman marble Hercules signed by Glykon, after the ancient 4th Century BC Greek bronze original by Lysippos, was moved to Naples in 1787 and is now exhibited at the 'Museo Archeologico Nazionale' .The impressive sculpture which stands at over 3 metres tall ,portrays the exaggerated musculature of the towering hero,whilst conveying through his pose and down-cast expression ,the weariness from the execution of his Labours. The heroically-scaled statue of Hercules is one of the most famous sculptural images of antiquity and has fixed itself firmly into the European imagination. This finely cast version has a good consistent patination and colour with minor high-points. The stunning sculpture is a magnificent and powerful study of the Mythological hero and was much-admired and sought-after , bronze examples such as this ,being collected for the great Country Houses of England , Museum and gallery collections of the World. H 29". Italy c. 1830.
Ref: MLWA 1312
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Early C19th cased-set of Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir plaster intaglios.
Early C19th cased-set of Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir plaster intaglios . Comprising of two stacking deal trays with outer box ,containing 100 plaster intaglio impressions . Principally profile cameo studies of philosophers and scholars , all complete with no damage. With gilt-foil and yellow paper surrounds mounted upon a 'sea-green' paper background . The inner lid with printed paper trade label in French . Produced in Rome by "Thomas Cades ,Graveur en Pierre fines, Rue de Cours No 436 au Second Etage ". Cades is listed in "Manuel de Voyager en Italie..." by Audin 1835, as a producer of intaglios and gems. Manufactured as souvenirs for rich 'Grand Tourists' and scholars , these fine intaglios were a feature of libraries and classical collections throughout the world .Could be framed and mounted as wall-hanging pictures.
H (of trays) 12.5"
W 8"
D 1.5"
Italy c.1870
Ref: MLAF 1410
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Early C19th circular top specimen-wood veneered table on low base.
Early C19th circular top specimen-wood veneered table on low base. 'Coffee'/reception-room height table featuring a stunning radiating and concentric marquetry veneered specimen-wood top. A huge variety of exotic, tropical and indigenous woods ,including rosewood, satinwood, ebony, coromandel, oak, birch, box-wood and walnut. Chequer-work bands and stringing throughout the design. A stunning colour and patination. The associated base constructed in satin birch or beech in a faux/simulated bamboo design, with 4 supports. A shallow frieze beneath and 'chinoiserie' bracket corners. A great piece of workmanship , combining in a highly decorative and practical table. The top probably produced in Tunbridge Wells ,Kent ,a renowned centre for the manufacture of such wares, whilst the bespoke base undoubtedly made by the London retailers in what is their signature design. A glass top could be supplied if desired to fit. Provenance: bought from Mallett Fine Antiques , at 'Bourdon House' , London in 1980's. Cleaned and waxed. Dia. 36" x H 18". England c.1830
Ref: MLI 147
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Early C19th French Charles X period ormolu bronze , bronze and gilt-brass fire-place fender.
Early C19th French Charles X period ormolu bronze, bronze and gilt-brass fire-place fender. Good quality extendable bronze-mounted fender ,with patinated bronze seated mastiff dogs on plinth ends with cast foliate ormolu decoration and gilded brass base.Sliding-action extension with steel thumb-screw adjustment to rear.
W (closed)47" W (full extension)62" x H (ends)10" x Dogs W 10" x H 4" .
France c.1825
Ref: MLTH 1501
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Early C19th French Charles X period ormolu bronze Empire design lamp-base.
Early C19th French Charles X period ormolu bronze Empire design lamp-base. Superior quality cast gilt-bronze reeded column lamp with finely detailed ornamentation. The base raised upon well-defined 'Lion's paw' feet ,stiff-leaf decoration and classically-inspired motifs .
*A pair of colza lamps with similar bases can be found located upon the marble fire surround in the Pompeiian Room at Ickworth Park , Suffolk .

Excellent colour and condition ,having been professionally cleaned .

The base with inset cast-iron plate beneath to aid stability.
Can be re-wired to clients specification .
H (inc. lamp-holder) 24"
Base 6.5" sq.
France c.1830
Ref: ML 1602
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Early C19th French Charles X period siena marble and patinated bronze clock garniture.
Early C19th French Charles X period siena marble and patinated bronze clock garniture . Stylish Empire-style 3-piece clock-set with unusual attractive dark-green patinated bronze mounts contrasting with the distinctive figured yellow ' Marmo Giallo' clock-case and plinth bases of the campana shaped tazza side-pieces. The pair of tazzas with gilded ormolu wrythen handles ,gadrooned shallow bowls and fluted socles raised on stepped bronze-mounted plinths. The clock with heavily-cast 'acanthus leaf' base and classical design scroll feet , the case surmounted by an oval gadrooned urn with conforming ormolu handles.
Fitted with a silk-suspension 8-day striking movement which will be overhauled and serviced prior to sale.
The plain patinated circular bronze dial fitted with original blued steel loop-hands , and an opening glass door.

