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Neoclassical Furniture

Europe, America (mid-18th c. - mid-19th c.)

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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The Versailles Palace Chair
MS Rau Antiques
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The Versailles Palace Chair
Antique 18th Century and Earlier French Chairs
The splendor of Versailles is captured in this incredible antique Louis XVI chair that was once part of the legendary palace's private collection. The chair bears the mark of Versailles...
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Breakfront Bookcase "Library Bookcase with Wings"
Hirschl & Adler Galleries
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Breakfront Bookcase "Library Bookcase with Wings"
Unknown
Antique 19th Century American Bookcases
Glass, Mahogany, Pine, Wood
Breakfront bookcase, New York, circa 1815-1820.
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Marble Bust of Man
Antonio's Bella Casa
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Marble Bust of Man
Antique 19th Century English Sculptures
Marble
Large bust of a man in draped robes with clasp.
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Mother And Child By Jan Adam J. Kruesman
Jan Adam J. Kruseman
Antique 19th Century Belgian Paintings
Canvas
AN OIL ON CANVAS BY THE 19TH CENTURY DUTCH NEOCLASSICAL PAINTER, JAN ADAM JANSZ.KRUESMAN(1804-1862).KRUESMAN WAS BORN IN HAARLEM AND IN 1819 MOVED TO AMSTERDAM. IN 1822, HE MOVED TO BRU...
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St. Vladimir Custard Porcelain Cup
Gardner Porcelain Factory
Antique 18th Century and Earlier Russian Porcelain
An extremely rare Russian porcelain two-handled custard cup from the Order of St Vladimir Service, made by the Gardner Factory in 1785; the front and back each adorned with the badge an...
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Pair of 18th/19th C. Neoclassical Carved Giltwood ...
Antique 19th Century Italian Wall Lights and Sconces
Wood
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, exte...
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Pair of Italian Neo Classic Mirrors
George N Antiques
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Pair of Italian Neo Classic Mirrors
Antique 19th Century Italian Pier Mirrors and Console Mirrors
Pair of Large Italian Neo Classic carved gilt wood pier mirrors with Phoenix, bow knots and greek key motifs.
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Antique Regency Welsh Slate Fireplace Mantel
Jamb Ltd.
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Antique Regency Welsh Slate Fireplace Mantel
Antique 19th Century English Fireplaces and Mantels
An unusual 19th century Welsh slate Regency “Greek-Revival” chimneypiece. The frieze and jambs are decorated with recessed Greek key motifs and the end-blocks with stiff leaf paterae, c...
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19th c Russian blue crystal centerpiece
Antique 19th Century Russian Centerpieces
Cut Glass
19th c Russian Blue cut crystal and bronze dore centerpiece
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An Erotic Aquatint By Sir William Hamilton
Sir William Hamilton
Antique 18th Century and Earlier British Prints
SIR WILLIAM HAMILTON Scottish 1731-1803 Erastes Scene From Collection of Etruscan, Greek and Roman Antiquities from the Cabinet of the Honorable William Hamilton Naples, 1766-1767 ...
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Pair of 18th c. white lacquered Marquises , by F.C...
Claude François
Antique 18th Century and Earlier French Neoclassical Armchairs
Wood, Lacquer
A fine pair of "Marquises" (large armchairs), white lacquer, stamped By Francois- Claude Menant c.1780, France.
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A Rare Grand Tour Marble Tazza Circa 1820
Antique 19th Century Italian Neoclassical Planters and Jardinieres
Siena Marble
A rare neoclassic Grand Tour carved Siena marble carved tazza resting on an acanthus leaf central support flanked by three lion monopeadia raised on marmo rosso antic base.See Thomas Ho...
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Louis XVI Period Console Table with Marble Top, Fr...
Antique 18th Century and Earlier French Console Tables
Wood
A Louis XVI Period Painted & Parcel-gilt Console Table in the Neoclassical taste, mounted with a Marble top. The break-front outline adorned with ribbon & rose garland motifs, and mount...
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Set of Six Neoclassical Neapolitan Plates
A.V.D.
Antique 19th Century Italian Neoclassical Ceramics
NeoClassical from the source, Naples. Around 200 years old and with a fresh golden color that cannot be depicted here. The charming classical drawings are each different. Together they ...
