Archive for April, 2016

Title: 26th MAY 2016

Date Posted: Friday, April 22nd, 2016

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Title: 21st APRIL 2016 Sale Information

Date Posted: Friday, April 15th, 2016

Dear friends,

Well, the bride looked a picture, the wedding went perfectly, we danced the night away and Will and Sophie are now back at work.
It does mean that my attention has been somewhat off the ball, partly explaining the delay in sending this missive, however we do have a sale approaching on next Thursday the 21st April starting at 11am with viewing the day before between 1-7pm, and it has an alcohol licence.

It’s certainly smaller than the last sale which had one or two surprises including £42,000 for a pair of very damaged Chinese Tulipieres offered with a very modest estimate, and a lot of cigars which were rejected as fakes.  I’m still learning!

Remember our catalogue on-line includes a photograph of every lot and you can bid on-line via but you do need to register first

So what’s on offer on the 21st?  Certainly it’s a first in that we have some silver by Paul Storr- see SILVER.  We have accepted a great collection of Doulton stoneware pots due to a property move and we cleared two store rooms of 200 boxes that the family no longer wished to pay storage for.  They are full of tea ware, Victorian and later along with lots of Victorian and later coloured glass.  The shelves plus extra shelves are full and we only opened 50% of the boxes. There is every conceivable make of tea ware represented, mainly English. The sale includes a number of other property clearances.  A clearance from a property in W14 has provided a Charles I oak press cupboard, a good 18th century bureau and a chest on stand.  (Coming from there for the May sale are two harpsichords by William Dowd and some great books including three volumes of Royal Residences by Pyne 1819.)

PICTURES in this sale include a good original pair of prints in maple frames drawn by I Shaw of the Liverpool to Manchester Railway showing the classes of travel, a large 19th century portrait of Mr Swait in a gilt frame – he of Swaits Estate Agents of Ealing, now sadly no more.  Good frames are always useful and we have a very good early 18th century example in carved giltwood currently framing a period oil on panel of a hurdy-gurdy player, 14 x 11 ins. Other artists include William Fowler,  Linda Kinsella, C.G. Johnson, W. Parrot, Howard G. Stormont, Fleur Cowles, J. Greenwell, Archibald Thorburn signed prints, Warwick Higgs, Edward K. Redmore, Kit Lewis, George Harris, Anthony Rickards, G. M. Avondale, Winton Aldridge, John Worsdale, Caryl J. Mann, Minnie Wills, Ralph Herring, J. Giordano, Cherryl Angela Fountain, Terence Cuneo, Justin Tew, Riccione, Bob Richardson, Louis Whirter and Sydney Foley etc.

We have a good selection of SILVER having cleared a deposit box from London solicitors which included the remnants of a service by Paul Storr.  All that remains are two meat skewers and a substantial mustard pot and two spoons but, hey, who’s complaining!  Otherwise there is a fine later decorated Queen Anne tankard, a set of three early George ll butter shells of good weight London 1733, other Georgian silver including salvers and sauce boats, a good set of cased berry spoons, tea sets, candlesticks and the usual charming small items including a fine silver cigarette case and the biggest cigarette/cigar box I’ve handled. There’s a Norwegian 830 table service of ornate design and a Dutch life-size cock with a limp amongst the 80 plus lots!  Don’t miss it.  There is lots of silver plate.

JEWELLERY is represented in approximately 30 lots and includes diamond and gemstone rings, gold and other wrist watches and a lovely Victorian moonstone necklace, and art objects with old carved ivories.

The COLLECTOR shelves are full and include some spectacular stamp collections, one includes a number of Stanley Gibbons albums carefully mounted with Queen Elizabeth mint stamps with a face value of between £3 and £6 a page.  Another vendor has an album of Nazi postal history.  There are penny blacks and good early UK stamps.  Two envelopes are salvaged from the wreck of the SS Empress of Ireland,  we have two early stick telephones, football programmes and tickets, autographs, photographs, postcards, very early copies of The Radio Times, old stereoscopic cards and viewer,  etc.

The SHELVES include a fascinating collection of old Chinese embroidery, including costume elements and possibly book covers.  On the Chinese front we also have a well-executed scroll painting of large size of two confronting dragons and we have a large collection of Chinese art reference books.  In PORCELAIN, POTTERY AND GLASS we have a very lovely Royal Lancastrian vase in lustre decorated with fish by William S Mycock, 8.1 ins, that looks good next to the Fairyland lustre Candlemas Malfrey  jar and cover of similar size by Wedgwood.  The collection of Doulton stoneware includes pieces by George Tinworth and Florence Barlow.  They share the shelves with a Royal Crown Derby tea service in Vine Cobalt pattern, a group of figures by Hummel and Doulton, a Tudric pewter tobacco pot and lid by Archibald Knox, a modern large and fine cloisonné pot, two Hermes scarves, a probably late 19th century Chinese picture book, a sealed box of Cuban cigars by Romeo and Julieta, a Clarice Cliff coffee service in Sunrise pattern, clocks and barometers.   We have an interesting collection of weapons that include a Japanese yari spear the shaft inlaid with mother of pearl, a very impressive Balkan 19th century musket mounted in white metal, a French bayonet, two assegai and another similar spear,  a native bow and two quivers of arrows and an early percussion shotgun and a WWI trench periscope by James W Lees and Co, Manchester, with leather-covered shaft.

WINES including good clarets including Chateau Margaux 1981, Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1967 with Olympic themed label designed by Cesar, two bottles of Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1977, each with a label commemorating a visit by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, a  bottle of Chateau Lafite-Rothschild 1968, a bottle of Chateau Latour 1970,  Chateau Gruaud-Larose 1974, Chateaux Rausan-Segla 1967, Nenin 1970, two bottles, Lapelletrie 1979, Ducru-Beaucaillou 1973, and De la Riviere 1979, also four bottles of vintage port: Croft 1966, 1963, and two Taylors 1975, a bottle of D’Olieveiras Madeira 1968, a bottle of Dom Perignon 1993 and a 6 litre bottle of Veuve Cliquot Ponsardin Champagne along with numerous other chateau bottles and table wines and spirits.

COSTUME includes racks of clothes including good furs, an embroidered Chinese Qing dynasty cloud collar and a particularly fine modern bead-work jacket .   BOOKS AND RECORDS.  A silk ORIENTAL CARPET and other carpets.

FURNITURE is thin on the ground with only 80 lots enabling an ease of access rarely experienced.  It includes a fabulous 1960s rosewood sideboard and dining table designed by Robert Heritage for Archie Shine and a Heals 2-seater settee and chair in teak by Arne Vodder for Cado Sofa.  Antiques include a Charles I press in oak, a good George lll mahogany bureau between quarter columns, a Victorian whatnot, a Victorian bed frame, a set of 6 Victorian balloon back chairs, a large pair of wing-back chairs on carved cabriole legs, a mahogany desk.

GENERAL EFFECTS include a very fast electric buggy (£150-£250) garden ornaments, tools, lighting, modern pine, etc.

We look forward to meeting you once again.

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Title: 21st APRIL 2016 Images

Date Posted: Sunday, April 3rd, 2016

Images of some of the items in our April sale: