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FINE ENGLISH AND CONTINENTAL FURNITURE AND WORKS OF ART

by Dreweatts & Bloomsbury


96 lots with images

November 13, 2013

Live Auction

Donnington Priory

Donnington

Newbury, RG14 2JE United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0)1635 553553

Fax: +44 (0)1635 553599

Email: donnington@dnfa.com

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A George II walnut chest on chest, circa 1740, the

Lot 1: A George II walnut chest on chest, circa 1740, the

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Description: A George II walnut chest on chest, circa 1740, the moulded cornice above three short drawers and six long graduated drawers, the lowest drawer centred with radiating sunburst parquetry, on bracket feet, 177cm high, 105cm wide, 56cm deep. For an almost identical example labelled by the maker Daniel Wild, seeChristopher Gilbert, Marked London Furniture 1700-1840, Furniture History Society, W.S.Maney and Son Ltd, page 469 (fig.951). Daniel Wild's business was located at The Golden Ball, at the south east corner of St Paul's Church Yard.

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A Continental carved giltwood and painted wall

Lot 2: A Continental carved giltwood and painted wall

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Description: A Continental carved giltwood and painted wall mirror, second half 18th century, shaped rectangular plate within a moulded frame, surmounted by stylised meandering foliate branches and a central anthemion, 146cm high, 77cm wide

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A George II burr walnut and crossbanded bureau,

Lot 3: A George II burr walnut and crossbanded bureau,

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Description: A George II burr walnut and crossbanded bureau, circa 1735, with holly and ebonised crossbanding throughout, the fall opening to an arrangement of small drawers, pigeon holes and including three drawers fronted by simulated book bindings, above three short and three long graduated drawers, on bracket feet, 111cm high, 96cm wide, 52cm deep

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An Anglo-Chinese huanghuali folding table, circa

Lot 5: An Anglo-Chinese huanghuali folding table, circa

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Description: An Anglo-Chinese huanghuali folding table, circa 1735, the solid shaped rectangular top with outset corners, opening to circular corner insets and counter wells, the plain frieze with a drawer to each side panel, above tapering cabriole legs headed by a carved anthemion motif, on carved claw and ball feet, 76cm high, 85cm wide, 43cm deep. For an almost identical pair of tables, see Christie's South Kensington, Lot 349, 26th March 2013

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A George II walnut oval stool, circa 1735, the

Lot 6: A George II walnut oval stool, circa 1735, the

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Description: A George II walnut oval stool, circa 1735, the oval needlework covered seat above four tapering cabriole legs surmounted by carved shells and leaf pendants, on claw and ball feet, 42cm high, 46cm wide, 35cm deep

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A Spanish walnut refectory table, second half 17th

Lot 7: A Spanish walnut refectory table, second half 17th

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Description: A Spanish walnut refectory table, second half 17th century, the rectangular top above a pair of trestle supports, each of H-shaped form and chip carved as stylised branches, joined by twin parcel gilt wrought iron stretchers of scrolling form and terminating with scrolling leaves, 76cm high, the top 82 x 206cm

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A George I walnut and burr walnut side table,

Lot 8: A George I walnut and burr walnut side table,

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Description: A George I walnut and burr walnut side table, circa 1720, the rectangular quarter veneered and crossbanded top with moulded edge, above three small drawers and a shaped apron, on tapering cabriole legs and shaped pad feet, 71cm high, 76cm wide, 51cm deep

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A matched set of eight George I walnut dining

Lot 9: A matched set of eight George I walnut dining

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Description: A matched set of eight George I walnut dining chairs, circa 1720, comprising an armchair and seven side chairs, the armchair with H-shaped rectangular back, centred by a vase shaped splat, above serpentine arms and a needlework seat, the shaped frieze on cabriole legs and pad feet, each side chair with a shaped rectangular back centred by a vase shaped splat, above a drop-in seat and plain frieze and cabriole legs and pad feet

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A George I walnut secretaire cabinet on chest,

