14th FEBRUARY 2013

A preview of our next auction on Thursday 14th February 2013 starting at 11am.

Viewing is on Wednesday 13th, 1-7pm, and on sale day from 9.30am.

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With the snowdrops pushing through and spring just around the corner, what more romantic way to spend Valentine’s Day than at Bainbridges!

At this moment in time it is nearly impossible to move in the saleroom, although that may be the fault of the builders – here to make improvements (which, sadly, don’t include central heating!).

A local estate delivered soon after the December sale consisted solely of all items Rupert Bear – the result of 65 years of collecting. It filled two rooms at the owner’s home, a great deal of it still wrapped as new, all displayed like a museum. Only the tin badges have been sold. The books, magazines, cassettes, stamps, toys by Merrythought, Pelham puppets, clothing, games, porcelain figures by Doulton and Beswick in original boxes, et al., are all here to be sold in large lots, without reserves. To give you an idea, the immaculate listings provided by the client take up approximately 60 A4 pages.

PAINTINGS & PICTURES cover all the walls, including works by Peter Toms, Terence Cuneo, R. Brough, Mike Fitzpatrick, Oswald Garsideri, John White, Samuel C. Bird, L. Van Staaten, M. Borkiewicz, Barbara Cohen, Georges Coulon, etc. MIRRORS provide a large section this time and include a 7ft 6in tall Victorian gilt framed pier glass, a Victorian girandole and lots of gilt examples.

SILVER & PLATE is a mountain to be sorted and will be well worth a visit. In emptying a box of items just now we came across a miniature gold manicure set designed as golf clubs, accommodated in a leather golf bag, Georgian items, plated cutlery sets incl. Community plate, etc.

JEWELLERY is an extensive section and includes precious metals and stones – I guess 50 lots or so including fans, ivory figures, Bilston enamels, gold sovereigns, etc.

There is a particularly good collection of OLD LIGHTING with lots of wall lights. The hanging lights include a good wrought iron example, possibly continental circa 1900, and an old brass framed hall lantern amongst the more traditional examples. The shelves are as full as ever. GOOD GLASS includes Whitefriars incl. paperweights, old and later cut glass and pottery includes a globular vase by Moorcroft, 8 ins tall, Meissen, Herend, Crown Derby, Grindley, Spode, Gloucester, Crown Devon, Royal Worcester, Royal Albert, Wedgwood ‘Countryware’, Royal Doulton ‘Sonnet’, ‘Rondelay’ and ‘Fairfax’, Susie Cooper, Johnson Bros, Price cottage wares, Copeland, Mintons, three good Capo di Monte figures, a small private collection of early Chinese ceramics, a large quantity of Royal Copenhagen, a pair of Komlos bookends, Wedgwood Ulander dinner wares incl. tureens, Carltonware, and a pair of Belleek epergnes, etc. CLOCKS & BOXES include a Dunhill humidor, tea boxes, 19th and 20th century mantel clocks and a good carved oak aneroid barometer. ITEMS OF INTEREST & COLLECTABLES include a particularly good collection of ballet ephemera. This vendor attended the ballet frequently and kept interesting diaries of each visit. It includes some important autographs such as Margot Fonteyn, Beryl Grey, Frederick Ashton, Robert Helpman and many more. AUTOGRAPHS also include Marcel Marceau and letters signed by Margaret Thatcher. Further collectable are ambrotypes, a geological map of the British Isles by James Alexander Knipe, 2nd edition 1851 in original tooled leather Morocco slip case. There is a collection of kitchen grinders, bottle openers, toffee hammers, irons, tins, door finger plates, scales, a Victorian box of building bricks, with instructions, a really interesting lot of large educational construction drawings on card for the carpentry trade in original wooden box, old soft toys (incl. lots of Rupert Bear), old radios, cameras, leaded windows, pretty metal picture frames, moose antlers, Victorian beadwork trays and a floor standing bird cage, charming treen and apprentice items incl. a cotton bobbin stand and a miniature firescreen and tables, musical instruments, air rifle, old microscope in original box, postcards, watches, stamps, coins, paper money, old theatre programmes, and James Bond memorabilia. COSTUME includes a fine Bison fur and leather coat and other furs. QUALITY LUGGAGE includes two unused Asprey black leather cases and handbags incl. crocodile and ostrich incl. Gucci. BOOKS and a large record collection.

FURNITURE is a huge section with old and modern. The brown furniture I love so much includes a large 18th century German walnut desk of good colour, a large semi-circular sideboard, a William IV mahogany breakfront library bookcase, an important early Victorian oak and walnut octagonal breakfast table with tilt top on massive pillar and shaped platform with mythological carved decoration in the style of Salvin, an Italian early 18th century style gilt wood bed frame, a four poster bed, a 19th century games table and sofa table, various corner cupboards, a George lll mahogany secretaire bookcase and a painted library bookcase, a Victorian inlaid open bookcase, numerous antique chests of drawers, chair sets, modern comfortable chairs and a shell chair, a triple wardrobe, a repro refectory table, white painted bedroom furniture, ebonised corner chairs, and a large unusual glass coffee table on a polished tree root base. ORIENTAL CARPETS.

GENERAL EFFECTS include Sony hifi, three motor mowers, boxes of knitting and embroidery wools and linens, modern polished steel fire grate with electric bars, beds, white goods, etc.

It’s a big sale and I think well worth a view at least. Hope to see you on the 13th.