A small Giant Clam (Tridacna gigas), in nice sea bed condition. collected c1950 & probably at least 30 years old at time of collection. A wonderfully decorative item 270mm H x 400mm W x 230cmD
A handy small folding top table, made for a table of four open, for a meal or cards. Great for a hall or as a side table closed. With a beautiful original patina, the opening top polished, with baize lined compartment under. On ‘pillar & claw’ turned base, with sabre leg base & original brass trail casters. Excellent original condition.Scottish c 1810. Ht 740 x 910w.x 450mm. wide closed. top.910 x 910 mm open.
A fine, large example of an early Victorian period silhouette, of a child with ostritch feathers in her hair, pulling her hobby horse. Signed l.r by Edgar Adolphe (1808-1890 France / Dublin). Adolphe was one of the leading 19th century silhouette artists, working from the Brighton pier. In the original Brazillian rosewood veneered frame & glass. Heightened in bronze, gilt & blue ink. Image size 215mm x 170mm H. Frame size 315 x 260mm.
A stylish folding teak campaign table,of a type patented by Hatherley, UK c1910. The rectangular top hinged & double folding, with a pop out ledge, so that it may also be used outdoors as an easel for open air sketching / painting / music. It all locks tight when open,,and a good lamp table. 56cmx46cmx69cmH.
An elegant English George III / Regency period vase cabinet in Greek Revival taste. Of best mahogany, inlaid with ebony in the manner of Greek vases or bronze mounts. With a shelf top for a bust or vase. Of shallow depth, with original mirror plate back, grilles & black Ashford marble shelf.
A three ring engraved Irish decanter, with finely cut body and original stoper, circa 1800. Guaranteed to improve the taste of otherwise inferior spirits to the highest possible levels, but please hold it by its bottom. More than a few tragedies have occurred when pouring from a full decanter held only by its neck! Height 250mm Price inc GST $550
These glasses were used for toasting and held a dram of whisky (a quarter of a gill). All that extra metal in the foot supposedly allowed one to slam the glass on a hard surface at the end of the toast to make a sound like a rifle shot, a practice we in no way endorse. This presents a wonderful opportunity to while away an evening 1760, style. Ht 93mm.
A rare old Sheffield plate Jarrin’s Patent water cooler / wine / cordial cistern, mounted with an ivory dolphin & handle to the lid. The whole in the form of woven top timber bucket, with acanthus leaf scrolled handles. Stamped with a hand to the base & the reverse inscribed Jarrin’s Patent. In the cookbook by William Alexis Jarrin called The Italian Confectioner, pub 1820, Jarrin describes himself on the title page as an “ornamental confectioner,” attributes recent advances in the confectioner’s art in England to two factors: “the aid of modern chemistry and the French Revolution, which led many leading chefs and confectioners to seek refuge and employment in England.” Born in Italy, he was to develop patent ice freezing machines, wine & cordial cisterns,of which this is a rare example. The impressed hand to the base registered in Sheffield by Nathaniel Smith from 1784. Height 37cm x 32cm
A Regency “Egyptian” Clock
A superb English Regency period mahogany cased twin fusee bracket clock in Greco – Egyptian – Gothick revival case. The substantial 8 day repeating movement signed to the dial and back-plate by the maker, James French – an Irish born clock maker of London. The ormolu and brass mounted case by Royal Cabinet Makers, Banting and France. The mercury silvered mirror is original further conveying the exotic mystery of the object. UK c. 1820 Ht 51cm.
Price inc GST $11,500
A gem quality and well undercut Wedgwood cameo of Antiochus, King of the Hellenic Syrians in dry body black basaltes pottery. Mint condition & made during Josiah Wedgwood’s life. Lower case script mark,22/ 2806 in the catalogue of designs. UK c 1790. 53mm x 45mm.x 5mm
A magnificent pair of English George IV period vase or fishbowl stands. With original bronzed & gilt to the acanthus leaf scrolled legs. Taken from a design for a Roman stand in CH Tatham’s Etchings Representing the Best Examples of Ancuent Architecture drawn in Rome & Greece.Pub 1799.
A rare Victorian bamboo & whicker ‘lily’ form jardinere / vase stand in mint condition c 1880. The form repeating the fashion for opaline glass & bronze lily form curtain tiebacks/rod ends, lily form vases and jewellery. Probably Australian.
110cm. H x 50cm x 50cm
A rare whale oil / colza oil burning Argand lamp in bronze UK c 1830.
The font decorated with fauns, the base with paw feet & river Gods. Original gilding, bronze patina, oil regulator, lustres & 19th century Argand shade. Newly rewired.
56cm H x 34cm w x 22cm d
Price inc GST $2,850