Lot 10: A George I walnut secretaire cabinet on chest,

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Description: A George I walnut secretaire cabinet on chest, circa 1720, the moulded cornice above a pair of doors opening to three deep drawers, the lower section with fall front secretaire drawer, opening to an arrangement of pigeon holes and small drawers, three further graduated drawers, ogee bracket feet, 166cm high, 78cm wide, 51cm deep. For a closely related secretaire cabinet on chest, see Christopher Gilbert, Marked London Furniture 1700-1840, The Furniture History Society and W.S. Maney and Son Ltd, 1996, p161. The book illustrates a piece of furniture of very similar form bearing the maker's label for Coxed & Woster. Coxed & Woster are known to have left a relatively large body of high quality labelled furniture, much of which display an individual character. The firm succeeded John Coxed at the White Swan in St. Paul Church Yard in about 1710.

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A George II walnut, burr walnut and featherbanded

Lot 11: A George II walnut, burr walnut and featherbanded

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Description: A George II walnut, burr walnut and featherbanded bureau bookcase, circa 1735, the moulded cornice above a pair of glass panelled doors, opening to two adjustable shelves and an arrangement of pigeon holes, the hinged fall opening to a central cupboard door flanked by pigeon holes and a pair of small drawers, above four long graduated drawers, on bracket feet, 212cm high, 101cm wide, 57cm deep Please note the estimate for this lot should read £7,000 - £10,000

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A George II walnut bureau, circa 1735, the hinged

Lot 12: A George II walnut bureau, circa 1735, the hinged

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Description: A George II walnut bureau, circa 1735, the hinged rectangular fall opening to a fitted interior incorporating a gilt tooled leather inset writing surface, an arrangement of small drawers and pigeon holes surmounted by foliate carved drawer sections and centred by an arched open cupboard section, above four long graduated drawers, one bearing a plaque titled 'FRANK PARTRIDGE WORKS OF ART 26 KING ST ST. JAMES'S AND NEW YORK', on shaped bracket feet, 108cm high, 100cm wide, 58cm deep

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A Continental sculpted ivory model of a Faun with

Lot 13: A Continental sculpted ivory model of a Faun with

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Description: A Continental sculpted ivory model of a Faun with a wine cup, Netherlandish or South German, possibly late 17th or early 18th century, portrayed in Bacchic dance with his weight on the right leg, his horned head declined to dexter, with grapevines adorning his hair above the smiling visage, his left arm raised above him, the stem of the kylix held in his right hand, his loins covered by a grape vine sprig held by a band around his waist also supporting drapery behind, his raised left foot resting on a bag, probably a winesack to the rear; later mounted onto a turned and ebonised wood socle, the ivory 53.5cm high, height overall 58.5cm. Loose comparisons can be made to Michelangelo's famed Bacchus at the Bargello in Florence, and whilst there are clearly significant and obvious differences in all important aspects, from composition to style, it seems reasonable to suggest that the sculptor of the ivory here had at least seen that masterpiece and was in some way inspired by it. The intense revival of ivory carving between 1600 and the mid-eighteenth century stemmed from the renewed flow of the valuable material into the hands of European sculptors, following the opening of new maritime routes along the east and west coasts of Africa. This revival coincided with the development of the Baroque style, particularly in the Netherlands and Central Europe. Emperors and princely patrons there created court positions for ivory carvers and they, and other wealthy, cosmopolitan clients supported the growing number of skilled workshops whose traditions spread throughout the area. . The ivory faun here lacks the heavy profundity of the high Baroque period, being characterised far more by a frivolous joie-de-vivre, obviously portrayed in the Ecstatic Dance. It is possible then that the model was created towards the end of the Baroque era and therefore early in the 18th century, when the significant loosening of staid compositional formulae occurred along with a broadening of the subjects covered. . Although the artists who worked in ivory also created monumental sculpture for churches and major civic spaces, their small pieces are characterised by an intensity of expression that often eluded their larger works, as seen in the Faun here. Works commissioned for public spaces continued to be primarily religious in nature, but a growing circle of humanist collectors were inclined to indulge a wider variety of subjects, encouraging the creation of works inspired by the literature of antiquity. The inspiration for the work could be a description in Pliny the Elder's Natural History of a lost bronze sculpture by Praxiteles, depicting "Bacchus, Drunkenness and a satyr", as has been suggested for the Bargello Bacchus.

