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George III mahogany chest of drawers c.1795/1800.
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.
Ref: 8798
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Isabella de Bourbon, Queen of Spain; After Velasquez.
Oil on canvas in fine gilt frame.
This excellent portrait is an 18th century version of the 17th century original by Velasquez, now in the Prado, Madrid.
There is an intriguing history to this painting.
Verso, an incorrect German copperplate inscription on the canvas says 'Konigin Maria in Hispania der Konigs Von Engellendt Henri a Octavi Tochter'; this translates as 'Queen Mary of Spain, daughter of king Henry VIII of England'.
The sitter is without doubt Isabella de Bourbon, Queen of Spain (1602-1644).
Another handwritten inscription states that the portrait was brought to England after the Peninsular War (1807-1814) by Colonel Edward Howarth, KCB. KH (Royal Horse Artillery). How Howarth acquired the painting whilst in Spain is not known.
During the Peninsular War he became Brigadier General commanding the Royal Horse Artillery at the battles of Talavera, Busaco and Fuentes D'Onor, where the combined forces of Britain, Spain and Portugal fought Napoleon's empire for control of the Iberian Peninsula during the Napoleonic Wars.
SIZE: 43 x 35 x 5 inches including frame.
PROVENANCE: By descent in the Greenley family of Titley Court, Herefordshire. The Greenleys, originally de Grenelye in 1260 when first recorded, are one of the countries oldest families. Images 5 and 6 show Titley Court.

Ref: 8947
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Lady Mary Keith, Countess of Wigton 1710; Circle of Sir John Baptist Medina.
Oil on canvas in an 18th century black and gilt frame.
Inscription upper left "LADY MARY KEITH, WIFE OF THE EARL OF WIGTON. Ob. 1721."
The frame has old woodworm damage but it is not active.

LADY MARY KEITH was born circa May 1695. She was the daughter of William Keith, 8th Earl Marischal and Lady Mary Drummond.
She married John Fleming, 6th Earl of Wigton, son of William Fleming, 5th Earl of Wigton and Lady Henrietta Seton, on 8 February 1710 when she was fourteen. She was his second wife.
A copperplate inscription verso says that this portrait was painted at that time.

She died in 1721 aged 26. Their daughter, Lady Clementina Fleming, born in 1719 lived to be 80, dying in 1799.

Image 8 shows her later in her life, and image 9 shows her husband; both painted by Kneller.


SIR JOHN BAPTIST MEDINA or John Baptiste de Medina (1659 - 1710) was an artist of Flemish-Spanish origin who worked in England and Scotland, mostly as a portrait painter, though he was also the first illustrator of 'Paradise Lost' by John Milton in 1688.
Medina was the son of a Spanish army captain posted to Brussels, where he was born and later trained by François Duchatel, before coming to London in 1686 and setting up his studio in Drury Lane.
Even in London he seems to have specialized in Scottish sitters, and in either 1688–89 or 1694 he moved to Edinburgh, where he remained for the rest of his life. He was encouraged and sponsored by the Earl of Melville, who he painted in London.
From 1689 Melville, like many of Medina's subjects a strong Whig, was Secretary of State for Scotland, effectively running the country for the King in London.
With little competition, Medina was the most prominent Scottish portraitist for the rest of his life, charging £5 for a head and £10 for a half-length.
His style follows the conventions of Sir Godfrey Kneller, but his portraits are often more relaxed and informal, favouring relatively bright blues and rose-reds in the clothing, and dark backgrounds. The quality of the painting can vary considerably, probably reflecting the use of his assistants.
In 1706 he was knighted, one of the last batch of Scottish knights to be created before the Acts of Union 1707. Medina died at Edinburgh in 1710. He trained his son and the more talented William Aikman, the leading Scottish portrait-painter of the next generation.

SIZE:32 x 26.75 inches inc. frame.
PROVENANCE: * Private Collection.
* Sotheby's 13 October 2004.
*Private Collection, London.
VERSO: Old copperplate inscriprion "at the time of her marriage to the Earl of Wigton".
Two old framer's labels and a number of Sotheby's labels.
Ref: 8770
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Large Chinese Qianlong Dynasty (1736-95) blue and white vase.
A large 18th century Chinese porcelain baluster shaped vase, the cover possibly associated, the neck decorated in underglaze cobalt blue with stiff plantain leaves above a key fret border and a band of ruyi heads, over two four clawed dragons writhing amongst chrysanthemums and lotus scrolls etc. with Ming style lappet base

The dragon in Chinese mythology is lord of the skies and benevolent bringer of rain. In addition, therefore, to symbolising authority, strength and goodness, as of the emperor, it is also symbolic of fecundity and fertilty.
The lotus conveys the notion of happiness in maturity, creative power and genius. In nature the lotus grows in muddy water but emerges clean from it, thus symbolising purity in adversity.

SIZE: 61 cm tall (25 inches).
PROVENANCE: Private Collection, Cheltenham.
CONDITION: Although suffering from some chips and old poor quality repairs, this vase is of an impressive size and has considerable beauty and presence, the damages not being obtrusive.
Ref: 8863
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Large Qing Dynasty dragon vase.
An impressive large Martavan storage jar, Qing Dynasty c.1880, decorated with dragons symbolising authority, strength and goodness; they chase the Celestial Pearl of Wisdom.
The glaze and colouring are particularly good, but there is a large chip and two small ones to the rim, possibly gained when it was used as a stick stand.

Size: 26 inches tall.
PROVENANCE: Christie's 1997.
Yorkshire Private Collection.
Ref: 7986
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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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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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Norfolk chest, mid 18th c. and later.
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.

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE SHIPPING
Ref: 8251
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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
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Oak gateleg table c.1690-1730.
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
Ref: 8787
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