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~ Partial Inventory ~ 

Important Note – Please note some items are currently stored off-site

An Extremely Fine Set of Six Directoire Period Brass Inlaid Mahogany Side Chairs, France Circa 1800
The frames featuring backrests panelled with brass mouldings framing ebony lozenges inlaid with brass swan motifs, over hand carved lyre-shaped splats with brass ‘strings’, together with similarly brass strung stiles, front seat rails & sabre front supports. Height 34” Width 17.5” Depth 18”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

An Exceptional Regency Period Rosewood & Goncalo-Alves Parcel Gilt Side Cabinet in the Manner of George Smith, English Circa 1825
The overhanging sienna marble top surmounting a rosewood case fitted with two short drawers showing ebonized mouldings with brass trim & gilt bronze anthemia mounts, overtop a pair of richly figured goncalo-alves panelled cupboard doors accented with brass mouldings fronting a shelved interior. The case flanked on either side by a pair of robust gilded monopodia elements depicting lion heads terminating to paw feet atop a brass strung plinth base. Dimensions (including marble top), 36” high x 45” wide x 18” deep.
Goncalo Alves is an exotic timber somewhat resembling rosewood and was used in select pieces of 19th century English furniture.
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The quality of timber, crisp casting & rich gilding of the bronze mounts, together with the exacting proportions and degree of craftsmanship exercised in the construction of this exceptionally fine example of English Regency furniture is exemplary.

George Smith (1756-1826) was one of the most influential furniture designers of the English Regency Period (1811-1830) and wrote the definitive text on Regency interior design titled, ‘A Collection of Designs for Household Furniture and Interior Decoration’. Smith drew inspiration for many of his design elements from his earlier career as an Egyptologist, incorporating motifs of sphinx’s, griffons, lion’s heads & paws, anthemia, etc.

 
 
 
 
 

A Fine & Highly Figured 19th Century Rosewood Centre Table, English Circa 1860
The striking, richly grained top retaining its original tilt mechanism, raised upon a robust single column atop three foliate carved supports fitted with original brass castors. Dimensions, 30” high x 53.5” diameter.
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A Very Fine & Elegant Satinwood Occasional Table, English Circa 1910
The richly figured oval top accented with Kingwood cross-banding & ebony stringing, surmounting a conforming frieze fitted with a flush mounted drawer, raised overall upon four squared & tapering supports inlaid with ebony stringing and braced by a curvilinear shaped stretcher.
Dimensions, 27.5” high x 13.5” wide x 9” deep.
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A Very Good and Highly Interesting Biedermeier Commode in Oak & Mixed Woods, German / Austrian Circa 1820 The figured oak top inlaid with contrasting geometric motifs in German walnut, centred by an inlaid cartouche of mixed woods depicting a heart with a silvered metal Christogram (IHS) overtop an anchor & cross – symbolic of Love (Heart), Hope (Anchor) & Faith (Cross).The overhanging top drawer braced on either side by ebonized columns with embossed brass capitals, surmounting two tiers of full width graduated drawers, their fronts inlaid with contrasting light & dark woods and retaining their original brasses & locks, raised overall upon splayed rear supports & carved paw-shaped front supports.
Dimensions, 33.5” high x 47” wide x 23.5” deep.
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A Very Good Georgian Double Pedestal Mahogany Dining Table, English Circa 1820
The solid mahogany top exhibiting fine colour & exceptional graining, consisting of two demi-lune sections retaining their titling mechanisms, together with its original leaf. Raised overall upon twin turned columns atop four splayed & fluted supports fitted with original brass castors & lion’s paw toecaps.
Dimensions, 29” high x 39” wide x 76” long (with 15” leaf inserted).
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A Fine Hepplewhite Period Serpentine Chest of Drawers in Figured Mahogany. English Circa 1780
The ebony strung & crossbanded top above four tiers of conforming full width drawers having original diamond shaped ivory escutcheons and later brasses. Raised overall on splayed 'French' bracket feet spanned by an undulating skirt. Height - 37.75" Width - 39" Depth - 22.75".