Minor chips to marble plinth bases of tazzas, but overall in excellent condition with wear commensurate with age and use.

H (clock) 17"
W 8"
D 4"
H ( tazzas) 9"
W 8"
D 4"
France c.1830
Ref: ML1601
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Early C19th George III period mahogany Canterbury of exceptional size and quality.
Early C19th George III period mahogany Canterbury of exceptional size and quality. A magnificently proportioned Canterbury of large scale ,finely chosen grade of timber with a wonderful rich patina and colour. A broad 'Country House' style rack of uncomplicated design, dished-top with 4 divisions above a mahogany-lined drawer with original brass knobs. Stands upon original heavy gilt-brass castors. Broadly-reeded uprights with 'cut-end' reeds, classically referencing the pipes of Apollo or Pan ,and alluding to its original conception to hold sheet music books or folios, capped with paterae which have achieved a great patina and surface.

A well-constructed 'no nonsense ' quality piece of late Georgian period furniture of grand scale .The grade of timber selected together with the build-quality and design of the vertical dividers, lead to a probable attribution to Gillows of Lancaster , though no stamp is present and the model is apparently unrecorded.

Large enough to easily accommodate the "Sunday Times ","Telegraph", "Country Life", "Vogue", "Racing Post" and a copy of the Bible!
W 24"
D 18"
H 17" .
England c 1800
Ref: MLMJ 1311
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Early C19th George IV period bronze and gilt-bronze twin-branch colza lamp.
Early C19th George IV period bronze and gilt-bronze twin-branch colza lamp.

Classically-inspired design bronze lamp with urn-shaped central reservoir and twin-light arms with their apparently original etched glass globe shades. Well-cast detail throughout with exceptional gilt bronze claw feet. The stem with foliate scroll detail and an applied mask motif .

Colza being rapeseed oil which became a popular fuel choice for lighting during this period, the lamp system having been pioneered and patented in France by Aime Argand in 1780.

Probably made by Thomas Messenger & Sons, Birmingham, though unmarked.

Consistent dark patination with contrasting gilded elements.

Excellent condition, having been adapted for electrical use , and has been professionally re-wired and tested in our workshops. Fitted with traditional style cotton-covered 3-core twisted flex.

H 23"
W 15"
D 7"
England c.1825
Ref: ML 1702
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Early C19th George IV period mahogany 2 drawer writing/library table in the manner of Gillows of Lancaster.
Early C19th George IV period mahogany 2 drawer writing/library table in the manner of Gillows of Lancaster. Of free-standing form with shallowly panelled friezes to all sides and asymmetrical /concealed drawer fronts. The drawers fitted with brass escutcheons and working brass locks (with key) , having never been fitted with knobs or handles. Raised on tapering reeded legs to a turned foot into original patinated brass socket castors .
The rounded-corner top with a 'thumb-mould' edge. Fitted with an old replacement green leather inset writing surface which has rubbed gold and 'blind-tooled' decoration.
The drawers with fine hand-cut dove-tails ,mahogany linings and quarter dust-beads.

High-quality timber and fittings which both allude ,together with the overall design , to the celebrated cabinet-makers Gillows of Lancaster.

Excellent ready-to-use condition , with good original rich patination and colour.
Cleaned and waxed in our workshops.
W 48"
H 29"
D 28"
England c.1825
Ref: ML1601
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Early C19th George IV period mahogany sculpture display column .
Early C19th George IV period mahogany sculpture display column .

Rare architecturally-inspired classical design mahogany pedestal. The cylindrical-bodied column upon a plinth base, and with a stepped circular top . The upper part of the column with a band of carved classical design squared flower or rose-head bosses with a flat ring of moulding below .

The upper portion of one side of the column having a hinged door fitted with its original turned knob handle enclosing a shelved cupboard cavity . The cupboard possibly designed to house a book or gallery glass.

In excellent original condition with no damage , repairs or losses . The figured mahogany having a rich patina and colour.

Has been cleaned and waxed in our workshops.

H 36"
W 18"
D 18"
The upper central circular top 15" diameter.
England c.1825
Ref: ML 1703
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Early C19th Japanese Imari porcelain vase and cover of huge scale
Early C19th Japanese Imari porcelain vase and cover of huge scale. Stunning large ovoid jar with gilt 'shishi' dog with ball surmount on cover. Decorated in Imari palette with 'ink' blue and 'iron' red colours and produced in Arita ,Japan during the Edo period. All-over decoration of floral and bamboo panels with exotic/phoenix birds and Foe dogs or kylins in cartouches around the neck of the vase. Contemporary lid but possibly associated. Vases such as this became a furnishing staple of fine English period country-houses where their huge decorative appeal and exotic design contrasted with the restraint of English Georgian mahogany and walnut period furniture, and they were often used to decorate the interiors of unused fire-places in summer months. A stunning decorative statement. Perfect, unrestored condition.
H 36"
W 18".
Japan c. 1800
Ref: MLMA 146
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Early C19th late George III / early Regency period gilt-wood and gesso triple-plate 'landscape' overmantel mirror.
Early C19th late George III / early Regency period gilt-wood and gesso triple-plate 'landscape' overmantel mirror. Elegantly-designed mirror with fine classical carved and gesso decoration with architectural Doric-capped fluted column support uprights. The 'pounced' ground frieze with ribbon bows and flower-garland swags , oval sun-flower paterae and featuring a large central oval 'cameo' plaque with amorini/ putti at play.
The original plates with shallow hand-bevelling , divided by finely carved beaded and 'split-pearl' moulding. The break-front ended cornice with laurel-leaf wrapped decoration . Standing on gilded ball-feet.