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Gustavian Candlesticks, circa 1775 -1810
Antique 18th Century and Earlier Swedish Candle Holders
Marble
A pair of Swedish Gustavian period candlesticks. An Egyptian figure in black patinated bronze with two gilded bronze arms, above a marble cylindrical base atop a squared black marble ba...
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Fine English Urn-Form Vase by Wedgwood & Bentley
Wedgwood & Bentley
Antique 18th Century and Earlier English Vases and Vessels
This fine and rare English George III period was made in Wedgwood & Bentley Etruria manufactory. The classically inspired urn-form vase has a blue green variegated glaze in imitation of...
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A Very Fine George III Mahogany Breakfront Bookcase
Hyde Park Antiques, Ltd.
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A Very Fine George III Mahogany Breakfront Bookcas...
Antique 18th Century and Earlier British Bookcases
The dentillated cornice with blind stop-fluted frieze over four glazed doors with octagonal mullions opening to adjustable shelves; the lower part fitted with a secretaire drawer simula...
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Antique Irish Oval Mirror with Sapphire and Enamel...
Antique 18th Century and Earlier Irish Georgian Wall Mirrors
Cut Glass
Fine and Rare Irish oval mirror the copper frame with faceted ring-set sapphire blue glass jewels alternating with white and gilt enameled jewels centering the original silvered plate. ...
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An Italian Neoclassical 8 Light Chandelier
Antique 18th Century and Earlier Italian Chandeliers and Pendants
The circular banded corona fitted with sprays of flowerheads and spades, variously hung with graduating beaded glass pendant swags and faceted tear drops continuing to the next pierced ...
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Louis XVI design Fautueil constructed in Walnut, I...
Antique 18th Century and Earlier Italian Armchairs
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 oval ba...
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Ruins of a Vaulted Classical Interior by Pierre-An...
Pierre Antoine de Machy
Antique 18th Century and Earlier Drawings
Born into a family of Parisian craftsmen, Pierre-Antoine de Machy (or Demachy) trained under the architect, stage designer and painter, Giovanni Niccolò Servandoni, who had studied in ...
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A fine eighteenth century Genoese chandelier
Antique 18th Century and Earlier Italian Chandeliers and Pendants
Giltwood
A fine eighteenth century Genoese chandelier with beaded swags emanating from crystal floral motifs from which hang oval and icicle prisms. The chandelier has three orders or tiers wit...
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Neale & Co Jasper Covered Sugar Bowl
Leo Kaplan Ltd.
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Neale & Co Jasper Covered Sugar Bowl
Neale & Co.
Antique 18th Century and Earlier English Serving Pieces
Porcelain
A fine signed Neale & Co blue and white jasper covered sugar bowl decorated with classical figures
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 18th Century Breccia Marble Column
O'Sullivan Antiques
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18th Century Breccia Marble Column
Unknown
Antique 18th Century and Earlier Unknown Classical Roman Pedestals and Colu...
Breccia Marble
18th Century Breccia Marble Column
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French Louis XVI Secretaire Signed by "Jean-Baptis...
Jean-Baptiste Vassou
Antique 18th Century and Earlier French Louis XVI Secretaires
Marble, Satinwood, Tulipwood
Magnificently detailed important French Louis XVI secretaire a abattant. Signed by Jean - Baptiste Vassou (1.28.1767 master in Paris as shown on pg. 302 F DE SALVERTE "Les Ebenistes du ...
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17th Century Flemish Religious Scene Tapestry
Legacy Antiques
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17th Century Flemish Religious Scene Tapestry
Antique 17th Century Belgian Tapestries
Tapestry
Magnificent Flemish tapestry depicting an important religious scene of one of the miracles of Jesus in the Gospels. "Healing of the Centurion's Servant" shows Christ healing an afflict...
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RUSSIAN CLASSICAL GILT BRONZE AND PAINTED TAZZA
Antique 19th Century Russian Sculptures
Ormolu, Paint, Bronze
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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Pair of Italian Neoclassical Painted and Parcel Gi...
Antique 18th Century and Earlier Italian Armchairs
Wood
Each with an arched toprail surmounted by a foliate crest and flanked by paterae, the upholstered backrest above downswept fluted arms and the paneled bowfront apron, raised on sabre ba...
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Wedgwood Basalt Rum Kettle
Leo Kaplan Ltd.
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Wedgwood Basalt Rum Kettle
Wedgwood
Antique Late 18th Century English Porcelain
A fine Wedgwood basalt rum kettle with cluster of grapes for finial, upper case mark
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A George IV Rosewood Writing Table
Hyde Park Antiques, Ltd.
