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A ROOM IN AN ENGLISH COUNTRY HOUSE


A ROOM IN AN ENGLISH COUNTRY HOUSE

A ROOM IN AN ENGLISH COUNTRY HOUSE

English Country Houses and their contents have fascinated generations of architects, English Country Houses and and their tourists. contents The haveobservations fascinated generations collectors, connoisseurs recorded of in architects, diaries of country collectors, connoisseurs and tourists. The observations recorded in diaries of country

house visitors fill libraries throughout the world. The 1986 National Gallery of Art in

house visitors fill libraries throughout the world. The 1986 National Gallery of Art in

Washington’s block-buster show, The Treasure Houses of Britain, captivated more than

Washington’s block-buster show, The Treasure Houses of Britain, captivated more than

a million museum-goers. It generated renewed interest in all things British, particularly

a million museum-goers. It generated renewed interest in all things British, particularly

English interiors and gardens in the 1980s.

English interiors and gardens in the 1980s.

More recently BBC/PBS Masterpiece television Downton now in its More recently the the BBC/PBS Masterpiece television series,series, Downton Abbey, Abbey, now in its

fourth season (depending on whether you are stateside or “across the has pond”), has fourth or or fifthfifth season (depending on whether you are stateside or “across the pond”), reignited passion for English country houses. Cognoscenti havetreated been to treated reignited thethe passion for English country houses. Cognoscenti have been the to the fabulous installation at Yale’s Center for British of Horace Walpole’s Strawberry fabulous installation at Yale’s Center for British Art of Art Horace Walpole’s Strawberry Hill in Hill in 2009 (which then moved to the in 2010) and Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English 2009 (which then moved to V&A the V&A in 2010) and Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House. ThisThis exhibition is onisview at theatFine Houston through through Country House. exhibition on view theArts FineMuseum, Arts Museum, Houston September 21,21, 2014. September 2014. While all the renewed interest in English Country Houses makes it an opportune time for

While all the renewed interest in English Country Houses makes it an opportune time for

our joint exhibition here in Litchfield, it is a subject all three of us are passionate about.

our joint exhibition here in Litchfield, it is a subject all three of us are passionate about.

For over twenty years, English Country Houses – their architecture, gardens and their

For over twenty years, English Country Houses – their architecture, gardens and their

collections – have been a leitmotif in the friendship, careers and research of all of us. It is

collections – have been a leitmotif in the friendship, careers and research of all of us. It is

with great pleasure we are collaborating on this selling exhibition. We are sure you will

with great pleasure we are collaborating on this selling exhibition. We are sure you will

find many outstanding examples of English furniture, paintings and decorative arts in this

find many outstanding examples of English furniture, paintings and decorative arts in this catalogue. catalogue. Andrea S. Keogh

Andrea S. Keogh

Ahna Petersen Kevin Kleinbardt Ahna Petersen YewKevin Tree House Antiques Kleinbardt

Yew Tree House Antiques


Andrea AndreaS.S.Keogh KeoghArt Art&& Design, Design, LLC LLC and and Yew Tree House Antiques, Yew Tree House Antiques, New New York York City City

AAROOM ROOM IN IN AN AN ENGLISH ENGLISHCOUNTRY COUNTRY HOUSE HOUSE sellingexhibition exhibitionofoffine fine Eighteenth Eighteenth Century Century A Aselling Englishfurniture, furniture,art artand and decorative decorative objects objects English September13 13- -November November 30, 30, 2014 2014 September A ndreA S. K eogh A rt & d eSign , LLC A ndreA S. K eogh A rt & d eSign , LLC 43 West Street 43 West Street next to the West Street Grill next to the West Street Grill Litchfield, CT 06759 Litchfield, CT 06759 860 567-2600 andreakeogh@att.com 860 567-2600 andreakeogh@att.com www.akeoghartanddesign.com www.akeoghartanddesign.com


William and Mary Walnut Knee Hold Slant Front Desk Rare early 18th century William and Mary period walnut fall front bureau, the overhanging fall front section in feather banded and richly grained burl walnut veneer, the interior having sliding sunken well and concealed drawers, over two banks of drawers with feather banded edges, flanking tombstone shaped knee hole with single drawer, standing on elongated ball feet, the whole possessing good, mellow patina and retaining original hardware. England, c. 1700 Walnut, walnut veneer, pine, brass, iron 34 ¼” h x 35 ¾” w x 20”d


