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  • Stock: 13922

    BARONIAL FANTASY

    A pair of enormous and rather eccentric patinated bronze andirons in the Baronial Baroque manner. Each is surmounted by majestic spread winged eagles holding scrolled cartouche shields and perched on ornate drums decorated with mythical beasts and sirens. The acanthus plumed and scrolled central body is framed either side by enormous pairs of monopodic winged lions resting on winged messengers above large horned grotesques flanking a central mask of The Green Man.

    Mid 20th century.

    Notes: These andirons were probably made for a grand mansion in the Southern States of America

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    width height depth
    25"
    63.5 cms
    46 18"
    117 cms
    6 78"
    17.5 cms
  • Stock: 13268

    SIMPLY SPLENDID:
    A magnificent and rare late 18th Century "Summer Grate".

    This very important George III grate is fashioned in bright cut polished steel. It is a most generously large grate with very finely etched and engraved foliate and acanthus designs and applied beading, a skirt of lozenge cut paterae, vase shaped finials and chamfered etched legs very much in the Neo-classical style and clearly showing the influence of Robert Adam (1728-1792).

    There is an identical grate in the V&A Museum, London which is believed to have been made in the late 18th century by an iron founder named Henry Jackson of Saffron Hill, Smithfield, a copy of his trade card is below.

    This type of grate was called a dog grate but became more commonly known as a "Summer Grate" because the expensively etched front could be lifted off during the winter months, to protect it from damage when the fire was lit, thereby revealing behind the more simply etched second grate front. It would almost certainly have been specially commissioned to complement a grand chimneypiece.

    There are two other known identical grates both in Spencer House, an 18th century mansion built in 1756-66 in St. James's, London.
    English, Circa 1790.

    SCALE: V. Large

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    width height depth
    43"
    109.2 cms
    38"
    96.5 cms
    18"
    45.7 cms
  • Stock: 8895

    A very fine English Regency six branch crystal waterfall chandelier the four tiers profusely hung with pendant and bead drops, each solid arm with vase shaped candle holders and hung with further bead and pendant drops.

    English, circa 1825.

    Note: Very similar chandeliers can be seen in the Blue Room, of Castle Howard, and in the Drawing Room of Burton Agnes both in Yorkshire .

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    Width Height
    31 78"
    81 cms
    48"
    122 cms

    Listed Price: £22,000 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 13323

    A tall and beautifully carved Carrara Marble statue of Eiar, Goddess of Springtime and one of the Goddesses of The Four Seasons. She is standing on an octagonal plinth and is holding a tumbling festoon of flowers representing the abundance of Springtime. She may have come from the gardens of an English country estate. As found before restoration. English, mid to late 19th century.

    Notes: The Four Seasons were depicted in mythology as the personification of nature in its different seasonal aspects. Theros (Summer), Phthinoporon (Autumn), and Cheimon (Winter) were the other three. They were said to guard the gates of Olympus, promoting the fertility of the earth and both presiding over and directing the stars and constellations.

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    Width Height Depth
    18 12"
    47 cms
    65 58"
    166.5 cms
    20 12"
    52 cms
  • Stock: 12911

    A very fine extremely high quality polished nickel plated steel engraved Georgian style Register Grate with swagged and descending bellflowers hung from three medallions, the grate with stylised paterae and twin urn finials above a cut apron. A near pair with SNo 12910 now sold.
    English, late 19th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    49 1316"
    126.5 cms
    44 78"
    114 cms
    15"
    38 cms

    Listed Price: £9,500 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 13450

    A massive, ornately detailed cast iron fire grate in the Gothic Revival manner. The arched backplate centred with a quatrefoil, the two barred grate is fronted by a pair of tall standards with quartered roundels set beneath stylised fleur de lys spire finials with smaller versions echoed on the grate.
    English mid 19th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 40 316"
    102 cms
    34 58"
    88 cms
    21 14"
    54 cms
    Back width 25 316"
    64 cms

