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  • Stock: 15912

    A large and very finely carved figure of Venus Sortant du Bain, or Venus emerging from her bath. This subject has been immensely popular since classical antiquity, and depicts the Goddess drying herself whilst resting her foot on a rock. This statue would look marvelous on a column or plinth.

    This sculpture is after the example made by the French sculptor Christophe-Gabriel Allegrain (French, 1710-1795) for Louis XV in 1755. It was later revered at the Salon of 1767 as a masterpiece. This is now at the Louvre.

    French, c.1850.

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    Width Height Depth
    10 58"
    27 cms
    34 58"
    88 cms
    14 58"
    37 cms

    Listed Price: £12,500 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15911

    A near life size carved marble figure of the Crouching Venus. This late 19th century copy of the iconic Hellenistic original bases its form on the crouching Venus on permanent display at the British Museum. It depicts the Goddess Venus at her bath, startled and shielding her nudity.
    Italian in origin, this statue would likely have been made for a wealthy buyer enjoying their Grand Tour in Italy.

    Italian, c.1890.

    Notes: The subject of the Crouching Venus was explored by various sculptors in the Roman period, based on the Hellenistic statue of the same subject attributed to Doidalsas (200-100 B.C.)

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    Width Height Depth
    18 18"
    46 cms
    35 38"
    90 cms
    18 18"
    46 cms

    Listed Price: £22,000 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15843

    A rare and majestic fire basket, depicting a phoenix rising from the flames. The phoenix fire back is mounted above a large four barred grate, which rests on brass andirons. The andirons are surmounted by eagles, and the sinuous feet form winged dragons.
    English. c.1870.

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    Width Height Depth
    45 1116"
    116 cms
    38 38"
    97.5 cms
    22 316"
    56.5 cms

    Listed Price: £12,500 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15903

    A rare 19th century marble statue of the muse Terpsichore, after Antonio Canova. Terpsichore was the muse of creative inspiration, and here she is identified by the lyre on which she leans.

    Canova was commissioned by Napoleon Bonaparte's brother to create this idealised portrait of his wife Alexandrine de Bleschamp as Terpsichore. The commission was then acquired by Giovanni Battista Sommariva, a politician and notable patron of the arts. Under his patronage, the sculpture was no longer required to resemble Alexandrine and so the sensual sculpture took on the deified form of the muse. He collected three marble sculptures by Canova for his villa and also acquired the plaster model for Terpsichore so it could not be reproduced whilst under his ownership. Sommariva sent the sculpture to Paris in 1813, where is was exhibited at the Salon to great acclaim.
    Copies of this statue are very rare.

    French, late 19th century. Carved from pure white statuary marble.

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    Width Height Depth
    14 1316"
    37.5 cms
    33 12"
    85 cms
    9 1316"
    25 cms

    Listed Price: £18,000 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15778

    A large Italian school carrara marble sculpture depicting a sleeping nymph. The finely carved sculpture is reminiscent of a depiction of Sleeping Ariadne, popularised by the Roman copy of the Hellenistic original, the former being housed at the Vatican. Reclining on rocks, the sleeping nymph is shown draped only below the waist, and her finely modelled form is exemplified by the delicacy of her fingers.
    Italian, early 19th century.

    Before restoration.

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    Width Height Depth
    28 1116"
    73 cms
    14 58"
    37 cms
    11 1316"
    30 cms

    Listed Price: £7,500 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15775

    A large eighteenth century English neoclassical chimneypiece of exceptional quality. The moulded reverse breakfront shelf sits above a frieze inlaid with volutes of sarrancolin marble. The central tablet has been deftly carved with a neoclassical urn hanging with bellflowers.The delicately carved endblocks are supported by jambs also inlaid with volutes of soft amber coloured sarrancolin marble. Remarkably, this fireplace has had very few repairs over the centuries, and remains in beautiful, original condition.
    English, c.1780.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 69 1116"
    177.1 cms
    58 78"
    149.6 cms
    7 12"
    19 cms
    Internal 44 14"
    112.4 cms
    46 18"
    117 cms
  • Stock: 15768

