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  • Stock: 14359

    A magnificent and rare Gothic Revival, Byzantine influenced antique silver plated incense burner that could easily be converted into a grand ceiling light. The highly decorative bowl, set with many coloured glass cabochon and bearing the initials I H S a symbolic monogram of Christ, is suspended from a high domed crown on six sturdy chains. Beneath the bowl is a reversed crown terminating in a reversed ring finial.
    Mid 19th century, possibly French.

    This incense burner can easily be converted into a chandelier.

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    Width Height
    56 cms
    53 78"
    137 cms

    Listed Price: £6,400 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 8024

    A large and striking Flemish dark polished fossil stone Baroque Mannerist antique chimneypiece, with double contra scrolling tapering jambs terminating in tall moulded foot blocks, supporting a later barrelled integral frieze and shelf centred by a magnificent lions mask.
    Flemish part 16th century and later.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 90"
    228.6 cms
    195.6 cms
    50.8 cms
    Internal 66"
    167.6 cms
    167.6 cms
  • Stock: 10203

    A large and fine antique Palladian style chimneypiece in the manner of William Kent (1685-1748). Carved in pure white Statuary Marble and with Breche Violette, endblocks and ingrounds, it has a prominent corniced shelf set over a beautifully scrolled foliate carved frieze, centred by a simple Breche Violette plaque, flanked by foliate endblocks above bold tapering volute jambs, topped by ribbon tied scrolls, resting on plain large footblocks.
    English, mid 19th century with later restoration.

    Notes: This chimneypiece, made in the 19th Century, bears a striking resemblance to the chimneypiece in the Red Dining Room at Raynham Hall in Norfolk, designed by Inigo Jones in the late 17th Century. The chimneypiece was probably designed by William Kent as the Hall was refashioned by him in 1731 in collaboration with the Master Sculptor & Carver James Richards (1718-1759) who is credited with the carving of the chimneypiece.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 97 12"
    247.7 cms
    73 18"
    185.7 cms
    14 316"
    36 cms
    Internal 42 18"
    107 cms
    44 1116"
    113.5 cms
  • Stock: 7739

    An impressive large serpentine fronted 18th century polished iron antique fire basket in the manner of Robert Adam, with etched spandrels, paterae & endblocks, a beaded border and four urn finials. Identical to one in Soho House, Birmingham, the house designed by James Wyatt, but this firegrate was probably made by Matthew Boulton (1728 -1809) partner to James Wyatt and a leading light in the English Industrial Revolution. English, circa 1790.

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    Width Height Depth
    96.5 cms
    29 1316"
    75.6 cms
    17 1316"
    45.1 cms

    Listed Price: £24,500 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 13874

    A monumental and imposing richly carved French walnut trumeau chimneypiece. The generously moulded cornice lies above a dramatically carved arched central panel dominating the trumeau frieze and depicting a scene of battle probably relating to the eighth Italian War (1551-1559) when Henry II of France declared war against Charles V ruler of the Holy Roman Empire. The panel is flanked on either side by two large carved horned and winged mythical beasts and the whole rests on the wide and sturdy fireplace surround beneath.

    The deep shelf of the fireplace surround, with its carved alternating bossed frieze, sits above a pair of robust fluted columns with Corinthian capitals and stepped footblocks and the deep set fireplace opening is topped by a finely carved and decorative border detail.
    French, mid 19th century.

    Notes: The 1551-1559 Italian War was also known as the Habsburg – Valois War. There were a series of conflicts from 1494 to 1559 that involved, at various times, most of the city-states of Italy, the Papal States, most of the major states of Western Europe and the Ottoman Empire. Originally arising from dynastic disputes over the Duchy of Milan and the Kingdom of Naples, the wars rapidly became a general struggle for power and territory among their various participants, and were marked with an increasing number of alliances, counter-alliances and betrayals.

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    Width Height Depth
    External 79 1116"
    202.5 cms
    107 18"
    272 cms
    29 78"
    76 cms
    Internal 46 78"
    119 cms
    89 cms
  • Stock: 13922


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

    Mid 20th century.

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

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    Width Height Depth
    63.5 cms
    46 18"
    117 cms
    6 78"
    17.5 cms
  • Stock: 13268

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

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

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

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

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

    SCALE: V. Large

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    Width Height Depth
    109.2 cms
    96.5 cms
    45.7 cms
  • Stock: 8895

    A very fine English Regency six branch crystal waterfall chandelier the four tiers profusely hung with pendant and bead drops, each solid arm with vase shaped candle holders and hung with further bead and pendant drops.
    English, circa 1825.

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

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    Width Height
    31 78"
    81 cms
    122 cms

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

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  • Stock: 12911

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

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    Width Height Depth
    49 1316"
    126.5 cms
    44 78"
    114 cms
    38 cms
  • Stock: 13450

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

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

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

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  • Stock: 6552

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

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

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

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

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

    Width Height Depth
    External 82 14"
    209 cms
    59 18"
    150 cms
    8 14"
    21 cms
    Internal 48 38"
    123 cms
    42 1116"
    108.5 cms
  • Stock: 11022

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

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

    Weight: 110 kg.

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

    Listed Price: £11,500 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 8864

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

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

    Width Height Depth
    External 83 12"
    212 cms
    71 1116"
    182 cms
    16 18"
    41 cms
    Internal 57 12"
    146 cms
    57 18"
    145 cms
  • Stock: 11772

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Stock: 12582

    A rare Martinware saltglaze ceramic fireplace surround by Robert Wallace Martin of the renowned 19th century Fulham Pottery Martin Brothers (1873 to 1923). The pottery later moved to Havelock Road in Southall, London.

    This example, dated 1881, features nine architectural panels, incised with scrolling flowers and foliage panels containing serpents, dragons and mythical beasts, panels of oak leaf and acorns. The sides with further incised panels of scrolling foliage with birds and squirrels, glazed ochre, brown and blue, other marks, impressed mark to bottom right corner.

    Notes: The four Martin Brothers, Wallace, Walter, Charles and Edwin, produced a distinctive type of stoneware pottery, called Martinware, from the 1870s through to the First World War, with a little work being produced through to 1923 when their pottery closed.
    Robert Wallace Martin, the eldest brother, had worked for a while for the architectural sculptor J. B. Phillips of Vauxhall Bridge Road, and later took drawing classes at the nearby Lambeth School of Art.

    Link to: Antique Victorian, William IV and Edwardian fireplaces and chimneypieces.

    Width Height Depth
    External 55 78"
    142 cms
    122 cms
    4 1116"
    12 cms
    Internal 41 14"
    105 cms
    40 58"
    103 cms

    Listed Price: £11,500 ( + vat in EU zone )

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  • Stock: 12563

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

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    Width Height Depth
    External 63 1316"
    162 cms
    62 58"
    159 cms
    5 1116"
    14.5 cms
    Internal 50"
    127 cms
    52 1316"
    134 cms

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

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  • Stock: 12010

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

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

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

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    width height depth
    Overall running length. 400"
    1016 cms
    22 1316"
    58 cms
  • Stock: 10734

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

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

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

    English, circa 1958.

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