Bly's Bounty July Edition 2017


Est.   ANTIQUES   1891

Dear Friends,

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

With pieces from the Mediterranean and the Americas,
and design influences from the Orient we hope you enjoy this month's selection.

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 magnificent 19th century Italian mirror.

The faux marble and gilt decorated frame with classical motifs of scrolls, capitals, acanthus and honeysuckle below a central palmette, around a bevel edged plate.

Circa 1835
Height: 65"/165cm  Width: 48"/122cm  Depth: 3"/8cm 

A fabulous pair of early George I period English walnut chairs in the Chinese taste.
The top rail with carved scrolls above a shaped splat back; the drop in seats with contemporary needlework covers over cabriole legs and slipper pad feet to the front and out swept legs with square section feet to the back, the legs joined by turned stretchers. Fabulous colour.

Height: 39.5"/100cm Width: 20.5"/52cm Depth: 21"/53cm Seat height: 19.75"/50cm
Circa 1715

A most interesting set of three gilt brass figurative candlesticks by Cornelius & Co., USA, mounted on marble bases.

The Colonial Lady and Colonial Officer stamped "Cornelius & Co. Patent April 10, 1849".
The central group of three is believed to depict figures from “The Last of the Mohicans”. The Chief of the Mohican tribe, Chingachgood, seated next to Natty Bumppo (also known as Hawkeye), and Chingachgood's son, Unicas, who became the last of the Mohican tribe. 
This is stamped "Cornelius & Co. Patent December 5, 1848".

The central group girandole can be found on display in the Winterthur Collection in Delaware, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Art Institute of Chicago.

There are no known surviving copies of Cornelius catalogues dating from before 1876 and it is not known what they actually named the central group. Cornelius and Co. tapped into the public’s fascination with pioneer life that was epitomised in James Fenimore Cooper’s popular novels of the day: “Daniel Boone” and “The Last of the Mohicans”. (N.B. the candlestick in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's 1970 exhibit catalogue was actually captioned suggesting the name "Daniel Boone," based on one of the figure’s costume.)

In 1851, the company changed its name to Cornelius & Baker.

Reference: “Nineteenth Century Lighting - Candle-powered Devices: 1783-1883” by H. Parrott Bacot.

Circa 1849
Height: 17.5"/44cm Width: 16"/41cm Depth: 4.25"/11cm

A charming rise and fall duet music stand in elm. The adjustable lyre supports, with later Aesthetic style brass candle holders, above a turned stem on a triform base and bun feet.

Circa 1850
Height: 42"/107cm Width: 28"/71cm Depth: 20"/51cm

A good George III period mahogany chest of four long graduated drawers.
The crossbanded top with box wood and ebony stringing, the bottom with triple reeded edge on bracket feet.
Retaining its original brass oval plate handles.

Circa 1770
Height: 31.5"/80cm  Width: 32.5"/83cm Depth: 20.5"/52cm 

A charming sterling silver miniature carriage clock, the repoussé case with scroll, foliate and bird motifs, hallmarked William Comyns of London, 1896.   

Height: 3"/8cm Width: 2"/5cm Depth: 2"/5cm

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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