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  • Stock: 12576

    " AWAY TO NEWMARKET " This delicately carved oak Jacobean chimneypiece is attributed to the provenance of the original Royal Palace built by King James Ist in Newmarket in 1606-10, from which time Newmarket became the “Resort of Kings “as the centre of horse racing which is still known as “ The Sport of Kings “. The Royal Palace was the smallest of King James's palaces and cost £ 20,000 to build.

    James Ist was the first to import an Arab stallion into England for racing. Later, around 1724, three Arab stallions were imported and crossbred with English mares to produce the thoroughbred horse from which all thoroughbred horses worldwide are descended...The original horses were named after their owners: the Darley Arabian, the Godolphin Arabian and the Byerley Turk.

    The first Newmarket Royal Palace built by James I from which this chimneypiece orginates was succeeded by another palace built by James' grandson Charles II of which the present Palace House is the surviving element.

    Please note the image of an advert published in 1934 from Hotspur Antiques which advertises this same chimneypiece as being " from a Stuart King's palace near Newmarket, Suffolk" The original 1606-10 Royal Newmarket Palace was neglected and later destroyed during the Commonwealth / Republic period of Oliver Cromwell. The chimneypiece would have gone into royal custody. It was bought by us on the Isle of Wight where it's provenance was believed to be that it came from a house on the Osborne estate of Queen Victoria.

    Shown with 12570, a 19th century Clipsham fossil stone, Jacobean Revival interior / bolection. English, early 17th century.

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

    width height depth
    External 104 1116"
    266 cms
    95 1116"
    243 cms
    8 1116"
    22 cms
    Internal 76 1316"
    195 cms
    54 78"
    139.5 cms
  • Stock: 12479

    A substantial and finely proportioned late Georgian antique fireplace mantel. Beautifully carved in white statuary marble with a breakfront shelf over the grandly carved frieze centred by a figural plaque with cherubs and a reclining female. The frieze decorated with rosette paterae and bell flower swags hung between classical urns and flanked by deeply scrolled corbels on the endblocks above tall fluted jambs. English, late 18th century. br>
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    Width Height Depth
    External 90"
    228.6 cms
    67 1116"
    172 cms
    12 316"
    31 cms
    Internal 54 14"
    138 cms
    48 1316"
    124 cms
  • Stock: 11920

    State of the Art French Louis XV Rococo abundance.

    A very rare Louis XV carved limewood Rococo chimneypiece. England. The overall grandly contoured limewood form is embellished with high relief boldy carved scrolled and floral detail, counterpointed with much delightful delicate low relief detail on the borders and corners. The undulating serpentine shelf rests above a frieze dominated almost entirely by the Rocaille cartouche which is flanked by C scrolled endblocks supported on flamboyant scrolled, florally festooned console jambs seated on plain footblocks.
    English, circa 1760.

    Notes: The name limewood derives from Old English and German Linde and was the classic wood used by sculptors since the Middle Ages for its good carving qualities.

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    width height depth
    External 78 1116"
    200 cms
    56 78"
    144.5 cms
    15 78"
    40.5 cms
    Internal 52 58"
    133.5 cms
    45 1116"
    116 cms
  • Stock: 12006

    A large period Italian Renaissance Chimneypiece in Istrian marble. The frieze carved in high relief with scrolling foliage interspersed with winged cherubs on stylised seahorses either side of a central circular medallion with Hercules slaying an opponent, flanked by figures of putti and winged figures on the corners. The jambs also profusely carved with typical arabesque designs. Venetian, 17th-18th century.

    Provenance: By repute from Warwick Castle, a partly medieval castle built in 1068 by William the Conqueror, altered and added to during all the succeeding centuries.

    NOTE : Istrian marble from the Istrian peninsular, which borders Italy, Croatia and Slovenia on the Adriatic sea, is sometimes referred to as Istrian stone and was much used in Renaissance Veneto, Venice etc.

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

    width height depth
    External 85 38"
    217 cms
    72 58"
    184.5 cms
    13"
    33 cms
    Internal 56 14"
    143 cms
    56 14"
    143 cms
  • Stock: 12030

    A SPLENDID AND GRAND 19th CENTURY FIRE GRATE IN BRASS AND IRON with bronze feet. The two magnificent winged Griffins fronting the low slung deep log basket, embellished with five floral brass studs under the bowed firebars, over pretty C scrolled, central shell Rocaille brass detail. There are two slender topped urns atop the firebars and brass shoulders leading up to the later ornate fireback.
    English 19th century, with restorations.

