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Neoclassical Period Collection

Neoclassical Furniture (FRANCE AND UNITED KINGDOM, CA. 1750)
Neoclassical Furniture (FRANCE AND UNITED KINGDOM, CA. 1750)

Neoclassical design emerged in Europe in the 1750s, as the Age of Enlightenment reached full flower. Furniture took its cues from the styles of ancient Rome and Athens: symmetrical, ordered, dignified forms with such details as tapered and fluted chair and table legs, backrest finials and scrolled arms. Over a period of some 20 years, first in France and later in Britain, Neoclassical design — also known as Louis XVI, or Louis Seize — would supersede the lithe and curvaceous Rococo or Louis XV style.

The first half of the 18th century had seen a rebirth of interest in classical antiquity. The "Grand Tour" of Europe, codified as a part of the proper education of a patrician gentleman, included an extended visit to Rome. Some ventured further, to sketch the ruins of ancient Greece. These drawings and others — particularly those derived from the surprising and rich archaeological discoveries in the 1730s and ’40s at the sites of the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum — caused great excitement among intellectuals and aesthetes alike.

Neoclassical furniture is meant to reflect both grace and power. The overall appearance of Neoclassical chairs, tables and cabinetry is strong and rectilinear. These pieces are, in effect, classical architecture in miniature: chair and tables legs are shaped like columns; cabinets are constructed with elements that mirror friezes and pediments.

Yet Neoclassicism is enlivened by gilt and silver leaf, marquetry, and carved and applied ornamental motifs based on Greek and Roman sculpture: acanthus leaves, garlands, laurel wreathes, sheaves of arrow, medallions and chair splats are carved in the shapes of lyres and urns. As you can see from the furniture shown on these pages, there is a bit of whimsy in such stately pieces — a touch of lightness that will always keep Neoclassicism fresh.

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Russian Neoclassical Crystal Chandelier
Located in New Orleans, LA
This exceptionally rare, Russian Neoclassical chandelier is the epitome of early 19th century luxury and style. Crafted in Saint Petersburg of mercury-gilded bronze, cobalt blue glas...
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19th Century Russian Neoclassical Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

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Crystal, Bronze

Pair of 19th Century Giltwood Wall Sconces
Located in New York, NY
Pair of 19th century giltwood wall sconces. Each topped by an eagle holding a chain in its beak, from which are suspended gilt pendants.
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19th Century English Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Materials

Giltwood

Antique English Early 19th Century Wedgwood Chandelier
By Josiah Wedgwood
Located in London, by appointment only
A rare early 19th century Regency period English chandelier, the body of Wedgwood jasperware mounted with elaborate gilt ormolu metal work issuing five electrified candle arms and hu...
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Early 19th Century English Regency Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Materials

Ormolu

Pair of "Old Paris" Vases with Garlands of Bisquit Flowers
Located in New York, NY
French, circa 1820. Porcelain, painted and gilded, with applied bisquit flowers 8 13/16 in. high. Inscribed (with incised mark, under the base of each): 3.   
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1820s French Neoclassical Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

French Porcelain Vase, Locre, circa 1815
Located in New York, NY
French porcelain vase, Locre, circa 1815.
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1810s French Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

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Porcelain

Pair of Wedgwood Figural Candlesticks of Pomona and Ceres, 19th Century
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Wedgwood figural candlesticks of Pomona and Ceres, 19th century.
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19th Century English Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

19th, Signed and Dated, Marble Bust of Nobleman
Located in Newport Beach, CA
Large, hand-carved bust of a man in draped in a clasped robe by prominent, Scottish, Royal Acadmey member, Patric Park (18l1-1855). From the article, "Mapping the Practice and Profe...
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19th Century Scottish Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

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Marble

Set of Four Carved Classical Side Chairs, New York
Located in Providence, RI
These chairs are of the type known as "side chairs," which fit nicely for example alongside either a chest or a card table in a hallway. Also, these may be considered "boudoir chairs...
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19th Century American American Classical Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

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Mahogany

American Breakfront Bookcase "Library Bookcase with Wings"
Located in New York, NY
Breakfront bookcase [library book case with wings], circa 1815–1820 New York Mahogany (secondary woods: mahogany, pine, and poplar), with wood and composition capitals and bases, v...
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19th Century American Neoclassical Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

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Glass, Mahogany, Wood

Pair of 18th/19th Century Neoclassical Carved Giltwood Sconces
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Pair of exquisite Neoclassical carved giltwood sconces, each having draped female figure with wings holding torch in each arm and one on her head, serving as the three candlearms, e...
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19th Century Italian Neoclassical Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Materials

