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Title: 19th March 2015 Images:

Date Posted: Friday, February 20th, 2015

























Title: 12th FEBRUARY 2015 Sale Information

Date Posted: Saturday, January 31st, 2015

Dear Friends,

It’s a long time since we last spoke, last year in fact. So we hope you are well and rested.

The December sale included our first step into the on­line world in association with UKauctioneers. We put the silver and the better shelf lots on line. It went well but only a couple of lots sold to the online bidders. This sale we are putting all the paintings on line and to that end they are already catalogued and available to view either with or on our own blog under ‘catalogue’. Every lot has a photograph. Again we will place the ‘better shelves’ on-line. We might try the room furniture too. Still to be decided.


This year starts with an interesting sale, albeit thin in the jewellery and silver departments. Our special lots are a rare 19th century Chinese carved ivory bitong, great walking sticks, a complete studio of paintings by Desmond Rayner and a Bechstein grand piano in a rosewood case.


I’ve just today taken delivery of two Dali signed sculptures from limited editions. One is ‘Immortality of Castor and Pollux’ with a £300­-500 estimate and the other is ‘Madonna of Port Lligat’ at £400­-600.

Last week I travelled to Hemel Hempstead and took away the stock of a deceased dealer in walking sticks. Can you imagine how much space 400 sticks takes up. Many have wonderful worked ivory handles and dozens have silver handles. And of course there are the spare bits ­the ends, the ferrules, the sticks and many different handles in ivory, silver, horn and hardstone. I reckon about 40 lots including over a dozen loose carved ivory handles and over 20 sticks with carved ivory handles, mainly as animal heads, a sword stick dated 1816, an endless supply of ebony and malacca canes with silver tops and spares, including a large box of ivory handles, spares, accessories, etc .

Another visit took me to an extensive collection of 19th century Derby porcelain including trios and pairs of vases. THE BLOG HAS PHOTOGRAPHS.

In December we cleared and sold the decorative contents of the home of Claire Rayner. This time we are selling all the paintings including many by her husband, Desmond. He was very gifted.  Artists featured in the PICTURES section include Desmond Rayner, Susana, June Mendoza, Anthony Green, G. Maronnier, Cecil Jack Keats, Denis Lowson, Robbie MacGregor, Ron Folland, Frank Green, Bernard Partridge, Sir William Russell Flint, Trevor Lawrence, Geoffrey Elliott, Alan Turner, Meriel Campbell, John Horsewell, De Luca, Warrington, David Cope, Katharina Barth, Hugh Davidson, A. Posner, and H. Johannsen.

SHELF ITEMS include an extensive collection of decorative 19th century Derby, Crown Derby, a good group of 19th century Jasper ware, a group of 6 charming bronzes signed Bofill including two Pierrots, a bulldog and a child jockey, two Czechoslovakian wall masks, 12 small Chinese watercolours, 2 large Parian ware figures, one of Britomartis unveiling Amoret, by Jos Pitts 1851, over 20 items of studio pottery, a Venini glass vase and other coloured glass, a pair of Worcester vases, a Troika vase, a pair of Meissen candlesticks, Chinese blue and white, a Royal Worcester dinner service ‘Harvest Ring’, 27 Waterford glasses, Aynsley tea wares, Sylvac bookends, Adams Ming Toi dinner wares, old Wedgwood Ivy patterned dinner wares, a group of Satsuma and other ginger jars, Royal Albert Memory Lane patterned tea and dinner wares, Coalport Pageant patterned tea wares, large cut glass vases, two early samplers, a Bang and Olufson hifi with slim polished aluminium column speakers, Doulton HN728 ‘A Victorian Lady’, plain green Denby, AN UNUSUAL VENETIAN RED GLASS STANDARD LAMP.

