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Rare Indian Doll......

An unusual doll is to sold by Lawrences of Crewkerne.

Made by the Bahr & Proschild factory in Germany, the doll is made in the style of an American Indian. The doll has fixed brown eyes and closed mouth, and comes complete with original Indian style clothing and earings.

Lawrences Auctioneer Simon Jones said "It is very unusual for Indian dolls to come up for sale, as European makers made very few. It is also made by a very good manufacturer, and these two aspects should ensure alot of interest in the doll"

The doll will be sold in Lawrences Collectors sale in October, and is expected to make £200-400 in auction.

For further information about this sale please contact Simon Jones on 01460 73041.

October Militaria, Collectors & Sporting Sale Preview....

A collection of antique flintlock and percussion pistols will be calling the shots in Lawrences' forthcoming Militaria and Collectors' Sale in the autumn (entries invited until early September).

The collection of over fifty pistols, from a West Country gentleman, has been compiled over many years and comprises some distinctive examples from London and provincial makers. A pair of flintlocks by Griffin of Bond Street date from the mid-18th Century and are estimated at £600-800 whilst another pair by Lowe of London (probably Samuel Lowe) are guided at a similar amount. Less expensive examples include guns by Nock of London (£250-350), Woodward of Norwich (£250-350), Kither of Dartford (£350-500) and Busby and Fox of London (£200-300). One Somerset gun (illustrated) was made by the firm of Pearce of Chard and is estimated at £400-500. Pairs are especially desirable and two French-style percussion pistols, just 6.5" long, have concealed triggers and chequered butts (£200-300) whilst another similar pair of flintlocks by Walter Wells should make £400-500. "These are evocative of a specific period in English history," observes Lawrences' specialist, Jeff Day. "Provincial gunsmiths were kept busy in the era of highwaymen and duels. Personal protection was paramount and makers needed to cater for every pocket. This collection offers a broad survey of mid-18th Century guns by good makers and estimates start at as little as £60-80."

Watercolour by William Callow....

A fine watercolour by one of Britain's most ambitious topographical artists of the 19th Century is to be offered at Lawrences in Crewkerne in October. The view of Ehrenbreitstein on the Rhine was drawn by William Callow in 1874 on one of his numerous European tours. The watercolour, which is in very fresh condition, was exhibited at The Royal Watercolour Society in the year that he completed it and combines meticulously detailed architectural details with a wonderful clarity of light. It measures 32 by 47cm (12.5 by 18.5 ins). Callow shared a studio with Thomas Shotter Boys and came under the influence of Richard Parkes Bonington, two of the century's most eminent watercolourists. Callow taught until he was 70 and lived to the age of 96, sketching and drawing right up until his death. This work is expected to realise £4000-6000.

From the same vendor come two delightful little watercolours of Lake Como and Ventimiglia by Myles Birket Foster and a view by Albert Goodwin of Windsor Castle from the Thames with youngsters fishing for tiddlers (£1500-2000 each). Further entries are invited for this sale until early September.

Moorcroft Collection...

A superb collection of Moorcroft Pottery is to be sold by Lawrences of Crewkerne.

Entered by a client in the Wellington area, the collection comprises 30-40 pieces ranging from the 1920's/30's through to relatively modern items.

William Moorcroft began as a potter at the Macintyre factory in the late 19th century, and his designs became increasingly popular. Most notable were the Florian designs which were retailed through high quality stores such as Liberty's in London.

After establishing his own pottery in 1913 the factory produced high quality pieces and received Royal Patronage in 1928. Amongst the collection are a number of 1920's/30's pieces in a variety of designs such as, Pansies, Poppy, Leaf & Berry, Anenome, Wisteria, Hibiscus, and various others.

Lawrences Auctioneer Simon Jones said, "This is a wonderful group of Moorcroft pottery. As is typical of this factory the pieces are of the highest quality, and there are a huge number of collectors both in the UK and abroad which should bring a lot of interest"

The collection will be sold in Lawrences Fine Art Sale in October, for further details please contact Simon Jones on 01460 73041.

Lalique Scent Bottle.....

A delightful Lalique scent bottle is to be sold by Lawrences of Crewkerne.

Known as Les Deux Figurines, the scent bottle is designed with two female figures at the centre and has a stopper in the form of two intertwining ladies. It dates from 1929 and, like all good pieces of Art Deco design, it captures the spirit of its age with style and flair.

Lawrences' auctioneer Simon Jones said, "This is a wonderful piece of Art Deco design by the best known of all the factories who made small glassware items. This will not only attract interest from Lalique collectors, but also from the numerous fans of scent bottles." The estimate is £200-400.

In addition, the sale of Decorative Arts will include a 1960's Royal Worcester service designed by Scottie Wilson. Scottie Wilson was born in Scotland and after serving with The Scottish Rifles in WW1 emigrated to Canada to run a second hand shop.

After some success with drawings in a gallery in Toronto, he returned to London in 1945 and began to exhibit his works. Known for his highly detailed but light-hearted style, he attracted a large following and one of his most notable admirers was Pablo Picasso.

In the 1960's he began painting on plates, and attracted interest from Royal Worcester who commissioned some designs. This tea and dinner service comprises 53 pieces, all with black designs on a white background. The sale will also include Royal Doulton, Moorcroft, Whitefriars, Martinware and many other factories.

For further information about this sale please contact Simon Jones on 01460 73041.

Mouseman Furniture....

A number of items of furniture made by the famous "Mouseman" are to be sold by Lawrences of Crewkerne.

