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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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Garniture of 5 early C19th Japanese Imari pattern porcelain vases of small proportions.
Garniture of 5 early C19th Japanese Imari pattern porcelain vases of small proportions.

Interesting and decorative mantelpiece garniture of 5 vases , comprising of 3 lidded bulbous bodied vases and a pair of flared-neck sleeve vases. Each of the lidded vases with an unusual finial to the lids , featuring chickens sat atop nests .

All vases decorated in typical Imari colour palette ,white bodies with rich iron-red hues , blues and with gold highlights .

The lids with minor chips and nicks , the sleeve vases also with minor historic neck chips . No cracks or damages to the main bodies .

Wonderful set of vases to decorate a mantle or pediment of a bookcase or cabinet to add period exoticism.

H 11"
W 6"
D 6"
H(Sleeve vases) 6"
W 3"
D 3"
Japan c.1830
Ref: ML 1705
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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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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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Interesting and practical early C20th brass-mounted leather trunk or chest.
Interesting and practical brass-bound leather trunk or chest.

Useful decorative leather trunk with hinged lid and padded interior . Reinforced bridle-stitched leather corners and patinated brass strapping and hasp locks . The sides fitted with stitched and padded leather loop strap handles . The top mounted with large dome-headed brass studs .

Decorated to sides and top with Chinese characters and calligraphy (apparently translating as "Vetinary") . The front decorated with an applied cut-leather stylised flower-head applique, the keyhole cover-plates of a matching design .

Could be used for a multiple of purposes . The interior would hold approximately 20 bottles of wine vertically or a large quantity of magazines, newspapers ,toys ,DVDs , CDs ,slippers ,boots etc etc etc .

The leather having obtained a rich waxed patina with only minor scuffs and water stains . The hinge of the lid in excellent order .

H 19"
W 28"
D 13"
China, Asia c.1920
Ref: ML 1611
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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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