Very useful little Edwardian mahogany side cabinet c.1905. The fronts of the three drawers fold down on a patent mechanism to allow access to the contents, probably originally intended for sheet music but ideal for stationery, filing etc. With an attractively shaped gallery to stop things slipping off the top and a small two door cupboard below, also fitted for filing. Raised on neat little tapering legs. Good quality with inlaid and crossbanded detail and original gilded brass handles. Excellent colour and condition, cleaned and polished in our workshops.
Dimensions: width 21”, depth 81”, height 45”.
Discovered locally, far from its original home, we are delighted to present this extraordinary 19th.c. Javanese ceremonial dagger or ‘Kris’.
Wooden sheath with distinctive and charcteristic curving blade shape at the top and clad in a beautiful two piece chased silver case. Typical of the form the blade is of narrow asymmetrical wavy form (designed to increase the severity of wounds) with a remarkable Pamour pattern of water-like waves and ripples caused by the use of small amounts of nickel in the forging process. The hilt is superb featuring a pistol grip handle in ivory carved into a strikingly abstracted human figure in a squatting pose with arms folded across the chest. On a finely worked gold mount of concentric rings. Damage to the wooden sheath otherwise excellent condition.
As well as being a lethally effective weapon the Kris is traditionally regarded as a semi-sacred object imbued with a living spirit capable of magic, of bringing good or bad luck to its owner and of imparting bravery and heroism to the wearer. They are still worn as part of ceremonial dress in Indonesia and Bali. As objects of art, the kris is properly regarded in three pieces, the bilah (blade), hulu (hilt), and warangka (sheath) with each providing an opportunity for extraordinary levels of craftsmanship, often produced using precious materials. In 2005, Unesco gave the title ‘Masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity’ to the kris of Indonesia.
Pretty little late 19th.c. hall bench seat in walnut c.1880. Less than four feet wide and a unusual design with particularly good shaped and pierced sides. Panelled backrest with scratch carved floral detail to the top. Plank seat with rounded corners, shaped apron and stretcher. Superb colour and condition, cleaned and polished in our workshops.
Dimensions: width 47”, depth 16”, height 35”.
Fine pair of early 20th.c. walnut framed canework or bergere tub armchairs c.1920. Shaped frames with carved scroll detail to the top rail and raised on carved cabriole front legs terminating with splendid hairy paw feet. Double canework panels to the rear and sides, canework seats protected by a loose silk brocade cushion. Excellent colour and condition, cleaned and polished in our workshops.
Dimensions: width 24″, depth 24″, height 33″.
Neat little early 20th.c. oak roll desk c.1920. Unusual small size, just 3’6″ wide. Lift the tamboured roll to reveal a fitted interior of pigeon holes, stationery drawers and pen trays. Over twin pedestals with four drawers to each plus writing slides and a centre drawer in the kneehole. Panelled and polished on all sides. Note the pedestal drawers are automatically locked shut when the roll is down. Excellent colour and condition, cleaned and polished in our workshops. Key supplied.
Dimensions: width 42″, depth 27 “, height 46”.
Stunning red lacquered oriental Art deco table lamp c.1930. Tall square section body decorated with carved ivory figures in relief and hand painted landscape detail against a beautiful vermilion ground. Turned brass fitting and raised on a chamfered hardwood plinth with carved detail. Together with the original ‘pagoda roof’ shade.
Dimensions: width/depth at base 6½”, height to bulb 27”.
Remarkable pair of Edwardian era rise and fall billiard lamps c.1910. Heavy gauge tubular brass rail from which hang two bulbs on independent rise and fall mechanisms. With green majolica glazed ceramic ceiling fittings, pulley wheels and shot-filled counter weights. Brass fittings and original 10” diameter cone shaped fluted glass holophane shades. Excellent condition, cleaned and rewired and sold with a PAT test certificate.
Dimensions: length 51”, drop 28 – 48”, shade diameter 10”.
Very pretty 18th.c. style Chinoiserie cabinet on stand c.1930. Two door cabinet top, with lockable internal compartment for drinks, on a stand with single silk lined drawer raised on slim tapering legs with Georgian style pad feet. Hand painted Chinoiserie decoration across the front and sides and internal door by the Canadian born landscape artist Caleb Keene (1862-1954). Clearly signed on the lower right hand side of the cabinet. With decorative brass mounts, hinges, handles and escutcheon plate. Despite crazing and bubbling to the front (probably caused by exposure to heat) it remains a fine decorative piece of furniture. Cleaned and waxed in our workshops . Keys supplied.
Dimensions: width 36”, depth 15”, height 62”.
Exceptional pair of mid 20th.c. table lamps c.1950. Polished white marble bowl with beautifully cast brass mounted tops each featuring a pair of birds with a garland of flowers in their beaks. Brass stem with leaf pattern and wreath, raised on a stepped brass and marble plinth with pattered beaded mouldings. Of superior quality and impressive weight. Excellent condition, with a few small pits to the bowls. Cleaned and rewired and sold with a PAT test certificate.
Dimensions: width 6”, depth 5”, height to bulb 18”.