TOYS include an extensive collection of approaching 100 GILBOW ‘EXCLUSIVE FIRST EDITIONS’ of die cast buses, boxed, Hornby Dublo train set and a 78rpm record of trains by Reginald Gardiner, fantastic Lehmann Gross Bahn engines and carriages, all boxed, other boxed toys, a motor rally lot with maps and magazines, extensive record collections including good jazz, rock and pop, boxed Tri­ang railways, an early wax cylinder player and rolls.

COSTUME includes fur and other coats, suits, hats and handbags, books.  JEWELLERY.

The COLLECTORS’ shelves include old ivory, stamps, 1st day covers, postcards, a Grand Prix scrapbook, 32 cartons of packs of Tarot and playing cards, 1950s Picturegoer, wartime ephemera, cigarette cards, a phenomenal badge collection, football programmes, a group of eight old portrait miniatures.

FURNITURE includes an Art Deco walnut dining suite, the extending table on two solid column supports, the top inlaid stylishly with ebony lines, six chairs and matching sideboard, a wonderful inlaid Victorian walnut loo table, a Georgian pedestal breakfast table of good colour, a fabulous quality reproduction Epstein mahogany dining suite including a crossbanded serpentine sideboard, an antique Indian carved wedding chest and a carved settee, a Victorian scroll­end settee and a fabulous modern Knoll settee, a fine antique Sri Lankan intricately carved writing table with raised back, a late Victorian chaise longue, a 19th century library chair, credenzas, buffets, chests of drawers, an antique cylinder bureau and a roll top desk, a carved hall seat, pier cabinets, a painted vitrine, AND A BECHSTEIN GRAND PIANO IN A ROSEWOOD CASE.


Along with, of course, general goods, televisions, white goods, tools, you name it…!

Please see our blog for photographs, more being added all the time.

The catalogue will be up on the website,, from Sunday 8th February.

Please come and view and join Tracey on saleday for drinks, sandwiches and home made cakes in our first floor cafe.


Title: 30th OCTOBER 2014 Sale Information

Date Posted: Saturday, October 18th, 2014

Our last auction finished at 9pm.  Charlie Ross, carrying his Monterey tan so well, did a great job and completed his section on time. What a master!  This sale will conclude at 6.30pm I hope, so put it in your diary please, it’s on THURSDAY 30TH OCTOBER AT 11AM WITH VIEWING FROM 1PM THE DAY BEFORE OR FROM 9.30AM ON SALE DAY.       It includes Martin Brothers vases and a three wheel invalid carriage.

We have cleared away the last stock of a St Johns Wood gallery so the PICTURE section is full – about 100 lots and full of nudes.  Artists featured include Reggie Kray with a charcoal portrait of a partially naked lady – life classes for a lifer, also Charles Foster Hall, Ernest Greenwood, Brian Seifert, John Nash (a Harrow artist), Josef Herman, David Waller, Hebuteral, Zandra Rhodes, Leon Maxime Faivre, E. Dorda, E. Loupe, Gill Shields, Carlo Dolci (to be confirmed), L.S. Lowry, Stewart Hine, Susana, David Gordon,  H.P. Koekkoek, and Lewis Mortimer.

JEWELLERY and ART OBJECTS isn’t as full as usual but the interesting items that are included in that section, other than the gold rings, bangles and necklaces include old fountain pens, an ivory parasol needle holder, an old wooden doll dressed in lace, and numerous small items, a miniature motor bike and other small silver items,  sewing and manicure items etc.  The shelves of COLLECTABLES are well served with coins, postcards, cigarette cards, loads of costume jewellery, Movie Screen and Movie Life magazines, good pre-1945 family photograph albums, Kensitas silk flower cards – about 100 – a great collection of cartes de visite mainly of bishops and another group of Queen Victoria’s children and a letter from the Royal Household ordering perfume, dated April 1911, medals and a large and great collection of first day covers in about 100 folders.  Yes that’s big.


