16th FEBRUARY 2012


On Thursday 16th February 2012 @ 11am. View 15th, 1-7pm; saleday from 9.30am

Including a fine early 18th century marquetry walnut longcase clock by William Prevost, Newcastle, 3 watercolours by David Gentleman, 20 items of Lalique and a barn-find MGB GT V8, M registered, chassis no. GD2D1 478 C

There really is no excuse not to have a full sale for you this time. Indeed, due to the long break, we are having to send goods into store for the March sale.

PICTURES includes prints by Bartolozzi, D. Wilkinson, Helen Markson, Bernard Buffet, Morden maps of Derbyshire and Chester, also a silhouette by August Edouart 1838, and drawings and paintings by E.H. Shepard, Diana Low, Eric Rolfe ’75, Edward William Cooke, ‘Alicante harbour’ 1860, an 18th century portrait miniature, Japanese prints, Denis Flanders ‘St Malo’, P. Ovens, Dorothy Collins, R.S. Castledine, Andrew Welch, Algernon Newton RA, D. Mackenzie, Alan Howe, T.R. Miles, Frank Jaffe, John Le Conte, C. Fenn, Brian Hagger 1968, David Gentleman, John Lawrence, Yuko Tanabe, also a large Victorian portrait of a lady and 3 large Japanese watercolours (ex RA Summer exhibition), etc.

CARPETS incl. oriental, one 16ft long, and two large Chinese carpets. COLLECTABLES incl. a good collection of White Star Line ephemera incl. photographs, programmes, a match box holder, ticket wallet and much more, old press photographs including Queen Mary, Chamberlain and his government, Charlie Chaplin, Lord Mountbatten. An extensive collections of coins and medallions incl. approx. 100 ounces of silver replicas, stamps and postcards, military items incl. a watch, an early 20th century oak and leather Red Cross case, old walking sticks, old cameras, a flying hat, old photographs, silhouettes on glass, carved ivory, etc. MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS incl. a 19th century ivory flageolet by Whitaker & Co., old tubas, a modern electric guitar and amp.  COSTUME includes a large number of fur coats incl. mink, tweed coats and jackets, evening and day dresses, Burberry, Pollini, a full-length sheepskin coat, a Victorian purple silk mourning dress and poke bonnet, Paisley shawls, hats incl. a silk top hat in a leather case and bags incl. Louis Vuitton.

JEWELLERY, incl. gold and gem-set, watches, 97 grammes of 18ct gold stamp replicas. SILVER incl. English, continental and oriental trays, candlesticks, a bee honeypot, a stylish tea set, mounted decanters, flatware, bowls, cigarette boxes and extensive plate. TOYS incl. Dinky and old puzzles. The BOOKS section offers a great selection incl. political history, biographies, economics, philosophy, London, opera, theatre, the works of Winston S. Churchill, centenary 1st edition by Edito-Service S.A. Geneva, leather bound, good illustrators incl. Edmund Dulac and Arthur Rackham, ‘The Compleat Angler’, ‘Peer Gynt’, Shakespeare’s ‘Comedy Of The Tempest’, ‘Nursery Rhymes’ by V. Sackville-West, copy no. 4, ‘Flying Colours’ signed by Douglas Bader and Laddie Lucas, and Madonna’s ‘Sex’ (well thumbed!),  also magazines and comics incl. ‘The Play’ and ‘Beano’, Pirelli calendars, records, an extensive DVD collection, etc.

PORCELAIN, POTTERY, GLASS & ITEMS OF INTEREST incl. a fine carved marble figure of a cupid, reclined and asleep, possibly 19th century, 21 ins., a fine 18th century sundial signed William Hughes Bryngola, 1775, good 18th and 19th century samplers, a fine Italian fan on mother of pearl sticks in display case, a collection of 8 fine and interesting 20th century Chinese framed porcelain plaques, 4 depicting The Seasons, some signed, a collection of 20 items of Lalique incl. a Champs Elysees fruit bowl, a bowl supported on four birds, a pair of swallow bookends, scent bottles, ashtrays, anemone candle holders, Whitefriars Yard O’Ale and commemorative wine glasses, an overlaid glass table lamp, a Troika globe vase, Royal Copenhagen vases, Doulton figures, lots of oriental ceramics, a Suffragette jar and cover, Clarice Cliff bowl, Delecia pattern, and a plate with acorn design, Letiticino glass, Beswick figures, Wade pigs, a large Lladro collection with rare figures in a rowing boat, ‘Paloma’, good cut glass, a Royal Worcester Nelson commemorative mug, Noritake tea wares, etc.

