29th SEPTEMBER 2011


Including a very rare Doulton figure group of two bunnies, HN209 and a rare mounted quetzal.

Oh boy!!   What a full saleroom!  Checking the shelves I see 20 or so CLOCKS, mainly 19th and 20th century, including slate clocks, one of Egyptian form surmounted with a bronze sphinx, and a fusee wall clock. An interesting item is an Elgin USSV ship watch in lockable mahogany case and from that vendor came the apprentice fusee pendulum clock and deck watch part completed during his apprenticeship. There are numerous boxes and writing slopes in rosewood, coromandel, walnut, striped mahogany, and moulded lacquer, and a fabulous box in champleve enamel.  Among the boxed items are a microscope, a wonderful 19th century folding Dew Point thermometer in its original mahogany box with brass stand bearing label, by John Newman 122 Regent Street Nr The Quadrant, London.  With that lot is an old spirit lamp.  From the same vendor comes a boxed set of small apothecary scales with glass pans, with weights measured in grammes, scruples (a 24th part of an ounce), grains and ounces.  It comes with an old telegraph key, probably of railway or boat origins.

There are three turtle shells and ornithologically we have a rare quetzal perched on a branch, mounted in a glass case bearing a label for James Gardner 52 High Holborn London WC and measuring 27 ins from its bright green feathered head to the bottom of its tale.  The quetzal is a member of the Trogon family found in Central America and lives mainly on fruit and insects (a pair sold for £4000 as lot 965 in Tenant’s sale 26.3.10).  Other TAXIDERMY birds include a pheasant and an owl.

There are a large number of GUNS and SWORDS including air guns and pistols by Dianna Series 70 and Norica, also a 19th century Indian Army percussion rifle the stock stamped 2460.  Bayonets and daggers including two in Japanese champleve scabbards.   A further interesting item is a pair of Garter insignia painted on tin, both framed.   COSTUME includes a pair of Lanvin ostrich skin shoes and handbag, old children’s silk dresses and a pair of satin bootees, bowler, top and boater hats, a military jacket, a Japanese kimono worked with dragons and flaming pearls, fabulous mink and other fur coats and a leather fur-lined coat, various linen, a finely worked bed cover, and a silk floral worked shawl.

DRINK includes many wines and champagnes including Dom Perignon 1990, Canard-Duchene, Perrier Jouet, a bottle of 1963 Feuerheerd vintage port, good whiskies including Johnnie Walker blue label, Chivas Bros oldest and finest, Glenmorangie, Oban, Suntory, and good cognac.

CERAMICS fill the shelves and include good and old oriental, a continental 9 piece monkey band, Staffordshire and Royal Doulton figures, Beswick woodpecker, horse and Disney tea set, Minton Ancestral pattern tea wares, Swansea patterned plates, a Shorter 7 piece fish set, Capo di Monte, including a large piece La Burla, Torquay wares, Wade car mugs, Minton Haddon Hall tea wares, Lladro, Royal Worcester Evesham dinner and tea wares including a huge jug, Goebels figures, fine French porcelain coffee cups mounted in silver, Royal Albert Old Country Roses, an extensive Irish Noritake dinner and tea set, Harvesting pattern, Pallissy ware, Royal Doulton White Nile dinner wares, a Troika vase, Royal Worcester including a fine bowl with internal Art Nouveau decoration, etc.   GLASS includes good decanters including 19th century ring neck, sets of table wares, vases, large bowls, paperweights, and Italian coloured glass.

OBJECTS OF INTEREST include an original rare paper napkin commemorating Votes For Women and printed as the souvenir official programme with drawings of 19 suffragettes around a plan of Hyde Park advertising 20 platforms and 80 speakers for Sunday June 21st within a border of violets, a group of signed letters from Kenneth Williams to his close friend Rae with others from Michael Anderson his agent and Stanley Baxter, including newspaper clippings; a letter from The Liverpool Playgoers’ Club addressed to George Bernard Shaw requesting that a part in The Apple Cart might be played by a woman. (Mr Shaw says: No. Go out into the street and ask the first diplomatic person you meet to play Sempronius, he will be delighted; a woman would subtly spoil the overture. Sorry for delay in answering GBS 17.12.48.); a model chemist’s shop, carved pipes including a very large 19th century German Meerschaum pipe, the stem incorporating the foot of a goat, lead model soldiers, a good carving of a bear attacking a monkey, old fountain pens, two Le Blond miniatures, a model diver’s helmet, a ship’s bell, tinplate TOYS including a Schuco motor car, and a clockwork model 3-wheeler Morgan in aluminium body, a Gaiety Toy by Castle Art Product Birmingham, Tri-ang and Meccano train sets, Marmod steam engine, The Royal State Coach for 1977 Silver Jubilee, still bubble wrapped, a model Gypsy caravan, records, a dolls’ house with furniture.

BOOKS AND MAGAZINES include The Magnet, The Gem, School Boys’ Own, The Nelson Lee, a huge collection of P J Wodehouse including first editions, a collection of Mickey Spillane, a first edition of The House at Pooh Corner in red leather with original box, and The Arcadia Press – A History of Warfare by Field Marshal Montgomery, No 107 of 265, signed by the author in original box.  Postcards, coins, badges, a large quantity of SILVER AND PLATE, English and foreign, including a huge model cat and tray and a huge flatware service, extensive plate section.

We have an extensive JEWELLERY section including a diamond bracelet, gold and silver pocket watches, a modern Cartier Pasha wrist watch, Longines and Omega watches, dress jewellery including a collection of buckles and an enamelled silver dressing table clock.  Good oil and table lamps including one supported by a naked dancer, ceiling lamps including a French one with large white glass shade.  PAINTINGS, approximately 80 lots, including A H Braunston, Maureen A Marsh, Willy Matthes, P J M Nairn, Gabriel Moreno, A Nicholl, Richard Dighton, Stephen Ward, Robert Chailloux, Juan Couver, Bartolini, F Lozano, N Yates, B Muegge.  MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS including a violin, three acoustic guitars and a squeezebox.

FURNITURE, mainly 19th and 20th century includes a good 19th century mahogany pedestal sideboard, a splendid 19th century cylinder bureau with ornate marquetry inlay, fantastic oak furniture, Puginesque cabinet on stand with panelled superstructure, Victorian carved oak cabinets, two large carved oak sideboards, three oak coffers, one a mule chest, a Regency library chair, a set of three good 19th century Windsor chairs and a single similar, a 19th century tilt-top breakfast table, a Georgian secretaire chest, a linen press, an immaculate roll top desk, cane and bamboo bookcase, a Globe Wernicke style bookcase, a day bed, chair sets, a spectacular Edwardian display cabinet, triple wardrobes, shipping goods.  GENERAL EFFECTS including garden statuary, tools, beds, white goods, etc.