Pair of walnut chairs c.1760

Item Ref
9209

A pair of chairs, their design strongly influenced by Thomas Chippendale. They are made of walnut at a time when that native timber was going out of fashion, being replaced by the more expensive tropical mahogany. It is not as if the chairmaker or purchaser were unaware of the fashions in furniture: the toprail, with its beautifully reeded ears, and the Gothic influence in the splat show that. The design is graceful and fluid, the toprail flows beautifully into the splat and the uprights, the work of a fine craftsman.
They are provincial or country Chippendale, made and used in many prosperous county towns, having a real charm, beauty of line and are very sturdy and usable.
As is to be expected in chairs over 250 years old, the years have left some marks .. but only a few. Image 5 shows where a splat has been broken and repaired and on the front rail of Image 1 two indentations are present. The chairs are perfectly suited for everyday use.
DIMENSIONS: Height 37 inches; width 21.5 inches; seat depth 15.75 inches.
PROVENANCE: Private collection in a Georgian country house, South Devon.
£595

Portrait of The Hon. Frederick John Shore, ...

Item Ref
9021

Oil on canvas in the original Regency gilt frame.

This is a superb portrait of the young nobleman, sensitive and insightful, his hair in the fashionably Byronic style. It is a fine example of the best work of Devis.

THE HONOURABLE FREDERICK JOHN SHORE, (1799-1827), 2nd son of the 1st Lord Teignmouth, Governor General of India and anti slavery campaigner.
The sitter was born in England in May 1799 and married Charlotte Mary Cornish (1800-1883), the daughter of his mother's younger brother, in January 1830. He was the author of "Indian Affairs", a noted political treatise, whilst an employee of the East India Company.
At this time the East India Company ruled large areas of India with its own private armies, exercising military power and assuming administrative functions.
Company rule in India effectively began in 1757 and lasted until 1858 when, following the Indian Rebellion of 1857, the Government of India Act 1858 led to the British Crown assuming direct control of India in the form of the new British Raj.
An old handwritten label verso informs us that Frederick was killed "at the storming of a Robber Fort in India" two days before his 38th birthday.

His wife bore him three children, Louisa Sara, Arthur Frederick and Clara Maria.

ARTHUR WILLIAM DEVIS (1762 - 1822). Devis was the son of Arthur Devis, a successful portrait painter. Devis enrolled at the Royal Academy Schools at the age of twelve and exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1775. In 1782, he embarked aboard the Antelope for a voyage to the East Indies, in the capacity of draughtsman. The ship was wrecked and Devis and the crew were stranded for a year on an uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean. After a series of extraordinary adventures, during which he took part in the wars of the natives on a neighbouring island and received two arrow wounds, Devis arrived in India, where he settled for ten years, establishing a successful practice as a painter of portraits and local scenes. He attracted the attention of Sir William Jones, Lord Cornwallis and General Harris. He returned to England in 1795, concentrating mainly on painting portraits and a few notable history subjects. Perhaps his best known painting is the famous "Death of Nelson".

SIZE: 39 x 34.25 inches inc. frame.
PROVENANCE: By descent in the family of the sitter.
Images 6 and 7 are from Paviere's "The Devis Family of Painters" (With thanks to Nick Cox of Period Portraits)
VERSO: two old handwritten labels, one described above, the other inscribed 'Property of Hugh Shore'. A modern label inscribed 'Lady Teignmouth'.
£11,750

George III Chippendale period mahogany chair c.1760. ...

Item Ref
8875

A fine quality 18th century mahogany chair combining Rococo and Gothic motifs.
Beautiful crisp carving, excellent colour, the best quality dense mahogany and totally sound.
The seat is covered in good quality black hide.

Thomas Chippendale born at Otley, West Riding of Yorkshire, born 1718 died 1779) was a London cabinet-maker and furniture designer in the mid-Georgian, English Rococo, and Neoclassical styles. In 1754 he published a book of his designs, titled "The Gentleman and Cabinet Maker's Director". The designs are regarded as reflecting the current London fashion for furniture for that period and were used by other cabinet makers outside London.



DIMENSIONS: height 39 inches, width 21.5 inches.
PROVENANCE: Private Collection, Cambridgeshire.
£995

18th c. French gateleg dining table

Item Ref
8239

An unusual large 18th c. double gated dropleaf French farmhouse table in chestnut of lovely colour; probably from Gascony. The split baluster legs open as supports for the leaves. Dummy drawers at each end.

SIZE; height 32 inches, width 50 inches, depth 82 inches open (27 inches closed).
PROVENANCE; French farmhouse.
Private Collection, Hampshire.
Private Collection, North Yorkshire Dales

NOTE - PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE SHIPPING
£3,950

Portrait of a Young Boy and His ...

Item Ref
8754

Oil on canvas in giltwood frame.

An early 18th century naive portrait of a young gentleman, expensively and fashionably dressed...a plain brown coat and a fine silver laced blue waistcoat was a combination much favoured by the English gentry and prosperous merchant class.(See the portrait of John Wright by Heins on this website).

