Newsletter 1st May 2014

20th century Indian travel posters We are now open for viewing for our forthcoming Interiors auction on Tuesday 6th May. There are over 400 lots on offer including a strong selection of jewellery, silver, clocks & watches, pictures, furniture, ceramics & works of art.

A fine Georgian silver teapot by William Bateman (Lot 72, £400-600) is the standout example of the silver section which also includes a beautiful Art Nouveau HM silver three-piece tea set (Lot 91, £300-400) & a large HM silver salver (Lot 92, £300-500). Other notable individual highlights include a bronze of a chimpanzee after Hugo Wolfgang Rheinhold (Lot 129, £150-250) & a 19th century simulated rosewood music box (Lot 312, £300-500).

The usual strong selection of pictures is further boosted by the inclusion of a collection of exquisite original early to mid 20th century Indian travel posters (Lots 136-146). The colourful lithographic examples have been designed by some notable artists including Austin Cooper, Charles Shepherd & George Hope Tait. Also in the sale from the same collection are a number of original Bollywood movie posters.

Books at Auction

Some significant results were achieved throughout the 600+ lots that made up last month`s joint Interiors & Book Sale. One of the best sellers amongst the books was a beautiful copy of Shakespeare`s A Midsummer Night`s Dream, illustrated by Robert Anning Bell and believed to have been formerly in the possession of the renowned illustrator Arthur Rackham. The book, which bore Rackham`s signature to the owner`s label, drew fierce competition between bidders within the room & online before eventually being knocked down to an internet buyer for £500. Also sold to the internet was a book of Tottenham Hotspur programmes from the 1912/13 season which fetched the princely sum of £2000.

The Interiors sale also yielded some excellent prices, the highlight of which was a striking 1960s Aldo Tura mirrored cabinet bar on pedestal stand which made £1200. We hope all our clients have an enjoyable Bank Holiday Weekend. Please note that our saleroom will be closed on Monday 5th May.