Published 23rd December 2015
A George V silver spirit kettle, stand and burner by the maker D & J Wellby Ltd (FS29/8) dated London 1914 and weighing 53.62ozs is expected to fetch £400-£600, whilst a matched silver King's pattern flatware service (FS29/47) by various makers and from varying dates has a pre-sale estimate of £1,800-£2,000. A sweet 19th Century French silver chocolate pot (FS29/90) with a domed hinged lid surmounted by a pair of love birds carries a pre-sale estimate of £400-£500.
One of the more unusual lots on offer in this section is a rare late George III silver table top novelty toothpick holder (FS29/151) in the form of a pig, mounted on a rectangular four wheel trolley. Dated London 1819 and measuring only 8.5cm, it is expected to fetch £800-£1,000.
Within the jewellery auction there are some exquisite pieces of jewellery on offer including an 18ct white gold and diamond single stone ring (FS29/270), the centre brilliant cut diamond estimated to weigh 2.2cts, between baguette cut diamond single stone shoulders. The pre-sale estimate is £5,000-£6,000. A stylish French Art Deco diamond mounted rectangular plaque brooch (FS29/242) is also expected to sell well with an estimate of £3,000-£3,500.
The third section of Day One sees a good selection of paintings, prints and photographs in the picture auction.
A self portrait of Robert O Lenkiewicz (1941-2002) with a red scarf (FS29/342) is estimated at £12,000-£15,000 and an oil on board by John Craxton (1922–2009) titled Roman Pots, archaeological find, the Downs (FS29/354) carries a pre-sale estimate of £4,000-£6,000.
An oil on panel by Henry Alken Junior (Samuel Henry Alken) (1910–1894) titled The Derby, 1875 (FS29/363) is expected to create interest with an estimate of between £4,000 and £6,000.
The Derby of 1875 was run on 26th May and was won by Galopin ridden by J Morris. The trainer was J Dawson of Newmarket and the horse was owned by Prince Batthyany. There were 18 runners from an initial entry of 198. The first prize was £4,950, equivalent to £2 million today.
Other highlights in this section include an oil on canvas by Edward Arthur Walton RSA (1860–1922) of The Gypsy Camp (FS29/410), a group of figures amongst woodland, which is estimated at £4,000-£6,000; an oil on canvas by Henry Bright (1814–1873) of Orford Castle, Sufflolk (FS29/411) with an estimate of £4,000-£6,000 and a watercolour by George Goodwin Kilburne (1839–1924) titled The Next Dance (FS29/422) estimated at £3,000-£5,000.
There is also a good selection of photographs on offer by Herbert George Ponting (1870-1935), Noel Chanan (b 1939) and Lewis Wickes Hine (1874-1940) with varying estimates. Examples include Ponting's Under the Purple Wisterias, Japan (FS29/452), Chanan's Street Scene, Varanasi (FS29/457) and Hine's George, A Worker in a Cotton Mill (FS29/462).
Day Two of the sale on 20th January 2016 commences with the ceramics and glass auction.
A Lalique vase Laurier of cylinder form numbered 947 and measuring 18cm high (FS29/487) has an estimate of £300-£400, whilst a Venini Occhi vase by Tobia Scarpa (FS29/489) from circa 1950 carries a pre-sale estimate of £800-£1,000.
A pair of Chinese blue and white sleeve vases (FS29/497) are also expected to create interest with an estimate of £500-£700, whilst a matched pair of Chinese blue and white square section bottles with ribbed cylindrical necks (FS29/502) depicting scenes from The Romance of the Western Chamber carry a pre-sale estimate of £2,000-£4,000.
A Chinese porcelain famille rose cockerel bowl (FS29/505) that bears paper labels for the Martin Hurst Collection No 535 and Loan Exhibition, Dorchester Hotel, 28th May to 18th June 1931, No 384 is inviting bids of £1,000-£2,000 and a Chinese famille verte biscuit Buddhist lion (FS29/506) carries an estimate of £1,500-£2,000.