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    width height depth
    30 14"
    77 cms
    32 12"
    82.5 cms
    18 78"
    48 cms
    back plate 21 14"
    54 cms
  • Stock: 8893

    A Venetian Renaissance Revival Chimneypiece richly carved in Breccia marble. The deeply moulded serpentine shelf over the high relief carved frieze centered by a central floral cartouche flanked by florally decorated panels and scrolled bearded masks of Venetian noblemen supported on substantial, moulded jambs and plinths.
    Italian, late 19th century.

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

    width height depth
    external 76 58"
    194.5 cms
    58 1116"
    149 cms
    10 58"
    27 cms
    internal 49 58"
    126 cms
    46 78"
    119 cms
  • Stock: 11837

    A rare Chateau scale Rococo chimneypiece, exceptionally large and imposing and carved in white Carrara marble chimneypiece, dramatically carved in high relief in Sicilian veined white marble. The serpentine shelf over a panelled frieze centred by a large high relief shell cartouche surrounded by richly scrolled floral decoration. The massive angled jambs dramatically featuring progressively large kidney shaped elements down to the grandly curved C shaped palm frond like base elements on large scrolls, all carved in high relief and supported on angled moulded foot blocks.

    French, 19th Century.


    Link to: Antique Rococo Chimneypieces inc Louis XV English Scottish Chippendale Rococo fireplace mantels.

    width height depth
    external 84 14"
    214 cms
    47 58"
    121 cms
    17 14"
    44 cms
    internal 45 14"
    115 cms
    35 38"
    90 cms
  • Stock: 14364

    A fine Regency chimneypiece finely carved in white statuary marble in the Greek Revival manner of Thomas Hope. The simply moulded shelf is seated over Greek key endblockings which flank two fluted frieze panels centred by a well carved centre tablet which depicts Artemis, the Hellenic Goddess of the hunt, her Roman equivalent was Diana, reclining against a recumbent lioness. The jambs incorporate two robed maidens on reeded plinths. English, early 19th century.

    Link to: Antique English Regency chimneypieces inc. Louis XVI, French Empire and George IV fireplace mantels.

    width height depth
    External 77"
    195.5 cms
    49 316"
    125 cms
    12"
    30.5 cms
    Internal 47 316"
    120 cms
    39 1316"
    101 cms
  • Stock: 11507

    An original cast iron Coalbrookdale Rococo style firegrate almost identical to SNo 13884. The unusual lobed back containing the firebrick, into which are locked the intricately scrolled sides and fronts with floral cast detail, flanking the drop in boldly bowed fire bars. The last image below showing the grate is from a Coalbrookdale Catalogue.

    Made by the Coalbrookdale Company, Ironbridge, Shropshire.
    English, Circa 1850.

    The Coalbrookdale company, situated near Ironbridge in Shropshire, is where the famous 18th century arched iron bridge, opened in 1780 and the first in the world, was made. The company who also made the highly decorative Hyde Park Gates, was by the mid 19th century the largest foundry in the world producing both utilitarian and decorative items for a global market.

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    width height depth
    Overall 29 78"
    76 cms
    20 78"
    53 cms
    16 18"
    41 cms
    Back Width 26 38"
    67 cms
  • Stock: 10730

    An extraordinary and large period Spanish chimneypiece in the Mannerist manner. It is intensively carved in polished stained and waxed pine of canted breakfront form, the mantle with raised geometrically carved platform centred by a scrolled heraldic shield emblazoned on the right side with the Santiago Di Compostela Cross, topped by a baronial coronet, the frieze with a pair of winged dragons carved in deep relief over an arched scroll-carved aperture with an acanthus-carved 'keystone' and flanked by figural-carved jambs, the whole embraced by canted mask-carved corbels above winged, hoofed grotesque creatures.The interior an exact replica made in our workshops of that of our sold stock no 4292, Spanish Art Modernista mosaic and hammered wrought iron by Domenic y Montaner of Barcelona.
    Spanish,16th century. Known Provenance.

