Late Wanli – Ming – blue and white tri-pod bombe’ form censer. Pencil painted to the outside with scrolling peonies and foliage and around the neck and rim a geometric hatched pattern. The three short legs are part of the body and unusually the pattern descends around and down them. Excellent size and colour. The shape and design makes the piece very stable on all surfaces. It would have been used on a family alter where it was filled with sand and ‘jos sticks’ placed into them.
The well carved Corpus Christi showing traces of the original gilding, and blooded highlights to the carved gesso elements, the carcass in pine, and the whole being of large size, having been an altar piece in an ecclesiastical setting or Italian provincial church, and surviving from the second half of the eighteenth century.
An extremely fine Irish yew wood lever action nut cracker, carved with a squirrel on the top eating a nut. The handles have incised leaf decoration and there is an adjustment at the foot by moving a small peg which can increase or decrease the size of the grooved jaws for different sized nuts. The whole is in good condition and has a lovely colour and patination.
Victorian Games Compendium. A fabulous antique games compendium made with the most beautiful rich walnut, satin wood, ebony and rose wood, decorated with gilt work encrusted with marbles. The compendium consists of chess, backgammon, draughts, cards and dominoes. The box has a hinged lid and a front draw opened by a press button within the games box. Inside the lid is the folded chess and backgammon board, in the top are the chess and backgammon pieces made of coloured ivory, the chess pieces si
1835 Religious Silkwork Sampler by Sarah Nodes. Framed in an old wood frame with gilt slip and rippled, dimpled, old glass. Tacked to a wood stretcher frame with card and brown paper backing. The sampler is worked in silk on linen ground, in a variety of stitches. Meandering floral border. Colours gold, cream, navy blue, greens and browns. Verse reads ‘Lord,teach my youthful heart thy fear;> Thy grace to me be given:> make me thy faithful servant hear,> And bring me safe to heaven.’ Signed and d
Eastern Jin Yue ware chicken-head ewer with a light green slightly crackled glaze. Yue celadon was manufactured in the kilns around Yuyao, Shangyu, and Shaoxing in Northern Zhejiang province. Yue was the kiln where potters were most skilled and specialised in modelling and applied decoration. Yue ware was in great demand The ewer is very well modelled and potted with a loop handle and two small lugs to the shoulder. The chicken-head spot shows very good detail with a proud cocks comb and lovely
A terracotta relief fragment depicting a joyful satyr, naked but for a cloak to his shoulders, playing the pipes. He is in procession behind another figure, part only of which is showing. Reverse plain. Mounted on a custom-made stand, which takes the height of the item to 23 cms.
A small luxury leather luncheon case containing two plated containers. One is a sandwich case with hinged lid and front and has two compartments. The other container also has two compartments, one is for the pair of travelling cups with folding handles, the other a set of folding cutlery, a knife, a fork and a spoon. The small leather case with blue interior, lid embossed “J.Sumner, West Cottage, Chorley”. C. 1900
Hailing from “The Badminton Library of Sports and Pastimes” by Walter H. Pollock, E. B. Michell, and Walter Armstrong, and Published in 1893 in London, the group of eight photogravures, one being in portrait, the others in landscape form, each showing gentlemen in period fencing attire and marked with a fencing position, now professionally framed with ivory mounts and presented glazed in contemporary black frames.
Five Guinness advertising pottery ashtrays, two in the form of barrel tops one by Minton the other by Ajax, the others 'Guinness is good for you' one large and two small are decorated with the character Sam Weller in a scene taken from the original drawings by Phiz.
Taxidermy: A Kirk's Dik Dik (Madoqua kirkii), circa 1902, by Rowland Ward, 166 Piccadilly, London, a neck mount looking straight ahead, mounted upon a typical shaped oak shield, 19cm from the wall, bearing ivorine plaque "Kirk's Dik Dik, Manda I, Lamu. B.E.A. 28. Fen. 02, R.O.B.B", gouged RW to verso Condition Report: both ears have had restoration and the tips are damaged, 10/04/19 ARR: Categories: Natural History & Taxidermy, Lot Description:, Taxidermy: A Kirk's Dik Dik (Madoqua kirkii), c
A small molded blue and white covered porcelain box. Decorated to the top with a central floral medallion with a raised button centre from which radiate conjoined petals. Side decorated with landscape-type design, all above a double line around the base.
The large and early nineteenth century dappled grey rocking horse on bow rocker, at almost seven feet wide, the well carved painted and gessoed horse having pricked ears, flared nostrils and open mouth, the eye sockets vacant, the body with a leather and embroidery saddle back, the horse with outstretched legs, the tail lacking, mounted on an ash bow rocker with two layers of period paint, black over an earlier green, rounded ends and turned cross-pieces and surviving in un-meddled with country-
Japanese Observation Binoculars, 15 X 80 A large pair of Japanese ex-navy observation binoculars mounted on a vintage adjustable wooden tripod. The tripod manufactured by Wild, Heerbrugg, Switzerland. The marine binoculars with 4º incline eyepieces are marked ‘FUJI, Meibo, -15 X 80 4º-, No. 4984, Fuji Photo Optical Co. Ltd, Made in Japan’. These binoculars are predominately used for viewing the horizon, the optics give outstanding visual clarity and are equal to any similar modern binocular. The
A Hoi An blue on white porcelain box. This box is gently moulded at the top, decorated with central floral medallions surrounded by six conjoined petal lappets filled with floral or jewel forms alternating with geometric motifs.The sides are decorated with scrolling tendrils alternating with repeated wave patterns, above a single or a double line around the base. This piece has been officially recorded by the Vietnamese authorities (VISAL), whose sticker is affixed to the base.
Pair of Staffordshire pearlware cow creamers with a pastoral theme which feature a milkmaid kneeling next to a cow, stood on a shaped base. Decorated ‘in the round’ – decoration to front and reverse. Hole with cover to cow’s back. Mouth forms a pouring hole. Book reference not found.
The trio of cushions woven with tapestry fragments of an urn of flowers, an angel and a fleur de lys, all against foliate grounds, with pleated edgings, worked in blues, greens and golds, survive from the seventeenth century, incorporated into cushions in the twentieth century.