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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.

Title: 2nd JULY 2015 Sale Information

Date Posted: Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Dear Friend,

Do you need a runabout?  See the last line Images of some of the items can be seen further down the Blog below this text.

Our sale is Thursday 2nd July at 11am, with viewing Wednesday 1st July 1-7pm and 9.30-10.45am on sale day.

Online bidding is available for many lots in the sale at

We’ve done it again!! I am pleased to report that, after a year of research, we have discovered an otherwise unknown drawing by Thomas Gainsborough, with an impeccable provenance from the artist to the present owner.  Initially recognised by an elderly Courtauld student and friend of the saleroom, it was ultimately acknowledged by Dr Lyndsay Stainton, who was for many years a curator at the British Museum.  Both experts were very excited to see it.  It is a late work of a type known as a presentation drawing, measuring 22.5 x 32.2 cms; the large original oil painting, “Gypsy Encampment, Sunset”, is on view in the Tate.  A photograph of the drawing is currently on our blog.  The estimate is £20,000-£30,000.

We are pleased to have been invited by the film producer Philip Saville to take away certain things from his home.  These include a Siglo humidor with Cohiba and other cigars and a fine Art Deco ceiling light by Schneider.

We have about 60 lots of PAINTINGS, drawings and prints.  Names include Thomas Gainsborough, David Gentleman, Mary Weatherill, Akos Zsoter, H. Earp, Paul Nietsche, H. A. Ruderman, William Henry Harriott, F. Furet, John Albert Seaford, George Chambers, G.P. Scott, F. Russell Flint, Leonard Baskin, Elizabeth Brunnet, Laurence Rode, Gabrielle Bellocq, Victor Brauner, Robert Morden, etc.  We have a selection of MIRRORS. (The May sale included some good picture results with a group of 4 small watercolours by George Weatherill raising £6400.)

JEWELLERY and ART OBJECTS is a delightful section including 18th and 19th century pieces, among them some charming period diamond items with good rings and pendants and a wonderful gold tiepin of a hand holding a diamond.  We also have 18ct and 9ct gold watches and modern watches.  We have a family group of portrait miniatures one of a nobleman, probably by Nicholas Dixon, circa 1670, and a pair in tortoiseshell and brass frames.

The SHELVES are full to bursting with PORCELAIN POTTERY AND GLASS and an influx of hundreds of Lilliputt Lane and similar model houses has required extra shelving!  Other items include a large fine 18th century faience plate painted with flowers, a large 18th century Dutch plate with Peacock design decoration, and a Jiaqing bowl painted with calligraphy , mountains and figures, 10 modern bronze figures, a Simon and Halbig 1898 large porcelain doll with original clothing, an old Chinese doll, a large Vienna painted plate titled “Leonidas”, a signed Lalique fruit bowl with iris, 9 Doulton flambe figures, bronze figures of archaic design, Crown Derby, Haviland Limoges, Clarice Cliff, endless figures including a 12 piece Beswick pig band, Doulton puppies, Royal Albert Beatrix Potter figures, Beswick penguins, one with a sunshade, a Carlton Ware coffee service of Japanese design, cranberry glass, lots of cut glass, a collection of Toby jugs, Royal Doulton “Gold Concord” dinner wares, an extensive collection of thimbles, a group of green and black glazed Poole animal figures, Johnson Bros fish plates, carnival glass, and much, much more including two stick telephones.

CLOCKS include a four glass mantel clock with mercury pendulum, an ormolu French mantel clock, a marble clock, a French wall clock and others, three tantaluses, one with games and smoking compartments and possibly one of the finest game compendiums in a burrwood box with brass strap work set with tiger’s eye hardstones containing Bezique, chess with ivory pieces, original playing cards and a backgammon board.

