The teapoy was a piece of small furniture, developed in the 18th century to house and lock away a popular and expensive commodity: tea. In form, they were like an over-sized tea caddy on a base. This mahogany teapoy dates from the early 19th century. With 8 sides, it sits neatly on 4 finely turned legs that end in small brass castors. The top, veneered and cross grained, opens onto the fitted interior with 2 removable caddies and 2 tin lined compartments. Brass lions head handles are replacements. The condition is very good throughout please note slight cracking to the veneer on the top, a small section of the reeded bottom edge, front left side, restored, and a knock to the wood on the back. This teapoy is of superb quality with a rich colour and patina. Circa 1820
William Rolfe was an innovator and maker of pianos in the late 18th century, setting up on his own in 1798 and, with his 2 sons, becoming Rolfe & Sons in the early 19th century.
This six octave square piano, stamped with serial number 6294, dates from about 1816. The quality of the construction and the Classical design features, such as the nameboard above the keyboard, which is a cartouche richly decorated with flowers, tendrils and fruits, made these pianos a favourite amongst the wealthy of that time. The mahogany case is edged with rosewood crossbanding, and has fine fruitwood and ebony stringing and banding throughout. Inside the case is pasted an instruction sheet "By Royal Patent" etc, followed by detailed information and tips for caring for the instrument. The piano has been restored, and is in working order.
A fine early Georgian Chest on Stand. Combining the strength of oak with a delicacy of design, it is a piece that calls for light. Elegant houses built in this period were exploiting the themes of light and space, with large windows and rooms. This Chest, in 2 pieces, has pine lined drawers that sit within a moulded framework. The base has square cut cabriole legs to the front, that are mirrored in the shaped back legs. A change of handles took place about 1790-1800, when the classic swan neck handles were fashionable. In lovely condition, this is a piece of oak furniture with timeless elegance. Circa 1730
A rare small table Cabinet/Box from the early 18th century. Made of oak, it has an upper compartment with a door, over a single moulded fronted drawer. The door has its original iron butterfly hinges and wooden catch. The brass handles are also probably original. In fine condition, this cabinet has always held precious items, and in turn has been cared for. Circa 1730
This Toilet Mirror with drawers was created to grace the fine new walnut tables and chest of drawers of the late 17th/early 18th century. Made of oak, and veneered with walnut, the base consists of 2 tiers of drawers, with extravagant shaping to the front. The small brass handles are original. The swing mirror has been repaired where the fragile gilded gesso surround has deteriorated over the years. The glass is an old replacement with good clarity. A dark glowing warmth and lovely waxed surface makes this walnut period mirror a treasure. Circa 1700
A classic mid 18th century country Oak Dresser with shelves, drawers and cupboards. The plate rack is crowned with a cornice and a stunning frieze. Below the 3 drawers are 3 cupboard which open onto a single long cupboard. The doors and sides are panelled. With a wealth of detail, originality, a superb waxed finish and perfect antique oak colour, this small dresser is a fine country piece of furniture. Circa 1750
Late 18th century table box. Made of oak and veneered with fine mahogany, it has a sturdy quality to it. The base moulding ends in small shaped feet. Original brass fittings gives a warm twinkle to the severity of the simple rectangular box. It was originally compartmented but is now lined with paper. The mahogany has a particularly attractive depth of colour that makes this simple box a little treasure. Circa 1780
With the handsome proportions of the William & Mary period, this Box Stool on bun feet is a great furnishing item of small furniture. Of fine dovetailed construction, it has original iron butterfly hinges, escutcheon and working lock. Brass carrying handles on the side are 18th century. A superb side table or log container, a very useful item of late 17th century oak. Circa 1690
A superb essential piece of late 18th century furniture, this Dresser has 3 drawers and a cupboard. The colour and excellent waxed surface is similar to elmwood, and is due to the quality of pine that that has never been painted and stripped. Throughout, the Dresser is in original condition, with panelled sides and bracket feet. Circa 1800
A late 18th century large wall hung Tavern Clock (often called Act of Parliament clocks after a short lived tax on clocks that was passed by Parliament in 1797). These clocks were hung in taverns and inns, where the general public were able to see the time displayed. This fine example has a black ebonised case and a 20inch gold faced dial with black Roman numerals. The glass clock face cover has a finely turned mahogany bezel that lends warmth to the clock case. The weight driven original 7-8 day brass movement is in clean working order. Original hinges and escutcheon, and attractive moulded wedge shaped base show the quality of this handsome clock. Circa 1780
This small country bureau is a little gem. Made of oak in the late 18th century, it is a simple but fine piece of cabinet-making. In original and excellent clean condition, with shaped bracket feet and exquisitely proportioned brassware, it has charm and would be a pleasure to live with. Circa 1780
18th century oak lowboy, or three-drawer side table. The 2 plank top and the drawers are crossbanded with fruitwood. Simple ogee-shaped sides, and more elaborate shaping to the kneehole front, flow into the square-section cabriole legs. In fine condition, with a good waxed surface and colour, this is an excellent early Georgian country house table. Circa 1730
Early 18th century panelled back Oak Wainscot Armchair of substantial proportions. The high back has a boldly shaped top rail. Pegged construction throughout keeps this heavy antique chair in firm sturdy condition. An interesting under seat strengthening, with a wooden lath and metal bracket, appears original. The feet have been built up to the lower rails, otherwise the condition is original, with an excellent waxed patina. Circa 1720
An intresting coin which originated from Monnaie de Paris, France and dates back to 1784 during the reign of King Louis XVI. The front of the coin depicts a crowned oval escutcheon, also known as 'three fleurs-de-lis'. On the reverse, an image of the 45th King of France, Louis XVI - the 'restorer'.
