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Over 700 lots of Hornby, Bing, Bachmann and various other makes and models to be included. Estimates from £30 to £300.
For further details, please contact Jeff Day on 01460 73041 or [email protected]
Nowadays, the violinist Lowdini will be a familiar name only to those who still remember the glory days of the music hall in this country between the wars. He travelled the country with his daughter, Gladys, and performed with some of the biggest stars of his generation to packed houses and standing ovations. One of his fellow performers on a bill was George Formby. George kindly gave one of his famous banjoleles to Gladys and even signed it for her. That banjolele will be in Lawrences' Collectors sale later on October 28-30th and will be guided at £100-150. Accompanying it is an evocative archive of posters and an autograph album, enthusiastically amassed by the patient Gladys as she waited in the wings to watch her father perform. In addition, the family has consigned for sale a fine quality German cello, played by a professional musician in an orchestra until recently, that could realise £1500-2000.
The firm's massive Fine Art sale on October 14-17th contains a huge variety of quality items: there is a silver tankard made in London in the year of the Great Fire of London -1666 (£5000-7000); a rare Ming Dynasty brush washer from the reign of Xuande (1425-1434), estimated at £5000-10,000; a superb watercolour of an angel by Sir Edward Burne-Jones, given to Auberon Waugh and his wife upon their wedding day (£10,000-15,000); and a remarkable cut glass gasolier from the same family that stands 55 inches high and is expected to make £5000-8000.
Lawrences' Collectors' sales are a popular fixture in their schedule and the Crewkerne firm's final auction of October offered nearly 1100 lots, enough to satisfy collectors of almost anything. Amongst those 1100 lots were items of remarkable variety: two letters written by a soldier during the Zulu War in 1879 in which he apologised for the "horrid paper" he was using and said that "Sergeants and corporals are confounded stoopid sometimes" made £690 whilst, on a lighter note, an American Punch and Judy money box from the 1880's appealed at £270.
There was similar variety on offer elsewhere: a Symphonion disc player in a walnut case (effectively a 96cm high Victorian CD player) was offered with 26 metal discs and made sweet music for its vendor when it was bought for £1700; a Tom Morris antique golf putter made £210; an Armand Marseille closed mouth doll in a smart red woollen dress with brass buttons took £1585 (see photo); 500 military postcards were bought for £450; a quantity of 19th Century postal covers included penny reds and 1/2d blues to make £680; a mahogany cased mechanical organ made £600 and a group of autographs gathered in Weston Super Mare in 1963/4 included the names of the The Polka Dots, Beryl Reid - and two musicians named Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr (£330).
Nearly two dozen trestle tables in the saleroom were covered with one man's collection of toy trains and associated items: there were coaches and wagons by Bachmann, Hornby, Lima and Triang; track, figures, buildings and sheds; magazines and booklets; and every imaginable accessory required to keep a model train enthusiast busy for years. The vendor, who lives near Glastonbury, had kept all the items in excellent condition - many were unused - and interest was keen. Jeffrey Day, Lawrences' specialist for the sale, had sensibly split the collection into over 600 lots and it realised over £30,000 (see photo of one lot).
The sale brought to an end a hectic October for Lawrences: they offered over 6000 lots in ten separate days of auctions. Thousands of buyers and sellers passed through the saleroom and spent a total of £1,300,000 to make it the firm's most successful month for a year.
In a busy 2008, the October auction will be Lawrences's third such sale this year (following successes at Cothelstone House in March and in Crewkerne in April).
Weapons continue to attract considerable national and international appeal. Already consigned are fine Japanese Katana and Wakasashis (short and long swords) (£300-700). There are also Imperial German Naval and Army swords and daggers, a Scottish broadsword, Indian Cavalry swords and other edged weapons with estimates ranging from £70 to £500.
A uniform of a Lieutenant (later promoted Captain) worn in Dominica by an officer of 46th Foot South Devon regiment in about 1845 is offered with an almost complete waistbelt and buttons (£500-700).
Medals include a CBE, DSO and RNR group for the Siege of Tobruk, the lengthy confrontation in North Africa between Axis and Allied Forces that lasted 240 days in 1941-1942, awarded to Captain Smith who was killed in the final retreat after boarding a blazing ship to save his comrades (see illustration). The valiant man was described by Admiral Cunningham in his own autobiography as "outstanding among gallant men. When he was at hospital in Alexandria I went to see him and offered him command of a ship but in his quiet voice he firmly said: `No Sir, I'd like to go back to Tobruk`." This remarkable group is estimated at £10,000-12,000.
