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  • M A L L E T T LONDON N E W YORK

    XCEPTIONAL FURNITUR & WORKS OF ART

    141 New Bond Street London W i S zBS

    929 Madison Avenue at 74th Street New York 10021

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  • L O N D O N M A L L E T T N E W Y O R K

    Again, last year was a year of change within the art and antiques market.

    However, it was also a year of opportunity, as the market itself proved

    more robust to the economic uncertainties that surrounded us, than

    many other areas of business activity.

    In 2009, the Mallett catalogue sold over 70 percent of its contents within

    the first month of its publication, which was very encouraging. This

    year's selection offers some of the finest from a broad spectrum of the

    decorative arts, which is the hallmark of Mallett. You, our clients, demand

    from us a combination of the unusual with the exceptional, pieces

    sourced with an eye for master craftsmanship and design. We continue

    to be offered and to acquire great works of art, even more so now that

    our great rival Partridge have closed their doors. Many other of our

    London colleagues have closed during the last year just as the world's

    leading auction houses have continued fo raise their charges. This has

    led past clients and new collectors both to buy and sell works of art with

    us, preferring not to be seduced by the gamble of the auction but rather

    the private and more secure approach which Mallett can offer them in

    these changing times.

    Also, we are delighted to be partners in the new forthcoming

    replacement for the sad demise of the Grosvenor House Fair. This,

    passing of history has enabled us, with our partners, to take a new look

    at the business of the art fair and create Masterpiece London. This will

    be held in late June and will be a showcase for the best of the best from

    around the world, drawing together dealers and collectors driven with

    a passion to find and display great works of art, some of which you will

    find within the pages of this, our new 2010 catalogue.

    Giles Hutchinson Smith

    Chief Executive

    Above A pair of velvet bell pulls decorated

    with painted flowers depicted in

    tones of blue and naturalistic floral

    colours, each with a finely chased

    gilt bronze mount.

    England, circa 1860

    Height: 108in (274cm)

    Width: 7 i n (18cm)

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    A GEORGE III MAHOGANY CHEST OF DRAWERS

    A fine George III mahogany serpentine chest of drawers, the top with well-matched quartered flame veneers, the serpentine front of four graduated drawers with canted corners, carved with lattice-work decoration, the upper, fitted drawer beneath a leather-covered brushing surface, retaining the original gilt metal handles and escutcheons, the whole raised on bracket feet. England, circa 1770

    Height: 32in (81.5cm) Width: 42in (io6cm) Depth: 22V4in (57cm)

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    A FOUR PILLAR IRISH MAHOGANY DINING TABLE

    An early 19th century Irish mahogany dining table by Mack, Williams and Cibton, comprising four tilt-top pedestal sections and three matching loose leaves, the rounded rectangular top of finely figured mahogany with a deep reeded edge. The base with four turned columns standing on quadruple splay legs terminating in polished brass feet and castors. Ireland, circa i 8 i o

    Height: 28 in (70.5cm) Width: 6oin (1 52cm) Length: iggin (505cm)

    Mack, Williams and Gibton of Dublin

    The firm of Mack, Williams and Gibton was formed around 1812, but its history can be traced back to 1784 when John Mack established a cabinet making business in Abbey Street, Dublin. In 18oi he was joined by another cabinet-maker Robert Gibton, by 1805 the partnership had been formalised and business was flourishing. In 1806, the firm received the appointment of 'Upholsterers & Cabinet Makers to His Majesty, his Excellency the Lord Lieutenant, and...His Majesty's Board of Works.'

    William Gibton succeeded his father Robert after his death in 181 2, while simultaneously

    Zachariah Williams (a brother-in-law) joined the business, thus creating the new partnership of Mack, Williams and Gibton. Under this name the firm enjoyed unparalleled success, retaining their Royal Warrant for many years. They supplied and restored furniture for some of the most prestigious country houses and public buildings in Ireland, including Ballynegall, Oakley Park, Dublin Castle and the Chapel Royal.

    The firm ceased trading in 1852, however, the excellent condition of this table is largely a testament to Mack, Williams and Gibton's solid construction techniques and quality of materials.

