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Title: 5th NOVEMBER 2015 Sale Information

Date Posted: Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Our upcoming sale is Thursday 5th November at 11am, with viewing on Wednesday 4th 1-7pm or 9.30-11am on sale day.

It was during my summer vacation that I managed two days in Barcelona and spent hours enjoying Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia Basilica. One of the memorable items was the controversial sculpture for the Passion Facade by the sculptor Josep Maria Subirachs (1927-2014). In this coming sale, on bonfire night, we are pleased to be able to offer fourteen original drawings by Subirachs, all of which illustrate his angular style. They are each in matching modern frames and will be offered in twos, threes and one set of four.

Among the other famous artists represented we have an oil on canvas by Hans-Peter Zimmer (1936-1992). It depicts The Magi and in German is entitled ‘Die Anbetung der Heiligen Drei Könige’. Other artists among the 80 lots in the PICTURES section incude Josep Maria Subirachs, Teresa Narduzzo, Reginald Gammon, John Elwyn, Thirza Kotzen, J.C. Nachenius, W. Russell Flint, Donald Plenderleith, Henri Josef Pauwels, Jenny Wheatley, John Edwards, Hans Peter Zimmer, Ampigli, David Wishaw, Mary Dipnell, Ted Dyer, Kathleen Wigglesworth, etc.

SILVER AND PLATE include a three-piece bachelor’s coffee set, fruit baskets, cups, condiments, a Persian bowl on raised foot, a substantial columnar lamp base, trays, cutlery, seven modern unused cutlery boxes. JEWELLERY includes costume jewellery including a large quantity from Butler & Wilson South Molton Street London, much of it diamante.

ART OBJECTS including portrait miniatures. We are pleased to have been instructed to sell a gentleman’s collection of seven sets of proof COINS from the Royal Mint in fitted boxes, these include ‘The Golden Jubilee Collection’ comprising 24 silver coins from 12 Commonwealth countries, 22 weighing 28.28 gms each and 2 weighing 31.15 gms, contained in a wooden casket with face values of £5 and up to $10, ‘The History of Powered Flight’ with 13 silver proof coins each weighing 31.10 gms of fine silver, each with a face value of $25, a 2009 UK silver proof coin set of 12 coins comprising special commemorative issues of the year with the range of definitive coins, a UK 2006 Piedfort Collection of 6 sterling silver and gold-plated coins including the Queen’s 80th Birthday Piedfort Crown, two 2008 UK coinage including Emblems of Britain and Royal Shield of Arms, both silver proof collections, a 25th Anniversary silver proof collection of 14 £1 coins, designed by Edwina Ellis in a fitted case, and a set of 19 silver £5 coins commemorating ‘The History of Steam’ in a wooden casket. A small collection of jewellery and scarf boxes from Hermes, Cartier, Asprey, Tiffany & Co, an extensive collection of 54 sets of cigarette cards and loose cards, with list. Medals with appropriate photographs, an original Johnson Riddle & Co printed poster ‘See Canada and USA Through Canadian National Railways’, other posters, old postcards, first day covers, a collection of old theatre programmes from the 1950s, including Garrick Theatre and the local Watford Palace Theatre.

