Boningtons newsletter 15th December 2014

Boningtons Christmas Sale, featuring lots of sparkling diamond jewellery, plus many other interesting antique items [More]

Boningtons newsletter 1st December 2014

The Toy Sale at Boningtons Auctioneers, held bi-annually with highlight including a rare Hornby O Gauge Electric Tinplate Flying Scotsman. [More]

Boningtons newsletter 19th November 2014

Fine Art, Antique and Asian Works or Art Auction including a number of quirky works of art like the Paddy and the pig mechanical bank. [More]

December Update 2014

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your custom during the last year and to wish you a very Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year. We have had some exceptional sales in 2014 and really do look forward to what 2015 will bring. As well as our fortnightly sales we have the following specialist sales planned in for you: Fine Art and Antiques sale, to include Chinese CeramicsWednesday 25th February 2015 Military Coins, Medals and StampsMonday 23rd March 2015 The Toy SaleMonday 15th June The Country House SaleWednesday 15th July 2015 More details will follow on our website about these as the year progresses, so do keep checking back or get in touch if you want any additional information. We are always happy to assist and new sellers (or buyers) to ensure they are fully informed about how the auction process works, so don’t hesitate to get involved if it’s your first time. We do hope you will we able to join us during the coming year and as always if you have any questions about any of our upcoming sales, or any services that we offer. Please do pick up the phone and give us a call on 0208 508 4800


4 interesting facts about Antique Books

Many people are collectors of old and antique books, and there is a wide market for this area of the antique business. Often, the book will have to have more than just age to warrant interest in it, with books being collectable if they are about an interesting subject, are first editions of well-known books, or are valuable for some other specific reason. Generally, only books from the first half of the eighteenth century, and earlier, are interesting purely because of their age. Antique book collectors tend to focus upon one subject or interest within the wider world of book collecting. So for example, a collector may only be interested in first-edition Dickens novels or novels by women. Some books have fierce rivalry between collectors, and others are valued only by a few, specialist collectors. This can make selling an old book slightly harder, particularly where there are no antique book collectors nearby. Rare books are perhaps the most eagerly sought, and their lack of availability can increase their price significantly. However, even very rare books will vary in price, depending upon their relative scarcity, and any damage that might have occurred to the book during its use. Factors which affect scarcity include the type of cover, the jacket, the illustrations, or the overall condition of the book. Overall condition is very important to collectors, and can have an effect on the price of the book. The closer the book is to its original condition, the more likely it is to be highly prized. Another way for antique books to stand out from their relatives is through association. If the works have been signed by the author, for example, or if there is evidence that they have been owned by a significantly famous person (perhaps another author, as part of their personal library), then the book is likely to sell well.


Interiors Sale Monday 20th October 2014

We are now open for viewing for our forthcoming Interiors sale on Monday 20th October. The auction includes the usual diverse selection of jewellery, clocks & watches, silver, pictures, furniture, textiles, militaria, musical instruments, ceramics & works of art. Highlights include a pair of 18ct diamond and enamel cufflinks (Lot 16, £200-300), a 19th century oak longcase clock by J Knight of Coggeshall (Lot 176, £300-500) and a 19th century mahogany Davenport, c1860 (Lot 148, £150-250). Ceramics are particularly strong, represented by some good early examples such as a Royal Doulton figure, 'The Jester' HN1702, issue 1935-1949 (Lot 294, £200-300) which looks sure to follow in the footsteps of a rare Doulton Lambeth figure of 'Madame Pompadour' by John Broad which sold in our last Interiors sale for £420. Other notable examples in Monday's auction include a quantity of good quality Beatrix Potter figures, Beswick, Royal Albert & Moorcroft, as well as a fine Wedgwood bull, circa 1941 (Lot 275, £80-120). Pictures are also in abundance with works by some well listed artists gracing the saleroom walls, as well as examples by talented but lesser known painters such as local artist Clarence Crawford (b. 1937) whose atmospheric landscapes (Lot 143, £100-200) provide a striking addition to the eclectic range on offer. Crawford's paintings which amongst the sale highlights of our last auction on Monday 6th October. A highly detailed portrait of Frank Bruno realised £320 whilst a colourful depiction of a Venetian regatta made £190. Other notable sales included a Victorian medal group to Sergeant Thomas Stevens, 31st Foot Regiment, comprising a China medal, Taku Fort Bar, Crimea medal, Sebastopol Bar, Army LSGC, Turkish Crimea medal and Sutlej Campaign Medal which was knocked down to an internet bidder for a healthy £1,000. However, it was a musical instrument that stole the show – a 19th century cased violin together with 3 bows generated significant interest on the telephones and internet before selling to a room bidder for £2,000. Our next Interiors sale is on Monday 3rd November.


Interiors Sale Monday 6th October 2014

We are now open for viewing for our forthcoming Interiors sale on Monday 6th October. With around 550 lots on offer there is sure to be something to suit all tastes amongst an eclectic range of jewellery, coins, clocks & watches, silver, pictures, furniture, militaria, ceramics, works of art and much more. A heavy 18ct Greek key and flat curb bracelet and necklace leads the jewellery (Lot 91, £2000-3000), alongside a dazzling platinum and diamond bow ring (Lot 74, £1500-2000). Another highlight comes in the form of a Victorian medal group to Sergeant Thomas Stevens who served 21 years in the 31st Foot Regiment and then 18 years with the Militia as a Chelsea Pensioner. The group consists of a China medal, Taku Fort Bar, Crimea medal, Sebastopol Bar, Army LSGC, Turkish Crimea medal and Sutlej Campaign Medal, together with paperwork and photograph of the recipient (Lot 315, £600-800). As always there are a good number of fine pictures gracing the saleroom walls with both traditional and modern artists well represented by the 70 works up for grabs, including a very fine watercolour depicting Westminster Bridge by Gordon Hales (Lot 214, £80-120). An extremely rare Doulton Lambeth figure of 'Madame Pompadour' is the pick of the ceramics, designed by John Broad (active 1873-1919) who worked for Doulton for most of his career. Estimated at £300-500, it looks sure to attract good interest when it goes under the hammer in Monday's auction. The Military & Coin sale at the end of last month drew some extremely competitive bidding both within the room, on the internet & via telephone, resulting in some very significant sales. Highlights included a propeller from a 1930`s Bristol cherub (£840), 92 WWII Press Release photos of downed and crashed German aircraft during 1941-44 (£740) and a Japanese Edo Period sword signed "Hizen Kuni Tadayoshi" (£460). We are now accepting final entries for our specialist auction of Fine Art & Antiques on November 19th. Our next Interiors sale is on Monday 20th October.