An 18th century Oak Side Table featuring a single drawer. The top has a moulded edge and is finished with rounded corners. The pegged square legs mirror the moulded edge of the top and have shaped frets to the front and back to make it more aestheticaly pleasing. A lovely size makes this period table useful for many room settings.
Georgian Oak closed Dresser with Rack. This 18th century Oak dresser has three drawers above three cupboard doors. The space inside these doors has been divided into a double and single cupboard. The rack has three graduated shelves.
Circa 1780 - 1800
A late 18th century wing armchair that combines style, comfort and a most attractive shade of green leather upholstery. The mahogany frame, with carved front legs, has brass castors. The leather upholstery is finished with tight domed brass buttoning. It is not original but has seen long wear, with crazing to the arms and seat, however the leather is actually intact and very comfortable to use. Wonderful Georgian proportions and a perfect antique look makes this armchair rather special. Circa 1780
A charming George 1 walnut side chair. The tall back has an inverted vase shaped splat, which is carved with a deep curve that follows the human spine. Front cabriole legs end in pad feet. With a superb surface and colour, this early walnut chair is in exceptional original condition. The upholstery on the drop-in seat is not original but is an old tapestry, with good colour that compliments the chair. Circa 1720
A mid 18th century oak box chest that furnishes any room. The simplicity of this piece of furniture makes it a perfect coffee table. It is finely made, with concealed dovetails, and a clean flat top finished with a moulded edge. The hinges and partial lock are original to the chest. It is completed with old, though not original, turned feet and brass escutcheon to the front. The back has been polished, and the whole chest has a pleasing waxed finish that is easy to live with. Circa 1750
A superb set of 6 giltwood dining chairs from the late 18th century. Reputed to have come from Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, via a Sotheby's sale in the second half of the 20th century, the chairs are in wonderful condition. The frames are carved in the Classical style with vine leaves, grapes, flowers, and friezes, all finished with gesso, gilding and paint. Even the back legs are carved and gilded, a sign of the finest quality. The sprung seats and backs are upholstered, and provide very comfortable seating. Despite their age, they are sturdy and firm, and have obviously had a very good life. Circa 1790
A stunning C18th Continental Goncalo Alves & walnut cabinet on stand, the upper part fitted 2 doors, beneath a stepped pediment fitted 1 long drawer opening to reveal an interior of fitted drawers around a central lockable cupboard with further drawers. There is also a secret compartment hidden away within the cabinet. The stand is fitted with one long drawer & supported on turned barley twist legs, stretcher & standing on ball feet.