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A George IV Rosewood Writing Table
Antique 19th Century British Desks
Rosewood, Leather
The richly grained rectangular leather lined top,above three frieze drawers on lapet carved ring-turned legs,ending in brass caps and castors.
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A Grand Tour Porphyry Obelisk With Sienna Marble P...
Antique 19th Century Italian Obelisks
Siena Marble, Carrara Marble, Bronze
A Grand Tour red royal porphyry obelisk, Verde antico marble, Sienna Marble paw feet
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Italian Red Grain Painted and Gilt Decorated Tall ...
Antique 18th Century and Earlier Italian Neoclassical Clocks
Metal, Paint, Wood
This clock stands tall with original red grained paint and decorative gilt details. The works are early 18th century English with calendar movement. The works are signed "Tanpium." The ...
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An Austrian Neoclassic Parcel-gilt Mahogany Bookca...
Antique 19th Century Austrian Bookcases
Mahogany
An Neoclassic Empire mahogany bookcase with parcel-gilt.
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A FINE HAREWOOD TEA CADDY
Clinton Howell Antiques
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A FINE HAREWOOD TEA CADDY
Antique 18th Century and Earlier English Boxes
A very fine harewood tea caddy having a central marquetry oval with floral inlayand a hinged lid with an oval marquetry center, inlaid with a flowering branch, the lid bordered with flo...
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Superb Louis XVI Commode, Stamped "J. Manser", Fra...
Jacques Manser
Antique 18th Century and Earlier French Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Fruitwood, Purpleheart, Rosewood
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 third q...
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Wedwood Queen's Ware Armorial Bowl
Wedgwood
Antique 18th Century and Earlier English Pottery
A rare Wedgwood Queen's ware bowl painted with the coat of arms of the Fifth Earl of Shaftesbury, upper case mark, (one of four)
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Large Terracotta Head of Mars, 18th Century
Ramon Portuondo Wakonigg
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Large Terracotta Head of Mars, 18th Century
Antique 18th Century and Earlier French Sculptures
Bronze, Terracotta
Large terracotta Head of Mars, mounted in patinated bronze base.
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Hepplewhite Bow Front Mahogany Sideboard.
O'Sullivan Antiques
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Hepplewhite Bow Front Mahogany Sideboard.
Antique 19th Century English Sideboards
Brass, Mahogany
Hepplewhite Bow Front Mahogany Sideboard With Brass Plate Rail. Fitted Interior
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A Fine Italian Neoclassic Giltwood 6 Arm Chandelie...
Antique 19th Century Italian Chandeliers and Pendants
Giltwood
finely carved wood with beautiful water gilding
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Adams Blue and White Jasper Coffee Pot
Leo Kaplan Ltd.
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Adams Blue and White Jasper Coffee Pot
William Adams (Potter)
English Porcelain
A rare William Adams blue and white jasper coffee pot decorated with classical figures, impressed ADAMS mark
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Pair London-decorated Coalport Ice Pails, England ...
Coalport Porcelain
Antique 19th Century English Wine Coolers
A very fine pair of Coalport porcelain Ice Pails, featuring exceptional gilt decoration & en grissaille vignettes with Neoclassical imagery. Dating from the first years of the 1800s, an...
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Italian 18th Century First Empire Period Surtout d...
Pierre-Philippe Thomire
Antique 19th Century Italian Empire Centerpieces
Alabaster, Marble, Precious Stone, Ormolu
A spectacular and highly important Italian First Empire period, circa 1810, ormolu, marble, alabaster and semi precious stone surtout de table, in the manner of Luigi Valadier (Rome 172...
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A Neo-classical mahogany desk, Russia Late 18th century
Portuondo
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A Neo-classical mahogany desk, Russia Late 18th ce...
Antique 18th Century and Earlier Russian Desks and Writing Tables
Mahogany, Brass, Bronze, Leather
A fine mahogany desk with brass and bronze mounts, interior green leather, Late 18th century, Russia.
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PAIR OF GEORGE III POLESCREENS
Antique 18th Century and Earlier English Screens
A fine and unusual pair of polescreens with paintings of George III and his wife, Charlotte, respectively, the stands of harewood with boxwood stringing, having graduated square bases.
