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Fine C19th Italian gilded bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir architectural model of a Cathedral dome or 'Tempietto'.
Fine C19th Italian gilded bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir architectural model of a Cathedral dome or 'Tempietto'. Cast bronze model with fine architectural detail of the dome of a Cathedral or monument , mounted upon a block of Siena marble. Possibly conceived as a pastille burner, the lift-off lid with a removable frame-work inside.
Excellent attention to detail with arched apertures, finely detailed Corinthian-capped columns with incised block-work detail ,and a bell-tower /cupola surmount.

Although it has similarities to the dome of St.Paul's Cathedral in London , the Siena base and style of gilded /patinated bronze and casting , suggest Italian origin . It could be a true representation of a landmark dome or indeed an idealised model sold as a souvenir to 'Grand Tourists'.

In excellent original condition , with only minor rubbing and wear to the patination of the bronze commensurate with age and use.

Smart addition to a 'Grand Tour' collection of architectural models.

H (full) 9"
H (bronze) 8"
Dia 4.75"
Base 5" sq.
Italy c. 1870
Ref: ML165
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Fine early C19th George IV period brass-inlaid rosewood side cabinet/dwarf bookcase with marble top attributed to Gillows of Lancaster.
Fine early C19th George IV period brass-inlaid rosewood side cabinet/dwarf bookcase with marble top attributed to Gillows of Lancaster.

Wonderfully original 2-door side cabinet fitted with original mirror plates to the door panels enclosing an ebonised interior fitted with 2 adjustable shelves on 'saw-tooth' ladder-racking uprights.

Finely carved and detailed columnar uprights with leaf-carved capitals to the corners , supporting brass inlaid square tablets , the frieze fitted brass line inlay with a central break-front rectangular tablet featuring a panel of fine brass boulle-type brass inlay .

Fine detail throughout with carved 'split-reel' mouldings and conforming returns . Raised on carved fluted tapering 'melon' feet .

The top fitted with its original creamy-white marble top with gently rounded edges.

Bears all the attributes , style and quality of the esteemed and prized cabinet-makers "Gillows of Lancaster and London ", though not stamped .

All original patina and colour with no losses or damage .

Retains original key .
H 38"
W 42"
D 14"
England c. 1825
Ref: ML 167
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Fine early C19th Regency period twin-pillar mahogany dining table.
Fine early C19th Regency period twin-pillar mahogany dining table. Rare and totally original table with sliding and extending telescopic action together with 2 original leaves. Consistent original colour and patina to top and leaves. The friezes of the tables each with beaded edge decoration and an end-panel reeded-surround reserve forming a classical tablet.The two pedestals bolt together through the telescopic box-action to form a strong, flat platform to take either 1 or 2 extension leaves. Replacement quality period-style brass forks secure the table and the leaves ,and all sections are marked numerically in original format. The reeded and 'hipped' four-splay sabre legged bases on elegant ring-turned columns ,and terminating in stylish Egyptian-influence design brass castors in the manner of Thomas Hope inspired by antiquity. Excellent grade of timber forming a very flat and stable top of great proportions with a reeded edge . Designed to be used both as a large or smaller dining table , alternatively can be utilised as a pair of console tables when dismantled. Top with marks commensurate with age and use , but importantly retaining original 'skin' and finish , having achieved a wonderful mellow colour. Comfortable 10 seater dining table of elegant design and proportions .
H 29" (H to frieze bottom 25.5")x W 50" x D (of ends) 25.5" x L 97"(fully extended). Leaves each 23".
England c.1815.
Ref: MLTF 1312
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Fine larger scale C19th Austro-Hungarian gilt-bronze framed agate casket
Fine larger scale C19th Austro-Hungarian gilt-bronze framed agate casket. Well-chosen agate panels of exceptional colour and quality . The 3-panel front with decorative shaped lock-plate ,with original functioning lock and key. Standing upon corner-mounted agate ball feet. The gilt frame with finely-chased decoration , the lid-edge with raised 'finger-plate' for ease of opening. The inset top panel with bevelled edges.
Historic repaired cracks to the base panel.
A smart and luxurious 'objet de vertu' crafted from exotic hardstone and gilded bronze.
H 3"
W 7"
D 4"
Austria , probably Vienna c. 1890.
Ref: ML 1511
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Fine late C18th Italian Florentine carved gilt-wood frame mirror of good large scale.
Fine late C18th Italian Florentine carved gilt-wood frame mirror of good large scale. Heavily carved gilt-wood frame with scroll and leaf/foliate decoration , retaining its original gilding. Impressive 'double' depth carved and pierced frame with typical Florentine central cartouche/reserve carving detail to the centres of all sides. The hand-bevelled edge plate with a good silvered-grey period colour , probably having been replaced around 100 years ago. The frame probably conceived originally for an oil painting .