CLOCKS includes the finest clock we have offered. Coming from a local home it is a perfect example of an early walnut and marquetry case, c.1700, the long door with three panels of floral marquetry around an oval lenticle, the trunk sides with boxwood stringing, the 11 inch square dial with winged cherub head spandrels, silvered Roman dial with date aperture and seconds hand, the flat-topped marquetry hood with barleytwist columns enclosing an eight-day movement by William Prevost of Newcastle.

I am grateful to Bonhams for the following foot note:

‘It is thought that William Prevost was of French extraction and was born in the early 1660s. Although based in Newcastle, he obviously visited London regularly and usually signed his dials with a London address. He married Margaret Badudouin at St. Mary Magdalen Church in Fish Street, London in 1689. His most famous clock is the year going and striking walnut longcase clock exhibited in the Horological Masterworks exhibition, item 44.’

I am grateful to Leigh Extence of Bearnes Hampton and Littlewood for the following:

‘One interesting story related to William Prevost concerns a wager he had in 1699 with the wonderfully named clockmaker Deodatus Threkfeld to determine who was the better maker, with Edward Burgis and Samuel Watson, two respectable clockmakers themselves, as judges. Threkfeld won this particular competition, but was the fact his son was engaged to the daughter of Samuel Watson, one of those determining the outcome, of any influence? The wonderful year-duration clock made by Prevost for this ‘duel’ is believed to be the example exhibited at the Antiquarian Horological Society’s ‘Horological Masterworks’ exhibition held at Oxford in 2003.’

There are many other mantel and wall clocks including an Atmos mantel clock in a brass case. FURNITURE includes contemporary items by Ercol and we have a 1950s settee and a 1950s kitchen cupboard. We are still researching an exquisite designer figured walnut chest and matching dressing table with oak and yew lined drawers. Earlier furniture includes a Georgian chest on chest with inlay, an inlaid Edwardian display cabinet, Georgian pedestal tables, an inlaid walnut occasional pedestal table, oriental carved camphor chests, one with limed decoration, a rosewood loo table, chair sets, lots of reproduction mahogany with dining suites, a limed mahogany bedroom suite, and modern chair sets. From a house in W1 we have removed 5 good fire surrounds including a carved marble example and ornate pine examples ready for painting, along with fire grates. From the same property we have a pair of Venetian ceiling lights amongst many others. TWO UPRIGHT PIANOS one by Steinway.

WEAPONS include bayonets, an old flintlock pistol, a rifle, and reproduction guns. BOXES of all periods includes tea boxes, lap desks, and jewel boxes. GENERAL EFFECTS include an MGB GT V8 motor car from 1973. We found this in a garage where it has stood for 10 years. It’s an original with the fabulous lazy Rover V8 engine, not the Vanguard 3 litre version that’s in the C Type. It does need a tad of restoration but it will be sold without reserve. What a fabulous project. Sorting out some bad debts we have taken delivery from Cadogan Tate, (removers to the rich) of a Bang and Olufsen hifi that looks new. It combines the 9000 unit with a pair of BeoLab 3500 speakers and a pair of BeoLab 6000 speakers. They’re the slim, sexy, aluminium column speakers for floor or wall. It cost £3,200 new from Selfridges. Surely it ought to be worth £500 or £600?  Other items include the usual white goods, an outboard motor with inflatable (no guarantees!), old bikes, garden furniture and modern furniture including long sets of dining chairs and much more.

The next sale is on 22 March 2012.

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