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Early 19thC superb Late Regency/William IV period papier mache oval tray.
Early 19th century superb late Regency/William IV period papier mache oval tray, with very classic and elegant band of gilt and jewel toned coloured decoration.
Size-17 inches wide by 14 inches deep, with turned over edge.
Label on reverse pictured.
Wonderful to display a drinks set, or to use for serving drinks or food or to just display on its own as a decorative object.
A very beautiful and practical item to use and display, in very good condition with no damage.
Ref: 0771
Price: £295





19th century sarcophagus shaped mahogany tea caddy.
Stylish 19th century sarcophagus shaped mahogany single tea caddy with boxwood line inlay outlining the dramatic shape of the caddy on the top and all sides, and a very unusual laburnum inset to the top, highlighted by a boxwood diamond. The laburnum wood is used to dramatic effect, making this a unique caddy.
The colour and patina and contrasting woods are lovely, and the whole stands on bracket feet.
The hinged lid opens to reveal the original metal liner to the interior.
Tea caddy boxes were used to store and mix black and green tea. Tea was an expensive commodity during this period, and would need to have been kept in a locked box to keep it away from the house staff.
Size-7.75 inches long by 5.25 inches wide by 5.5 inches high.
Weight-705 grams.
A lovely caddy to display on desk or table, which would make a great desk tidy, or add to a caddy collection beautifully.
In very good condition.
Ref: 5985
Price: £295





Very pretty and decorative demi lune marble topped painted console table with mirror.
Elegant and unusual cream painted three piece demi lune tall marble topped console table with mirror.
The very pretty leaf and swag carved stand and mirror, are topped with a cream and pink veined marble top. The piece separates into three pieces for ease of transport.
Very suitable for use as a dressing table, hall or living room table, or in bedroom or bathroom. The neutral colour will go with anything.
Size-84 inches high total by 31.5 inches wide by 16 inches deep. Table top is 34 inches high alone.
An unusual, decorative, and very functional piece, and a great value.
JUST REDUCED!
Ref: 6223
Price: £295





London 1891 solid silver gilt and cut glass spirit flask.
Very attractive and striking London 1891 English hallmarked solid silver gilt spirit flask with screw thread cork lined top and detachable silver drinking cup.
This lovely flask has a panel cut glass body with facet cut shoulders. The top is solid silver gilt, as is the heavy gauged removable drinking cup base. Both silver pieces have very nicely and ornately engraved initials, and both are identically hallmarked.
The silver maker is Norman Marshall.
Size-6.25 inches high by 2.75 inches wide by 1.25 inches deep.
Weight-395 grams total, 100 grams silver only.
There is some slight nibbling just at the side corners of the glass body where it meets the cup, some handling wear to the silver gilt, and a tiny bump to the lid top.
In very good condition overall.
A lovely piece to use or display, and a great piece for the collector, and those who shoot, fish, and enjoy outdoor pursuits.
Ref: 6053
Price: £285





19thC large hallmarked silver and cut glass Victorian double ended scent bottle.
19th century Victorian English hallmarked silver and cut glass very large double ended scent bottle of superb quality.
The lozenge shaped scent bottle has 10 panel cut sides with facet cut shoulders to each end. Both ends have very heavy gauge silver tops with interesting very fine foliate and garland engraving. One end, for smelling salts, opens perfectly with a push button catch, found only on the finest bottles, and the inner lid is lined with glass and stamped Diller underneath, with the Queen's crown. The other end has a threaded top with original cork lining. Both ends close tightly and perfectly.
The glass is in perfect condition. There is some minor bruising to the silver tops. The hallmarks are rubbed, so the exact year cannot be determined, but the young Queen Victoria's duty mark is quite clear.
A really lovely and unusual very high quality scent bottle in very good condition.
Size 5.25 inches long and 1.5 inches wide.
Ref: 5280
Price: £285





London 1854 solid silver pierced fish slice by GEORGE ADAMS, famous maker.
London 1854 English hallmarked antique silver fish slice with shaped and unusual pierced blade by George Adams, very famous and collectable maker, of the famed Chawner and Company, known for fine quality and craftsmanship.
The slice is made in the fiddle pattern with very crisp shoulders, has a beautifully shaped blade with double thread interior and exterior borders, and a lovely leafy pierced pattern to centre.
Size 12.25 inches long by 2.5 inches wide.
Weight-140 grams.
Fish servers and slices were often decorated with piercing. This looked attractive and allowed excess cooking juices to drain from the fish before it was placed onto a dinner plate.
Fish etiquette has always been very important. Fish slices began to be used at the dinner table during the early 1700s. They remained popular throughout the 1800s and early 1900s. The blades of fish slices are often made from silver or silver plate as it was thought a steel blade would ruin the delicate taste of the fish.
The 1860 advice manual 'The Habits of Good Society' gives clear advice on how to carve and serve different types of fish. It demonstrates the importance of etiquette at the dinner table during this period:
"Fish is cut with a large flat silver knife or fish slice, never with a common one. Of small fish, you send one to each person. All the larger flat fish, such as turbot, John Dorey, brills, &c., must be first cut from head to tail down the middle, and then in portions from this cut to the fin, which being considered the best part, is helped with the rest. Fried soles, on the other hand, are simply cut across, dividing the bone. The shoulder is the best part, and should be first helped. Salmon, being laid on the side, is cut down the middle of the upper side, and then across from the back to the belly. A boiled mackerel serves for four people. The fish-knife is passed from tail to head under the upper side, which is then divided into two. Cod is always crossways".
Today these slices in addition to still being used for fish, are also often used for cake and pie.
A fine silver pierced slice, by a famous superior quality maker, in very good condition.
Please see listings on www.serpentineantiques.co.uk for another very similar slice if a matched pair is desired.
Ref: 4815
Price: £285





