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Late C19th Indian ivory-inlaid rectangular centre-table on folding base.
Late C19th Indian ivory-inlaid rectangular centre-table on folding base. Highly decorative large size centre/coffee table of superior quality and scale . Intricately ivory-inlaid 'shisham' (Indian rosewood)top and hinged and folding frame base . The Moorish-style arcaded base fitted with brass hinges and wooden swivel brackets to secure the top.
Although Turkish in inspiration, these types of tables were made in several parts of late C19th British India. Produced principally in response to the growing fashion in Europe for Middle Eastern and Islamic furnishings and decorative accessories.
Tables of this kind were produced in Hoshiapur,a town in the Punjab known for it's workmanship in ivory inlay. Exported to Europe, they were sold by retailers such as 'Liberty & Co.' ,London, who featured similar octagonal examples in a catalogue of 1896.
Though collapsible for ease of movement and transportation, when the top is located upon its fixings , the table becomes a stable and rigid platform.

In excellent original condition , with no losses or repairs.
H 22"
W 44"
D 22"
India c. 1890
Ref: ML 159
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Late C19th Indian ivory-inlaid 'shisham'(Indian rosewood) octagonal table on hinged folding base.
Late C19th Indian ivory-inlaid 'shisham'(Indian rosewood) octagonal table on hinged folding base . Profusely ivory-inlaid top-quality table with ebony/ivory chevron edge . Foliate leaf and vine trailing designs with a central ring surrounded by a most unusual ring of 'open work' carved ivory. Panelled and arcaded base with ivory inlay and chevron decoration . Bears paper label on both parts for "Ohri Brothers ,Hoshiarpur , N. India ". Hoshiarpur, in the Punjab, was a centre for the production of these fashionable exotic 'Moorish' style wares as marketed by the likes of Liberty and Tiffany . An outstanding example of good scale , and in great condition .W 24 " H 24". India c 1890.
Ref: MLMJ 1311
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Late C19th Italian alabaster and marble inlaid obelisk.
Late C19th Italian alabaster and marble-inlaid obelisk. Decorative desk-top obelisk with stepped and tiered alabaster base. Chequered design band above a green marble section band. Minor nicks and scratches commensurate with age.
H 13.5"
Base 4" x 4"
Italy c.1880
Ref: MLJM 1505
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Late C19th Italian bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir ,after the Roman ,fountain figure from Pompeii.
Late C19th Italian bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir , after the Roman , fountain figure from Pompeii.

Known as the "Amorino con Ora" , or Cherub with Goose, the original bronze fountain statue was excavated at Pompeii in 1832. It stood in a mosaic-decorated fountain niche within a property on Via Mercurio , Pompeii.

Almost certainly produced by the Chiurazzi Foundry Naples ,Italy . The winged cherub figure is depicted in mid stride clutching a goose under his left arm.

Excellent consistent dark patination and detailed casting .

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Italy, Naples c.1890
Ref: ML 1701
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Late C19th Italian bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir reduction, after the antique, of "The Dying Gaul".
Late C19th Italian bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir reduction ,after the antique, of "The Dying Gaul".

Detailed bronze casting of the iconic antique marble statue of the defeated and wounded Gaul.
The marble Roman version now exhibited in The Capitoline Museum , Rome , Italy.

The Hellenistic bronze original thought to have been executed in the 3rd century BC , the marble Roman copy having been rediscovered in the C17th whilst excavations were made at the Villa Ludovisi in Rome.

Depicted naked wearing his neck torc , lain upon his discarded martial equipment , shield and broken sword.

Good dark patination with hints of green and verdigris ,in the antique aged manner.
Fig leaf has been removed previously .

Examples of this iconic sculpture of varying scale, grace the great museums and country-house collections and gardens of the world.

H 7"
W 12"
D 6"
Italy c. 1870
Ref: ML 168
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Late C19th Italian bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir sculpture after the antique of "The Dancing Faun of Pompeii".
Late C19th Italian bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir sculpture after the antique of "The Dancing Faun of Pompeii". Cast to the same scale as the iconic original bronze study excavated at ill-fated Pompeii in 1830 from the site of "The House of the Faun" ("Casa del Fauno") which is now housed in the 'Museo Archeologico Nazionale', Naples ,Italy . The sculpture was located in the property at the lip of the 'impluvium' , a basin used for catching rain-water. Produced with a heavily verdigris /'faux excavation' patina ,this iconic image of the horned ,bearded and tailed dancing mythical woodland 'faun' creature in ecstatic pose ,is mounted upon a circular unpolished thick grey slate base. The Pompeian discovery almost certainly being a Roman copy of an Hellenistic original . The raised arm has a slightly loose joint where the original pin has been set. A good large-scale, detailed casting probably produced by 'Chiurazzi et Fils ' Foundry ,Naples, Italy. Examples of this theatrical and visually-arresting bronze sculpture can be found adorning the great homes and gardens of the world .
H (overall) 31" x H (figure) 29" x Dia .(base)11".
Italy c.1880
Ref: MLMJ 152
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Late C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze sculpture reduction of "The Dancing Faun of Pompeii".
Late C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze sculpture reduction of "The Dancing Faun of Pompeii" .