SHELF ITEMS include a Jaeger-LeCoultre Atmos CLOCK in a brass case with blue and grey marbled face, circa 1970, an ornate and large gilt ormolu French mantel clock with porcelain numerals, a Victorian mercury pendulum four-glass mantel clock, other ornate mantel clocks including a trio in onyx and gilt metal, an 18th century mahogany longcase clock, the painted dial marked JG Allen of Guernsey, a stick barometer, an elephant’s foot stick stand of good patina, a Continental burr walnut and brass inlaid liquor box, other old boxes including a tantalus, a silver-topped cane and shooting stick, a Victorian single lens microscope, a restored old Dunhill lighter. PORCELAIN, POTTERY AND GLASS including Denby Green Wheat dinner ware by A College, Paragon Michelle tea ware, a fine and extensive Spode Fleur de Lys gold dinner and tea service with large tureens, Royal Grafton Malvern tea ware, Wood & Son and Hornsea dinner and tea wares, A Wilkinson Ltd paisley-patterned dinner service. An extensive collection of cut and moulded glass including large fruit bowls, a coloured glass collection, a group of 19th century terracotta wall tiles painted with fruit. Signed Moorcroft, a Clarice Cliff Bizarre bowl, a Japanese tea set, a large Royal Dux figure, Victorian Worcester, Lladro, five pieces of Martin Brothers pottery including a small gourd vase and two floral vases, a fine Victorian wall light with cranberry glass shade, a large entry of 19th century tavern glasses and rummers, two epergnes, an Hermes decorative plate, ivory chess pieces, a large carved eagle.

An extensive collection of BOOKS including a first edition ‘Rome’ signed by Emile Zola and a first edition ‘En balade’ signed by Gyp, a first edition of ‘The Man With the Golden Gun’ and first edition Ernest Hemingway ‘A Moveable Feast’ with dust cover, an extensive collection of books on London including ‘Old and New London’ by Cassel, ‘Making of London’ by Green, ‘London’ Vols 1-4 by Charles Knight, and military books including ‘History of Corps of Royal Engineers’ in 10 volumes, ‘Indian Campaigns and Stories’, ‘Indian Army Uniform’ by Carmen in 2 vols, etc., books on Freemasonry and Masonic sashes, old brass scales, old dolls. Other toys include a Skybirds motorcycle despatch rider, machine gun and crew, total 5 pieces in original box priced 8d, A Lego Mindstorms robotics set and, just delivered, a quantity of lead soldiers and farmyard animals, old tinplate toys, and in it’s original bottle and case from A. Nelson & Co Homeopathic Pharmacy 73 Duke Street London W1, a bottle of pills prepared for HRH The Princess Elizabeth 17.11.48, and a charming miniature Common Prayer book with hallmarked silver corners, a bronze plaque by C E Barber to commemorate the World’s Columbian Exposition, in commemoration of 400 years of the landing of Columbus, in original metal box, a Mycalex & Tim bus ticket dispenser, a black plastic telephone handset in a brown Bakelite field case with carry strap, old fishing rods, a pet carry cage, etc.

Oriental and other CARPETS.

COSTUME includes FUR coats, handbags, vintage and modern designer clothing including Jean Muir, Sportmax, Sonia Rykiel, Oscar de la Renta robes, etc.

FURNITURE to include a fine quality reproduction mahogany library bookcase by Martin J Dodge Ltd, a serpentine mirror-top dressing table, a carved Chinese cabinet, garden benches, a 19th century buffet, an elaborate Victorian mahogany and satinwood display sideboard, a reproduction Continental commode, an elegant armoire in faux bamboo, a good quality Victorian library bookcase with bobbin-turned frieze. From a 200 year old undertaker’s business in London town, now closing, lots of mahogany furniture including a huge mahogany 19th century unit of six very large and deep drawers with brass and ebonised handles, a carved oak hall seat, linen press, ready for Christmas a good Riley dining-come-snooker table in restored condition with cues and balls, a good quality Victorian burr walnut knee-hole desk and three other knee-hole office desks, one a partner’s desk, Victorian and Georgian style chair sets, a large leather settee, a bamboo and ‘canework’ conservatory suite, a fine late Victorian bedroom suite on carved claw and ball feet, four modern chairs by Arne Jacobsen, a Victorian bow-fronted walnut pier cabinet, a pair of French small display cabinets, a fine Victorian chaise longue with wonderful green buttoned upholstery, a walnut dining room suite, a Victorian walnut pedestal dining table, a Globe Wernicke four-section bookcase, a Victorian hall stand, a pair of bergere armchairs, a Victorian carved corner chair, a walnut chest on stand, a good quality figured walnut dining room suite, possibly by Epstein, comprising table, six chairs, sideboard and serving table, a matching cocktail cabinet and a nest of tables, a collection of approximately 20 mirrors, old and modern, etc.