Roman Art and its Origins

Roman art originates from Etruscan art and became a form of art in its own right around 500bc. It is well known that the Romans liked to create portraits and of course, statues. Roman people used to have statues made of a particular person, an athlete, a god, a goddess, a philosopher or a dead relative. Portraits were made to look like relatives because the Romans believed that when they died, they could come back as a ghost so statues of the relative were made to keep the ghost happy and stop them from haunting you. To make it easier for sculptors, sometimes they would make the body of a person first and only when they got an order would they sculpt the head. Most of Rome's art was influenced by other countries; particularly Greece but also Celtic, German and Egyptian art. When you the think about Roman architecture, the first thing that springs to mind is the Colosseum but there are so many more amazing buildings and monuments which have been constructed by the Romans. Aqueducts, for example were created to carry water from the source into towns and cities supplying the people who live there with fresh, clean water. In a wealthy Roman person's home, you would find the walls and floors covered with a whole range of paintings and mosaics. They were seen to be very fashionable decorations to a house and many poorer people longed to have the intricate designs in their home. If you would like to see Roman art for yourself, you can visit the Castle Museum in Colchester which mainly focuses on Roman Britain, London's Roman Amphitheatre, the Museum of London, the British Museum and many other museums all over the country.


Newsletter 22nd September 2014

We are now open for viewing for Monday's Military, Coins & Medals sale. With over 450 lots on offer the auction looks set to follow in the footsteps of the past two of these specialist sales which have witnessed extremely competitive, global bidding on the vast array of coins, medals, weapons and an extensive range of miscellaneous militaria. The coins look set to get Monday's auction off to a flyer with Ancient, Roman, hammered & bullion coins in abundance. Highlights include everything from fine early examples such as a Richard III silver groat (Lot 9, £200-300) & Charles II silver 1671 crown, to a Victorian £5 gold coin (Lot 31, £800-1200) & a coin cabinet containing an eclectic selection of Roman, Georgian & Victorian coins (Lot 45, £1500-2000). The coins are followed by the badges which are boosted by a single owner private collection comprising of some fine singular examples and framed presentation sets. Similarly, the medals range from an individual cased Order of St John Papal Knight (Lot 157, £250-350) to a complete framed set of WWII medals awarded to an American General (Lot 147, £200-300). However, it is the weaponry that adds real clout to the sale with over 150 lots on offer with both edged and explosive examples well represented. Highlights among the firearms come in the form of a 17th century Brescian 22 bore flintlock holster pistol (Lot 306, £3000-4000) and an early 19th century 50 bore boxlock flintlock belt pistol (Lot 307, £700-1000). Japanese swords provide some of the most notable bladed weapons on view with and Edo Period sword signed "Hizen Kuni Tadayoshi" (Lot 175, £150-250) already attracting significant pre-sale interest. Other lots also causing a stir during viewing include a very interesting selection of 92 WWII Press Release photos of downed and crashed German aircraft during 1941-44 (Lot 381, £200-300), a WWII U.S. cipher machine in full working order (Lot 368, £100-200) and an extensive collection of good quality hand painted lead soldiers for battle re-enactments (Lot 368A, £500-800). The auction will be brought to a fitting conclusion with a fine selection of pictures, including a humorous modern pencil sketch by the renowned cartoonist 'Jak', and books on subjects such as the English Civil War, Invasion of the Crimea, Peninsular War and World Wars I & II. We are now accepting final entries for our forthcoming auction of Fine Art, Antiques & Asian works of Art on Wednesday 19th November. Our next Interiors sale is on Monday 6th October.


Our Insurance Valuation Service to Give You Peace of Mind

If you have a valuable item then you might want to consider getting it valued and insured separately. Your home contents insurance will only cover items within the home and may not cover the full value of a particular item. There are many policies available that will offer insurance cover for individual items whether they are at home, about your person and even if you travel abroad, although do check with your insurance company for the detail of your individual policy. Part of this process includes getting a valuation that the Insurance providers will accept. This is where Boningtons come in. With our knowledge and expertise in a large number of fields we are able to offer a valuation service. We will provide a detailed and illustrated inventory of all valuable items that need to be insured. Each item is individually valued, illustrated and described in a bound document and can also be provided electronically. We agree all of our charges in advance and so you are fully informed about the costs before we undertake the valuation. Once an insurance policy is in place it is also important to periodically get your items re-valued. This will account for fluctuations in market conditions and will help to make sure that you always have the right level of cover. There is nothing worse than finding your insurance falling short because your possessions have increased in value and you have no way of proving it! We can also offer a house valuation service where we will come to your premises and do the valuation there so that you can be sure all valuable items are identified. It's not always easy to know which paintings or antiques may hold the most valuable as trends change year on year. If you have any questions about our insurance valuation service please do get in touch for more information.