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Title: 10th DECEMBER 2015 Sale Information

Date Posted: Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Dear Friends,

This is our last sale of the year so it would be good to see you all so that at least we can wish you a happy Christmas! It’s also full of booze!

It’s on the 10th December at 11am with viewing on the 9th from 1 to 7 pm and from 9.30 am on sale day.

I’m currently looking at a first edition 1560 copy of the Geneva Bible, rebound in the 17th century when the Psalms were added in 1634. It seems to be in good condition although we still need to inspect every page. I’ll do that when we get the confirmed instruction. It carries a £7000-£10,000 estimate. It’s terribly important and I ask you to read about it on Wikipedia to appreciate how rare it is.

The removal men are about to return from what was once the London home of Mandy Rice-Davies. The mews house was restored in the 70s by an opera enthusiast, who lectured on the subject, we have all his records, programmes and scores. All the furniture was from Heals and includes a stylish rosewood dining suite with eight chairs, pedestal chairs and two stylish settees. From a property a little further north, and with a balcony overlooking Lord’s cricket ground, we have more stylish furniture along with glamorous clothes and Ferragamo shoes.

A flat by Harrow School has given us a wonderful oil painting – a scene of Rebecca at the well from the circle of Antonio Balestra. Also from that home is a watercolour by Luigi Bazzani. Otherwise the PICTURES section has works by artists including Ishbel McWhirter, Dan Rubinstein, Giulio Farnese, Salliann Putman, Aase Lykkeberg, F.E. Jamieson, Joseph van Dieghem, Derek Farman, R. Dudley, Bill Waugh, Denis Pannett, Clement Cowles, Hans-Peter Zimmer, Ashton Cannell, Ken King, John Trickett, Michial Mikora, C.W. Oswald, Graeme W. Baxter, Josep Maria Subirachs, Anthony Green, and Teresa Narduzzo. Also in the sale is a group of family silhouettes including by Augustin Edouart.

SILVER AND PLATE includes a good pair of 19th century large silver gilt conch shell dishes, candlesticks, and about 12 shelves of silver plate. JEWELLERY has a very large amount of costume jewellery from a retired manufacturer who sold to Laura Ashley and Fenwicks. They are all nickel-free using hardstones and are good for today’s fashion. Real jewellery includes a heavy platinum diamond eternity ring and a sapphire bracelet, a diamond line bracelet, etc.

Shelf items include a good collection of PORCELAIN, POTTERY AND GLASS with old glass including a 19th century rummer engraved with a horse, a group of English blue and white Delft and continental faience, smart dinner services including a Royal Doulton ‘Babylon’ service with 2 tureens, a good pair of Chinese 19th century blue and white pots with lids,  a most unusual pair of 19th century Staffordshire figures of hairdressers, signed Martin ware, Troika, oyster plates. We also have a Rolleiflex camera and lots of other cameras, bronzes, a carved wood reclining deity, a stylish Old Hall chrome plated tea service, old brass and copper, lots of boxes including an old travelling chess set, old scales, fishing equipment, an oil lamp, war axes, a carved Maori paddle shaped club, etc. etc. I can see 15 CLOCKS on the shelves including three in fancy gilt metal, a 19th century rosewood portico clock, a clock in a tortoiseshell case, two carriage clocks, etc. We have a three bottle tantalus with glasses box attached, presented as a first prize in 1898, a Japanese sword, decorative boxes and a charming bronze naked child on a snail which is a fountain, 28″ high.  

The WINES AND SPIRITS section is extensive and includes a 1986 300cl bottle of Chateau Potensac, 1981 Rothschild Pauillac, a 1959 Chateau Cantenac Brown Margaux, a ’71 Chateau Latour, a ’77 Chateau Talbot, a part case of Chateau Latour a Pomerol 1979, 1 x 6000 ml and 1 x 3000 ml bottles of Veuve Clicquot, a bottle of Moet champagne in original box, and three bottles of Dom Perignon ’62, ’93, and ’95.  There are dozens more wines still to be unpacked along with good whisky including Glenfiddich 1993 Foundation Reserve,  two numbered bottles of Bushmills single malt Irish whisky in an entry of 14 single malts from one vendor alone.  Ports and brandy are well represented, the nearest one to me being a 1963 bottled in 1965 by J.W. Burmester Ltd in the same lot as a 1972 Fonseca.  Worth a visit I think!

Upstairs, the shelves are full of BOOKS, RECORDS, and an extensive collection of MODEL RAILWAY ITEMS including one man’s collection of engines including O-gauge Weaver Milwaukee Road Hiawatha 5 car passenger set (cost £300), Denver Rio Grande loco and tender (cost £700),  RR Elsa LGB powered (cost £500), Williams Electric Union Pacific Big Boy train (cost £1000) and many, many more including Tri-ang, Airfix, Fleischman, lots of EFE, models, Hornby, Lima,  etc.  Other COLLECTABLES include a vast quantity of football programmes, opera programmes and scores, a bag of The Schoolgirl comic, 1930s, old postcards and cigarette cards, an original Rolling Stones European Tour 1982 poster, two car mascots, and lots of fountain pens. 

COSTUME includes a fine mink coat and other minks and furs, glamorous clothes and Ferragamo shoes and other quality accessories, and hunt dress coats including one from the Quorn hunt, a ceremonial tail coat, and a ceremonial cloak emblazoned with the Great Priory crest worked in gold thread.

We have a lot of ORIENTAL RUGS

FURNITURE includes settees and pedestal chairs from Heals bought in the 70s along with a rosewood dining suite, a set of 8 leather dining chairs by Pieff, a slate and steel dining table and a period sofa table edged in exotic hardwood. We also have an extended set of 10 reproduction mahogany dining chairs, each with arms.

GENERAL EFFECTS include garden pots, some planted up, garden furniture, tools and lots of Bang and Olufsen hifis, etc.

Our catalogue is on our website from Sunday and each lot carries a picture.

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See you on the 10th and Happy Christmas!

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.