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A Very Good Art Deco Period Cut Glass Spirit Decanter, England Circa 1920
The fluted base rising to shoulders decorated with five tiers of faceted bands, to a tapering neck fitted with its original stopper. In excellent overall condition. Height, 10”


A Fine & Exceptionally Large Georgian Inlaid Mahogany Tea Tray, English Circa 1800
The richly figured oval panel centred by an inlaid marquetry conch motif, broadening out to a crossbanded border and rising to a conforming gallery, fitted with silverplated handles.
Dimensions, 30.5” wide x 20.5” deep


A Fine Grand Tour Style Bronze Figure of Mercury Modelled as a Lamp, Continental Circa 1900
The classical figure of the Roman god of abundance and commercial success shown standing atop the mouth of Aeolus (Ruler of the Four Winds), cradling a caduceus in one hand the other arm outstretched towards the heavens. Exhibiting a black / green patina overall and raised upon a verde antico marble base. Height, 25” (to top of socket)


An Early 19th Century ‘Scumbled’ Pine Clock-Case, England Circa 1800
The painted face with Roman numerals & floral sprays signed Porthouse Darlington (for British clockmaker William Porthouse 1736-1815), the hood with an arched cornice with dental mouldings & gilded finials overtop a finely proportioned case. Dimensions, 87.5” x 20” x 12”
Condition Note: The case & original painted face are intact, the movement replaced with a quartz mechanism. The look of a great longcase clock without the expense or maintenance!



A Fine 19th Century Ruby Glass Spirit Decanter with Sterling Silver Collar & Stopper, Sheffield 1847
The tapering ruby glass body fitted with a sterling silver collared spout and detachable stopper, bearing impressed hallmarks and makers marks for Roberts & Slater. Height, 14.5”.
The firm of Samuel Roberts & Joseph Slater produced wares of a very high order, however they were in production for a relatively short period of time (1845-1858), consequently examples of their fine work are seldom found.


A Fine Georgian Mahogany Knife Box Converted to a Tantalus, England Circa 1790
The richly figured serpentine case sided by plated carrying handles, fronted by an ornate shield shaped escutcheon, the hinged lid opening to a lined interior.
Dimensions, 12” high x 6” deep x 7.25” wide



A Fine & Rare Set of Six Dutch Colonial ‘Gujarat’ Glass Decanters, India Circa 1750
All of squared form with rounded shoulders & waisted cylindrical necks, retaining their original dedicated stoppers with flattened & floral gilt decorated finials. Their shoulders decorated with repeating foliate & geometric gilt motifs interspersed at each corner with starburst elements. The underside of each base having pontil marks as well as hand painted numerals that correspond to each of their dedicated and numerically matching stoppers. The dimensions of each decanter is slightly irregular from that of the next but measures approximately 7” high (including stopper) x 2.5” x 2.75” at the shoulder.


A Very Fine 19th Century Gilt Bronze Figural Double Salt Cellar, France Circa 1870
The finely cast & richly gilded figure of a young boy with crisply chiseled features shouldering twin baskets, standing overtop a starfish motif on a naturalistically modelled ground, raised upon a turned antica-verde marble base. Height, 8.25”
In excellent overall condition with no losses and minimal surface wear, consistent with age & use.
Not only is this a very refined example of 19th century French decorative art, it also serves as a highly attractive, functional & conversational piece of table décor.


A Very Fine Pair of Early 19th Century Irish Georgian Glass Decanters, Circa 1800
Both ‘Prussian Form’ bodies having scalloped bases and ‘vesica & diamond’ engraved motifs, rising to tapering triple-ring necks fitted with their original waffle-molded disc stoppers. The undersides of each base bearing molded marks for Cork Glass Co. (working 1783-1818). Both in excellent overall condition with no chips, cracks or losses. Dimensions, 10” high x 4.75” diameter at the base.



A Very Elegant Neoclassical Inspired Porcelain Ice Pail / Wine Cooler, France Circa 1870
The body decorated front & back with hand painted floral vignettes & gilt banding, rising to a detachable conforming porcelain insert, sided by a pair of parcel gilt swan-neck handles. Overall height 13.5”, (10.5” without insert). In excellent overall condition with no cracks or losses, minor wear to some areas of gilding consistent with age & use. No visible factory marks but most likely Paris porcelain.


A Fine & Diminutive Pair of Georgian Cut Glass Spirit Decanters, England Circa 1800
Both decanters having starburst cut bases and mallet shaped bodies with faceted panels, rising to triple-ringed necks fitted with original stoppers. In very good condition overall consistent with age and use, small flake to one stopper. Height, 8.75”



A Very Good Pair of Early 19th Century Papier-Mache Wine Coasters, England Circa 1830
Both bodies of convex form, having dark blue exteriors decorated with hand painted bands of green motifs interspersed by four quadrants of white painted heart-shaped petals.