    Listed Price: £15,500 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 6552

    AGENT PROVOCATEUR FROM THE ROOF OF THE LENIN MUSEUM IN PRAGUE SCULPTOR: IRENA SEDLECKA - Fellow of the Royal British Society of Sculptors & member of the Royal Society of Portrait Sculptors. Irena Sedlecka was one of three Czech sculptors, along with Svata Hajerova and Ludvig Kodym, both now deceased, who were invited in the early 1950's by the then Communist Party of Czecholslovakia to decorate the roof of the new Lenin Museum in Prague.They were to design the six statues to depict heroic characteristics of the revolutionary state and they were to be big and inspiring, at least 2.5m high.They decided to create two each and the subjects chosen were a Mother & Children & a Machine Gunner: a Corps Commander & a Cossack and An Agent Provocateur & a Worker. Irena sculpted the last two and it is thought that she took inspiration for the Agent Provocateur from the life of Vasili Ivanovich Chapayev (1887 - 1919) a celebrated Russian soldier and Red Army Commander during the Russian Civil War who died a hero at the age of 32.

    Six half size clay models were made and the final pieces were carved in situ, by expert masons, out of six massive two tonne sandstone blocks placed on the roof of the Museum. The roof was very high and the statues were designed to be seen from below silhouetted against heavy skies and were made to survive frosty, stone-flaking winters. With the fall of the Czech Communist Party in the Velvet Revolution in November 1989 effigies of the communist rule were removed from many buildings and these statues were to be toppled from the Museum roof. In the run-up to the formation of the Czech Republic in 1991 they were saved and brought to England by an English Antique dealer.

    Irena Sedlecka was born on 7th September 1928 and escaped to Britain in the late 1960's settling in London where she still lives. Her work, which is in many private collections, includes sculpture portraits of the actors Lord Olivier, Sir John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson and Richard Briers, and the statue of Beau Brummell in Piccadilly, London. Perhaps her most famous piece is the large statue of Freddie Mercury of Queen, now in Montreux, Switzerland.
    Czech 1950's

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    Width Height Depth
    51 316"
    130 cms
    97 316"
    247 cms
    45 14"
    115 cms
  • Stock: 12127

    A late Georgian neoclassical fireplace surround in the manner of Robert Adam carved in white Statuary marble with yellow Sienna marble inlay. The wide breakfront shelf set over the fluted frieze centred by a large tablet also of purple veined yellow Sienna marble flanked by circular fluted paterae endblocks above fluted jambs.
    English, late 18th century with restorations.

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    width height depth
    External 82 14"
    209 cms
    59 18"
    150 cms
    8 14"
    21 cms
    Internal 48 38"
    123 cms
    42 1116"
    108.5 cms
  • Stock: 11022

    A large antique terracotta campana urn, possibly by Blashfield, decorated in the Greek Revival manner after Bertel Thorvaldsen and Thomas Hope. Frieze features under the anthemion motif beneath the rim show various figures of flower and fruit maidens, minstrels and an angel typical of Ancient Greek inspiration, the handles are butted by the heads of river deities. English, early 19th century.

    Notes: Although not stamped the texture of the clay & the design is very similar to the work produced by J M Blashfield." There was an identical urn sold at a Sotheby's Sale on 21 Sept 1999.

    Weight: 110 kg.

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    Diameter Height Base W & H
    30 14"
    77 cms
    41 14"
    105 cms
    15 316"
    38.5 cms

    Listed Price: £22,500 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 8864

    A very grand Italian Renaissance style antique fireplace mantel in white Statuary marble. The stepped shelf, edged with richly carved lambs tongue detail over an egg and dart border, sits above a very fine frieze, made from one block and carved in high relief with linked palmette motifs, which is supported by scrolled acanthus brackets resting on intricately carved panelled jambs.
    Italian, mid 19th century.

