A very good 17th Century Yorkshire Mule Kist of great colour with original ring hinges one of which has been repaired. It is interesting to note the beaded faces carved in the spandrels that are very similar to the ones seen on Yorkshire chairs at this period.
Wonderfully Carved 17th Century Oak Mule Kist with original hinges having great colour and patina.
A rare and impressive 17th Century Oak Coffer of superb rich warm colour and patina with carved dragons or wyverns to the panels. Originally fitted with a drawer to the front that is now missing. The interior is covered with the most extraordinary 18th and 19th century cuttings.
A small 17th Century Oak plank Coffer with incised carving to the front of wonderful colour and condition. Hinges are replaced but the lock plate unusually is original.
A good Queen Anne Oak Mule Kist from the Trough of Bowland, in good original condition with rich warm colour. It is nicely carved in the style typical of the region and dated 1703.
A lovely George I Oak chest of drawers of small proportions with brushing slide. The Chest has good colour and patina with good clean original oak linings, it has the original handles and escutcheons.
A fine early 18th Century Walnut kneehole Desk of outstanding colour and patina with original clean Oak linings throughout.
A fine 18th Century Chippendale Armchair made from the finest cuban Mahogany, of wonderful colour and patina in remarkably solid original condition. It is a large chair with superbly shaped and carved arms.
Height = 99 cm (39.0″)
Width = 66 cm (26.0″)
Depth = 51 cm (20.1″)
A very good early 18th century Oak Bureau with stepped and shaped interior having fine checkered banding around the door. The Bureau retains its original handles and feet. In wonderful clean condition throughout.
A fine and rare George 1st Walnut chest of drawers of small proportions with brushing slide, having good colour and
highly figured original veneers throughout with only miner repairs. The Chest has extremely clean Oak drawer linings with original locks and original running strips. The feet are mostly original with a few repairs, the back boards are also original. The feather banding is particularly fine, another most unusual feature is the edition of a fine box wood bead applied to the base mould and front feet.
Height = 72 cm (28.3″)
Width = 76 cm (29.9″)
Depth = 48 cm (18.9″)
A fine and rare early 18th Century Walnut Bureau Cabinet in figured walnut having superb colour and patina with original glass plates. The drawer linings are in oak, they are wonderfully clean and completely original. The cabinet interior is fitted with the most amazing arrangement of drawers with a shaped door to the centre. The bookcase has been made in three sections which is consistent with many of the finest quality examples of the period. The interior of the middle section contains some nicely made secret drawers. The back boards are all original.
We have not seen an interior quite like this before, it was probably specially commissioned for a wealthy customer who was possibly Lord of the Manner at Nowton.
The quality of the craftsmanship and unique interior along with the selection of superbly figured veneers suggest that this piece was an important commission.
This bookcase was owned by the Oakes Family of Nowton Court. The cheque book of Mrs Oakes is inside the bookcase along with quite remarkably the original architects drawing of Nowton court on linen with the name J H Porteus Oakes and a later updated drawing with the name James Oakes. The address on the book was Breckey Ley (formerly called Brakeley House) It forms part of the wider Nowton Estate. This was in the ownership of the Oakes family for over 150 years. Breckey Ley was built around 1880 as the dower house for Nowton Court and occupied by the family ever since.
Henry James Oakes (born 1796 in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk; died 1875 in Nowton, Suffolk) was an English first-class cricketer. He is recorded as a batsman for Cambridge University in one match in 1819, totalling 6 runs with a highest score of 5 not out.
Oakes’ family lived at Nowton Court, Nowton, Suffolk, near Bury St Edmunds. He was educated at Reading School, Bury St Edmunds Grammar School and Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He inherited Nowton Court in 1837 and became lord of the manorof Nowton. He was head of his family’s bank, Oakes, Bevan & Co. (later Oakes, Bevan, Tollemache & Co., taken over in 1900 by Capital and Counties Bank, which was acquired by Lloyds Bank in 1918). He was mayor of Bury St Edmunds in 1844 and High Sheriff of Suffolk in 1847.
A fine example of an 18th Century Mahogany Tripod Table in very good original condition with nicely figured one piece top.
A good quality 18th Century Mahogany Tripod Table of good solid proportions with well shaped base and stem made from finest quality Cuban Mahogany. The table is in good original order.
Height = 71 cm (28.0″)
Width = 79 cm (31.1″)
Depth = 79 cm (31.1″)
A wonderful little Mahogany tripod table from the Chippendale period with tray top. The stem having a carved twist above a reeded and petal base. The legs carved with shell and acanthus leaf terminating in a scroll and foliage foot. There are some very small repairs to the tray top and the tops of the feet that are not noticeable. The table is a rich warm colour.
A fine Chippendale period Mahogany Tripod Table of very good colour with bird cage action. Made from the very best cuban Mahogany and in outstanding original condition. It is a masterpiece in design and execution from the pinnacle of the English furniture making period. The stem carved with a twist and the legs expertly carved with acanthus leaf and claw and ball foot.
Height = 70 cm (27.6″)
Width = 79 cm (31.1″)
Depth = 79 cm (31.1″)
A Charles II Oak Armchair with Scroll carved back and stretcher of excellent rich colour. This is an honest chair with minor patches, the feet are tipped with about two inches added to each foot.
A rare and impressive late 17th Century Mulberry Chest On Stand in the manner of Coxed & Woster having very good colour and patina in burr Oak and Walnut with quarter veneered and feather banded top in Walnut. The later stand matches the top perfectly, the same timbers have been used and the design is correct for the period in every aspect.
Much has been written about the firm Coxed & Woster who made quite a lot of Mulberry Furniture from around 1690 to 1720. There were obviously other makers of Mulberry although very little has survived in anything like good condition. In the past pieces have been described as Mulberry when in fact they are just burr veneers of one wood or another. This piece is a true Mulberry in every sense of the word.
A piece with similar veneers was sold at Christies on the 8th of July 1999 , Lot 97.
There is an excellent article in Peg and ‘Tails by Jack Plane who in my opinion understands Mulberry far better than some others who have written on the subject. https://pegsandtails.wordpress.com/2009/12/21/mulberry-shmul
Height = 149 cm (58.7″)
Width = 106 cm (41.7″)
Depth = 60 cm (23.6″)
A wonderful early 18th Century Welsh Oak Coffer Bach of outstanding deep rich Colour and patina with inlaid stars and half chevron banding to the front. The lid is removable as is normal on this model of Coffer and the inside is nice and clean just as we like to see.
Dimensions: Height = 49 cm (19.3″)
Width = 62 cm (24.4″)
Depth = 38 cm (15.0″)
A very good 17th century carved Oak Coffer from the north of England having good colour and patina with its original hinges. The inside is exceptionally clean with Elm panels to the back sides and bottom. A fine example in lovely original condition.
Height = 71 cm (28.0″)
Width = 135 cm (53.1″)
Depth = 61 cm (24.0″
A very attractive 17th century Oak Mule Kist from the Trough Of Bowland with original ebonised borders around the scroll carved panels. The Coffer has its original hinges and inlaid initials of I D E on the top rail. The colour is very good as is the condition ,its very clean and untouched inside.
Height = 78 cm (30.7″)
Width = 125 cm (49.2″)
Depth = 54 cm (21.3″)