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  • Stock: 15244

    An Edward Pugin Gothic Revival Caen Stone antique fireplace surround. The fine rose red breccia marble shelf and carved undershelf are flanked by projecting faceted endblocks. Beneath the shelf are deeply carved foliate spandrels flanking the pointed arched opening. The wide jambs are fronted by cippolino marble columns, with foliate capitals and statuary marble bases typically of E Pugin's work. The whole fireplace is raised on large faceted footblocks. English, circa 1860.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 55 12"
    141 cms
    50 316"
    127.5 cms
    12 316"
    31 cms
    Internal 28 1116"
    73 cms
    37 1316"
    96 cms
  • Stock: 14854

    A substantial Louis XV chimneypiece in boldly veined Pavonazzo marble. The deeply moulded shelf is set above a panelled serpentine frieze, which is centred with a Rocaille shell cartouche and foliate detail. The C-scroll and shell endblocks sit above acanthus scrolled, angled console jambs.
    French, circa 1860.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 75"
    190.5 cms
    49 58"
    126 cms
    16 78"
    43 cms
    Internal 48"
    122 cms
    39 1316"
    101 cms
  • Stock: 15359

    A highly unusual and attractive Gothic Revival oak and inlaid ebony Victorian sideboard attributed to the renowned English furniture designer Charles Bevan(1820s-1882).

    The undercut top shelf, with a raised three quarter gallery, rests above three neat drawers beneath which is a central set of recessed open shelves, flanked by two cupboards with quatrefoil paneled doors. The brass ringed handles, hinges and locks are original and the whole is supported on a sturdy plinth base. A finely made piece of furniture with great attention paid to detail and carving.
    English, late 19th century.

    Notes: Charles Bevan was a Victorian Gothic Revival designer who was noted for his marquetry designs. In earlier years he worked with prestigious furniture manufacturers and designers including Gillows and J. P. Seddon and became very well known his work featuring in catalogues and periodicals. A woodcarver and cabinetmaker of some distinction in 1872 he set up in partnership with his son, designing and manufacturing marquetry furniture until his death in 1892.Examples of his work can be viewed at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and can also be found in various English country mansions.

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    Width Height Depth
    70 18"
    178 cms
    41 14"
    105 cms
    28"
    71 cms

    Listed Price: £3,950 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 10223

    A fine pair of grand walnut doors, casements and overdoors carved and gilded in the French Renaissance manner. They were originally in Park Place a Grade II listed house set in 570 acres near Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire. The overdoors with arched pediments, centred by a large stylised shell flanked by ornate side scrolls, rest on the carved and gilded door surrounds again with the shell features. The upper panels of the doors are very finely carved with stylised dolphins, strapwork and cartouche each centred by lion masks carved in high relief. The lower panels with arched, raised and fielded panels. The doors are held on substantial rising butt brass hinges and the reverse side of each is set with plain raised and fielded panels. The house featured in the 2009 St Trinians film when the name Headmistress was affixed to the rear of one of the doors as can be seen in the last image. French, circa 1870.

    Photos before restoration and please note that the doors can be sold separately.

    Provenance: The doors were commissioned in the Renaissance style by the Noble family for Park Place which was built in the French Renaissance manner in 1871 by Architect Thomas Cundy.

    Notes: John Noble bought the estate in 1869 and it stayed in the family until 1947 when it was auctioned off in a number of lots. The house was bought by the Middlesex County Council and in 1965 ownership was transferred to Hillingdon Council. The house and gardens were subsequently sold twice more during which time both were carefully restored and are now once again in private ownership.