    Link to: Antique Baroque Chimneypieces inc English, Italian, French, Flemish Bolection fireplace mantels.

    width height depth
    72 1316"
    185 cms
    68 18"
    173 cms
    24 1316"
    63 cms
    29 12"
    75 cms
    38 316"
    97 cms
  • Stock: 11011

    A prestigious and exceptional Italian neoclassical chimneypiece grandly carved in Statuary marble, with superbly modelled Female Caryatids both facing outwards with hands to head and breast either side of this richly adorned antique fireplace mantel and supporting a substantial breakfronted frieze and shelf which is centred with a raised central tablet and flanked by ribboned strands of graduated pearls and oval scrolled Stemma on the endblockings . Circa 1860.

    SCALE : Substantial.

    width height depth
    External 81 78"
    208 cms
    57 78"
    147 cms
    17 14"
    44 cms
    Internal 48 38"
    123 cms
    41 1116"
    106 cms
  • Stock: 10740

    A UNICORN HOLDING A SHIELD WITH A RELIEF OF A CROWNED LION STANDING ON A CROWN. ONE OF A PAIR WITH SNo 10741.

    This Victorian design forms part of the Royal coat of arms and features on the Victoria Cross...For Valour..the highest award in the British Army, also on many British Army Officers Cap Badges
    Sculptor David Evans........... Circa 1957.

    Provenance: Originally one of a pair of unicorns ( together with SNo 10741) over the Watling Street carriageway into the courtyard standing either side of The Heap of Coins Guarded by Lions (SNo 10732) on the One New Change building in the City of London.

    The building erected in the 1950's to accommodate the Bank of England's Accounts Department & demolished in 2007, 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 Wrens majestic Roman Baroque St Paul’s Cathedral.

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    width height depth
    18 78"
    48 cms
    44 78"
    114 cms
    22 1316"
    58 cms
  • Stock: 10739

    BANK of ENGLAND STATUARY COLLECTION:
    THE FOUNTAIN OF MONEY GUARDED BY LIONS.... the stars of the show...cute , cuddly and fearsome.
    Sculptor Donald Gilbert............ Circa 1957.

    Provenance: One of the collection of around 60 pieces of Portland Stone Architectural Statuary , this one originally in the South Courtyard of the Annexe building in the City of London.

    The building erected in the 1950's to accommodate the Bank of England's Accounts Department & demolished in 2007, 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 Wrens majestic Roman Baroque St Paul’s Cathedral.

    SCALE : Four square & Large.

    Link to: Antique sculptures, carvings, plaques, tablets, coats of arms and panels

    width height depth
    66 18"
    168 cms
    60 58"
    154 cms
    13 38"
    34 cms
  • Stock: 10748

    BANK OF ENGLAND STATUARY COLLECTION : MICHAEL GODFREY, IST DEPUTY GOVERNOR OF THE BANK OF ENGLAND
    One of a pair with SNo 10747 The Governor.
    Sculptor: Esmond Burton circa 1958-59.

    Provenance: Part of the major collection from the Bank of England Annex behind St Paul's Cathedral.

    Originally one of a pair of statues (with 10747) which were part of the group symbolising 'The Granting of the Bank of England's Charter' above the Cheapside entry to the courtyard on the One New Change building in the City of London ( with SNos 10734, 10746, 10748, 10749 ).

    The building erected in the 1950s to accommodate the Bank of England's Accounts Department & demolished in 2007, 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 majestic Roman Baroque St Paul’s Cathedral.

    width height depth
    21 18"
    53.5 cms
    53 78"
    137 cms
    22 38"
    57 cms
  • Stock: 10747

    10747. BANK OF ENGLAND STAUARY COLLECTION: SIR JOHN HOUBLON, 1st GOVERNOR OF THE BANK OF ENGLAND.
    One of a pair with SNo 10748 The deputy Governor.
    Sculptor: Esmond Burton circa 1958-59.

    Provenance: Originally one of a pair of statues (with 10748) in Portland Stone , which were part of the Group symbolising 'The Granting of the Bank of England's Charter' above the Cheapside entry to the courtyard on the One New Change building in the City of London ( with SNos 10734, 10746, 10748, 10749 ).

    The building erected in the 1950s to accommodate the Bank of England's Accounts Department & demolished in 2007, 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 majestic Roman Baroque St Paul’s Cathedral.

    width height depth
    17 78"
    45.5 cms
    53 78"
    137 cms
    24 38"
    62 cms
  • Stock: 10321

    AN IMMACULATE LARGE SOPHISTICATED CHIMNEYPIECE in the Italian Renaissance manner in black marble. The substantial moulded shelf breaks back at the ends and is broken by an arched niche containing a sculpted circular mask of a Bacchic maiden with vine leaves and grapes adorning her hair - in Rosso Antico red marble. A vine leaf and grape swag is festooned beneath a scrolled central plinth and flanked by acanthus leaf detail over fluted bars interspersed with pyramid lozenges, supported on splendid fluted columns under plain Tuscan capitals, descending to circular bases on square footblocks. Image before final restoration and repolishing. Italian 19th century. Shown with a matching 19th century decorative cast interior, SNo 10184, not included in the price.

