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Queen Anne/George I walnut bureau c. 1710/20.
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 excellent, although inevitably, after 300 years of use, there have been a few small areas of veneer repair and three scratches to the fall.

DIMENSIONS: 39.25 inches wide, 40.25 inches tall, 19.5 inches deep.
PROVENANCE: Private Collection, West Country, England.
Ref: 8721
Price: £4,550
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18th c. French gateleg dining table
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; Private Collection, North Yorkshire Dales

NOTE - PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE SHIPPING
Ref: 8239
Price: £3,950
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Walnut bureau c.1730.
An unusually small early 18th century walnut bureau, with fine veneers, excellent patination and beautifully faded.
The sides are pine, of a good colour and, unusually and pleasingly, have not been later veneered.
Drawer linings are oak with fine dovetails; escutcheons original but the handles are later replacements of the right type.
Obviously there are one or two old damages after 300 years, but nothing significant..a small piece of veneer missing from the right hand back corner of the top; not easily seen.
The strength of this piece lies in its small size, colour and patination; it really is a joy.
There are keys for the fall and the little door within the bureau.

SIZE: 35.75 inches wide, 39 inches tall, 19 inches deep.
PROVENANCE:Old Nottinghamshire Private Collection.
Ref: 8943
Price: £3,650
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George III mahogany corner cupboard c.1770.
A floor standing mahogany corner cupboard c.1770, with exceptionally fine figuring and colour and shaped shelves to the interior.
The cornice is later as are the 'returns' to the sides which have been shaped for skirting boards. Originally the cupboard may well have been built into a grand house.
An extremely handsome and useful piece of furniture.

Size: 81 in. tall, 44 in. wide.
PROVENANCE: Sussex Private Collection.
Yorkshire Private Collection.
Ref: 8260
Price: £2,850
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17th c. studded leather bound chest on stand
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.
Ref: 8528
Price: £2,450
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South Lancashire/North Cheshire carved oak wainscot chair 1680-1720 and later.
This chair is of excellent quality, with exceptionally fine carving and good colour, but constant use over the centuries has inevitably left its marks.
As these once high status chairs became unfashionable in the 18th century they moved down from gentry houses to farmers and small merchants then into cottages, often being badly treated.
This example has been skilfully restored and reconstructed and is firm, solid and ready to use for another 300 years.

The pierced cresting and superbly carved panel back are typical of chairs from this area, and very similar examples can be seen illustrated in Victor Chinnery's book 'Oak Furniture: The British Tradition'.

DIMENSIONS:39.5 inches tall, 22.5 inches wide, 20 inches deep.
PROVENANCE: Yorkshire collection.
Ref: 8939
Price: £1,850
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George III Chippendale period 'Gothick' chair c.1770.
A very fine quality Georgian mahogany chair strongly influenced by Thomas Chippendale.
Beautiful crisp carving, excellent colour, the best quality dense mahogany and totally sound. There is old damage to the side stretchers where they meet the front stretcher, not noticeable in everyday use.
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:39 inches high, 21 inches wide
PROVENANCE:Private Collection, Cambridgeshire.
Ref: 8874
Price: £1,250
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George III Chippendale period mahogany chair c.1760.
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.
Ref: 8875
Price: £995
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Oak wainscot chair c.1660 and later.
A mid 17th century oak armchair of Yorkshire Dales origins.
"The most distinctive 'signature' of the Dales armchair is the broad curly profile of the double-scrolled pediment crest, in which the scrolled earpieces are an integral part of the design.
The diamond panel with fluttering pennant-like terminals is highly characteristic of the Dales area". ('Oak Furniture: The British Tradition' by Victor Chinnery).
An example of a chair so similar to this one as to suggest that they came from the same workshop is shown in Chinnery's book; page 470, Figure 4:116.

This chair is of excellent quality but constant use over the centuries has inevitably left its marks.
As these once high status chairs became unfashionable in the 18th century they moved down from gentry houses to farmers and small merchants then into cottages.
This example shows all the signs of constant use, being used almost to the point of extinction and needing considerable repair.
From the late 18th into the 19th century a fashion for mediaevalism and antiquarianism started and flourished, started by 'The Castle of Otranto' and encouraged by Sir Walter Scott's hugely successful writings.
Furniture that had been discarded was sought and 'restored', often being stained a Gothic black which was thought to be the appropriate appearance.
All this history is shown in this chair...beneath the crest is a piece of Victorian carving, the seat and stretchers have been replaced as have the tips of the back legs. The rest is original.
Although not one for the purist collector this is a fine chair with a long story to tell...and it is sturdy and usable despite the crack in one of the front legs - this has not affected the solidity of the chair.

DIMENSIONS: 47 inches tall, 23.5 inches wide, 20 inches deep, seat height 17.25 inches.
PROVENANCE: Private Collection, Gloucestershire.
Ref: 8788
Price: £995
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Pair of walnut and beech chairs c.1710 and later.
A beautiful pair of chairs of the Queen Anne period c.1710; tall and elegant they have the angled front legs the advent of which was the 1690s, and was an important new stage in English chair design. The fashionable life of the 'corner horsebone' leg was from the 1690s to about 1715.
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 extensively and skilfully restored to be once more usable seating. All old woodworm is no longer active and the seats and the part of the back which supports the cane have been replaced.
Although perhaps no longer of interest to the purist collector these elegant 300 year old chairs, with their glorious sculptural quality, are now not just a joy to look at but also to use.
DIMENSIONS: 52 inches tall, 17.75 inches wide, seat height 18.5 inches.
PROVENANCE: Nothamptonshire Private Collection.
Ref: 8783
Price: £865
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