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Sale SS9: Deeley Collection (Antique Kitchenalia) Sale

Deeley Collection (Antique Kitchenalia) Sale Icon

From Monday, 11th July 2022
Until Tuesday, 12th July 2022

Okehampton Street, Exeter

A Sale of Antique Kitchenalia

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The collection was formed over the lifetime of the well-known and highly respected antiques dealer, Robert Deeley.

Robert loved everything about cooking and the utensils used in medieval times. From a child he started collecting and this passion grew over a lifetime. The collection was greatly extended over the past thirty years when Robert acquired a chateau in the South of France, which had been originally owned by Simon de Montfort. The 12th Century building had a cavernous kitchen, with an equally cavernous open fireplace to either side and was well suited to the collection.

Robert loved the searching, researching and restoring of items, but most of all using them. The extensive hoard includes cauldrons, lark spits, kettle stands and grisset pans.

In the magnificent medieval kitchen he would cook over the two fires most evenings, everything from a whole pig to venison casseroles and even a delicious vanilla cake on a spit. He made frequent visits with his wife Melanie to the Vide Greniers (markets) in France to find something unusual. One day he drove up into the Pyrenees where he found a shepherd with his sheep and goats. Robert sat on a boulder for a couple of hours asking him how he lived, cooking over a fire with implements not seen in modern times.

In the collection you will be able to bid for a glass gudgeon trap (a gudgeon being a small freshwater fish) or maybe you would prefer an eel prong. For the carnivorous purchasers there is a good selection of toasting and flesh forks dating from the 17th to 19th Centuries and if you are thinking of doing a hog roast this month, there is a 19th Century butcher’s pig hoist on offer. If you wish to relive farming days of old then you can bid for a couple of wooden shoulder yokes, used to carry the milk from cow to dairy.

Amongst the roasting spits there is a very rare 17th Century brass and iron spit engine and an equally rare spit for roasting larks or small birds, a delicacy in France in days gone by. Amongst the novelty items is a 19th Century flour dispenser in the shape of a wheelbarrow and if you are thinking of making your own chocolate soldiers, there is a 19th Century wooden mould in the form of a soldier. You can also deter mice from the kitchen with a 19th Century oak drop weight mousetrap or if you want the ultimate bell to rouse everyone in the morning, there are two wooden subre jougs (Pyrenean bells carried by oxen) to be offered.

The auction will be held on Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th July.

This auction has 506 fine art lots.

A printed sale catalogue for this auction is available from the saleroom at a price of £5.00.

Auction Viewing Notes

Please observe our health & safety precautions throughout our salerooms during your visit.

Order of Sale

The sale will start at 10:00am.

Bidding Options

Bidders at this auction will be able to place bids in person in the saleroom, by telephone (provided they prebook with us) and through commission bids. Buyers will also be able to bid online over the Internet at this sale.

Online Auction and Live Bidding Details

Live online bidding is available through our live bidding partners for this auction.

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Contact for Sale

For any information about this sale, please contact:-

Brian Goodison-BlanksBrian Goodison-Blanks

Tel:+44 (01392) 413100

Auction Settlement Details

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If you are tranferring funds to us electronically for this auction, please call us on +44 (0)1392 413100 or email us for our client bank account details.

Legal Notice

Please note that this sale will be subject to our usual Terms and Conditions. Your attention is drawn to our conditions of sale, our information for buyers and our information for sellers. Please also note our premium and commission charges.