A Very Good Twin Branch Bouillotte Lamp / Students Lamp, Circa 1950
The single column rising from a dished circular base, supporting twin branches with adjustable shades, terminating to a foliate cast handle. Height, 21.75” high.


A Very Fine 18th Century Neoclassical Brass Register Grate, Irish Circa 1780
Although seemingly unsigned, this remarkable example bears a number of unmistakeable characteristics associated with those manufactured by two of the finest Dublin workshops of the 18th century - George Binns and S & Jn Clarke.

The brass surround engraved with neoclassical motifs, framing an iron basket with a triple bar grate flanked by similarly engraved brass-panelled fire cheeks topped with urn-shaped finials, surmounting an engraved & pierced brass apron. Dimensions, 36” x 34.5” x 8.5”
(A near identical example by George Binns but missing its full brass surround, was sold at Christies London, September 27th 2011 for the hammer price of 7500.00 British Pounds (plus buyer’s premium)
Currently Offsite


A Very Fine Pair of Louis XV Style Gilt Bronze Figural Candelabra, France Circa 1870
Each showing three foliate cast branches with tulip shaped nozzles & foliate cast drip-pans, rising from naturalistically sculpted mounds fronted by putti with finely chiseled features, raised overall atop pierced rocaille bases. Height, 13” to the centre nozzle, 16” (including flambeau finial).
The quality of the casting, gilding & finely chiseled features demonstrated in this fine pair of gilt bronze candelabra is exceptional, and although unsigned they bear very strong characteristics associated with those examples by French sculptor Victor Paillard (1805-1886)



A Very Good 18th Century Copper Wine Cistern, England or Netherlands Circa 1750
The bellied oval copper body having a rope-twist edge sided by robustly cast & rivet-mounted brass grotesque masks with shaped brass handles, raised upon a conforming stepped base atop a copper-clad iron-rimmed foot with a rope-twist edge. Dimensions, 9.75” high x 16.5” long (rim) 17.5” (with handles) x 12” wide.
Overall condition is very good, minor bruising and wear consistent with age & use.

A Pair of Louis XVI Style Gilt Bronze and Marble Three Light Candelabra, French Circa 1890

Both showing three leafy branches terminating to foliate cast nozzles, raised overall upon slender supports terminating to hoof feet atop circular marble bases.

A Very Good Porcelain & Gilt Decorated Cache Pot / Wine Cooler, France Circa 1940
The body with cupped handles, richly decorated overall in gilt detail with French Empire classical motifs of bees and a romantic cartouche of a beribboned crossed quiver and torch suggesting that ‘love wounds & inflames’. Factory marks in gilt script on underside. Dimensions, 8.5” high x 8.5” diameter.



A Superior Pair of Georgian Inlaid Mahogany Knife Boxes, English Circa 1790
Both of serpentine form with oval escutcheons (possibly Paktong), their tops centred by marquetry stars comprised of contrasting ebony & bone segments within banded & chevron strung borders, repeated on the reverse in exotic woods, their interiors fitted with later cutlery panels and what appear to be original locks, raised overall atop cast metal ball & claw feet
Dimensions, approximately 14” high x 9” wide x 9” deep                                                                                



A Rare Pair of Early 19th Century ‘Greek Pattern’ Herculaneum Pottery Cabinet Plates, England Circa 1805
Both plates showing black & white transfer decoration depicting neoclassical themes set against a terracotta vermiculé ground, the reverse of each bearing an impressed H for Herculaneum Potteries, Liverpool. Both having minor frits & flakes consistent with age & material. Diameter 8.25”.
Herculaneum Potteries produced wares for a relatively short period, from 1793-1841


A Very Good ‘Cut-to-Clear’ Amber Glass Goblet, Bohemia Circa 1870
The faceted body etched with arabesque motifs and sculpted with a trio of ‘cut-to-clear’ oval vignettes decorated with hand painted black silhouettes interspersed by ‘cut-to-clear’ roundels with hand painted floral motifs.
Height, 6”


A Fine Pair of French Empire Louis-Philippe Period Parcel Gilt Bronze Candelabra Converted to Table Lamps, French Circa 1840
Each showing three branches with embossed gilt nozzles, affixed to reeded columns interspersed with gilt elements, rising from hipped supports atop tri-form bases. Fitted with custom made parchment shades. Height: 37”
Currently Offsite


A 19th Century German Porcelain Lidded Sugar Bowl, Bonn 1853
The faceted body having open handles and a conforming faceted lid, decorated front and back with hand painted heraldic crests and gilded accents, one side bearing an inscribed date Bonn 1853, the other with an inscribed dedication associated with Baron von Wendt Papenhausen, member of the Kaisers Fraternity.
Dimensions, 6” high x 6.75” long x 4.5” wide.
Restoration to body - remains functional as well as serves as an excellent study piece.


