Contents of a Provencal Mas leads popular mixed-discipline sale

16/12/2019     Ceramics & Glass, News Stories & Press Release, Antiquities, Furniture & Rugs

LONDON: An eclectic sale of art, antiques and collectables catering to a diverse range of pockets and tastes concluded this year’s calendar of sales at Roseberys.

The Fine & Decorative auction took place on December 5 and offered over 700 lots including silver, ceramics, furniture, vintage luggage, a private collection of Georgian tea caddies and a selection of fine antiques from the Provencal Mas of a French noble family in south-eastern France. 

Ian Cadzow, Chairman and Joint Managing Director and specialist of fine furniture, rugs and clocks comments: A continuing trend is evident that all the objects including ceramic items, kitchen curiosities and works of art seemed to sell quite well but the traditional furniture which was largely original, untouched but in need of restoration principally to replace missing veneers did not generate strong bidding. 

Contents of a Provencal Mas

Chinese Vase
A pair of Dutch Delft octagonal vases and covers, 19th century, the lids with Chinese dog finials, decorated with panels of country courting couples and barging scenes, on floral grounds, 51.5cm high

Sustained interest and bidding emerged for the household contents of a Provencal Mas, a private collection that had been amassed from properties in the Loire Valley and other sources and included furniture, birdcages, works of art and ceramics. Pictuterd above - a pair of 19th century Dutch Delft octagonal vases and covers with Chinese dog finials and a larger pair of Dutch baluster octagonal vases in Chinese style, all decorated with panels of country courting couples and barging scenes, sold for £1,300, double the estimate. [Lot 83]

gilded mirror
An impressive Régence style carved and gilded mirror, possibly 18th Century, with scroll and foliate carved detail, with arching plate, 212cm high, 124cm wide

Pictured above, an impressive 212cm high Régence style carved and gilded mirror, possibly 18th century and with scroll and foliate carved detail, found a new home at £3,000. [Lot 38]

marble table top
An Italian rectangular pietra dura specimen marble table top, 19th century, inset with fifty four square marble specimens, to include malachite, lapis lazuli and porphyry, within bands of white and green marble, 42 x 29.5cm

Pictured above, over 50 square marble specimens including malachite, lapis lazuli and porphyry are inset in this 19th century Italian rectangular pietra dura specimen marble table top. It did well, tipping over top estimate to sell for £820. [Lot 134]

A Continental gold and ivory sectional walking cane, late 19th /early 20th century, the gold stylised ‘L’ form handle set to either side with cushion and circular-cut ruby and rose-cut diamond floral motifs
A Continental gold and ivory sectional walking cane, late 19th /early 20th century, the gold stylised ‘L’ form handle set to either side with cushion and circular-cut ruby and rose-cut diamond floral motifs

 

Pictured above,this late 19th /early 20th century Continental gold and ivory sectional walking cane came with ruby and rose-cut diamond floral motifs set to the gold stylised ‘L’-form handle. It sold for £880. [Lot 148]

A Louis XVI bureau plat, late 18th Century, with brass mounts, the rectangular top inset with green leather writing surface, above three frieze drawers, opposed by three faux drawers, raised on square tapering legs with brass sabots
A Louis XVI bureau plat, late 18th Century, with brass mounts, the rectangular top inset with green leather writing surface, above three frieze drawers, opposed by three faux drawers, raised on square tapering legs with brass sabots

Pictured above, a bidder paid £1,800 for this attractive late 18th Century Louis XVI bureau plat. It came with brass mounts, a rectangular top inset with a green leather writing surface and three frieze drawers. [Lot 35]

bird cage
A large and impressive cherry wood birdcage, in the Palladian style, late 19th/early 20th century, in the form of a rotunda, with a domed top, the door in the form of a portico with a triangular cornice

Pictured above, this large and impressive cherry wood example in the Neoclassical style and dating from the late 19th or early 20th century made £550. It came in the form of a rotunda with a domed top and the door in the form of a portico. [Lot 16]

Silver

A Queen Anne silver coffee pot, by John Chartier, London, c.1716, of octagonal form
A Queen Anne silver coffee pot, by John Chartier, London, c.1716, of octagonal form

English Coffee pots headed a succesful section dedicated to silver wares. An early Queen Anne example of octagonal form by John Chartier, London, c.1716 made £3,200 and a George III silver coffee pot, London c.1763, with acorn finial sold towards the upper estimate for £420. [Lot 253] [Lot 246]

Ceramics

A collection of twenty four Dutch blue and white tin glazed earthenware tiles decorated with scenes of religious subject matter and genre scenes, late 17th/18th century
A collection of twenty four Dutch blue and white tin glazed earthenware tiles decorated with scenes of religious subject matter and genre scenes, late 17th/18th century

