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Pair of late C19th/early C20th gilded ormolu and ivory column miniature candlesticks.
Pair of late C19th/early C20th gilded ormolu and ivory column miniature candlesticks.

Good quality pair of cast ormolu candlesticks with Corinthian caps onto a cast foliate ring on stepped square bases , the columns of veneered ivory .

Minor cracks to the ivory commensurate with age and composition .

H 4"
W 3"
D 3"
England c.1900
Ref: ML 176
Price: £325





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Pair of early C20th gilded and silvered metal 'wheatsheaf' based occasional tables with circular plate glass tops.
Pair of early C20th gilded and silvered metal 'wheatsheaf' based occasional tables with circular plate glass tops.

Stylish pair of reception-room low tables of tripod scrolled form , the bases modelled as bound sheafs of wheat or corn . The leaf fronds of a gilded patina and the grain ears of corn in silver patination . The whole sheaf bound with a simulated rope-twist binding .

Topped with loose circular plate glass panels .

Of a type made iconic by the use of such models in the Parisian apartment of Coco Chanel the reknown French couture and fashion designer.

In excellent condition with minor wear to the decoration commensurate with age and use.

H 20"
W 24"
D 24"
France c.1920
Ref: ML 1706
Price: £900





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Pair of small late C18th Neo-classical design pier mirrors in the manner of Robert Adam .
Pair of small late C18th Neo-classical design pier mirrors in the manner of Robert Adam .

Well carved pair of small-scale pier mirrors with applied gesso decoration and 'stone' paint finish . The sides with garlanded male caryatid torso figures with raised arms supporting a classical break-front architectural cornice or pediment ,with central floriate swagged decoration . The top corners and returns with classically-inspired circular carved sun-flower motifs .

The friezes with carved guilloche panels below ovolo or 'egg-and-dart' moulding .

The tapering term caryatid uprights terminating in a block with classical ramshead motifs.

The bases with stepped break-front outline and carved detail decoration.

The 'stone' painted finish having been skilfully and sympathetically refreshed at some point in the last 50 years , though of good age.

The original panelled backs enclosing old silvered mirror plates , possibly old replacements.

H 34.5"
W 15.5"
D 3"
England c.1770
Ref: ML 1706
Price: £3,300





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Late C19th Chinese Qing Dynasty carved hardwood 'kang' table of practical proportions.
Late C19th Chinese Qing Dynasty carved hardwood 'kang' table of practical proportions.

Useful scale square carved 'huali' hardwood free-standing centre table of low height . Well-figured rich coloured timber with a dark patination. The 2-piece 'floating' panel top with cleated edges , with minor shrinkage gap to centre and historic marks and stains commensurate with age, use and construction.

The shaped friezes each carved with 'key' pattern and archaic-type vessels and vases , the plain square section legs with carved corner brackets.

Decorative Chinese table to provide a coffee/magazine table option for a period room setting.

H 19"
W 30"
D 30"
China c.1900
Ref: ML 1706
Price: £650





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Early C20th French gilt-brass mounted mahogany and kingwood table of Louis XVI design.
Early C20th French gilt-brass mounted mahogany and kingwood table of Louis XVI design.

Good quality French centre table of cartouche-shaped outline with gilded brass mounts fitted with a single concealed frieze drawer . The cubed parquetry kingwood top above a lower mahogany undertier platform . Raised on shaped cabriole legs terminating in cast gilt brass sabots. The friezes with cast gilt brass mask motif mounts and parquetry reserves.

Of free-standing symmetrical form .

In excellent unmarked original condition.

H 28.5"
W 26.5"
D 19"
France c.1920
Ref: ML 1706
Price: £600





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Early C19th George IV period mahogany desk armchair of substantial proportions in the manner of Gillows of Lancaster.
Early C19th George IV period mahogany desk armchair of substantial proportions in the manner of Gillows of Lancaster.

Fine quality carved mahogany open scroll-arm desk chair of bold scale. Raised on reeded fore-legs with an ogee section moulded seat rail . The seat cushion pad is attached by webbing through to the seat frame , old replaced serviceable neutral upholstery .

The shaped top rail of deeply swept flattened profile with stylised carved classical floral anthemion type detail . The top rail and central lumbar bar each with a central carved vacant tablet .The scroll arms with deep carved reeded decoration.

In good sound and sturdy 'Country-House' condition , with no breaks and only minor historic repairs to applied moulding on seat rails .Some fading to the original polished finish with some variation of colour and minor shrinkage to the ogee-moulded sections of the side seat rails .

Useful , practical and decorative armchair ideal for use with a desk in an office or library.

Designed to a well-known Gillows design and pattern and though not marked , the quality of the timber and construction, almost certainly point to an attribution for the reknown Lancaster and London cabinet-making firm .

H (back)42"
H (seat) 19"
W 23"
D 19"
England c .1825
Ref: ML 1706
Price: £600





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Late C19th /early C20th Chinese carved box-wood ceremonial ruyi sceptre.
Late C19th/ early C20th Chinese carved box-wood ceremonial ruyi sceptre.

Intricately carved box-wood sceptre with deeply detailed carving depicting multiple Imperial dragons heads with scaled body details. Carved from richly honey-coloured box-wood with superb skill and excellent attention to detail . The centre with 7 open-mouthed dragon heads surrounding and chasing the symbolic flaming pearl of wisdom.