Verdigris 'faux excavation' patina, and cast by the Sommer Foundry of Naples , with inscribed signature to the base "Sommer, Napoli".

The original , now exhibited at the 'Museo Archeologico Naples', was excavated at ill-fated Pompeii in 1830 from the site of the 'House of the Faun' ( 'Casa del Fauno') where it had been positioned at the lip of the "impluvium", a basin used to collect rain-water.

Nice smaller-scale example of this iconic image of the bearded, horned and tailed dancing mythical woodland 'faun' creature , depicted dancing in an ecstatic pose.

H 10"
W 3"
D 4"
Italy c.1880
Ref: ML 169
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Late C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze statue of "David".
Late C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze statue of "David". Created by Michelangelo between 1501 and 1504, the statue of David is a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture. Representing the biblical hero , David ,the original colossal 5-metre carrara marble statue now stands in the Galleria dell'Accademia ,Florence ,Italy.
Depicted in contrapposto pose , a pensive expression on his face, his leather sling-shot over his shoulder ,poised before his victorious battle with his giant foe, Goliath.
Good consistent dark patination, nicely-cast ,scaled version of this iconic statue.
H 13"
Base 4" x 3"
Italy c. 1880
Ref: MLB 157
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Late C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir carved alabaster sculpture of "Spinario" after the antique.
Late C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir carved alabaster sculpture of "Spinario" after the antique. Well-carved version of the iconic statue known as "The Thorn-puller" or "Lo Spinario".The sculptor has perfectly captured the intense concentration of the boy ,seated upon a rock ,attempting to extract a troublesome thorn from his foot. Based on a Greco-Roman hedonistic bronze sculpture now in the 'Palazzo dei Conservatori', Rome. Perfect condition. Signed to rear edge of base K.Capelli. H 9" .Italy, probably Naples or Rome c.1880
Ref: MLFB 146
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Late C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir marble paperweight with inlaid micro-mosaic panels depicting scenes of Ancient Rome.
Late C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir marble paperweight with inlaid micro-mosaic panels depicting scenes from Ancient Rome.

Good cartouche-shaped 'Nero Belgio' black marble paperweight inset with 7 micro-mosaic oval scenes, each surrounded with a malachite-banded border.

The largest central scene depicting "St.Peters Square". Clockwise, the scenes depict "The Roman Forum", "The Temple of Hercules" , "Castello di Angelo" ,"The Coliseum ", "Arch of Constantine ", and "The Pantheon".

Skilful and expensive souvenirs such as this were produced from the C18th onward by the likes of the Vatican workshops and others , to supply the demand for souvenirs from rich tourists visiting the Eternal City .

All in excellent original condition with no losses, repairs or damage. Minor nicks and small chips to the edges of black marble .