The resilience of oak that is over 300 years old is exemplified in this small side table. Delicate yet robust, it is in superb original condition with great patina. Pegged and nailed, it has a moulded edge to the 2 plank top, and its original hand carved wooden knob to the drawer. Circa 1700
A handsome late 18th century cellaret, raised on brass paw feet. Made of solid rosewood, the hexagonal sides are emphasized by inlaid brass banding. The interior is fully fitted to take 12 or more bottles. The original brass hinges are of exceptional quality. The cellaret is raised upon 3 lions paw feet, which are not original but are beautiful castings from about 1820. Quality, condition and size makes this a great furnishing piece for the smart country house style. Circa 1800
A small early 18th century Walnut Kneehole Desk. The honeyed tones of the walnut is enhanced by fine herringbone inlay to the top surface and drawer fronts. The drawers, which are lined with oak, retain their original brassware. The central kneehole has a small cupboard space. It is a charming piece of furniture from the walnut period, and is in good condition, with some restorations and repairs that can be expected in such a piece. Circa 1720
Late 18th century Mahogany Toilet Mirror with a box base. The 3 drawer base is serpentine-shaped, veneered with fine flame mahogany and edged with contrast stringing. It sits on small ogee feet. The swing mirror is shield shaped. The back has a paper dust cover. A good Georgian period mirror, in lovely condition. Circa 1800
A most attractive18th century bureau, unusually made with cherrywood. The interior is fitted with drawers and pidgeon holes, and has a green leathered writing surface. The brassware, fine quality, may not be the originals but has been on the bureau for a long time. Standing on original bracket feet, this bureau is a perfect size to use. Being mostly solid wood (rather than veneers on pine) it has survived well, but please note that the fall front has twisted slightly, however this does not affect the functioning or appearance of the bureau. Circa 1780
Late 18th century Oak Candle Stand. The fixed dished top, turned column and high arched tripod base have elegant balanced proportions. The legs are unusually fine and has survived well, with only one foot having been beautifully repaired. Circa 1780
This 18th century open Corner Armchair celebrates the glow of walnut. With Hepplewhite shaped and pierced splats, and an upholstered drop in seat, it is a smart country chair. The 3-piece bowed back gives it the comfort of the well known Captain/Smokers bow chairs of the 18th/19th centuries. In lovely condition, the colour and surface of this antique walnut chair is most attractive. Circa 1780.
A fine late 18th century small roll top writing desk in mahogany. The stunning satinwood interior is fitted with pidgeon holes (the small drawers seen at the back are dummy drawers). The full writing surface slides out, and the leather inset writing pad (possibly the original leather) can be raised on a ratchet. Below are 2 useful drawers with brass knob handles. The 4 tapered legs are raised on fine brass casters. Restrained Georgian design, warm but light colour, and excellent cared for surface, and wonderful originality, makes elegant desk a perennial delight. Circa 1780
A fine quality Georgian mahogany Commode. The shaped tray top gallery with integral handles, and lovely single piece top, sit above a 2 door cupboard and a single drawer. Faux drawers below face the commode section, which has been converted, sliding forward to become a low table. This well proportioned small piece of 18th century furniture is finished with restrained fine black stringing to the doors and drawers. The brass handles are replacements. An elegant bedside table or smart occasional table. Circa 1780.
A small beautifully proportioned Georgian Oak Dresser. The 2-plank top is flat with a fine waxed surface. 3 oak -lined drawers with swan neck handles are framed by typical 18th century mouldings. Giving extra charm to this dresser, each side is made from a single cushion moulded panel. The dresser stands on tapered turned legs, with pad feet at the front. A classical mid Georgian Dresser, it has a superb colour and surface, and is in fine original condition. Circa 1780.
An 18th century chest of drawers on bracket feet. The Georgian oak is enlivened with walnut crossbanding to the top and front surrounding the drawers. With original shaped bracket feet and brassware, this is a useful chest of drawers in lovely original condition. Circa 1750.
A fine quality 18th century snap top tripod table in mahogany. The single piece top sits on a bird-cage box that allows it to pivot on the central baluster. Carving to the baluster and curved leg of the tripod base is classical and retrained. Circa 1780.
A panelled early 18th century Oak Court Cupboard in 2 sections. The top section has a cornice above a small overhanging canopy. It has 3 shaped panelled cupboards, the central cupboard with fitted drawers and a concealed catch. The lower section has 2 drawers that sit over the 2 main lower cupboards. A pretty and original piece of antique oak, this Court Cupboard has good low proportions that fits well with modern living, and a warm colour. Circa 1700.