    A very fine pair of bronze vases, taking the form of the Townley Vase. The vases are modelled on a krater, a Greek vessel used for mixing water and wine. Each vase has elegantly scrolling bifurcated gilt handles, and the body of the vases are cast in high relief and depict a bacchanalian procession, featuring Bacchus on Ariadne. The vases are mounted on Belgian black marble pedestal bases, on which are mounted lion masks with rings in their mouths. The interior of the vases are beautifully gilded.
    English, c.1860.

    Notes: The Townley Vase is a large Roman marble vase after a Greek original. The vase, dating from the 2nd century, was discovered in 1773, the Gavin Hamilton, a Scottish Antiquarian. It's name comes from the English collector Charles Townley, who purchased the vase after its discovery. After his death, the vase was brought to its final home, the British Museum.

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    Width Height Depth
    5 78"
    15 cms
    15 1116"
    39.9 cms
    5 78"
    15 cms

    Listed Price: £3,200 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15572

    A fine and large nineteenth-century Gothic Revival oak bracket clock, with a silvered dial.

    The clock has an eight day, triple fusee, four pillar movement with anchor escapement and chimes the quarters on either eight or four bells, "Westminster chimes" and strikes the hours on a single gong.
    The finely engraved silvered arched top brass dial with Roman numerals has three subsidiary dials, namely; strike or silent, slow or fast, Westminster chime, or chime on 8 bells. Engraved spandrels frame the chapter ring. The case is the perfect incarnation of the Gothic Revival, the cathedral case topped with spires and finials which are supported by cluster pilasters whilst the dial is framed with a foliate ogee window.
    English, circa 1850.

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    Width Height Depth
    16 12"
    42 cms
    26"
    66 cms
    9 38"
    24 cms

    Listed Price: £5,400 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15643

    A Reflection of American History -

    An ornate convex mirror of grand proportions topped with an eagle on a rocky summit.
    Interestingly the mirror, thought to be of American origins, is decorated with 24 spheres around the frame, whilst another sphere hangs on a chain suspended from the mouth of the eagle. This possibly symbolises the 24 established states of the USA, with the state of Arkansas represented by a ball hanging from the mouth of the eagle, the country's emblem. This shows that Arkansas joining the USA is quite literally hanging in the balance.
    With this information, we can date the mirror to 1835-1836.

    American, 1836. Awaiting restoration, included in the price.

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    Width Height
    23 58"
    60 cms
    42 78"
    109 cms
  • Stock: 15724

    A large and finely carved 19th century Italian marble lidded urn, decorated with trailing grape vines and and dramatic handles, modelled as grinning and horned satyrs. The body of the urn is carved with two cartouches, one depicting a nymph bathing in a pool whilst a satyr observes, hidden by bullrushes. The other depicts an a satyr and a goat in an amorous and playful embrace. After the antique.

    Italian, c.1850.

    Could be situated in a sheltered spot in a garden or courtyard, but equally suited to an interior setting.

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    Width Height Depth
    28"
    71 cms
    40"
    101.5 cms
    19 1116"
    50 cms
  • Stock: 15626

    A magnificent Aesthetic Movement mantel clock, with an ebonised mahogany case and an exquisitely painted dial. The case embodies the style of the Aesthetic Movement , with an arched and turned gallery, surmounted by two turned ball finials, with a dentil moulding below. Supporting the finials are two turned spindle pilasters framing the dial.
    The blue and white hand-painted and glazed porcelain dial depicts allegories of night and day within a floral and foliate design, Night appearing as a women in sleep with a bat flying above her, and Day, gazing up at a swift as it swoops past. The chapter ring takes the form of a sunflower, each petal frames a number. The simple brass hands are fixed within the centre of another sunflower. The movement is a twin-train eight day movement, strikes on the hour and half hour and runs well.

