Oak side table c.1690-1720 and later.

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This very attractive side table may have started life as the base of a 17th century chest on stand, as time passed, chest and base were often separated.It is a lovely colour, patina and of excellent proportions. The top is later, the drawer has been rebuilt and the ball feet are replacements.
The original brass escutcheon suggests a lock, but there has never been one; locks were very expensive and on country furniture they were not always fitted. The ends are panelled.
Clearly, this is not a piece for the purist collector, but it is a 300 years old piece of furniture that is beautiful, useful and sensibly priced.

SIZE: 39.5 inches wide, 23.5 inches deep, 30 inches tall.
PROVENANCE: Oxfordshire Private Collection.

18th c. French gateleg dining table

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An unusual large 18th c. double gated dropleaf French farmhouse table in chestnut of lovely colour; probably from Gascony. The split baluster legs open as supports for the leaves. Dummy drawers at each end.

SIZE; height 32 inches, width 50 inches, depth 82 inches open (27 inches closed).
PROVENANCE; French farmhouse.
Private Collection, Hampshire.
Private Collection, North Yorkshire Dales


Queen Anne/George I walnut bureau c. 1710/20. ...

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A good quality early 18th century walnut bureau of excellent colour and patination with fine figured veneers, cross banding and stringing.

The bureau has a lovely interior with a false floored secret compartment behind the door and two further secrets which are accessed by removing the drawers adjacent to reeded pilasters which flank the door; a concealed spring (one each side) can then be pressed which causes the bottom of the pilaster to slide forward and reveal a secret drawer (again one on each side). Such is the quality of this piece than even the secret drawers, not usually seen, are finely veneered.
(see images 4, 5 and 6).

The engraved brasses are original as are all the oak drawer linings.
Condition is good, although inevitably, after 300 years of use, there have been a few small areas of veneer repair and some long scratches to the left of the fall.

DIMENSIONS: 39.25 inches wide, 40.25 inches tall, 19.5 inches deep.
PROVENANCE: Private Collection, West Country, England.

George III mahogany corner cupboard c.1770.

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A floor standing mahogany corner cupboard c.1770, with exceptionally fine figuring and colour and shaped shelves to the interior.
The cornice is later as are the 'returns' to the sides which have been shaped for skirting boards. Originally the cupboard may well have been built into a grand house.
An extremely handsome and useful piece of furniture.

Size: 81 in. tall, 44 in. wide.
PROVENANCE: Sussex Private Collection.
Yorkshire Private Collection.

Miniature 19th century Kingwood chest of drawers. ...

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A rare miniature piece of furniture, probably Maltese, kingwood veneered and inlaid, in excellent condition. Some old worm holes, but inactive.

DIMENSIONS: 11.25 inches tall, 11 inches wide, 7.75 inches deep.
PROVENANCE: from the longstanding collection of a French family now resident in Oxford.

17th c. studded leather bound chest on ...

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An impressive Spanish leather bound and brass studded domed chest on stand.
This highly decorative and rare 17th century coffer has the original iron carrying handles, ring and pin hinges and hasp and lock plate. The two piece stand was to keep the bottom of the chest off damp stone floors.
Usually dome-topped chests need to stand well away from a wall to open, but this one is hinged two thirds of the way across the dome top and thus can stand flush with a wall.
The sides and back are covered in plain, thick hide.
This is an item that would protect its contents when travelling...the curved leather top shedding any rain water, yet clearly was highly decorated to use as a functional ornament in a great house, probably in the hall.

SIZE: 50 inches wide, 22 inches deep, 33.5 inches tall (on stands), 26 inches tall off stands.
PROVENANCE: A Northern England private collection.

Late 17th/early 18th c. stool.

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An oak stool, late 17th/early 18th century, with uphostered seat. Good colour and 'crusty' patina.
Oak legs and stretchers, pine top rails.
Condition: Good.
Dimensions: 13x13x23 tall (inches)
Provenance: Yorkshire Private Collection.


James II walnut armchair c.1685.