 
 

A Very Good 19th Century Mahogany Butler’s Tray on Stand, England Circa 1820
The galleried tray with open carrying handles, resting upon twin X frame supports braced by a hexagonal shaped stretcher.
Dimensions, 30.5” x 32.75” x 18.5”

 

A Stunning 19th Century Signed Sorrento Parquetry Occasional Table, Italy Circa 1890
The squared top with bevelled corners, inset with contrasting geometric panels of walnut, olivewood and other exotic woods, atop a turned ebonized column inlaid with contrasting segments of light & dark woods, raised overall upon three ebonized supports inlaid with chevron motifs of light & dark woods. The top’s underside bearing two original paper labels. In very good overall condition. Dimensions, 29.25” high x 19.75” x 19.75”

 
 
 
 
 
 

A Modernist Brass Gueridon Occasional Table attributed to Maison Jansen, France Circa 1970
The brass frame showing three slender supports rising from hoof feet, braced by a circular stretcher with a conforming glass panel, surmounted by a large circular glass top, the brass frieze decorated with three scrolled capitals with ringed elements. Dimensions, 28.75” high x 20.5” diameter.
Overall condition is very good with no losses or repairs, minor surface wear consistent with age and use.

 
 
 
A Fine George III Style Upholstered Library Chair, English Circa 1870
The upholstered back and seat sided by padded armrests atop carved in-swept armrests, raised overall upon four richly carved cabriole supports.
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A Fine and Rare Charles II Oyster-Veneered Two Part Chest of Drawers in Oak, England Circa 1670
The oak case of pegged construction inset with vertical walnut panels and fitted with three graduated full width drawers, all showing oyster-veneered olivewood fronts inlaid with circular pearwood stringing, framed within raised panels and fitted with later but stylistically correct brass drop pulls. Raised overall atop stile feet fronted by later applied bracket panels. Height - 38", Width - 37", Depth - 22"

 
 

A Fine Empire Period Mahogany Framed Fauteuil, France Circa 1815
The richly figured frame showing an upholstered backrest braced by down-swept armrests with reeded grips, raised overall upon tapering squared supports.
Dimensions, 34.5” high x 23” wide x 20” deep.

 
 
 
 

An Exceptional 18th Century Italian Neoclassical Parquetry & Marquetry Commode in Kingwood, Mahogany, Walnut & Satinwood, Circa 1780

The original hand-quarried sienna marble top set within a gilded gesso molding above a pair of full width drawers that retain their original fire-gilded pulls and functioning locks, their fronts inlaid with romantic and mythological motifs set against lustrous panels of Satinwood within Kingwood borders decorated with burnt chevron motifs on satinwood banding, both sides similarly addressed. Raised overall atop four inlaid, tapering supports terminating to gilt-gesso capped feet.
Beneath the marble top, the exposed carcass bears stenciled lettering for CIAMPOLINI FIRENZE.
Height - 36.5" Width - 48" Depth - 22"
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A superior example and of fine proportions and patina, in remarkable condition overall.

 
   


   
















A Georgian 3 Tiered Mahogany Whatnot, English Circa 1800
The three tiered structure braced by slender ring-turned & blocked supports, exhibiting a fine warm patina overall. Dimensions, 48” high x 16.5” wide x 13” deep

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A Vintage Button Tufted Naugahyde Chesterfield, Circa 1950
Dimensions, 77” long x 35” deep x 29” high
 
   
 
   
 
A Fine Set of Eight Georgian-Style Mahogany Framed Dining Chairs, English Circa 1870
The set consists of six side chairs and two open arm chairs in finely grained solid mahogany, all having drop-in seats. All in fine condition and having a warm mellow patina overall.

Provenance: The Estate of Alfred Rive, B.A., M.Litt., Ph.D., LL.D (1898-1970), thence by descent to family, then purchased directly by Ernest Johnson Antiques.

Alfred Rive had a distinguished career in the Canadian Foreign Service becoming part of the Canadian permanent delegation to the League of Nations in Geneva, (1935-1940) and Canadian High Commissioner in Wellington, New Zealand (1946-53). He was later appointed Canadian Ambassador to Ireland from 1955-63.
He married Harriot Hopkinson in 1939, daughter of noted American artist Charles Hopkinson of Boston Massachusetts, an associate and contemporary of John Singer Sargent.

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Note: It is relatively scarce to find such a fine and complete set of eight dedicated dining chairs in this condition given their age and utilitarian use, as well as the fact that large sets are quite often divided amongst family when passed down from one generation to the next.








A George II Japanned Chest of Drawers, English 1740

The overhanging top above four tiers of drawers, all with stylistically correct later brasses, raised overall atop bracket supports. The exterior showing remnants of black lacquer over a red bole treated surface. Dimensions; 36” high x 40.5” wide x 21.5” deep (The striking appearance of this case would most certainly compliment both a modern or classical setting)
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An Exceptional Pair of Satinwood Panelled George III Period Side Chairs. English, Circa 1800
Both frames showing satinwood paneled backrests inlaid with both horizontal & vertical fanned paterea, above a trio of reeded bar splats sided by convex stiles tapering to turned front supports and sabre rear supports.



 

An Exceptionally Fine George III Inlaid Bow Fronted Mahogany Serving Table, English Circa 1790

The top having a conforming frieze fitted with a deep drawers at either end flanking a trio of smaller drawers, all with cock-beaded detail, satinwood stringing and original brasses. Raised overall atop squared and tapering supports inlaid with penned satinwood paterae, terminating to spade feet. Height - 37” Width - 78” Depth - 28”

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A Fine 18th Century Inlaid Mahogany Bow Fronted Commode, English Circa 1790

The hinged top opening to a deep interior above a conforming base fitted with a false drawer over a cupboard door and one small drawer, all fitted with original hardware and inlaid with ebony & satinwood stringing. Raised overall upon squared & tapering supports strung with ebony & satinwood detail. Height - 34” Width - 23.75” Depth - 16”

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An Exceptionally Fine Neoclassical Style Walnut and Marquetry Commode Executed in the Manner of Giuseppe Maggiolini.

The case showing three tiers of full width drawers richly inlaid with neoclassical   elements and retaining their original brasses, the top and sides similarly decorated with inlaid marquetry panels. Raised overall atop squared and tapering inlaid supports.             

Italian, Circa 1890.  Height: 34.5”  Width: 49.5”  Depth: 21.5”   

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A George III Fold Over Dem- Lune Console Table In Figured Mahogany, English circa 1770

The satinwood-strung top above a richly figured& satinwood banded frieze, opening to reveal a highly figured surface, raised upon four squared & tapered supports – both rear supports folding backwards to support the top when opened. Height - 29.5" Width - 53.5" Depth - 22.5".

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A Very Good and Exceptionally Large Georgian Tilt-Top Tripod Table in Mahogany, English Circa 1770

The large circular top exhibits fine colour & graining and is affixed to its original tilting mechanism mounted atop a robust single column, raised upon three finely proportioned cabriole supports terminating to pad slipper feet. Diameter - 48”, Height - 29.5" (This is without question the largest example of an 18th century circular tilt-top breakfast / centre table that I have encountered to date) (Please note that the vertical lines visible in the image illustrating the top in its upright position are merely reflections of display cases from within the showroom, there is however an old scar beneath the finish which is not visible in the image).

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A Mid 19th Century Upholstered Library Chair, English Circa 1840

The mahogany frame showing a tufted backrest and open armrests above a sprung seat, raised on turned front supports and splayed rear supports fitted with brass cup-castors.
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A Fine Empire Period Pedestal-Cupboard in Figured Mahogany. The solid top fitted with a flush mounted drawer above a full length and highly figured cupboard door fronting a partially shelved interior. Raised atop ebonized lions’ paw front supports. France, Circa 1820. Height - 57” Width - 28” Depth - 15”

 

 

An Exceptionally Fine Hand Painted Shield-Back Open Armchair in Satinwood. The frame showing a pierced splat sided by open armrests atop inverted supports, over an upholstered seat raised on squared & tapering legs terminating to cuffed feet. Decorated overall with hand painted neoclassical motifs of urns, laurel leaves and swags. English, Circa 1900.