Also a huge carved granite Celtic cross and base stone (a four-man lift job), a Victorian spiral iron staircase of 10 ornate steps, manufactured by Hayward Brothers of Union Street Borough London, and a carved marble sculpture of a winged angel with hands clasped in prayer.

Our December sale will have a liquor license and we are already in possession of fine Champagnes and wines.

The catalogue can be viewed from the Sunday before the sale at and images of some of the items are on the Blog – scroll down below the text. Online bidding is available through UkAuctioneers.

Title: 1st OCTOBER 2015 Sale Information

Date Posted: Monday, September 21st, 2015

BRIAN SEWELL, art critic, has died.  It’s always sad to lose a friend and Brian was certainly a friend of Bainbridges. It was in the 1980s that we received instructions to sell a collection of signed engravings by Augustus John.  I had no idea how to catalogue them or of their values and, taken by this eccentric critic, I made contact and asked if he could help.  He did so without ceremony and catalogued the collection simply with reference to the catalogue raisonne.  He said we would do well, and we did, attaining record prices.  Little did I know that he had cleared the studio of the artist and had intimate knowledge of his works.  He assisted on many valuations and it seems only weeks ago that I was with him in his orangery; he was very ill but, wrapped up in his worn woollen dressing gown and inevitable scarf, he excitedly lectured me on the work of Gainsborough.  He was the first person to see a drawing that I hoped he would confirm might be right.  He was very excited by it.  His gentle kindnesses were constant, his enthusiasm catching and his humour often naughty.  Jane and I shall certainly miss him.

OUR NEXT AUCTION is on the 1st October starting at 11am.  Viewing is on Wednesday 30th September from 1pm to 7pm and on sale day from 9.30am.  It includes E.H. Shepard drawings, previously unseen, and 12 items of Martin ware (of Southall).

Every auction has an exciting story and this sale is no exception.  Following on from the thrill of selling the Marklin tinplate railway station for £5,200, plus premium, after red-hot bidding, the elderly vendor has returned with his W. Britain and other model soldiers, painted lead model castle profiles and 15 Roman lead soldiers, a never played with model of ‘Doc’ No 1660 by Chad Valley, boxed, W. Britain lead Swiss soldiers, a W. Britain Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in original box and old games, one a precursor of Scrabble, circa 1880, called Fields American Game of Word Making, comprising a mahogany box with 6 half-inch bone tablets for each letter of the alphabet  –  all present and correct and with period handwritten players’ instructions.  It’s delightful.  Other TOYS include a Schuco Examico 4001 model BMW with changing gears and an M. Hoffner Echo mouth organ with original box.  We have old model railways, Bayko No 2 sets and a Meccano No 9 set. An extensive collection of Match Box, Corgi and Super Kings toy vehicles still in original blister packs.

But that’s not the excitement I mentioned.  In visiting a local home to inspect a few charming and miscellaneous china items, I thought I had finished when the client drew my attention to an autograph album.  Typical of many on first inspection, with poems, humour and autographs, I opened it to find drawings of Winnie-The-Pooh and Mr Punch.  ‘Quite easy to copy, as most versions are copies,’ I duly commented.  ‘Not in this case, Mr Bainbridge’ I was told.  ‘E.H. Shepard’s wife was godmother to my wife and this, along with two others, are original and signed.’   That took my breath away and the album comes with letters and a signed watercolour of flowers by Shepard. Photographs are on the blog.