First made by Robert Thompson (1876-1955) of Kilburn in Yorkshire, they became best known for the small carved mouse that always appears somewhere upon them.

Thompson began producing hand made oak furniture in the 1920's, using traditional methods that did not avoid showing the marks of the adze and the chisel, thereby continuing the spirit and tradition of the Arts and Crafts movement. He introduced the mouse "signature" following a conversation with a friend about being "as poor as a church mouse". The firm of Thompson still thrives in Kilburn to this day, producing hand crafted furniture as well as small items of woodwork such as table lamps, bowls and cheeseboards. All successful men have their imitators and Thompson's renown encouraged Thomas "Gnomeman" Whittaker, Colin "Beaverman" Almack and Wilf "Squirrelman" Hutchinson to work in similar (but less popular) variations on the theme.

Amongst the Mouseman items included in the sale is an oak dining table (£800-1200), a set of eight oak dining chairs (£800-1200), and an oak side table (£300-500). All were produced in the first half of the 20th century, and have been entered for sale by a family in Devon.

Lawrences' auctioneer Simon Jones said, "Mouseman furniture appears rarely in auction in the south of England and when it does there is always a huge amount of interest. Collectors appreciate the honesty of its design and manufacture, the solid quality of the Yorkshire oak that exemplifies the "best of British" standards and, of course, the charming mouse detail that introduces a little humour. These items have been in the family for over 50 years and are in extremely good condition."

These items will be sold in Lawrences Decorative Arts Sale in October. For further enquiries please contact Simon Jones on 01460 73041.

General & Decorative Antiques Sale -

Part of a selection of lots coming up in our Decorative Antiques Sale on Wednesday 13th October 2010.  


The Travelling Souk....


"The Travelling Souk is holding a series of events in the West Country in 2010. Each event is a unique chance to polish off your Christmas shopping in beautiful surroundings, mainly private houses. All events support the host's chosen charity. Lawrences are proud to be sponsoring the West Country events."

Dates are :-

Kilver Court: Friday 8th October, 10.00am - 16.00pm. Charities - St Margaret's Hospice, Somerset Wildlife Trust and Bottletop

Donhead House: Thursday 14th October 9.30am - 3.30pm. Charities - Medecins Sans Frontieres and Friends of Guys Marsh

"View stallholder details & book entrance tickets online to receive a discount."

"Tickets on the door - preview evening & day £15; day only £5"





ADDENDA & ERRATA - Fine Art Sale - 12th, 14th & 15th October 2010

To view the Addenda and Errata for our Fine Art Sale on the 12th, 14th and 15th October 2010, please select the 'Auctions' tab above and then select 'Current Sales'.  The addendum can then be viewed by selecting each sale date.

Tankard set to fly high at Auction...

A wonderful piece of early Flying history is to be sold by Lawrences of Crewkerne.


The silver tankard belonged to W Y (Bill) Craig, who raced Bugatti cars in the 1920's/30's and whose collection is being sold in Lawrences Collectors Sale in October.


Amongst his artefacts was a Silver tankard which marks an early Air Race in 1913 the "72 Mile Cross Country Air Race For The Birmingham Daily Post Trophy" The tankard is inscribed with two legendary names in early Aeronuatical history Gustav Hamel and B C Hucks. Hucks was the first man to perform the loop the loop, and the tankard is inscribed to him for "His Good Sportsmanship"


Incredibly Bill Craig travelled with Hucks in this race at just 5 years of age, and the tankard comes with a postcard of Hucks and Craig in the plane.


Lawrences Auctioneer Simon Jones said, "This is the earliest piece of Flying history I have seen come up for auction, and it should attract an incredible amount of interest. Not only does the tankard relate to two such legendary names, but to have the additional interest of a young boy travelling in the plane is amazing. Any sort of flight at this time was extremely dangerous, and it obviously had a lasting effect on Bill whose need for speed took him on to racing cars later in his life"


The Silver Tankard will be sold in Lawrences Collectors Sale on the 28th October 2010. For further information please contact Simon Jones on 01460 73041.

Motor Racing History at Lawrences...


An incredible collection of Motor Racing history is to be sold by Lawrences of Crewkerne.


The items relate to W Y (Bill) Craig who raced Bugatti cars in the 1920's and 1930's, mostly at the legendary Brooklands circuit.


Craig was an incredible man, educated at Harrow he raced Bugatti cars in the late 1920's and early 1930's, and his need for speed continued during the Second World War. Commissioned in the RAFVR in 1939, he served with 217 and 610 squadrons. In 1943 he went to America to pass on his expertise in ground controlled interception, and ended the war at RAFT Tangmere with the rank of Squadron Leader. He was mentioned in disbatches and was awarded the OBE in 1946.


He was also a considerable inventor, with three of his inventions being used in WW2 amongst which was a Blind Bombing Computer. After the war be became a dairy farmer, and another of his inventions a kale cutting and carting machine, was taken up by Massey Ferguson.


This collection comprises a large number of his artefacts and trophies. Items include two original paintings from 1932, with Bill in the Cockpit, painted by famous motoring artist Roy Nockolds, several pieces of silver which were awarded to Bill for various races at Brooklands, and a large quantity of ephemera including photographs of Brooklands and races at that time.


Lawrences Auctioneer Simon Jones said, "This is a quite fantastic collection for Motor Racing enthusiasts. It is extremely rare to see original paintings and silver trophies of racing at that time, and I would expect interest from all over the world from Institutions and private collectors.


The collection will be sold in Lawrences Collectors Sale on the 28th of October. For further information please contact Simon Jones on 01460 73041.