An Early 19th Century Earthenware Tobacco Jar with ‘Bat Transfer’ Decoration, English Circa 1810
The cylindrical body glazed inside and out, fitted with a conforming domed lid and decorated overall with hand applied ‘bat transfer’ motifs of hunt & coaching views. Condition is fair, old firing cracks and minor wear commensurate with age and use. Dimensions, 8” high x 5.5” diameter.

The method of ‘bat-transfer’ decoration was the method of applying ink on a baton (‘bat’) over a thin perforated tissue onto a ceramic body. This practise was very time consuming and was in use for a relatively short period of time, roughly from 1800-1820.


A Very Good Pair of 19th Century German Porcelain Cabinet Plates, Dated Bonn 1853
Both plates showing central fields decorated with hand painted Heraldic crests, the rims painted with Baronial crowns within gilt edged borders. The reverse of each plate dated 1853 and inscribed with dedications denoting Baronial titles associated with Baron von Wendt Papenhausen, all being members of the Kaisers Fraternity. Diameter 7.5”.

The overall condition of both plates is very good, no structural issues, some wear to gilding.
Provenance: From the Estate of Baron von Wendt-Papenhausen


An 18th Century Chinoiserie Decorated English Delft Blue & White Charger, London Circa 1760
The bowl’s central field illustrated with hand painted views of pagodas, flora & waterfowl bordered by diaper-work and wave motifs, the rim decorated with repeating organic elements and a saw-tooth band, the outer edge showing a distinctive dark-ochre trim. Attributed to the Abigail Griffith London Lambeth factory.
Overall condition is very good with no structural issues, minor frits to rim and some losses to glaze on underside. Diameter – 13.5”


A Highly Decorative Arts & Crafts Wrought Iron Jardinière, England Circa 1900
The riveted framework showing an undulating sheet-iron superstructure decorated with classic whiplash & organic inspired hand-hammered elements, raised overall atop four angular supports braced by flattened stretchers with gilt-patinated spandrels. In un-altered condition and retaining its original zinc liner.
Height -35” Width - 30” Depth - 9”


A Very Good George III Mahogany Bell Top Bracket Clock, Signed Anthony Shepperley, London
The richly figured mahogany case showing an arched & glazed door fitted with pierced ormolu spandrels, fronting an engraved silvered face signed Ant. Shepperley, London, with blued steel hands & roman numerals surmounted by a strike/silent dial. The 8 day twin fusee movement with verge escapement striking on the hour and having a pull repeat. Original keys intact.
Anthony Shepperley is recorded as working in Long Row, London in 1814.


A Very Fine Regency Period Rosewood Book Carrier after a Design by Gillows, English Circa 1830

The rectangular platform divided lengthwise by a spindled partition, braced at either end by scrolled supports that flank a similarly turned gallery with turned horizontal carrying handles, raised overall upon four compressed bun-shaped feet. The under-side retaining its original cabinetmakers label for Christopher Hanson.

Ref: Christopher Hanson is a listed British cabinetmaker referenced on page #395 in ‘The Dictionary of English Cabinetmakers, 1660-1840’ by Beard & Gilbert.

Dimensions, 17” long x 8.25” high x 13” deep



A Pair of 18th Century Brass Candlesticks, English Circa 1770
The tulip-shaped nozzles atop flaring columns rising from squared bases decorated with gadroon detail.
Dimensions, 10.25” high x 4.5” square

A Very Good 19th Century German Porcelain Presentation Cup & Saucer, Bonn 1852
Both cup and saucer having gilt rims, the central field of the saucer dated Bonn 1852 with dedication referencing Count Von Wendt-Papenhausen, a member of The Kaiser’s Fraternity, the cup decorated with a hand painted and gilded coat of arms. Dimensions, height of cup 4.25” (to the top of handle) the plate measuring 7.25” in diameter. Both in very good condition with some wear to gilding, commensurate with age & use.