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A Very Good and Highly Figured 19th Century Biedermeier Bureau-Commode in Walnut. The canted top with an ebonized trim, over four tiers of drawers with highly figured fronts and original hardware, the uppermost with a drop down mechanism opening to a galleried and ebonized writing surface backed by small drawers. Raised overall upon block supports atop ebonized feet. Austria, Circa 1825. Height: 38.5” Width: 49.5” Depth: 24.5”

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An 18th Century Inlaid Neoclassical Commode in Walnut. The case showing diamond-shaped strung motifs on the top and sides, fitted with 3 tiers of drawers, their fronts similarly decorated and fitted with brass back-plates and ring pulls. Raised overall atop tapering, squared supports. South German, Circa 1780. H - 37.5", W - 43", D - 21".

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An Early 19th Century Biedermeier-Period Centre Table in Maple. The ebony banded circular top affixed to a tilting mechanism atop a hexagonal sided column braced by three splayed supports atop a tri-form base. German, Circa 1825. Height - 30" Diameter - 48".

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A Fine 18th Century Baroque Period Three Drawer Commode in Walnut, German Circa 1750

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A 19th Century Double Pedestal Dining Table in Figured Mahogany. English, part 1820.

The rectangular top opening to receive a single leaf, raised atop an associated base of twin pedestals with turned columns rising from reeded splayed supports terminating to original brass toe-caps & castors.

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A Very Good George IV Butler’s Tray-on-Stand in Mahogany. The galleried tray with open handles, resting upon its original folding X-frame stand. Dimensions: Height - 33.5”, Width - 28.25”, Depth - 21.5” .English, Circa 1825.

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Suite of 4 Louis XVI Style Giltwood Fauteuils. France. Circa 1870.

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A Very Fine 19th Century Ebonized & Amboyna Banded Credenza by Thomas Cadwallader, London. The rectilinear top surmounting a pair of central cupboard doors inset with Neoclassical inspired Jasperware plaques, flanked on either side by arched & glazed cabinet doors sided by fluted columns terminating to gilded Corinthian capitals.

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A Rare Louis XV French Colonial Side Cabinet in Mahogany. The peg- joined case showing a canted top above a plain frieze and a pair of panelled doors that front a shelved interior. Raised on short cabriole front supports with 'whorl' feet, and block-shaped rear supports. Martinique, Circa 1750. Provenance: Shipped from a St. Kitts plantation estate.

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An Early 19th Century Federal Period Secretaire Bookcase in Mahogany. Boston, Circa 1820.

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An exceptionally fine 19th century bureau a' cylindre in mahogany, tulipwood and kingwood. A marble topped bank of four ormolu banded drawers surmounts a retracting domed front housing an interior fitted with a pull-out writing surface and a theatre of both functional and false drawers. Raised on amaranth banded supports. French. Circa 1890. Dimensions, Height - 48.5", Width - 51.5", Depth - 24.5".

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17th Century Panelled Chest of Drawers in Oak & Fruitwood. England. Circa 1670.

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Pair of 19th Century Louis XV Style Carved Giltwood Pier Tables.

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A Fine and Rare Queen Anne Period Open Arm Chair in Walnut. The frame showing a waisted back sided by dished arm-rests terminating to finely turned grips atop in-swept supports, raised overall upon cabriole front supports with slipper feet and chamfered rear supports braced by a turned stretcher. English, Circa 1710.

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A Very Fine and Important 19th Century Fold Over Card Table in Cuban Mahogany.