Because of the ‘summer’ break, if summer is what it can be called, this sale is large.  PICTURES cover the walls and artists’ names include Ernest H. Shepard, Jenny Wheatley, Osmund Caine, Steven Scholes, Salvador Dali, Elly Cohen-Hofman, Alvar, Ronald Maddox, Bob ten Hoope, W. Russell Flint, Marcel Catelein, L.S. Lowry, P. Walte, Henry Simpson, Farioli, Gerald Ackermann, Ian Houston, John Henson, Edgar Degas, Ron Folland, G. Romano, A. Gerhart, P. MacGregor Wilson, Wynn Hughes Pullen, Thirza Kotzen, Michel F. Overbeeke, Ian Houston, Bartolozzi, Cecil Aldin, etc. We have two very large figural bronzes dated 1962 and 1974.

SILVER AND PLATE includes a fine cased 8-piece dressing table set from F. Lansdown of Jermyn St SW., a heavy silver and glass cruet and a tortoiseshell page turner styled as an Arab short sword with silver handle and a fabulous silver and blue enamel photograph frame.

JEWELLERY has 25 lots but includes some large diamonds and a fabulous quality gold locket, also a large collection of jewel and silver presentation boxes and, from a retired diamond dealer, loops and a diamond scoop.  ART OBJECTS includes portrait miniatures by Samuel Shelley and Adam Buck, old fountain pens and biros including Mont Blanc and Sheaffer, a wonderful two part worked silver buckle in silver, possibly Indian, in a fitted case from E. Taburet, Paris, the lid with initials BP below a crown.  Medals include a group of 7 including the 39-45, Atlantic, Africa, Burma and Italy stars. There is a photograph album of circa 1938 including military and another titled HMS Wellington 1937-40.

COLLECTABLES include a good collection of old mainly American magazines on the cinema and film stars including Elvis, an extensive collection in albums of press cuttings, the property of the late Evelyn Laye, including a personal photograph album with photographs of her with Noel Coward, and a personal signed note from him to her, a 19th century brass fireman’s helmet, a First World War periscope, a pocket barometer, old fishing equipment, an electrotype 3D plaque of a boy on an elephant, a three drawer telescope dated 1916 by J.H. Dallmer, London, a Webley air pistol, old stamps, post and cigarette cards, a metal doll’s bed and bird cage, an early 20th century delivery boy’s bicycle, Brentford football programmes, first day covers, a South African air force pilot’s log 2943, toys, a collection of crib boards, ebonised dressing table items, a pair of novelty leg corkscrews, a Dansette record player in turquoise fabric cover almost unused, and much more.

The shelves are chock-a-block.  SHELF ITEMS include a collection of 12 items of the rare Martin Brothers of Southall pottery, PORCELAIN, POTTERY AND GLASS including good cut and moulded glass including Waterford and antique glass, opaque twist and spiral air-twist wine glasses, a Littala cylindrical glass vase by Talio Wirkkala, early Delft plates, a Clarice Cliff wall mask, two ancient pairs of child’s shoes, Doulton figures, Crown Derby miniatures, a Meissen tea service, framed butterflies and moths, old and modern Moorcroft including signed pieces, lots of Doulton including a 24″ high vase, art pottery, old copper and brass, a lovely opaline glass oil lamp, Royal Albert Old Country Roses tea and dinner wares, Wedgwood tea wares, three large Worcester tureens, Shelley, Belleek, oriental wares.

CLOCKS include a charming 19th century mantel clock, the French chiming movement dated 1865 within a charming Chinese porcelain roundel , 7.5 ins diameter, painted with birds and flowers on a silver stand with articulated floral embellishments – it’s absolutely charming. We also have a mahogany mantel clock, the dial marked Sir John Bennett, Paris, an oak long-case clock marked Deacon Barton and a good quality William IV mahogany stick barometer and another barometer.

VINTAGE CLOTHING is an extensive section and includes designer handbags.  ORIENTAL RUGS.