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A pair of George III Irish mahogany torcheres,

Lot 14: A pair of George III Irish mahogany torcheres,

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Description: A pair of George III Irish mahogany torcheres, circa 1780, each circular top with a moulded edge, above a wrythen turned stem surmounted by a lappet carved terminal and on three downswept cabriole legs carved with acanthus terminals and on carved claw and feet, each 127cm high, each top 25.5cm diameter

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A George II Irish walnut console table, circa

Lot 15: A George II Irish walnut console table, circa

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Description: A George II Irish walnut console table, circa 1740, of semi-elliptical form, with ebonised banding and a gadrooned edge, the shaped and segmented frieze carved with anthemion and on conforming stylised tapering cabriole legs, with carved talon feet, on a turned and spherical plinth, 76cm high, 76cm wide, 41cm deep. The Property of a Lady. Provenance: Rossmore Castle, sometimes called Rossmore Park, County Monaghan, Ireland

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A George III mahogany cabinet on chest, circa

Lot 16: A George III mahogany cabinet on chest, circa

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Description: A George III mahogany cabinet on chest, circa 1770, in the manner of Thomas Bradshaw, the arched scrolling pediment with flowerhead terminals and with a profusely pierced frieze, above a pair of astragal glazed cabinet doors opening to adjustable shelves, the chest section with two short and two long graduated drawers on bracket feet, 246cm high, 127cm wide, 54cm deep. This lot relates closely to a bureau bookcase labelled by Bradshaw which is illustrated in C. Gilbert, Pictorial Dictionary of Marked London Furniture, 1700-1840, plate 150 & 151, p119. Thomas Bradshaw is listed in G.Beard & C. Gilbert, Dictionary of English Furniture Makers 1660-1840. p99 as at 10 St. Paul's Church Yard. Bradshaw is known to have subscribed to Chippendale's Director.

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A George II Irish mahogany side table, circa 1750,

Lot 17: A George II Irish mahogany side table, circa 1750,

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Description: A George II Irish mahogany side table, circa 1750, the rectangular top with gadrooned edge above a profusely carved and pierced frieze centred by a lion mask flanked by swags of oak branches and flowerheads, the side friezes centred by a carved shell, a swag beneath, on cabriole legs with acanthus carved terminals, on stylised lion paw feet, 81cm high, 132cm wide, 75cm deep. Provenance: Dawson Townley of Townley Hall, Louth, Ireland. Thence by direct descent to the current owner. Built in 1799, Townley Hall is regarded as a masterpiece in the classical style of Francis Johnston, the foremost Irish architect of his day. Commissioned as a private home for the Townley Balfour family, it was designed to impress on the visitor not only the wealth and sophistication of the landlord, but the craftsmanship available in the local area. The poet laureate Sir John Betjeman, in a survey of the work of Francis Johnson wrote: 'I have seen many Irish houses, but I know none at once so dignified, so restrained and so original as Francis Johnston's Townley Hall' . Whilst the precise date of building of the first Townley Hall has not been found currently, the following gives some insight into the presence of the Townley family in Ireland. The Townley Balfour family probably sprang from the Lancashire family of Townley and appeared in Louth during the Cromwellian upheavals and gained extensive areas of land in Athclare Castle close to Dunleer. It was Hamilton Townley, born in 1673 who seems to have been the first to appear in Tullyallen. Still earlier in the seventeenth century, members of the Scottish family of Balfour came to Lisnaskea Co. Fermanagh and lived in Castle Balfour, which was built in 1620. . As this table would appear to pre date the current Townley Hall, this would suggest that the table was indeed part of the original furnishings of the previous building that stood just 100 yards away on the same site. Despite this, a very interesting point to note is that detailing to some of the friezes of rooms in the current building depicting a central lion mask flanked by swags bear very close similarity to the frieze of this table being offered. For a closely related example of a serving table probably supplied to the fifth Earl of Antrim for Glenarm Castle, Antrim see Irish Furniture, The Knight of Glin and James Peill, Yale University Press 2007, Page 113, figure 147 where it suggests that the sophistication of the Glenarm side table points to Dublin as its place of manufacture. See also figure 75, page 224 of the same publication for another closely related example at the City Art Museum of St. Louis, Missouri, formerly the property of Lord Forteviot. In their book, the Knight of Glin and James Peill also refer to two pieces of furniture known to have been part of the Furnishings of Townley Hall. See page 212 (fig 36) for an oak open armchair of Chinese Chippendale style (dated 1768) that matches a chair photographed by Country Life for an article on Townley Hall in 1948. (Christopher Hussey, 'Townley Hall, Co.Louth, Ireland -II, Country Life, 30 July 1948'. See also page 255 (fig 206) for a tallboy known to be similar to a known example at Townley Hall. A copy of the Country Life article will be made available to view with the table.

