Fine antique 18th century English mahogany secretaire bookcase circa 1760's. Attributed to the workshop of Thomas Chippendale. The broken swan-neck pediment with rosette terms centering fretwork and a platform above a pierced stiff leaf frieze and rope twist gadrooning. The cabinet top fitted with geometric astral glazed doors, three adjustable red painted pine slide shelves with mahogany front edges, the base top edge with fine gadrooned pagoda canopy, carved acanthus leaves to the corners of the gadrooned edge, This extra carving the corners of the pagoda gadrooning is seldom seen. The secretaire interior of plain design, with four pigeon holes, and five drawers, one drawer lower right is fitted with two compartments for ink pots and writing items, each with original Dutch brass axe shape handles . The hinges fitted to the secretaire drawer bear the H. TIBATS stamp, which has been noted on a number of distinguished pieces of case furniture dating from the mid-18th century including the renowned “Messer Cabinet” attributed to Thomas Chippendale. Cock beaded edge to the drawers of graduating size with figured mahogany fronts, fitted with the fine gilt bronze handles, the legs of Ogee shaped bracket feet, with laminated secondary legs behind the brackets legs, with red painted finish. Similar types of pagoda canopy waisted moldings to that on the present lot appear on display cabinets or 'China Cases' among the designs in Thomas Chippendale's seminal "The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director", originally published three times between 1754 and 1762. The small size of this piece would indicate it may have been a special order secretaire. By descent to the current family member - Ex Estate of Sir Peter Tennant OBE, intelligence officer, linguist and businessman: born 29 November 1910; OBE 1945; Overseas Director, FBI 1952-63, Deputy Director-General 1963-65, Special Adviser, CBI 1964-65; CMG 1958; Director- General, British National Export Council 1965-71; Kt 1972;1995); died Haslemere, Surrey 22 December 1996.
Approx Total height 246 cm x 91.5 cm wide at base x top and pelmet 135 cm total. 54 cm depth, case top 32.5 cm depth.
Finely engraved scrimshaw, Mise A Mort, signed and dated lower right, 84, Vincent Bonnet, Sydney
SUPERB EARLY INCISED PARRYING SHIELD, DARLING RIVER REGION, NEW SOUTH WALES, Carved and engraved hardwood and natural pigment (no custom stand) Early nineteenth century. Parrying Shield of bi-convex section and elongated triangular profile, with solid cut handle, showing beautifully carved sections of chevron and linear motifs emphasised by the surrounding smooth surface, terminating with undecorated bosses on the upper and lower face. Approx L80 x 13cm. PROVENANCE
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Edward Henry Corbould (1815-1905) England, Lady Godiva, watercolour, Originally Purchased by the Trustees of the National Art Galley of N.S.W, The top of frame, inset with The Coventry Halfpenny (1792), signed lower right and dated 1877, approx 80cm x 96cm
Antique 18th Chinese sang de boeuf conical bowl, with later made stand, along with original purchase receipt Hong Kong 1980. Identity No C 61146. Good sound condition, approx 19.2cm dia
Piaggio Ape Calessino 200, in good condition. (More details to come) (Please note this item is sold as is and is not registered)
Antique Victorian George II revival bracket clock of large size by J.C. Turner of London. The arch topped dial with silvered chapter ring beneath subsidiary dials for chime/silent, fast slow and Cambridge or eight bells chimes, with a three train movement striking on eight bells and five coiled gongs. With heavy carrying handles, pierced side panels and fluted columns, has pendulum key and back cover key (in office 8000.117), recently restored and cleaned, approx 70cm H x 43cm W x 32cm D Running and keeping time
James Timothy Gleeson AO (21 November 1915 - 20 October 2008) Australia, captives in a Threatening landscape I, 1946, oil on board, signed lower right, Ex Eva Breuer, Art Dealer, approx 14.5cm x 12cm
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James Timothy Gleeson AO (21 November 1915 - 20 October 2008) Australia, No22, Herakles III, oil on board, signed lower right, approx 18.5cm x 13cm