The sitter's pet dog is shown at his feet... dogs also symbolised trust and loyalty.

This portrait would have been painted by one of the many provincial portraitists working at the time. Self taught, untutored, they frequently created entrancing images of their sitters...rarely flattering, they have a powerful directness that makes them very appealing to the modern viewer.

SIZE: 55 x 45.5 inches inc. frame.
PROVENANCE: A Suffolk country house collection.
Verso: an old label for the famous art dealers The Parker Gallery, Albermarle Street, London.
£6,850

Portrait of a Boy and Dog c.1740: ...

Item Ref
8845

Oil on canvas, in a good quality reproduction 18th century frame.

Probably a member of the squirearchy, the young boy looks confidentally out at the viewer, standing with one hand on his hip, the other on his dog.
Although the animal was probably his pet, in portraiture a dog represents fidelity and trust; also when included in a child's portrait it can signify how children, like animals, need to be trained and disciplined to become responsible adults.
This portrait would have been painted by one of the many provincial portraitists working at the time. Often self taught and untutored, they frequently created entrancing images of their sitters...rarely flattering, they have a powerful naive directness that makes them very appealing to the modern viewer.

SIZE: 30 x 24.5 inches canvas
37 x 32 inches inc. frame..
PROVENANCE: Hampshire Private Collection.
£2,550

Portrait of Christian de Beauvoir de Lisle ...

Item Ref
8618

Oil on canvas in original giltwood frame.
This portrait is in exceptional original condition...it is unlined, never been cleaned (it has been under glass until now) and is bright and fresh.
Signed and dated lower right.
This beautiful portrait is painted with great sensitivity to the boy's face then considerable brio to the rest of the painting; in fact, with such dash and verve that some hairs were displaced from the artist's brushes and they remain as he left them.

The sitter, aged 5, wearing the 'Little Lord Fauntleroy' suit fashionable for aristocratic children at the time, looks confidentally out at the viewer.
The time is 1916.... the middle of the Great War, and the boy's father was General Sir Henry de Beauvoir de Lisle (1864-1955), married to Leila Annette Brynt de Lisle (1877-1938). The general was a much decorated officer who had fought gallantly in Egypt and the Sudan. At this time he was General Officer Commanding 29 Division on the Western Front,

Christian de Beauvoir de Lisle (1911-1994) was a member of an old and distinguished Channel Islands family and, like his father he joined the army and saw action in another war, World War II.
At Cambridge University Christian was a member of the Oficer's Training Corps.
On 2nd September 1933 he was gazetted as a 2nd lieutenant to the 11th Hussars from the Cambridge University Contingent, Senior Division; his seniority was to date from 28th January 1932.

The 11th Hussars were, and are, a very superior cavalry regiment with a long and distinguished battle record. Christian played for the regiment's polo team and in 1933 was given a siver cigarette box inscribed by all the other rmembers of the team.
In WW II the Hussars were an armoured unit.
Christian was promoted to captain on the 11th January 1940 and went on to become a lieutanant-colonel. He was awarded medals as follows: WW II GSM with Palestine bar, 1949/45 Star, the Africa star, the DM and WM.
He died in 1994 and is buried in St. Giles Churchyard, Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire.

LEON SPRINCK was a fashionable artist of Russian stock, he painted many aristocrats and members of the gentry. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries he exhibited at the Royal Academy, London, the Royal Hibernian Academy and the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. He lived at Portland Place in London.

SIZE: 31 x 27.25 inches inc. frame.
PROVENANCE: by descent in the family.
Verso: the original frame maker's label for J.J. Patrickson of Chelsea, a specialist in making frames "in the Old Style".
£1,995

Queen Anne/George I walnut bureau c. 1710/20. ...

Item Ref
8721

A good quality early 18th century walnut bureau of excellent colour and patination with fine figured veneers, cross banding and stringing.

The bureau has a lovely interior with a false floored secret compartment behind the door and two further secrets which are accessed by removing the drawers adjacent to reeded pilasters which flank the door; a concealed spring (one each side) can then be pressed which causes the bottom of the pilaster to slide forward and reveal a secret drawer (again one on each side). Such is the quality of this piece than even the secret drawers, not usually seen, are finely veneered.
(see images 4, 5 and 6).

The engraved brasses are original as are all the oak drawer linings.
Condition is good, although inevitably, after 300 years of use, there have been a few small areas of veneer repair and some long scratches to the left of the fall.

DIMENSIONS: 39.25 inches wide, 40.25 inches tall, 19.5 inches deep.
PROVENANCE: Private Collection, West Country, England.
£2,985

Portrait of a Lady c.1700; Circle of ...

Item Ref
9038

Oil on canvas in a rare original silver gilt frame. For a time silver gilding was very fashionable but when it went out of favour many frames were re-gilded.
This one survived.
These images give the viewer this is the conventional canvas size of 30 x 25 inches, but in fact it is 13.5 x 11.5 inches.
This was created as an intimate item, for a close friend or lover, who would have kept it in the private room known as a 'cabinet' where few would have been invited.

