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Late C19th French turned-wood 'faux-bamboo' hat and coat stand.
Late C19th French turned-wood 'faux-bamboo' hat and coat stand . Well-made turned beech-wood stand simulated to resemble exotic bamboo. Standing upon a stable tri-form base of splayed form, the stem fitted with 2 graduated tiers of 3 well-formed hooks with turned 'button' caps to hang coats and hats, the top of the column with a conforming turned central finial .
Great colour and patina , cleaned and waxed , ready to use.

Excellent condition with no damage or repairs. (Hats not included!)
H 72"
W(base) 23"
France c.1875
Ref: ML1602
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Late C19th French white marble and ormolu 'pendule d'officier' clock
Late C19th French white marble and ormolu 'pendule d'officier' clock. Nice quality clock with Arabic numerals on enamel painted dial and pierced hands with 8 day movement. Serpent or Ouroboros symbol of endless circle of life and time ,carrying handle . Well-cast ormolu mounts and overall very clean condition .H 10" x W 5 "x D 3". France c.1890
Ref: MLB713
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Late C19th George I style walnut card table
Late C19th George I style walnut card table. Fantastic copy of an important early C18th fold-over gaming table. Raised on carved cabriole legs with shell-carved knees and claw and ball feet, carved conch-shell decoration to the frieze.The veneered and banded top with 'fumed ' polish finish and distressing to imitate age and wear. Double-gate action to rear supports. Vibrantly coloured needle-work interior in early C18th style in perfect condition ,depicting playing cards ,gambling chips etc .The shaped fold-over top with 'guinea counter' scoop corners or candle-wells. W 33" D17 " H 30". England c 1890.
Ref: MLBO 1310
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Late C19th George II style Irish carved mahogany silver or centre table.
Late C19th George II style Irish carved mahogany silver or centre table. Dished tray-top table with re-entrant corners above shell-carved frieze and acanthus-carved knees on 'claw and ball' feet .Free-standing , carved all-round .Good quality timber and colour, with crisp carving and well-executed design . Has stood in sun to one side so slight variance to colour , but a beautifully proportioned and faithful copy of an important mid C18th Irish table with blocked construction underneath. H 27" x W 30" x D 20"
Ref: MLB 136
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Late C19th George II style mahogany corner armchair.
Late C19th George II style mahogany corner armchair. Well-executed and faithful copy of a mid-Georgian period mahogany corner library/reading chair constructed from fine grade of quality timber .Standing on bold cabriole legs with 'claw-and-ball' feet, with twin carved broad back-splats with pierced fret-work and central lambrequin/tassel detail. Drop-in seat with old serviceable brocade upholstery. 'Gun-barrel' turned uprights with scroll terminals to the shaped arms. Excellent condition and colour.
W (arm to arm)30" x H(back)31 ".
England c.1890.
Ref: MLPL 145
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Late C19th gilded brass and onyx standard lamp
Late C19th gilded brass and onyx standard lamp. High quality rococo style gilt brass standard lamp with telescopically adjustable-height column. Pale onyx marble centre platform/shelf with heavily-cast edge. 'Twist action' centre-block with tassel decoration for telescopic height adjustment. Tri-form base with pierced supports and all-over flamboyant rococo decoration. Adapted to electricity from oil , but with original reservoir/font stamped "Messengers Patent". Excellent condition with minor rubbing to gilding,nice 'soft' gold patina .Can be re-wired to clients specification .H (full)88" x H 62"(lowered) x Dia(of platform) 18". England c.1890
Ref: MLCA 146
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Late C19th graduated 'nest' or quartetto of Chinese hardwood tables.
Late C19th graduated 'nest' or quartetto of Chinese hardwood tables. Well-carved set of 4 Chinese tables with carved 'bamboo' frames and prunus blossom friezes. Excellent quality Chinese rosewood/hongmu timber , with a rich consistent colour in mint condition. Shaped stretchers , and all-over auspicious symbolic 'bamboo' carving representing longevity, strength and simplicity in Chinese culture,whilst the prunus or peach blossom ,symbolise health and well-being. Largest table .H 28" x D 14" x W 20". China c.1900.
Ref: MLBO 144
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Late C19th 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze figure "Mercury"
Late c19th 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze figure "Mercury" on marble base . After Giambologna "Mercury" ,messenger of the Gods ,shown supported on the wind carrying his caduceus .Inscribed to base 'SOMMER NAPOLI ITALY ' H 20"
Ref: ML7a
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Late C19th 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze statue after the antique "Venus of Capua"
Late C19th 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze statue after the antique, "Venus of Capua".
The original marble Capuan Venus statue represents a semi-naked Aphrodite, named after its place of rediscovery at the ruins of the ancient Roman amphitheatre at Capua in the Campania region of southern Italy .
The statue being an earlier version of the type of the Venus de Milo and close in conception to the Venus of Arles. This Roman version of an Ancient Greek figure , depicts the Goddess probably admiring her reflection in the shiny surface of her lover Ares' shield , which she previously held.
Combining both sexual allure and martial symbolism , the Venus of Capua evokes the Greek past, yet also bears new resonances in its Roman civic context. Worship of ,and the cult of Aphrodite continued throughout the Roman period , where she was known as Venus and symbolised Rome's imperial power. Roman temples were built to solicite her assistance in battle.

The goddess is depicted here semi-naked ,partially clad in a richly draped himation, with her left foot on the helmet of Ares (Mars to the Romans) the God of War. In her hair she wears a diadem , symbolic of her status as a Goddess.

The marble original now exhibited in the Museo Nazionale , Naples.

This fine bronze reduction has a good, deep ,consistent patina with dark green tinge and has crisp well-cast detail throughout. The figure raised on a finely-decorated circular base . Inscribed on the base by the foundry "E. Pollice, Napoli".
Copies of this statue can be found in the great museums and private collections of the world , for example a large casting is featured in the Water Terraces garden of Blenheim Palace , Oxfordshire ,England, seat of the Duke of Marlborough.
H 16"
Naples ,Italy c. 1900
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Ref: ML 1511
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Late C19th Indian carved ebony casket with inset painted ivory panel of miniatures.
Late C19th Indian carved ebony casket with inset painted ivory panel of miniatures. Silver-mounted finely-carved casket with an oval ivory panel depicting 9 important architectural sites of India. The central vignette featuring the Taj Mahal, whilst the surrounding panels are painted with further views including the Red Fort, Hadirshah Mosque, Dehli Palace ,Golden Temple of Amritsar and Kootuli Pillar. Finely painted in gouache , the detailed views interspersed with fine gold filigree decoration. The plain interior with baize lining. (The panel has a shrinkage crack which runs from "5 o'clock", though no losses). No key. Produced as high-class tourist ware , these high-quality painted ivory miniatures were sought -after souvenirs by visitors to the Indian sub-continent.
Casket 6.5" x 7.5" x 3"
Panel 6" x 4.5"
Dehli, India. c.1870
Ref: MLDW 157
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Late C19th Indian carved ebony elephant.
Late C19th Indian carved ebony elephant. Well-carved study of a 'trumpeting' bull-elephant in ebony with ivory/bone tusks, eyes and toe-nails. Has a skilful textured effect to skin and a well-modelled stance. 'Knot' in wood to one flank, but no damage, repairs or losses.
H 10"
L 14"
D 6".
India or Ceylon c.1880
Ref: MLMJ 148
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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 .

H
W
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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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