Some minor chips and cracks to the decoration and carving commensurate with age ,and the back-boards having been replaced.

A smart piece of C18th opulent and flamboyant decoration with which to add mood and light to a period room-setting.


H 52"
W 42"
D 4"
Italy, Florence c.1770

Ref: ML1601
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Fine quality late C19th French ormolu-mounted 3-piece 'bleu turquin' marble clock garniture.
Fine quality late C19th French ormolu-mounted 3-piece 'blue turquin' marble clock garniture.

Crisply-cast ormolu bronze mounted clock set in the C18th Louis XVI style . The bodies of both the clock and 3-branch side pieces with striking grey 'blue turquin' marble bodies. The clock fitted with an 8-day striking movement with pendulum, chiming on a bell , the enamel dial with finely-painted blue Roman numerals and minute chapter ring ,elaborate pierced and gilded hands and set behind an opening domed/convex glass door . Fitted opening glass door to rear, the movement signed "Mognetti". Strikes on the hour and half-hour .

The clock surmounted by an ormolu mounted urn , whilst the body is decorated with swags, rams head , ribbon and floral decorations. The clock raised on detailed ormolu compressed bun feet.

The 3-branch candelabra side-pieces of cassolette form with fine ormolu mounted detail . The bodies raised on stiff-leaf wrapped tripod supports with cloven feet, leaf and acorn motif decoration , the central finial modelled as a basket of floral decorated fruit with a pineapple centre. The marble bodies with a band of cast 'Vitruvian scroll' hand-chased ormolu . The 3-branch candle-arms each with detailed cast candle knozzles and removable bobeches . Both raised on cast ormolu feet of compressed form .

Highly decorative clock set in excellent condition and working order. Brightly gilded ormolu bronze contrasting beautifully against the well-selected blue-grey marble.

Has the original key.

H(clock) 15"
H(candelabras) 12"
W 11"
W 9"
D 5"
D 4"
France c.1890
Ref: ML 1611
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Impressive C20th cast composition 'stone' bust study of "Ares" ,the Greek God of War.
Impressive C20th cast composition 'stone' bust of "Ares" , the Greek God of War. Detailed large-scale classical study of the God depicted wearing his plumed /figural head-dress or helm , raised on a turned integral socle base .One of the Twelve Olympians, and the son of Zeus and Hera , in Greek literature Ares often represents the physical, violent untamed aspect of war, whilst also being known as the adulterous lover of Aphrodite. The Roman god counter-part was known as "Mars". This sculpture has been removed from a court-yard setting where the surface has gained a great naturally-weathered patina and surface, whilst it has not incurred any physical damage . A stunning decorative statement, indistinguishable in finish and size from an important and highly valuable marble equivalent.
H 37" x W 15" x D 12".
England c. 1930
Ref: MLF 1501
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Impressive late C19th cast-iron, brass and steel fire-basket
Impressive late C19th cast-iron, brass and steel fire-basket. Almost certainly Irish with well-cast detailed back featuring garlands, vines and sun mask , with open-twist finial supports on brass 'claw and ball' feet. Serpentine front with pierced Vitruvian scroll frieze .Old minor repair to back (shown).Loose fire-brick to back. A stylish and functional fire-place accessory. A very similar fire-basket can be found at Myrtle Grove, Yougal ,Co. Cork,Eire. ,once the home of Sir Walter Raleigh. See "Country Houses of Ireland" by The Knight of Glin and James Peill.
H 42 "
D 16 "
W 36".
Ireland c. 1890
Ref: ML135
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Impressive pair of late C19th French bronze vase-bodied lamps of classical design .
Impressive pair of late C19th French bronze vase-bodied lamps of classical design. Tapering ovoid vase bodies with all-round relief cast decoration of dancing classical maidens or nymphs and a running 'Greek-key' type decoration ,taking it's inspiration from antiquity. The fixed cover tops each with twin entwined serpent handles and fluted detailing . Raised upon fluted square socle bases with twin steps and concave corners, and with fluted and wreath-cast decoration .
Adjustable height bulb-stems with acorn finial shade holders.

