Miniature 19th century Kingwood chest of drawers. ...

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A rare miniature piece of furniture, probably Maltese, kingwood veneered and inlaid, in excellent condition. Some old worm holes, but inactive.

DIMENSIONS: 11.25 inches tall, 11 inches wide, 7.75 inches deep.
PROVENANCE: from the longstanding collection of a French family now resident in Oxford.

Pair of walnut chairs c.1760

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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.

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; French farmhouse.
Private Collection, Hampshire.
Private Collection, North Yorkshire Dales


Rare Laburnum Armchair c.1680.

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This is a very rare piece of furniture in laburnum wood, Scottish, Dutch influenced as was much chair design at this time, with spiral turned open arms, raised on turned legs joined by further spiral turned stretchers. It is expensively upholstered in cut velvet.
There are small areas of old woodworm damage, non active, and the ball feet have been replaced; the chair is sturdy, sound and perfectly usable.

It has an interesting PROVENANCE, having belonged to WILLIAM TEACHER (1811-1876), Scottish wine and spirit merchant, and thence by descent.

William Teacher was working in a grocer’s shop in the Glasgow district of Anderston when he married the grocer’s daughter in 1834 and began to sell whisky from the shop. In 1856 he was granted a ‘licence for consumption’ and opened his first ‘Dram Shop’. Ultimately the chain of well-regulated premises with high quality whisky on sale grew to 18, making William Teacher the largest single licence holder in Glasgow.
By this time his sons William Jr. and Adam had joined the business and the family firm became involved in wholesaling and in blending whisky. Early brands offered by the Teachers included Australian Bonded Grand Liqueur, Extra Special and Hibernian Cream, but the one that proved most popular was named Highland Cream, which was registered in 1884.

DIMENSIONS: 25.25 inches wide, 44.5 inches tall, 16.5 inches deep.

'Japanned' chair c.1700 - 15.

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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, is sound and completely usable.

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.

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.

Pair of Carved and giltwood chairs

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a pair of 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 - wear to the material and gilding.
Can be bought individually.



James II walnut armchair c.1685.

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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.

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.
Condition: Good.
Dimensions: 13x13x23 tall (inches)
Provenance: 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.

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.

A Fine Pair of Carved Oak Highback ...

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A rare pair of William and Mary oak chairs with exuberant carving. These chairs are excellent examples of Baroque furniture, although at this time walnut or beech chair frames with caning to seat and back were more common.
They are in good condition and of fine colour.
A near identical example of this unusual design with turned uprights to the centre can be seen illustrated in Ralph Edward's Dictionary of English Furniture p245, fig55, where he dates the chair to c.1690.

DIMENSIONS: 50.75 inches tall, 18 inches wide, 15.5 inches deep.
PROVENANCE: Somerset country house.