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! ART and DESIGN of the 18TH. CENTURY ! Within the pages of this e-catalogue are a range of carefully selected pieces of fine English furniture and objects from our stock which are on view in our showrooms.

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A PAIR OF GEORGE III MAHOGANY GAINSBORO' CHAIRS

A pair of George 111 Chippendale period mahogany Gainsboro' chairs upholstered in 18th. Century needlework, the backs with serpentine top rails, the moulded arms with carved trailing husks, the chairs raised on moulded legs with castors. Circa 1770.

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Height 42in./ 107cm. Width 28in./ 71cm. Depth 32in./ 81cm.


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A GEORGE III REGENCY PERIOD ROSEWOOD WRITING TABLE

An exceptionally fine George 111 Regency period rosewood library table in the manner of George Smith, the crossbanded breakfront top with a brass edge and with bowed ends, now lined in blue indigo tooled leather, the freize with drawers on either side with later lion mask handles and anthemion escutcheons, all raised on later decorated monopodia legs with scrolled knees and ending with paw feet with moulded pads and castors. Circa 1820

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A design of a similar table published in "Collection of Designs and Household Furniture and Interior Decoration�, by George Smith, plate 83 and 87.

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A smaller, similar table sold by Christie's on 17th October, 1966, lot 57. part of The Coke Collection.

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Height 29/in./ 75cm. Width 74in./ 188cm. Depth 41in./ 104cm


 

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A PAIR OF GEORGE III ADAM PERIOD GILTWOOD WINDOW SEATS

A fine pair of George 111 Adam period giltwood window seats with upholstered scrolled uprights and stuff-over seats, raised on turned and fluted legs with entwined husk strap work down the fluted front legs. Circa 1770

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Height 29.5in. / 75cm. Width 51in. / 150cm. Depth 22.5in. / 58cm


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A GEORGE III REGENCY ROSEWOOD SOFA TABLE

A fine and unusual George III rosewood sofa table, the well figured top with a border of boxwood stringing, the frieze with panels of boxwood stringing and fitted with two drawers and two dummy drawers on the reverse retaining their original leopard mask handles, the table raised on end supports with turned spindle balusters supported by ivory balls, at each corner, larger ivory balls and with splayed legs ending in brass castors. Circa 1810 
 


A similar table, obviously from the same workshop, photographed in the Library of Townley Hall, Co. Louth. See Country Life, 30th June 1948. Height 28.5in./72cm. Width 61in./ 155cm & 36in./93cm. Depth 26in./ 66cm.


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A PAIR OF GEORGE III CARY GLOBES.

A fine pair of 21in./ 53.5cm. celestial and terrestrail Cary globes raised on tripod fluted and tapering joined by cross stretchers with central compass and ending in brass castors. Circa 1810. Height 46in./ 117cm. Width 23in./ 59cm.

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Literature:Â One of the most important globe making firms of the early 19th. Century. Founded by John Cary (1755-1835), an engraver and map seller. In 1770, he was apprenticed to William Palmer and made a freeman in 1778. He started his globe making business in 1791, when he advertised terrestrial and celestial globes varying in size from 3.5in. to 21in. In making globes and plantaria, Cary worked with his brother William (1759-1825). His main business was making musical instruments. Gary's firm was located at 181 The Strand and in about 1820, John moved to 86 St. James's Street, leaving his location in the Strand to is two sons, George and John Cary Jr. who also dealt in the globe making business.


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A FINE GEORGE III MARQUETRY PIER TABLE ATTRIBUTABLE TO JOHN LINNELL

A fine George 111 marquetry pier table in sycamore, harewood, and mahogany attributable to John Linnell, the D-shaped top with trellis work and leaf work marquetry within a crossbanded border and a gilt-metal leaf-cast edge above a frieze with marquetry roundels and simulated fluting above a gilt-metal entrelac border, all raised on square tapering legs with inlaid with entwined vine headed by satinwood panels with later metal mount borders. Circa 1780

! Height 33.5in./ 85cm. Width 48in./ 122cm. Depth 18.5in./ 47cm. !

Literature: A virtually identical pair of tables illustrated in, "William and John Linnell, Eighteenth Century London Furniture Makers" by Helena Hayward and Pat Kirkham, plates 309 and 310. Now at Hevingham Hall, Suffolk.


