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 & M... [More]

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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 saler... [More]

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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, f... [More]

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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... [More]

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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 ab... [More]

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Newsletter 4th September 2014

We are now open for viewing for our Interiors sale on Monday 8th September. The auction includes the usual diverse range of jewellery, silver, clocks & watches, pictures, furniture, ceramics, taxidermy, stamps & works of art. As with our previous auction, the selection of jewellery on offer is extremely strong, with well over 100 lots up for grabs. Highlights include a high clarity 2ct diamond solitaire in a Deco platinum mount (Lot 100, £2,000-3,000), an 18ct herringbone diamond bracelet (Lot 3, £1,500-1,800) and an extensive selection of gold band rings, ranging from 9 to 22ct. Watches are also in abundance, the most significant example coming in the shape of a platinum and baguette brilliant cut diamond cocktail watch (Lot 99, £800-1200), whilst the silver is led by an interesting guilloche enamelled elephant with cabochon rubies and diamonds on a glass hair tidy, bearing Fabergé hallmarks (Lot 104, £800-1200). The saleroom walls are decor... [More]

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Newsletter 21st August 2014

We are now open for viewing for our forthcoming Interiors sale on Tuesday 26th August. There are some truly dazzling lots on offer with names such Fabergé, Vacheron& Constantin, Cartier & Meissen all represented amongst an extensive range of other good quality antiques and collectables. The sale looks set to get off to a flying start with a high quality selection of jewellery and objects de vertu, the highlights of which are undoubtedly two superb works by Fabergé – a carved marble figure of a rabbit (Lot 36, £2,000-3,000), and a silver Hare walking stick cane handle (Lot 40, £1,000-2,000). Both pieces date to the early 20th century and are in their original fitted cases. Other notable pieces on view include a Vacheron and Constantin 18ct gold enamelled pendant watch (£400-600) which is the standout example amongst a number of ladies and gents watches in the auction. Silver is also in abundance, represented by some unusual pieces such... [More]

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Artists Local to Essex – Sir Alfred James Munnings

Sir Alfred James Munnings was born in 1878 and became known as one of England's best equestrian painters. Born in Suffolk, just a stones throw from Essex he spent much of his teenange years perfecting his craft, attending the Norwich School of Art. Losing the sight in one eye at the age of just 20 didn't alter his drive to paint and as a full time painter he focuses on rural scenes of mainly horses and gypsies. His most famous paintings were of horses involved in hunting and racing scenes. Later on after being seen as unfit to fight in the First World War he worked with horses, processing thousands en route to France. During the war he painted many scenes of horses in battle and often worked close to the battlefield. There is a museum dedicated to his work in Dedham, Essex. The Munnings Collection is well worth a visit if you appreciate equestrian art. The museum is based in the house where he spent half of his life and was opened in 1959 by Lady Munnings. His sporting art has becom... [More]

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Newsletter 8th August 2014

Whilst the summer months are a time for rest & relaxation for many, it is full steam ahead at Boningtons with over 400 Lots on offer in our forthcoming auction on Monday 11th August, including jewellery, clocks & watches, silver, coins, stamps, furniture, pictures, ceramics and much more. The sale looks set to get off to a flying start with Lot 1, a Diamond Abstract Cluster Ring (£1200-1500) which will be followed by a good range of other pieces including an 18ct chain and earrings set with pink sapphires and diamonds (Lot 22, £750-1000). As usual silver is well represented by some good quality lots such as a cased Georg Jensen silver utensil set (Lot 50, £500-800) and some early examples such as Lot 49, a Georgian silver ladle (£100-200). Pictures are in abundance, boosted by an excellent selection of hand signed modern prints by some very notable artists such as Helen Bradley & David Shepherd. Two original oils by the ever popular John Streve... [More]

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Newsletter 11th July 2014

Boningtons` Loughton saleroom will shortly be opening its doors for what promises to be one of its most significant sales of the year. The Country House Sale on July 16th will see a diverse array of high quality fine art and antiques go under the hammer with many lots already attracting global interest. This is particularly true of the Asian works of art on offer, one of the highlights of which is a magnificent Chinese jade brushpot (Lot 166, £12000-18000). The piece, with its subtle colour and delicate carving, is sure to appeal to jade collectors all over the world, as will Lot 201, a fine Chinese white jade brush washer (£1200-1800). Oriental silver is also in abundance, represented by some exceptional examples by the sought after Chinese silversmith Wang Hing, the principal offering being a stunning pair of silver bowls (Lot 204, £4000-6000). There are also some superb Chinese ceramics on view, such as a beautiful Kangxi period blue and white vase (Lot 187, &... [More]

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