May I tell you briefly about our next auction that’s less than 14 days away, on the 4th July at 11am with viewing on the 3rd from 1-7pm as usual.
Every auctioneer gets the occasional call to ask if there are specific items in the next sale. The caller might be looking for a tantalus, a stuffed crocodile, a specific piece of lighting or a garden roller. Anything in fact. It can be guaranteed that we don’t have such an item this time, but did in the last sale! It’s called ‘sod’s law’. Well, in anticipation of that call, I have to say that we have four items in the next sale that are as rare, today, as hen’s teeth.
From an old private snooker club we have removed for sale four 19th century spectators’ upholstered benches, one of which is on lobed legs with carved lion mask terminals to the arms. Now, you don’t need a snooker club to house these – they will look formidable in the reception area of a club, hotel or restaurant, but if you are creating a period snooker room, you could look for years to find such rare items. There’s a picture on the blog of one of them.
Glastonbury is next weekend. How cool would it be man to arrive on a motorbike and combination ? The one we have to sell is a K series BMW and whilst it’s presently in the colour scheme of the Klu Klux Klan it won’t take that long to sort!! Estimate – a very buyable Â£400-Â£600 and remember summer is still to come!
And with that thought in mind – the balmy hot days of summer – how about a bit of boating? I refer to the model boating sort. One of our deceased vendors was a model boat maker par excellance and we have his extensive collection of model boats to sell, many for remote control. He was very thorough and each is built to a very high standard. Whilst not remote control, the model of Graf Spee is 4ft 7ins long and is superbly presented in a glass cabinet as is a model of The Bounty in full sail. I can’t overstate the quality of the work. They are a joy to behold. There are pictures on the blog.
The remainder of the sale is, as usual, a cocktail of variety.
PICTURES include a charming 18th century oil on board of a lady by Jacobus Buys. It cost Â£3000 in 1998. Our estimate is Â£800-Â£1000. Other artists include Henry Moore, A. de Neuville (a good pair of 19th century oleographs of the Battle of Isandlwana), F.A. Staples, J. Thorn, E.M. Wimperis, and D. Alvarez Gomez Domingo. We also have two small drawings by Charles Bronson, one a study of the cell door!
JEWELLERY is an extensive section including plenty of gold, and art objects include a wonderful collection of Georgian steel buckles.
COSTUME is a small section but includes uniforms, furs, dresses and skin handbags. There is some quality table and bedroom linen.
Shelf items, as ever, provide a full section. PORCELAIN, POTTERY AND GLASS are everywhere including many dinner and tea services. Interesting glass includes a fine stemmed glass engraved with a bear fighting off hunting dogs. We have Italian coloured glass and cut glass; Wedgwood Penshurst china, Midwinter ‘Nature Study’, ‘Monaco’ and ‘Shapes’ teawares, Paragon ‘Athena’ dinnerwares. Royal Doulton figures include a collection of Federal Bunnykins. There are a large number of Franklyn Mint and Danbury Mint Star Wars and Lord of the Rings plates. There is a large quantity of blue and white china and the usual smattering of oriental pieces. A gentleman has just phoned to enter a signed Moorcroft vase, 6″. Other items include fishing equipment, spelter figures, cameras, old meters one a ‘Standing Wave Detector’ ! Pewter, table lamps, luggage including old cabin trunks, a large aneroid barometer in an architectural frame, a large brass balance scale and a Victorian deep copper pot, brassware, a quantity of watchmaker’s equipment, three rolls of new fabric by Ian Mankin in green stripe design, a wonderful silk embroidery of flowers, The Franklyn sewing machine made in Birmingham, a stuffed snake entwining its catch, bayonets, daggers, powder flasks, an old street sign, a Victorian steel disc player, musical instruments including violins, electric and acoustic guitars, a squeeze box and a piano accordion, etc.
FURNITURE includes a large 1960s Gordon Russell mahogany dining table, four 19th century mahogany spectators’ benches removed from an old private snooker club. Two (a pair) are raised in height to see over the table and each has a carved decoration to the top rail. Another is on fluted legs with good carved lion head terminals to the arms.
We have lots of settees and chairs in the sale of all designs including a set of reproduction Chippendale dining chairs, a Regency rosewood card table, Victorian inlaid sideboards, a baby grand piano, an oak filing cabinet, a good miniature Georgian mahogany chest of 4 long drawers, a Victorian mahogany chest of drawers of good colour, a Victorian mahogany mirrored dressing table with moulded wooden drawer pulls that would make a great desk, pine bed frames, a mahogany 4-poster bed frame and an Indian carved double bed frame, a chaise longue, a Victorian mahogany tripple wardrobe, 1960s teak dining room table and chairs and G-Plan light oak chests of drawers and bookcases. We have lots of CLOCKS mainly mantle clocks including a large carriage clock, circa 1900, three long case clocks, a Pul-syn-etic by Gent & Co, wall clocks, one a drop dial, etc.
COLLECTABLES includes decorative miniatures, pens, studio photographs of actors, a set of 6 old camponolo hand bells, samplers, model railways, toys, Meccano No 2, records. BOOKS at present unsorted but including a collection of Folio. Glamour magazines.
CARPETS includes a runner 18ft long, other rugs and carpet squares.
GENERAL EFFECTS includes white goods, garden furniture, concrete garden ornaments, a leather topped club fender and a large square sheet of white marble.
See you on the 4th July. Photographs are on the blog- scroll down to the bottom. If you have questions please email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The last auction was fun. We had the Antiques Road Trip team in and I understand that the sale will be shown on television in the autumn. Overall, I think they made a loss, but what’s new?