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    Width Height Depth
    Overall 47 316"
    120 cms
    123 58"
    314 cms
    2 38"
    6 cms
    Door only. 34 14"
    87 cms
    82 1116"
    210 cms

    Listed Price: £19,500 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 7579

    A finely carved, late George III or George IV Statuary Marble chimneypiece tablet, originally the centre piece of a fireplace frieze, depicting Artemis reclining on rocks with her hound before her. English, late 18th early 19th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    17 78"
    45.5 cms
    7 1316"
    19.7 cms
    2 1316"
    7 cms

    Listed Price: £6,500 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 14757

    A large and imposing Louis XVI chimneypiece in Belgian Black Marble together with its original brass insert.The frieze and endblocks are carved in Red Languedoc Marble. The stepped moulded shelf rests above the wide ornately carved frieze centred by a female mask resting on a bed of scrolling leaf and rosette detail. The endblocks bear large and bold garlanded female masks above grand stop fluted console jambs raised on stepped footblocks. French, circa 1810.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 82 14"
    209 cms
    62 1116"
    159.2 cms
    19 1316"
    50.2 cms
    Internal 53 316"
    135.2 cms
    46 78"
    119.2 cms
  • Stock: 10438

    A large and rare, finely carved Statuary Marble tablet in the Italian Baroque manner. A child, or putti, lies asleep under trees on a bank beside a river in an Elyisian landscape set within scrolling borders. It may have once been the central feature on the frieze of a grand chimneypiece. The last image, rather blurred I'm afraid, shows a similar tablet that was from a chimneypiece in Blair Castle, in Pitlochry Scotland.
    English, possibly Irish late 18th early 19th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    19 1116"
    50 cms
    10 58"
    27 cms
    3"
    7.5 cms

    Listed Price: £9,400 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 15248

    A fine Regency steel and brass framed register grate. The top and sides are mounted with acanthus clad turned brass rods which slot into the bullseye endblocks and footblocks. The recessed, bowfronted toothed grate sits above a brass apron embellished with a pair of opposing seated griffin amid anthemion and foliate scroll motifs. English, early 19th century.

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    width height depth
    40"
    101.5 cms
    37 38"
    95 cms
    12 58"
    32 cms

    Listed Price: £18,500 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 14868

    A monumental Regency stoneware urn, in the manner of the antique. This magnificent urn recalls the form of an Ancient Greek krater - a large vessel for mixing wine. The entire urn is dedicated to the God of Wine Bacchus (Dionysus), with a band of fruiting vines to the neck, underneath which is high-relief frieze depicting a Bacchic procession or thiasus, with revellers carrying cups of wine, bunches of grapes and the other trappings of a hedonistic feast. The serpents fashioned into handles are characteristic of Bacchic iconography and they are often associated with Bacchus, as Maenads - female followers of the God - wore snakes in their hair.

    This urn is unlike any other we have come across, but echoes the popularity of themes from classical antiquity, made even more popular by the phenomenon of the Grand Tour. The great engraver and antiquarian Giovanni Battista Piranesi even produced an engraved volume solely dedicated to the designs of urns in the antique style. He then manufactured urns in his Italian workshops. In England, the famous manufacturer Eleanor Coade and designers such as Thomas Hope also produced urns in the antique manner for an eager public.

    The urn is made from a weather impervious stoneware, similar to the famous Coade stone. Restoration to the handles has been carried out.


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    Width Height Depth
    29 78"
    76 cms
    57 78"
    147 cms
    32 1116"
    83 cms
    Base 18 12"
    47 cms
  • Stock: 9240

    A grand and impressive Palladian style chimneypiece in finely carved Portland Stone. The wide shelf carved in high relief with an undershelf of repeating acanthus leaf motif, over boldly scaled egg and dart over lambs tongue detail. The main ingrounds carved with continuous guilloche motif. The whole is supported on large, sturdy footblocks. Rebuilt using original 19th century elements. Provenance: Removed from a building in the City of London.
    English, late 19th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 112 1316"
    286.5 cms
    87 58"
    222.5 cms
    17 78"
    45.5 cms
    Internal 65 316"
    165.7 cms
    63 1116"
    161.7 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: 15195

    A late 18th century Georgian chimneypiece carved in Statuary Marble with Verde Antico frieze panels and slips to the opening. This chimneypiece was carved by the sculptor Thomas Carter (d.1795) and designed by the architect Charles Cameron, who installed it at 15 Hanover Square, London W1 c.1774 - a property which has subsequently been demolished. It was almost certainly designed for one of the principle rooms in the house. The Statuary Marble chimneypiece is boldly carved, uniting both Neoclassical and Palladian ideals to create an ornate yet elegantly balanced piece. The central tablet is carved in high relief with a depiction of putti representing the Arts, Sciences, Knowledge and Industry. It is centred on the frieze beneath the wide breakfront shelf and is in turn flanked by a pair of large stylised, foliate endblocks which sit above the sweeping console jambs.
    English, circa 1774.

