George III mahogany corner cupboard c.1770.

Item Ref
8260

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.
£2,850

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

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

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£3,950

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

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

Pair of Carved and giltwood chairs

Item Ref
8073-4A

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.


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£800

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.
£1,850

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

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

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

Rare Laburnum Armchair c.1680.

Item Ref
9227

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.
£1,125

A Fine Pair of Carved Oak Highback ...

Item Ref
9237

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.
£2,850