Original gilding which has achieved a subtle warm patina . The backboards having been replaced due to age deterioration.

In overall excellent condition , minor chips and wear commensurate with age.
W 63"
H 30"
D 3"
England c.1805
Ref: ML1601
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Early C19th late George III period mahogany bow-front chest of drawers
Early C19th late George III period mahogany bow-front chest of drawers. Gillows type 4 drawer chest on splay bracket feet . Good commode-type proportions ,broad and low . Old replacement handles . Fantastic timber and colour .W 49" H 36" D 24"
Ref: ML 65
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Early C19th late George III period mahogany sideboard of impressive scale and proportions.
Early C19th late George III period mahogany sideboard of impressive scale and proportions. Raised on 6 turned legs with toupie feet, fitted with a central bow-front drawer above a shaped 'knee-hole' and cupboard doors to each end with fitted shelf. Wonderful rich original patina and colour with no splits or cracks to the top .The top is cut from a single piece of figured mahogany. The drawer and cupboard fronts are cross-banded with satinwood ,together with stringing to the uprights/stiles ,and fitted with brass ring-handles which appear to be totally original . The right-hand end fitted with a narrow cupboard door with handle, opening to reveal the aperture designed to house the chamber-pot or 'borde-lieu', which enabled the diners not having to leave the banquet-hall/dining-room to relieve themselves. An impressive and functional piece of period furniture of exceptional scale and condition.
W 96"
H 36.5"
H (knee-hole)27"
D(centre)32.5
D (ends)28".
England c.1810
Ref: MLJM 121
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Early C19th late George III period mahogany sofa table.
Early C19th late George III period mahogany sofa table. High-quality classic mahogany sofa table of very elegant proportions , standing on reeded swept sabre supports. Fitted two slim 'cock-beaded' frieze drawers with 'dummys' in reverse, all fitted original knobs ,with reeded diamond decoration to ends. Desirable high 'invisible' stretcher and 'standard-end' supports with reeded panel reserves , fitted with square brass box-cap castors . Reeded edge to top, reeded stretcher, reeded legs and reeded mould decoration. The twin drop-flap ends each fitted with double 'fly' bracket supports, opening to form a completely flat and true surface. Excellent original colour and patination, in entirely untouched original condition. The drawer fronts fitted with bone 'diamond' escutcheons,a feature which alludes to a north of England origin , whilst the grade and choice of timber ,quality of design and construction,all point to a possible 'Gillows' of Lancaster attribution. A wonderful table which combines function, elegance of design and practicality. As well as a centre or reception room table, could also be used as either a writing,drawing or dressing table , with the high stretcher allowing for use with a chair and providing ample leg-room. Cleaned and waxed , some minor marks to top commensurate with age and use.(Key). W(closed) 36" x (open) 60" x D 25.5" x H 28". England c. 1800
Ref: MLPS 147
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Early C19th Regency period 'blonde' tortoiseshell oblong tea-caddy.
Early C19th Regency period 'blonde' tortoiseshell oblong tea-caddy. Of canted-corner sarcophagus form, with concave-moulded stepped 'pagoda' style lid , inset with a vacant oblong silver tablet initial plaque. The pale figured turtle-shell veneered panels divided by silver stringing.The front fitted with a decorative shaped silver escutcheon plate, the whole raised on silver-plated ball feet. The interior fitted with twin lidded compartments, the interiors partially retaining their original tin-foil lining. The removable interior lids fitted with their original turned ivory knobs. The inside of the lid lined with the original pale pink velvet, whilst both the rims of the lid and the base are veneered in ivory. Fitted with original lock , lacking key.

The word caddy is derived from the Chinese word "Kati", which is the measure of weight by which tea was sold. The purpose of the twin compartments was to provide spaces for both black Indian tea and green China tea, and to enable them to be mixed to taste.

Excellent colour to the well-figured pale 'blonde' turtle/tortoiseshell veneers, with a warm amber hue.

In exceptionally good original condition , with only tiny fragmented chips to the upper corners of the stepped lid.
No damage or repairs to the hinges.

W 7"
D 4"
H 6"
England c. 1820
Ref: ML1512
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