H 5"
W 6.5"
D 1"
Italy ,Rome c.1870
Ref: ML 1611
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Late C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir miniature bronze bust study of Augustus Caesar.
Late C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir miniature bronze bust study of Augustus Caesar. Inscribed on socle "Augusto", nicely-detailed cast study depicting the young Augustus. The first Roman Emperor ,he was born as Gaius Octavius ,who founded and ruled the Empire from 63 BC-14 AD. During his leadership ,Augustus dramatically increased the size of the Empire and initiated a period of relative peace known as the "Pax Romana". Dark brown patination to the bust sculpture , whilst the socle base has a greenish verdegris tinge reminiscent of marble. Good desk-top size example. H 7.5". Italy c.1880
Ref: MLPS143
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Late C19th Italian inlaid walnut and olive-wood games-top table
Late C19th Italian inlaid walnut and olive-wood games-top table. Square canted-corner top tripod base table with games board inlaid centre panel . Produced in the Sorrento area of Italy , famed for the production of such inlaid wares , known as 'intarsia', for centuries. Chequer-banded and parquetry design inlay throughout ,with cross-grain edge of contrasting fruit-wood inlays . Fretted-form shaped tripod leg supports with decorative inlay and a conforming vase turned column.
Of good rich colour , with no losses or damage.
H 29"
Top 20" sq.
Games-board centre 10" sq.
Italy c.1880
Ref: ML1511
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Late C19th Italian ormolu-framed 'pietra-dura' panelled jewellery casket.
Late C19th ormolu-framed 'pietra-dura' panelled jewellery casket. Quality semi-precious hard-stone inlaid Belgian black marble panels set in an oval beaded frame raised on scroll feet with silk-lined plush interior .Renaissance-revival design casket fitted with 7 multi-coloured polished stone floral design panels,some featuring the culturally and religiously significant "Lily o' the Valley " flower. In perfect condition with no cracks or repairs (key). Traditionally produced by the craftsmen of the Pietra Dura industry centred around Florence , these expensive items were sought-after 'objets de vertu' by rich tourists.
W 6"
D 4"
H 4".
Italy , Florence. c.1870
Ref: MLBO 1410
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Late C19th Italian 'scagliola' / simulated marble campana-shaped jardinière or wine-cooler.
Late C19th Italian 'scagliola' / simulated marble campana-shaped jardinière or wine-cooler. Rounded moulded-edge circular bodied vase with gadrooned base unto a turned circular foot. Well-figured and striated marble design with purple and rose-coloured veining. 'Scagliola' (literal translation 'chips' ) is the Italian decorative technique employing a composition stucco or plaster-type body combined with marble fragments to produce a stone-like finish.
Good clean original condition with no damage. Superb decorative classically-inspired vase which can be used in a variety of different modes.
H 12"
Dia.16"
Depth of bowl 7"
Ref: ML 157
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Late C19th Japanese bronze sculptural group of reclining deer and figure astride
Late C19th Japanese bronze sculptural group of reclining deer with figure astride . Good scale Meiji period (1868-1912) group of a sacred Sika deer lying prone with a Buddhist attendant on its back with fanning palm leaf. Deer are regarded as messengers of the gods in the Shinto religion of Japan and allowed to roam freely in the Buddhist Temple sites of the city of Nara. The serenely depicted deer with naturalistically cast antlers is shown with the smiling figure upon its back dressed in traditional sashed robes , the left hand in an apparent Buddhistic pose.
Excellent colour and condition .
Cast in 3 pieces , the detachable figure with loose palm leaf frond.
W 17"
H 14"
D 8"
Japan c.1890
Ref: ML 1510
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Late C19th Japanese bronze study of an elephant and two attacking tigers.
Late C19th Japanese bronze study of an elephant and two attacking tigers. Meiji period (1868-1912) bronze group by Genryusai Seiya of fantastic quality depicting an Asian bull-elephant being attacked by two tigers. The trumpeting elephant is shown stamping on one attacker ,whilst the other tiger clambers onto his back. Superb quality casting and two-colour patinated detail , which shows both the aged and wrinkled skin texture of the elephant and the stripes of the tigers. The under belly of the elephant bearing the seal tablet reserve with signature 'Seiya Saku'. On original carved hardwood loose base . The elephant fitted with carved ivory or bone tusks .
Length of bronze 9"
H 6".
Japan c.1890
Ref: MLFB 146
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Late C19th Japanese lacquer shodana
Late C19th Japanese lacquer 'shodana' cabinet of the Meiji period. Well-decorated and in very good condition. Black and gold lacquer with Mons-style decoration to back and top .Doors and drawer decorated with Geishas ,Samurai, geese and landscapes featuring the sacred Mount Fujii . Assymetrical shelf arrangement , the doors enclosing 3 interior drawers .Decorated with feathers to reverse .Engraved patinated copper metal mounts .The cabinet supported on shaped cabriole type legs .
H 44"
D 18"
W 38".
Japan c. 1880
Ref: ML76
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Late C19th Japanese patinated bronze lion study on carved root-wood stand.
Late C19th Japanese patinated bronze lion study on carved root-wood stand . Good scale and well-detailed powerful study of a roaring, prowling male lion on 'a rocky outcrop'. Well-selected root-wood base of naturalistic form. Meiji period (1868-1912) with small foundry seal cast mark to underside of belly .Good consistent mid-brown patination with no wear or rubbing . L (of bronze) 16" x H 7" . Overall W(on base )19" x H 12" x D 10". Japan c.1890.
Ref: MLBO 1410
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Late C19th large-scale Chinese carved hardwood stand.
Late C19th large-scale Chinese carved hardwood stand . Superior size, condition and colour . Nice pink/rouge marble top .Immaculate and best quality , very dense timber and crisp carving . H 36" Top Dia 15"
Ref: ML971
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Late C19th large-scale Chinese carved hardwood/rosewood marble-top jardinière stand.
Late C19th Chinese carved hardwood/rosewood marble-top jardiniere stand. Good large-scale hongmu stand with intricately-carved entwined 'simulated bamboo' design , the circular top with rouge/pink inset marble. Bamboo being highly symbolic in Chinese culture, representing strength ,simplicity and longevity .Cross-stretcher base connecting quadruple shaped supports, completely carved in finely detailed 'bamboo' decoration .Excellent quality and condition. H 35.5" x Dia. 15". China c. 1890
Ref: MLC 145
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