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

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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.

18th c. French gateleg dining table

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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


Walnut bureau c.1730.

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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.

George III mahogany corner cupboard c.1770.

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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.

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

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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.

Magnificent carved walnut armchair(s) c.1685-90.

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There are four of these very rare chairs, but they may be bought individually, as a pair, or all together. THE PRICE GIVEN IS FOR ONE CHAIR. Three are in excellent condition, firm and ready to use; one is equally sturdy but needs restoration to the front seat rail where woodworm damage has caused the cane to detach. (see image 12) A fillet let into the rail and recaning are needed, for this reason this chair is 600 less than the others.
As usual with these chairs there are signs of old woodworm in all, but now defunct.

Many of this type of caned chair exist, but these are most uncommon examples; magnificent and rich, the quality and quantity of the carving is superb.... most probably an Anglo-Dutch workshop in London. All are of excellent colour with a good patina. These chairs, over 300 years old, with their glorious sculptural quality, are not just a joy to look at but also to use.

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.

South Lancashire/North Cheshire carved oak wainscot chair ...

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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.

Oak side table c.1690-1720 and later.

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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.

George III Chippendale period 'Gothick' chair c.1770. ...

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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.

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

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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.

Pair of William and Mary oak chairs ...

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This fine pair of highbacked oak chairs are a country or provincial version of the fashionable walnut and cane backs and seated chairs of the period.
Sturdier than their city counterparts, chairs of this type appealed to the more traditional gentry and merchants of England.
Well carved and proportioned they are of better quality then many of the caned variety.

They are of good colour and condition although one of them has had an upright to the back broken at one time, but long since mended. On the same chair, and perhaps at the same time, one of the finials was broken off and repaired.

DIMENSIONS: 49 inches tall, 18.75 inches wide, 16 inches deep.
PROVENANCE: Yorkshire private collection.

French canape and two chairs c.1920.

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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.

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.

Late 17th/early 18th c. stool.

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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)


Carved and giltwood chair(s) [priced individually]

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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.



Oak court cupboard c.1740

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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.

Late Georgian mahogany press c.1800

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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.

17th century oak chest of drawers.

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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.

Late Georgian mahogany bookcase cabinet c.1790-1810

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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.

Carved and inlaid oak coffer c.1630

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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')

Norfolk chest, mid 18th c. and later. ...

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A rare walnut and oak country chest of a type made in 18th c. Norfolk, only 2 ft 9 inches wide. Originally with a lift up top, now with a modern conversion to three drawers. Walnut fronted with oak sides and top; replacement handles, feet and back, drawers have modern linings, one drawer probably reveneered. Although much modified and with signs of hard use this small piece is unusual, useful and of a lovely colour; a good decorator's piece.

Size: 32.5 inches wide, 17 inches deep, 40 inches tall.


Oak wainscot chair c.1660 and later.

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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.

George III mahogany chest of drawers c.1795/1800. ...

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A good quality Late Georgian chest of drawers in mahogany with boxwood stringing and rosewood banding.
The drawers are oak lined and have their original brasses.
The backboards have been replaced and the feet are later restorations. The chest is a good colour but, as is to be expected with a piece of furniture in daily use for over 200 years, they are some marks and discolourations.
It would be an easy job to resurface the chest but many prefer signs of its history and usage to remain.

DIMENSIONS: 42 inches wide, 21 inches tall, 40 inches tall.
PROVENANCE: Sussex Private Collection.

James II armchair c.1685.

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An elegant 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 also to use.
As usual with these chairs there are signs of old woodworm, but now defunct.
The crest rail is carved with a rising phoenix, 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.
The cane back has two damages which have old patches. Beneath the later drop in upholstered seat the original caning survives (image 7).

DIMENSIONS: 49 inches tall, 25.5 inches wide, 26.5 inches deep.
PROVENANCE: Old Yorkshire Private Collection.


Oak gateleg table c.1690-1730.

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A very useful dining or occasional dropleaf table with drawer, occupying little space when the the leaves are down.
The table is of good colour and sound, although, as is
often the case, there is a slight movement in the joints.

Dimensions: 42 x 16 inches closed
42 x 52 inches open
Height 28 inches