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Empire Gilt Silver Epergne, c1805
Antique Early 19th Century French Centerpieces
Glass
This beautiful French early 19th c gilt silver epergne is decorated with classical female figures, cherubs, dragon flies, and Egyptian heads, it stands on hoofed feet. The lid is adorne...
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Swedish Gustavian Armchair
Laserow Antiques
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Swedish Gustavian Armchair
Antique 18th Century and Earlier Swedish Gustavian Armchairs
Wood
A beautiful armchair made during the Gustavian period. Back splat with a carved "Humlekvist" - a typical carving for chairs made in western part of Sweden. Upholstered seat with loose c...
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Sheraton Period D-shaped Sideboard
Jayne Thompson Antiques
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Sheraton Period D-shaped Sideboard
Antique 18th Century and Earlier English Sideboards
Mahogany
A Sheraton period mahogany sideboard with faded, blonde color. The d-shaped top is cross-banded and inlaid with stringing. The central drawer is flanked on each side by a drawer and cup...
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Ralph Wood Toby Jug
Leo Kaplan Ltd.
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Ralph Wood Toby Jug
Ralph Wood Pottery
Antique 18th Century and Earlier English Pitchers
Pottery
A fine Ralph Wood toby jug from the "51" mold decorated in translucent glazes of gray, brown and yellow
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An Antique 18th Century Statuary, Sienna and Jaspe...
Antique 18th Century and Earlier English Fireplaces and Mantels
A magnificent mid 18th Century chimneypiece in statuary marble with heavily carved foliate pilasters headed by masks. Carved trusses support corner blocks carved with ewers. Richly figu...
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French Neoclassical Cast Iron Mermaid Fountain Fig...
Antique 19th Century French Statues
Iron
This fairly small fountain depicts a beautiful mermaid (naiad) catching a large fish that forms the spout of the fountain. The figure is nicely rendered with good detail. Notice the wat...
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A Fine Directoire Mahogany and Brass Inlaid Desk
Gary Rubinstein Antiques Palm Beach
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A Fine Directoire Mahogany and Brass Inlaid Desk
Antique 18th Century and Earlier French Desks
Mahogany, Brass
(side extensions measure maximum 17"W x 22.75"D) (measurement below for case only, excluding extensions) the top with pierced gallery and leather insert above a frieze drawer flanked by...
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David, Jacques-Louis Prints, circa 1800
Antiques on Old Plank Road
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David, Jacques-Louis Prints, circa 1800
Jacques-Louis David
Antique 19th Century French Prints
Paper
A collection of prints taken from the original plates of Louis David. The prints will be sold as a collection or as individual prints. Jacques-Louis David was born in Paris, France in 1...
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A Regency And Parcel Gilt Bergere
Antique 19th Century English Bergere Chairs
With outscrolled arms; the molded seat rail over four sabre legs.
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Pair of Italian Empire Stools
George N Antiques
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Pair of Italian Empire Stools
Antique 19th Century Italian Stools
Pair of Italian Empire painted and gilded slip seat stools.
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A French Pastoral Needlework. Signed.
Antique 19th Century French Decorative Art
A lady seated under a tree with a lamb on her lap in the foreground, a shepherd with his flock in the mid-range, and mountains in the distance.
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Set Of Six Swedish Gustavian Painted Chairs
Antique 19th Century Swedish Chairs
Wood
Set of six Sweidish Neoclassic painted and gilt chairs
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A Pair Of George III Mahogany Stools
Hyde Park Antiques, Ltd.
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A Pair Of George III Mahogany Stools
Antique 18th Century and Earlier British Stools
Each with rectangular over-upholstered seat raised on square blind fretwork carved legs joined by pierced H-form stretcher and headed by brackets.
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Pair of Neo Classical style marble urns with gilt ...
Antique 19th Century French Urns
Ormolu, Marble
A pair of Neo Classical style marble urns with gilt bronze mounts, French 19th century Base- 5 1/4"square Height-17"
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A Pair of Swedish Patinated Bronze and Colored Gla...
Antique 19th Century Swedish Lanterns
Bronze, Glass
Each with a fluted sloping pagoda roof ending in scrolls, the glass panels fitted with mullions, raised above a pierced foliate finial and cornered by standards.
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A Large Green Wedgwood Jasperware Charger
Wedgwood
Antique 19th Century English Neoclassical Platters and Serveware
Stoneware
This 19th century, Wedgwood Jasperware platter has a neoclassical design sprigged in white showing mythological figures in applied bas-relief on an olive-green dipped ground. At its cen...
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