    Attributed to Lewis Foreman Day for the retailers, Howell, James & Co of Regent Street, London.

    Width Height Depth
    10 38"
    26.5 cms
    19 18"
    48.5 cms
    7 14"
    18.5 cms

    Listed Price: £3,800 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15588

    A pair of small antique giltwood wall brackets in the Rococo taste, with a serpentine shelf resting on scrolling acanthus leaves. Perfect as a candle bracket or for small ornaments. Italian, c.1890.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 5 1116"
    14.5 cms
    6 18"
    15.5 cms
    3 14"
    8.5 cms
  • Stock: 15547

    A rare Scottish pine and composition chimneypiece by Richard Foster of Edinburgh.

    The chimneypiece was designed with the coastal landscape of the East Coast of Scotland in mind and is profusely decorated in exquisite detail whilst maintaining the elegant restraint of a neoclassical chimneypiece.

    The breakfront shelf rests above an undershelf studded with acorns and mushrooms which in turn is supported by two eagles on the endblocks. The eagles are modelled after a Roman Imperial Eagle in Horace Walpole’s collection, found in the gardens of Boccapadugli and displayed by Walpole at his Strawberry Hill Home. These details frame the remarkable frieze which is a celebration of the Scottish coast; profusely decorated with seaweed, shells, sea cucumber and crabs, all in high relief.

    Most remarkable of all is the exquisite central tablet, which depicts Lady Emma Hamilton leaning on a ship’s anchor whilst gazing out to sea at the distant HMS Victory, the ship on which he would meet his heroic end. This scene is surrounded by a profusion of seashells and seaweed.

    The underfrieze makes a departure from the coastal theme, and instead entwines thorny roses with the Scottish emblem of the thistle.

    The jambs return to a more restrained neoclassicism, with engaged slender pilasters resting on plain footblocks. The original Kilkenny fossil marble slips are still present, which is a lovely feature.

    Scottish, c.1805.

    Provenance: Removed from an elegant Georgian house on the East Coast of Scotland, near Edinburgh.

    Notes:

    Chimneypieces of this manufacture were a speciality of Richard Foster of Edinburgh and his son and examples survive not only in Scotland but also in the United States and Canada, where he seemed to create a strong market for them in the late 18th century.
    Richard Foster was born in Canonbie, the Scottish Borders, in 1755. At the age of fourteen, he was recorded as having a bank account in London, presumably as he was serving as an apprentice there, perhaps to the Adam Brothers as they too were in London at this time. In 1785 he returned to Edinburgh, working as a "joiner" and married to the daughter of a wealthy leather merchant. His chimneypieces were sold not only in Scotland, but in the USA, a bold move only a few years after American Independence was declared! This is perhaps why he avoided becoming a prominent figure in Scottish social and intellectual circles, as selling to Britain's former colonies would have been regarded as treachery in many cases.
    The pine and composition chimneypiece he perfected made the rational principles and beauty of classicism affordable to the growing mercantile and professional class emerging in the 18th century. These clients wished to express their cultural understanding through objects that conveyed the principles they admired, the chimneypiece was one such highly prized object.
    The Adam brothers (Robert and James) were well known for promoting their designs to the masses, and it is the pine and composition chimneypiece they made for the emerging middle class in Edinburgh that have become synonymous with the "Adam Style". However, Foster was a true master of the technique, and his designs are some of the most delicate and finely manufactured ever made.
    In the 1770s, the technique of applying a cast composition onto pine really took off in Scotland, especially with the construction of many new houses, such as those in Edinburgh's New Town. The process of cast composition can be described as essentially a thermo plastic mix of chalk, glue size, and other additives heated up to a precise temperature then pressed into wood or brimstone moulds. These could then be applied to a simple pine surround and painted if desired. Foster was commissioned to make designs unique to clients, so there may only be a single example of a particular design, but these usually incorporate existing decorative motifs.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 78 1316"
    200.1 cms
    62 58"
    159 cms
    7 78"
    20.1 cms
    Internal 52"
    132 cms
    45 14"
    115 cms
  • Stock: 15558

