Furniture

  - A Rare Pair of Regency Period Solid Mahogany Hall Stools

A Rare Pair of Regency Period Solid Mahogany Hall Stools

English, circa 1810

£48,000

Ref 831


  - An Exceptional George I Period Scarlet Japanned Double Domed Bureau Cabinet

An Exceptional George I Period Scarlet Japanned Double Domed Bureau Cabinet

Attributed to John Belchier

English, circa 1720

Price available upon request

The cabinet lavishly decorated overall in scarlet and gilt with scenes of figures, foliage and birds mounted on the cornice with carved silver gilt finials; the two arched mirrored doors opening to reveal a finely fitted interior with a series of pigeonholes; folio sides and arched doors flanked by columns over small drawers; the bureau with a fall opening to reveal a similar arrangement of columns, drawers and pigeonholes and a sliding well; the exterior fitted with two short and long drawers and raised upon bun feet.

Height: 94 ½ in (240 cm)
Width: 41 1/3 in (105 cm)
Depth: 23 ¾ in (58 cm)

Literature:
Adam Bowett, Early Georgian Furniture 1715-1740

This magnificent cabinet is similar to the scarlet japanned bureau cabinet supplied for john Meller at Erddig in Northern Wales, now owned by the National Trust. The Erddid example is believed to have been supplied by John Belchier in 1720. John Belchier traded at the sign of ‘The Sun’ on the South side of St Paul’s churchyard, London. This address was first recorded in 1712 and from 1720 he is recorded supplying furniture to Erddig.

Provenance:
From the estate of Margot Irene Duke, Marchioness of Reading

Margot Irene Duke, Marchioness of Reading (1919 – 2015) was a British aristocrat and campaigner. An eccentric and spirited woman, she defied the usual traditions of aristocracy and was outspoken and controversial on many social, cultural and political issues, which she often expressed in trenchant letters to the Spectator. A noted beauty of the 1930s and 1940s, she sat for a number of leading photographers and featured as the cover of Pond’s face cream. She was also a pioneering pilot and racing driver, and was one of the first British women to gain a driving licence before the war.

Born on 11th January 1919, Margot was one of three daughters of Percival Augustus Duke and Violet Mappin, of the jeweller and silversmith dynasty, Mappin and Webb. Her father, Percival was noted as the last man to wear a winged collar on the floor of the Stock Exchange. Margot was also a descendant, through her father’s side of the Duke Biddle Trent Semans family based in New York. Benjamin N. Duke and his brother James were chairmen of the American Tobacco Company; had factories in both the textile and energy industries and made major contributions to the economic growth of the North Carolina economy, where their power facilities had expanded in the early 20th Century. Furthermore, researching her family in later life, Margot was able to trace her linage back to William the Conqueror. In 1940 she married Michael Viscount Erleigh, MS, the eldest son of the 2nd Marquis of Reading who would succeed his father in 1960.

The Marchioness loved speed, in the air and on land. As well as becoming one of the first British women to get a pilot’s licence before the war, she also competed in the 1952 Round Britain car rally as co-driver with Sheila Van Damm. Her neighbour and great friend Donald Campbell, the British speed record breaker who broke eight world records on water and on land in the 1950’s and 1960’s, used to encourage her to race and to go fast. Margot was adventurous and according to her daughter, Lady Jacky Isaacs, ‘a bit of a daredevil.’

She took an outspoken position on a number of social issues. During the World Cup in 1998, she wrote to the Spectator in support of English football hooligans and their behaviour in France. The Marchioness wrote, “We are a nation of yobs…I don’t agree with broken glass and knives…but to fight with his fists is a good clean fight.” She felt they had spirit, and she admired anyone with spirit. In the 1960’s she briefly entertained hopes of standing for the Conservatives in the general election, until her husband dissuaded her, fearing what she might say.

Margot was a keen animal rights activist and animal lover. She had many dogs throughout her life and enjoyed calling them eccentric and unusual names, including Pardon, Help, and even Toilet amongst others. Harold Brooks Baker, the former director of Brooks Peerage expressed that she had views, ‘diametrically opposed to most sane people.’ On the BBC 4 Radio Show, Last Word, Margot’s daughter Lady Jackie expressed that her mother would have been rather pleased with that description.






Ref 822


  - A Fine Regency Period Burr Yew Wood Circular Centre Table

A Fine Regency Period Burr Yew Wood Circular Centre Table

English, circa 1820

£26,000

Ref 835


  - A Rare George II Period Mahogany Centre or Silver Table

Of outstanding colour and patination

A Rare George II Period Mahogany Centre or Silver Table Of outstanding colour and patination

Irish, circa 1730

£32,000

Ref 821


  - A Fine Pair of George III Carved Mahogany Armchairs of Exceptional Colour and Patination

A Fine Pair of George III Carved Mahogany Armchairs of Exceptional Colour and Patination

English, circa 1765

£68,000

Ref 797


  - An Exceptional George II Period Carved Side Table With Siena Marble Top Retaining its Original Painted Decoration

An Exceptional George II Period Carved Side Table With Siena Marble Top Retaining its Original Painted Decoration

English, circa 1735

Price Available Upon Request

Ref 791


  - A Fine George II Period White Painted and Gilt Console Table 
with Breccia Marble Top

A Fine George II Period White Painted and Gilt Console Table with Breccia Marble Top