Wood

Pier Mirror in the Neoclassical Taste
Located in New York, NY
New York, circa 1815-1820. Wood, gessoed and gilded, with mirror plate. 75 1/2 in. high, 44 1/8 in. wide (at the cornice), 8 1/2 in. deep (at the cornice). Condition: Some resto...
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19th Century American Neoclassical Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Rare English Porcelain Pistol-Handled Flight and Barr Covered Vase, circa 1800
Located in New York, NY
Rare English porcelain pistol-handled flight and barr covered vase, circa 1800. Decorated on both sides with a floral bouquet. One one a aqua-blue ground (daytime) and on the othe...
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Early 19th Century English Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

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Porcelain

Italian Porcelain Vase, Doccia, circa 1810
Located in New York, NY
Italian porcelain vase, Doccia, circa 1810.
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1810s Italian Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Materials

Porcelain

Louis XVI Period Console Table with Marble Top, France, circa 1790
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Louis XVI period painted and parcel-gilt console table in the neoclassical taste, mounted with a marble top. The break-front outline adorned with ribbon and rose garland motifs, an...
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1790s French Louis XVI Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

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Marble

English Porcelain Vase, Chamberlain Worcester, circa 1820
By Chamberlains Worcester
Located in New York, NY
English porcelain vase, Chamberlain Worcester, circa 1820.
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Early 19th Century English Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Materials

Porcelain

Wedgwood Black and Gilt Basalt Covered Potpourri Vase, circa 1870
Located in New York, NY
A wedgwood black and gilt basalt covered Potpourri vase, circa 1870.
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1870s English Neoclassical Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

English Silver Gilt and Engraved Greek-Form Vase
Located in New York, NY
London, 1869, Maker: S Smith.
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1860s English Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

17th Century Flemish Tapestry after Peter Paul Rubens
Located in Dallas, TX
Magnificent Flemish tapestry after the renown painting of Peter Paul Ruben's "Decius Mus preparing for Death," 1616-1617. Upon hearing his fate pronounced by the High Priest of Rome,...
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17th Century Belgian Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Materials

Tapestry

Wedgwood Rosso-Antico Vase, circa 1790
By Wedgwood
Located in New York, NY
Wedgwood Rosso-Antico Vase, Circa 1790
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1790s Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Materials

Ceramic

RUSSIAN CLASSICAL GILT BRONZE AND PAINTED TAZZA
Located in New Orleans, LA
Russian Gilt and painted bronze and painted classical three column based tazza with engine turned collars and base to the bowl as well as delicate vines running up the columns
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19th Century Russian Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Materials

Bronze, Ormolu

Italian Red Grain Painted and Gilt Decorated Tall Case Clock, c1790
Located in valatie, NY
This clock stands tall with original red grained paint and decorative gilt details. The works are early 18th century English with a calendar movement and are signed "Tanpium." The ca...
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Late 18th Century Italian Neoclassical Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Materials

Metal

Superb Louis XVI Commode, Stamped "J. Manser", France c. 1770
By Jacques Manser
Located in Atlanta, GA
A very fine Louis XVI period Commode, with intricate inlaid designs of exotic wood, and stamped inside one upper drawer "J MANSER" & "JME". French in origin, and dating from the thir...
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Late 18th Century French Louis XVI Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Materials

Marble, Bronze

Louis XVI design Fautueil constructed in Walnut, Italy c. 1780
Located in Atlanta, GA
A fine Louis XVI period Fauteuil, with Neoclassical carved designs throughout the exposed Walnut frame. Dating from the fourth quarter of the 1700s, and Italian in origin. The ov...
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Late 18th Century Italian Neoclassical Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

18th Century Breccia Marble Column Pedestal
Located in New York, NY
18th century Breccia marble column pedestal. With a white marble capital above an entastic column, resting on a square pedestal with a cavetto edge.
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1780s Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Materials

Breccia Marble

Hepplewhite Bowfront Mahogany Sideboard with Brass Gallery
Located in New York, NY
Hepplewhite bowfront mahogany sideboard with brass gallery. Three crossbanded drawers above an oval-paneled cabinet on each side, and a fitted interior.
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Early 19th Century English Hepplewhite Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Materials

Brass

French Empire Gilt Silver Epergne, c1805
Located in valatie, NY
This beautiful French early 19th century gilt sterling silver epergne is decorated with classical female figures, cherubs, dragon flies, and Egyptian heads, it stands on hoofed feet....
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Early 19th Century French Louis XVI Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Materials

Silver

Fine Directoire Mahogany and Brass Inlaid Desk
Located in Hollywood, FL
The top with pierced gallery and leather insert above a frieze drawer flanked by two drawers on square tapering legs terminating with sabots. (Side extensions measure maximum 17" W ...
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18th Century and Earlier French Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Materials

Brass

William IV Walnut Circular Table
Located in Montreal, QC
Important William IV period circular table. The burl walnut top extensively inlaid with intricate marquetry, resting on a circular base fitted with an upholstered footrest.
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19th Century English Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Materials