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A mahogany and upholstered window seat, circa 1770

Lot 18: A mahogany and upholstered window seat, circa 1770

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Description: A mahogany and upholstered window seat, circa 1770 and later, rectangular seat, overscrolling arms, carved bellflower frieze, square section legs headed by a patera, moulded square section feet, 71cm high, 133cm wide, 51cm deep. The legs of this window seat are identical to those on a set of twenty dining chairs at Harewood House, illustrated by Christopher Gilbert, The life and Work of Thomas Chippendale, page 90, fig. 146.

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A George III mahogany chest of drawers, circa

Lot 19: A George III mahogany chest of drawers, circa

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Description: A George III mahogany chest of drawers, circa 1770, the rectangular top with ogee moulded edge above four graduated drawers, on shaped bracket feet, 77cm high, 73cm wide, 46cm deep

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A George III mahogany chest on chest, circa 1790,

Lot 20: A George III mahogany chest on chest, circa 1790,

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Description: A George III mahogany chest on chest, circa 1790, with fluted canted front corners, dentil moulded and fluted cornice, above two short and seven long drawers on ogee bracket feet, 210cm high, 113cm wide, 51cm deep

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A set of six George II red walnut chairs, circa

Lot 21: A set of six George II red walnut chairs, circa

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Description: A set of six George II red walnut chairs, circa 1740, each H-shaped back centred by a pierced vase shaped splat, above a bowed seat rail and needlework covered drop-in seat, on tapering cabriole legs headed by a carved shell and flanked by twin scroll motifs, on carved claw and ball feet, 96cm high, 58cm wide, 57cm deep. The exceptionally high standard of design, quality and craftsmanship demonstrated by this set of chairs would suggest attribution to a significant London maker of the period such as Giles Grendey. For a related set of chairs bearing Giles Grendey's label see Christopher Gilbert, Marked London Furniture 1700-1840, The Furniture History Society and W.S.Maney and Son Ltd, 1996, page 242, figure 435. The illustrated chair particularly relates closely to the current set by its similarity to the treatment of the cabriole legs carved with a shell to the knee and on particularly well carved claw and ball feet. Whilst a significant English maker has been suggested for this set of chairs, it has also been observed that the design of these chairs relates closely to some American examples of the period. See Edgar G. Miller, American antique furniture (V.I) Dover Publications Inc., 1966, page 135(fig 69) for a very similar design of chair and almost identical design of splat.

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A George III mahogany serpentine dressing chest,

Lot 22: A George III mahogany serpentine dressing chest,

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Description: A George III mahogany serpentine dressing chest, circa 1770, the top with moulded edge, above four long drawers flanked by fluted canted corners, the upper drawer opening to a a sliding green leather inset above an arrangement of lidded compartments, on bracket feet, 84cm high, 118cm wide, 64cm deep. For a closely related commode chest of drawers made by Gillow for the 9th Earl of Dorset see Susan E. Stuart, Gillows of Lancaster and London 1730 - 1840, Antique Collectors Club, 2008. page 12 (Plate 536). The overall quality, design, form of handle and drawer fittings echo many of those demonstrated by the current lot.