    An exceptionally finely carved and very large alabaster group of the Judgement of Paris, depicting Paris seated and wearing his Phrygian cap, offering the Hesperidean apple to a lightly draped Venus, whilst the jealous figures of Hera and Athena consol each other. The scene is mounted on a rectangular plinth. Italian, mid 19th century.

    Photograph before restoration.

    Provenance: A collection within a fine Wiltshire Townhouse.

    Width Height Depth
    15 38"
    39 cms
    21 1116"
    55 cms
    6 1116"
    17 cms
  • Stock: 15615

    A fine George III chimneypiece in Statuary and Siena marble. The inverted breakfront shelf sits above a boldly carved egg and dart undershelf, resting over the faux fluted frieze inlaid with fine Siena Marble and studded with two oval paterae.
    The central rectangular tablet depicts three putti, one possibly Cupid as he holds a bow, the others grapple with a quiver of arrows. This scene is situated within ribbon tied drapery. The endblocks are also carved with putti, one holding a set of cymbal like instruments aloft and the other holding an unfurling scroll.
    Supporting the endblocks are the three-quarter columns also inlaid with Siena marble and topped by elegant composite ionic capitals and resting on socle and block plinth bases.

    English, c.1770. With restorations.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 74"
    188 cms
    62 58"
    159 cms
    13"
    33 cms
    Internal 46 78"
    119 cms
    39"
    99 cms
  • Stock: 15551

    A very large 19th century twin handled maiolica vase in the form of a wine krater. The exquisite hand painted decoration includes two central cartouches, one depicting Bacchus and Ariadne reclining within an allegorical scene. Bacchus loosely hold his thyrsus, a wand of giant fennel whilst Ariadne embraces him.

    On the verso is a depiction of a Bacchic procession, Bacchus holds grapes aloft whilst he rides in a chariot drawn by a lion and a goat, as maenads dance around in ecstasy. These scenes are framed by winged grotesque handles and the entirety of these vase is decorated profusely, including the socle, where a putto is depicted inscribing a tablet.

    Italian, c.1890. Possibly Neapolitan. .

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    Width Height
    17 14"
    44 cms
    22 38"
    57 cms

    Listed Price: £4,800 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15433

    A superb Victorian walnut and solid ebony Gothic library table. This outstanding table is made especially rare by having solid ebony legs, stretcher and finials. The beautifully carved Solomonic legs and stretcher support a fine burr walnut top.

    This table is incredibly diverse, and can be used as a centre table, or even a desk.
    English, circa 1860.

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    Width Height Depth
    54 14"
    138 cms
    29 12"
    75 cms
    33 12"
    85 cms
  • Stock: 14738

    A rare and monumental cast iron Coalbrookdale antique fire grate identical to fire grate SNo 14374. The elaborately scrolled backplate featues a Bagot Goat jumping a fence. The substantial basket, with a strapwork apron centred by a lion mask, is supported by a pair of large and powerful panther head standards.

    Provenance: The registration mark 65 The Coalbrookdale Company registered September 6th 1841 number 814 can clearly be seen on the back.
    English, early to mid 19th century.

    Notes: The Bagot goat is believed to be Britain's oldest breed of goat and has lived semi-wild at Blithfield Hall in Staffordshire for over six hundred years.The Coalbrookdale Company, a foundry in Shropshire established in 1709, is probably most famous for building the world's first cast iron bridge erected and opened at Ironbridge in 1780, but it was also noted for its decorative ironwork an example of which is a set of gates opening into London's Hyde Park. The blast furnaces were closed down around 1820 but the foundries remained in use.