COLLECTABLES include an extensive collection of model railway, bayonettes, a Chinese sword, a kukri with ivory handle, old carved ivory, medals from Cpl S J Burvill, Durm L.I. including the India medal with Afghanistan N.W.F. 1919 bar, other medals, ephemera including an important archive of First World War photographs taken from an air balloon by Mr AAA Simon of the French Air Force and two albums of photographs taken by Mr Simon to record his journey to and from China to set up a film laboratory in Peking for Pathe News circa 1921, for whom he worked for 50 years partly as a war correspondent, also included are a war diary and his demobilisation papers, an album illustrating film making for Pathe Pictorial in London and South Africa pre 1914.  Also a 1937 clothbound programme of “The Coronation of George VI”, old postcards, stamp albums, 1974/5 programmes for Wimbledon Football Club, a 1791 clothbound map of Northamptonshire by Thos Milne, other old maps, a good old cigarette card album, an extensive collection of first day covers, copies of the “Sunday Graphic” and “Daily Graphic” circa 1953, Masonic jewels and regalia, a fine boxed set of 52 solid silver medals each representing a British regiment accompanied by 52 badges in a brass-bound box, old photographs, a huge well-presented collection of UK coinage including much silver, also mint bronze.

SILVER AND PLATE is a smaller section than last sale but will still have 30-50 lots.

VINTAGE COSTUME and fashion is extensive with good handbags, including Mulberry, a vintage pair of leather riding boots, and designer names including two Jenny Packham evening dresses and an evening skirt with top, a brown lamb leather jacket and a Digiscope jacket.

BOOKS includes a large collection of Folio Society volumes.

ORIENTAL RUGS is a small section but includes a fine 19th century large Heriz silk rug from North-West Persia, circa 1870.

FURNITURE is a small section but with something for everybody!

And we have, among our GENERAL EFFECTS, two Renault Scenic people carriers from a deceased estate, a tooled leather Western saddle, a professional croquet set, a double width stainless steel cooker, a 50 ins and other tvs, B&O hifi, bunk beds, white goods and an electric invalids chair.   We cater for everybody.

Title: 23rd APRIL Sale Information

Date Posted: Monday, April 13th, 2015

Dear Friend,

Our next sale approaches ­ Thursday the 23rd April, at 11am as usual. Viewing is from 1­7pm on the 22nd and from on sale day. It’s worth a visit, but no booze in this sale.  Check this blog below the text for photographs and don’t forget to register with for on­line bidding.

£10,000 is a lot to pay for most of us for a second hand hifi, but in the last sale we made one young man very happy.  Apparantly KRELL is very rare in the UK and approaching £100,000 new. I’ll stick with my iPod! We do have hifi in this sale but the best I can do is an important large pair of Lowther Audiovector cabinet speakers with a range from 30 to 22000Hz, so great for bass resonance.

Importantly, from a private vendor,  we have a Chinese Qing dynasty Kangxi period gold­splash bronze vase with six character mark of Xuande, 10.75ins.  Estimate £4000-6000.

Meanwhile we are investigating what we believe to be possibly a Middle Kingdom BC period Egyptian funerary boat with 5 figures (see blog picture).

An untouched property in Highgate has provided us with interesting lots to include a group of 19th century Russian icons, one within a chased silver riza, two Georgian period boxes of medicine bottles, one a doctor’s box with mixing bowls, and surgical instruments by Mawson and Thompson, one being silver, the knives with tortoiseshell mounts, old walking sticks, a three-draw telescope, Victorian propelling pencils, an extensive collection of 18th and 19th century keys, old Masonic regalia, old carved ivory.

There’s quite a lot of English, Irish and American SILVER including a George IV canteen of cutlery. There’s silver plate including a goblet inscribed ‘Kit Kat Club 1703′.

JEWELLERY approximately 40 lots including a very nice two-diamond cross­over ring and a three-diamond engagement ring, and a large quantity of 22ct gold coins.

PICTURES include studio of John Bettes, Joe Tillson, paintings and prints including sporting prints, one after Archibald Thorburn, signed, and prints and lithographs including after Beryl Cook and Guillaume Cornelis van Beverloo, called Corneille, signed, maps, 18th, 19th and 20th century portraits by artists including Ethel Gabain and K. Mayer, an early 19th century silhouette by Augustin Edouart, and works by artists including L. Van Staaten, Peter Scott, P. Buchanan, Howard Knee, Peggy Barley, John Britton, F. Milet, Michael Rose, Sir Bernard Partridge, Glyn Uzzell, Faith Sheppard, Francesco Pabloe de Besperato, Fargher, etc.

