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A collection of antique items of extraordinary quality, concept and style.

  • Stock: 14967

    A large and rare glazed turquoise ceramic jardiniere and stand in the Egyptian manner designed by Christopher Dresser and made by the Linthorpe Art Pottery in Middlesborough.

    The jardiniere is stamped with the makers name on the base, along with the number 2253, and can also be seen on the inside of the base of the stand along with the number 2058. Both are shown in the tenth image below. Please note one of the handles has been restored and there is a restored chip to the rim. English, late 19th century.

    Notes: Linthorpe Art Pottery ran for just ten years from 1879 to 1889. It was started by John Harrison at the suggestion of Christopher Dresser, the prominent designer. Dresser supplied many designs for the pottery. Henry Tooth ran the pottery until 1882, when he left to set up Bretby Art Pottery with William Ault he was succeeded at Linthorpe by Richard Patey.

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    Width Height Depth
    21 12"
    54.5 cms
    52 38"
    133 cms
    17 1116"
    45 cms

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

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  • 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: 14969

    A fine Florentine gilt wood wall mirror. The frame is exuberantly carved with acanthus leaves and scrollwork. Florentine frame-makers were and still are some of the finest in the world, and this mirror exemplifies the quality of their work. The scrolling acanthus leaves are carved in three dimensions, giving the mirror substance and depth.

    Original mercury glass. Italian, mid-18th century.

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    width height Depth
    16 18"
    41 cms
    22"
    56 cms
    3 78"
    10 cms

    Listed Price: £2,400 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • 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: 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 Elizabeth 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.
    English c.1820.

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

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

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  • Stock: 14066

    A large and very rare George III 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
    40 58"
    103 cms
    22"
    56 cms
    13 1316"
    35 cms
    28"
    71 cms

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

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  • Stock: 14849

    A large and imposing white Statuary Marble Gothic Revival chimneypiece together with it's original cast iron and brass mounted insert. The shaped moulded shelf rests above triple columns which frame the slow arched opening and are linked by a large central keystone with deeply carved quatrefoil and shield detail. Larger carved quatrefoil appear on the spandrels. The cast iron insert, with integral toothed front grate bars, is distinctive for its applied cast brass Gothic tracery. English, circa 1840.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 72 58"
    184.5 cms
    54 18"
    137.5 cms
    11 316"
    28.5 cms
    Internal 43 1116"
    111 cms
    41 14"
    105 cms
  • Stock: 14873

    An elegant, early Regency antique fireplace surround, of elegant simplicity, in finely carved pure white Statuary Marble. The breakfront shelf, with a curved moulded undershelf, rests above a panelled, fluted frieze centred with a carved plaque depicting a flambeau urn and swags. Oval floral paterae adorn the endblocks above slim fluted columns on neat footblocks fronting the jambs. Scottish, circa 1810.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 65 12"
    166.4 cms
    56 14"
    143 cms
    7 78"
    20 cms
    Internal 41 1116"
    106 cms
    43 14"
    110 cms
  • 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 palmette 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: 14357

    A finely carved Georgian style Statuary Marble mid Victorian antique fireplace surround. The moulded shelf rests above the delicately veined Sienna Marble fluted freeze, with alternating medallions, centred by a large garlanded urn tablet. Oval rosette paterae adorn the endblocks above tall stylised flambeau urn and vase carved detail on the jambs. English, mid 19th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 69 1316"
    177.3 cms
    57"
    144.7 cms
    7 12"
    19 cms
    Internal 41 14"
    105 cms
    40 78"
    104 cms
  • 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 cherubs and grotesque masks, 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. Shown here with fire basket SNo 14374 not included.
    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: 13122

    An imposingly large Jacobean Revival cedar wood antique fireplace surround with an exquisitely inlaid over mantel. The projecting pediment of the upper register rests above a pair of strapwork panels beneath which are two high arched panels decorated with stylised ornate inlaid vases of flowers picked out in satinwood, mahogany, sycamore and ebony. The panels are set between three pairs of free standing, reeded columns with finely carved capitals terminating in tall strapwork feet. Beneath the over mantel is a fireplace surround, with a moulded shelf above a strapwok carved barrel undershelf, supported by a pair of tapering reeded jambs resting on tall footblocks.
    English, circa 1870.