    Please note that the back plate was once broken the damage can be seen under the goat. It has been strapped on the back, so the grate is still functional.

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    width height depth
    34 58"
    88 cms
    29 14"
    74.5 cms
    16 18"
    41 cms

    Listed Price: £8,500 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15456

    A very fine mahogany longcase clock, with an eight day movement by John Wyld of Nottingham. The fine silver dial is centred by a painted scene of a wooded landscape and this frames a date aperture. The lunette above is adorned with not only a painted moondial, but with opposing hemispheres. The dial is framed by very fine brass cherub spandrels, and mounted with three pierced hands.
    The hood of the clock has a swan necked pediment with trompe l'oeil marquetry and a brass finial, which is echoes in the pair of fluted corinthian columns with brass capitals.

    Inside the figured case is a four pillar movement which will be fully serviced on purchase.

    Notes on the maker: John Wyld was an important and very competent maker who was born in Codnor, Derbyshire in 1710, son of another John Wyld (1678-1760) by Rebecca, sister of the notable Codnor clockmaker James Woolley (1695-1785), to whom Wyld was apprenticed. He set up at Codnor around 1732 and also rented a workshop in Chapel Bar in Nottingham from a Mr. Lupton shortly afterwards. He married in 1740 and died in 1773 leaving John, his successor at Nottingham, Joseph and three daughters.

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    width height depth
    21 1116"
    55 cms
    96 78"
    246 cms
    10 58"
    27 cms
  • Stock: 15438

    A late 18th century Statuary and Brocatelle marble chimneypiece, inlaid with a Greek key design on the frieze. The finely carved tablet depicts a goddess, perhaps Persephone, holding a cornucopia brimming with fruit, including a pineapple; something of a luxury in 18th century Britain. Beside her, a putto holds aloft an ear of wheat as he rides a lion pulling the goddess' chariot. In the distance, a small temple sits atop a hill, very much like the temple follies seen in 18th century parkland. Flanking the frieze are two elegantly carved endblocks, depicting a putto holding torches - another symbol of Persephone. These are supported by gently tapered jambs, inlaid with flutes of brocatelle marble and terminating in plain footblocks.
    English, Circa 1790 with restorations.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 74 1316"
    190 cms
    60 1316"
    154.5 cms
    8 78"
    22.5 cms
    Internal 48 38"
    123 cms
    47"
    119.5 cms
  • Stock: 15436

    A very fine and rare George III bronze register grate finely engraved with neoclassical motifs. Beneath the three barred serpentine grate is an elegant engraved apron of the same serpentine form.
    Irish, circa 1780.

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    Width Height Depth
    Front 42 12"
    108 cms
    42 18"
    107 cms
    13 316"
    33.5 cms
    Back 35 1316"
    91 cms
    39 316"
    99.5 cms

    Listed Price: £12,500 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 14971

    A large grand gilt bronze clock garniture in the Louis XVI style. The clock, with an 8 day striking movement that strikes on the half and the full hour and with it's original pendulum and key, is set in an ornate gilt bronze case mounted on its original giltwood base, which is a rare survival. The convex porcelain dial with cobalt blue Roman hours and black Arabic minutes, fine gilt hands, ringed lion masks and a bevelled convex glass door is topped by an ornate lidded urn with an acorn finial. The pair of tall five branch candelabra with further ringed lion masks also retain their original giltwood bases.
    French, mid 19th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    15 58"
    39.5 cms
    27"
    68.5 cms
    9 38"
    24 cms

    Listed Price: £12,500 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15429

    A large and imposing Statuary and Connemara marble Neoclassical style chimneypiece made in the Palladian manner. The wide stepped shelf rests above a band of substantial dentil carving, beneath which lies a Connemara marble frieze centred with a large Statuary tablet depicting playful cherubs riding an eagle, the tablet is flanked by bold Statuary carvings of mythical dragons. The paterae endblocks sit above plain, tapering Connemara columns on the jambs.
    English, circa 1890.

