Oak side table c.1690-1720 and later.

Item Ref
9103

This very attractive side table may have started life as the base of a 17th century chest on stand, as time passed, chest and base were often separated.It is a lovely colour, patina and of excellent proportions. The top is later, the drawer has been rebuilt and the ball feet are replacements.
The original brass escutcheon suggests a lock, but there has never been one; locks were very expensive and on country furniture they were not always fitted. The ends are panelled.
Clearly, this is not a piece for the purist collector, but it is a 300 years old piece of furniture that is beautiful, useful and sensibly priced.

SIZE: 39.5 inches wide, 23.5 inches deep, 30 inches tall.
PROVENANCE: Oxfordshire Private Collection.
£995

A carved beech chair c.1685.

Item Ref
9172

An elegant chair of the James II period, c.1685, 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 is not the case with this one. This chair, over 300 years old, with its glorious sculptural quality, is not just a joy to look at but also to use, the previous owners having had it recaned. As usual with these chairs there are signs of old woodworm, but now defunct.
The crest rail is carved with then highly fashionable royal crown. This, and the front rail, are deftly executed with bold cuts of the chisel. This is typical of the sort of carving performed by London chairmakers at this period, by which maximum effect is achieved with the minimum of work.
DIMENSIONS: 48.5 inches tall, 17.5 inches wide, 18.5 inches seat height.
PROVENANCE: Lowfold Hall, Roberttown, Yorkshire. (see image 5)
£595

Walnut bureau c.1730.

Item Ref
8943

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.
£2,985

Late 17th/early 18th c. stool.

Item Ref
6850

An oak stool, late 17th/early 18th century, with uphostered seat. Good colour and 'crusty' patina.
Oak legs and stretchers, pine top rails.
Condition: Good.
Dimensions: 13x13x23 tall (inches)
Provenance: Yorkshire Private Collection.



£495

James II walnut armchair c.1685.

Item Ref
9159

A walnut armchair of excellent quality c.1685, in perfect condition, the walnut of good colour and patination, recently expensively, and appropriately, re-upholstered.
This beautiful chair, with the then newly fashionable 'os de mouton' or 'horsebone' front legs, has marked similarities to the pair made by Thomas Roberts, carver and joiner to the Royal Household, for James II (now at Knole). Roberts held this important position throughout the reigns of James II, William and Mary, and Anne. His name has become almost synonymous with the elaborate walnut chairs and stools of the period, carved with ‘mouldings and foldings’, as they are often described in the accounts. Their scrolling arms and stretchers, also referred to in the documents as ‘horsebone’, seem to derive from Flemish and Dutch prototypes in the so-called auricular style.
This chair is not just a piece of usable and functional furniture, but is also a lovely Baroque work of art redolent of its period.
DIMENSIONS: 41.5 inches tall, 24 inches wide, 26 inches deep.
PROVENANCE: South West England private collection.
£2,450

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

'Japanned' chair c.1700 - 15.

Item Ref
9143

This elegant chair is a fine example of the Queen Anne period c.1700; tall and elegant, it has 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 one has been recaned and is usable, although as is usually the case, there is a slight movement to the joints of the back legs.

The chair is 'japanned', which was an English attempt to copy the very fashionable lacquered furniture being imported from the Orient. 'Japanning' was a prolonged, and therefore expensive, business. In the 1690s it was advised that 24 coats of seed-lac be applied, each one being allowed to dry before the next coat was applied, then polished, and then the gilt decoration to be painstakingly applied. This makes this chair really quite rare. Another unusual feature is the very decorative stretcher with a well turned finial.

DIMENSIONS: 53 inches tall, 18.5 inches at widest point. 19 inches deep.

PROVENANCE: In the Private Collection of a now retired Suffolk antiques dealer for the last 50 years.
£695

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

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

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

James II walnut armchair c.1685.

Item Ref
9154

An elegant walnut armchair of the James II period, c.1685, 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 is not the case with this one. This chair, over 300 years old, with its glorious sculptural quality, is not just a joy to look at but can also be used, although care should be exercised as with all chairs of this type and age.
As usual with these chairs there are signs of old woodworm, but now defunct.
The crest rail is carved with a shell … a very fashionable motif of the period ..., this, and the front rail, are deftly executed with bold cuts of the chisel. This is typical of the sort of carving performed by London chairmakers at this period, by which maximum effect is achieved with the minimum of work.
DIMENSIONS: 47 inches tall, 23 inches wide, 25 inches deep.
PROVENANCE: Herefordshire private collection for the last 25 years.
£895

Pair of magnificent carved walnut armchairs, Dutch, ...

Item Ref
9111

There are two of these rare chairs, but they may be bought individually or as a pair. As is usual with these chairs there are signs of old woodworm activity, not now active. One is in excellent condition, firm and ready to use, with a small old repair to the back; one is equally sturdy but needs restoration to the front seat rail where old woodworm damage has caused the cane to detach. (see image 11) A fillet let into the rail and re-caning are needed, also there is a small repair to the cane in the back (not visible from the front). Thus this chair is £595, the other is £995. NOTE: red velvet cushions come with these chairs. The cushion for the chair with damage to the seat has a loose wooden seat beneath the cushion, thus the chair can be used. (See images 12-14)
Magnificent and rich, the quality and quantity of the carving is superb. Both are of excellent colour with a good patina. These chairs, with their glorious sculptural quality, are a joy to look at.

DIMENSIONS: 50 inches tall, 23 inches wide, 29 inches deep (including the rake to the backs), seat height 18 inches.
PROVENANCE: Sussex country house collection.
£1,590