    Link to: Antique Renaissance, Gothic Tudor Fireplace mantels and Chimneypieces: 1260 - 1600

    width height depth
    external 83 12"
    212 cms
    71 1116"
    182 cms
    16 18"
    41 cms
    internal 57 12"
    146 cms
    57 18"
    145 cms
  • Stock: 11772

    A splendid 20th century fossil stone and marble chimneypiece in the Palladian manner. Removed from the Banqueting Hall of The Worshipful Company of Leatherers, an ancient Guild institution in the City of London. The massive white Statuary Marble shelf is supported on a fossil stone frieze centred by a plaque of Verdi Tinos green marble and is flanked by scrolled stone and green marble brackets, over a substantial lower frieze supported on either side by large scrolled consoles. The wide low opening has Statuary Marble ingrounds behind which are a pair of concave Verdi Marble inserts.
    English 1950.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 95 14"
    242 cms
    66 14"
    168.4 cms
    14 1316"
    37.6 cms
    Internal 28 1116"
    73 cms
    39 18"
    99.3 cms
  • Stock: 13011

    An enormous and grand antique Victorian walnut chimneypiece in the Neoclassical style.
    The frieze elaborately carved with three pairs of sea serpents alternating with flambeau urns and scallop shells. The shells are repeated on the panelled surround of the opening. Larger scallop shells are set on the endblocks and the jambs have entwined decoration set within panels framed by beading and egg & dart edging. There is a brass plaque fixed to the undershelf with the engraved signature of Carlo Scarselli and the date 1878.

    Link to: Antique Victorian, William IV, Arts and Crafts, Aesthetic, Art Nouveau mantels and Art Deco fireplaces and chimneypieces.

    Width Height Depth
    External 122 1316"
    312 cms
    78"
    198 cms
    22"
    56 cms
    Internal 55 78"
    142 cms
    50 1316"
    129 cms
  • Stock: 13386

    A very smart late 18th century Statuary and Spanish Brocatelle inlaid marble chimneypiece, the central tablet carved with exquisite crossed leaf fronds and classical urn to the highest quality. The end blocks carved with rosettes common to the period with unusual extra carved oval paterae below.
    English, circa 1780 with later restoration.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 72 38"
    184 cms
    57 12"
    146 cms
    7 78"
    20 cms
    Internal 47 58"
    121 cms
    44 12"
    113 cms

    Listed Price: £24,000 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 12563

    A very rare survival of an example of a George III painted pine and gesso Verre Eglomise chimneypiece with the original paint finish now pleasantly distressed. The rounded rectangular shelf sits above an acanthus cavetto moulded, triple panel frieze painted with a still life of fruits flanked by floral swags, on a simulated Sienna marble ground. The panelled jambs headed by acanthus pilasters above ribbon tied leaf and berry painted panels with carved anthemion and trailing ribbon-tied husks below.
    English, circa 1790.

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    width height depth
    External 63 1316"
    162 cms
    62 58"
    159 cms
    5 1116"
    14.5 cms
    Internal 50"
    127 cms
    52 1316"
    134 cms

    Listed Price: £9,500 as is( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 12010

    A BAROQUE RELIC
    A series of five large carved stone Metope elements in the Baroque Roman Revival manner.
    They form a running frieze, the elements all being the same height, depicting several hunting and animal scenes. A wild boar hunt, a lion hunt and youths feeding goats centred by putti heralds blowing horns.The heads of the youthful hunters having being removed which could indicate they date from before the 17th century Commonwealth period of Oliver Cromwell and the Puritans, 1649-1660 when the Roundhead Parliamentry troops frequently defaced human features on statues for their so-called association with idolatry.
    English or Welsh, 17-18th century.

