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Painted and Gilded Furniture

I have been travelling all across England in the last few months looking for new pieces and I have found some very unusual painted and gilded furniture.

I was surprised to find the William IV table in a garage in Penzance. Amazingly the table retains its original paintwork and gilding and its design is very similar to Italianate pieces supplied by Morant to the Duke of Sutherland. The table has an elegant kidney shape with a drawer to either end and it would be perfect either as a writing table or a lady's dressing table.

The pair of Palladian wall brackets came from Northern Norfolk and their design relates closely to work at nearby Raynham Hall by William Kent. I find their female masks particularly graceful and their gilded finish is very soft and elegant. They are the perfect size for displaying ceramics or sculpture. On the website I also have another pair of Regency brackets and a superbly carved George II bracket.

Over the Easter weekend I discovered the set of Chinese export trays in Gloucestershire. Sets of trays were one of the favourite items for ships to bring back from the Cantonese workshops and it is extremely rare to find a set of graduated trays still together. I thought with their highly decorative design they would look fabulous displayed on a wall.

Finally the pair of painted Sheraton chairs came from Cheshire. The grandest Georgian houses would have several of these painted chairs but due to the delicate nature of their paintwork very few have survived to the present day. Their clean elegant lines are particularly effective against a dark paint colour.

The website continues to be updated with our latest acquisitions and I hope you are able to join us on Wednesday 21st June for the Kensington Church Street Open Evening from 5-9pm.



William IV Writing Table With Carved Giltwood And Ivory Paintwork

William IV Writing Table With Carved Giltwood And Ivory Paintwork


Height: 29" (73.5cm)

Depth: 23" (58.5cm)

Width: 48" (122cm)

A rare William IV period kidney shaped writing table with carved giltwood decoration and white paintwork: the writing table's leathered top crossbanded in satinwood and with a carved gadrooned edge above a frieze composed of scrolling acanthus leaves on an ivory ground; raised on handsome, scrolling end supports united by a fluted and acanthus carved stretcher. The writing table has two frieze drawers at opposing ends of the frieze.

The writing table is in excellent condition and retains the majority of its original white paintwork and gilding.

Ref: BA206

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Pair George I Palladian Carved Giltwood Wall Brackets

Pair George I Palladian Carved Giltwood Wall Brackets

Circa 1725

Height: 11.5" (29cm)

Depth: 6.75" (17cm)

Width: 8.75" (22cm)

A beautifully carved pair of George I period Palladian giltwood wall brackets; the carved shelf supported by a female mask on a diaper patterned back board.

The design of these wall brackets owe their inspiration to the designs of William Kent who was the most influential architect of the early Georgian period. His designs for Chiswick House and Holkham Hall in the Palladian taste establishe it as the most fashionable style of architecture in the Eighteenth Century.

The carved female mask of these wall brackets bears strong similarities to the female masks carved on the entablature of the marble hall at Raynham Hall, Norfolk. William Kent was employed by 2nd Viscount Townsend at Raynham between 1725 and 1732 and is thought to be responsible for much of the carved ornamentation including the design of the marble hall.

Ref: BA199

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Set Of Three Chinese Export Trays

Set Of Three Chinese Export Trays


Height: 1.5" (4cm)

Depth: 19.5" (49.5cm)

Width: 26" (66cm)

Smallest Tray Width: 18.75" (47.5cm)

Smallest Tray Depth: 14.25" (36.25cm)

A rare set of three early 19th Century Chinese Export lacquerware trays; each having a central scene of a Chinese landscape with figures and then decorated with borders of dragons and foliage all in gilt on a black ground. It is exceptionally rare for a set of trays to remain together, they are usually seperated due to damage etc.

Lacquer trays were one of the most popular items for merchants to bring back from Canton to sell into the growing luxury markets of Britain and America. Luckily we have a highly detailed description of Benjamin Shreve's voyage to Canton on the New Hazard in 1815. Among his investors was Joseph Peabody of Salem, MA who specifically requested a set of 5 tea trays which were commissioned from the lacquer merchant Yinqua.


Ref: BA222

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Pair Sheraton White Painted Chairs

Pair Sheraton White Painted Chairs


Height: 36.75" (93.5cm)

Depth: 18" (45.75cm)

Width: 21" (53.25cm)

Height to seat: 16.5" (42cm)

A pair of George III Sheraton period painted side chairs: the elegant shield back above a stuff-over seat and raised on square tapering legs. Decorated in the Neoclassical taste with paintwork of urns and swags on and off-white ground. Upholstered to calico.

Ref: BA306

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