    Provenance: 15 Hanover Square was designed in the 1770s by the architect Charles Cameron for Jervoise Clark (1743-1808) Member of Parliament for Yarmouth, on the Isle of Wight. The chimneypiece was installed there in the 1770s. It was taken out when the house was demolished in 1904 and was subsequently promoted by prominent antique dealers of the time among them Mr Pratt, Messrs Keeble, Gill & Reigate & Sir Charles Allom. It was Illustrated in English Chimneypieces by Guy Cadogan Rothery published by John Tiranti in 1927 (please see the scanned image below).

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    Width Height Depth
    86 316"
    219 cms
    63 12"
    161.2 cms
    12"
    30.6 cms
    47 58"
    121 cms
    43 1116"
    111 cms
  • Stock: 15202

    A finely carved Statuary Marble George III chimneypiece with a musical theme. The reeded frieze, beneath the moulded shelf, is centred by a carved tablet of a muse playing her harp with a putti beside her holding her music. The musical theme is echoed in the carved trumpets, drums and symbols on the endblocks set above the reeded jambs. This fine Georgian fire surround was at one time in a large house in a village in Hampshire. English, circa 1800 - 1810.

    Shown here with fire grate SNo 14862 not included.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 53 1316"
    136.7 cms
    49 38"
    125.6 cms
    10"
    25.5 cms
    Internal 35 12"
    90.2 cms
    40 38"
    102.5 cms
  • Stock: 14993

    A pair of large bronze lanterns from the Regency period. These tapered lanterns are surmounted by a flame emanating from a corona, echoing their past as gas lanterns. Below, there is an elegant band of palmettes very much aligned with the Regency aesthetic and this rests above the curved glass panels.

    The bronze has developed a beautiful patina over time.These lanterns were intended to be mounted on a gate post or wall bracket, but can be easily adjusted for hanging if required.

    English, early 19th century.

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    Diameter Drop
    16 12"
    42 cms
    39 38"
    100 cms

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

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  • Stock: 14356

    A fine Statuary Marble Victorian chimneypiece with grey/green Verde Antico Marble inlay very much in the George III manner. The wide moulded shelf, with an underlay of dentil detail, rests above an inlaid Greek Key frieze with a central tablet of an urn surmounted by a pair of mythical styled sphinx. The rosette paterae on the end blocks are set above inlaid fluted pilasters fronting the jambs. English, circa 1870.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 71 1116"
    182 cms
    56 12"
    143.5 cms
    9 18"
    23 cms
    Internal 44 18"
    112 cms
    42 78"
    109 cms
  • Stock: 14968

    An impressive and large late 19th century French quarter chiming gilt brass Gothic Revival bracket or mantel clock retailed by Hall & Company, Manchester. The case, with engraved floral decoration and applied coloured cabuchon jewel mounts, encloses a gilt 7" Roman dial with a finely scroll engraved centre and an eight day spring driven movement with anchor escapement chiming the quarters on a nest of two bells. The movement was made in Saint Nicolas d' Aliermont, by Pierre-Honoré-César Pons and then finished by the Parisian Clock maker, Louis Achille Brocot. French, circa 1870.

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    width height depth
    16 78"
    43 cms
    31 12"
    80 cms
    12 316"
    31 cms

    Listed Price: £12,500 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 7944

    A decorative Georgian style chimneypiece in Statuary & Sienna marble with a moulded breakfront shelf above a central panel. This panel depicts a group of playful putti wrestling a ram, bearing a mask and climbing a tree in a forest setting, bordered by oval paterae and bellflower garlands and putti endblocks over similarly carved jambs. English, circa 1890.

