27 JUNE 2019 Sale Information

Dear Friends,

Five weeks fly by and we have another sale for you.  This one is on the 27th June at the usual time of 11am with viewing the day before between 1pm and 7pm.

Getting a call four weeks ago to clear a large Regency rectory in Essex was very welcome.  It was a fine property in that classic style of four large ground-floor rooms separated by a front to back hall and  grand staircase with ancillary accommodation behind and a carriage house and stable yard.  What’s not to like.  A gracious six acre garden with haha and yew hedges, it got better every moment.  And then the big disappointment … every room was graciously furnished in Victorian brown furniture that, sadly, wouldn’t pay the cost of collection.  So we satisfied ourselves with a few smalls, pictures and a good lunch.

Other lovely calls included an old family recording studio in Finchley, a flat overlooking Regents Park and the local home of a long retired dealer.

We also have cleared the home of a retired BOAC pilot.  He made his final landing at 93 but for the last few years couldn’t stop spending on tools, hi-fi, vacuum cleaners and mowers to name just a few items.  They are still all boxed and unused.  He was a sailor so we have an inflatable boat and outboard motor.  His car is here to sell and will be a fine bargain.  Almost unused it’s a  Skoda Octavia four door automatic in silver.  Its registration number is FG64 YNP.

We start the sale, as ever, with PICTURES.  I guess about 100 lots that includes a provincial early 18th century portrait of a young girl with her spaniel, 30 x 25 ins,  a late 18th century oil on canvas landscape by a follower of Jan Both, 20 x 25 ins, an early 19th century seascape of a British warship and other shipping off Gibraltar, circle of Thomas Luny, 24 x 30 ins,  a charming illustration ‘Walking the Plank’ in watercolour, signed Harry Rountree, and another wonderful watercolour illustration of figures watering a rose, signed Annie French, 8 x 6.5 ins along with prints, engravings and much more, including works by or attributed to H. Allingham, James Arnold Martin, A. Rodin, Samuel Alken, Mathew James, Dione Page, Martin Hardie, A. Vestovi, Mari-Therese Ralli, William Russell Flint, E.W.H. West, etc.

All lots are illustrated with our catalogue from Sunday coming.

JEWELLERY is interesting and includes lots of costume jewellery, SILVER is thin, SILVER PLATE has been better but it does include a fine canteen for 12.

The SHELVES are full and as ever cover a full gamut of porcelain, pottery, glass, good clocks including a Regency bracket clock, weapons , musical instruments including a sitar, a tuba, banjo and violin. Also taxidermy including a cased ermine group, and birds.

COLLECTABLES are still to be catalogued but the section includes old and interesting Havana cigars, some in sealed boxes. COSTUME includes fur coats, handbags, hats including good top hats and bowlers, and military caps and uniforms, also pilot uniforms including BOAC, and a 19th century crewel work applied panel. We also have toys and games, including model vehicles and train sets, and boxes of RECORDS.

FURNITURE includes a pair of Victorian mahogany cabinet bookcases with open shelves on cupboard bases and a Victorian wide library bookcase above cupboards. From different homes we have a painted Edwardian open arm chair and a pair of Edwardian satinwood open arm chairs.  They each are pretty.  We have a Wellington chest, an 17th century oak coffer, a fine continental cabinet with gilt metal embellishments, good bookcases, a good Georgian style wing-back arm chair, cane-back dining chairs with Chinoiserie frames, a piano with painted panels by Henry John Yeend King, a large 19th century gilt wood mirror, patinated flower pots, and a large Vita mobility scooter and a Roma scooter for putting in the back of the car.