A Military Medal group to a Private in the Medical Corps who saved many lives in the invasion of Germany of 1945 is expected to realise £1000-1500. Under fire from both enemy and friendly forces he volunteered without hesitation to bring in the wounded time and time again.
There is also a Somerset Light Infantry prisoner of war group for World War I (£60-100) and medals to an Italian officer who fought in World War I and II in Abyssinia (Ethiopia) both under and against Mussolini (£300-500).
A large selection of collectors' items complements this array of militaria and will comprsie coins, postcards, cigarette cards, teddy bears, dolls, boxed toy vehicles, musical instruments and a collection of trains (including Hornby Dublo, Wrenn, Bachmann, Luisa) many of which are in their original boxes.
Entries are invited in all of these categories until late August.
His name may not be as famous today as that of our reigning Olympic champion Chris Hoy, but Harry Ferris's endeavours upon a bicycle between the wars earned him over 100 medals, all of which are to be offered at Lawrences in Crewkerne in October. From a workshop in Middlesex, Harry and his brother Sid made cycles for £25 each (£1200 in today's money) that set new standards in engineering and enabled Harry to record some remarkable feats of cycling endurance. "Amongst the gold, silver and bronze examples on offer are medals for solo, tandem and tricycle races including a 1925 medal for winning a 50-mile race in two and a half hours and the Alban Trophy for beating a 24-hour marathon race record by 19 miles," notes specialist Jeffery Day. "In 1934, Harry rode from Bath to London and back in a high wind, a distance of 211 miles, in 12 hours and 2 minutes and records show that he was delayed by a policeman obliging him to stop as he gave directions to a lady motorist as well as by a puncture delay that cost him a valuable 2 1/2 minutes. Arguably his greatest achievement was in the following year when he cycled 390 miles in 24 hours - without stopping. Sadly, there is no record of Harry ever cycling in the Olympics."
There are dozens of 14-carat gold medals in the collection, many shown in the photograph, and the whole lot is a fascinating glimpse into medal-winning determination from another era. The collection is expected to realise £3000.
A remarkable variety of goods comes under the hammer on October 28th-30th at Lawrences' second catalogued sale of this month. The Crewkerne auctioneers wind up their main Autumn Fine Art auction today (Friday) and will then be addressing their 2000-lot Collectors and Militaria Auction. A hint of the range on offer is evidenced by this list of highlights from the first day: a private collection of truncheons ranging from £30-500; Japanese swords for up to £700; a cased set of percussion pistols by C. Hebbert and Co at £400-600; a cased London Navy Colt revolver (£1000-1200); a 19th Century brass Dorset Fire helmet from Dorchester Fire Station (£300-500); a Flintlock Dagger-Pistol from the early 18th Century (£2000-3000); items of Tribal and Ethnic Art including a Dyak shield decorated with human hair (£200-300); a huge group of over 100 medals awarded to an Italian officer between 1914 and 1945 (£300-500); a fine medal group awarded to Pte Dunbar to include a photograph of him receiving his Military Medal from Field Marshal Montgomery (£1200-1500); numerous coins in collectable lots ranging from the 272BC through to modern commemorative proof sets; and an exceptional CBE DSO RD Medal group to Capt. Frank Montem-Smith, the "White Haired Hero of Tobruk" that is expected to realise £10,000-12,000.
Two days later, the Collectors' sale features stamps, cigarette cards, postcards, dolls, teddy bears, a Tom Morris golf putter (£200-300); the signatures of Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr with a curious, dubious John Lennon signature (£200-300); an orchestral organette (£150-200) and a fine cased mahogany organ (£300-500); a good quality German concert cello (£1500-2000) and a massive collection of boxed toy trains and wagons by Hornby, Triang, Dinky Dublo, Bachmann, Lima, Wrenn and Bing with estimates from as little as £30 up to a few hundred.
