17th DECEMBER 2009



Including, from the Ealing estate of a Scottish doctor, wonderful period oak including joined stools, a dresser, a bureau, a corner cupboard, coffers, a period pedestal dining table and a Queen Anne walnut chest on stand.

On Thursday 17th December 2009 at 11am

View: Wednesday 16th 1-7pm and sale day from 9.30am

I’ve just taken delivery of a 14ct gold mesh evening bag. It weighs 186 grammes. I’ll let you value it! Whilst the last sale had 1120 lots and went on until 10pm, this sale is altogether more humane. The key lot, from the estate of Roufina Ampenoff, is a fantastic Russian watercolour, a theatrical costume design attributed to Georgii Anatolevich Pozhedaev. It measures 43 x 42cm. The estimate is £3000-£5000 (see Christies, Russian Paintings lot 433, 28/11/07 sold £22,100 and lot 411 26/11/08, sold £21,250).

PICTURES also include the works of the late Sergio Salvagnini, a local artist who used his tenants as sitters. They are worth a brief look! Portrait miniatures feature rarely here, but this sale has good 17th and 18th century examples by artists including Samuel Shelley. We are presently researching the artists for cataloguing. From an estate in Richmond we have a hand-coloured Speed map of ‘The Sommer Islands, once called the Bermudas’, published by George Humble 1626 and engraved by Abraham Goos. The same estate has lots of artist’s equipment including easels and a potter’s wheel. From their Bermudan heritage is a charming large plaque, presented by Major Percy Hope Falkner R.A.M.C. to the Bermuda Poultry Organisation Society For The Best Bird In The Show. The winner in 1911 and 1912 was His Excellency Lt. General F. W. Kitchener C.B. An estate in Hampstead has delivered books, Globe Wernicke bookcases and a Samurai sword. We also have a Russian sword.

There is SILVER AND PLATE. An Ealing estate has delivered a vast collection of stamps. Instructions should be confirmed for this sale. Postcards come in a wonderful catalogue with a large number by Mabel Lucie Atwell and loose including two early Russian cards advertising their postal services. A cigarette card album includes cards issued with De Reszke Cigarettes. Toys include wind-up figures, a 1960s Britains Coronation coach and eight horses in original box, a Gesha Auto Fox tin plate car No 559, Hornby trains, and three old Bermudan mechanical wooden toys. We have a 19th century London rack system corkscrew by Lund Cornhill, an 18th century English violin, a large bronze Marly horse, two silk top hats, costume, scents, and an 18th century silver-gilt mounted shell cameo snuff box carved with figural scene.

CERAMICS include two antique Italian Maiolica Albarelli, with armorials, a Worcester presentation coffee set painted with flowers, boxed and unused, Meissen, five Wemyss honey pots and others by Belleek, Royal Albert Old Country Roses dinner ware, also Copenhagen tea wares and Wedgwood Spring Morning dinner wares. FURNITURE includes Globe Wernicke bookcases, a pretty Georgian painted open bookcase, a Georgian oak dressing table, an early Georgian walnut chest of drawers and another in oak, an oak coffer, a Swedish rosewood dining suite, Ercol, a huge Victorian mirror-back sideboard, inlaid bureau bookcase, old garden pots, and lots of shipping goods. MODERN EFFECTS include two digital cameras, one a Canon EOS 10D with zoom lens the other a Nikon D100 body, and two photographic microscopes, one by Wild Heerbrugg, etc., etc.