Rosewood, Walnut

Gustavian Giltwood Mirror
Located in New York, NY
A Swedish Late Gustavian giltwood and painted mirror, Circa 1800, the divided mirror plate surrounded by a flat molded frame with a ribbon and stick outer edge, surmounted by a paint...
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19th Century Swedish Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Puce-Colored Transfer Creamware Shell-Edge Neale and Co Set of Ten Plates
Located in Downingtown, PA
The Neale & Co. puce-colored shell-edge plates are each decorated in a purple transfer with figures in the foreground amongst a landscape of Classic ruins. The rims, also with a feat...
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Late 18th Century English Georgian Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Materials

Creamware

Monumental Italian Neoclassic Giltwood Wall Urn
Located in Hollywood, FL
Monumental Italian neoclassic giltwood wall urn of typical form with original gilt finish.
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18th Century and Earlier Italian Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Materials

Giltwood

Monumental Sheraton Three-Part Dining Room Table, Boston
Located in Providence, RI
This table of extraordinary width uses double hung leaves to its fullest length to create its size. The heavy leaves are all of dense solid grain Santo Domingo mahogany; the ribbon g...
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19th Century American Sheraton Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Materials

Mahogany

Giltwood Barometer, French, 18th Century
Located in Providence, RI
This French barometer is of large size, in an excellent state of preservation, and in working condition. The gold leaf has a mellow and deep glow. This barometer is typical of French...
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Early 18th Century French French Provincial Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Materials

Wood

Period Empire Bronze Neoclassical Urns
Located in New Orleans, LA
Beautifully decorated Empire bronze urns.
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Materials

Bronze

Pair of “Old Paris” Porcelain Coolers, Yellow Bands, Floral Wreaths
By Darte Frères
Located in New York, NY
Darte Frères, Paris, made, circa 1820. Porcelain, partially painted and gilded. Measures: 14 1/4 in. high, 10 3/8 in. wide (through the handles), 7 3/4 in. deep. Signed (with ste...
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19th Century Empire Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Pair of Louis XVI Paris Porcelain Urns with Landscapes, circa 1780
Located in Atlanta, GA
A fine pair of Paris porcelain vases on pedestal bases, featuring landscape scenes within acid-etched gilt borders. The body of each vase with a green ground, above and below with gi...
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1780s French Louis XVI Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Materials

Paint, Porcelain

Regency Lantern
Located in New York, NY
English Regency lantern, circa 1800. Glass, blown, with gilt-brass fittings 27 in. high, 13 1/4 in. greatest diameter. In a market that is overwhelmed with reproduction lantern...
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19th Century English Regency Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Materials

Brass

Fine Pair Baltic Gilt Bronze and Cut Crystal Two-Light Appliques
Located in Hollywood, FL
Probably Russian, the bronze structure with half-moon at top with central stem emanating arms with crystal drops, terminating in two candle arms flanking a rams head.
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1790s Russian Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Materials

Crystal, Ormolu

1820s English Mahogany Partner's Desk with Greek Key Leather Top
Located in Los Angeles, CA
1820s English partner's desk with in mahogany with a gilt tooled Greek key leather molded top over sets of four drawers appointed with brass hardware and raised on bracket feet. This...
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19th Century English Late Victorian Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Materials

Leather, Mahogany

Rare Set of Four Italian Neoclassic Silver Gilt Armchairs
Located in Hollywood, FL
The oval back with stop fluting above a similarly decorated frieze on round tapering fluted legs, can be sold in pairs.
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Late 18th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Materials

Vermeil, Silver

Pair of English Gilt and Marble Corner Consoles
Located in Charleston, SC
Pair of English gilt carved wood and marble top corner consoles with floral and fluted leg motif. Original marble tops.
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18th Century and Earlier English Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

19th Century Marble Sculpture of the Farnese Hercules
Located in New York, NY
19th century marble sculpture of the Farnese Hercules.
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19th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Materials

Marble

Louis XVI Ormolu-Mounted Tulipwood and Amaranth Bureau Plat
By Philippe Claude Montigny
Located in Boston, MA
In the style of Montigny (Philippe-Claude Montigny, mai^tre in 1770), the rectangular tooled leather-lined top surrounded with a later ormolu border, above two frieze drawers and sim...
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18th Century and Earlier French Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Materials

Bronze

Painted Folk Art Four-Panel Floor Screen
Located in Troy, NY
A very unique charmingly decorative double sided screen, painted oil on canvas, seemingly an oversized idea of the sketchbook or travelogue. One side of the screen shows an imaginary...
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Late 18th Century Italian Country Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Materials

Canvas

French 18th Century Transitional Marquetry Commode
Located in Charleston, SC
French Louis XV-XVI transitional period commode with lovely marquetry in satinwood, rosewood and tulipwood, Gris Sainte Anne marble top and three drawers. The commode features a cent...
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Late 18th Century French Louis XVI Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Materials