Lawrences' auction of militaria, coins and medals comprised over 830 lots and there was keen bidding throughout for all sorts of items from Egyptian coins to pistols. A ceremonial truncheon (or mace) decorated with the Royal Coat of Arms made £1270, a Japanese Katana (sword) made £800, a wakasashi sword made £915 and a good cased pair of percussion pistols by Hebbert and Co exceeded their estimate to take £1480. A Colt Navy pistol case, containing everything except the pistol itself, made £1230 nonetheless and a Victorian fire helmet from Dorchester Fire station realised £505. A 19th Century Dyak wooden shield from Borneo, decorated with trophies of human hair and consigned for sale from a client near Taunton, made £1585 (see illustration) and a Dyak Bahal shield, riddled with woodworm from years of neglect, still raised £2700. Four other native Borneo shields from the same owner added £1645 to the day's total.
Vivid history is always appealing in such sales: a tiny alloy tube for a carrier pigeon provided an evocative glimpse of the trials of the Great War. It was sent by H Fairhurst in May 1917 with a message stating bleakly "Enemy attacking, send reinforcements" and was bid to £44 (see illustration). A coatee from the South Devonshire 46th Regiment, worn by Major Thomas Bremner (1809-1851), took £705. Medals were well received: a case containing over 100 minitaure medals (including a VC) made £1175 whilst a group of seven awarded to Pte Dunbar, described as cheerful, willing and brave, took a mid estimate £1645 and a Military Cross group of four medals awarded to Major Butterell realised £1350. Coins from nearly every century of the last 2400 years attracted collectors with a top price of £1880 for a William IV sovereign of 1831. A Queen Victoria Gothic Crown of 1847 made £505 and a Georgian half guinea of 1759 made £280. A silver tetradrachma from the reign of Alexander the Great (336-323BC) realised £200 whilst a Carthaginian coin showed not only that age does not equate with value (it was 2360 years old and made £29) but that young schoolboys were attracted to the sale with their pocket money to add to their collections for an affordable sum. Coins from the time of Jesus Christ, such a Judean example of c.52AD, were offered at £10-20 but the reassurance of gold was a greater attraction: a Golden Jubilee £2 gold piece of 1887 and mounted as a brooch was bought for over 150 times its face value at £317
A fine quality piece of Chinese furniture from a Taunton vendor has been consigned for sale at Lawrences in Crewkerne for their auction in the autumn. "Although the market focuses on the strength of Oriental porcelain, there is also keen demand in the booming Far East for furniture of this sort of quality," observes Lawrences' specialist Richard Gold.
"This cabinet on a stand, fitted with an arrangement of beautifully finished drawers, dates from the first quarter of the 19th century and imitates English furniture styles of the late 18th Century devised by Sheraton and Hepplewhite. That was all that the Chinese cabinet makers could use for inspiration if they were hoping to sell to the lucrative western markets. However, the appeal of this piece is not merely its skilled construction and elegant proportion but in the outstanding quality of the lacquer finish. Worked in traditional tones of black and gilt, there is a desirable zigzag pattern derived from Japanese styles and a profusion of grapes and vines in superb detail. The hardness of lacquer, made from the sap of the sumac tree, is legendary: this piece is 200 years old and shows no signs of the type of deterioration one might expect to see on painted furniture of this period. Lacquer is surprisingly resilient to heat and damp and, even in sunlight, is slow to crack or discolour. The luxuriance of these pieces was a breath of fresh air amongst Georgian mahogany items and the pieces proved to be very popular in England. Obviously there were complications in shipping items to meet demand so cargoes were also packed with many smaller wares, such as boxes and tea caddies, to satisfy clients' desire to own these beautiful Chinese works of art. A piece of furniture on this scale would have been a spectacular feature in a Georgian drawing room."
Lawrences hope that the cabinet will realise £3000-5000 at auction.
The popularity of the work of Samuel John Lamorna Birch (1869-1955) is now well established at auction and his second middle name is a reflection of his love for the rough Cornish coast around Lamorna where he lived for most of his life after moving from Lancashire in the late 1890's. However, he was a regular exhibitor at The Royal Academy and at The Royal Watercolour Society throughout his career and so made many trips from Cornwall to London. He would break his journey in Sherborne and produced many charming views of the Dorset coastline which inspired him almost as much as Cornwall. A delightful inland view of a scene on the River Piddle near Wareham will be offered at Lawrences in Crewkerne in October and sparkles with fresh summer light in a palette of pale blues and lush greens. The oil on panel (13 x 16 inches) depicts cattle grazing by the river and dates from 1944. The auctioneers are expecting it to realise £3000-5000. Further entries are invited until September 5th.