    Shown here with fire basket SNo 10350 now sold.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 70"
    177.8 cms
    59 12"
    151.1 cms
    7 12"
    19 cms
    Internal 41 1116"
    106 cms
    43 12"
    110.5 cms
  • Stock: 14629

    A large and impressive English Regency iron, steel and polished brass antique fire basket with a decorative stele crest backplate. The deep bow fronted grate, above a cut and linked medallion skirt, is supported by a pair of large brass standards formed as ribbon bound columns beneath lidded vase finials and raised on splendid lion claw feet. English, early 19th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 39 1316"
    101 cms
    31 18"
    79 cms
    14 316"
    36 cms
    Back width 26"
    66 cms

    Listed Price: £12,600 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 14977

    A Statuary Marble classically styled delightful antique plaque of generous proportions carved with a central shell cartouche flanked by a sunflower and rose and surrounded with an abundance of small flowers, wheat ears and ribboned bellflowers. English, 19th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    39 1316"
    101 cms
    10 1316"
    27.5 cms
    1 58"
    4 cms

    Listed Price: £6,500 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 14066

    A large and very rare Regency cast & wrought iron, brass mounted antique fire grate in the Greek Revival manner. The backplate, with a rolled top embellished with scrolled foliate detail, sits behind the tooth barred curved fronted grate which is flanked by panels with applied brass stylised honeysuckle and scrolled wrought iron mountings. The grate is supported to the front by a pair of tall draped figural andirons standing on small brass footblocks.
    English, circa 1810.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 40 58"
    103 cms
    22"
    56 cms
    13 1316"
    35 cms
    Back Width 28"
    71 cms

    Listed Price: £12,000 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 14780

    A tall and finely made white Statuary Marble Georgian chimneypiece. The wide corniced shelf rests above the plain frieze which is centred by a tablet depicting The Triumph of Love. Flanking the frieze are laurel wreathed endblocks above fielded jambs with corbels in the form of stylised fern fronds terminating in bellflowers. This antique fireplace exudes the simple elegance characteristic of the period. English, circa 1790.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 74 1316"
    190 cms
    59 58"
    151.5 cms
    7 12"
    19 cms
    Internal 45 14"
    115 cms
    43 58"
    110.8 cms
  • Stock: 14553

    Early nineteenth-century Italian chimneypiece in Carrara marble, with a richly carved under-shelf and frieze. The recessed frieze has a central tablet carved with Venus in repose; this is flanked by two pairs of birds, each bearing a garland in their beaks. The endblocks are carved with large Medusa masks which rest on engaged fluted columns with delicately carved capitals of curling acanthus leaves. The fluted columned jambs gently widen to finish in an elegant base.
    Italian, circa 1830.

    Shown here with fire grate SNo 14629.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 73 316"
    186 cms
    52 316"
    132.5 cms
    12 316"
    31 cms
    Internal 54 14"
    138 cms
    42 18"
    107 cms
  • Stock: 14633

    A highly ornate and rare antique stone fireplace surround in the Louis XV Rococo style exuberantly carved throughout with abundant floral and foliate detail. The moulded shelf with bead and reel edging rests above an embellished serpentine frieze centred by a stylised rocaille cartouche with floral trails flanked by scrolled acanthus corners. Small shell cartouche top tapering panels on the jambs which rest on sturdy footblocks.
    Photos before restoration. French mid to late 18th century.