    Shown here with firebasket SNo 14151 not yet on the web.

    The Palladian style was named after the Venetian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio (1508-1580) whose work and ideas were based on the symmetry and perspective of the formal classical temple architecture of the Ancient Greeks and Romans. His work hugely influenced European architecture from the early 17th century to the present day.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 73 12"
    186.6 cms
    58 14"
    148 cms
    12"
    30.5 cms
    Internal 43 18"
    109.5 cms
    41 1116"
    106 cms
  • Stock: 10719

    A Renaissance stone door casement, carved in dark grey Pietra Serena stone. The elegant overdoor takes the form of a concave scallop shell, a motif derived from Roman sarcophagi, which later became a Christian symbol of rebirth, resurrection and pilgrimage. This suggests that the doorway was perhaps an entrance to a place of worship. Beneath this, stylised dolphins are carved nose to tail, undulating across the now weathered surface, worn after centuries of exposure to the elements. Supporting this are carved capitals and jambs decorated with urns and foliate details.

    Northern/Central Italian, possibly Florentine. A very similar door is on display in the Victorian and Albert Museum's Renaissance Gallery.

    Restoration not possible.

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    width height depth
    73 58"
    187 cms
    150 1316"
    383 cms
    13 1316"
    35 cms
    41 1116"
    106 cms
    86 1316"
    220.5 cms

    Listed Price: £10,500 restoration not possible.(+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 6593

    The Dalquharran Castle Chimneypiece.

    A very rare, early Georgian, gently concave Portland Stone fireplace designed by Robert Adam and carved by the renowned Dutch stonemason Pieter Mathias van Gelder.

    A moulded shelf rests above a simple frieze centred by a panel carved in relief with a floor standing globe flanked by opposing sphinxes. The endblocks, with carved lyres and husk swags, sit above fern frond corbels terminating in festooned bucrane on fielded panel jambs raised on stepped footblocks.
    English, circa 1790.

    Dalquharran Castle in Ayrshire, Scotland, is regarded as one of the finest examples of Robert Adam’s Castle Style. His castles were unique in the respect that whilst the outside embodied the robustness associated with a castle, the inside was the embodiment of his restrained and delicate classical style. Dalquharran Castle was created for Thomas Kennedy of Dunure but is sadly now a ruin after the roof was removed in 1967 to avoid paying rates.

    The chimneypiece was originally installed in the round tower library of the Castle and epitomised Adam's classical elegance. The last image below shows it in situ in the ruins of the library. It is exceptionally rare to find such a piece and made even more remarkable as it survived virtually undamaged. There is a similarly fine chimneypiece at Seton Castle, Adam’s final project in Scotland.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 78"
    198.2 cms
    58 1316"
    149.3 cms
    12 58"
    32 cms
    Internal 47 1316"
    121.5 cms
    42 12"
    108 cms
  • Stock: 11376

    A fine, late 18th century antique fireplace surround in Statuary marble with Spanish Brocatelle marble fluting and ingrounds. The breakfront shelf rests on a frieze with inlaid Brocatelle marble fluting, which is interspersed by delicately carved rosette paterae. The frieze is flanked by endblocks carved with pillar vases and trailing leaves above tapering fluted jambs raised on stepped footblocks.
    English circa 1780.

    Known provenance.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 69 14"
    176 cms
    58 1116"
    149 cms
    6"
    15.3 cms
    Internal 41 14"
    104.8 cms
    42 18"
    107 cms
  • Stock: 8608

    A rather fine and very large Georgian style steel and brass fire basket in the manner of Robert Adam. The arched backplate, with a central sunburst, rests behind a three bar, bow fronted grate cradled on either side by finely engraved shoulders within a beaded edging and surmounted by a pair of small engraved urn finials. The serpentine apron, with etched, linked lozenges sweeps around to a pair of tapering engraved standards surmounted by a pair of large urn finials.
    English, late 19th century.