AARare RareAnglo-Dutch Anglo-DutchWalnut Walnutand andMarquetry MarquetrySide SideChair Chair Marquetry Marquetryininthe thecrest crestrail, rail,styles, styles,splat splatand andseat seatrails, rails,with withcarved carvedcabriole cabrioleparcel parcelgilt giltlegs, legs,having havingshells shells ononthe theknees, knees,terminating terminatingininhairy hairypaw pawfeet. feet.Re-gilt. Re-gilt. Literature: Literature:Beard, Beard,Geoffrey Geoffrey& &Judith JudithGoodison, Goodison,English EnglishFurniture: Furniture:1500-1840, 1500-1840,Phaidon, Phaidon,Christie’s, Christie’s, Oxford, Oxford,1987. 1987.Pg. Pg.58, 58,#2#2 English, English,c.c.1720 1720 Walnut, Walnut,marquetry marquetryand andgilt gilt 7 7 /8”h 4040 ½” h hx x22” wwx x1616 ¾” d dx xseat /8”h ½” 22” ¾” seatheight height1919


AA Very Fine George IIIIII Rosewood Banded Mahogany Breakfast Table Very Fine George Rosewood Banded Mahogany Breakfast Table Solid and well figured mahogany breakfast table with rosewood banding, thethe bold top Solid and well figured mahogany breakfast table with rosewood banding, bold top over urn shaft onon lovely molded down swept legs ending in in original brass castors, thethe over urn shaft lovely molded down swept legs ending original brass castors, whole with good rich color and patination. whole with good rich color and patination. George III III (c.(c. 1820) George 1820) Mahogany, rosewood, brass Mahogany, rosewood, brass Excellent condition Excellent condition 2929 ½”½” h xh 54”d x 54”d


Superb Set of Eight George II Dining Chairs An extremely rare set of eight dining chairs with carved crest rails, pierced and carved splats, carved styles, and drop in seats on substantial carved cabriole legs terminating in ball and claw feet. This set of chairs is from the most sought-after period and features highest quality design and execution. Provenance: Lord Hampton, Droitwich, Worcesterhire; John Somerset Pakington, 1st Baron Hampton, known as Sir John Pakington, a British conservative politician. England, c. 1740, In the style of cabinetmaker Gilles Grendey Cuban mahogany, 38 ¼” h x 21 ½” w x 17 ½”h, seat height 18½”


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Boy and His Rabbit The boy is seated outdoors in a landscape of fields trees and distant mountains on his family’s property. He hold his wild rabbit gently, gazing at it intently. Attributed to Hugh Douglas Hamilton, (Irish, 1739/40-1808) Boy and His Rabbit, Oil on canvas, 20” x 20”, c. 1780


A Fine Mid-18th Century Three-Plate Rococo Oval Mirror Mirror is crested by an oval surmounted with an acanthus spray, flanked by rocaille, with ho-ho birds perched on foliated c and s-scrolls that flank a large central plate, the central plate rests atop a smaller oval plate flanked by c-scrolls and centered by a cabochon. English, c. 1755 Gilt wood and plate glass 69� h x 30�w


Northern European Baroque Giltwood Console Table A fine giltwood console table, the deep frieze carved with intricate fine scale ornament, the cartouche shaped apron centered with a rondel, surrounded by a diaper pattern, swags of flowers to either side, the swept legs headed by large scale bearded masks. Germany, c. 1730 Marble and giltwood 32 ½” h x 43 5/8” w x 21 ½”d


Early18th 18thCentury CenturyStudded StuddedLeather LeatherTraveling TravelingChest Chest Early Veryfine fineearly early18th 18thcentury centuryfeather feathertraveling travelingtrunk trunkininbeautifully beautifullybrass brassand andiron ironstudded studded Very “Russia”leather, leather,having havingtulip tulipand andclover cloverdesign, design,original originalcoronet coronetand andheart heartescutcheons escutcheons “Russia” andwrought wroughtiron ironhinges hingesand andhandles, handles,the thewhole wholewith withbeautiful beautifulpatination, patination,the theinterior interior and relinedinintan tanleather. leather. relined France,c.c.1700 1700 France, Leather,brass, brass,iron iron Leather, 21”hhx x36” 36”wwx x21”d 21”d 21”


Late 18th Century / Early 19th Century English Etagere A country house etagere of rare and possibly unique form with canted supports with pointed finials holding five graduated square shelves having molded galleries, the whole of pegged construction and possessing good rich color. English, late 18th or early 19th c. Oak 64½” h x 22 ½” w x 22 ½”d


Delft Chargers

Finely painted Delft charger depicting an imaginary Japanese landscape set with a weeping cherry tree and a tea house, with a lovely use of mustard, teal and red.

