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On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me.
16 December 2016

In the C18th century, 1780 to be exact, a Christmas song was published:

“On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me
a partridge in a pear tree”

Original pietra dura marble table top from the Derbyshire workshop of W. Adam.

“On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me two turtle doves”

A George III (1766) white veined Carrara and Siena marble antique fireplace attributed to John Carr of York.

“On the Third day of Christmas my true love sent to me
three French hens”

Not quite French hens but a fine taxidermy work of art of Vasa Parrots and Maynas by Darwin, Sinke & Van Tongeren.

“On the fourth day of Christmas my true love sent to me four calling birds”

A collection of birds by Darwin, Sinke & Van Tongeren: A Rare Black Ostrich study from Stedelijk Museum, a Set of Penguins and a Northern Black Raven resting on a C19th Louis XVI style fireplace in veined Arabescato marble with an Irish carved giltwood George II pedimented mirror.

“On the fifth day of Christmas my true love sent to me five gold rings”

A selection of our new lighting: the Croft wall light with ceiling canopies.

“On the sixth day of Christmas my true love sent to me six geese a laying”

Six eggs sitting in a highly figured C19th Grand Tour Giallo Antico Tazza on its original Belgian Black plinth.

“On the seventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me seven swans a swimming”

Duo of Black Swans and Ostrich Chicks by Darwin, Sinke & Van Tongeren

“On the eighth day of Christmas my true love sent to me eight maids a milking”

A highly important early C19th white statuary Regency Italian chimneypiece. Each jamb bears carved figures of classical Bacchic maidens, one carrying the wine cup, symbolising revelry and intoxication, the other is accompanied by a burning torch, symbolising Bacchic fertility and virility.

“On the ninth day of Christmas my true love sent to me nine ladies dancing”

C18th Coade stone terracotta tablet depicting Bacchanal putti.

“On the tenth day of Christmas my true love sent to me ten lords a leaping”

An C18th circle of Arthur Devis portrait of a gentleman.

“On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me eleven pipers piping”

Music is the theme of this late 18th century, English, Neoclassical chimneypiece, beautifully sculpted in white statuary marble. Circa 1780. The breakfront moulded tiered shelf breaks over the jambs; the frieze is centered with an oblong tablet, and is sculpted with crossed, ribbon tied horns and overlaid with Pan’s graduated pipes.

“On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me twelve drummers drumming”

‘Drum and Bass’ – Cockney slang for Place: ‘Tiny the Wonder Dog’s house sits beneath a superb and very rare mid C18th century Irish walnut side table, flanked by a pair of mahogany hall chairs in George III style.