In Chinese culture a Ruyi , literally "as desired or as you wish" , is a curved decorative object that serves as a ceremonial sceptre in Chinese Buddhism or as a talisman symbolising power and good fortune in Chinese folklore. Traditional ruyi are a long S-shaped handle with a large head , and are fashioned from diverse materials. The ruyi image frequently appears as a motif in Asian art.

In excellent undamaged original condition.

Has its original flat display stand with locating pegs to the rear .

H 26"
W 6"
D 5"
China c. 1900
Ref: ML 1706
Price: £900





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Pair of early C19th George IV period bronze candlesticks on triform stylised eagle or griffin supports.
Pair of early C19th George IV period bronze candlesticks on triform stylised eagle or griffin supports.

Smart pair of cast darkly-patinated bronze candlesticks on stepped concave triform bases . The chased bronze candle knozzles with removable detailed cast bobeches. The tripod supports cast as feathered full-bodied griffins or eagles with claw foot detail.

H 9.5"
W 4"
D 4"
England c. 1825
Ref: ML 1706
Price: £550





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Pair of early C19th French Charles X period bronze Empire design candlesticks.
Pair of early C19th French Charles X period bronze Empire design candlesticks.

Smart pair of patinated cast bronze candlesticks on concave tri-form bases raised on foliate-cast and compressed lion's paw feet. Fine chased detail to the knozzles and with removable bobeches. Tapering reeded columns , with chased ring detail .

Sympathetically worn dark brown patina with traces of a contrasting green patination.

Stylish pair of Empire design bronze candlesticks for a dining table or commode .

H 14"
W 4"
D 4"
France c. 1825
Ref: ML 1706
Price: £450





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Late C19th Italian carved 'Grand Tour' souvenir carved serpentine marble study of "Il Porcellino' or the Ufizzi Boar .
Late C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir carved serpentine marble study of "Il Porcellino" or the Ufizzi boar.

Well executed larger scale green serpentine marble marble reduction after the lost ancient Hellenistic original , a bronze version was cast by the Baroque Master Pietro Tacca (1577-1640) , whilst a marble Roman copy is now on display in the Ufizzi Museum, Florence Italy. The sculpture is based upon the Calydoniian Boar of Greek Mythology.

Traditionally Tacca's bronze stood in the Mercato Nuovo in the centre of Florence as a fountain feature , the legend arose of placing a coin in the jaws and rubbing the snout to bring good fortune , resulting in a smooth polished surface.

In excellent condition, with well-detailed hide and fur , wild ferocious eyes and gaping mouth with tusk detail. Raised on a canted corner naturalistically-carved integral plinth base .

H 12"
W 12.5"
D 7.5"
Italy c.1870



Ref: ML 1706
Price: £1,900





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Mid C19th Victorian period papier-mache tip-top occasional table in the manner of Jennens & Bettridge.
Mid C19th Victorian period papier-mâché tip-top occasional table in the manner of Jennens & Bettridge.

Decorative circular topped tip table with gilt and inset nacre shell , or 'mother of pearl ' , details.

The top with gilt rococo style and floral decoration together with applied and inset shell butterflies and moths . The tapered swollen column support with conforming decoration onto a dished circular shaped base with scroll feet .

The top fitted beneath with original brass hinges and an unusually designed gilded brass catch and release.

In excellent original condition, the top with a pleasant subtle aged crackulature to the surface . Some rubbing to the gilded decoration to the stem and base as to be expected, commensurate with age and use .

The top of a completely flat profile with no warping or distortion.

Smart decorative occasional table to add glamour to an interior scheme.

Probably produced by the Birmingham and latterly London-based firm of Jennens & Bettridge , a company renowned for the production of such high quality papier-mâché wares and items of small furniture during this period.

H 29"
W 20"
D 20"
England c.1860

Ref: ML 1705
Price: £750





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Pair of late C19th/early C20th Japanese Meiji period Kutani porcelain dishes or chargers .
Pair of late C19th/early C20th Japanese Meiji period Kutani porcelain dishes or chargers.

Smart pair of Japanese porcelain dished chargers decorated in typical Kutani colour-way palette with gilded highlights . Each dish featuring a central asymmetric panel with birds in a landscape against an off-white or cream background with brightly coloured chrysanthemum and flower decoration. Each dish decorated with birds , one with doves in a tree , whilst the other has quail or partridge in landscape. The edges of the dishes beautifully and colourfully decorated in 'burnt orange' with geometric 'mons' style patterns with gilded highlights.

The reverses with a shallow foot-rim and each with calligraphic Japanese marks , stating the Kutani provenance .

In excellent undamaged and unrestored condition.

Both retain old hanging wires which have not damaged the rims and could easily be removed if desired.

H 14"
W 14"
D 2.5"
Japan c.1890
Ref: ML 1706
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Pair of C19th Louis XIV period style carved frame walnut stools.
Pair of C19th Louis XIV period style carved frame walnut stools .

Pair of C19th stools or 'tabourets' , in the Louis XIV C17th period-style with carved walnut 'os de mouton' frames . The shaped walnut frames with a central stretcher and leaf carved detail to the forelegs. The scroll form legs with shaped 'peg' feet .

Upholstered in old patterned chintz fabric with decorative studs and fringe detail , the bases with hessian covers .

The frames with minor loose joints but no breaks or damages . Minor marks and scratches to the surface polish . Good grade of richly patinated walnut.

Excellent pair of decorative period-style stools .

H 19"
W 18"
D 20"
France c. 1870
Ref: ML 1705
This item has been sold



 
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