What great weather to get out and visit an auction. Ours is on the 2nd August at 11 am with viewing on Wednesday 1st from 1-7 pm, and on sale day from 9.30 am. Or … if you are by the pool, sign in to UKAuctioneers.com and bid online. Just don’t forget the clearance deadlines.
Time is running out on the ivory issue, so may I refer you to a note circulated by Kevin Page the respected oriental dealer in Camden Passage. He writes:
Many of you may have seen the petition created by Alastair Gibson to raise the ivory de minimis in the government’s new ivory ban. For those of you wishing to support this, it is worth mentioning that after the form filling online (please click here) you will be informed that your “online de-minimus petition vote” is not validated until you click a link that is generated and sent to you, via email. Only when this link is clicked, will your vote be counted.The Parliamentary Petition is a very easy way to add voices to the ivory cause without having your details published. This vote is open to any individual person with a UK post code and an email address. No matter how many members of your team there are, all can sign it online. Your vote is only a couple of clicks away!
As important is our auction next week. Are you a fisherperson? We have 40 lots of great FISHING reels and rods with some extras too. Look around lot 351 for rare Hardy reels including a Conquest, and Stanton, a Lawson 5″ ‘Waterworks” salmon fly reel and many more, plus rods and accessories.
Do you DRINK? Is the Pope a Catholic? We have about 80 lots of booze and it’s mainly vintage Champagnes with Krug leading in full and half bottles, closely followed by Dom Perignon, Bollinger, Mumm and Moet and the rest. Wines include half bottles of Gevry Chambertin 1967, Chateau La Rose Figeac 1971 Pomerol, Chateau Latour-Laguens 1999, Chateau Beychovelle 1970, and spirits includes bottles of Glenmorangie. Port including Porto Sonza 1982, a magnum in red of Bisol spumante to commemorate a fiftieth Ferrari celebration 1947-1997, limited edition in its original box. Predominantly it comes from two grand homes in North London.
This sale includes the contents of a long ago packed-up storage unit. It includes great decorative items , many continental including old swords – a Japanese Tanto, a Chinese short sword, an Indo Persian sword, two 18th century flintlock pistols, one inlaid with silver and possibly later work, carved religious figures, old pewter, old Swiss cow bells and their decorative sashes, large boar tusks, horns.
PICTURES includes a good section of antique maps by John Speed, Robert Morden, Theophilus Jones and T. Kitchen including many of Welsh counties, and works and prints by various artists including Toulouse-Lautrec, Rene Ovyn, Julia Hirst, William Greaves, Austin Osman Spare, Hayden Giffney, Terry Durham, Freda Bois, Alfred Montague, Henry Alken, C.V. Zollenberg, Emily Bar, Arthur Bevan Collier, Freda Marston, Horace Wright, etc. We have a most interesting 19th century sketch book containing a good orientalist watercolour , drawings and prints.
JEWELLERY AND VERTU includes diamond bracelets, a pendant diamond. a gold and carved jade bracelet, good rings, a French Paris 18 ct gold snuff box circa 1830, watches, and lots of costume jewellery.
SILVER AND PLATE includes a George lll 1803 silver tea set, a collection of photograph frames including a spectacular ‘Lohengrin’ frame embossed with a Wagnerian figure, also a pair of large contemporary bowls by Ane Christensen and small silver including a rare camel pincushion and several pig examples; plate includes cutlery, dishes and a large church candlestick.
THE SHELVES have 19th century Meissen, 18th century Derby bocage candlesticks, Vienna enamel tankards, a pair of Japanese cloisonne vases, a Meji period Japanese bronze figure supporting a gong, , early Minton and Spode tea sets, an old phrenological inkwell head marked Bridges, lots of glass, Devon blue and white, table lamps and figures, Chinese ceramics, samplers, a trumpet, two longcase clocks, good carriage clocks, an interesting Russian carved pine and embossed brass box, and much more.
BOOKS include those from Peter Scott, racing journalist mainly as ‘Hotspur’ for the Daily Telegraph, including those on racing and cricket, and a wide selection of children’s books. We also have signed first edition novels including Frederick Raphael and others from that era, and other first editions, and a small group on magic.
TOYS includes a wonderful Britains lead farm yard of around 90 pieces along with a tractor and roller and horse and cart in boxes. These were bought new by our 96 year old lady client and friend of mine who frequently joins me for a pint in the local. Otherwise we have a fine old Subbuteo collection, toys and games, die cast model vehicles, model trains, etc.
COLLECTABLES includes coins, medals, post and cigarette cards, a Titanic White Star Line scrap book including original postcards, and an official copy of the minutes of a meeting following the disaster, and an extensive archive of Victor Menzies, BBC director and producer, along with a selection of his films.
COSTUME is thin on the ground, but we have vintage clothing including a Lanvin jacket, Jean Muir, Caroline Charles and others, furs, Japanese embroidered panels and a four-fold screen with similar panels, etc.
Good ORIENTAL CARPETS.
FURNITURE includes a rosewood dining suite with CITES certificate, very smart giltwood chairs and settees, continental chests, a large circa 1900 carved Chinese centre table, large mirrors, a 19th century marquetry commode with fine gilt metalwork, an early carved oak coffer, modern coffee tables, an Ercol dining suite and settees in light oak, leather and fabric covered settees, and a fabulous brass mounted Arts and Crafts piano by Winkelmann of Braunschweig (see blog for picture)
As ever GENERAL GOODS includes hi-fi, a large (approximately 60 ins) Samsung smart television and others, X-Box night vision glasses, an Apple computer and other Apple items, white goods, a mower and strimmer, etc.
Don’t forget you can view all lots with photographs on our website www.bainbridgesauctions.com from the Sunday evening before the sale, and online bidding is with UKAuctioneers.com.