    SCALE : Tall, wide and grand.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 82 1116"
    210 cms
    83 1116"
    212.5 cms
    18 14"
    46.5 cms
    Internal 50 316"
    127.6 cms
    59 12"
    151.1 cms
  • Stock: 10015

    A very large Neo Gothic Regency cast iron fire grate possibly made by J.S. Morris Cooking-Kitchen & Stove Grate Manufacturer, Devonport (1828) contractor to the Board of Ordnance and the United Gas Company who supplied military stores and materials, please see their advertisement below. English early 19th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    Max 40"
    101.5 cms
    34 14"
    87 cms
    21 12"
    54.5 cms
  • Stock: 10061

    A large English Regency cast iron fire basket. Baronial, imposing, handsome, describes this grate, with dual wolfhound monopodea andirons...rings in their mouths and paw feet joined by downswept side rails to the foliate cast back, with trefoil top flourish. The front bars with tie baton detail.The second image below shows a very similar grate in Charles Dickens' Eastgate House, Rochester, Kent. English, circa 1820. English, circa 1820.

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    width height depth
    31 12"
    80 cms
    26 58"
    67.5 cms
    15 1116"
    40 cms
  • Stock: 10014

    A very large Tudor Gothic Revival chimneypiece in Painswick Limestone, possibly by T. H. Wyatt 1807-1880, a contemporary of Pugin. The frieze and canted ends are carved with nine Quatrefeuille under a concave moulded shelf with likewise nine carved floral motifs in the Pugin style of Oak leaves, over a Gothic arch with oakleaf carved spandrels.Shown in the last frame below with 10015, the original fire grate.

    Provenance: Wyke House, near Trowbridge, Wiltshire, home of the Hammond Family19th century cloth mill owners in Trowbridge, demolished in the 1950s.
    English, mid 19th century.

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

    Width Height Depth
    External 90 78"
    230.9 cms
    70 78"
    180 cms
    15 1116"
    40 cms
    Internal 55 18"
    140 cms
    43 78"
    111.4 cms
  • Stock: 9856

    A substantial and impressive Italian Renaissance chimneypiece possibly by Jacopo Sansovino 1486-1570, in extraordinary intricately polychromed fossil, Lumachella Bigia di Verona marble. The large contoured frieze cantilevered out and supported on massive scrolled jambs descending to Lion Paw feet.
    Italian, 16th century.

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    Width Height
    External 78 14"
    199 cms
    77 316"
    196 cms
    Internal 52"
    132 cms
    60 58"
    154 cms
  • Stock: 4465

    MUSEUM QUALITY: A superb George II, very rare period Georgian antique fire grate in cut and engraved Paktong. The serpentine fronted basket above a pierced foliate serpentine apron flanked by tapering pierced columns with turned finials and bracket feet. English ca 1740.

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    WIDTH HEIGHT DEPTH
    28 12"
    72.4 cms
    28"
    71.1 cms
    13 12"
    34.3 cms
  • Stock: 8976

    GRAND VENETIAN BAROQUE FIREPLACE MANTEL in the 'Brideshead Revisited' manner : A grand and imposing Italian carved giltwood and marble Palazzo chimneypiece. The fluted mantel with bold projection, centred by a benignly smiling satyr's mask with flowing beard, flanked by plinths on which are mounted large clam shells over the tapering panelled jambs with winged pensive cherub sentinels, with descending bounteous fruit swags, terminating in acanthus leaves and scrolls. With later massive projecting sculpted green marble ingrounds.

    COMMENTS : A beautiful creation with delightfully life-like portraiture in the satyr's and puttis' faces, worthy of a very grand Italian Baroque palazzo of the period, particularly in Venice. A mantel of similar proportions in related style is to be seen at Castle Howard , location for the film 'Brideshead Revisited'. see below.
    Italian,circa 1850.

    SCALE : Large and Tall.

