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Early C20th Indian bone-inlaid circular shisham wood table .
Early C20th Indian bone-inlaid circular shisham wood table.

Circular-topped table with inlaid central peacocks design ,the surrounding borders and edge with bone and ebony detailed inlay . The arcaded and panelled hinged and folding octagonal base with conforming bone inlay designs.

The underside of top with locating frame for base and with an original paper retailer's label.

In excellent condition with no losses to inlay.

H 18"
W 18"
D 18"
India c.1920
Ref: ML 1702
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Early C20th Italian alabaster column table-lamp .
Early C20th Italian alabaster column table-lamp.

Useful turned alabaster classical-style column lamp on block plinth base. The tapering shaft of the column decorated with 3 laurel-leaf embossed gilded brass bands . The stepped plinth base also with a conforming brass band . The top of the column with turned ring detail .

In excellent condition with no breaks , chips or repairs.

Can be re-wired to client's specification .

H 18"
D (base) 5"
W (base) 5"
Italy c. 1920
Ref: ML 1610
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Early C20th Italian brass-framed inset marble-top coffee table
Early C20th Italian brass-framed inset marble top coffee table. Heavy-guage square-section brass-framed base with applied paterae/roundel decoration to ends and a lower tier spindle/rod magazine shelf. The marble top of a 'Siena/Giallo Antico' centre with a deep banded edge of green 'Verde Antico' surround. The well-figured marble slab top with striations and lines possibly showing minor historic repairs. The veneered top laid upon an underside of travertine stone. The brass of the base has an aged patina which could be brightly polished if required.
Good quality decorative ,low reception room table that would complement a period setting.
H 20"
W 50"
D 20"
Italy c. 1920
Ref: MLBO 156
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Early C20th Italian carved alabaster table-lamp of classical urn form .
Early C20th Italian carved alabaster table-lamp of classical urn form .

Classical urn-shaped lamp with swollen and ribbed tapering body , turned top and stem ,mounted on a square block base .

Excellent condition , with no chips, breaks or repairs.

Can be re-wired to client's specification.

H 15"
W(base) 5"
D (base) 5"
Italy c.1920
Ref: ML 1610
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Early C20th Japanese 6-fold red and gold lacquer screen
Early C20th Japanese 6-fold red and gold lacquer screen.Decorated Geisha/pastoral scene withe aged crackle glaze finish .Good strong colours ,very decorative . Reverse decorated bamboo/peonies.H 72" W 108" Very good condition .
Ref: ML 80
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Early C20th leather-bound folding games board modelled as 2 volumes of books
Early C20th leather-bound folding games board modelled as 2 volumes of books .

Smart 'faux' books folding games board , the exterior tooled as a chequers/chess grid , whilst the interior is marked for back-gammon . Embossed and tooled on spines with "English Games" and " Vols 1 & 2 " . The ends finished with 'marbled' paper.

In faded 'country-house' condition , with wear commensurate with age and use. Crucially the hinged section is in good strong working order.
Complete with 2 conical leather dice shakers , dice , draughts and backgammon pieces. Also contains game instructions of the period.

Useful games board with eclectic 'faux' book bindings .
H 18" (Forms a board 36" X 20" open)
W 10"
D 3"
England c. 1920
Ref: ML 165
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Early C20th leather-on-oak brass bound shotgun cartridge magazine/carrying case.
Early C20th leather-on-oak brass bound shotgun cartridge magazine/carrying case. High-quality shotgun magazine case constructed from oak covered with stitched heavy-duty saddle leather and fitted with brass corner protectors , designed for x200 12-bore cartridge capacity. Fitted divisions to the interior with buckling internal adjustable leather straps. Screwed brass corners, brass lock and locking hasp ,with stitched and padded leather carrying-handle in excellent serviceable condition. The case further fitted with a lateral external security strap with tooled detail and brass buckle .
(No key to lock but fully functioning hasp/closure)
Embossed initials to lid "G.W.Y".

A great accessory for the shooting gentleman or lady ,with good dark ,rich, aged patina to both the leather and brass fittings. Marks and scars to leather commensurate with age, use and purpose.
The canvas-lined interior of the lid stamped with the retailers/manufacturers mark of "Finnigans Ltd, Manchester".