4 or 5 years ago David Slater, Southall born and bred, a gentleman if ever you met one, now sadly departed, asked us to sell his collection of MARTIN WARE.  It went very well. The three Martin brothers had a workshop in Southall producing very individual pieces including fabulous grotesque birds that make you laugh.  Gunnersbury museum, soon to reopen, has a wonderful collection.  We are proud to be offering two pieces in this sale. One is a globular vase incised with lilies and the other is a tiny cylindrical vase decorated with perpendicular wavy lines. They are both in good condition, signed and photograped on the blog.

SHELF ITEMS always surprise me. Where does it keep coming from?  Want a good table lamp?  We have dozens. Want brass or copper?  We have such choice including two of the biggest dog bowls I’ve seen. Fancy taking up Chinese calligraphy?  We have a selection of the biggest paint brushes you will have seen – the size of loo brushes!  Cut glass – shelves of it including Waterford and Swarovski crystal ornaments. What else of interest?  A Beswick tiger, Doulton figures HN 1298 and HN 0772, a Lladro bride and groom, 6 small Worcester pieces, stylish Bristol pottery, Moorcroft candlesticks and table lamps, an extensive Crown Staffordshire ‘Hunting Scene’ dinner and tea service, a large tolework tray, a Joseph Wade 1890 violin, a wonderful lacquered easel mirror set with hardstones, Kunst & Ambiente art bronze figures, Whitefriars glass including a Keara vase by Tamara Aladin, Pisquot teawares, old and modern Toby and character jugs, DOLLS, shells, an extensive porcelain bell collection, two old black bakelite phones, one an 1/232L model, an original BIBA naked lady table lamp with original shade, Wade pigs, MORE COLLECTABLES including a Winston model wind up gramophone by Portogramme Radio Industries Ltd., another by Pye, TOYS including a mint and boxed Tri-ang Wrenn 00/HO locomotive ‘City of London 2226′ other tinplate and Tri-ang railways and a phenomonal collection of approximately 200 model vehicles including commercials, all in their original packaging including Days Gone By, Tramways Classic,  a Hohner 4 octave mouth organ and ‘The Bandmaster’ harmonica, a police helmet and riot helmet. Cameras including a Rolleiflex SL35E and a Sigma mark 1 including lenses. Old luggage. A model Stephenson rocket.  Pink and green jade animals and Buddha, a Royal Doulton ‘Westwood’ coffee set, 4 model cannon, a stuffed owl, an old cigar display cabinet, a pair of Bristol blue lustres, cast iron wall plaques, a Helios Sky Scan 2001 telescope and tripod.

CLOCKS include a Victorian skeleton clock striking on a bell, a four glass mantel clock with mercury pendulum, wall clocks, and an unusual 1930s corner long-case with three train movement.  We have good boxes, one in antimony with bamboo decoration. BOOKS includes Australian Chivalry, a collection of war paintings 1945.

Oriental and other CARPETSFURS and HANDBAGS and other clothes including an antique dress.

FURNITURE includes a fantastic reproduction draw-leaf dining table to seat at least 10 of good colour on bulbous carved supports, chair sets, a large and unusual oak hall stand, a massive oak hall seat and a Georgian 5 panelled-back oak bench on cabriole legs, an early inlaid charming Pembroke table, a brass and iron bedstead, a fabulous Victorian church oak triple wardrobe with good brass-work, a French circular folding dining table, an Indian hardwood dining table, a  pair of leather wing-back arm chairs, 6 George lll dining chairs, a fabulous suite of lounge furniture in green including Knoll style settees, decorative chairs including papier mache, pianos, occasional furniture including oak.

GENERAL EFFECTS includes a dish washer and nearly new washing machine, a motor mower, battery booster pack, garden shredder, bikes, garden pots, hi-fi and a modern flat screen television, air conditioning units, AND A THREE WHEEL INVALID CARRIAGE with pull-push handles for motivation and for restoration, etc, etc.

NO ALCOHOL IN THIS SALE.  We are saving it for December 4th sale.

Lots of photographs are on the blog beneath this notice and being added all the time.