 

A GEORGE IIND. ROSEWOOD AND YEW WOOD COFFER.

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A fine and unusual George II nd. rosewood and burr yew wood coffer of excellent colour, the upper part with a hinged lift up top, the top sides and front in rosewood crossbanded in burr yew wood, purple heart banding and boxwood and ebonised lines, with two drawers below with crossbanding and inlaid lines and retaining their original handles, all supported on a stand with square legs. Circa 1750.

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Height 35.5in./ 90cm. Width 48in./ 122cm. Depth 23.5in./ 59cm.


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A GEORGE III GIRANDOLE MIRROR ATTRIBUTABLE TO JOHN LINNELL

A George III giltwood girandole mirror attributed to John Linnell, the later gilded frame with two oval plates with a surround of flowers and leaf work foliage, the pediment with elaborate ribbon carving, the sides with rockwork bordered shelves and the apron with two candle-arms. Circa 1765

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Height 55in./ 139cm. Width 31in./ 78cm.

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Literature:Â The above girandole relates to a drawing in the Victoria and Albert Museum by John Linnell. Drawing illustrated in "William and John Linnell, Eighteenth Century London Furniture Makers" by Helena Hayward and Pat Kirkham, page 84, plate 163. The carved "parrot" above the central plate is seen on a design by Linnell on a console table on the stretcher, a rarely used bird in English cabinet work.


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A WILLIAM IV CUT GLASS CHANDELIER.

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A fine William 1V. cut glass chandelier of classic tent and basket design the stem consisting of chains of buckle tent pieces and spangles above which is a drop canopy, the stem terminating with a drop hung urn shaped top piece, the main ring supporting eight six sided leaf notched candle-arms and very unusual hung drip pans cut to look like a shell, above these are a flower rosettes and faceted spikes terminating with a basket of spangles and a lapidary cut finial. Circa 1830.

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Height 50in./ 127cm. Width 34in./ 86.5cm.


 

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A PAIR OF GEORGE III ADAM PERIOD OVAL GILTWOOD MIRRORS.

A fine pair of George III Adam period mirrors in dry stripped state retaining traces of their original gilding, the carved oval frames with later mirror plates bordered with a surround of leaf work, the aprons with horned animal heads with ribbon decoration, acanthus leaf and rosette carving, the pediments with fluted urns with animal masks and drapery all top with torch flames. Circa 1770.

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Height 62in./ 158cm. Width 36in./ 92cm.


 

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A PAIR OF WILLIAM AND MARY PERIOD JAPANNED CARDTABLES.

A fine and extremely rare pair of William and Mary japanned cardtables, decorated with scenes of chariots drawn by stags, accompanied by riders on horseback, foliage and trellis work, the tops opening to reveal a later velvet lined interior with similar japanned border to tops, above an arcaded freize with a drawer at each end, all raised in tapering octagonal legs the front centre legs swing out to support top when open. Circa 1690.

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Height 31in./ 81cm. Width 43.5in./ 110.5cm. Depth 14in./ 35.5cm.

These table are particularly rare because of their unusually large proportion and with their japanned decoration in mainly originally state.


 

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A PAIR OF GEORGE III GILTWOOD CHAIRS DESIGNED BY JOHN LINNELL

An exceptionally fine pair of George III giltwood armchairs designed by John Linnell, each made with removable back, seat and arm rests, the channelled frame carved with guilloche and surmounted by a laurel-bound cabochon cartouche, the out-scrolled arms terminating in acanthus spheres and with husktrailed panels, the serpentine channelled seat-rails carved with entralac design and centred by a acanthus foliated cartouche, the chairs raised on chamferred tapering legs with guilloche panels and ending in moulded feet. Circa 1770

! Height 37.5in./ 95.5cm. Width 24.5in./ 61cm. Depth 24.5in./ 62cm. !

Literature: The original pen and ink design for these chairs by John Linnell in the archives of the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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Identical chairs illustrated in “William and John Linnell, Eighteenth Century, London, Furniture Makers" by Helena Hayward and Pat Kirkham. A set of six chairs and two settees made for the Duke of Argyll for his home at Inveraray Castle.