Perfect practical size for carrying spare ammunition for a days sport. Probably originally designed to be carried onto the train for the journey to the grouse moor , but today would fit well into the boot of the Range Rover or Bentley.
D 10"
W 13.5"
H 6 "
England c.1900
Ref: MLTH 1511
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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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Early C20th Royal Worcester Porcelain jardiniere
Early C20th Royal Worcester Porcelain jardiniere.Enscripted "Gather ye roses while ye may". Decorated all over roses .Signed W.H.Austin .Date code 1919. Perfect condition . Dia 11" H 7"
Ref: ML 130
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Early C20th walnut demi-lune side table in the early Georgian period style.
Early C20th walnut demi-lune side table in the early Georgian period style. Faithful copy of an early C18th walnut side table constructed in the traditional period manner. Raised on shaped cabriole legs with leaf and hare-bell carving to the knee, and fitted with an oak-lined frieze drawer ,complete with pierced back-plate brass handle. Having been polished and finished to imitate the patina and wear of a period table. The cross-banded top with cross-grain moulded edge which had been made with shrinkage to simulate age.
The frieze inlaid with panels of double herringbone banding , again a feature consistent with a walnut table from the first quarter of the C18th. The half-round top with burr veneers in 'book-matched' opposing sections.
The top with some old marks and wear consistent with age and use .

Good piece of period style decoration of useful ,practical scale.

Excellent colour and patination, cleaned and waxed.
H 29"
W 35"
D 20"
England c.1900
Ref: ML1601
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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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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 ormolu-mounted rosewood sofa table in 'as found' , 'country-house' condition , attributed to Gillows.
Fine early C19th Regency period ormolu-mounted rosewood sofa table in 'as found' , 'country-house' condition , attributed to Gillows.

Twin-flap rosewood and simulated rosewood , sofa table supported on classical lyre-end supports . The inverted shaped stretcher with 'faux" rosewood painted grain simulation . Fitted with 2 cedar-lined drawers to both sides , the edges mounted with fine ormolu applied mount decoration (minor sectional losses). Each of the 4 drawers fitted with 2 original gilded brass circular knobs , brass locks and key escutcheons (no key present).

The impressive Grecian-inspired dramatically shaped and moulded lyre ends with gilded brass rod 'strings' . On the lateral support to each end beneath the lyre, is a finely-cast double anthemion ended ormolu mount . The design taking its inspiration from antiquity and ancient classical Empires, as popularised in this period by the fashionable exponents of re-visited classicism such as Thomas Hope ,Charles Heathcote Tatham and George Smith.

Carved leaf detail to the hip or knee of the sabre-type legs , channelled carving to the legs which terminate in conforming channelled flush-fitting brass box socket castors .

Superb quality and design throughout , the moulded-edge top of well-chosen highly-figured timber. Attributed by design and quality to Gillows of Lancaster & London . Similar lyre-ended rosewood tables are illustrated in "Gillows of Lancaster & London" by Susan E .Stuart.

In need of some minor attention and restoration , having come straight from an English country-house source .

All original throughout , retaining its original polish and 'skin' .

A rare and exceptional table of superior quality and arresting design.

H 29.5"
W 35.5" (59" flaps up)
D 30"
England c.1820
Ref: ML 1610
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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 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
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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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Highly decorative group of 7 early C19th coloured botanical engravings in deep 'shadow-box' frames.
Highly decorative group of early C19th coloured botanical engravings in deep 'shadow-box' frames .

Published in London by Dr.R.J.Thornton Jan. July & Sept. 1811 and 1812 , after various botanical studies by Henderson , Reinagle and Thornton. Taken from Dr. Robert John Thornton's published folio of works "Temple of Flora" .

Set in late C19th distressed (but stabilised) 'country-house' condition rectangular gilt shadow-box type frames , the interior mounts with coloured-line border surrounds.
Titled:
1. "Artichoke Protea"
2. "Group of Roses"
3. "The Dragon Arum"
4. "The Queen Flower"
5. "Tulips"
6. "A Group of Hyacinths"
7. "A Group of Carnations "

Some fading to images and rubbing to frames , but a stunning group of images .

H 19"
W 14"
D 2"
One frame("Artichoke Protea")
H 20"
W 14"
D 2"
England c.1812



Ref: ML 168
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