Newsletter 17th March 2014

Volumes of Embassy to ChinaWe are now open for viewing for our forthcoming auction which will take place on Tuesday 22nd April. The auction will commence at 10.30am with one of our regular Interiors sales which will be followed by a fine selection of antiquarian books from Lot 326.

There are some excellent titles on offer in the Book Sale with works ranging from the 17th to 20th century. Highlights include two volumes of an account of Lord Macartney`s Embassy to China, published in 1797 (Lot 335, £200-400) as well as further unusual 18th works on subjects ranging from Fireworks (Lot 359) to Clock making (Lot 366). There is also a strong selection of more recent titles such as a number of James Bond & Beatrix Potter first editions.

The rest of the auction comprises of the usual extensive range of lots. Jewellery, silver, pictures, furniture & ceramics are particularly abundant. A striking Aldo Tura cabinet (Lot 189, £200-400) has already got people talking during viewing, and if that is not quite to your taste then there is also plenty of good quality furniture on show that is slightly more traditional! Other significant pieces up for grabs include an 18th century oak & mahogany longcase clock (Lot 196, £300-500) and an unsigned bronze of The Little Mermaid in the style of Edvard Eriksen (Lot 60, £200-300). Meanwhile, our usually strong selection of pictures includes compositions by listed artists such as Frederick Bertrand Harnack & Sir Alfred East RA, as well as some interesting early examples, principally Lot 131, a pair of oils on panel in the manner of David Teniers.

Antique table for auction

With well over 600 lots on sale, our previous auction of 7th April provided a long day for both our staff and clients but yielded some very positive results. Sale highlights included a beautiful album of Chinese export paintings (£1500) and a very interesting document for the formation of a Society of Auctioneers in 1799 signed by James Christie amongst others (£750). Another notable sale came in the form of a 17th century oak stool which drew fierce competition from various phone bidders before being knocked down for £680, whilst a Cartier panther wristwatch sold to an internet bidder for £540.

We would like to wish everyone an enjoyable Easter weekend. Please note that we will be closed on Friday 18th & Monday 21st April. Our next auction is on Tuesday 6th May.