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    width height depth
    exterior 89"
    226 cms
    69 14"
    176 cms
    18 18"
    46 cms
    interior 47"
    119.5 cms
    48 58"
    123.5 cms
  • Stock: 7807

    LONGSTAFF FAMILY CHIMNEYPIECE: A finely carved small but tall Jacobean Renaissance Revival chimneypiece & overmantel in Derbyshire fossil stone with the coat of arms of the Longstaff Family, who financed the Sir Ernest Shackleton and Scott's Antarctic Expeditions in 1914. The family motto "VIGILATE" carved along the frieze. With restorations.
    English, dated 1892.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 61"
    154.9 cms
    85"
    216 cms
    14 316"
    36 cms
    Internal 29 12"
    75 cms
    42 1116"
    108.5 cms
  • Stock: 8467

    A rare and extraordinary Italian Renaissance Mannerist marble chimneypiece. The deeply undercut serpentine shelf over the exquisitely carved frieze centered by a Satyr's mask, surrounded with scrolled and extremely fine foliate decoration with large scrolled, angled and likewise deep undercut foliate end brackets over Arabesque decorated jambs descending to curved decorated footblocks. With restorations.
    Italian, circa 1680.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 63"
    160 cms
    53"
    134.5 cms
    17 1116"
    45 cms
    Internal 39 38"
    100 cms
    39 316"
    99.5 cms
  • Stock: 9063

    A LARGE OAK JACOBEAN REVIVAL PANELLED ROOM, IDENTICAL TO THAT REMOVED FROM THE "OLD PALACE " BROMLEY BY BOW, CIRCA 1604 , AND ERECTED IN THE VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM , SOUTH KENSINGTON AROUND 1900.

    PROVENANCE: This room has recently been removed by us together with 9061, the magnificent carved oak and stone chimneypiece, from KIRKDALE MANOR, NORTH YORKSHIRE, and is of pegged and mitre panelled construction, comprising eight blind strapwork carved diminishing pilasters divided by repeated seven-section rectangular graduated panels to a strapwork narrow frieze with corbelled, dentil and ogee cornice, and including two ten-panel doors with decorative iron handles, plates and hinges ( the doors 83.5 " high by 39 " wide by 2 " thick ) and two window seats over iron radiator vents of scroll pierced strapwork design and rectangular in shape, comprising six metal panels altogether, each 24.5"by 18.5", the panelling 143" high, length of room 37 ft, width of room 19.6 ft, bay of three windows 7.7 ft. deep & 18 ft wide.
    NB: The fireplace and overmantel are not included . Illustration, photo before restoration, cleaning and repolishing.

  • Stock: 8559

    ROMAN LIONS: A spectacularly large scale and glorious limestone, antique fireplace and overmantel in the richest Italian Renaissance manner, the form and features showing direct inspiration from Pagan Ancient Rome in the double lions heads under the four finely carved scrolled brackets supporting the double breakfronted shelf and the massive lion paw feet above the footblocks, supporting the fabulously detailed undercarved overmantel, other motif decoration including egg and dart, Vitruvian scrolling and palmettes.
    Late 19th early 20th century.

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

    width height depth
    external 129"
    327.7 cms
    125"
    317.5 cms
    32"
    81.3 cms
    internal 63"
    160 cms
    65"
    165.1 cms
  • Stock: 10996

    A splendid Early Georgian style bronze and cast iron Fire Grate, from the original model produced around 1730 by Messers Feetham, Soho Square, in a design from Thomas Chippendale's " Modern Fashion ". Featured in The Connoisseur Magazine, circa 1920 - see below.
    Mid Victorian.

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    width height depth
    35 38"
    90 cms
    38 58"
    98 cms
    14 58"
    37 cms
  • Stock: 8863

    A handsome large brass hooded antique log grate in the Renaissance manner. This substantial antique fire grate has turned and pierced brass andirons on paw feet supporting the fire basket, the grill of which has turned spindle bars, the whole surmounted by a large waisted hood with repousse brass decoration.
    Circa 1870.

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    width height depth
    35 38"
    90 cms
    36 58"
    93 cms
    20 12"
    52 cms
  • Stock: 7950

    A fine quality George III Adam style serpentine fronted antique firebasket in bright cut steel and cast-iron, with etched medallions on the spandrels and the pierced etched apron, typically decorated urn finals, bowed bars and chamfered legs. English, circa 1840.

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    width height depth
    37"
    94 cms
    26"
    66 cms
    16 12"
    41.9 cms
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