SIR GODFREY KNELLER (1646-1723) studied under Ferdinand Bol, and perhaps Rembrandt himself in the 1660s. He was in Rome and Venice between 1672 and 1675, settling in England in 1676 for life. He was soon employed at Court and became the most successful portraitist of the generation following Lely. He enjoyed the office of Principal Painter to the King, at first jointly with John Riley (d.1691), from shortly after the accession of William and Mary in 1688 until his death. He was knighted in 1692 and became a baronet in 1715.
His work fully expresses the spirit of the English Baroque, and his influence on other artists was great.
SIZE: 18.75 x 16.5 inches including frame.
PROVENANCE: Sussex private collection.
£3,250

Portrait of Jean Davidson, Mrs. Robertson, 18th ...

Item Ref
8910

Oil on canvas in a distressed 19th century frame.
This is a pleasing 18th century portrait of an attractive sitter with Jacobite connections.

JEAN DAVIDSON married Andrew Robertson, owner of the Scottish estate of Foveran. Jean, Countess of Dunfermline was her godmother.
Andrew's brother William was in the bodyguard of Bonnie Prince Charlie at the Battle of Culloden. After the defeat to the Jacobite forces he fled to Sweden where he made a fortune. After some years he returned and bought an estate in Scotland.
His cousin James, 5th Earl of Southesk, had been attainted for the Jacobite Rising in 1715 and the earldom was not restored until 1855.
Andrew, Jean's husband, quarrelled with their eldest son William and he left the estate of Foveran to William's brother. Alexander, William's son, as his father did not inherit the estate went to live in China where he made a fortune. Returning home he spent it all so he returned to China where he made another(moderate) fortune.
ALLAN RAMSAY 17131784.
Ramsay was born in Edinburgh; he studied in London at St Martin's Lane Academy and at Hans Hysing's studio, before going to Italy to study. On his return he settled in London, although he continued to be active in Edinburgh. Between 1754 and 1757 he was in Italy, mostly in Rome. During his prime period he had a virtual monopoly on court painting. He became the official painter to George III in 1760, and Principal Painter-in-Ordinary in 1767. His assistants included David Martin, Alexander Nasmyth and Philip Reinagle.
SIZE:34.25 x 29 inches inc. frame.
PROVENANCE: Private Collection, Dorset.
£1,850

17th c. studded leather bound chest on ...

Item Ref
8528

An impressive Spanish leather bound and brass studded domed chest on stand.
This highly decorative and rare 17th century coffer has the original iron carrying handles, ring and pin hinges and hasp and lock plate. The two piece stand was to keep the bottom of the chest off damp stone floors.
Usually dome-topped chests need to stand well away from a wall to open, but this one is hinged two thirds of the way across the dome top and thus can stand flush with a wall.
The sides and back are covered in plain, thick hide.
This is an item that would protect its contents when travelling...the curved leather top shedding any rain water, yet clearly was highly decorated to use as a functional ornament in a great house, probably in the hall.

SIZE: 50 inches wide, 22 inches deep, 33.5 inches tall (on stands), 26 inches tall off stands.
PROVENANCE: A Northern England private collection.
£2,450

Dutch Ships in a Sea Battle c.1690, ...

Item Ref
9169

Oil on canvas in a beautiful painted tortoiseshell frame, bearing a brass nameplate. The canvas has been reduced in size at some time.
Of the Dutch Golden Age, this is a fine marine painting, full of action and extremely accurate in its depiction of the vessels involved. The unknown artist, a Follower of Storck, has captured his style very well. The details are almost of a miniaturist's skill.

ABRAHAM STORCK (or Sturckenburch) (bapt. 17 April 1644 in Amsterdam buried 8 April 1708), was a Dutch painter, who enjoyed a reputation for his marine paintings, topographical views and Italianate harbour scenes. Storck was an outstanding draughtsman too.
His father was the painter Jan Jansz Sturck (or Johannes Storck) (1603-1673), from Wesel; his mother was Teuntje (Apolonia) Jacobs. The couple married in 1628. Storck had two brothers, who were also painters using the name Sturckenburch until c. 1688 after which they started calling themselves Storck or Sturck. It is likely they were all trained with their father in the family workshop and joined the local Guild of Saint Luke, otherwise it was impossible to sell any painting.
Around 1666 Storck set up his own workshop producing naval, harbuor scenes as well as landscape paintings and cityscapes. In 1670 he travelled with his brother Jacob and worked in Germany. In 1694, being 49 years old, he married the widow Neeltje Pieters van Meyservelt. At the end of his life he lived on Kattenburg near the harbour.
Storck's marine and river scenes were influenced by the two Willem van de Veldes (the elder and the younger), Ludolf Bakhuizen and by Jan Abrahamsz Beerstraaten.
He depicted ships' rigging and technical details with considerable accuracy, which likely shows the influence of the van de Veldes.

SIZE: 28 x 31.5 x 2.5 inches including the frame.
PROVENANCE: Sotheby's, London, April 29, 2010. Sold for 9,000.
Deceased estate in Buckinghamshire.
£8,850