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Large late C19th/early C20th colour print after Rembrandt "The Sampling Officials".
Large late C19th/ early C20th colour print after Rembrandt "The Sampling Officials".

Copy of one Rembrandt's most celebrated works , also referred to as "The Syndics of the Drapers' Guild" , the original oil painting (completed in 1662) is a group portrait of the syndicate of the Amsterdam Drapers Guild whose job was to evaluate the quality of fabric offered by weavers to the guild members. The exception is the man wearing calotte in the back who is a servant. Here the gathered members are shown examining cloth .

The original painting was commissioned by the Guild for their Guild Hall that housed it until the early 1770s. The Sampling Officials is among the greatest treasures of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

In good clean condition, set behind it's original glass and shown in its original ebonised wooden frame. No fading .

Has facsimile signature and date top right hand side.

Probably produced by "The Medici Society" , fine art printers , London.

H 29"
W 41"
D 2"
England c.1900
Ref: ML 1702
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Large late C19th/early C20th Moorish-design silvered-brass hall lantern.
Large late C19th/early C20th Moorish-design silvered-brass hall lantern. Hexagonal form with facetted projecting corners , 'cushion' glazed panel sides and finial decorations . Fitted with a 3-light hanging pendant ,accessed through hinged side-panel door. Chased and pierced design to 'crown' top and finials. Good condition all around with no damage to glass panels , the metal having achieved a nice mellow patination . A bold decorative statement which has been re-wired, PAT-tested and is ready to hang. .H 34" x W 24". North Africa c .1900
Ref: MLBO1111
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Large mid C19th Japanese Imari porcelain vase.
Large mid C19th Japanese Imari porcelain vase. Impressively-scaled ,highly-decorative vase painted with the bold colours and gilding of the Imari pattern and palette. Of tapering octagonal form , with peony and chrysanthemum-type flower-head design decorated body with vignette panels of vines, grapes and 'Oriental' fantasy landscapes. Striking combination of design and colours ,with strong cobalt blues, reds, gold and with green highlights.
A stunning 'tour-de-force' example of Japanese porcelain at its most exuberant and flamboyant best.

Wonderful decorative vase , which alternatively could be fitted and wired as a lamp-base.

No cracks or damage to the body , minor historic repair to one facet of the raised neck(shown).
H 25"
Dia.(widest) 17"
Japan c.1860
Ref: ML1602
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Large mid-C19th mahogany 2 section library bookcase.
Large mid-C19th mahogany 2 section library bookcase.

Double-height divided open library bookcase raised on a plinth base with flared cornice to the upper section . Fitted throughout with fully adjustable 'ladder-rack' shelving . The top section of shallow depth , having probably been reduced in proportion at some point in its history . The sides of the bookcase being stained and polished pine as often the case in furniture of this type and period , thus imitating the mahogany of the rest of the piece .

Good quality timber, with a pleasing faded mellow colour .
All original shelves and back-boards.

Constructed to 2 parts for ease of movement and transportation .

**NB. The top section is very shallow and suitable for only for novels and paperback books or for display. See measurements below.

H (overall) 108"
W (extreme) 68"
Depth (base) 11". Shelves 10"
Depth (top) 6.5" . Shelves 5.5"
H (base) 42"
H (top) 66"
England c.1850


Ref: ML 1610
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Large pair C19th Minton Parian-ware classical groups.
Large pair C19th Minton Parian-ware classical groups. "Ariadne on the Panther" (after the original by Johann Heinrich von Dannecker completed in 1824 ), and "Una and the Lion" modelled by John Bell for Mintons. Impressive scale and nice condition (both have very minor damage to finger-tips and toes), with impressed factory date codes and pattern numbers beneath. "Una" has a 'diamond' lozenge registration mark to top of base and 'John Bell' cartouche. Both goddesses depicted naked whilst clutching drapes, astride the backs of the felines standing upon naturalistic bases.
W 12" x H 15" x D 5" .
(Parian-ware being unglazed porcelain developed in the first quarter of C19th to imitate marble and taking its name from the pure white marble of the Greek island of Paros.) England c. 1850
Ref: MLBO 1311
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Large pair of C19th French Louis XVI style ormolu-mounted marble vases.
Large pair of C19th French Louis XVI style ormolu-mounted marble vases. Impressive scale 'breche violette'/ purple striated marble vases with well-cast ormolu mounts. Fixed 'lids' with berry finials ,shell-cast band, twin horned satyr-mask handles and floral garland swagged bodies. Raised on a stiff-leaf/feather cast support onto tapering foot and round marble base. Striking colour stone with subdued patinated ormolu bronze mounts. good condition with no breaks or repairs.
H 20" x W(handle to handle)8"
France c.1880
Ref: MLBO 1411
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Large pair of early C20th Chinese armorial style porcelain lamps , probably by Samson of Paris .
Large pair of early C20th Chinese armorial style porcelain lamps , probably by Samson of Paris.