    Shown here with replica fire grate SNo 10920 not included in the price.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 62 38"
    158.5 cms
    46 78"
    119 cms
    17"
    43.3 cms
    Internal 50 18"
    127.3 cms
    34 58"
    88 cms
  • Stock: 8232

    A very smart English Regency specimen marble chimneypiece in Kilkenny Black Fossil Marble inlaid with Breche Violette marble panels which have been cut and opened like a book to reveal symetrical veining. The oval plaque on the frieze and the flanking end blocks are of inlaid Convent Sienna Marble. English, circa 1820.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 69"
    175.3 cms
    55 1116"
    141.6 cms
    6"
    15.2 cms
    Internal 43"
    109.2 cms
    42 12"
    108 cms

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

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  • Stock: 10928

    An important, rare mid-18th century Georgian English Rococo antique fireplace surround in Statuary and Maurin Green Marble influenced by the designs of Sir Henry Cheere (1703-1781) and Isaac Ware (1704-1766). The serpentine shelf rests above a scrolling frieze centred by a carved spray of oak leaves flanked by simple floral rosettes on a bed of Maurin Marble. The end blocks are adorned with acanthus leaves and trailing oak sprigs above finely carved angled console jambs, with Maurin Marble side panels, supported on shaped footblocks. English circa 1750.

    Notes: Part of our research revealed that a very similar chimneypiece originated in Woodcote House in Surrey. The house, rebuilt in 1750, was designed by Sir Henry Cheere and the sculptor was Isaac Ware. This chimneypiece bears a close resemblance to their designs. It is also related in style and quality to our SNo 9180.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 71 18"
    180.5 cms
    48 38"
    123 cms
    14 316"
    36 cms
    Internal 52 316"
    132.7 cms
    39 1316"
    101 cms
  • Stock: 13353

    A monumental French Renaissance style antique chimneypiece highly carved in creamy Caen Stone. The massive entablature, with its breakfront shelf centred by a podium above fruit and a grotesque mask, has a boldly carved frieze of mythical dragons and serpents amidst scrolling foliage. There are two large humorous figural carvings on the endblocks. To the left is the figure of a furtive peasant and to the right that of a lounging court jester. The whole is supported on a pair of free standing columns, with elaborate capitals, fronting the jambs.
    French, mid 19th century.

    Shown here with fire basket SNo 14374 not included.

    Notes: Caen Stone is a light and creamy yellow Jurassic limestone formed approximately 167 million years ago and quarried near the City of Caen in north western France. It was used in the building of many historic French churches and abbeys and was also partially used in the construction of Canterbury Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London in England.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 79 78"
    203 cms
    61 1316"
    157 cms
    23"
    58.5 cms
    Internal 45 1116"
    116 cms
    46 12"
    118 cms
  • Stock: 14593

    An unusually elaborate Rococo, Louis XV style Belgian black marble antique fireplace surround, with gilded detail throughout. The serpentine moulded shelf rests above a deep panelled frieze which is centred by an elaborate rocaille style cartouche and flanked by deeply carved large foliate endblocks. The jambs with large carved scrolling detail supported on shaped footblocks. Belgian, 18th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 87"
    221 cms
    51 316"
    130 cms
    14 58"
    37 cms
    Internal 64 316"
    163 cms
    41 18"
    104.5 cms
  • Stock: 14804

    A fine and grand Georgian style brass and cast iron antique fire basket. The arched backplate sits behind a three barred grate mounted with five tulip vase finials above a pierced and engraved serpentine apron depicting mythical dragons amid scrolling foliage. The grate is supported on a pair of four columned standards topped with taller tulip vase finials. English, circa 1870.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 41 12"
    105.5 cms
    35"
    89 cms
    20 78"
    53 cms
    Back width 26"
    66 cms

    Listed Price: £10,600 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 14728

    A charming and imposing Louis XV style antique Rococo chimneypiece in Fleur de Pêche Marble with exceptional ormolu mounts by Francois Linke (1855-1946). The serpentine shelf rests above a panelled frieze centred with an applied ormolu shell cartouche, cushioned on trailing acanthus leaves, above a wide serpentine opening. The tapering, canted jambs, embellished with very fine applied ormolu female terms and with delicate ormolu foliate mounts at each foot, are supported on elegant footblocks. French, late 19th century.

    Notes: Francois Linke was a leading Parisian ébéniste of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and this fireplace was almost certainly commissioned by a client around that time. His signature can be clearly seen on the shoulder of the female term to the left.