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A pair of George III carved cream painted and

Lot 23: A pair of George III carved cream painted and

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Description: A pair of George III carved cream painted and upholstered elbow chairs, circa 1790, after a design by Robert Adam, each with a fluted oval back, above downswept arms carved with acanthus terminals, each serpentine fronted seat on turned tapering legs carved with lappet terminals and headed by patera carved terminals, each 94cm high, 65cm wide, 55cm deep. Provenance: Angley Park, Cranbrook, Kent. Angley Park was the home of the Tomlin family . Thence by descent to the current owner

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A pair of George III carved cream painted and

Lot 24: A pair of George III carved cream painted and

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Description: A pair of George III carved cream painted and upholstered window seats, circa 1790, after a design by Robert Adam, each with a rectangular bowfronted seat flanked by a pair of scrolling arms carved with roundel terminals, on square section legs headed by a carved lappet terminal and decorated with trailing husks, each 60cm high, 97cm wide, 35cm deep. Provenance: Angley Park, Cranbrook, Kent. Angley Park was the home of the Tomlin family . Thence by descent to the current owner. The design of these window seats is similar to a set of seat furniture designed by Robert Adam for the State Bedroom at Osterley Park House.

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A George III mahogany and boxwood strung cellaret,

Lot 25: A George III mahogany and boxwood strung cellaret,

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Description: A George III mahogany and boxwood strung cellaret, circa 1800, the hinged and domed lid opening to a fitted interior incorporating an arrangement of bottle apertures, flanked by a pair of brass side carrying handles, on four square section tapering legs, brass caps and casters, 64cm high, 53cm wide, 33cm deep

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A pair of George III carved giltwood armchairs,

Lot 26: A pair of George III carved giltwood armchairs,

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Description: A pair of George III carved giltwood armchairs, circa 1770, each moulded oval padded back above a pair of padded and shaped arms carved with scroll terminals, each serpentine fronted seat above a fluted frieze above reeded and fluted turned tapering legs, 91cm high, 60cm wide, 58cm deep. The Property of a Lady. Provenance: Rossmore Castle, sometimes called Rossmore Park, County Monaghan, Ireland

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A set of twelve mahogany dining chairs, in George

Lot 27: A set of twelve mahogany dining chairs, in George

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Description: A set of twelve mahogany dining chairs, in George III Irish style, circa 1900, to include a pair of armchairs, each H-shaped rectangular back with fluted uprights and shaped rail cornered by carved acanthus terminals, each pierced vase splat incorporating various pierced elements framed by C-scroll motifs, each overstuffed seat on cabriole legs at the front carved with acanthus terminals, and on stylised carved lion paw feet. The design of these chairs is based on a pattern in Thomas Chippendale'sThe Gentleman and Cabinet Maker's Director (1st edition, 1754, pl. XII). Furthermore, the back of this set of chairs is virtually identical to a set of twelve Irish mahogany dining chairs (circa 1760) that were previously supplied to the Talbot family of Malahide Castle, County Dublin. Malahide Castle is often considered to be one of the the most significant of all Irish castles, having the only surviving medieval Great Hall in Ireland and having been occupied by the same family from 1174 until 1976 when the 7th Baron died.

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A George III mahogany concertina action folding

Lot 28: A George III mahogany concertina action folding

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Description: A George III mahogany concertina action folding card table, circa 1770, the shaped rectangular top with outset corners and a flowerhead carved edge, opening to a baize inset interior, above a plain frieze with moulded edge, on blind fretwork carved square section legs headed by pierced spandrels and on plinth feet, 74cm high, 94cm wide, 47cm deep

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A George III mahogany chest of drawers, circa

Lot 29: A George III mahogany chest of drawers, circa

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Description: A George III mahogany chest of drawers, circa 1790, the rectangular top with moulded edge above two short and three long graduated drawers, on shaped bracket feet, 83cm high, 95cm wide, 53cm deep

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A set of twelve mahogany dining chairs in George