    Notes: The beheading and other acts of vandalism carried out on figurative carving was a regular practice done in the name of Puritanism at the order of Oliver Cromwell after Englands 17th century short lived Revolution and establishment of a Republic / Commonwealth (1649-1660) and before the restoration of the Stuart monarchy to the throne. See also our sold stock no 2871,
    a pair of 17th century carved angels. whose faces were also removed, bought in an attic and stables sale at Hatfield House.

    Condition: To be expected in a relic there are missing detail elements, apart from the presumed Cromwellian destruction, which could be reinstated. But part of the charm of these huge carved elements lies in leaving them in this unrestored state.

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    width height depth
    Overall running length. 400"
    1016 cms
    22 1316"
    58 cms
  • Stock: 11376

    A late 18th century antique fireplace mantel in Statuary and Spanish Brocatelle marble. The breakfront shelf over a frieze with inlaid Brocatelle marble fluting, interspersed by delicate rosette paterae in statuary marble, flanked by florally carved endblocks on tapering fluted jambs and with wide Brocatelle ingrounds.
    English circa 1780.

    Known provenance.

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    width height depth
    External 69 14"
    176 cms
    58 1116"
    149 cms
    6"
    15.3 cms
    Internal 41 14"
    104.8 cms
    42 18"
    107 cms
  • Stock: 10110

    A rare and important cut, etched and engraved steel George III antique fire grate. It is made in bright cut steel with very finely etched and engraved foliate and acanthus designs, applied beading, a skirt of lozenge cut paterae and with lidded urn shaped finials set above chamfered etched legs.

    This large fire basket is from a design by Robert Adam, and probably made in the late 18th century by an iron founder one Henry Jackson of Saffron Hill, Smithfield in London. A similar grate is in the Victoria & Albert Museum, South Kensington and there are a further two in the 18th century Spencer House in St. James's, London.
    English, circa 1810.

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    Width Height Depth
    43"
    109.2 cms
    37 12"
    95.3 cms
    21"
    53.3 cms
  • Stock: 10764

    Bank of England Sculpture Collection :The new 'Old Lady of Threadneedle Street.'
    English, circa 1957.
    Sculptor: Sir Charles Thomas Wheeler, President of The Royal Academy, 1956-66.

    A smaller version of the 1934 Art Deco sculpture still centering the pediment over the main entrance of the Bank of England Threadneedle Street frontage also sculpted by the same sculptor.

    Provenance: This version was removed from high above the main entrance of the One New Change building in the City of London the building, erected in the 1950s to accommodate the Bank of England's Accounts Department Annexe and occupied the whole site bounded by Cheapside to the north, Watling Street to the south, Bread Street to the east, Newgate to the north west and New Change to the west and filled a sensitive site in that it presented a backdrop to Christopher Wren's magnificent Roman Baroque St Paul’s Cathedral. The building was demolished in 2007.

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    width height
    51 316"
    130 cms
    51 316"
    130 cms

    Listed Price: £18,600 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 10734

    A massive carved Portland Stone Tableau of the reigning monarchs, William & Mary(1689-1702), granting The Bank of England Charter in 1694. Sculptor Esmond Burton (1885 – 1964).

    Part of a collection of approximately 45 statues and carvings commissioned by the Bank of England to adorn it’s Annexe built in the 1950’s at One New Change in the City of London. They were removed prior to the building being demolished in 2007. This group was above the Cheapside entry to the courtyard and was flanked either side by statues of Sir John Houblon, the first Governor of the Bank and Michael Godfrey the first Deputy, please see third image below.

    Notes: The building was erected to accommodate the Bank of England's Accounts Department and occupied the whole site bounded by Cheapside to the north, Watling Street to the south, Bread Street to the east, Newgate to the north west and New Change to the west. It was built on a World War II bomb site behind St Paul’s Cathedral and was sensitively designed in a graceful curve to follow the curve of the east end of Sir Christopher Wrens majestic Roman Baroque building.

    English, circa 1958.

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    Width Height Depth
    53 18"
    135 cms
    82 1116"
    210 cms
    27 58"
    70 cms
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