Est.   ANTIQUES   1891

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the May Edition of Bly's Bounty 2019.

We've been reflecting on our recent acquisitions and would like to draw your attention to some spectacular mirrors!
Plus we have another fantastic Chesterfield sofa, they are getting harder to find and have always sold quickly so we don't expect this example to be here for long!

We hope there is something here to tempt but please note our sourcing service is in full swing as usual so do let us know if we can help find that special piece.


Best Wishes,
John and James Bly

Item Of The Month

The finest pair I have seen for a very long time......
A fabulous pair of Early 20th Century Chinoiserie Framed Mirrors in the Queen Anne Style.
The frames with "Japanned" decoration of flowers, birds, figures, buildings and gold lattice work. The tops of carved and giltwood decoration of floral sprays, scrolls and gadrooning.
Attributable to Lenygon & Morant they retain their original gilding, decoration and bevel edged two-plate mirrors.

Circa 1910

Height: 64¼" / 163cm  Width: 28" / 71cm

A super example of a mid 20th century brown leather three seater Chesterfield settee with buttoned seat and back.

Circa 1960

Good Chesterfields from this period show the right amount of use and distress to the leather but do not require major restoration like many of the earlier examples and are superior in quality to those of more recent manufacture.

Height: 28¾" / 73cm   Width: 82½" / 210cm   Depth: 35½" / 90cm

A rare and interesting mid-18th century carved pine mirror frame in the High Style Rococo manner.
Please see article below.

Circa 1750

Height: 36" / 91.5cm  Width: 26" / 6cm   Depth: 1.5" / 4 cm

A delightful 17th century gouache on paper laid on board, by Pierre Patel 1605 - 1676.
Signed "PATEL I"
A landscape with architectural features and figures.
Framed with old label inscription on the back.

The panel: 9½" / 24cm wide, 7¼" / 18.5cm high.

One of a pair of large and impressive Perry wall lights dressed with round buttons and pear pendants; rope twist arms and cut stem pieces and spikes and gilt metal work.
Antique with a few faithful and traditionally made reproduction pieces. 

Height 49" / 124cm  Width 27½" / 70cm   Projection: 19¾" / 50cm

A charming early 19th century mahogany open bookcase with two fixed shelves of small proportions.
The top with ebony strung front edge; the top and bottom moulding, sides, and shelf edges with gilt decoration, the whole on a plinth base.
The interior, originally lined, awaiting silk or velvet to be reinstated.

Circa 1825
Height: 32½" / 83cm  Width: 37½" / 95cm  Depth: 11¼" / 28.5cm

Latest Article

How About A Raffle....... Or Two??

As a rejection of the restrictions imposed by the Commonwealth ideology during the eleven years preceding the Restoration of the Monarchy in 1660, the last thirty years of the 17th century saw an open display of wealth in every possible way. In dress, in furnishings, in pastimes and pleasures. The ensuing reign of Queen Anne saw some restraint across the board but by the 1740's upper class society can be seen to divide between those who chose to splash their cash and those who didn't, certainly in the way they furnished their houses.

This is reflected in the pattern books of leading furniture makers of the time such as Matthias Locke and Thomas Chippendale wherein designs for chairs and tables will show an elaborately carved leg on one side and a plain straight leg on the other. In costume, men's fashion was still glamorous by today's standards, with deeply waisted frock coats and brightly coloured waistcoats, but there was less lace on display and buckles had replaced ribbon bows on shoes. However, judging by contemporary group portraits some interiors are notably austere; a picture and perhaps a looking glass, a side table or small centre table and two or three chairs. On the other hand a similarly wealthy family - bearing in mind one had to have a certain standard of living to afford a portrait - can be seen to be surrounded by luxury and exuberance. Pictures, mirrors, mantelpieces and overdoors, chairs and tables all carved with the fancy version of Mr Chippendale's design. Importantly, the predominant style at this time is known as Rococo. Emanating in France and then to Italy it arrived in England in the 1740's and was everything theatrical, dramatic, fantastical and larger than life. Using pine as the base timber it incorporated all things botanical, with Stylised Flowers and Lattice Work, Rocks and Shells, 'S' Scrolls, 'C' Scrolls and Raffle Leaves, Water Falls, Pagoda Tops and Chinese Fencing, Cluster Columns, and  Garlands of every conception.  All of this decoration was often covered with gesso and then water gilded, the highlights being burnished for even greater impact.  Alternatively it was painted in pale grey or white and one of the finest examples of this is a mantlepiece in the British Section of  Victoria and Albert Museum and should be seen just for the fun of it. Sometimes such paint has been removed or the carver's work left plain and polished, as in the frame illustrated. 

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