Excellent colour ,patina and quality , possibly by the Ferdinand Barbedienne Foundry ,Paris, but unmarked or signed.

Executed in the style and manner of the C18th French sculptor Claude-Michel Clodion (1738-1814)
Minor rubbing to handles.
Good quality period-style fittings , can be re-wired to clients specification.
(The pleated silk-lined shades are included)

H(body) 19"
H(overall) 33"
W (handles) 9"
Base 6" sq.
France c. 1880
Ref: ML1603
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Large and impressive pair of late C19th/early C20th French gilt-metal mounted marble vases in the Louis XVI style.
Large and impressive pair of late C19th/early C20th French gilt-metal mounted marble vases in the Louis XVI style.

Caramel-coloured marble bodied vases with well-cast gilt bronze mounts raised on square section bases. Of good large scale and proportions, with well-chosen figured marble bodies and intricate mounts . The sides with horned goat or rams-head mounts , whilst the lateral cast leaf band has a central mask motif . The bodies with swags of flower-head design, the tapering body is held in a feathered or 'fleched' mount onto a spreading socle foot . Cast wreath rings to the bases and cast finials to the fixed 'lid' tops.

The metal mounts having a subtle aged patina .

Excellent original condition with no damage or repairs.

Over-sized pair of decorative vases with dramatic visual impact.

H 22"
W 8"
D 8"
France c.1900
Ref: ML 1702
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Large C19th bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze statue of "Diane de Gabies" after the antique
Large C19th bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze statue of "Diane de Gabies" after the antique.Great scale, wonderful patina and consistent colour, a superior quality casting in fine detail of this iconic sculpture. Depicting the goddess Artemis, the original marble statue was discovered during excavations in 1792 by the entrepreneur,dealer and antiquarian, Gavin Hamilton on the property of the Prince Borghese at Gabi, near Rome . In 1807 the sculpture was sold to Napoleon and was thence exhibited in the Louvre ,Paris, where it remains today .Named by the Greeks as Artemis , and called Diana in the Roman world ,the beautiful virgin goddess of hunting and wild nature is depicted standing in contrapposto position supported against a tree stump, dressed in a loose robe or 'chiton' ,buttoned at the shoulder,together with strapped Grecian sandals . The figure stands upon a separate and associated ebonised fluted-column support with carved ionic capital top.(Although purchased with the statue ,would obviously sell figure without column) Bears a scripted foundry mark "Stradelli" to rear of integral square base. H. (of bronze) 31 " . Overall H. on column 76 ". Italy c. 1870
Ref: MLS 141
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Large C19th George IV period rosewood double-sided desk-top bookcase / book-carrier.
Large C19th George IV period rosewood double-sided desk-top bookcase / book-carrier . Good scale book-carrier of heavy quality with turned balustrade divisions and bobbin-turned carrying handles. 'S' scroll support ends and raised on flattened bun feet, remnants of old baize to bottom of base. (can be re-lined in a colour of choice). Very good clean condition ,good dense timber. Useful and practical addition to a library or use as a desk centre-piece. W 19" x D 17" x H 13". England c 1825
Ref: MLF 1311
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Large C19th Italian bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir statue after the antique, of "Venus of Capua".
Large C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze statue, after the antique, of the "Venus of Capua".

The Venus of Capua , named after its place of discovery at the ruins of an ancient amphitheatre in Capua, southern Italy , is now on display in the Museo Archeologico Nazionale , Naples, Italy. A Roman study of the Greek goddess Aphrodite , the cult of Venus continued throughout the Roman period where she came to symbolise Rome's Imperial power. Like her Greek counterpart ,Aphrodite, Venus was intimately associated with love and beauty. The statues pose arising from originally holding a shield , the image of the Goddess portrays the desirability of military success and civic peace. Her foot is shown atop the helmet of Ares , God of War, and combines sexual allure and martial symbolism.