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A GEORGE III GILTWOOD AND CARTON PIERRE MIRROR.

A fine George 111 giltwood and carton pierre mirror retaining its original gilding and mirror plate, the rectangular frame with a fluted and beadwork moulding, and with chains of husks and foliage, the urn central pediment with trailing husks and foliage. Circa 1770

! Height 6ft.2in./ 187cm. Width 3ft.6in./ 106cm. !

Provenance: This mirror is either the pair or the same mirror in the Collection of Viscount Kemsley, Dropmore Court, Burnham, Buckinghamshire and sold by Sotheby's, 113th• March, 1969.

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Presently on loan and in situ at "The Iveagh Bequest" , Kenwood House, Hampstead, English Heritage.


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A GEORGE III MAHOGANY CABINET.

A fine George 111 mahogany serpentine cabinet banded in satinwood and ebony, the shaped, crossbanded, rectangular top above three graduated drawers with octagonal handles and centre ivory escutcheons, flanked by a door on either side containing shelving and fitted with handles and inlaid with oval panels, raised on square tapering legs ending in spade feet. Circa 1790

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Height 34in./ 87cm. Width 57in./ 145cm. Depth 24.5in./ 65cm.


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A GEORGE III REGENCY PERIOD CENTRE TABLE

A fine George III Regency period centre table, the fine variegated marble top raised on a central triangular carved columns with panels carved with anthemion decoration ending with a concave platform base and paw feet, all decorated with a later dark green background and giltwood. Circa 1810

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Height: 28in./ 71cm Diameter 40in./102cm


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AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE SET OF THREE 19TH. CENTURY FLORAL SHELL WORK ORNAMENTS.

An exceptionally rare set of three shell work floral ornaments consisting of one pair and one central ornament on slightly differing stand. Created with a large variety of shells from many parts of the world to form a highly colouful display of fauna, flowers and wheat sheaf of superb quality, delicacy and artistry. Each ornament with a glass dome and mahogany stand on turned feet . The floral bouquets with a mass of flower heads and wheat sheaf raised on decorated urn vases surrounded by shells and fauna. Circa 1840

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Measurements: Pair : Height 24in./ 61cm. Diameter 9.5in./ 24cm. Single: Height 30.24in./ 77cm. Diameter 12.75in./ 32cm.

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Literature: A very similar pair in the Victoria and Albert Museum and illustrated in the "Dictionary of English Furniture" by Ralph Edwards and Percy Macquoid, 1954 rev. ed. Vol. 111, p.116,flg 1.

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Provenance: The creation of pieces made from shells can be found in various forms, examples being the Sharpham Stand made in the late 18th. Century to contain a shell work grotto and an Irish cabinet made in 1810 containing a fantasy grotto of shell work, made by Elizabeth Penrose. Shell work pieces are known from the 17th• Century, by the 18th. Century shell work had become a popular craft usually carried out by by women, in 1703 the Edinburgh Gazette was advertising the services of a woman in London teaching shell work techniques. The diarist Boswell also refers to a Miss Mclean an accomplished shell work lady in Scotland.

Image as produced in “The Dictionary of English Furniture”


 

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A GEORGE III SERPENTINE MAHOGANY COMMODE

A fine George 111 serpentine mahogany commode of unusual form and in the manner of Henry Hill, the top with an inverted superstructure with two panelled doors opening to reveal an interior of pigeon holes and small drawers, above a sliding top and with four graduated drawers below fitted with swan neck handles, the commode raised on shaped legs. Circa 1770.

! Height 43in./ 109cm. Width 42in./ 105cm. Depth 24in./ 60cm. !

Literature: The above commode with its serpentine corners and shaped apron relates to a distinctive group of commodes by Henry Hill of Marlborough, illustrated in "The Lady Lever Art Gallery, Catalogue of Commodes" by Lucy Wood, see page 71, plate 56 and page 72, plates 57 and 58.


