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French canape and two chairs c.1920.
A walnut framed small settee and two chairs, French c.1920, in the 17th century style. This revivalist furniture was very fashionable in the early part of the last century.
The upholstery is worn but quite pleasantly so...with an air of country house shabby chic.
A charming and useful group of seat furniture.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE ITEMS MAY BE BOUGHT SEPERATELY.

DIMENSIONS:Chairs 40.5 inches tall, 19 inches wide, 20 inches deep, seat height 18.5 inches.
Canape: 45 inches tall, 45.5 inches wide, 26 inches deep, seat height 18.5 inches.
PROVENANCE: Dorset Private Collection.
Ref: 8789
Price: £850
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Pair of William III ebonised and caned chairs c.1700.
A beautiful pair of chairs of the Queen Anne period c.1710; tall and elegant, and stained the then fashionable black, they were an important new stage in English chair design.
This style of cane backed and seated chairs had represented a revolution in seating comfort, but with the disadvantage of fragility.
A surprising number of these chairs still exist (they were made in their thousands) but many are now suitable only for decorative purposes as woodworm, frequent recaning and damage to the joints and the tall backs have rendered them virtually unusable.
This pair have been repaired; all old woodworm is no longer active, there are some small losses and repaired breaks and the later leather covered drop in seats replace the original caning.
Despite these faults these elegant 300 year old chairs, with their glorious sculptural quality, are not just a joy to look at but can be used...with appropriate respect for their age and construction i.e. for perching on, not lounging! Frankly, they are best regarded as 'objets d'art' rather than seat furniture.

DIMENSIONS: 48 inches tall, 19 inches wide.
PROVENANCE: Flaxley Abbey, Gloucestershire. (Images 7 & 8)
Ref: 8883
Price: £795
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Queen Anne ebonised and caned armchair c.1710-20.
An elegant armchair of the Queen Anne period c.1710 - 20, stained the fashionable black of the time; tall and graceful this was an important new stage in English chair design.
This style of cane backed and seated chairs had represented a revolution in seating comfort, but with the disadvantage of fragility.
A surprising number of these chairs still exist (they were made in their thousands) but many are now suitable only for decorative purposes as woodworm, frequent recaning and damage to the joints and the tall backs have rendered them virtually unusable.
This chair has been extensively repaired to be once more usable seating. All old woodworm is no longer active.
This beautiful 300 year old chair, with its glorious sculptural quality, is not just a joy to look at but also to use.

DIMENSIONS: 53.5 inches tall, 23 inches wide.
PROVENANCE: Flaxley Abbey, Gloucestershire. (Images 7 & 8)
Ref: 8884
Price: £695
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Late 17th/early 18th c. stool.
An oak stool, late 17th/early 18th century, with uphostered seat. Good colour and 'crusty' patina.
Oak legs and stretchers, pine top rails. Possibly converted from a small 17th c. table.

Condition: Good, but see above.
Dimensions: 13x13x23 tall (inches)




Ref: 6850
Price: £495
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Carved and giltwood chair(s) [priced individually]
Carved and gilt armchair upholstered in the original tapestry. !8th c. French Louis XV style made in the late 19th c / early 20th c .
Very decorative and surprisingly comfortable; in unrestored 'country house' condition - some wear to the material and gilding.
There are two of these chairs which may be bought singly or together.

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE SHIPPING

Ref: 8073-4A
Price: £450
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Oak court cupboard c.1740
This Welsh court cupboard, also known as a press cupboard, didarn or cwpwrrd deuddarn (Welsh for two-part cupboard) is stylistically characteristic of those made in Denbighshire. It is of outstanding colour and patination.

To quote from 'Oak Furniture, The British Tradition' by Victor Chinnery :-
"Apart from the tester bedstead, the great press cupboard was the most important and prestigious piece of furniture many small households could boast.
As a type, they first appeared in the second half of the 16th century, and continued to be made in North Wales and some other remote areas until the beginning of the 19th century."