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    width height depth
    37 58"
    95.5 cms
    38 316"
    97 cms
    18 78"
    48 cms

    Listed Price: £12,800 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 14356

    A fine Statuary Marble Victorian chimneypiece with grey/green Verde Antico Marble inlay very much in the George III manner. The wide moulded shelf, with an underlay of dentil detail, rests above an inlaid Greek Key frieze with a central tablet of an urn surmounted by a pair of mythical styled sphinx. The rosette paterae on the end blocks are set above inlaid fluted pilasters fronting the jambs. English, circa 1870.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 71 1116"
    182 cms
    56 12"
    143.5 cms
    9 18"
    23 cms
    Internal 44 18"
    112 cms
    42 78"
    109 cms
  • Stock: 15244

    A rare Edward Pugin Gothic Revival fireplace, carved from Caen stone and marble. The fine rose red breccia marble shelf and carved undershelf are flanked by projecting faceted endblocks. Beneath the shelf are a pair of high relief spandrels, carved with ivy leaves and perhaps aspen leaves on the other side, flanking the pointed arch opening. The wide jambs are fronted by cippolino marble columns, with foliate capitals and statuary marble bases typical of E Pugin's work. The whole fireplace is raised on large faceted footblocks. English, circa 1860.

    Notes: Edward Pugin was the son of A.W.N Pugin, and an eminent architect in his own right. He was a leading proponent of the Gothic Revival style, and designed many ecclesiastical and domestic buildings. After his father's death, he was tasked with finishing many of his commissions, which led him to build his own successful portfolio. This particular fireplaces is almost identical to one found in Pugin's family house The Grange, in Ramsgate. The fireplace still in situ was designed by Edward as part of his remodelling of the family home designed by his father, and our fireplace is very likely to have been designed by him for the house too. It is probably the case, that as this house fell into a poor state of repair, the fireplace was removed and sold on.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 55 12"
    141 cms
    50 316"
    127.5 cms
    12 316"
    31 cms
    Internal 28 1116"
    73 cms
    37 1316"
    96 cms

    Listed Price: £24,000 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 13990

    A very rare pair of 17th century Charles II enameled brass andirons or fire dogs.

    The uppermost decoration depicts the royal arms, which is supported by two nude male figures, between which is a vase of flowers. The andirons terminate in two disks also decorated with flowers, possibly tulips and roses.

    Attributed to the workshops of Anthony Hatch and Stephen Pilcherd. Hatch was a well-known member of the Armourers and Braziers Company and worked with Pilcherd on the low-volume production of enamel ware, which would have been very expensive at the time.

    Firedogs of cast brass decorated with red, blue and white enamel, with wrought iron supports, bearing the arms of Charles II or James II. The brass front is in 4 parts, the uppermost containing the royal arms, the middle part formed of two nude male figures supporting the arms with a vase of flowers between them, the lower portions in the form of two convex disks decorated with tulips and other flowers. Unlike cloisonné decoration, the enameled fields were cast in the mould.

    London, c. 1660-1688.

    POA

    Link to: Antique Andirons, Fire Dogs, Alare and Chenets

    Width Height Depth
    11 38"
    29 cms
    23 1316"
    60.5 cms
    15 38"
    39 cms

    Listed Price: £14,000 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15359

    A highly unusual and attractive Gothic Revival oak and inlaid ebony Victorian sideboard attributed to the renowned English furniture designer Charles Bevan(1820s-1882).

    The undercut top shelf, with a raised three quarter gallery, rests above three neat drawers beneath which is a central set of recessed open shelves, flanked by two cupboards with quatrefoil paneled doors. The brass ringed handles, hinges and locks are original and the whole is supported on a sturdy plinth base. A finely made piece of furniture with great attention paid to detail and carving.
    English, late 19th century.