Lot 30: A set of twelve mahogany dining chairs in George

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Description: A set of twelve mahogany dining chairs in George III style, circa 1890, each arched and moulded back centred by a pierced vase splat, above a drop-in seat and moulded frieze, on square section tapering legs jointed by stretchers and with spade feet at the front

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A George IV mahogany extending dining table, circa

Lot 31: A George IV mahogany extending dining table, circa

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Description: A George IV mahogany extending dining table, circa 1825, the rectangular top incorporating two D-ends and central section and two additional leaves each approximately 41cm wide, the table 74cm high, 318cm long, 90cm (fully extended)

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A George IV mahogany cellaret, circa 1825, the

Lot 31A: A George IV mahogany cellaret, circa 1825, the

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Description: A George IV mahogany cellaret, circa 1825, the cavetto moulded and hinged rectangular top opening to baize lined bottle divisions, above tapering sides Gothic style arched panels, on turned feet and concealed castors, 60cm high, 61cm wide, 50cm deep

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A set of eight mahogany dining chairs in George

Lot 32: A set of eight mahogany dining chairs in George

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Description: A set of eight mahogany dining chairs in George III style, 20th century, each back with a shaped cresting rail and pierced openwork splat carved with stylised leaves and flowers above upholstered seats and on carved cabriole front legs and claw and ball feet

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A pair of carved giltwood and marble mounted

Lot 33: A pair of carved giltwood and marble mounted

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Description: A pair of carved giltwood and marble mounted console tables, in George II style, 18th century and later, the marble tops above the carved oak leaf and riband tied frieze, above central eagle supports depicted with their wings spread, on carved rockwork bases, and flanked by pierced scrolling sides carved with acanthus, on rectangular simulated marble bowfront bases with egg and dart moulded edges, each 95cm high, 133cm wide, 62cm deep. Provenance: Purchased from the collection of Lord & Lady White of Hull, Christie's New York, 30th April 1997 and previously at Parke Bernet Galleries, New York, 24-26 October 1946, lot 402. For a related pair of tables see Bonhams, London, 21 November 2012. The pair had provenance to The Earl of Kinnoull, Balhousie Castle, Perthshire. Other related eagle console tables include a table from the collection of Claude D. Rotch which was illustrated in R.W. Symonds article 'English Eagle and Dolphin Console Tables', The Antiques Magazine, Vol XVIII, October 1930. . Pairs of tables such as these were most likely to have been made for an existing Palladian setting. The design was initially made popular by William Kent and William Chambers. Please note the estimate for this lot should read £60,000-£80,000

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A George III mahogany and gonçalo alves banded

Lot 34: A George III mahogany and gonçalo alves banded

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Description: A George III mahogany and gonçalo alves banded serpentine chest of drawers, circa 1770, the shaped rectangular top above four long graduated drawers with conforming crossbanding, on bracket feet, 83cm high, 99cm wide, 51cm deep

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A George III mahogany and fiddleback mahogany

Lot 35: A George III mahogany and fiddleback mahogany

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Description: A George III mahogany and fiddleback mahogany bowfront chest of drawers, circa 1800, the shaped top inlaid with stringing and crossbanded, above four long graduated drawers, on outswept bracket feet, 86cm high, 85cm wide, 52cm deep

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A Regency mahogany library breakfront bookcase,

Lot 36: A Regency mahogany library breakfront bookcase,

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Description: A Regency mahogany library breakfront bookcase, circa 1815, with a moulded cornice, above four astragal glazed cabinet doors opening to adjustable shelves, above four panelled doors and a plinth base, approximately 255cm high, 216cm wide, 60cm deep

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A George IV pollard oak and marquetry decorated