18th Century Dutch delft charger in blue and white having a diaper and squiggle lozenge border, the center with flowering urn surmounted with a pair of lovebirds perched onbranches.

18th Century English, possibly Liverpool, polychrome decorated charger with landscape scene depicting cottage and trees on an island with two flocks of birds overhead, smaller island in foreground.


Very Rare 17th Century Charles II II English Box Very Rare 17th Century Charles English Box Very rare and desirable 17th century English oak box having moulded front and sides, Very rare and desirable 17th century English oak box having moulded front and sides, original lock plate, drop pulls and bun feet, with superb color and patination. The box is is original lock plate, drop pulls and bun feet, with superb color and patination. The box made in in thethe form of of anan English lidded coffer and was made to to keep valuables. Now it is made form English lidded coffer and was made keep valuables. Now it is wonderful either asas a tabletop object or or useful at at thethe side of of a chair. wonderful either a tabletop object useful side a chair. England, c. c. 1680 England, 1680 Oak Oak 13” h xh 18” ww x 10 ¼”d 13” x 18” x 10 ¼”d


Fire Firetools toolscomprising comprisinga apoker, poker,tongs tongs and andshovel, shovel,the thelatter latterwith withrising rising sunburst sunburstpierced pierceddecoration, decoration,the the handles handleswith withknob knobfinials, finials,the thetongs tongsinin great greatworking workingorder. order.

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Exceptional Pair of Andirons An exceptional pair of English andirons, possibly by Earnest Gimson, having double blossom brass bosses applied to an iron backing, the shaft having similar applied pierced decoration, all of very fine quality. See the Cheltenham Museum collection of Cotswold School items for a virtually identical example. Ernest Gimson (Designer) England, c. 1910 Brass and steel 27” h x 11” w x 22 ½”d


Fine English Brass Firetool Stand A fine English 19th century fire-tool stand in brass having classical design with urn finials on shaft and arm support with nicely shaped and molded base. England, 19th c. Brass 28”h x 12” w x 9”d

George III Mahogany Oval Peat Bucket George III brass bound oval mahogany peat bucket with brass bail handle, banded sides and overall fine patina. Perfect for storing firestarters and kindling near the fireplace. England, c. 1780 Mahogany, brass 12”h x 13½”w x 12”d


George GeorgeIVIVMahogany MahoganyHall HallBench Bench Unusual and ofof impressive scale in in beautifully patinated mahogany, the octagonal faceted Unusual and impressive scale beautifully patinated mahogany, the octagonal faceted bolster ends over single plank seat, the apron with carved foliate spandrels over faceted bolster ends over single plank seat, the apron with carved foliate spandrels over faceted and turned octagonal legs. and turned octagonal legs. England, c.c. 1830 England, 1830 Mahogany Mahogany 3/ 3” 21” hh x 76 ½”½” ww x 15” dd x seat height 1818 4 /4” 21” x 76 x 15” x seat height


Pair of 19th Century Italian Carved and Gilt Lions A charming and decorative pair of early 19th century Italian carved and gilt lions, the forms of carved pine retaining original water gilt surface, probably originally of architectural use. Italian, c. 1830 Carved and gilt wood 12” h x 4” w x 7”d


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Burlington House in Pickadilly Leonard Knyff and Johannes Kip Burlington House, belonging to Charles Boyle, Earl of Burlington Etching 13 5/8 ” w x 18 ½” ss, 22 3/8 ” x 25 3/8 ” framed from Britannia illustrata, 1707


English Oak William and Mary Side Table Early 18th century English William and Mary period oak side table, the thumb molded top over single drawer, standing on balustrade turned legs joined by curved “X” stretcher, standing on original bun feet, the whole with good honey color and having a pleasing surface. England, c. 1700 Oak 29” h x 20” w x 30”d


Fine George II Gilt Mirror Very fine George II carved and gilt mirror with swan neck pediment flanking foliate carved cartouche over rectangular plate, the sides carved with drape and tassel decoration, over scrolled lower section with carved shell, the whole with punched, carved and gilded surface. England or Ireland, c. 1740 Gold leaf, gesso, wood, mercury glass 47� h x 26�w Credits Graphic Design: Julie McIntyre, getjuliedesign.com / Room Photography: Miki Duisterhof and Stephen Boljonis, mikiduisterhof.com


A Room in an English Country House  
A Room in an English Country House