25 Blythe Road

25 Blythe Road was founded in 2007 and now runs biannual auctions in five different categories. This includes two online auctions: British & Continental Pictures, and Islamic, Indian, Himalayan and South East Asian Works of Art which take place on this this website. The three live auctions that take place in the 25 Blythe Road gallery, accompanied by online and telephone bidding, are Decorative Works of Art, Antique Arms, Armour and Militaria, and Maritime and Scientific Models, Instruments and Works of Art. Each online and live auction is preceded by viewing days at the 25 Blythe Road Gallery.



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THE PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN COLLECTOR A FINE 18 BORE FRENCH SILVER-MOUNTED ROYAL FLINTLOCK HOLSTER PISTOL MADE FOR JOHN V, KING OF PORTUGAL (1689, 1706-50) BY LE HOLLANDOIS A PARIS AUX GALLERIES CIRCA 1726 with lightly swamped barrel octagonal over the breech, formed with a long shaped flat decorated with gilt scrollwork, monsterhead tendrils, a mask and the barrelsmiths monogram (Neue Stckel 8128) the underside of the barrel with some early blued finish, engraved tang decorated with a classical profile and with the inventory number '31', bevelled lock decorated with a delicate dog tooth border, chiselled with a monstrous espagnolette mask on a gilt ground on the tail, signed in a rectangular frame observed by a putto above and with a trophy-of-arms on the right, chiselled and gilt cock, chiselled top-jaw and steel , the latter en suite with the tail, engraved faceted pan, highly figured walnut full stock moulded over the fore-end, carved with delicate leafy tendrils and strapwork about the rear ramrod-pipe and the tang, decorated with a small scalloped moulding ahead of the lock side-plate and behind the tang, full silver mounts cast and chased in low relief against a finely matted gilt ground (rubbed, gilding missing in some places), comprising side-plate decorated with two trophies-of-arms within a dogtooth framework, spurred pommel decorated with tendrils matching the stock, trophies-of-arms, a mask on each side, and a further trophy on the cap, trigger-guard decorated with a framed profile portrait of Diana the huntress beneath a canopy with a trophy-of-hunting suspended from the frame, two ramrod-pipes decorated with leafy tendrils carrying a monstrous mask, and escutcheon decorated with the crowned Royal Arms (later ramrod) 31.0 cm; 12 in barrel Provenance Rainer Daehnhardt By tradition this was presented to King John V of Portugal in 1727 following the fire that devastated the Portuguese Royal Manufactory the preceding year. Le Hollandois was the son of the gunmaker of the same name who worked in partnership with Thuraine in the third quarter of the 17th century, perhaps best known for the remarkable pattern books that bear their names. The younger Le Hollandois was called Adrien Reynier, and is recorded in Paris as a journeyman in 1705, received French nationality 1711, became Arquebusier Ordinaire du Roi 1723 and was given a logement at the Louvre on 18th January 1724, as successor to Bertrand Piraube. See Hayward 1963, p. 47 and Lenk 1965, p. 80.Read more

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