Marble

Carved Mahogany Classical Card Table
Located in Providence, RI
This card table represents the height of the Empire period with fabulous carving throughout. We have seen several drop-leaf tables of this form, but this is the only card table we ha...
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19th Century American American Classical Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Materials

Mahogany

Russian Cut-Glass Chandelier
Located in New Orleans, LA
This Russian chandelier is distinguished by its exceptional rarity. The entirety of this important Neoclassical fixture is covered with a myriad of intricately cut-glass lusters, all...
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19th Century Russian Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Materials

Bronze

Sheffield Silver Plate Wire and Bristol Glass Epergne Centerpiece
Located in New York, NY
This English Sheffield plate wire-work epergne is distinguished by gracefully scrolled supports, which branch from a round footed base and suspend six baskets, with a large central b...
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1840s English Early Victorian Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Materials

Sheffield Plate

Prattware Pearlware Pottery Plaque of Lions
Located in Downingtown, PA
The Prattware pearlware plaque is relief-mouded with two recumbent lions and painted in under glaze colors with floral branches and a molded border. What is so nice about this partic...
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Early 19th Century English Regency Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Materials

Pearlware, Pottery

Fine Mahogany Neoclassical Card Table
Located in Providence, RI
This top-rank card table has leaves of solid Santo Domingo mahogany above an apron of decorative balls above a brass edge trim. The level of detail is extremely fine and is followed ...
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19th Century American Neoclassical Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Materials

Mahogany

Pair of American Neo-Classical Pier Mirrors
By Historic New England
Located in New York, NY
Boston, Massachusetts, about 1820 Eastern white pine, gessoed and gilded, with ebonized liners and mirror Each, 65 1/8 in. high; 37 1/2 in. wide Inscribed (on back of frame and ba...
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19th Century American Neoclassical Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Materials

Mirror, Wood

A Fantastic Quality Mid 19th Century Gilt Bronze Mounted Commode By Pretot
By Hippolyte-Edme Pretot
Located in New York, NY
A Fantastic Quality Mid 19th Century Gilt Bronze Mounted Louis XVI Style Mahogany Commode By Pretot A marble top above a frieze applied with scrolling-vine mounts and fronted by tw...
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Mid-19th Century French Belle Époque Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Materials

Marble, Bronze

A Fine & Rare Pair of Stools by Jean Baptiste Lelarge III, 18th Century
By Jean Baptiste Lelarge III
Located in Sheffield, MA
A Fine & Rare Pair of Louis XVI Painted & Giltwood Stools Stamped Lelarge 18th Century Jean Baptiste Lelarge III Maitre 1775 Height of back 24 in. Height of seat ...
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18th Century and Earlier French Louis XVI Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Ramsden telescope
Located in Lincolnshire, GB
A fine example of a late 18th century brass telescope by Ramsden London contained in its original mahogany case.
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18th Century and Earlier English Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Neoclassical Wellford Mantel
By Wellford
Located in Charleston, SC
Charleston / Philadelphia Cypress and White Pine Neoclassical mantel with carved gesso dancing figures, gesso floral swags, gesso floral urns, and gesso floral ribbon with egg & dart...
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18th Century and Earlier Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Materials

Cypress

Set of 16 Klismos-Form Dining Chairs
Located in New York, NY
Boston, Massachusetts, circa 1820. Mahogany (secondary woods: Birch and maple; slip seats: Birch and pine) Measures: 33 1/4 in. high, 18 5/8 in. wide, 19 ¼ in. deep (overall). E...
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19th Century American Neoclassical Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Materials

Mahogany

Louis XVI Painted and Gilt Decorated Tole Cachepot, c1780
Located in valatie, NY
Louis XVI painted and gilt decorated tole cachepot, c1780, decorated in polychrome with a Watteauesque or Angelica Kauffman Neoclassical scene of figures and putti in a landscape set...
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Late 18th Century French Louis XVI Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Materials

Tin, Gold Leaf

Very Fine Painted Louis XVI Demilune Console with Marble Top
Located in Chicago, IL
A very fine painted and carved wood Louis XVI demilune console with marble top above guilloche frieze with hanging garlands supported by Tapered Fluted Feet Joined by Fluted Stretche...
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Late 18th Century French Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Materials

Marble

Louis XVI Period Painted Console with Marble Top, France, circa 1790
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Louis XVI Period white painted console table with carved pierced frieze and rectangular black marble top, originating in France during the late 1700s. The rectangular marble top...
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1790s French Louis XVI Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Materials

Wood

Pair of English Sheffield Wine Coolers
Located in Charleston, SC
Pair of English Sheffield wine coolers with hand chased floral motif and original tin liners.
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18th Century and Earlier English Antique Neoclassical Period Collection