Lot 37: A George IV pollard oak and marquetry decorated

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Description: A George IV pollard oak and marquetry decorated cabinet, in the manner of George Bullock, circa 1825, rectangular top with stringing, above a drawer and a cupboard on plinth base, 88cm high, 58cm wide, 33cm deep. This cabinet was inherited from the current owner's maternal grandmother, who in turn came to own it from her marriage to Conyngham Charles Denison, who was 7th Baron Londesborough (1885-1967) . A very similar cabinet exists as part of the furnishings of Abbotsford House, the home of Sir Walter Scott. For reference to the Abbotsford cabinet see H. Blairman & Sons and Cameron Books, (Introduction by Clive Wainwright) George Bullock Cabinet Maker, John Murray Publishers 1988, p77 & 78. The cabinet is described in the book as being largely designed by J.B.S. Morritt who was a close friend of Sir Walter Scott and a noted classical scholar. The cabinet was made in Bullock's workshop using yew grown in Morritt's estate at Rokeby in Yorkshire. The design for the cabinet also appears in the Wilkinson Tracings, (p85) and fig 32, of the above mentioned book. . For another related cabinet see also Frances Collard, Regency Furniture, Antique Collectors Club, 1985, page 115. For reference to the Wilkinson Tracings please refer to the footnote to the following lot.

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A Regency oak and ebonised marquetry sofa table,

Lot 38: A Regency oak and ebonised marquetry sofa table,

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Description: A Regency oak and ebonised marquetry sofa table, circa 1815, in the manner of George Bullock, the rectangular top incorporating a pair of hinged leaves and crossbanded throughout with an ebonised marquetry leaf and berry decorated border, the frieze incorporating a pair of drawers and two false opposing drawers, each end supported with dual turned columns, joined by a pole stretcher, on line inlaid downswept legs, lappet cast caps and castors, 71.5cm high, 102cm wide (unextended), 74cm deep. Provenance: By family descent to the current owner. This sofa table was inherited from the current owner's maternal grandmother, who in turn came to own it from her marriage to Conyngham Charles Denison, who was 7th Baron Londesborough (1885-1967) . For a tripod table decorated with identical foliate decoration but in brass marquetry and in circular form, see H. Blairman & Sons and Cameron Books, (Introduction by Clive Wainwright) George Bullock Cabinet Maker, John Murray Publishers 1988, p.67. The tripod table was itemised in the Bullock account for the Duke of Atholl at Blair Castle, Perthshire under the date 3rd November 1814. Furthermore the same decoration but in a straight line (as with the current sofa table) can be found as page 137 of the Wilkinson Tracings (City Museums and Art Gallery, Birmingham). The design for the marquetry is among a collection of tracings that were originally bound in a scrapbook inscribed tracings by Thomas Wilkinson from the designs of the late Mr George Bullock 1820, which is now at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Wilkinson may have worked for Bullock, which would explain his access to the original designs.

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A French tulipwood, kingwood and gilt metal

Lot 39: A French tulipwood, kingwood and gilt metal

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Description: A French tulipwood, kingwood and gilt metal mounted two tier table, late 18th/early 19th century, the quarterveneered top with central marquetry basket of flowers, above shaped frieze, on square tapered legs and an undertier, on metal sabots, 75cm high, 35cm wide, 35cm deep

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A George III painted satinwood and marquetry

Lot 40: A George III painted satinwood and marquetry

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Description: A George III painted satinwood and marquetry folding card table, circa 1800, bearing a partial label for Edwards and Roberts, of semi-elliptical form, the top painted with a vase of flowers within a decorated border and tulipwood crossbanding, opening to a green baize inset, the frieze painted with ribbons and floral swags, on square tapered legs and square section feet, 73cm high, 77cm wide, 40cm deep

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A George III carved giltwood, composition and

Lot 41: A George III carved giltwood, composition and

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Description: A George III carved giltwood, composition and marquetry decorated side table, circa 1770, of semi-elliptical form, the satinwood top decorated with a central urn flanked by bellflower swags and tulipwood crossbanding, the fluted frieze interspersed with flowerheads and anthemion terminals, on square section tapering legs decorated with trailing bellflowers throughout, 81cm high, 97cm wide, 49cm deep. The Property of a Lady. Provenance: Rossmore Castle, sometimes called Rossmore Park, County Monaghan, Ireland

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A pair of George III mahogany serpentine fronted