FURNITURE is a full section. We visited a fabulous house in Stanmore that was furnished with top quality reproductions by Martin J Dodge Ltd, and we are selling a large pair of serving tables on fluted supports in mahogany with rosewood edge decoration.  There is also a classical breakfront display cabinet, 5ft, and a sideboard – all as new.  Otherwise there is a Regency chiffonier, a William IV sideboard, a 19th century armoire in bamboo-effect church pine, a very long refectory table with a one piece 2″ top, a 19th century secretaire bookcase, Globe Wernicke bookcases, an 18th century chest on chest, 4 pedestal desks, a large 1940s bedroom suite, an Ercol light wood dining table and chairs with carved swan backs, an Ercol Gothic settee frame with side chairs, modern settee, good garden furniture, a modern black lacquer table and chairs, a very expensive plate glass desk, possibly Italian, a good Edwardian inlaid triple wardrobe and matching chest, and so much more including a Heals 1960s dining table, chairs, sideboard and matching desk.

GENERAL EFFECTS include a 2002 Vauxhall Astra motor car, a B&O television on motorised base, a B&O hifi, stacks of CDs – music and a large group perhaps associated with an external history degree, garden ornaments, Technics hifi, long curtains, mirrors, a modern flat-screen TV, a stainless steel fridge-freezer.

Title: 6th AUGUST 2015 Sale Information

Date Posted: Sunday, July 26th, 2015

Dear Friend,
The next sale is approaching and is on the 6th August starting at 11 a.m.  But before we speak of that, a moment’s reflection on the success of the last sale when two members of the international art trade fought it out on the phone to pay £60,000 for our rediscovered Gainsborough drawing!  Our thanks to Dr Stainton and Brian Sewell for their brilliant combined cataloguing.

Secondly I must reflect on the resignation of BRIDGET GORMAN who for 40 years has been right there with me from the start when we had our first sale held in an Ealing house with approximately 120 lots.  We sorted and lotted it together, provided security at the viewing and then, with me sitting on the dining table selling, she would handle the clerking and take the money whilst I portered the goods, post sale.  She was with me when we held our jewellery  auctions off Bond St W1, sold telephone boxes in Rainham, Essex, and boats on the Thames and then, in the Great Barn, in Ruislip, working into the early hours on a Remington typewriter and for the last 20 years here in our purpose-built saleroom.  Her children attended as 7- and 8-year- olds and they are now high-flyers from Cambridge University and the like – and still well behaved!   Good luck Bridget and Ray, thanks a million and have fun.

The most wonderful lot in this sale is undoubtably the TINPLATE STATION BY MARKLIN.  The brightly painted twin towers each  a galleried pitched roof flanking an onion-shaped tower between.  Flags fly.  It was bought new by the eldely vendor’s father who was Swiss, circa 1902.
I had a similar enthusiasm for one one of the finest Victorian worked-glass claret jugs I have seen, mounted in silver gilt.  It comes in its own case and it came to us from a Gerrards Cross  flat full of charming objects, porcelain, and gilt-rimmed  wine glasses.  From there also came a good collection of fountain pens including Mont Blanc, wonderful furs, and expensive skin handbags.

FASHION  plays a big part in this sale as two other homes were full of interesting clothing and accesories.  All to be sold.  One elderly vendor was a ‘nippy’ in a Lyons Corner House and we have her starched aprons and hairband. It includes an Ossie Clark dress, print by Celia Birtwell.

Otherwise, this is the biggest sale of PICTURES we have had and besides two signed Picasso prints and another by Dali we have the following artists represented: Norman Hirst, H. Earp, Gerald Mynott, George Chambers, Montague Dawson, K.W. Burton, Max Weber, Brian Bartholomew, A. Schönberger, Lester Sutcliffe, Copley Fielding, John Chalkley, W. Scarlett Hatton, Mervyn Mynott, Feliks Topolski, B. Ronin, Béla Kádár, Nicolas Briganti, Radcliffe W. Radcliffe, Alyson Stoneman, Luplau Janssen, Paul Hogarth, F.W. Booty, D. Bardooz, Jack Cox, G. Kirchner, Graham Clilverd, Tornai, Nevill Johnson, David Koster, R.A. Satterley, Leon Alex, Hugh Paton, Stephen Gayford, E. Maillard and Maurice Lévis.