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An elegant walnut armchair of the James II period, c.1685, tall and graceful, this was an important new stage in English chair design.
This style of cane backed and seated chairs had represented a revolution in seating comfort, but with the disadvantage of fragility.
A surprising number of these chairs still exist (they were made in their thousands) but many are now suitable only for decorative purposes as woodworm, frequent recaning, and damage to the joints and the tall backs have rendered them virtually unusable.
This is not the case with this one. This chair, over 300 years old, with its glorious sculptural quality, is not just a joy to look at but can also be used, although care should be exercised as with all chairs of this type and age.
As usual with these chairs there are signs of old woodworm, but now defunct.
The crest rail is carved with a shell … a very fashionable motif of the period ..., this, and the front rail, are deftly executed with bold cuts of the chisel. This is typical of the sort of carving performed by London chairmakers at this period, by which maximum effect is achieved with the minimum of work.
DIMENSIONS: 47 inches tall, 23 inches wide, 25 inches deep.
PROVENANCE: Herefordshire private collection for the last 25 years.

'Japanned' chair c.1700 - 15.

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This elegant chair is a fine example of the Queen Anne period c.1700; tall and elegant, it has the angled front legs the advent of which was the 1690s, and was an important new stage in English chair design. The fashionable life of the 'corner horsebone' leg was from the 1690s to about 1715.
This style of cane backed and seated chairs had represented a revolution in seating comfort, but with the disadvantage of fragility.
A surprising number of these chairs still exist (they were made in their thousands) but many are now suitable only for decorative purposes as woodworm, frequent recaning and damage to the joints and the tall backs have rendered them virtually unusable.
This one has been recaned, is sound and completely usable.

The chair is 'japanned', which was an English attempt to copy the very fashionable lacquered furniture being imported from the Orient. 'Japanning' was a prolonged, and therefore expensive, business. In the 1690s it was advised that 24 coats of seed-lac be applied, each one being allowed to dry before the next coat was applied, then polished, and then the gilt decoration to be painstakingly applied. This makes this chair really quite rare. Another unusual feature is the very decorative stretcher with a well turned finial.

DIMENSIONS: 53 inches tall, 18.5 inches at widest point. 19 inches deep.

PROVENANCE: In the Private Collection of a now retired Suffolk antiques dealer for the last 50 years.

A Fine Pair of Carved Oak Highback ...

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A rare pair of William and Mary oak chairs with exuberant carving. These chairs are excellent examples of Baroque furniture, although at this time walnut or beech chair frames with caning to seat and back were more common.
They are in good condition and of fine colour.
A near identical example of this unusual design with turned uprights to the centre can be seen illustrated in Ralph Edward's Dictionary of English Furniture p245, fig55, where he dates the chair to c.1690.

DIMENSIONS: 50.75 inches tall, 18 inches wide, 15.5 inches deep.
PROVENANCE: Somerset country house.

Pair of Carved and giltwood chairs

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a pair of carved and gilt armchair upholstered in the original tapestry. !8th c. French Louis XV style made in the late 19th c / early 20th c .
Very decorative and surprisingly comfortable; in unrestored 'country house' condition - wear to the material and gilding.
Can be bought individually.



James II walnut armchair c.1685.

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A walnut armchair of excellent quality c.1685, in perfect condition, the walnut of good colour and patination, recently expensively, and appropriately, re-upholstered.
This beautiful chair, with the then newly fashionable 'os de mouton' or 'horsebone' front legs, has marked similarities to the pair made by Thomas Roberts, carver and joiner to the Royal Household, for James II (now at Knole). Roberts held this important position throughout the reigns of James II, William and Mary, and Anne. His name has become almost synonymous with the elaborate walnut chairs and stools of the period, carved with ‘mouldings and foldings’, as they are often described in the accounts. Their scrolling arms and stretchers, also referred to in the documents as ‘horsebone’, seem to derive from Flemish and Dutch prototypes in the so-called auricular style.
This chair is not just a piece of usable and functional furniture, but is also a lovely Baroque work of art redolent of its period.
DIMENSIONS: 41.5 inches tall, 24 inches wide, 26 inches deep.
PROVENANCE: South West England private collection.