An early 18th century walnut and oak chest on chest. It has the warm simple elegance of this period. The drawer fronts have mirror cut walnut veneers, edged with cossbanding. A neat cornice is made up of crossgrained walnut, as are the reeded applied mouldings around the drawers. The sides are of solid oak, and the chest stands on veneered bracket feet. Brass handles are replacements, dating from about 1770. The drawers have been lined out in green fabric. With a good colour and surface, this well proportioned chest on chest is in excellent condition. Circa 1725
This 18th century mahogany Cheese Coaster is an elegant piece of table treen. The fine curved bentwood body is finished with an attractive wavy edge to the sides. The square base is dovetailed. Considering the delicate nature of bent mahogany, the condition is very good, with an original surface and warm colour. Circa 1880
The scene on this Tobacco Pot is of sociability and good cheer, two people sitting at a table, clasping hands and raising a glass. Made of lead, the main body of the pot is rectangular with canted corners. The raised decoration and painting in red, yellow and green would have made this little pot a jewel in which to keep one's tobacco, and would have belonged to someone relatively wealthy. The lid is made of tin, with a lead finial. Like the pot, the painted decoration, though dulled by time and use, is still apparent. Circa 1790
Fine quality 18th century Cuban mahogany was used to make this lovely small chest of drawers. It has a cross-banded top with a moulded edge. Rounded fluted columns adorn the front edges of the chest, which stands on bracket feet. The handsome brass handles are replacements. This solid mahogany chest has remained very smart, with an excellent waxed surface. Circa 1780.
The Georgian Tripod Table is an iconic form, elegant yet functional. This late 18th century table is made of mahogany, with a tilt-top and a box birdcage section that allows the top to revolve. A beautifully turned central vase shaped column is raised on fine legs, the carving on the knee worn soft by years of polishing and dusting. Delicately shaped feet are intact and have not suffered from wear. This small table has survived in lovely condition. Circa 1780.
An attractive and rare mid 18th century hooded wall clock with a penny moon dial. The case, with a glazed opening door, has cross grained walnut veneers to the front. Plain classical columns and a moulded stepped cornice are typical of the period and are enhanced by a rich patination. It sits on a later shaped bracket.The 30 hour movement by Lough of Penrith has been cleaned and checked to insure that it is in fine working order. The 12inch brass dial has the sought after feature of the penny moon to the centre of the dial, a moving disc with an engraved moon face and painted stars that show the moon phases. Circa 1740
From the fine living of the Georgian upper class comes this mahogany wine cooler. Beautifully crafted, it is of a tapered octagonal form set on a base with 4 legs. Smartly brass banded, with original carrying handles, the lid opens to a fitted lead lined interior. Underneath is the original tap for draining the melted water it is now seized up. A good undisturbed surface makes this a desirable piece of fine 18th century furniture. Circa 1780
Mid 18th century Longcase Clock by W. Andrews of London. The green and gilt chinoiserie lacquered case has a good original unrestored surface. The excellent 8 day 5 pillar movement is in fine working order. The arched 12" brass dial has a ticking/moving figure of Father Time in front of a gilded sun. The chapter ring, seconds ring and date aperture are silvered. Circa 1740
An early form of the Windsor Armchair from the mid to late 18th century. It has cabriole front legs and a crinoline stretcher. The back legs are later replacements. An elaborately shaped and pierced central splat lends finesse to a fine country chair. Circa 1780
Late 18th century mahogany side table, with Chinoiserie lacquered decoration applied in the 19th century. The top surface of the red lacquer has been faded by light and time to a more golden colour that works beautifully with the black and gilt decoration. The brass handles on the single drawer are probably of the same period as the lacquering. Circa 1790
Fine 18th century mahogany Georgian toilet box mirror. Beautifully proportioned, the box base is serpentine shaped and has 3 drawers. It is decorated with crossbanding and fine light wood edging. The oval swing mirror with its bevelled glass is held on slender carved supports. It has a vibrant clear surface, showing well the excellent 18th century flame mahogany. For this reason, slight spotting to the top (high-lighted by the camera but not obvious to the naked eye) has been left undisturbed. Circa 1780
A late 18th century drop leaf table in solid yew wood. Unusually, it has only one leaf, so opened out it is almost square, and incredibly versatile: a side table, serving table, dining table, centre party table...In all modes, the wonderful nature of yew is exemplified, having a hard smooth surface and rich colour. Circa 1800
Late 17th century Oak Gateleg Table. Such tables were fundamental to the 17th/18th century home, providing a good size dining table that could be minimised with 2 folding leaves. This example is in great condition, fine turnings to the base and an excellent colour and surface throughout. Circa 1690
An interesting late 18th century small mahogany chest on bracket feet. Well made, of dovetailed construction, the lid to the main chest is secured with 3 locks. The box may have contained valuables or deeds, requiring 3 different key holders to access the contents. With a single drawer and original brass carrying handles, a very useful piece of Georgian furniture. Circa 1780
An unusually substantial late 18th century oak dining table. The thick 4 plank top sits on a base with sturdy square chamfered legs. The top is fortunately unattached to the base, making the table easier to move. Seating approximately 8-10, this is a table made for a banquet! Circa 1790
Mid 18th century oak Dresser with shelves. It has a pot-board, 4 turned front legs, a central arch, and 5 drawers. The open shelves has wavy shaped sides and an attractive fret-carved frieze. With light golden tones, a good surface and small size, it is a piece that will sit comfortably in a home.