Smart decorative pair of ovoid-bodied porcelain lamps of vase form ,decorated in C18th Chinese export 'famille rose' palette with armorial decoration . The fronts decorated with large heraldic device or 'coat-of-arms' to centre of body , decorated and gilded with floral sprig designs throughout . The reverse with a smaller armorial or heraldic cartouche , which depicts a leaping deer above a baronets bar .

Almost certainly made by the firm of Edme Samson et Cie of Paris, France , who specialised in producing accurate copies of this type of porcelain in imitation of both important C18th Chinese and European porcelain .

Raised on square bases with fluted socles and mounted in gilded and lacquered brass plinths . The fixed domed 'lids' with original brass lamp fittings . The sides with elaborate leaf-wrapped twin scrolled handles.

In first-class perfect condition .
Can be rewired to clients specification (included in price).

H 19"
W 9"
D 9"
France c. 1920
Ref: ML 1610
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Large pair of early C20th Dutch-style patinated brass 6-branch ceiling lights in C17th taste.
Large pair of early C20th Dutch-style patinated brass 6-branch ceiling lights in C17th taste.

Useful pair of C17th period style 6-arm brass chandelier light fittings with candle-style 'drip-pan' and knozzle lamps. Traditional Dutch or Flemish style lights with turned and ball stem centres ,with ring bases and elaborately shaped scroll arms , fitted with suspension chains and ceiling rose caps.

Wired ready for use .

H 18"
W 28"
D 28"
England c.1920
Ref: ML 1701
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Large pair of late C19th Italian wooden 'faux marble' obelisks.
Large pair of late C19th Italian wooden 'faux marble' obelisks. Highly-decorative pair of Italian-made obelisks of impressive scale , painted to simulate much-prized Lapis lazuli stone. Mounted on 5 gilded spheres , the tapering obelisks stand upon plinth bases with simulated Rosso marble slips and bases. Gilt-wood mouldings and gilded edges to obelisks.
Both the faux marble decoration and gilding have been skilfully finished and aged , to replicate a pair of extremely valuable and rare late C17th or early C18th Venetian obelisks .

In excellent condition with only very minor chips to paint .

Decorated all around, of free-standing form.
H 25"
Base 7"sq.
Italy c. 1870
Ref: ML1602
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Large pair of mid C19th Chinese Cantonese polychrome-decorated porcelain Temple jars.
Large pair of mid C19th Chinese Cantonese polychrome-decorated porcelain Temple jars. Impressive scale pair of Chinese lidded jars decorated in the 'famille rose' colour palette. Decorated with vibrantly coloured alternating reserve panels featuring figural subjects and equestrian processions set in landscape ,court and pavilion settings , together with elaborate floral, butterfly and insect panels.
A large pair of swollen-bodied and lidded 'Temple' vases of arresting visual impact and immense decorative quality.
Fitted with knopped dome lids . The bodies and lids fitted with original decorative, patinated brass hinged fittings ,lock hasps and neck rings.

One vase with extensive repaired historic damage , and although no visible staples or rivets ,the repairs appear to have been undertaken some 100 years ago. The damaged vase is in a stable , strong, true-to-shape state-of-repair.

Excellent pair of 'Country-house condition' period Chinese vases of real presence and scale.
H 26"
W 16"
China c.1840
Ref: ML1511
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Large scale late C19th Chinese carved hardwood/rosewood marble-top jardinière stand.
Large scale late C19th Chinese carved hardwood/rosewood marble-top jardinière stand. Of superior size and quality with rouge/pink variegated marble inset shaped top with carved vine surround and bead decorated edge. Heavily carved foliate and berry design with pierced under-tier and shaped top .Standing on well-carved shaped quadruple supports with stylised claw feet.Excellent grade of timber and rich colour ,in perfect condition. H 36" x Dia.16 " . China c.1890
Ref: MLC 145
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Late C18th carved gilt-wood and gesso oval-framed mirror .
Late C18th carved gilt-wood and gesso oval-framed mirror. Well-carved frame with flower-head and gadrooned detail. Deep profile frame with all original gilding with has achieved a nicely-aged patina and colour. The old mirror plate with some atmospheric 'foxing' and a sparkly surface. Fitted with a brass ring fixing to top centre.
A good period gilt-wood framed mirror of pleasing proportions.
H 37"
W 33"
England c.1780
Ref: ML163
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Late C18th George III period mahogany bedside cupboard / night-commode.
Late C18th George III period mahogany bedside cupboard/night stand or commode . Sheraton design serpentine-outline top bedside cupboard /night-stand ,fitted with 2 door top section and pull-out commode section beneath. Cross-banded edge top , with box-wood stringing to doors and drawer front. Original brass 'axe-head' handle to cupboards with cast rococo 'swan-neck' handle to lower section. The pull-out commode fitted with original concealed brass barrel-type castors to front supports. Has achieved a pleasing mellow, faded patina, some ring marks and stains to top commensurate with age and use.
H 29"
W 21"
D 23"
England c.1790
Ref: MLLE 1301
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Late C18th George III period mahogany circular occasional/lamp tripod table.
Late C18th George III period mahogany circular occasional/lamp tripod table.
Small-scale practical mahogany tip-top table on turned 'gun-barrel' column and vase stem onto shaped tripod supports with pad feet.
Fitted with original brass "banjo"-type catch for securing top .