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    Width Height overall Depth
    External 90 58"
    230 cms
    129 78"
    330 cms
    14 316"
    36 cms
    Internal 12 1316"
    32.5 cms
    14 316"
    36 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 rather grand Gothic Revival boldly carved Caen Stone antique Victorian chimneypiece with a Languedoc Marble shelf above a deeply carved frieze, featuring seven roundels of alternating quatrefoil and rosette motifs, flanked by large endblocks with carved arched niches centred with small shields. The jambs, framing the toothed arched opening, are fronted by twin pairs of free standing Serpentine Marble columns topped by elaborately carved foliate capitals each standing on a plinth raised on large footblocks.
    English, circa 1870.

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    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 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: 14547

    A pair of large 19th century Carrara Marble Italian garden sculptures of playful Putti riding and cavorting with Billy Goats, holding aloft bunches of grapes and garlands of vine leaves and standing on rusticated bases mounted on the original plinths decorated with egg and dart cornice tops and moulded bases.
    Italian, late 18th century.

    Provenance: Purportedly to have been originally in the grounds of the Rushbrooke Hall Estate, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk a moated stately home with a large ornamental garden which was owned for many years by the Jermyn family. In 1938 the estate was taken over by Victor, the 3rd Lord Rothschild (1910-1990) and in 1961 it was decided to demolish and rebuild the house. During the demolition, a fire devastated the building and the moated site and some of the formal gardens are all that remain. The Rothschild family continued in ownership of the estate until it was sold in 2015.

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    width height depth
    sculpture with plinth 26"
    66 cms
    58 14"
    148 cms
    16 18"
    41 cms
    sculpture only 26"
    66 cms
    36 58"
    93 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.

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    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 Coalbrookdale antique fire grate with an elaborately scrolled backplate featuring a playful goat peering over the rim. 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: ' 65 The Coalbrookdale Company registered September 6th 1841 number 814 ' - can clearly be seen on the back.
    English, early to mid 19th century.

    Notes: 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 are one of a set of gates opening into London's Hyde Park. The blast furnaces were closed down around 1820 but the foundries remained in use.

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    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: 14249

    A most attractive French Louis XVI columned antique fireplace surround in very fine black and gold veined Portoro Marble. The moulded shelf is set above a fluted and cushion panelled freeze which is flanked by a pair of lozenge endblocks resting on full round free standing columns fronting the jambs supported on stepped footblocks. French early to mid 19th century.
    Shown here with fire grate SNo 12497 now sold.

    Notes: Varieties of Portoro Marble have been found in different parts of the world but the marble used to make this chimneypiece is of the highest quality and could only have come from the quarries on the Island of Palmaria, in the Gulf of La Spezia, Italy. This marble was discovered and first extracted in Roman times and is rightly regarded worldwide as a luxury marble because of the high quality and the distinctive black and gold veining.

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    width height
    65 1116"
    167 cms
    46 18"
    117 cms
    16 12"
    42 cms
    38 1316"
    98.5 cms
    33 18"
    84 cms

    Listed Price: £22,500 ( + 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.

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  • Stock: 14251

    A rare 19th century Statuary Marble and ormolu chimneypiece in the French Regency style with a large, exquisitely carved 18th century panel after Clodion (1738 – 1814).

    The fireplace, originally in the drawing room of Brook House, located at 113 Park Lane in Mayfair London, was made to accommodate the extraordinary18th century panel which was probably acquired during a Grand Tour.
    The panel depicts 'Le Triomphe d'Amphitrite' who can be seen in the centre riding a dolphin attended by putti, tritons(mermen) and nereids(mermaids). Finely applied ormolu, set beneath the cornice shelf and on the jambs and sides, frames the panel and there are intricately detailed ormolu rams heads and tumbling festoons adorning each jamb above which are corbels embellished with large ormolu acanthus leaves.
    Provenance: Brook House, Park Lane, Mayfair, London. English late 1860s.

