19 APRIL 2018 Sale Information

Dear friends,


Important things first.  Sad to report, Martin won’t be with us this sale selling catalogues and tinkling the ivories.  He is at his wife’s bedside.  She is currently unconscious.  Our thoughts are with him.

This sale doesn’t come up to the quality of the last, but it will still offer you a choice of 800 plus lots that, as ever, are fresh to the market and covers all the usual subjects and also includes WHISKY AND WINES.

One of the homes we have cleared was a spectacular mansion on the Moor Park estate.  Extremely stylish and very expensively decorated, if not quite todays taste. we bring you a taste of the glamour with her circular dining table able to accommodate the 14 arm chairs we have here in the saleroom. * at the bottom I have added a small taste of the life Rena and William shared.

PICTURES are in 100 lots and include C. Tatton-Winter, Fred Millard, John Wells, Leonard Bennetts, Sidney Robert Nolan, Alberto Vargas, Peter Sloski, Burt Proctor, James Longueville, G. Wilson, W. Davies, Rex Flood, William Russell Flint, Raphael Kirchner, Robert Buhler, Peter De Wint, David Cox, Samuel David Colkett.

JEWELLERY and SILVER are both small sections, each with under 50 lots,  ART OBJECTS includes an extensive collection of table seals, a George medal, good fountain pens.  There are bundles of costume jewellery and watches.

The COLLECTOR shelves are full and include many more lots of the sealed DVD box sets as well as the usual ephemera, stamps, coins, post and cigarette cards.  We have toys, including mechanical, dolls and teddy bears and we have RECORDS and BOOKS including a large lot on cricket.

FASHION includes furs, handbags, hats including Philip Somerville, a very stylish skirt suit by Christian Lacroix and good designer clothing including  Escada, Louis Feraud and Jaeger.

On the ground floor the SHELVES are full including one man’s extensive collection of Beswick animals and Goebels birds. We have very good GLASS including a large pair of Baccarat decanters, the usual choice of dinner and tea services, an interesting collection of old confectionery moulds, old kitchen equipment including a tinplate nutmeg grater, a collection of money boxes, a collection of old figural napkin rings, and a shield in oak and copper from the Foudroyant, the frame carved with Union flowers by C Strapps and dated 1911 . We also have a rare collection of 38 Friendly Society brass staff heads, mounted on boards.   The front shelves include some fine Doulton including 4 ornate flasks for Whisky, Rum, Brandy and Bitters and a very large vase by Florence Barlow typically painted with geese. Also good ceiling lights and a lot of Eastern and Oriental RUGS.

The FURNITURE includes an early Victorian desk , ebonised and with brass inlay on an unusual ebonised and parcel gilt wooden base comprising four arches on an X- stand.  We have a good 19th century linen chest, a 19th century large medical cabinet, an Art Deco bleached walnut dining suite, a Danish teak dining table and eight chairs, a round dining table to seat 12, a Danish 1970s revolving leather arm chair, and a huge 1970s Diplomat sofa in original rainbow velvet covers with manufacturer’s label for HK Furniture.




View Wednesday 18th 1-7pm and sale day from 9.30am

See you there.

*Rena Gannon Old was an icon of her time.  Her early married life was in the glamour and excitement of Beverly Hills from the 1950s to the 1970s.

It was here that she began a lifetime’s involvement of charity work performing with the famous Footlighters troupe.   Among many other good works the culmination of each year for the troupe was a full Hollywood style revue and gala, replete with singing, dancing and all of the associated razz’ma’tazz! Rena was always at the forefront of this.

After leaving California behind Rena and her husband William Old, a well-known builder and entrepreneur, set up home in the prestigious Moor Park area of Northwood. Here they were at the centre of the social scene both in their own home, at the Ritz and at the beautiful Moor Park Golf Club.

Rena’s style and lifestyle were extravagant in the extreme and not often matched.