A lovely pair of coppery bronze candlesticks in the Regence manner. Remnants of gilding to underside and softly worn with many a night of good fun.
French c 1730.
PRICE inc GST $1,250
An English George III period, brass bound mahogany eight bottle wine cellarette. With original faucet tap under, stand & metal ware. Over time, it has now achieved a terrific colour & patina as delicious as any good wine.
Designed to travel, the hinged lid top serves also as a small serving / wine table.
UK c 1780.
50cm diameter x 70cm high.
PRICE inc GST $5,250
Coconut was prized not only because of its exoticism, but also for its purported medical properties. Coconut milk alleviated, among other things, tapeworm, fever, kidney and bladder afflictions and served as an aphrodisiac as well. The nut’s shell was rumoured to possess the ability to reveal poisons. This particular attribute of the fruit of the coconut palm predetermined its use as the cup element in drinking vessels. The design of this standing cup, with lion & lambrequin straps, is typical of southern Germany in the second half of the sixteenth century.
A handsome pair of English Regency old Sheffield plate candlesticks with original candelabra attachments & sconces, by the foremost maker, the brilliant Birmingham industrialist, Matthew Boulton (1728 -1809).
Terrific original condition, with lightly ‘bled borders’, double sun marks
A magnificemt French bureau plat, (writing desk) of the most extraordinary international quality, with three frieze drawers, key & identical to the reverse.
Paris c 1870.
Made of palisander with the finest quality cast bronze mounts, of pairs of bare breasted nymphs & fauns, after an 18th century model by Charles Cressent. Branded three times to the under side Hopilliart et Leroy, 12 rue des Saints Peres
The Maison Hopillart was established in 1781. Marcel Proust was one of their more famous clients. A marvellous statement piece for a library, your office, or a very traditional writing desk for an ‘ English country house’ drawing room.
Size 93cm.x 180cm.x 79cm.high.
An elegant Tasmanian Colonial period Grecian clothes press, full cedar, with ebonized fielded panels to the front & sides, ebony escutcheons, with original surface finish & fittings
Hobart c 1830
150cm x 65cn x 210cm high
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A rare English Regency period drawing room armchair, carved with lion heads to the arms and seat rails, on zoomorphic legs. With original penwork decoration and lacquered brass mounts
Bronzed & gilt carved beech, original horse hair stitched upholstery base.
From a design by Thomas Sheraton published in his Cabinet Maker & Upholsterer’s Drawing Book, London, 1802.
62cm x 64cm x 87cm high
UK origin c 1805
PRICE inc GST $8,500
A lovely English Regency Zebrawod (calamander), ebony and ormolu mounted Grecian writing cabinet / bookcase. The interior lined in West Indian satinwood & ebony, with original ormolu inkwells & keys,all on concealed revolving casters.
Terrific original colour & finish.
Reasonably by the elusive & elegant cabinet maker, George Oakley.
79cm high x 49cm x 162cm high
UK c 1810
PRICE INC GST $23,000.
Diorama / Wunderkammer of Berlin
Artist: Astrid Rave
Manufacturer: Mertin’s Idea Workshop Size: 260 x 170 x 54 mm
In a miniature factory in Neukölln, Berlin street scenes are reproduced as diorama in three-dimensional work according to the ideas of the sculptor and occupational therapist Astrid Rave. Astrid Rave works in the area of Berlin psychiatry.
The design of the sculpture is the compensation to the job. On many walks, she is inspired by the city’s vibrancy and thus strives to translate her own madness into extraordinary ideas, such as the construction of small boxes with lids containing colorful details from Berlin. The dioramas are made by hand, & all are unique.
Price inc GST $120
An exceptional pair of Roman console tables, of Sicilian jasper, alabastro fiorito & pentallic marble, supported by leopard monopodia. The form taken from designs of Percier & Fontaine in Paris c 1802, and the detail from Roman fragments of leopard head consoles (monopodiae).
A RARE IRISH GEORGIAN MAHOGANY HUNT OR WAKE TABLE c. 1750
Mahogany, brass, steel, elm
202cm long x 170cm wide (extended), x 72cm high
Of rounded rectangular form, with moulded edge, the two drop sides forming a large oval when extended on two pairs of hinged bracketed legs, with eight square chamfered legs, the whole made from beautifully patinated Cuban mahogany.
Felix Adrien BONFILS (France 1831 – 1885).
Temple of David
Albumen paper photograph from an elephant plate by the leading 19th century photographer of the Middle East.
Signed in ink to the image.
A very heavy quality, and rare English George II period triple top card / tea table. Made of the most extraordinarily heavy Cuban mahogany, with candle wells to the leathered card table surface, the drawer oak lined.
A beautiful and diminutive English walnut, William and Mary period ‘double dome top’ bureau – bookcase. The upper bookcase with a single original shelf and scallopped and bevelled Vauxhall glass plates, over two small serpentine – fronted drawers.
The brilliant young Horticulturalist William Davidson was presented with this silver medal by the Botanical and Horticultural Society in 1827, in the UK, at the age of 23, for the best Dish of Mushrooms, amongst other horticultural prizes. The following year be arrived in Van Diemen’s Land and was appointed First Superintendant of the Hobarton Botanical Gardens, by Governor Arthur, on a salary of £100/- p.a, with the surviving Gothic Gardener’s Cottage built for him.
During this time, until his death at the age 33, he was to turn the gardens from a ramshackle mess, into the Botanical showplace of the Colony, exploring the temperate range of species able to be grown. In addition he had built the surviving flued brick walls, extensive hot houses, and formed the present layout and pinetum. He corresponded extensively with J.C Loudon in London and other inter colonial Botanic gardens & plant collectors.
a / vf dia 50mm (2″).
Price inc GST $1,950
A fine late 17th century Flemish ivory crucifix, beautifully carved to capture the sense of the ivory tusk. The whole now a superb colour and state.
Height o/a 62cm
A related example formerly in the collection of Thomas Hope, similar to the work of Francois Boissuit or Matthieu van Beveren.
An appealing Tasmanian Colonial period small cedar chest of drawers, lined and backed in Huon pine, of nice cabinet made quality, in untouched original condition and terrific colour.
Hobart c. 1845.
92cm wide x 60cm deep x 82cm high.
PRICE INC GST $1,750
A really elegant and nice quality English Regency period chest of drawers with reeded turret corners and feet, each drawer oak lined with original Bramah stamped locks and ‘dragons blood’ gilt handles.
117cm x 46cm x 108cm high.
Reasonably by Gillows of Lancaster & London.
UK c 1815.
A rare set of six pewter mounted coconut shell dishes, tea caddy and teapot, the surfaces finely carved with auspicious characters, and a similarly carved and mounted tea caddy.