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17th Century Oak Antique Coffer

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17th century antique oak coffer dating from the William and Mary period. This coffer has good moulded detail on the front of the legs, the uprights and around the panels on the top. There are four panels on the front and three on the top, the front panels are decorated with a diamond shape and the front of the highest cross member has carved scroll decoration. There is an old lock, but no key. Let us know if you want us to try and make a key as it is sometimes possible. The colour and patina of this coffer is very good at the moment and will be even better when it has been waxed in our workshops.

English circa 1690 £1250

58.5cm / 23" deep
152.5cm / 60" wide
66cm / 26" high

Pair Of Regency Ebonised And Gilt Sabre Leg Klismos Antique Chairs

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Pair of Regency Ebonised and Gilt Antique Salon Chairs.

Extremely fine example of the sort of chair designed to be on display in a prominent room of a large and important house. These would have been in a large salon or drawing room, or a large entrance hall.

English circa 1815 £4650
06 15 06

These chairs are in excellent original condition and retain much of their original fabric. Although not in useable condition it could be matched or copied depending on requirement. The gilding is worn but original and the ebonising is in good condition. The squabs are made of the most expensive sort of white hair stuffing material. They are stitched in the pre-Victorian manner, with surface to side stitching instead of a stitched roll edge.

The design of these chairs is typical of the high fashion of the period. The classical revival had been very much in evidence for a while, but these chairs follow closely the form of the Klismos chair. The sabre shaped legs splay out from the seat to provide stability and the curve of the back supports echo the shape of the legs. The back rest is shaped to the curve of the back and is normally the correct height apon which to rest an elbow. The decorative element of animal feet at the base of the arm was also a very popular decorative device in classical Greek and Roman decorative arts, as well as Egyptian of course. At those early periods a chair of this form, or indeed any sort of chair was considered a sign of wealth. In fact, to own a chair (or back stool) was not commonplace for anyone except aristocracy until the 16th century in England. The Klismos was a form of chair depicted on archaeological finds from the then recent excavations of Greek ruins. This interest in Greek and Roman classical form in decorative arts and architecture was evident in aristocratic circles for a very long time. As well as having a purity of line and being proportionally accurate, the classical revival is also associated with a period of enlightenment and secular education with which the aristocracy would have wanted to be associated.

Klismos chairs were illustrated in Thomas Hope's, Household Furniture and Interior Decoration (1807). He also had Klismos chairs after his own design in his museum-like house in Duchess Street in London. They were made for many important architectural and interior projects at the time, including many country houses such as the vast Packington Hall in Warwickshire.

There is more information about Klismos chairs here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klismos

And Thomas Hope here https://en.wikipedia.org/…/Thomas_Hope_%281769%E2%80%931831…

Below are some photographs of the chairs in question as well as some examples of the Greek original. There is also a painting by Adam Buck depicting himself and family and what better way to show his wealth and classical knowledge than by including his Klismos chair in the painting.

25" deep max
20" deep inside seat
32" wide max
33" high max
17" high seat

Early 20th Century Large Set Of Fourteen Antique Dining Chairs

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Large set of fourteen Edwardian period Hepplewhite antique dining chairs. This is a remarkably fine quality set of dining chairs made after designs by the renowned 18th century furniture designer George Hepplewhite. Although there is no furniture documented as being made by Hepplewhite personally, the widespread popularity of his designs mean that he is considered as one of the greatest English furniture designers of the 18th, or indeed any, century. He is also notable for being called George, while all the others seem to be called Thomas. There is a lot of mystery surrounding the life of George Hepplewhite as there are so few facts known about his life. His pattern books were published posthumously by someone called Alice Hepplewhite who is thought to be his wife, but know one knows for sure. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Hepplewhite This set of chairs are typical of Hepplewhite designs being well balanced, light in design, symmetrical and with shield shape back. The front legs are slender, the back ones have a generous sweep for stability. The back splat has an elegant oval satinwood panel inlaid into the centre. This is a very elegant set of chairs made during the last great period of furniture manufacture in the United Kingdom.

English circa 1910 £16500

Carver
48cm / 19" high seat
100cm / 39½" high
69cm / 27" wide
58½cm / 23" deep

Single
48cm / 19" high seat
97cm / 38" high
56cm / 22" wide
51cm / 20" deep

Howard and Sons Sofa For Sale

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Unusually large Howard and Sons Lawson settee standing on two square taper legs with brass casters and trade label to the underside. These high back low arm Howard sofas are very comfortable and they slender arms and legs mean that they do not crowd a room in the way that a modern sofa does.

English circa 1950 £5800

65" wide
35" deep
32" high
18" high seat

Howard and Sons Bridgewater Chair

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Howard and Sons Bridgewater armchair with square taper legs and with siege de duvet upholstery. Certainly the favourite model for several of us here at Hares. Let us know if you want a pair as there are always more in the pipeline, but their casters hardly touch the ground so quickly do they fly out the door.

English circa 1910 £6,800

 

19th Century Mirror

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19th century mirror with lovely old worn out glass, faded gilding and lots of patina. Good decorative antique mirror as is, or restore as necessary.

English 19th century £85

42cm / 16½" wide
51cm / 20" high
5cm / 2"d

18th Century George III Period Mahogany Antique Breakfast Table

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18th century George III period mahogany antique breakfast table. This table is very elegant having a slender turned column support, it stands on four outswept legs and has stringing around the edge of the top. There is no frieze so there is a lot of leg room for anyone sitting at it. Being square this table seats more people than an equivalent sized circular table and also means that it can be used as a library table as well as a breakfast table or centre table. The timber chosen is an especially fine cut of mahogany with no joins across the entire surface. It will be a really good colour when the restorers have buffed it with natural beeswax.

English circa 1790 £3800

117cm / 46" deep
170cm / 67" wide
72½cm / 28½" high

Edwardian Mahogany Antique Hanging Cabinet

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Early 20th century Edwardian period mahogany antique hanging cupboard. This little two door cupboard is the perfect size for kitchen or bathroom. The timber is very nice with aspects of fiddle back mahogany to some of the sections. It is nicely constructed and will clean up very well.

English circa 1910 £85

86cm / 34" wide
23cm / 9" deep
51cm / 20" high

Early 19th Century Regency Mahogany Antique Bed Side Table / Night Stand / End Table / Wine Table

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Early 19th century regency mahogany antique bedside cupboard. This cupboard has good Regency proportions with slender legs and good dovetails. The casters and handles appear to be original. The legs are simulated bamboo which was a popular device at the time, pioneered and made famous by Brighton Pavilion and the Prince Regent. This bedside cupboard is very versatile having lift up leaves each side as, but more unusual it had two drawers one side and a fold down cupboard door on the reverse. A very elegant and useful piece of furniture.

English circa 1820 £580

79cm / 31" wide
36cm / 14" wide
72cm / 28½" high
47cm / 18¼" deep

Early 19th Century Regency Mahogany Bed Side Cupboard / Night Stand / Workbox / Wine Table

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Early 19th century regency mahogany antique bedside cupboard. This cupboard has good Regency proportions with slender legs and good dovetails. The casters and handles appear to be original. The legs are simulated bamboo which was a popular device at the time, pioneered and made famous by Brighton Pavilion and the Prince Regent. This bedside cupboard is very versatile having lift up leaves each side as, but more unusual it had two drawers one side and a fold down cupboard door on the reverse. A very elegant and useful piece of furniture.

English circa 1820 £580

79cm / 31" wide
36cm / 14" wide
72cm / 28½" high
47cm / 18¼" deep