26th MAY 2016 Sale Information

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Another month, another sale!  This one is on the 26th May, Thursday starting at 11am.  We view the day before 1-7pm and on sale day from 9.30am.  Have you ever wanted a penny farthing cycle?  We have one.  And if you collect Westerwald salt-glazed stoneware, we have taken in an extensive collection of circa 60 pieces.

You all know about the law and ivory.  To remind you, we can only sell ivory if it is pre 1947 and has been worked.  A small plain tusk used as a handle in, say, a Georgian teapot, is not worked and therefore can’t be sold. Authorities would demand it was removed and destroyed.  But did you also know that antique and any tiger claw pendants are also illegal and cannot be traded?  A trader suffered a £2000 fine recently.

That’s the end of the preaching and I promise not to try to convince you to join Brexit!

This auction says BOOKS.  We have thousands from great old bindings, a 17th century hand written books of psalms, Vols 1-3 of…..but also a library we cleared from a retired actor full of great modern literature including, not surprisingly, books and programmes on the theatre. BOOKS include good bindings of 18th and early 19th century volumes, including R.B. Sheridan, ‘The Critic’ (1781), ‘The New Bath Guide’ (1804), Thomas Busby ‘A Dictionary of Music’ (1817), ‘Fables by Mr Gay’ (1775), and ‘The Greatest Plague of Life, or, The Adventures of a Lady in Search of a Good Servant’ by ‘One who has been “almost worried to death”’ (1847), illustrated by George Cruickshank, ‘The Letters of Marcus Tullius Cicero…’, ed. William Melmoth Esq., 5 vols., William Roscoe, ‘The Life of Lorenzo de’ Medici’ (1806), 3 vols., ‘The Letters of Junius’ (1798), ‘The Elements of Euclid’ (1799), W.H. Pyne, ‘The History of the Royal Residences’ (1819), with 100 coloured illustrations, 3 vols., Edward Gibbon, ‘The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire’ (1797), 12 vols., with fold-out maps, ‘The Works of Francis Bacon’ (1803), 10 vols., ‘The Critical and Miscellaneous Prose Works of John Dryden’, ed. E. Malone (1800), ‘Les psaumes en vers francois’, a handwritten book of the Psalms in French (1688), vellum binding, and an actor’s library including especially books on the theatre, music, opera, ballet, but also covering history, art, art history, and architecture, Hebrew literature including ‘The Children’s Haggadah’ (1933), many good hardback books on Venice, gardens, English and European literature in translation, Folio Society volumes including of Shakespeare’s plays, and a large collection of old theatre, opera and ballet programmes from London, Russia, Paris, etc.; other entries include Ladybird and Observer books.

Otherwise this sale is focused on two very special harpsichords made in the 70s by William Dowd of Paris, made in 1975 for Anne De Buck who was personally supported by Sir Malcolm Sergent.  She performed extensively throughout Europe including The Wigmore Hall in London.  She performed regularly with Clare Almond (baroque violin) as the Duo Craicy during the 1970s and 80s. One is 2 manual the other single manual and both have painted cases with floral decorated sound boards.  They each come with a specialised padded carry bag.  We also have bundles of sheet music –  tell your friends please.

PICTURES , a smaller section than usual with 50 lots include works by E.H. Shepard, John Brunsden, Will Koll, Onelio Marteri, Roy Wright, Jeff Koons, Alan King, Janet Judge, Ellis Foy, G. Horowitz, Tony Giles, Jaroslav Setelik, and includes a wonderful 18th century portrait of a young boy.

Elsewhere we have shelves full to the brim once more of china, English, Continental and Chinese, glass, bronzes , figures, hifi, cameras etc., and have had to import more tables. Items include, in no order, an extensive Royal Crown Derby dinner, tea and coffee service in Imari pattern, bronzed figures, a Naples monkey band, good 18th century drinking glasses, Chinese reference books, in Chinese, old Worcester vases, an old musical caged bird, an Edward VIII silver plated toilet roll holder with the coat of arms along with a period loo roll, purchased in auction in 2007 for £180!!.  A pair of decalcomania vases, an early Leica camera, a Chinese porcelain magpie bowl enamelled with birds amongst flowering pink prunus branches on a yellow ground, Tongzhi four-character mark in red, 6″, A Chinese pear-shaped bottle vase, perhaps green jun ware, with single purple splash, A pair of Regency covered chestsnut urns, in pewter with gilt decoration on a black ground, of shield shape with lion mask and ring handles, three English blue and white delft chargers, two painted with growing flowers and one with a Chinaman on a riverside terrace, 14.3″ and slightly smaller, a Chinese Tang dynasty bronze mirror with silvery finish, cast with a scene of two sages in a garden with crane, two phoenix or other birds and attendant, some corrosion, 15 cms and two more similar, a Chinese Qing dynasty silk tapestry kesi rank badge depicting a Buddhistic lion for the second military rank, with a ‘wan’ border, probably 19th century, size 27 cms by 30 cms, within a fine Victorian glazed gilt and rosewood box frame and much more Oriental.  Lots of Victorian glass, modern Moorcroft, a large Limoges vase and bowl, old brass powder bowls, ivory chess pieces, two tribal masks, much coloured glass, good table glass including Waterford Colleen pattern. A crocodile overnight bag, Old Country Roses dinner and tea ware, lots of Royal Doulton figures, stuffed owls, hen harrier and kestrel under glass domes, original 1950s Goebels figures, Royal Doulton ‘Tapestry’ dinner service, a 19th century mobile miniature metal lathe in mahogany box, etc., etc. ………

FURNITURE now with subterranean prices for most antique pieces includes two pieces that will interest you. One is a tall Victorian gilt pier glass with its original table support we brought in from Kensington, the other a Victorian true partners desk in oak with a green leather writing surface measuring 5ft x 3.5ft with full drawers to one side and drawers and cupboards to the other.  It’s in good order.  Otherwise we have an Edwardian mahogany bedroom suite with a breakfront triple wardrobe and kidney dressing table, an inlaid bow fronted chest of drawers, a D-end mahogany table with leaf, a large carved Burmese camphor chest, a period sewing table, a set of 6 Victorian dining chairs, a charming Edwardian satinwood bijouterie table with painted decoration, etc. From the more recent decades we have an extending dining table in exotic hardwood, a similar coffee table and 4 Belgium made wall units and, in teak, wall hanging display furniture and pod chairs on aluminium stands.

COSTUME by bulk is mainly from the Kensington property mainly from the 70s and 80s, including Laura Ashley, also other vintage clothing, shoes, handbags, linen and furs.

SILVER AND PLATE currently needs sorting but I’m pleased to report that the shelves look full.

JEWELLERY includes two Rolex watches and another by IWC, gold coins and the usual mixed selection. COLLECTABLES include extensive coins, stamps, cigarette cards, sporting etc.,  and a large collection from an actor of national and international theatre, ballet and opera programmes from the 1950s, 60s and 70s.

MODERN EFFECTS include a large refrigerator by Liebherr, another by Smegg, terracotta pots, a Mountfield mower and a Suffolk Colt mower just right for the season.


Our catalogue will be available to view from the Sunday before the sale.

See you next week!