I hope you are all well and remain so.
When I ran the Ealing auction room in the 70s we held 6 sales a month. Now we do one every five weeks and I can’t believe how fast it seems to arrive. Our last sale was a cracker with nearly every lot selling over the 10 hours and £26,000 our highest price for the day.
The most exciting thing to happen is receiving, from the collection of his assistant Anne Price, a fabulous Norman Hartnell embroidery sample from HRH Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation gown, we sold one a couple of years ago …… but this one is better. It’s framed with a signed inscription from Norman Hartnell on the back and annotated showing all the flora included in the design. We also have a signed copy of his book Silver and Gold with an inscription to Anne Price and a number of his company Christmas cards and other items including framed design illustrations.
Of particular interest we have taken in items with Anglo-Irish-Indian connections and relating to the Weldon family of Kilmoroney House, Co. Kildare.
This sale is smaller than the last but we still have a section of good vintage ENAMELLED SIGNS from one collection.
From a deceased estate a good collection of Georg Jensen JEWELLERY, mostly 1970s and later, perhaps 30 items, including several pendants, bracelets and a matching 18 ct gold necklace and bangle, set with diamonds. The remainder of her jewellery includes a Cartier tank watch in its box and lots of modern 925 silver jewellery. Another lady has just delivered her mother’s collection of Scottish jewellery. An Audemars Piguet, model Royal Oak man’s wrist watch in 18 ct gold and with its original box is the pride of the jewellery section which also includes diamond rings, cameos and a rare gold and enamelled American Masonic watch-chain pendant.
SILVER and PLATE includes an extensive silver table service, fiddle, shell and thread pattern.
GOOD FURS, including a Norman Hartnell mink jacket, and vintage designer clothing for both gents and ladies including Ben de Lisi and Mulberry.
PICTURES is a smaller section than usual, there are paintings, interesting antique prints, and other items in the sale with Anglo-Irish-Indian connections and relating to the Weldon family of Kilmoroney House, Co. Kildare. The painting section includes works by or attributed to Adam Buck, Thomas Richmond the younger, Jo. Lang, Clifton Tomson, A.W. Fowles, Michael Angelo Rooker, Daniel Clowes, William Sadler II, D. Carelli, and David Hamilton, and the Weldon family group of pictures includes an interesting pair of 18th century silkwork pictures depicting the story of Tippoo Saib and Lord Cornwallis, and early 19th century reverse glass painted portraits of the young Queen Victoria with Napoleon III and the Sultan of Turkey, and a pair of Victoria with Prince Albert and of Napoleon III with the Empress Eugenie.
The SHELVES are by no means full, but if you want a Bentley car cover and wool rugs – we have them. An interesting clearance has brought us an Empire ormulu athenienne amongst other period pieces including a fine white marble bust in the classical style. We have a taxidermy cased group of birds, a large early 20th century tiger skin with head and Roland Ward Ltd label, another tiger skin and a leopard skin, Meissen groups, a Wedgwood majolica fish service, Masonic items including an antique French apron panel in printed kid. Oriental items including a good large vase painted with carp by Makuzu Kozan, a good carriage clock with gong, walking sticks, a Royal Doulton British bulldog figure , etc.
GENERAL EFFECTS includes a large Parrot drone in its box looking little used, good hi-fi including Marantz, and a TGA Breeze S mobility scooter, probably never used.
FURNITURE is an interesting section and includes some good Regency pieces including an open bookcase with cut brasswork and lacquered pieces, an impressive 19th century mahogany partner’s desk of unusual formation, a Victorian scrap screen, a pair of Continental green-painted bed frames, a very long pine table , a reproduction table by Arthur Brett, an old Maples leather suite, other settees and much more.
Viewing is Wednesday 18th 1-7 pm. Our catalogue will be on our website from the Sunday before the sale. Online bidding is through UKAuctioneers.