A remarkable collection of over 70 views of Naples and Mount Vesuvius will be offered for sale at Lawrences in Crewkerne in their Autumn Fine Art sale next month. The collection, put together by a Dorset couple over a period of nearly thirty years, comprises mainly gouaches of the distinctive volcano above the city of Naples. Captured in glorious colour by day and by night, the volcano is depicted smoking and erupting with impressive bursts of fiery orange lava shooting up into the sky. "In the busy port of Naples in the 19th Century, these views were very eye-catching mementoes for merchant seamen and sailors who visited the Mediterranean," says Lawrences' Richard Kay. "The technique of gouache was always more popular in France and Italy than in Britain. It is opaque watercolour, similar to poster paint nowadays, and gives pictures a dense flat colour that makes normal watercolours look very pale in comparison. These views have become very popular again with Italian and British collectors. They are usually seen in pairs - daytime and night time - and we even have a run of 22 views depicting successive eruptions from 1631 to 1822 estimated at £2000-3000. The finest examples are by Gioacchino La Pira and are expected to make £5000-8000 for a set of three but prices start at just £100 for some smaller examples. The 30 lots from the collection are expected to make over £20,000 and most are in very good condition."
David: the illustrated example is estimated at £300-500
A collection of art and antiques from the home of the late Auberon Waugh (1939-2001) is to be offered at Lawrences in Crewkerne in mid October. Waugh was the son of Evelyn Waugh; he was a colourful and controversial journalist who wrote acerbically for Private Eye, The Spectator and The Daily Telegraph amongst other titles as well as standing for parliament in 1979 against Jeremy Thorpe.
The items have come to auction on the instructions of his executors and give a glimpse of his varied tastes and passions: amongst the George III dining chairs (seven for £800-1200) and the ormolu and enamel five light chandelier (£1500-2000), there is a Victorian Gothick collectors' cabinet (£400-600) and a 17th Century oak mule chest (£300-400). There are silver candlesticks (£200-300), an 18th Century Russian icon (£100-200), a 15 inch high wax group of finely modelled fruits beneath a glass dome (£80-120) and a large collection of about 500 polished hardstone specimens estimated at £200-400. Removed from the Waughs' home at Combe Florey (formerly Evelyn Waugh's residence) to Lawrences' saleroom in Crewkerne, the lots in the sale on October 16th and 17th reflect the tastes of the couple as they furnished their substantial house. The large walls presented a perfect opportunity for the display of pictures which vary from a small pair of portraits of Cardinal Wolsey and Jane Seymour (the third wife of Henry VIII) (estimate £300-400), a copy after Sir Joshua Reynolds of Queen Charlotte (£800-1200), a portrait of the Duke of Marlborough after Sir Godfrey Kneller (£1000-2000) and a fine large oil of leopards with a stag by John Baudenbach (£6000-8000) through to smaller and more manageably proportioned works in the £300-1000 range. Collectors will be drawn to a scene at the International Exhibition of 1862 by an artist in the style of William Maw Egley (£5000-8000) and a beautifully framed watercolour by George Owen Wynne Apperley entitled "The Nymph", depicting a nude maiden by a river bank (£2000-3000) (see illustration). In addition, a large 17th Century Italianate oil painting of soldiers quenching their thirst by a river - possibly a scene from the life of Alexander the Great - will attract some attention as it was purchased by Evelyn Waugh in the 1950's and was known within the family as "Papa's Folly" (estimate £3000-5000).
However, perhaps the most important picture in the collection is an exquisite watercolour by the famous Pre-Raphaelite artist, Sir Edward Burne-Jones (see illustration). It is a study for a major scene of the Annunciation (currently in the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Merseyside) and was a gift to the Waughs upon their wedding in 1961. It depicts the Archangel Gabriel hovering against a blue background and is expected to realise £10,000-15,000. "The academic solemnity of this drawing finds a delightful counterpoint in the lighthearted frivolity of the work by Apperley and thereby sums up the character of the owner rather well," suggests Lawrences' specialist, Richard Kay. All enquiries to the auctioneers on (01460) 73041.