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    A GEORGE I TWO-TIER 24 LIGHT BRASS CHANDELIER

    A very fine George I twenty-four light two-tier brass chandelier, the baluster stem with collared globes supporting twelve candle arms each of sinuous form supporting circular dished drip pans with elegantly shaped candle nozzles. The chandelier with gadrooned cap and base retaining its original swivelled pull handle. England, circa 1720

    Height: 4 i i n (104cm) Diameter: 40in (101cm)

    A similarly fine example with a gadrooned cap and base still hangs at Chesterfield, Derbyshire made for Geoffrey Heathcote In 1760 and is illustrated in ConnoiseurYear Book ipsS, p.48 fig.i 6. A further twenty light chandelier, almost identical in design and scale, was acquired by Mallett in 1978. (Mallett archive no: FS211)

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    A COLLECTION OF LATE18THCENTURY FRUITWOODTEA CADDIES

    Five late 18th century fruitwood tea caddies including two pears and two apples of fine patina and proportion. Also a melon with finely mottled green staining. All retaining the original lead lining.

    England circa 1790-1800

    Height range : 4y2in (11.5cm) to GVi'm (i6cm)

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    A GEORGE III SILVER TABLE

    A sabicu, purple-heart and holly wood silver table with fine pierced gallery and column turned legs with rare cipher angle brackets. Attributed to William Vile and John Cobb. England, circa 1760

    Height: 3oin (76cm) Width: 36in (91cm) Depth: 21 in (53cm)

    The unusual scrolling and looped angle brackets on thTs table are of identical design to those on a group of secretaire cabinets attributed to the Royal furniture-maker William Vile (c.i 705-1767) which comprise an example offered by

    Christie's New York, 21 October 1999, lot 139, The D'Arcy Cabinet sold Sotheby's London, 18 November 1983, lot 60 and the Dudley House cabinet in the Noel Terry collection at Fairfax House, Yorkshire, illustrated in P. Brown, ed.. The Noel Terry Collection of Furniture and Clocks, London 1987, pp. 96-97. These cabinets all exhibit strong similarities with Vile's Royal commissions such as the elaborate fretwork superstructures on 'an exceedingly fine mahogany secretary' supplied by Vile to Queen Charlotte in 1761 at a cost of f71.10.0d, illustrated in P. Macquoid and R. Edwards, The Dictionary of English Furniture, London 1924, 3 vols, vol I, pp. 138-1 39, figs. 39-40.

    In addition to its elaborate

    fretwork decoration, this table features an exotic combination of timbers as distinct from the vast majority of comparable examples which are found in mahogany. Access to rare and costly veneers was presumably readily available to a leading cabinet maker such as Vile who would have been able to offer his wealthy patrons the option of exclusivity at a price. Indeed, arguably his most celebrated piece of cabinet-work is the jewel cabinet supplied to Queen Charlotte in 1762, which incorporates a host of extravagant materials including amboyna, rosewood, olivewood and ivory and cost the vast sum of 1 3 2 ICS.

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    A M I D 19TH CENTURY PAINTED LIBRARY WHEELBARROW

    A charming mid 19th century painted library wheelbarrow decorated on the outside in green with floral ornament. The back inscribed 'T.H. Revell Rainsworth Notts'. The burgundy red interior is now fitted with a polished brass liner. England, circa 1850

    Height: i8in (46cm) Width: iSin (46cm) Length: 42in (107cm)

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    12 AN UNUSUAL 19TH CENTURY BRASS STICK STAND

    A rare and unusual William IV Gothic brass stick stand. The supports are fashioned as simulated bamboo and are joined by Gothic trefoil arches. The whole supported on an oak stepped plinth. England, circa 1830

    Height: 26in (66cm) Width: zzViin (57cm) Depth: 6in (i6cm)

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    In the stick stand:

    A PATENT TELESCOPE CANE A Regency metamorphic walking stick. The body is made from malacca cane, the handle has a machined brass collar bearing the word PATENT. The handle unscrews to reveal a brass extending telescope. The horn boss unscrews to reveal a compass. England, circa 1820 Length: 44V2\n (113cm)

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    AN IVORY AND MALACCA CANE A fine early 18th century ivory handled and brass mounted walking cane in malacca, bearing initials 'DN' and dated 1713. England, 1713 Length: 37in (94cm)

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    A GEORGE III ORMOLU-MOUNTED HAREWOOD AND MARQUETRY DEMI-LUNE COMMODE

    Crossbanded overall in rosewood, the radially veneered top with burr yew panel at the rear edge enclosed by floral garlands, further inlaid with scrolls of aca