No breaks or repairs to legs.

The single-piece top with some marks and stains commensurate with age and use.

Rich ,dark patina.

H 27"
Dia.21"
England c.1780
Ref: MLPS 1305
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Late C18th George III period mahogany secretaire book-case
Late C18th George III period mahogany secretaire book-case.Fold-down cross-banded secretaire drawer front with good twin door satin-wood interior , fitted with an arrangement of pigeon-holes and drawers. Double-door top section with moulded cornice above unusually designed astragal glazing bars with oval centres, enclosing adjustable shelves. Raised on ogee-section bracket feet . Fitted with old brass replacement handles , brass key escutheons. Good original colour and patina .
H 90" x W 48" x D 22".
England c.1800.
Ref: ML 137
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Late C18th iron-bound oak silver-chest with provenance and later personalised painted military campaign letter-work.
Late C18th iron-bound oak silver-chest with provenance and later personalised painted military campaign letter-work. Heavy-duty oak strong-box or 'silver-chest ' which has been employed during distinguished military service by Major General Sir Herbert Jervoise Huddleston M.C,DSO and bar, KCMG,GBE,GCMG. b.1880 d. 1950. Known as one of the last great imperial proconsuls , Major General Huddlestons military career reads like a 'Boys Own' adventure novel. Commissioned into the Coldstream Guards in 1898, he served in the Boer War , World War I , Sudan, and Eastern Command in India. He became Commander for the Baluchistan District in India in 1935 , where this chest obviously served with him.
The C18th oak chest is fitted with a rare patented late C18th "Barrons" lock ,with crowned 'GR' cypher. The significance of which being its extreme level of security and sophistication for the period, and fitted to a chest designed to carry valuable contents (ie .aristocratic or noble silver).
Fitted all-over with iron strapping and double carrying-handles to the ends. Has a gently-domed lid with an iron hasp to cover key-hole (lacks key) The interior void of fitments . The base has been fitted with 3 teak 'sledge' runners which allow the chest to be moved /dragged easily. Has been cleaned and waxed in our workshops.
A great storage chest with significant military historic associations, provenance and decorative value.
W 35"
D 22"
H 26"
England c1790
Ref: MLBO 1301
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Late C18th Italian reverse-painted glass picture in gilt-wood frame.
Late C18th Italian reverse-painted glass picture in gilt-wood frame. Beautiful subtle colours , Italianate landscape scene featuring town view with buildings, boat and figures. Original distressed gilt-wood frame .
W 12"
H 12".
Italy c.1790
Ref: MLBO 144
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Late C18th/Early C19th Dutch leather draught screen .
Late C18th/Early C19th Dutch leather draught screen. Great bright colours ,good height and condition . 4-Fold . H 78" W 96"
Ref: ML 280
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Late C18th/Early C19th Dutch mahogany commode chest
Late C18th/EarlyC19th Dutch neo-classical mahogany commode chest with brass string inlay ,cross-banding and canted corners .Good timber and colour .Replaced handles .H 39" W 52" D 25"
Ref: ML 999
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Late C19th / early C20th "Cippolino" marble column .
Late C19th/early C20th "Cippolino" marble column. Superior quality Italian marble column/pedestal with strikingly-figured Greek or Italian "Cippolino " turned body . The 4 section multi-stepped plinth base with a contrasting purple-veined white turned 'breccia' marble foot which matches the 'breccia' turned top section supporting the vibrant green cipollino marble slab top. The well-turned stem with gently swollen and tapering body , this application of a convex curve is a term known as 'entasis' when referring to architectural form such as this .It is an indication of the quality and fore-thought of the mason who conceived this pedestal column.

Cipollina marble ("onion-stone") was a variety of marble used by the Ancient Greeks and Romans, quarried on the island of Euboea in Greece . Also found in Italy around Lucca , this green Cippolino Verde Apuano has a distinctive green /white crystalline vein. Cippolini marbles were used extensively in Rome during the Imperial period in villas , temples and for sculptural purposes.

Stunning combination of colours combining in a highly decorative column ,which would provide an important base for a bronze or marble sculpture.
H 45"
Top 7" sq
Base 11" sq
Italy c.1900
Ref: MLB 159
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