Est.   ANTIQUES   1891

Dear Friends,

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

We have some exciting news to announce!!
We will shortly be leaving 533 King's Road and onto pastures new. The retail business has changed and we are changing with it; we have a couple of ideas in the pipeline and will send an interim Bounty when we have definitive plans. 
Watch this space..........
In the meantime we hope you find a treasure amongst this months choice selection of pieces. A few of them are not yet on our website so please do contact us if you would like further details.

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

As you will know we do not sell unrestored pieces under normal circumstances, however this most charming and rare chair is an exception on all counts.
A superb example of a French Hepplewhite period painted open arm armchair currently in unrestored country house condition.
The pierced 'wheel-back' pattern was popular among the aristocracy at this time as was such delightful decoration as shown here, with garlands of flowers and foliate sprays surrounding the central panel showing Venus attended by her putto or angel of love, all in true classical style.

Circa 1775

Overall Height 38" / 96.5cm  Width 24" / 61cm  Depth 23" / 58.5cm

A Superb Pair of English 18th Century Cut Crystal Conserve or Sweetmeat Jars and Covers of the finest quality. The lids with crown cut knop handles, hobnail and facet cutting and scalloped edge, the jar as above on square bases. 

Circa 1785
Height: 11" / 28cm   Width: 4.75" / 12cm

A fine Venetian folding table mirror with tilting centre section and traditional decorative cut elements above the top shaped edge. 

The centre section is 24” wide and the two hinged sides are 12” each. It is 43” high in the middle.

Circa 1900
Height: 43" / 109cm  Width: 50" / 127cm  

An exceptional quality 19th century wing chair of fine 18th century proportions. Cabriole legs front and back; the profusely carved front legs with claw and ball feet, the back with C scroll detail and pad feet.

Circa 1880

Height: 48" / 122cm   Width: 33" / 84cm   Depth: 32" / 81cm
On sale POA!

A fine George III Period English Cut Glass Honey Jar and Cover with diamond, facet and flute cutting throughout.
Fabulous colour.

Height 9" / 23cm  Diameter: 4.75" / 12cm

A wonderful George IV period carved wood, gessoed and painted convex mirror of grand scale.
The original convex glass surrounded by reeded bezel, pierced frame with scroll decoration and a moulded border with spheres. The carved top surmounted by an eagle, the bottom with reciprocating scrolls and stylised leaf carving.
Circa 1825
Height: 52" / 132cm  Width: 31" / 78.5cm

Latest Article

Seats of the Establishment.

It is easy to forget just how many items in everyday use owe their names to English nobility and men of power.  From something as mundane but universally consumed as the sandwich which is attributed to John Montagu, fourth Earl of Sandwich (1718-1792), who is said to be the inventor of this convenience food in order that  he would not have to leave his gaming table to take supper, to the Wellington boot and the Derby hat. The latter was a type of hard crown hat created by William and Thomas Bowler in 1849, popularly worn at the annual races conceived by Sir Charles Bunbury and Edward Stanley, the 12th earl of Derby. In the history of English furniture there are two that stand out. One is the Davenport; a small writing desk which following its invention, was made in all fashionable styles throughout the 19th century. It was named after a Captain Davenport who instructed Messrs Gillows of Lancaster to make such a piece during the 1790's. This should not be confused with an item of the same name more used in America to describe a combination of a bed and a sofa first made by the A.H. Davenport company of Boston, Mass., in the early 20th century. But the sofa/bed conveniently brings me to unquestionably the most popular piece of English furniture to be found in fine houses, embassies, civic offices, county halls, gentlemen's  clubs and royal palaces all over the world - the Chesterfield settee.  With its distinctive deep buttoned, quilted leather upholstery and low seat it provides supreme comfort.  Identifiable by the equal height to rolled arm and back, it has become synonymous with England. It is said the politician and writer Lord Phillip Stanhope, the 4th Earl of Chesterfield, 1694-1773, was the one who first commissioned a  settee that would provide the sitter with ease and grace without creasing his clothes.  How delighted he would be to know that his idea would bear his name and innumerable bottoms from its inception to the present day.

Click here for previous articles and Bounties.

The perfect gift for the collector, beginner or connoisseur, and the person who has everything!
John Bly's book on English Furniture, an essential and indispensable addition to any library.
This edition published 2010 based on Discovering English Furniture by John Bly first published in 1971.
Height: 10"/25.5cm Width: 7.5"/19cm Depth: .5"/1cm.
Signed copies available exclusively from us, just £14.99!!

John Bly's book Discovering Hallmarks on English Silver.
First published in 1968, this best-selling monograph has useful tips for budding collectors and the correct hallmarks from 1658 to 2006 

Height: 7"/18cm Width: 4.5"/11.5cm Depth: .25"/1cm.
Signed copies available exclusively from us, just £4.99!!

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