Bly's Bounty June Edition 2017


Est.   ANTIQUES   1891

Dear Friends,

Welcome to June's Edition of Bly's Bounty.

We hope you enjoy this month's selection and find a piece or two irresistible!
If not please do not forget 
our sourcing service which is always on hand 
to find that special piece for you!

We look forward to seeing you in our Chelsea showroom, 
so please do call in next time you are in the area.


Best Wishes,
John and James Bly

Item Of The Month

A George II Period Architectural Mahogany Corner Cupboard.

An important and historic piece of early Georgian furniture attributable to the workshops of the architect and designer Batty Langley 1696-1751 and his brother Thomas. Of strong architectural form with columns, cornice and broken pediment, the upper panelled doors open to reveal scallop shaped shelves below a carved shell domed top all with the original green and gold paint. To judge from its grandeur it was clearly made for a house or estate office of great significance and note, certainly that of a member of the cognoscenti. Batty Langley’s 1740 book of designs show cabinets in ‘Tuscan’ and ‘Dorick’ form with detailing comparative to that on this cupboard. These relate closely to his drawings for stonework and are well described in his comments on ‘Details of Cornices’ and ‘Draw Edges and Mouldings’ 1742.

At mount Vernon George Washington relied upon plate 51 of Langley's the city and country builder's and workman's treasury of designs as the source for the famous Venetian (or Palladian) window in the dining room, upon plate 54 of the same book for the ocular window on mount Vernon's western facade and upon plate 75 of langley's the builder's jewel for the rusticated wood siding.

Circa 1740
Height: 98"/249cm  Width: 45"/114cm  Depth: 26"/66cm 

A Set of Six Chippendale style dining chairs.

A superb set of six 19th century mahogany centennial chairs in the Chippendale style. The intricately carved splat backs above drop-in seats with blind fret moulded frame and legs and pierced stretchers and arms.

Height: 38"/97cm Width: 24"/61cm Depth: 22"/56cm Seat height: 18.5"/47cm
Circa 1870

A 19th century overmantel mirror with rope twist frame.

A very elegant arch top overmantel mirror with its original plate and "rope twist" carved wood and water gilt frame. The lightly rubbed gilding original.

Circa 1840
Height: 57"/145cm Width: 54"/137cm 

An Exquisite Osler & Faraday Chandelier. 

An early 20th century 10 branch crystal chandelier manufactured by Osler & Faraday. The chandelier is based on classical 18th century design, with traditional double kink arms in the George Parker, Georgian style. Originally designed as solid glass arms, but with the advent of electricity Osler & Faraday decided to make the arms hollow to allow the wires to pass through, making them more practical for the 20th century.

The chandelier is fully cut and dressed with traditional pear pendants. Metalwork is polished brass and silver plate.

Circa 1910
Height: 57.75"/147cm Width: 35.5"/90cm

Contemporary Hand-Woven Rug or Wall Hanging of Sardinian Wool Designed by Patricia Urquiola.

Patricia Urquiola was inspired by historic Sardinian designs, folklore and countryside which influenced the design of this carpet. The carpet was handmade in a small workshop which has been managed by the same lady for more than 60 years. Only Sardinian wool was used and the final colour fixing, using vinegar, was chosen by Patricia Urquiola. Muted tones of cream, brown/grey, highlight details of purple and green Classical Sardinian carpets – “artigianato tessile Sardo” – like this one, are woven on horizontal looms, and “pibiones” describes a technique used in the central and eastern areas of the island where rows of high relief tight loops lie on a same colour or contrasting shade background. The loops are prominent and do indeed look like neat rows of “grapes” and give the carpet its' amazing texture and three dimensions. In 1986 two Sardinian architects, Bimbia Fresu and Giovanni Battista Erby, invited celebrated designers to design carpets that were to be made by the women weavers of Sardinia using traditional flat weaving techniques, the initiative was aimed at giving new impetus to the local textile industry.

Height: 78.5"/200cm  Width: 118"/300cm 

A very attractive mid-19th century rosewood vitrine table with fine marquetry work all round with original bevelled glass top. Working lock and key.

Circa 1755
Height: 30"/76cm Width: 31"/79cm Depth: 20"/51cm

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!!

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