 The canted top of richly figured radiating veneers opening to a conforming panel above a cavetto moulded frieze, raised atop double lyre-shaped supports strung with brass ‘strings’ rising from a plinth base decorated with a carved anthemia motif. Raised overall atop four hipped & splayed supports terminating to original paw-shaped brass toe-caps and castors. Philadelphia, Circa 1825. Height: 29.5” Width: 35.5” Depth: 18” (36” open).

Note: the use of two open lyre supports is somewhat unusual, as tables of this design often incorporated a solid lyre-shaped panel in the back, thereby making this is a relatively more elegant and sophisticated example than most.

 Provenance: Purchased directly through descent from the family of Sir John Thompson (1845-1892), Prime Minister of Canada 1892-94.

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A Rare Mid 19th Century Anglo-Colonial Sugar Chest in Solid Mahogany. The rectangular body having a locking, hinged top set within a moulded edge above a base fitted with two short drawers retaining their original turned pulls, raised overall upon turned and tapering supports. Original finish (top re-polished). West Indies,

Circa 1850. Height: 31 ” Width: 30” Depth: 16.5”

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An 18th Century-Style Diamond-Point Armoire,  France Circa 1900

The stepped cornice above 3 full-length doors with floating diamond-point panels fronting an adjustable shelved interior,  raised overall upon on bun feet. Dimensions, 77" high  x 88" wide  x 26.5" deep.

Important Note: Despite the rugged construction of this item it allows for easy disassembly, thereby providing access to the desired room on any floor, including that of a condominium apartment.

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A Fine and Important Federal Period Inlaid Card Table in Cherry, Salem or Boston Circa 1800

 The rectilinear-shaped top having a chevron strung edge, opening to a grained interior above a conforming frieze inlaid with a panel of figured mahogany within a zebrawood border and flanked by cross-banded mahogany reserves. Raised overall upon tapering squared supports terminating to banded ‘pencil’ feet, the front pair headed by oval paterae of flame birch above bellflower motifs, the rear ‘fly-leg’ swinging out to brace the top when opened. Massachusetts, Salem or possibly Boston. Circa 1800.

 Dimensions: 28.25” high x 36” wide x 17.5” deep.

Retains a very old, if not original finish and a fine mellow patina overall.

 Provenance: By descent through the family of Henry Franklin Bronson (1817-1889). Henry Franklin Bronson was an American from New York State who relocated to Ottawa in 1848 and became one of Canada’s great ‘Lumber Barons’. He was also very active in Ottawa’s political scene and a major Ottawa thoroughfare bears his family name – Bronson Avenue.

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A Very Fine Classical Period Mahogany Fold Over Card Table Executed in the Manner of Duncan Phyfe. The hinged, double elliptical-shaped top opening to a figured interior and rotating over a conforming frieze decorated with lozenges of curly maple and turned drops, raised atop a cluster of four richly carved columnar supports affixed to a fluted plinth base. Raised overall upon four splayed and waterleaf-carved supports terminating to paw -shaped brass toe-caps on castors. New York City, Circa 1815. Dimensions: Height - 30” Width - 35.75” Depth - 18.5”

 Provenance: By descent through the family of Henry Franklin Bronson (1817-1889). H.F. Bronson was born in New York State and later moved to Ottawa in 1852. He became one of Canada’s great ‘Lumber Barons’ and was one of the first to ship timber to the United States market.

Duncan Phyfe (1768-1854) was a highly noted American cabinetmaker working in New York City during the early 19th century and is considered to be the most influential of all the New York cabinetmakers during that period. This table is unquestionably of the period and bears several features strongly associated with Phyfe’s workshop, often cited when forming attributions to his work. At the present there is little more evidence to further an attribution, as Phyfe very seldom signed or labeled his pieces, plus the fact that there were also a number of other highly skilled cabinetmakers such as John Hewitt, working in New York City at that time, turning out very high quality furniture of similar design. The matter of attribution aside, this is a superior Classical Period card table of very fine timber, exacting proportions and of exceptional graining & colour.

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