    In the nineteenth-century, François Linke was considered one of the finest cabinet makers and designers in France, and one of the finest in the world. Born in the small village of Pankraz in Bohemia - now Jitrava in the Czech Republic - François Linke was the second son of eleven siblings. His father was a farmer and sent François to be apprenticed to a local cabinetmaker at just thirteen years of age, after which he settled in Paris in 1878; only five years after his apprenticeship had been completed.

    The applied ormolu decorations designed by Léon Messagé were an essential part of Linke’s allure and brought him to the forefront of the Paris makers of meubles de haut luxe. At the famous Exposition Universelle in 1900, one of Linke’s finest items - a grand bureau - won a gold medal. The Art Journal reported in 1900 on Linke’s stand:
    ‘The work of M. Linke … was an example of what can be done by seeking inspiration amongst the classic examples of Louis XV and XVI without in any great sense copying these great works. M. Linke’s work was original in the true sense of the word, and as such commended itself to the intelligent seeker after the really artistic things of the Exhibition. Wonderful talent was employed in producing the magnificent pieces of furniture displayed...’

    Linke’s work was so fine that he was invited to undertake an extraordinary commission to furnish the Ras al-Tin Palace in Alexandria with over 1,000 pieces of furniture and decoration for King Fuad of Egypt; the single largest furniture commission ever conceived, which eclipsed even Versailles. It is here that other examples of his exquisite marble and ormolu chimneypieces can be found.

    The designs for these majestic Rococo chimneypieces were in fact inspired by the chimneypieces of Versailles. These were designed in the late 18th century by Jacques Verberckt with gilt bronze mounts by Jacques Caffiéri. The two master craftsmen embodied the Louis XV Rocaille style of the eighteenth-century. When Linke and Messagé were allowed access to these designs, they sought to reproduce both the style and quality for a nineteenth-century audience. As a result, the Louis XV style saw a great revival. The chimneypiece in our collection has figural ormolu mounts almost identical to those found in the sumptuous Council Cabinet of Versailles. Linke has subtly updated the design by choosing a soft, fleur de pecher marble to provide the perfect backdrop for the glowing ormolu.

    This chimneypiece is a testament to both Linke and Messagé's exquisite craftsmanship and represents the finest of nineteenth-century design. If you would like any further information about this piece, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 84 58"
    215 cms
    47 58"
    121 cms
    20 18"
    51 cms
    Internal 60 58"
    154 cms
    38 38"
    97.5 cms
  • Stock: 14727

    A fine Gothic Revival Caen stone chimneypiece, attributed to John Middleton (1820–1885). This grand chimneypiece has double columned jambs in a garnet coloured Serpentine marble which support a Languedoc marble shelf. The fireplace bears attributes of Norman ecclesiastical architecture, with zigzag mouldings framing both the frieze and the arched opening due not only to Middleton’s passion for church architecture but also reflecting the great religious revival of the nineteenth century; the Oxford movement perhaps being the most famous.

    It is likely to have come from a grand Gothic Revival House in Cheltenham or its environs. It would have no doubt come from a room of grand proportions and it certainly would have made a magnificent centrepiece.

    English, circa 1870.

    Notes: Orphaned from a young age, Middleton was left only a modest allowance which he used to train as an architect in the North of England. He did however manage to travel to Europe, which influenced his style a great deal. Middleton went on to design a number of churches, residences and even railway stations in the favoured Gothic style of the period. Some of the most beautiful residences and public buildings he designed were in Cheltenham, including the Cheltenham Ladies College. Nearly every private residence he designed had a grand chimneypiece. These Gothic creations were hewn from both stone and marble, with grand columns and bold carving, not so different in design from gothic sedilia.

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

    Width Height Depth
    External 96 18"
    244 cms
    61 1316"
    157 cms
    18 18"
    46 cms
    Internal 48"
    122 cms
    42 78"
    109 cms
  • Stock: 10110

    A rare and important pierced and engraved steel George III antique fire grate. It was manufactured in bright steel with very finely engraved foliate and acanthus detailing, applied beading, a skirt of lozenge paterae and lidded urn shaped finials set above chamfered engraved 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.