English, circa 1740

Price available upon request

Ref 813


  - A Fine George II Period Burr Yew Wood Veneered Bureau Bookcase

A Fine George II Period Burr Yew Wood Veneered Bureau Bookcase

English, circa 1740

£28,000

Ref 803


  - A rare George II Period walnut and burr walnut veneered breakfront cabinet on stand in the manner of Giles Grendey

A rare George II Period walnut and burr walnut veneered breakfront cabinet on stand in the manner of Giles Grendey

English, circa 1740

Price available upon request

Ref 796


  - A rare pair of George III period carved and giltwood armchairs

The Chesterfield House armchairs

A rare pair of George III period carved and giltwood armchairs

Provenance: Viscount Lascelles and Princess Mary Viscountess Lascelles, daughter of King George V and Queen Mary,
Chesterfield House, London

Attributed to François Hervé

English, circa 1780

£38,000

Ref 789


  - A rare Regency period painted and gilded circular bookcase with Chinese lacquer panels

A rare Regency period painted and gilded circular bookcase with Chinese lacquer panels

English, circa 1810

£135,000

Ref 748


  - A Fine George III Period Serpentine Serving Table

A Fine George III Period Serpentine Serving Table

English, circa 1780

£48,000

Ref 692


  - A George III period mahogany serpentine commode 
Attributed to Henry Hill of Marlborough

A George III period mahogany serpentine commode Attributed to Henry Hill of Marlborough

English, circa 1770

£98,000

Ref 784


  - A rare mahogany hall stool

A rare mahogany hall stool

In the manner of John Linnell

English, circa 1770

£9,500

Ref 783


  - A rare George III period satinwood and inlaid semi elliptical side table

A rare George III period satinwood and inlaid semi elliptical side table

In the manner of William Moore, Dublin

Irish, circa 1780

£48,000

Ref 764


  - A rare William and Mary period japanned cabinet on chest

A rare William and Mary period japanned cabinet on chest

English, circa 1690

£120,000

Ref 762


  - A pair of George III period mahogany window seats

A pair of George III period mahogany window seats

Attributable to Mayhew & Ince

English, circa 1770

£38,000

Ref 756


  - A Fine George III Period Fiddleback Sycamore and Marquetry Dressing Table 

In the Manner of Mayhew and Ince

A Fine George III Period Fiddleback Sycamore and Marquetry Dressing Table In the Manner of Mayhew and Ince

English, circa 1780

£24,000

Ref 744


  - A rare George II giltwood architectural mirror

A rare George II giltwood architectural mirror

English, circa 1735

£140,000

Ref 647


  - A rare George II period carved mahogany armchair

A rare George II period carved mahogany armchair

After a design by Thomas Chippendale

English, circa 1755

£85,000

Ref 707


  - A fine pair of George III period carved and giltwood mirrors

A fine pair of George III period carved and giltwood mirrors

English, circa 1760

Ref 723


  - A rare Irish carved mahogany console table with marble top

A rare Irish carved mahogany console table with marble top

Irish, circa 1760

£65,000


Ref 719


  - An Exceptional Pair of George III Marquetry Bombe Commodes

Attributed to Mayhew and Ince

An Exceptional Pair of George III Marquetry Bombe Commodes Attributed to Mayhew and Ince

English circa 1770

Price available upon request

Ref 704


  - An exceptionally fine pair of George II period mahogany library armchairs

An exceptionally fine pair of George II period mahogany library armchairs

Attributed to William Bradshaw

English, circa 1750

Ref 699


  - A fine pair of George III period mahogany demi-lune card tables of excellent colour and patina

A fine pair of George III period mahogany demi-lune card tables of excellent colour and patina

English, circa 1780

£38,000

Ref 679


  - A fine George III giltwood mirror

A fine George III giltwood mirror

In the manner of Matthias Lock

English, circa 1750

£48,000

Ref 678


  - An outstanding George III period carved mahogany cupboard

An outstanding George III period carved mahogany cupboard

Attributed to Gillows of Lancaster

English, circa 1770

£68,000

Ref 670


  - An outstanding pair of Regency period carved oak armchairs

An outstanding pair of Regency period carved oak armchairs

English, circa 1820

£58,000

Ref 576


  - An exceptional George II period carved mahogany serving table with Breccia Rosato marble top

An exceptional George II period carved mahogany serving table with Breccia Rosato marble top

English, circa 1755

Prize available upon request

Ref 530


  - A Regency period bronze-mounted mahogany side cabinet

A Regency period bronze-mounted mahogany side cabinet

English, circa 1820

£42,000

Ref 362


  - A fine George II period gilt gesso console table with a Breccia marble top

A fine George II period gilt gesso console table with a Breccia marble top

English, circa 1740

£42,000

Ref 421


  - A Fine Regency Period Mahogany Writing Table

A Fine Regency Period Mahogany Writing Table

English, circa 1810

£14,000

The leather top over a frieze with three drawers either side with reeded mouldings and gilt brass handles, raised upon turned and reeded legs terminating in brass castors.

Height: 29 3/4 in (73.5 cm)
Width: 48 in (122 cm)
Depth: 35 3/4 in (91 cm)

This elegant writing table has unusual turned decoration to the legs with ebonised details; the colour and patina are wonderfully untouched and outstanding.

Ref 291


  - A Regency period ebony-inlaid pollard oak writing table of wonderful untouched colour and patination

A Regency period ebony-inlaid pollard oak writing table of wonderful untouched colour and patination

English, circa 1810

Ref 190


  - An elegant Chippendale period mahogany side table

An elegant Chippendale period mahogany side table

English, circa 1765

£28,000

Ref 359



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