Lot 42: A pair of George III mahogany serpentine fronted

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Description: A pair of George III mahogany serpentine fronted knife boxes, circa 1780, each box inlaid with stringing to the edges throughout, each hinged lid fronted by a small ring handle and opening to a fitted interior decorated with stringing and incorporating a variety of knife apertures, 39cm high, 24cm wide, 33cm deep

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A Chinese black lacquer and gilt decorated cabinet

Lot 44: A Chinese black lacquer and gilt decorated cabinet

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Description: A Chinese black lacquer and gilt decorated cabinet on stand, late 18th/early 19th century, the rectangular top and sides decorated with foliate trees, fronted by a pair of doors decorated with pagoda within a rocky landscape, opening to an arrangement of eight drawers decorated variously with birds, trees and houses, above the stand with conforming decoration throughout and on four square section legs joined by an X-shaped stretcher centred by a turned finial, 140cm high, 79cm wide, 49cm deep

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An English steel and gilt bronze mounted fender,

Lot 45: An English steel and gilt bronze mounted fender,

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Description: An English steel and gilt bronze mounted fender, second quarter 19th century, each end with a flambeau urn supported on the backs of twin putti, their bodies rising from foliate cast scrollwork and paw feet, on shaped bases projecting in front of the rail; formed of a plain bar flanked to each side by fruit baskets on plinths and recessed stylised guilloche cast mounts, with further fruit baskets behind, above a sheet iron base plate, 42cm high, 182cm wide, 48cm deep overall

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An Isfahan rug, signed for the Seirafian workshop,

Lot 46: An Isfahan rug, signed for the Seirafian workshop,

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Description: An Isfahan rug, signed for the Seirafian workshop, the central blue and crimson medallion within an ivory field decorated with foliate branches in yellow, red and blue tones, framed by a crimson border within blue guard stripes, approximately 198 x 114cm. The Serafian workshop was founded in Isfahan by Haj Agha Reza Serafian in 1939. The workshop was initially set up to produce rugs with 91 knots per square centimetre, however with a series of innovations higher quality rugs were being manufactured which nobody else at the time could match. Serafian rugs to this day are famous for the use of the best designers, the best weavers, the best dyes and the best materials.

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A Regency mahogany and crossbanded partners' desk,

Lot 47: A Regency mahogany and crossbanded partners' desk,

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Description: A Regency mahogany and crossbanded partners' desk, circa 1815, the rectangular top with moulded edge and tooled leather inset, above three shallow false drawers and five further drawers, the central drawer opening to a ratchet adjustable leather inset writing surface, the opposing side with an arrangement of eight false drawers, on lined inlaid square section tapering legs headed by pierced spandrels and on brass caps and castors, 83cm high, 163cm wide, 83cm deep

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A Regency mahogany cabinet on chest, circa 1815,

Lot 48: A Regency mahogany cabinet on chest, circa 1815,

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Description: A Regency mahogany cabinet on chest, circa 1815, attributed to Gillows of Lancaster, the moulded cornice and plain frieze above a pair of panelled doors, opening to three fixed shelves, the top drawer of the lower section opening to a baize inset sliding section, above three further long graduated drawers, on outswept bracket feet joined by a shaped apron, 211cm high, 130cm wide, 61cm deep. For a closely related form of press cupboard/chest incorporating a secretaire drawer see Susan E. Stuart, Gillows of Lancaster and London 1730 - 1840, Antique Collectors Club, 2008. page 240 (Plate B15). The illustrated example was made by Isaac Greenwood who worked for Gillows and continued later to form his own firm

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A George IV mahogany extending dining table, circa

Lot 49: A George IV mahogany extending dining table, circa

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Description: A George IV mahogany extending dining table, circa 1825, in the manner of Gillows of Lancaster, the rectangular top incorporating three additional leaves and with rounded corners and reeded edge, on turned tapering and reeded legs with brass caps and castors, 75cm high, the top 150 x 287cm overall. For dining tables of a closely related design see Susan E. Stuart, Gillows of Lancaster and London 1730 - 1840, Antique Collectors Club, 2008, pages 244 (Plate 242) and page 247 (Plate 244) for the original design.

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