    Notes on Amphitrite & Poseidon.
    Amphitrite was one of the fifty Nereids who were attendants of the sea-god Poseidon. On first seeing Amphitrite Poseidon fell deeply in love and ardently pursued her. When she fled his wooing he sent dolphins after her who finally persuaded her to return to become his bride. The bearded figure on the far right of the panel could well be Poseidon himself.

    Notes on Brook House.
    Brook House was built in the French style from 1867-1869 by the architect Thomas Henry Wyatt for Sir Dudley Coutts Marjoribanks, the 1st Lord Tweedmouth. The interiors were designed by the renowned 19th century decorators Wright & Mansfield who were strongly influenced by French design. Please see photo below of the Brook House Drawing Room which shows the fireplace in situ. The photograph is courtesy of the Country Life Archives and was taken by Charles Latham in 1902 for The King Magazine and later included in 'London Interiors' written by John Cornforth and published by Country Life.

    Ernest Cassell, private banker to Edward VII, bought Brook House from Lord Tweedmouth in 1904 and lived there with his granddaughter Edwina Ashley who later became Countess Mountbatten when she married Louis Mountbatten in 1922. Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma was the uncle of the present Duke of Edinburgh. Their marriage was attended by the then King and Queen and the Prince of Wales and the reception was held in Brook House. The couple later moved into a suite on the third floor. The house was mostly demolished and rebuilt in 1933–5 with neo-Georgian designs similar to the neighbouring houses. Each floor had a single apartment and the Mountbatten's double-story penthouse, completed in 1937, was reached by a private, express elevator. The lower apartments were rented out and one of the early occupants was Harry Selfridge, who occupied an apartment there in 1936. The property was further remodelled in 1998 incorporating 16 new luxury apartments.

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    width height depth
    external 88 58"
    225 cms
    65 316"
    165.5 cms
    22 38"
    57 cms
    internal 53 12"
    136 cms
    40 58"
    103 cms
  • Stock: 14398

    A superb, tall and elegant twin columned Gothic Revival antique chimneypiece in finely figured, softly dark grey Saint Anne Marble. This is a wonderful fireplace imposing in its simplicity and one of a kind. The wide moulded shelf rests on twin pairs of attached octagonal columns, each with moulded capitals, supported on sturdy footblocks. The plain frieze is centred by a simple shield above the slow arch of the opening set with quatrefoil carvings on the spandrels.
    English, possibly Scottish circa 1860.

    Shown here together with firegrate SNo 11882 now sold.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 82 12"
    209.5 cms
    54 58"
    138.6 cms
    15 316"
    38.5 cms
    Internal 43 1116"
    111 cms
    39 316"
    99.5 cms

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

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  • Stock: 14549

    A large, rare and imposing late George II English Rococo chimneypiece with strong Palladian influences carved in white Statuary Marble and inlaid with panels of Verde Antico Marble. The panelled frieze, beneath a moulded serpentine shelf, is centred by a richly carved 'pelta' scroll cartouche with very finely carved trailing jasmine sprigs flanked on the endblocks by large C Scrolls. The generously scrolling, canted console jambs, with linked cartouche and acanthus detail, terminate in single hart's tongue fern fronds and are supported on simple foot blocks. Provenance: The Earls of Minto, Minto House, Roxburghshire, Scotland.
    English, circa 1750-1760

    Shown here with andirons SNo 10202 now sold.