18th/early 19thC framed textile from the personal collection of the famous economist LORD PETER BAUER.
From the personal collection of the internationally famous economist Lord Peter Bauer, a lovely at least 18th/early 19th century (perhaps earlier) framed and glazed textile, possibly of ecclesiastical origins, featuring gold and silver metallic threads and metallic fringe border on a silk velvet ground, professionally and beautifully mounted in a recessed gilt frame with gilt slip, on black ground, in the conservation manner.
Lord Bauer was not only a very highly regarded economist and winner of the Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty, but was also was a renowned and passionate collector of art and antiques. He died in London in May, 2002, at the age of 86.
Size-17 inches wide by 32.5 inches long.
A lovely and decorative piece of substantial size, in very good condition, with minimal wear consistent with its age.
This is a chance to own something unique, and with a wonderful provenance.
Ref: 2010
Price: £285





19thC gilt cast brass eagle from the personal collection of BELINDA GENTLE.
Mid 19th century gilt cast brass eagle and wood stand, from the personal collection of Belinda Gentle, internationally renowned antiques dealer and an acknowledged expert on antique metalwork. Her husband Rupert, was the author of Domestic Metalwork, the authoritative book on the subject, which she updated and revised after his death.
The new Belinda Gentle metalware gallery at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London is named after her. She was a lifetime student and dealer in antique brass and associated metalwork.
This was purchased from her home in 2005 after she died.
The eagle with original gilding, is very realistically cast, with spread wings, turned head, and open claws. It comes with a black painted wood stand, which bears the label underneath from the sale of her effects.
Size 6.75 inches across wings, by about 5 inches high in stand. It weighs 760 grams.
In very good condition, this is a truly lovely piece from the private collection of an international expert on the subject.
Ref: 4303
Price: £275





London 1975 pair of generous solid silver bottle coasters with turned wood bases.
London 1975 English hallmarked solid silver pair of wine or champagne bottle coasters with solid sides having turned over top edge, and flaring curved stepped base.
The centre base is turned wood.
Made by Richards and Knight.
This lovely pair is engraved around the sides "To Sir Robert Latimer, C.B.E M.A., with the gratitude & affection of the Governors of the Kingston Polytechnic 1970-1976." Sir Latimer was the registrar of the school.
Size-5 1/8 inches diameter by 1.5 inches high.
Weight-255 grams total.
A very nice and functional pair of wine coasters in very good condition.
Ref: 6051
Price: £275





London 1851 solid silver pierced fish slice by well known maker Charles Boyton.
London 1851 English hallmarked antique silver fish slice with beautifully shaped and unusual pierced blade by Charles Boyton, well known maker.
The slice is made in the fiddle pattern with very crisp shoulders, has a lovely shaped blade with double thread interior and exterior borders, and a lovely scrolled pierced pattern to centre.
Size 12.25 inches long by 2.5 inches wide.
Weight-140 grams.
Fish servers and slices were often decorated with piercing. This looked attractive and allowed excess cooking juices to drain from the fish before it was placed onto a dinner plate.
Fish etiquette has always been very important. Fish slices began to be used at the dinner table during the early 1700s. They remained popular throughout the 1800s and early 1900s. The blades of fish slices are often made from silver or silver plate as it was thought a steel blade would ruin the delicate taste of the fish.
The 1860 advice manual 'The Habits of Good Society' gives clear advice on how to carve and serve different types of fish. It demonstrates the importance of etiquette at the dinner table during this period:
"Fish is cut with a large flat silver knife or fish slice, never with a common one. Of small fish, you send one to each person. All the larger flat fish, such as turbot, John Dorey, brills, &c., must be first cut from head to tail down the middle, and then in portions from this cut to the fin, which being considered the best part, is helped with the rest. Fried soles, on the other hand, are simply cut across, dividing the bone. The shoulder is the best part, and should be first helped. Salmon, being laid on the side, is cut down the middle of the upper side, and then across from the back to the belly. A boiled mackerel serves for four people. The fish-knife is passed from tail to head under the upper side, which is then divided into two. Cod is always crossways".
Today these slices in addition to still being used for fish, are also often used for cake and pie.
A very nice solid silver pierced slice, by a well known maker, in very good condition, with just the usual surface scratching.
Please see a very similar one also listed on www.serpentineantiques.co.uk, if two are desired, which would make a nice matched pair.
Ref: 6145
Price: £275



 
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