    Link to: Antique fire grates and log baskets.

    Width Height Depth
    43"
    109.2 cms
    37 12"
    95.3 cms
    21"
    53.3 cms
  • Stock: 14414

    An imposing and profusely carved French Baroque style fireplace surround in lightly veined white Carrara Marble with an upper coffered stop fluted frieze and stepped entablature above an arched egg and dart band.

    The fine quality clock, set within an arched niche framed by a foliate edged band above the garlanded frieze, strikes the hour and the half hour on a single bell. The clock face has gilt Roman numerals on a marble bed within a gilt egg and tongue frame. The delicately pierced hands are finely engraved with foliate detail and the clock is stamped on the movement Bailly Sr De Weibel, Breveté S.G.O.G. A Lyon.

    The opening is edged with a finely carved leaf and berry band and the jambs each have two tapering, garlanded grotesque terms to the front and the sides terminating in large lion claw feet resting on stepped footblocks. Shown here with andirons SNo12527 not included in the price.
    French, circa 1870.

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

    Width Height Depth
    External 66 78"
    170 cms
    60 316"
    153 cms
    21 14"
    54 cms
    Internal 37"
    94 cms
    36 316"
    92 cms
  • Stock: 14374

    A rare and monumental cast iron Victorian, Coalbrookdale fire grate with an elaborately scrolled backplate featuring a Bagot Goat jumping a fence. The substantial basket, with a strapwork apron centred by a lion mask, is supported by a pair of large and powerful panther head standards. Provenance: The Coalbrookdale Company registered September 6th 1841 number 814 can be seen on the back.
    English, early to mid 19th century.

    Notes: The Bagot goat is believed to be Britain's oldest breed of goat and has lived semi-wild at Blithfield Hall in Staffordshire for over six hundred years.The Coalbrookdale Company, a foundry in Shropshire established in 1709, is probably most famous for building the world's first cast iron bridge erected and opened at Ironbridge in 1780, but it was also noted for its decorative ironwork an example of which is a set of gates opening into London's Hyde Park. The blast furnaces were closed down around 1820 but the foundries remained in use.

    Link to: Antique fire grates and log baskets.

    Width Height Depth
    External 35 1316"
    91 cms
    28 1116"
    73 cms
    16 12"
    42 cms
    Back width 22 1316"
    58 cms

    Listed Price: £8,500 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • 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.

    Link to: Antique, old vintage fountains, sculptures, garden furniture and statuary

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

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

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  • Stock: 14432

    A complete carved oak wainscot panelled room recently removed from a large house in Lille in northern France close to the border with Belgium.

    The panelled suite includes a large Belgian Black Marble fireplace, a pair of full height doors and a set of six original late 19th century machine woven tapestries. The two sets of original windows, shown in situ in the images below, are not available but the panelled sections surrounding the window openings are and remain part of the whole suite. The doors and the window openings are surmounted by decorative carved friezes with highly ornate pediments flanked by tall pilasters. Further pilasters flank the overmantel mirror of original mercury plate above the fireplace and the mirror is surmounted by it's own richly carved pediment. The six late 19th century machine woven tapestries depicting various medieval rural pass-times are set above each section of panelling.

    The large and imposing Belgian Baroque style fireplace surround has a deeply moulded shelf above a panelled frieze with a central foliate panel flanked by swagged corbels, repeated on the side returns, above descending bellflower detail on the jambs over bold moulded footblocks. The opening is framed by inner slips with carved lambs tongue moulding and floral spandrels.
    French, circa 1880.

    Shown here with firegrate SNo 14446 not included in the price and fireback panels SNo 14125 now sold.

    Room Measurements:
    Width 19ft ( 5m 58cms)
    Depth 18ft 4ins (5m 80cms)
    Height 12ft 4ins (3m 73cms)


    Notes: Wainscot panelling is found lining the interior walls of rooms and hallways and usually forms the lower part of the walls.

    Link to: Antique panelling and overmantels

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