28th SEPTEMBER 2017 Sale Information

Dear friends,

It’s  10 weeks nearly since we were last together and lots has happened.  Firstly, after important discussions with the accountants, we are putting up the buyer’s premium rate to 25% forthwith.  We will cancel the charge for payments by debit cards but we will stop taking credit cards altogether.

The good news is that we have a cracking sale for you next week , on the 28th.  It will also be a large sale of over 1000 lots taking us all the way to 9pm.

WE ARE GOING TO START THE SALE AT 10AM ON THIS OCCASION AND OPEN THE VIEWING AT 9AM.  Wednesday will be as usual with viewing from 1pm to 7pm.

All sections are interesting but the prize must go to the COSTUME section with 74 lots including fabulous bags by Gucci, Givenchy, Bottega Veneta, Hermes, Mulberry, Prada, Oswald Boateng, and Louis Vuitton, the rarest being an Haut a Courroies by Hermes.  They are all from private vendors.  Furs includes a very glamorous full length fox fur and fabulous minks .  Perfect timing I think!  The V & A have an Ossie Clark trouser suit the same as ours.  Called a ‘Judy’ it comes in black moss crepe with red satin edging.  Elsewhere the coats and dresses are by Prada, Gucci, Herve Leger and, for the men, we have a fur coat by Bottega Veneta.  We haven’t finished yet.  The luggage includes two vintage Louis Vuitton monogram pattern suitcases.

COLLECTABLES includes the most wonderful collection of TinTin items including a full size model of the boy himself.  We have trains, train pictures, train books and a full size reproduction of The Mallard speed record plaque cast from the original, numbered 51 of 250 copies worldwide which cost £170 in the 70s.  It’s lot 308H.  There are lots of calendars and photographs of trains and books on Terence Cuneo.  There are games and a vast collection of records.  I particularly like a set of The Bessie Smith Story on 4 discs.  We have a Hardy fishing reel, a Chess board of Napoleonic pieces, copies of The British Worker and The British Gazette published during the general strike of 1926, Topper and Marvel comics, good postcards including Australia, a matchbox collection including the rare Palmer & Sons braided matches, old scrap albums and journals, coins and good medals.    BOOKS are everywhere including a large quantity of Folio Society  (and lots of bookcases too)  We have copy 692 of 2500 copies of La Chapelle Artists and Prostitutes published by Taschen and signed and in its original wrapping.

The PICTURE section is the biggest ever and includes  an eclectic selection ranging from James Gillray to large modern portraits of the Dalai Lama and Tony Soprano, and including many lots of railway interest including prints by Terence Cuneo, good still lifes, including by Charles Thomas Bale,  Chinese scrolls and rice-paper paintings, ‘Spy’ prints, Clarice Cliff ‘Jazz’ posters, and works by or attributed to Peter Hawes, Dorothy Leach (views of Connemara), R.E. Wilkinson, Michael Challenger. Madeleine Pyk, Victor Vasarely, and other artists including of the East European school, etc.

The SILVER and PLATE section is chocka.  The silver is more interesting than usual including Russian, Swedish, and American.  There’s an 18th century Russian silver sugar box, a trompe l’oeil Russian jar and cover by Ovchinnikov, five 18th century Swedish silver beakers and later pieces, a pair of Polish style Sabbath candlesticks.  English silver includes an impressive 19th century fiddle pattern service for 18, teatray, etc.  We also have, at the other end, a cutlery set by Ralph Lauren.

JEWELLERY and ART OBJECTS has 150 lots including lots of gold, good watches, good silhouettes by Fredrith Frith, three good gilt metal French boxes and loads of costume jewellery.

The SHELVES are full and essential viewing.  A lovely Shelley poppy design tea service on the one hand and two tea services by Kate Spade of New York and an Andy Warhol daisy design dinner service with tea cups.  It’s by Rosenthal Studio Line.  Bronzes, good clocks, weapons, a fancy modern watch winder, a Bose hifi, a B&O phone system and a computer by Arbica with fantastic specification which cost £3700 in 2013.  A full set of weights for the keep fit fanatic.

FURNITURE includes a Black Forest hall stand carved with a daddy bear and two baby bears. It’s 7ft or so high.  There’s a carved bear smoker’s stand, a Burmese carved plant stand and a carved hall table with a large marble top. We have the most fabulous Japanese cabinet of small drawers with carved decoration and inlay, and a bird cage of classical design with domed rooms.  We have a Heals dining suite the sideboard catalogued as art deco and another 60s suite by Archie Shine. From one source we have 6 buttoned leather dining chairs with arms.  Never used they are in bright red leather made in Italy.  The red theme goes on with a settee and desk chair.  From Sweden we have 4 stylish kitchen cupboards each in 2 sections with coloured glass doors.  How about this for different – a hardwood dining table with a plate glass top that frames an intricately carved antique Indian door still with its ironwork.  We have 2!!

GENERAL GOODS includes a Brompton folding cycle, almost new with helmet and 2 pumps.  There’s also a mountain bike, a modern scooter and a Bongo board with helmet.  Lots of cameras, and more televisions than you can shake a stick at.  A rocking horse for Christmas, an oak picnic box, as new, modern luggage….there seems to be a bit of everything.


Don’t forget the changes to our times and premium.  See you next week we hope.