COLLECTABLES fill the shelves . We have some really interesting items including a pair of 18th century Italian reliquary panels decorated with curled paper and an 18th century oval plaster bust of The Virgin as Queen of Heaven, a small 18th century woven panel worked with a monstrance, a collection of icons.  Also a large quantity of stamps and first day covers, football programmes, including 4 big boxes of Leeds United postcard albums, cigarette cards, a box of crucifixes, a military band of lead soldiers, coins, old maps, an extensive collection of 18th century and later keys of all sizes, an interesting collection of early irons, a Coronation coach by Lesney in original box, and Coronation propelling pencils, boxes of old pens, two old London Transport posters one by Hans Huger ’57 the other by Derrick Sayer.  We have an extensive collection of ethnic carvings and pots ­ some antique, face masks, an elephant foot pot, old luggage, old weapons including old Japanese swords, glass walking sticks and other ornate sticks, a military sword and a French bayonet and scabbard, M1886 known as the ‘Rosalie’, fishing equipment, cameras, good old tools including a lock with bell mechanism etc.

TOYS includes a large number of remote controlled cars, boxes of London Transport buses, LGB Lehmann rack engine, 2 LGB wagons, an LGB tram and trailer, a tinplate roundabout, etc.

SHELF ITEMS include POTTERY PORCELAIN AND GLASS including Carlton Ware, Crown Devon, a Lalique Ganymede 9ins wine cooler and a model of a puppy, 7 ins., an extensive collection of Lladro figures, including 11, 16 and 17 ins items, a collection of 9 items of Zsolnay, 19th century Derby and Worcester, a huge Champagne display bottle, Imari and other oriental porcelain, Meissen plates, bronzes including a boy at prayer, a Shelley tea service of conical form decorated with gorse, Lancastrian pottery, Moorcroft, a collection of Wedgwood jasper ware, a huge collection of thimbles and display towers, two pairs of Doulton vases, one large, Continental and English porcelain figures, five Royal Copenhagen faience art pottery mugs each base set with a silver disc, a collection of Honiton pottery, a cabinet of 18th century plaster cast mouldings, a Royal Crown Derby cockerel, 12 ins., and other pieces of Crown Derby including a dressing table set, Beswick horses, and Beatrix Potter figures, an old mahogany artist’s box and contents, a paperweight collection, Paul Du Boise flower vase with woodpeckers, Royal Worcester tea wares, an old wire cased soda siphon, Waterford and other glass, a group of religious figures, collectable teapots, old irons, 20 or so wax cylinders by Edison Bell and Sterling, Minton Haddon Hall china including two large tureens with lids, Old Country Roses tea wares, and much more.

BOOKS including Laurence Housman/Edmund Dulac The Arabian Nights, The Anatomy of the Human Gravid Uterus 1851 by The Sydenham Society, Johnny Newcome In The Navy by John Mitford 1819, A Gramer of Botany by James Smith, 1826, The Tour of Dr. Syntax 1828, History of England by Smollett and by Hume, 1824 etc.

RECORDS mainly rock and pop including the Beatles and 78rpm records with Elvis, Glen Miller, The Platters.


FURNITURE is thin on the ground this sale, less than 100 lots I guess but includes an 18th century dresser, a large Victorian bench, tables big and small, settees and chairs, a pair of glazed bookcases, a pair of French bed frames with cane panels, an old cane and mahogany crib, a reproduction library bookcase, chests of drawers stamped Liberty, an elaborate carved lamp stand, etc.

GENERAL EFFECTS including a sousaphone, a soprano clarinet, a violin, good beds, white goods, many televisions, two good mowers­ a Flymo and a large cylinder Atco, a Bernina model 801 electric sewing machine, a small generator , shower trays, sinks, a large number of interlined gold silk curtains AND A BROMPTON FOLDING CYCLE, AS NEW. THEY ARE £700+ NEW.  AND AN UNUSED MERCURY NEO ELECTRIC SCOOTER

Check this blog below the text for photographs and don’t forget to register with for on­line bidding.