A Fine and Monumental Pair of 19th Century Military Engravings


‘The Death of Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar’
Engraved by Charles W. Sharpe (1818-1889) in 1874 after the original oil by Daniel Maclise (1806-1870) R.A., and published by The Art Union of London in 1876.
Plate size 14.75” x 45.5” (cropped view shown)



‘Wellington and Blucher meeting after the Battle of Waterloo’
Engraved by Lumb Stocks R.A. (1812-1892) in 1874 after the original oil by Daniel Maclise (1806-1870) R.A.., and published by The Art Union of London in 1875.
Plate size 14.75” x 45.5” (cropped view shown)



A Late 19th Century Painted Cast Iron Weigh Scale, France Circa 1870
A very charming accent piece in original green paint and retaining both original brass weigh pans.
Dimensions, 16” x 5.75” x 5.25”


A Pair of Vintage Ram’s Horn Trophies Adapted to Curtain-Rod Holders, Early 20th Century
Diameter, 9”


A Very Fine and Important 19th Century Lavar Kerman Prayer Rug, Circa 1880
Dimensions 74”long x 48 wide”
An excellent example in very good overall condition.
Currently Offsite

(Accompanied by a fully detailed independent appraisal dated February 2015)

Provenance: Purchased directly through descent from the family of Sir John Thompson, Prime Minister of Canada from 1892-94

A Very Fine Regency Period Tea Caddy in Tortoiseshell. The exterior showing a cavetto molded front strung with sterling silver line inlay and having a conforming & similarly strung hinged lid inset with a silver cartouche, raised overall atop original bun-shaped ivory feet. The interior fitted with twin compartments complimented by tortoiseshell lids with turned ivory pulls. English, Circa 1830. Height - 4.25", Width - 7", Depth - 4.5".


An Assortment of 19th Century ‘Greek Pattern’ Herculaneum Pottery, England Circa 1805

Consisting of one large oval shaped comport, four circular plates, two quatrefoil-shaped bowls and a rectangular shaped chestnut basket & flat. Each item showing with black & white transfer decoration depicting neoclassical themes set against a terracotta vermiculé ground, the reverse of each body bearing an impressed H for Herculaneum Potteries, Liverpool. Herculaneum Potteries produced wares for a relatively short period of time, from 1793-1841. (Condition of each item varies, commensurate with material and age. Condition reports are available upon request)

  • Footed Comport (2 views) , 4.75” high x 12.5” wide x 8.25” deep
  • Plates, 8.25” diameter
  • Quatrafoil Bowls, 7.5” high
  • Chestnut Basket & Flat, 3” high x 10.5” wide x 6.5” deep (basket measurment)



A Fine Pair of William and Mary Brass Candlesticks, English Circa 1700

Both having cylindrical nozzles atop waisted columns, rising from squared bases atop robust scrolled feet. Height -7.75”.




A Fine Pair of 19th Century Cut Glass Spirit Decanters. English, Circa 1840

Both showing fine diamond-cut bodies with faceted shoulders & flaring necks,
retaining their original stoppers. Height: 10.5”


A Very Good 19th Century Qashqai Rug.
Circa 1880. Measurements: 79.5” x 57.5”


A Superior, Art Nouveau Bronze-Patinated Spelter Figural Hall Lamp. French, Circa 1900
The robed figure of a classical maiden shown holding aloft a pair of electrified branches fitted with iridescent, Tiffany-style ‘favrile’ glass shades modelled in the form of orchid blossoms. Raised upon a naturalistic base signed Dubois for French sculptor Paul Dubois (1829-1905). Height - 43”


A Pair of Hand Carved and Painted Baroque Style Torchères Continental, Early 20th Century

A Rare Set of Six George II Hand-Coloured Botanical Studies taken from the Gardeners Dictionary, published by Philip Miller. Five of these fine copper engravings were executed by John Miller (1715-1790) after drawings by Richard Lancake and dated 1757, the sixth is both drawn & engraved by John Miller and dated 1758. Each plate measures approximately13" x 8 " and set within an acid-free mat and a giltwood frame. Note: The dating of these plates would indicate they are most likely from the 6th edition of the Gardeners Dictionary as they predate the 7th edition which was published in 1759.

Philip Miller (1691-1771) was the principal horticulturalist in England during the mid 18th century, and as a long time curator of the Chelsea Physic Garden and an active member of the Society of Gardeners, he had the opportunity to interact with some of the most important naturalists of his day as well as some of the most gifted botanical artists of the period.

The Society of Gardeners was a trade union formed in 1724 by prominent horticulturalists of the time to protect the interests of plant sellers. One of the projects undertaken by the group was to create an illustrated guide to plants currently being grown in Britain. Philip Miller was chosen to organize the undertaking of the Gardener's Dictionary which was first published in 1731, and amongst those artists whose illustrations he used for his publications were Georg Ehret, Robert Furber, John Miller and Richard Lancake.