Good large-scale bronze reduction copy probably produced by Chiurazzi Foundry , Naples. The detailed cast decoration around the base is typical of the works from this celebrated foundry ,who were prolific producers of bronzes ,after the antique, for sale to 'Grand Tourists' , museums and educational institutions .

Consistent dark patina with hints of both green and brown hues .

H 24
W 10"
D 10"
Italy , Naples c.1880
Ref: ML 1610
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Large early C20th decorative Islamic design hanging lantern /'Mosque' lamp.
Large early C20th decorative Islamic design hanging lantern /'Mosque' lamp. Patinated pierced steel ovoid-shaped lantern fitted with 4 hanging chains ,and shaped wrought hanging hook. Finials to top and bottom , fitted with a hinged and chained closure /access door.

No losses or damage.

Highly decorative Middle Eastern or Mamluk style lantern to create a dramatic and exotic statement to an interior.

H 28"
W 12"

Probably Turkey or Syria c.1920
Ref: ML166
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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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Large early C20th palm-wood 'dug-out' mortar or planter.
Large early C20th palm-wood 'dug-out' mortar or planter.

Interesting hollowed-out palm-tree base jardiniere or mortar. Has a rounded edge top and drainage hole to the base. Shows the open grain growth of the tropical palm , has a weathered surface but a good pale lustre and patina .

Very nice smooth tactile finish , a smart sculptural object or planter.

H 22"
W 16"
D 16"
Middle East , probably Egypt c.1920

Ref: ML 1702
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Large early C20th patinated spelter study of a lion after Thomas Francois Cartier.
Large early C20th patinated spelter (white-metal) study of a lion after Thomas Francois Cartier. Realistically modelled study of a snarling male lion standing upon a naturalistically-cast 'rocky' base. Some losses to gilt on rear flanks (shown), but no damage or repairs. Thomas Francois Cartier was born in Marseilles ,France 1879-1943 .He studied under Georges Gardet and specialised in lion and big cat studies, which were cast both in bronze and white-metal(as in this example).The sculptor has captured both the majesty and ferocity of the beast in this impressively scaled study. Impressed signature to edge of base. Impressed to rear "Copyright-Cy De-J.B 1909" W 23" x H 12" x D 9". France c. 1910
Ref: MLTH 141
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Large late C19th /early C20th cast verdigris bronze classical-style lion's-mask door knocker.
Large late C19th/early C20th cast verdigris bronze classical-style lion's-mask door knocker.

Important-looking bronze lion mask back-plate door knocker with cast reeded circular wreath 'clapper' . Excellent detailed bronze casting with a smart verdigris patination .

Has achieved a nice degree of wear/colour to the end of the lion's nose through polishing and due to its tactile nature and attraction .

Superb and practical piece of door furniture which has real presence and would provide a great impression and create a stunning statement to a grand entrance.

H (overall) 10"
H(mask) 9"
W 10"
D 2.5"
England c.1900
Ref: ML 1611
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Large late C19th /early C20th Italian Capodimonte porcelain owl lamp with glass eyes
Large late C19th/early C20th Italian Capodimonte porcelain owl lamp or night-light ,with glass eyes. Well-modelled bird in quizzical pose shown perched on tree stump. Needs re-wiring , slight chip to one ear. Good large example with underglaze blue factory mark to base (crowned N ).

H 20"
Base dia 8".
Italy c 1900
Ref: MLB138
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Large late C19th Chinese carved hardwood figure group.
Large late C19th Chinese carved hardwood figure group.

Superbly detailed carved hardwood group with a central sage or Shou-Xing God of longevity and old-age figure and boy surmounted and surrounded with auspicious symbols . The tall sage or god figure carrying a laden staff and a symbolic peach bough signifying immortality, held across his body . The boy grasping him , proffering an auspicious bat in his hands , a symbol of good fortune . To the side stands a crane , symbolising longevity, whilst to the base are symbolic pines , whose qualities of durability and hardiness are held in high esteem in Chinese culture.

All the elements symbolising good luck , good fortune , longevity , fortitude and good health .

The figures with carved-bone eye and teeth detail.

Excellent rich colour, patina and colour.
In good original condition.

H 26"
W 9"
D 7"
China c.1890
Ref: ML 1702
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