Title: 8th NOVEMBER 2012

Date Posted: October 3rd, 2012

In our sale on November 8th:

LOT 600 Est. £80,000–£120,000
An Important Chinese Gilt Bronze Figure of Amitayus, the Buddha of Infinite Life, Qing Dynasty, Kangxi Period, 35.5cm.
From a local English private collection, acquired prior to 1947

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Also in our November 8th sale:

LOT 599 Est. £40,000–£60,000

A Ming dynasty Yongle period blue and white ‘lotus bouquet’ saucerdish, finely painted with a ribbon-tied spray of lotus and other plants surrounded by a floral scroll below a wave border, the exterior with a band of scrolling lotus and other flowers between classic scroll and key-fret bands, all in a typical blue varying from pale to inky black, the unglazed base burnt a mottled orange, 31.1cm diameter approximately.
Labels:  reference 76; Nottingham Castle Museum loan HHL222.
Condition:  slight abrasion to interior, wear to rim, crack to rim.
明永乐年间青花莲花盘。直径约31.1厘米。状况:  内轻微擦伤,  口沿磨损及裂纹。



This is a ‘mustn’t miss’ auction with something for everyone including an American motorcar and definitely the best of the year so far.

It’s scheduled to coincide with Asian Art Week in London. Some months back an elderly local resident bought into us a bronze Buddha with a view to selling. We asked to hold onto it for research and discovered it was an important bronze from the 18th century, the figure of Amitayus, the Buddah of Infinite Life, Quing Dynasty, Kangxi period, 35.3cm Whilst it has a little damage to the decoration of one ear, it has a wonderful patina and much of the jewelled decoration is still present. It carries an estimate of £80,000-£120,000. Our delighted client is rather nervous! There are great pictures on the blog above along with 30 or so others including the second great lot for the ‘Chinese’ section – a Ming dynasty Yongle period blue and white bowl finely painted with a spray of lotus and other plants. It comes from the Harriman collection. That can be bought for half the bronze! The oriental section also includes some fabulous scent bottles, scrolls, netsuke, porcelain and a picture by Hiroshige. These lots will be sold between 4pm and 5pm approximately. Please check.

SPORTING MEMORABILIA is especially well represented, mainly cricketing items, from the collection of an MCC member of staff, with approx. 80 signed bats, 37 of them incl. international teams, from the 1960s on, incl. Stuart Sturridge bats and split and hinged stumps, signatures include Gatting, Border, Illingworth, Gavaskar, Miandad, Sobers, Richards, Greenidge, Boycott, Cowdray, Richardson, Marshall and Haynes. Other items include a 1995 tour jacket signed on a panel sewn inside by the West Indies team. There are signed golf clubs and bags.

The rest of the sale includes some great lots, for example a fabulous walnut-cased bracket clock by Desbois. It’s large at 2 ft tall and designed in the Gothic style with turrets. It plays on 8 bells and has been with the family since 1911. There are other clocks.  Lalique pieces include a wonderful large blue glass globe vase decorated with stars. In a similar vein there is a glass face mask table lamp in a lighting section that includes some great Art Deco examples.

WINES collected from a deep cellar and originally supplied to the vendor by Berry Bros include magnums of Dows port 1985, a full case of Chateau Cos D’Estournel 1988 and another of Recolte 1990, from Chateau Leoville, all unusually in magnums and of good levels.  There are other wines and spirits incl. Chateau Haut-Brion 1993 and Chateau Filhot 1925!

PORCELAIN, POTTERY, GLASS and other shelf items abound and every shelf is laden.We have one lady’s collection of approx. 200 items of Doulton pottery incl. pairs of vases and a large quantity of miniature items. We also have a collection of Lladro and Capo di Monte, Meissen, Denby, Old Country Roses, Imari, Waterford, a bisque porcelain figure of a lady and deer by C.B. Birch 1866, a large Mason’s meat plate, 2 pieces of Troika, 3 Lalique vases, Coalport figures, old and repro Toby jugs, 19th century Staffordshire flatbacks, old English and continental pewter incl. a menorah. Good table lights and leaded glass windows.

PAINTINGS is once again an interesting section with works by R.J. Scott, Joel Owen, Frank Brangwyn, Petr Alberti, Edward W. Waite, Lionel Edwards, D.A. Wallace, Mat Turner, Richard Wane, Albert Gyngell, Peter G. Power, C.H. Slater and Hiroshige.

SILVER & PLATE are well represented  incl. a pair of George III candlesticks, and JEWELLERY is a large general section.

COLLECTABLES include two important early Beatles photographs, each signed by all four Beatles for two sisters, the daughters of a former producer at Northern Songs, also old tools, a miniature chest of 6 drawers with dentist’s samples, a 1970s Rowe AM1 juke box, a Bakelite record player by Columbia, cigarette cards, good fishing equipment, incl. two full Hardy fly tins, reels and split-cane rods, a good bronze of elephants, boxes, one in tortoiseshell, a 19th century French papier-mache bulldog with original collar and growler, on castors, ivory chessmen, First World War medals, military helmets, silver and mother of pearl card cases, one in carved olive wood, postcards, stamps incl. a Victorian Penny Black, ML and 4 margins, a huge collection of pre-1947 silver coinage, good film ephemera, good records, incl. 60s-80s rock and pop, punk and heavy metal, early model railway incl. tin-plate, Mamod and Dinky, Scalextric, Fisher-Price, Action Men and Barbie, and a mounted bull’s head. Also Yves St Laurent Jewel powder compacts, a collection of metal soldiers, motoring ephemera, an early Pirelli calendar and ashtrays, Shuco model of a Lotus racing car, BOAC and Concorde memorabilia. There is a large quantity of costume incl. 2 good minks and other furs, 2 hats by David Shilling, designer and skin handbags, shoes, etc. BOOKS is a large section incl. a library on war and warfare, also books on art, and ‘Knipe’s Geological Map of the British Isles’, 2nd edn, in 4 vols., in original box.

FURNITURE includes a good mahogany kneehole desk, a George III bow-fronted chest with slide, 2 Victorian walnut Davenports, a waterfall bookcase, a good inlaid chair set, joined stools, a fine Victorian chaise longue, an inlaid walnut small credenza, an Edwardian painted display cabinet, period oak and mahogany tables, good repro oak, a continental pine display cabinet, a Heals dining room suite, Stag furniture, an old screen, modern settees in white and black leather, a charming inlaid Art Nouveau corner cupboard, a continental iron day bed, along with GENERAL EFFECTS incl. a Samsung silver fridge-freezer with ice-maker, a Smeg fridge, washing machines, pots and plants, a Confidence running machine, an as-new shower unit in sections, styled as an independent shower room incorporating a seat, the frame of a horse-drawn cart, and tools incl. an Echo chainsaw and a Honda mower.


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