17th FEBRUARY 2011

A fine large chrysanthemum bowl, with six-character Qianlong seal mark to the base and of the period, the rounded sides with gently outscrolled rim painted in Ming style in bright underglaze blue with simulated ‘heaping and piling’, with scrolling chrysanthemum tendrils interrupted by six flowerheads enclosing ‘ji’ good luck characters, a wave border to the short splayed foot, a further flowerhead to the interior, 9.65 ins (24.4 cms) diameter. Provenance: A 19th century Dutch Family Collection. – Dirk de Graeff van Polsbroek, a Dutchman with the Continue reading →

17th FEBRUARY 2011

An Auction of Chinese Ceramics, Antiques and General Effects on Thursday 17th February 2011 at 11am View Wednesday 16th 1-7pm, saleday from 9.30am (Tune into the blog in 10 days time- we have a fabulous discovery to announce) Still happily inundated with enquiries from across the world following the Chinese vase auction, we have filtered through about 600 emails and selected two wonderful items, one from the UK and, from Holland, we have accepted a fine large chrysanthemum bowl, with six-character Qianlong seal mark to Continue reading →

9th December 2010

Our sale dates for 2011 are as follows: Feb 17 March 24 April 28 June 2 July7 Aug 11 Sept 29 Nov 3 Dec 8 Sale dates will be confirmed on the answerphone the week prior to the auction.

11th NOVEMBER 2010

In writing to preview our next auction on the 11th November, I can’t easily explain the excitement that is building up here in Ruislip.  In the normal course of our business and from a local house clearance we have received generous instructions to offer what must be one of the most important Chinese vases to be offered for sale this century.  Please check out further down our blog for a fabulous series of photographs of the vase, along with a full catalogue description. The vase, Continue reading →

30th SEPTEMBER 2010

Reference 30th September auction. It’s early days and accounts for the 12th July sale are just going out, however space is filling up fast for our next auction.  We have a particularly good jewellery section with a fabulous sapphire and diamond ring, matching bracelet on white gold and a clover leaf brooch.  Another fine ring has a huge ruby flanked by D-shaped diamond shoulders.  It was bought at Garrards.  From another estate is a large jewellery entry. We are doing a massive mailing on the Continue reading →

12th August 2010

AN AUCTION OF ANTIQUES AND GENERAL EFFECTS Including an 18th century cannon retrieved from the Thames ON THURSDAY 12TH AUGUST 2010 AT 11AM VIEWING WEDNESDAY 11TH AUGUST 1-7PM SALEDAY FROM 9.30AM Photographs of many of our lots are also on the Blog Last week I was auctioning a boat trip down the Thames with champagne and canapés, a lot in a small charity auction that Barrett and Thompson, the solicitors of Slough, were holding in their offices on behalf of Marie Curie Cancer Care with Continue reading →

1st JULY 2010

Fantastic news …… Police catch robber/thief/low-life If you witnessed the gentleman being taken away in hand-cuffs during viewing for the last sale, he was innocent of all charges.  However, he had given a lift the sale before to Mr N Birnie who (it is alleged!) nicked one of our lots, a Churchill signed letter.  Mr Birnie, who starred in one of our CCTV clips, was duly visited and found to have the stolen item with him. Fair cop I’d say!  Our congratulations to the police Continue reading →

1st JULY 2010

Sale on Thursday 1st July 2010 at 11am Viewing Wednesday 30th June 1-7pm A ‘phone call the other day following a recommendation asked if, around September, we could clear a large house in Highgate. However, to clear a little working space could I collect some clothing. We will be offering, on the 1st July, fashion by Yves St Laurent, Ferragamo, Dolce and Gabbana,and Armani, with shoes by Jimmy Choo, Chanel and Yves St Laurent.  Ladies, polish up the credit cards!! Other instructions include a group Continue reading →