OCTOBER 16th PORCELAIN SALE - Will include a Chinese Blue & White brush-washer 8 1/4" (21cms) diameter. Xuande size character mark and of the period. A very similar bowl is in The Percival David Collection, London. PDF A603.
Provenance: By descent from the vendor's grandfather whose family had been involved with the tea planting.
All enquiries : Richard Gold +44 (0)1460 73041 or [email protected]
Figures include a monkey, a horse, a fox, a fox cub group, a puppy, a kingfisher, a tiger cub and a piglet.
For further details, please contact Simon Jones on 01460 73041.
An outstanding diamond ring will be one of a number of highlights in Lawrences' autumn sale in Crewkerne. "It is a marquise cut," says Lawrences' specialist, Miranda Bingham. "It weighs about 3.17 carats and is set with two brilliant cut diamonds in platinum at each side, upon a gold band."
Not only is the stone of impressive size but it has been graded as F colour (D is the highest grade) and, with the market for good quality diamonds being strong at present, the ring is being guided at £15,000-18,000.
Gold is also performing well in the current market and so the October 16th auction is likely to contain a good selection of jewellery with prices to suit every pocket. Brooches and rings always seem to be most in demand but Miranda has developed a strong market amongst private collectors for attractive affordable items in precious or semi-precious stones as well as strength for good quality costume pieces which are often in the £100-200 range. Cameos, stick pins, cufflinks, lockets and bracelets are also included so there is always variety and quality across the board. Entries are invited until the first week of September.
A dog is not just for Christmas: a collection of them is also for auction. Dog lovers should make a note of Lawrences' sale in Crewkerne on October 16th as there will be a selection of figurines of dogs to suit every pocket. Amongst the poodles, spaniels and greyhounds on offer are Staffordshire porcelain pairs, assorted pottery examples and some charming individual subjects of hounds in all shapes and sizes with the majority dating from about 1830-1840. Consigned for sale by a local lady who has been collecting them for over twenty years, the estimates range from £50 to £250 per lot and all the little beasts are expecting to find new homes (or kennels).
The item illustrated in the photograph is a late 18th Century version of a very common household object. Made of dense dark or stained wood (possibly ebony), it measures 10 1/2 inches in length and has a silver hinge at one end, elaborately engraved with a family coat of arms and motto ("For Right and Reason").
"Each spoon-like component has a hallmarked silver face with an indented bowl and the object was made in Edinburgh by a silversmith named Patrick Robertson in 1779," observes Lawrences' Anthony Kilroy. "The silver mounts and the fine coat of arms suggest that this was no meagre kitchen implement to be used by a maid but its purpose was surprisingly mundane for such a large and carefully made item. It is a lemon squeezer of particularly Scottish design and was used by the host himself to squeeze lemon juice into a punchbowl or a hot toddy for a guest."
The long-handled design enabled the lemon to be squashed quite flat (so as to extract as much juice as possible) and kept the user's hands clean whilst retaining all the pips in the bowl. It has been consigned for sale by a titled lady who is a direct descendant of the family for whom it was made 229 years ago and Lawrences expect it to realise £300-500 in their autumn auction. "It may not be as small as a modern squeezer, nor as simple to clean," notes Anthony. "But it is considerably more stylish and would be an excellent conversation piece at a party."
A magnificent marble sculpture of Pauline Bonaparte (1780-1825) will be one of the numerous highlights of Lawrences' Autumn Fine Art auction. "Although it is a copy of Antonio Canova's famous original in the Galleria Borghese in Rome, the workmanship is exceptional and it is finished to a very high degree," observes Lawrences Director, Richard Gold. "It is the work of F. Vichi of Florence and depicts Napoleon Bonaparte's beloved sister in the classical role of Venus Victrix who has been transformed from a historical figure into a goddess of antiquity in a pose of tranquillity and noble simplicity. She reclines upon a chaise longue of Siena marble of an ochre colour. The sculpture measures just over three feet and weighs in excess of 175lbs but would be the perfect focus for any room furnished in the elegant Neo-Classical taste. We expect it to realise £6000-8000 but the current demand for quality sculpture could see that estimate comfortably exceeded."