    Notes: Charles Bevan was a Victorian Gothic Revival designer who was noted for his marquetry designs. In earlier years he worked with prestigious furniture manufacturers and designers including Gillows and J. P. Seddon and became very well known his work featuring in catalogues and periodicals. A woodcarver and cabinetmaker of some distinction in 1872 he set up in partnership with his son, designing and manufacturing marquetry furniture until his death in 1892.Examples of his work can be viewed at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and can also be found in various English country mansions.

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    Width Height Depth
    70 18"
    178 cms
    41 14"
    105 cms
    28"
    71 cms

    Listed Price: £3,950 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 10223

    A fine pair of grand walnut doors, casements and overdoors carved and gilded in the French Renaissance manner. They were originally in Park Place a Grade II listed house set in 570 acres near Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire. The overdoors with arched pediments, centred by a large stylised shell flanked by ornate side scrolls, rest on the carved and gilded door surrounds again with the shell features. The upper panels of the doors are very finely carved with stylised dolphins, strapwork and cartouche each centred by lion masks carved in high relief. The lower panels with arched, raised and fielded panels. The doors are held on substantial rising butt brass hinges and the reverse side of each is set with plain raised and fielded panels. The house featured in the 2009 St Trinians film when the name Headmistress was affixed to the rear of one of the doors as can be seen in the last image. French, circa 1870.

    Photos before restoration and please note that the doors can be sold separately.

    Provenance: The doors were commissioned in the Renaissance style by the Noble family for Park Place which was built in the French Renaissance manner in 1871 by Architect Thomas Cundy.

    Notes: John Noble bought the estate in 1869 and it stayed in the family until 1947 when it was auctioned off in a number of lots. The house was bought by the Middlesex County Council and in 1965 ownership was transferred to Hillingdon Council. The house and gardens were subsequently sold twice more during which time both were carefully restored and are now once again in private ownership.

    Link to: Antique Doors and Windows.

    Width Height Depth
    Overall 47 316"
    120 cms
    123 58"
    314 cms
    2 38"
    6 cms
    Door only. 34 14"
    87 cms
    82 1116"
    210 cms
  • Stock: 7579

    A finely carved, late George III or George IV Statuary Marble chimneypiece tablet, originally the centre piece of a fireplace frieze, depicting Artemis reclining on rocks with her hound before her. English, late 18th early 19th century.

    Link to: Antique sculptures, carvings, bronzes, plaques and tablets

    Width Height Depth
    17 78"
    45.5 cms
    7 1316"
    19.7 cms
    2 1316"
    7 cms

    Listed Price: £6,500 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 14757

    A large and imposing Louis XVI chimneypiece in Belgian Black Marble together with its original brass insert.The frieze and endblocks are carved in Red Languedoc Marble. The stepped moulded shelf rests above the wide ornately carved frieze centred by a female mask resting on a bed of scrolling leaf and rosette detail. The endblocks bear large and bold garlanded female masks above grand stop fluted console jambs raised on stepped footblocks. French, circa 1810.

    Link to: Antique French chimneypieces inc. Louis XVI, French Empire fireplace mantels.

    Width Height Depth
    External 82 14"
    209 cms
    62 1116"
    159.2 cms
    19 1316"
    50.2 cms
    Internal 53 316"
    135.2 cms
    46 78"
    119.2 cms
  • Stock: 15248

    A fine Regency steel and brass register grate. The top and sides are mounted with acanthus clad turned brass rods which slot into the bullseye endblocks and footblocks. The recessed, bowfronted toothed grate sits above a brass apron embellished with a pair of opposing seated griffin amid anthemion and foliate scroll motifs. English, early 19th century.

    Link to: Antique Fire grates and Register grates.

    width height depth
    40"
    101.5 cms
    37 38"
    95 cms
    12 58"
    32 cms

    Listed Price: £18,500 (+VAT where applicable)

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