George III mahogany wine cellarette c 1780

George III mahogany wine cellarette c 1780

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

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A NUREMBERG GILT COPPER MOUNTED COCONUT CUP c1580

A NUREMBERG GILT COPPER MOUNTED COCONUT CUP c1580

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.
Height 223mm

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Set of 9 Regency cut glass ice plates c 1815

Set of 9 Regency cut glass ice plates c 1815

A rare set of nine English Regency period ice plates, for fresh oysters, or a sorbet course.
Of nice heavy quality lead glass with sunburst cut bases & fluted rims. A terrific way to smarten up your next dinner in.
208mm diameter x 23mm high.

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French Empire armchair c 1820

French Empire armchair c 1820

An Empire mahogany fauteuil or armchair ‘a la Reine’ in the manner of Jacob-Desmalter/ François-Honoré-Georges Jacob Desmalter (1770-1841, son of Jacob Desmalter), newly upholstered in Jim Thompson striped silk.

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Pair of Regency candelabra by Matthew Boulton c 1805

Pair of Regency candelabra by Matthew Boulton c 1805

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

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Set of eight Wine Glasses c 1780

Set of eight Wine Glasses c 1780

A rare set of eight late 18th century wine glasses, with facetted stems & remains of gilded drapery to the bowls – both useful & joyful.
c 1780.
Height 13.5cm
diameter of bowls 7cm

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French Palisander bronze mounted bureau plat c 1880

French Palisander bronze mounted bureau plat c 1880

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.

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Tasmanian Colonial period Grecian cedar wardrobe c 1830

Tasmanian Colonial period Grecian cedar wardrobe c 1830

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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George IV rosewood drawing room cabinet c 1820
Regency Zoomorphic Armchair c 1805

Regency Zoomorphic Armchair c 1805

REGENCY! Day 18 of 21
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

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Wedgwood Rosso Antico  vase c 1805

Wedgwood Rosso Antico vase c 1805

REGENCY! Day 11 of 21,
Wedgwood rosso antico red unglazed dry body stoneware ‘Egyptian’ vase, with black basaltes decoration of Aswan lions, Nile crocodiles, winged Horus & Anubis.
Another in the Wedgwood Museum, UK.
impressed mark
Size 290mm x 140mm

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Wedgwood Phyrophorous candle c1815

Wedgwood Phyrophorous candle c1815

  • REGENCY! Day 7 of 21, Object No.7
    A really rare English Regency period Wedgwood ‘Pyrophorous candle’ c1815 of ‘rosso antico’ . In the form of a Roman oil lamp, decorated with anthemion and laurel, this extraordinary survivor of emergent technology provided light by the combination of flammable liquids. It is mint with removable acid bowl.
    Impressed mark. Mint condition.
    UK origin c 1815
    180mm x 130mm x 80mm high
    Price inc GST $950

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Greek Revival rosewood sofa c 1830

Greek Revival rosewood sofa c 1830

REGENCY! Day 6 of 21, Object No.6
A wonderfully confident late Regency / George IV period sofa in Greek Revival mode. The solid Brazillian rosewood back centred by an anthemion & scrolling acanthus leaves, also to the polished overscrolled arms and feet.
The feet concealing original brass patent revolving casters.
Formerly part of the furnishings of Elizabeth Bay House, Sydney N.S.W (see final image).
Upholstered in John Soane ‘patent yellow’ silk moreen, with Brunswig & Fils gimp, duck down bolsters by Elizabeth Bay House Museum.
220cm wide x 58cm deep x 98cm high
UK c 1825
PRICE INC GST $4,500

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Regency zebrawood Grecian writing cabinet c 1810

Regency zebrawood Grecian writing cabinet c 1810

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.

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English Regency overmantel mirror c 1815

English Regency overmantel mirror c 1815

REGENCY! Day 2 of 21, Object No.2
A terrific English Regency overmantel mirror, with Egyptian term ends and bronzed lion mask frieze. Original oil gilding & mirror plate.
95cm x 63cm x 10
UK c 1815
Price inc GST $2750

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REGENCY! 21 items to be revealed over 21 Days

REGENCY! 21 items to be revealed over 21 Days

REGENCY!
Confined to barracks? What better tonic than a Regency Exhibition for you!
21 examples of Regency furniture & decorative arts, (mixed with a little architecture!), to please, tease & titillate, revealed over 21 days.
2020 marks the 250th Anniversary of the birth of Beethoven, and the 200th of the Prince Regent becoming King.
Regency design was produced in times of war, for pleasure.
All items for sale

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The Whaler South Carolina

The Whaler South Carolina

The wrecked hulk of the Whale Boat, South Carolina in Risdon Cove, looking to Hobart, Tasmania c 1880.
Rare albumen paper photograph from a mammoth glass plate c 1880 in original frame, glass & mount.
Image size 56cm x 40cm
Frame size 67cm x 83cm

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Diorama Wunderkammer of Berlin 2019

Diorama Wunderkammer of Berlin 2019

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

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Pair of Roman marble neo classical console tables c 1810

Pair of Roman marble neo classical console tables c 1810

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).

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Irish Georgian wake table c 1750

Irish Georgian wake table c 1750

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.

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Felix Adrien BONFILS , Temple  of David, India c 1880

Felix Adrien BONFILS , Temple of David, India c 1880

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.

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George II Cuban mahogany triple top tea  & card table c 1750

George II Cuban mahogany triple top tea & card table c 1750

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.

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Fairground Zebra c 1880

Fairground Zebra c 1880

A wonderful 19th century Fairground zebra, in painted timber

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William & Mary period walnut double dome bureau bookcase c 1690

William & Mary period walnut double dome bureau bookcase c 1690

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.

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Regency convex mirror c 1820

Regency convex mirror c 1820

A grand English Regency period convex mirror, with exuberantly carved eagle cresting, original acanthus leaf carving to base & never fitted with sconces.

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First Superintendant, Hobart Botanic Gardens silver medal 1827

First Superintendant, Hobart Botanic Gardens silver medal 1827

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

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Pair of Viennese Empire corner consoles c 1810

Pair of Viennese Empire corner consoles c 1810

A chic pair of Viennese first Empire period corner consoles.

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Pair of George III hallchairs c. 1810

Pair of George III hallchairs c. 1810

A really architectural pair of George III period mahogany hall chairs with nice old patina.

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Chippendale period serpentine front desk c 1770

Chippendale period serpentine front desk c 1770

A fine quality serpentine George II dressing chest of terrific small size and colour, with brushing slide and original bracket feet
UK c1750
81cm wide x 54cm deep x 89cm high.
Price inc GST $5,950

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Ivory crucifix c 1650

Ivory crucifix c 1650

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.

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