SILVER AND PLATE includes the claret jug mentioned above along with the usual array of offerings.

JEWELLERY AND  COLLECTABLES include a wonderful family group of 17th and 18th century miniatures, one possibly by Nicholas Dixon, also other portrait miniatures, silhouettes and wax portraits.

 MIRRORS include a pair of convex mirrors with eagle surmounts and a fabulous octagonal Art Deco mirror in orange, blue and plain glass.

CARPETS include a large Chinese carpet and oriental carpets.

We have more WINE AND SPIRITS than most off-licences with some notable vintages including Chat.Le Gay Pomerol ’98, Reserve de la Comtesse Pauillac ’97, Bahans Haut-Brion ’88, Millet Graves ’93, Tourcas Dupre Medoc ’83, August Sebastiani Cabernet Sauvignon ’93, La Croix de Berny ’76, Chateauneuf-du-Pape ’01 (litre), Lestage Simon Medoc ’89, Leoville-Barton ’64, La Croix de Grezard ’88, Greysac ’71, Estournel ’70, Roc Mignon ’95, Tronquol-Lalande ’97, Reserve de la Comtesse Pauillac ’97, Puy-Blanquet St Emilion ’72, Lynch Bages Pauillac , Haut-Brion ’34 (low), Cheval Blanc ’82, Chambertin ’49 (low), brandies, whiskies, champagnes, etc.



SHELF ITEMS are as numerous as ever and all shelves are full.  There are 13 clocks on the clock shelves and 11 boxes on the box shelf including a fine Regency lacquered sewing box on paw feet and an ebonised collector’s cabinet of coin drawers.  I can see a barograph, 2 cylinder musical boxes, a railway sign, big old lock and a fusee wall clock. Other shelves include 13 bronze figures, two good Victorian papier mache trays, a rare Clarice Cliff Mr Fish in green brown and cream, a cylindrical glass vase signed Studio Vvikkala Nettkla 58, Swedish glass signed Ekenas,  Royal Doulton Bunnykins figures.  Lots of cut glass and tea wares, a group of Troika,  Doulton figures, Sylvac, a large Chinese fish bowl and other ceramics, old lustre wares, Capodimonte figures, very tall figural lamps, and so much more  including general effects like a full set of Le Creuset cook ware,etc.

A warning precedes the next section.  We have a large delivery scheduled for Friday, the day after the sale, so we need furniture cleared immediately.

FURNITURE is well represented this sale after we cleared a Fulham property and another in Notting Hill, and notable items include a good set of 8 Regency dining chairs with brass inlay, a large William IV mahogany dining table, other period and reproduction dining tables, a charming Regency rosewood chiffonier, a George III bow-fronted dressing table, a long William IV rosewood cabinet, the three glazed doors with tapestry inserts between columns,  a William IV pedestal sideboard, an unusual Victorian  shallow wardrobe in bamboo-effect light birch, a charming late Victorian inlaid display cabinet, the glazed upper section on a bowed cupboard base, a narrow yew bureau bookcase, a good quality bow-fronted chest of 2 small and 4 long drawers on claw and ball, feet and other traditional bow-fronted chests, a fine 9ft long and 6ft high 1960s cabinet, an Art Deco walnut-framed three piece suite, a glamorous gilt- framed settee a Georgian-style mahogany-framed settee, a modern leather settee, bookcases, a 17th century carved oak coffer, etc., along with good shipping furniture, an illuminated modern cabinet by Hulsta  AND THREE GRAND PIANOS, one in very light walnut by Challen on shell-carved cabriole legs, one by John Broadwood and Sons, and a Minipiano upright in a light teak case , etc.