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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Are You Interested In Fine Art?

Fine art is a particular area of art which is focused on the aesthetics of the piece, rather than for practical purposes. As an example, while many of Leonardo's works are fine art, having a purely aesthetic quality, many of his notebook designs are applied art – they have a useful function in addition to being pleasing to the eye. While the majority of fine artists are men, their works are usually highly sought-after, and this can make them extremely expensive. Female artists, on the other hand, tend to be less well known, and will therefore attract less competition, while their works are still very attractive. It is possible to build a large collection of female artists’ works by buying from auction and private sales. More...

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Art Nouveau Pewter at Boningtons

One of the most popular design periods, in my opinion, has to be the Art Nouveau period (circa 1900-1925). The designs are typically organic depicting flowers with sinuous whiplash lines and young maidens with long flowing hair. One of the main retailers during this period was Liberty & Co who sold a range of pewter called Tudric, each piece having the design number to the base, the lower numbers (on earlier pieces) being the more desirable. The most famous and collected designer of the Tudric range was Archibald Knox (1864-1933). Knox was born in Cronkbourne, on the Isle of Man, and when he passed away was buried in Braddon Cemetery on the island where you can see his tombstone bearing one of his designs. More...

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Newsletter 12th June 2014

We are now open for viewing for our forthcoming specialist Toy Sale on Monday 16th June. Boningtons` bi-annual toy auctions are always eagerly anticipated and attract collectors from far and wide to view and bid on a vast array of Diecast, Trains, Dolls, Teddy Bears, Lead, Plastic, Militaria, Tinplate, Constructional & Railway toys, Comics & Annuals. As usual Monday`s sale includes a fine selection of lots by notable manufacturers such as Dinky, Corgi, Matchbox, Triang, Hornby and Steiff. The auction looks set to get off to a flying start with a large collection of Corgi aircraft, including Limited Edition examples such as Lot 65, a boxed WW2 Attack by Night DH Mosquito (£60-80). Also of aeronautical interest later in the sale are two 1940s boxed Dinky gift sets (Lots 272, £600-800 & 273, £800-1200). Another notable collection up for grabs comes in the form of several bisque headed dolls (Lots 217-221), the highlight of which is a circa 1905 Jumeau ex... [More]

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Museums in Essex

The history of Essex is an important part of the history of England, and this is reflected in the many museums which are available throughout the county. The museums are also very different, so if there is a particular period of history that someone is interested in, they can find a museum in Essex to suit them. The larger museums in Essex include Colchester Castle, which has the largest Norman keep still standing in Europe, but which has an earlier history as the Roman temple of Claudius. The archaeological records reveal more than 2,000 years of history from the Castle and surrounding areas. Hollytrees Museum will also be of historical interest to visitors. The building, constructed in 1718, has been a museum since the 1920s. Being so close to Colchester Castle, it is easy to combine the two for an excellent day out. More...

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