From the early 18th century walnut period comes this attractive country bureau. The drawers and fall are inlaid with herringbone banding. The desk interior is fitted with drawers and pidgeon holes, and inset with a leather writing surface. The honeyed tones of the walnut is exceptional, and the original brasses are in great condition. Circa 1720.
This is a Stunning Rare Antique 18th Century Embroidered Silk Map of the Discovered World showing Western and Eastern Hemispheres with fine detailed foliate borders. Framed behind glass. Measures 29" inches x 24" inches including frame. There are some splits to the silk to the sides as photographed but overall in surprisingly good condition considering age.
A small antique 6-plank coffer dating from the late 17th century. Normally found in oak, this is made from elm. This gives it a lightness and warmth that makes it an attractive country wood to live with. The top and front has inscribed bands of decoration. Of nailed construction, the old nails at the front have aged to become a decorative feature. In good condition, the back has a coat of old brown paint, and the old strap hinges are not original. Circa 1700.
Georgian 18th century mahogany commodes that were designed to look like small chests of drawers are often so attractive that many are converted for modern use. This beautifully proportioned commode has been cleverly turned into a cupboard, with minimum interference with the integrity of the piece. The top has been fixed and the front cut down the middle. That left 4 front panels that, hinged, become doors. Standing on its original bracket feet, and with brass carrying handles, this cupboard has the excellent surface of Georgian mahogany. Circa 1780
A classic early 18th century Oak Pot-board Dresser. Made in 2 sections, the top has a moulded cornice and three shelves with plate strips and cup hooks. The base has two drawers, a shaped frieze and a pot-board below. The front legs are chamfered/shaped. With the wonderful proportions that the eighteenth century excelled in, this charming little dresser also has a great original surface and the glow of antique oak. Circa 1720.
A pair of early 18th century brass candlesticks. They follow closely the style of silver candlesticks from the Queen Anne period, with notched bases and long candle cups. The condition of the pair is very good for their age. Both sticks have old solder repairs to the base of the shaft, that have been polished so much that the silver has merged with the brass. Circa 1730
A handsome early 18th century Dower Chest. The fielded panels and pegged construction is typical of the period. The plank top is held on iron hinges, and opens onto the main storage area, which contains a "herb" box to the left hand side (herbs for keeping fresh the stored items). Below are 2 useful drawers, finished with decorative moulding. A warm colour and original surface makes this chest a lovely example of the Age of Oak.
Late 18th century oval Oak Gateleg Table. Of medium size, this table would seat 4-5 people very comfortably. It has a single drawer at one end, and well-turned legs united by stretchers. It is in excellent condition with a good waxed surface. Circa 1700.
An 18th century Oak Box Stool. The rising lid has a moulded edge and iron butterfly hinges. The front has applied mouldings that simulate drawer fronts. The brass handles are replacements. A rare and attractive small piece of oak with a good surface and colour. Circa 1700.
Small 18th Oak Lowboy, original brasses on the three drawers, delicately shaped freize and elegant cabriole legs combining to make this a fine example of country Queen Anne furniture. This Lowboy is in excellent original condition, the only damage being to the edge of the top on the left hand side (see photograph close up)
This mid 18th century Oak Dresser has all the glow and charm to brighten a country home. It has its original pot-board which is framed by softly shaped chamfered legs. The shaped frieze is exceptional, the fine carved edges still sharp and intact. The 3 drawers are decoratively banded and fitted with brass handles. The enclosed shelves have plate grooves, and finished with a classic moulded cornice and original iron hooks. A superb surface and warm colour makes this small Dresser rather special.
A Mid 18 th Century Oak Coffer of good neat proportions.comes in good condition with the odd knock and mark consummate with age.original iron lock ( not workin) and ledge on right hand inside a character coffer.
A small well proportioned early 18th century Lowboy/Side Table. The top, with a rounded edge, is veneered in quarters and cross banded. The front has 3 drawers, each with feather banding around the edge and brass ring handles. The shaped frieze is typical of the period and well shaped. The 4 solid walnut cabriole legs end in pad feet. The legs are later replacements to the piece, probably dating to about 1900, and are very well executed. Circa 1720.