The ovolo mouldings seen on the top doors of this piece are fine examples of this type of decoration which became very popular after c.1680, particularly in North Wales.
As Chinnery says "This late type of fielded panel is usually considered as sufficient decoration on its own, supplemented with the usual simple edge moulding and a heavy cornice."

SIZE: 59 inches wide, 71.5 inches tall, 22.5 inches deep.
CONDITION: superb colour and a rich patina, fine largely original condition (handles old but later).
Interestingly, on the side of the piece are the small branded initials 'EW'. A candle burn on the right hand upper door reminds us of the lighting in use in the 18th century and its attendant fire risks.
'Such marks are often found on period oak furniture and are ownership initials. It seems most likely that the marks were applied by branding irons in the course of taking an inventory.' (Victor Chinnery "Oak Furniture: The British Tradition").

PROVENANCE: Denbighshire Private Collection.
Ref: 8489
This item has been sold





Late Georgian mahogany press c.1800
A very fine Georgian press of superb colour and patination constructed of beautifully figured mahogany.
This piece has been converted (probably in the late 19th c.) from a shelved linen press to a hanging wardrobe, the top two of three drawers being false; this is no detriment as it makes a much more useful piece of furniture.

SIZE in inches: 78 tall, 50 wide, 22.25 deep.
PROVENANCE: Norfolk private collection for many years.
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17th century oak chest of drawers.
A good example of a William and Mary moulded front chest of drawers c.1690. Four drawers flanked by tapered columns with split-baluster detail, on the original feet, in two sections. Good colour and condition.

SIZE: 41 inches tall, 41.5 inches wide, 23 inches deep.
Ref: 8699
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Late Georgian mahogany bookcase cabinet c.1790-1810
A fine late Georgian mahogany bookcase cabinet, Sheraton influenced, the satinwood marquetry inlay being of excellent quality.
Three shelves to the cabinet and three to the bookcase, all adjusting easily to any height.
The interior of the bookcase lined with velvet as it was last used as a display cabinet.

SIZE: 78 inches tall, 44 inches wide (at the cornice), depth 21 inches.
CONDITION: Very good; some old marks and slight scratches consistent with the age of the piece. Good colour. Top and bottom possibly associated, but if so they are an excellent match.
PROVENANCE: Berkshire Private Collection.
Ref: 8491
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Carved and inlaid oak coffer c.1630
An early 17th century coffer or chest of excellent colour and patination, well carved and with the front panels inlaid. The inlay, in the form of diamonds, is within Romayne or Romanesque arches; a good early sign.

The bottom rails to the front and sides are all fretted, which is a rare feature.
The decoration to the top rail is also continued round the sides; another sign of quality.

The planked top is not the original one but has clearly been in place, along with the strap hinges secured by clout nails, since the early 18th century. (The broken 17th c. iron 'ring and pin' hinges are still fixed to the carcass.)
The old keyhole was filled and an early 18th century brass escutcheon added at the same time.
Although these are not original features the alterations are themselves around 300 years old and are part of the history of this lovely piece.

SIZE: 54.65 inches wide; 21.25 inches deep; 27 inches tall.
CONDITION: Good; bottom boards original; good leg height; original till (small lidded compartment) inside; lock missing; lid and hinges early 18th c. replacement; very good colour and patina.
PROVENANCE: Old Hall School, Wellington, near Shrewsbury.
The Old Hall was built by the Forester family in the late 15th c. and extended in the following centuries.
When the line died out the Hall (with its contents) became a school in the first half of the 19th century.
It seems likely that this chest has been in the Hall since the 1630's when it was made, until 2007 when the school moved into a larger modern building.
(Within the till there still remains a photograph, dated July 1928, of the Old Hall Cricket XI and a boxed silver medal, inscribed 'OLD HALL SCHOOL. SET TROPHY 1924')
Ref: 8416
This item has been sold



 
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