    Minto House Notes:
    This 18th century chimneypiece was selected by the 4th Earl of Minto to be installed in the Octagonal Drawing Room of Minto House by the decorators W. Turner Lord & Company, of 120 Mount Street, Grosvenor Square, London, whose estimate for the works was dated 18 September 1891. The tower of an earlier property had been incorporated by William Adam in his design for Minto House around 1740 and the House has subsequently undergone various expansions. One was carried our by Archibald Elliot at the beginning of the 19th century, it was further altered by William Playfair in 1837 and was finally enlarged by Robert Lorimer at the end of the 19th century. Minto House was owned by the Elliott family and the Earls of Minto for several centuries but from the mid 1960s it began to fall into disrepair and suffering from increasing neglect it slowly deteriorated to a state where it was finally demolished in 1992.

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

    Width Height Depth
    External 83 12"
    212 cms
    61"
    155 cms
    13"
    33 cms
    Internal 56 14"
    143 cms
    46 12"
    118 cms
  • Stock: 10915

    A rare 18th century Italian Baroque fireplace mantel in finely carved Statuary Marble. The moulded arched shelf forms the upper part of a full width serpentine frieze which is centred by a high prominent shell cartouche, flanked by profusely carved flowers, grape vines and ears of wheat representing summer and autumn. Carved in low relief at each end of the frieze are winged mythical dragons and to the side are vases of flowers beneath which are elaborate angled c-scrolled jambs decorated with masks of grotesques holding ropes of fruits in their mouths and there are trails of tumbling berries and leaves down the sides. Shown together with andirons SNo 12527 not included with the price. Italian mid 18th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 64 316"
    163 cms
    46 78"
    119 cms
    9 1316"
    25 cms
    Internal 41 14"
    105 cms
    37 1316"
    96 cms
  • Stock: 14397

    A fine Edwardian Georgian style Statuary and inlaid Verde Antico marble chimneypiece, with a moulded shelf above inlaid dentil detail, an inlaid fluted frieze with a central tablet of cavorting cherubs flanked by oval panels of hunting cherubs and with finely carved classical maidens on the endblocks set above descending bellflowers, medallions and swags on the jambs.
    English, circa 1900.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 82 12"
    209.5 cms
    65 316"
    165.5 cms
    9 14"
    23.5 cms
    Internal 50 18"
    127.2 cms
    45 1116"
    116 cms
  • Stock: 4721

    A rare Venetian Renaissance antique fireplace mantel from the fifteenth century. This extremely rare chimneypiece is carved in Pietra d’Istria Marble from the Istrian Peninsula near Venice and is attributed to Giorgio da Sebenico, sculptor of the Duomo San Francesco, Cathedral of Ancona, which features near identical images on the portal. Italian, circa 1460.

    Scale : Large.

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    width height depth
    external 78 1116"
    200 cms
    74"
    188 cms
    34 14"
    87 cms
    internal 68 14"
    173.4 cms
    65 316"
    165.7 cms
  • Stock: 9180

    IRISH WATER SPANIELS

    A rare and remarkable English Rococo Statuary Marble antique chimneypiece with richly and intricately carved floral and rocaille decoration. The boldly conceived and executed central cartouche bordered by both subtle and high relief floral design with typical English / Irish bordered panel and rocaille carved detail on the underfrieze moulding. Most charming of all are the two Irish Water Spaniels peering out from the large "C" scrolled jambs. English, circa 1760.

    This chimneypiece was likely to have been made for a great London House possibly for a ladies room or drawing room.

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

    Width Height Depth
    External 61 78"
    157.3 cms
    48 38"
    123 cms
    14 1316"
    37.5 cms
    Internal 42 78"
    109 cms
    38 38"
    97.5 cms
  • Stock: 13587

    A very fine and large, cut steel antique Gothic Revival chandelier with abundant scrolled stylised decoration throughout. The central rod and linked chains, which emanate from the crown and terminate in scrolling branches, support the highly ornate, cut and pierced hexagonal circlet from which issue six small vertical branches holding the brass light fittings. Possibly French, late 19th early 20th century.

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    Diameter Drop
    29 12"
    75 cms
    55 18"
    140 cms

    Listed Price: £9,800 ( + vat in EU zone )

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