There was some competitive bidding in the ceramics section for a private collection of old Delft tiles, which had both secular and religious subject matter to the decoration. The 24-strong group of blue and white tin glazed earthenware tiles dated from the late 17th/18th century and included scenes of Christ walking on water and a man in the stocks. It sold for £720 to a private collector writing a book on the subject. [Lot 340]

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A set of five Staffordshire creamware octagonal plates, of Wheildon type, late 18th century, with reel form edging, sponged with brown, green, yellow and grey decoration, 22cm diameter 

A set of five 18th century Staffordshire creamware octagonal plates with tortoiseshell type sponged decoration made £520 and an early 20th century Royal Worcester porcelain pot pourri vase and cover, decorated by the master painter James Stinton with Highland cattle, sold for £1,500. [Lot 350] [Lot 364]

Furniture


A pair of George IV satinwood and parcel gilt card tables, in the manner of Morel and Seddon, the rectangular fold over tops with front canted corners, having floral carved moulding to edges

There were some high prices achieved for individual lots in the English and Continental furniture section. They included this George IV satinwood and parcel gilt card table, one of two in the lot executed in the manner of Morel and Seddon. The pair were hotly contested and sold above estimate for £3,600. [Lot 647]


A set of sixteen Regency mahogany dining chairs, the top rails with carved drapery, on curved supports terminating in oval paterae, with leather upholstered drop in seats, raised on sabre legs including two carvers and fourteen side chairs

A set of 16 Regency mahogany dining chairs, the top rails carved with attractive drapery, were snapped up for £7,000. A George III and later mahogany twin pedestal extending dining table offered together with 12 Regency mahogany dining chairs also found a buyer at £2,600. [Lot 639]

Howard Chairs Ltd, a three seater sofa, of recent manufacture, upholstered in plush grey fabricHoward Chairs Ltd, a three seater sofa, of recent manufacture, upholstered in plush grey fabric, with three loose seat cushions

 

Perhaps unsurprisingly some modern Howard furniture generated more interest than many of the antique items. Two upholstered sofas in grey fabric produced frenzied bidding to sell for £2,400 and £2,200. [Lot 672] [Lot 675]

 

Further Highlights

A Louis Vuitton wardrobe trunk, 20th century, with brass and leather edges
A Louis Vuitton wardrobe trunk, 20th century, with brass and leather edges

Vintage wares by the exclusive luggage company Louis Vuitton were offered across five lots from two private sources. Proving highly desirable was a 20th century ‘Steamer’ trunk model at £5,200 and a rectangular case for £5,400. The interest in them showed that despite some heavy ware and use, the most famous travel luggage brand still elicits interest, particularly for larger pieces. A Louis Vuitton hat box made £1,700. [Lot 99] [Lot 574] [Lot 573]

A breast star for the Order of St. James of the Sword, in silver and enamels, circa. 1900, 8.5cm high, together with a further collection of breast stars to comprise The order of Saint Sava, Serbia together with a badge
A breast star for the Order of St. James of the Sword, in silver and enamels, circa. 1900, 8.5cm high, together with a further collection of breast stars to comprise The order of Saint Sava, Serbia together with a badge

A collection of orders and Japanese medals sold for a multi-estimate £2,700. Among the nine was a c.1900 breast star for the Order of St. James of the Sword, in silver and enamels, the Order of Saint Sava, Serbia, the Order of Boyaca, the Portuguese Military Order of Christ, the Order of the Immaculate Conception of Vila Viçosa and two Japanese breast stars for the Order of the Sacred Treasure and the Order of the Pillars of State. [Lot 593]

Macdonald Gill, British, 1884-1947, A Map of Australia portraying her agricultural products and fisheries, 20th century, an educational poster, issued by the Empire marketing board

In the collector’s section there was interest in a 20th century educational map of Australia designed by MacDonald Gill (1884-1947), the brother of Eric Gill and a noted British graphic designer and cartographer. Issued by the Empire marketing board and printed in 1926, it portrays Australia’s agricultural products and fisheries. It made £1,250. [Lot 579]

A George III melon form tea caddy, the lifting lid with later ivory fist form finial, overall with remains of green stain, the interior with signs of a silvered lining, with a key, 12.5cm high
A George III melon form tea caddy, the lifting lid with later ivory fist form finial, overall with remains of green stain, the interior with signs of a silvered lining, with a key, 12.5cm high

A private collection of tea caddies, mostly of Georgian origin and in a range of designs and materials, was a near sell out. The rarest and most expensive was this George III melon-form caddy, which made £1,250 despite missing its stalk finial. [Lot 477]

For further information please contact Peigi Mackillop peigimackillop@roseberys.co.uk +44 (0) 20 8761 2522

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