Before I rabbit on about the upcoming sale, may I remind you that the December sale has a licence and we do have a lot of wines and whisky to sell. We are picking up 400 bottles from one home in 10 days time.
Also, if you need a piano we are selling, on the 7th December, a Steinway concert grand, a Bechstein and a Bluthner, both boudoir grand pianos.
So, what’s good in this sale on the 2nd November? Well, the star lot is without doubt a single owner collection of dolls. Not any dolls though. This collection includes…………………………and most are in wonderful condition.
I took in today a Samurai sword. It’s very special and, at 54 ins., pretty substantial. It’s 19th century and the scabbard is bone elaborately carved throughout. Quite something.
Another wonderful item is a Victorian album of Chinese paintings. It comprises 45 pages, each 14 x 11 ins., each with at least one watercolour, all in bright colours and interesting subjects.
Richard catalogued 55 lots of JEWELLERY today including a lot of amber and a large diamond cocktail ring amongst the watches, bangles, beads and necklaces. That section always runs into the art objects and then the collectables which includes postcards, stamp lots, cigarette cards – good old ones, and coins – lots of mint.
SILVER AND PLATE covers all the shelves with 90 lots. It includes a spectacular large silver figure of Michael Jackson and another, a bust of Nelson Mandela.
PICTURES are still being catalogued and must be 80 or so lots. MIRRORS includes a large Victorian gilt overmantel, nicely patinated.
PORCELAIN, POTTERY AND GLASS etc. fill the shelves as ever, and we have taken in an extensive collection of late Victorian, early 20th century and more modern tribal art. COLLECTABLES includes a large collection of Mamod, railway items, model cars, games, and BOOKS.
FURNITURE does include a fantastically stylish modern suite with WOW factor, by Kesterport Ltd., ‘The 5th Avenue’ pattern comprising an extending table, 8 chairs and a sideboard each piece with polished aluminium highlights and all in high gloss lacquer. It cost £8,000 9 years ago, is ‘as new’ and has an estimate of £400-£700! My favourite piece is a crazy 19th century console table, the shaped white marble top supported on a base of mincing putti within a rococo scene of trailing acanthus. It’s a section of 90 lots with good soft furnishings, Indian tables, 2 Davenports, a pretty set of 6 black and gold painted Regency chairs, one with arms. We have a painted display cabinet, two French display cabinets, bookcases, but the best piece is A 20 FT LONG 19TH CENTURY MAHOGANY DINING TABLE WITH ORIGINAL LEAVES AND LEAF STAND.
This sale is on Thursday the 2nd November starting at 11 am with viewing on Wednesday from 1-7 pm and on sale day from 9.30 am.