A Chinese famille rose miniature tripod censer (FS29/529) is also expected to create interest with an estimate of £800-£1,200.
There are some interesting Palissy Ware dishes on offer – the first by Francois Maurice (FS29/571) modelled with a lobster, snake, frog, two fish and scattered sea shells, which carries an estimate of £600-£900. Another, probably by the Landais family (FS29/572), is modelled with an eel, frog and shells amongst chicory and other foliage and is estimated at £300-£500, whilst the last of the examples of French Palissy Ware (FS29/573) is modelled with a lizard, small terrapin and frog and is estimated at £300-£400.
A Wedgwood 'Willow Fairyland' lustre vase and cover (FS29/577) carries a pre-sale estimate of £700-£900, whilst a fine early Worcester polychrome coffee cup (FS29/586) of octagonal form with scroll handle, painted with an elegant Chinese lady, two flower vases, butterflies and flowering plants is inviting bids of £1,000-£2,000. A rare large Chelsea 'Hans Sloane' dish (FS29/632) carries a pre-sale estimate of £800-£1,200.
The works of art auction offers some unusual lots as always. A 19th Century continental double-barrel side-by-side flintlock sporting gun (FS29/683) is estimated at £1,300-£1,500, whilst an unusual late 18th Century Chinese export reverse mirror painting (FS29/725) depicting opium smokers seated around a table in an interior is estimated at £2,500-£3,500. A pair of Chinese two colour cinnabar lacquer carved vases (FS29/729) are also expected to be prized at £600-£800.
A 19th Century 3 inch Cox's terrestrial globe on a stand (FS29/776) carries a pre-sale estimate of £600-£800 and a rare 18th Century English enamel rectangular box of Theatrical interest (FS29/795) is offered at £400-£600. A stylish pewter biscuit box to a design by Archibald Knox (FS29/796) is expected to fetch between £250-£300, whilst an Archibald Knox design for Liberty and Co Tudric pewter and green glass bowl (FS29/801) no 0924 carrries a pre-sale estimate of £400-£600.
The final section of the sale includes furniture and carpets and there is plenty on offer with some two hundred lots for sale.
A Turkish carpet (FS29/881) of large size having a brick red field with design repeating square medallions with stellar centres and measuring 471cm x 402cm has an estimate of £800-£1,200, whilst an Isfahan rug (FS29/891) is expected to fetch £1,000-£1,500.
Within the oak section of the furniture auction is an 18th Century oak dresser (FS29/900), measuring 150cm with an estimate of £800-£1,200 and a 17th Century carved oak court cupboard (FS29/898) with an estimate of £2,000-£3,000. A harlequin set of four early 19th Century elm, ash and fruitwood stick back Windsor elbow chairs (FS29/916) carries a pre-sale estimate of £500-£700.
An early 18th Century walnut oyster veneer crossbanded and inlaid chest on a later stand (FS29/929) should also have several potential buyers with an estimate of £3,000-£4,000.
There are various lots within the furniture auction from Rockbeare Manor, Near Exeter, Devon, including a Regency mahogany and inlaid circular drum top library table (FS29/983) with an estimate of £2,000-£3,000 and a late 18th Century Italian carved walnut pier table (FS29/1043) that is expected to fetch between £1,000-£1,500. A George III mahogany breakfront secretaire library bookcase (FS29/1091) invites bids of £4,000-£6,000.
From other sources, there is an Edwardian oak and decorated bookcase by Shapland and Petter (FS29/1085), which is similar to a bookcase illustrated in Darly Bennett's Shapland and Petter Ltd of Barnstaple – Arts and Crafts Furniture (published in 2005) on page 88. This example carries a pre-sale estimate of £1,500-£2,000.
A 17th Century lead water cistern (FS29/1089) of D shaped outline with a date of 1653 and initials W over T S (For Thomas and Sarah Wren) is estimated at £2,000-£3,000.