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A SET OF GEORGE II MAHOGANY HALL CHAIRS

A fine set of George II mahogany hall chairs made for Sir Thomas Bootle for the banqueting hall at Lathom House, Lancashire and almost certainly executed by William Masters, the shield shaped backs each inlaid with Sir Thomas Bootle’s armorial crest depicting a lion wreathed with foliage, the shaped dished seats raised on shaped legs also with dished centres. Circa 1740 
 Height 41 .5in./ 106cm. Width 18in./ 46cm. Depth 19in./ 49cm. 
 Sir Thomas Bootle who died in 1753 was the Chancellor to Frederick, Prince of Wales. 
 William Masters ran a flourishing business from his works at “The Golden Fleece”, Coventry Street, Nr Piccadilly, London. He as also worked at Blair Castle.


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A GEORGE III CABINET.

A fine George 111 cabinet attributed to Gillow of Lancaster, the upper part with a blind fret pierced cornice with a central cartouche flanked by finials at each corner, above a fretted moulding and two full length doors veneered in the finest flame figured mahogany, the upper part of the doors applied with serpentine astragals ending with corners elaborately carved with acanthus leaves, the lower part with rectangular moulding with concave corners, all raised on bracket feet. Circa 1770

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Literature: Gillows made several clothes presses similar to the above cabinet. This particularl cabinet appears to be the only one retaining its original cornice. Gillows made a clothes press for Mr Freeman of Sedburgh which has identical blind fret. See Susan Stuarts reference work, “Gillows of Lancaster and London 1730-1840. Vol 2, plate 608, page 62 and also see pages 54-60 which illustrate pieces of similar form.

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This particularly cabinet was originally not fitted out with any interior fitments and could be easily adapted to any usage.


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A GEORGE 111 MAHOGANY AND INLAID IVORY CELLARET.

An exceptionally rare if not unique George 111 mahogany and inlaid ivory cellaret, the rectangular hinged top with a raised centre section inlaid with ivory and with a border of ivory of circular interlaced pattern design, the top opening to reveal fitted compartments for 24 wine bottles, the front inlaid with ivory swags and ivory roundels and the corners with rusticated quoins, the cellaret raised on square tapering legs also with rusticated quoins. Circa 1795

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Literature: A longcase clock by Robert Anderson of Liverpool, illustrated in "The Noel Terry Collection of Furniture and Clocks" published by Christie's, page 24. Has similar rusticated quoin design. The collection now on display at Fairfax House, York

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The Cellaret although English made, it may of been sent to India to be inlaid, or possibly an English merchant with Indian connections had it made in England to his designs incorporating these connections.

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Height 22.25/56.5cm. Width 28.5in./ 72.4cm. Depth 19.5in./ 49.5cm.


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A PAIR OF GEORGE III MAHOGANY BEDSIDE COMMODES.

A fine pair of George III mahogany bow fronted bedside commodes of excellent colour, the tops crossbanded with mahogany and with boxwood stringing, above a shallow long drawers, tambour doors and a pull-out lower section, now fitted with dark green baize slides, all raised on square tapering legs inlaid with boxwood stringing. The handles original. Circa 1790.

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Height 32in / 81cm. Width 20.5in / 52cm. Depth 21in./ 53cm


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A GEORGE III REGENCY PERIOD MAHOGANY OTTOMAN

A George 111 Regency period mahogany ottoman of excellent colour, the upholstered top opening to reveal a well interior, the well figured sides ending with a carved acanthus leaf moulded base. Circa 1830

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Height 17.5in./ 44cm. Width 44in./ 112cm. Depth 24in./ 61cm.


 

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A PAIR OF GEORGE Ist SIDE CHAIRS

An exceptionally fine pair of George 1st. carved mahogany side chairs of excellent colour with shell motifs to the centre of the cresting rails and leafage to the shaped splats, the drop-in seats upholstered in contemporary needlework and raised on cabriole legs with shell motif to the knees and ending in claw and ball feet. Circa 1725.

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Height 41in./ 104cm. Width 20.5in./ 51.5cm. Depth 21in./ 53.5cm.


 

A PAIR OF GEORGE III REGENCY PERIOD OCCASIONAL TABLES

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A fine and rare pair of George III Regency period mahogany occasional tables, the circular tops above shelves supported by four turned fluted uprights ending in scrolled toes. Circa 1820

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Height 30.5in./ 77cm. Diameter 19in./ 48cm.


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