Over 2000 lots went under the hammer in three days of auctions at Lawrences in Crewkerne last week and the total for the week of over £1 million included some exceptional prices for some very desirable art and antiques. Highlights from the silver and vertu included £2820 for a tea caddy of 1753 by Edward Wakelin, £2935 for a 113oz Victorian tray dating from 1876 and £11,500 for a Charles II tankard made in the year of the Great Fire of London, consigned for sale by a Dorset couple. An extraordinary price of £3170 was paid for the Scottish lemon squeezers featured previously on these pages: the lot summed up well the exceptional demand for Provincial silver of quirky appeal. Top price in a well-received selection of 300 lots of jewellery was the £15,860 paid for a three-stone diamond ring comprising a central marquise-cut stone of 3.17 carats. A Victorian diamond pendant took £3400 and another diamond pendant of foliate form, sold with a matching choker, took £3055. A Victorian ring set with five cushion-shaped stones made £6345, just above its estimate. Rolex watches were in demand, too, as a lady's 18ct. gold and steel example took £2056.
Amongst the ceramics and glass, a Wedgwood mug commemorating the Coronation of George VI in 1937 made £940, numerous Royal Copnehagen animals ranging from pigs and monkeys to foxes and dogs were making up to £280 each, and works by Moorcroft, Minton and Clarice Cliff were selling steadily. An exceptional pair of Bohemian glass lustres exceeded expectations to make £1050. The eye-catching items continue to attract strong prices and a playing-card sized Liverpool creamware plaque of George Washington took £705, two Bow birds with extensive damages were rare enough to command £750, a Chelsea brown anchor basket made £880 and Oriental works of art were in demand too. A Shibayama and silver filigree basket from Japan, with many pieces missing, nonetheless made £1880 against hopes of £500; a pair of cloisonne enamel cranes standing 40cm high went within expectations for £3170 and a Chinese blue and white desk set with silver coloured metal mounts made £1880. Attention was focused, however, upon a far rarer piece of early Ming (see illustration). A brushwasher made during the reign of Xuande and with his mark was carefully researched by the auctioneers and taken up to London for the admiration of the specialist dealers. It was also advertised in the prestigious Arts Of Asia magazine and so attracted considerable attention from the Far East. The bowl, measuring just 21cm across and spotted by Lawrences' Anthony Kilroy upon a dresser in the clients' home on the Dorset/Somerset border, was decorated with a five-clawed dragon amidst cloud scrolls. The piece dated from about 1430 and was of museum quality. It was keenly contested by dealers and collectors in this country and abroad before being bought by a specialist dealer for a remarkable total of £199,750 thus bringing a highly successful day to a most encouraging close
Lawrences' Autumn Fine Art sale in Crewkerne next week offers 2000 lots in a bumper illustrated catalogue and the auctioneers are hopeful that there will be plenty of items to catch the eye of collectors right across the board.
On Tuesday 14th, a selection of rugs includes a room size Ushak carpet (£500-1000) as well as plenty of smaller carpets and mats with estimates from £50. The sale on Thursday features some good silver, including a pair of sauce tureens from 1773 estimated at £1800-2500 and a fine quality tea set, all in a fitted wooden box, weighing over 140 oz (£1800-2500).There are 300 lots of jewellery including a three stone ring with a 3.17 marquise-cut central diamond (£15000-18000) and watches from £100-1600. A rare Ming dynasty Chinese brush washer is expected to lead the 400-lot Ceramics section at £5000-10,000 whilst a blue and white dog bowl, big enough to quench the thirst of the largest hound, is guided at £700-800. The Friday sale kicks off with 250 lots of pictures and prints and a rare 1937 collage of Tisbury by celebrated British surrealist Julian Trevelyan is expected to make £8000-12000 whilst a 1950's watercolour by his wife, Mary Fedden, may be bought for £800-1200. There are clocks from £80, including a good mahogany and marquetry longcase clock by Smith and Son of Strand at £4000-6000. In the diverse works of art selection, collectors can choose from icons, sculpture, metalware, chess sets, pewter and wax fruits with estimates from £80 to over £6000 and 300 lots of furniture will round off a busy week: highlights include an Italian marble centre table inlaid with specimen marbles and a magnificent Chinese export lacquer cabinet on stand at £1500-2000. An elegant pair of George III style mahogany console tables of semi-elliptical shape and with highly decorative inlays is tipped to take £5000 (see illustration). Viewing starts today (Friday) and the whole sale can be viewed online at www.lawrences.co.uk