New in this morning this beautiful quality rocking horse in solid mahogany. Well carved features, horse hair main and tail, leather bridal and saddle, adjustable stirrups, fully house trained.£1095.
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Perfect for the big Chistmas get together this large refectory table in solid oak with an unusual double stretcher base. 8′ long and 45″wide it would easily sit 10 people. In good unrestored condition.£895
Almost everyone who has had a desk job has suffered at the hands of cheap office furniture – wobbly desks with broken handles and drawers that fall apart, chairs which sqeak and rattle until a castor drops off, shelving which just isn’t up to the job. And what do we do when they finally collapse? Cart them off to the tip to end up as land fill and then go replace them with more poorly made rubbish. Well things used to be done differently.Here is a good simple oak pedestal desk made in Liverpool by the fatastically named manufacturers Rumney & Love around 1890. The handles are solid brass, the drawers are solid oak. It has already done over 100 years of sterling service and after a new leather and and a polish over from our restorer it is ready for more.£1195.
Funny what turns up inside furniture after we have purchased it. Cash, pictures, gold have all been found – though not very often, usually it’s just dust and rubbish. Anyway, here is a great little discovery; a 1967 model Lotus produced by Tri-ang for early Scalextric sets. I wonder when it last saw the track. Check our ebay site if you fancy yourself as Sterling Moss.
If small is beautiful then here is the Venus de Milo of chiffoniers. A tiny two door mahogany side cabinet just 27″ wide by 14″ deep. I can’t recall ever having seen such an elegant piece on such a small scale.£525
This wonderful little Davenport writing desk by Maple & Co. was purchased locally a few weeks ago and featured on the blog then (see the October 29th post). Here it is again fully restored and with a new leather. A delightful object ready for another 120 years of use.£895
Probably the earliest piece of furniture our current stock this large pale oak coffer with a genuine date of 1678 carved on the front is a survivor from the reign of Charles II. The quality of the timbers used on the unseen parts of a piece furniture is always a good guide to its age and originality and the wide boards of the floor and panelled back of this coffer will interest collectors.£595
We have several oak drop leaf tables in at the moment but this is by far the pick of the bunch. Interesting how small details can make a big difference to the desirability of a piece of furniture. As well as being a good size (easily seats 6), a good colour, with a useful drawer in one end and being a date of around 178o, what makes this one stand out from the crowd is its feet. Most furniture from this period stood on stone floors and has suffered from rot caused by damp, consequently many of these tables have been ‘tipped’ with new feet. This one appears to have survived unscathed and is original throughout.£895
Give your laptop a secure home and your office a bit of turn of the century style with this wonderful high back, oak panelled desk. Then, when the emails and paperwork get too much just roll down the beautifully tamboured top, turn the key and forget all about work whilst you contemplate a great piece of British design and manufacture.£895
Acquired today, two prints by Robert Meyrick; artist, art historian and author, of Hafod Uchtryd the celebrated country house designed by John Nash, set amongst fabulous park land near Aberystwyth. After it fell into disuse the house was demolished in the mid 1940’s but its reputation as a high point of Georgian gothic and romantic architecture remains and its splendid and eccentric mix of styles is recreated by Meyrick in his work.Very much in the manor of the great postwar printmakers such as Edward Bawden and the Curwen press these are two excellent quality prints on thick cartridge paper. A framed linocut of the house against the mountains signed and numbered 5/12. With an original lable from the Aberystwyth Printmakers on the reverse. Also a large screenprint of different architectural elements signed and numbered 22/30.£95 each.
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