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Lawrences held their quarterly Jewellery auction on October 17th, as part of the firm’s Autumn Fine Art sale of 2200 lots. Four hundred lots were on offer and buyers were keen to buy, with some unexpected prices helping to raise the total.

Sales of amber will have given vendors a golden glow in recent years as prices have soared. A single row of graduated beads made £2980 and an unusual necklace formed from five rugged chunks of amber in a silver setting was bought for £710. A more conventional but beautifully  geometric silver necklace by Georg Jensen was bought for £2270.

Items of animal interest caught buyers’ eyes. Two reverse painted crystal stickpins of spaniels made £700; an enamel and diamond stick pin of a jockey upon a horse raced to £300; a gold stick pin of a duck flapped up to £230; a painted miniature brooch showing the head of an eager young terrier made £310; and an enamel and diamond bird brooch was bought for just over £1000. To acknowledge all orders of the animal kingdom, mentions should be made of a diamond and gold cobweb brooch, without a spider but still attractive at £650.

The most interest was focused upon diamonds: a sapphire diamond and pearl ring was bought for £2500; an emerald and diamond cluster ring made £1430; a diamond-set brooch in the form of a leaf fluttered up to £1790; an Art Deco diamond bracelet doubled its estimate to make £4300; and another very stylish Art Deco carved emerald and diamond clip made £4780.

An 18ct gold cased pocket watch ticked away at £1910 and a silver pair cased pocket watch was bid to £1910 too but a Rolex Oyster watch made £2270 amongst a number of other four-figure prices for wristwatches and pocket watches. There were five commission bids above £5970 and five telephone lines for lot 1408, a diamond wristwatch by Cartier on a simply understated black ribbon band. The combination of elegance, sophistication and quality ensured that this was bid to £10,600.


Lawrences’ auctions of silver and vertu in Crewkerne are now a firm fixture in most dealers’ and collectors’ schedules as they regularly comprise over 800 lots, ranging in value from £50 to over £10,000.

The firm’s recent sale was over 830 lots and the vast variety on offer ensured that the room was full for most of the 8-hour auction, with considerable interest from telephone bidders and the internet too.

Highlights early in the day included  a large canteen of cutlery by Tiffany & Co of New York (£6570) and a remarkable £3580 paid for a simple early 16th Century spoon.  A suite of five Indian turban boxes, circa 1900-1920, were bought for £3820; a rare two-handled Irish cup from about 1710-1720 made £2500; and a slightly more elaborate silvergilt cup with cover from the same era took £2980. 

An unusual set of six small sauce tureens and covers, made by John Houle in 1817, made £7170; a fine yachting trophy for the Royal Thames Yacht Club sailed to £6200; and the day’s highest price was paid for the largest object in the sale: a horse racing trophy depicting a chivalrous medieval knight upon his steed before a maiden and a child. The trophy was awarded to the 4-year old horse named `Compromise` at Northampton in 1870. The trophy stood over 22 inches (57cm) high upon a plinth of similar size and exceeded its estimate to take £14,900.

Following this success came smaller treasures in the vertu section. Nearly all of these 400 lots would have fitted individually in the palm of the hand: a nutmeg grater shaped like a strawberry (and of about the same size)  was squeezed to £3940 (this works out at £5600 per ounce of silver); a miniature portrait of Commander Charles Talbot of HMS Algerian made £1070; an Irish Freedom Box for Cork, which had been passed down through seven generations of one family, made £2860; the highlight of a collection of fans was the £1910 paid for a Chinese ivory `face screen`; a tiny silver game counter for the shooting sportsman fired up collectors who bid it to £5250; and a card case by Nathaniel Mills showing Castle Howard, 1852, made an unexpected £3100. 

Almost the last lot in the sale yielded the afternoon’s highest price: an 18th Century miniature on enamel by Christian Zincke, probably depicting Princess Mary (daughter of King George II), made £6090 and was not even two inches (5cm) high [image 832]. The day’s total exceeded £320,000 with very little unsold.


Lawrences in Crewkerne will be selling an artist’s studio in their Crewkerne salerooms on November 20th and 27th (with an additional small selection in their sale on January 17th 2014).

The pictures are by Frank Griffith (1889-1979), the eldest of three sons of a solicitor. He was born in Wales but, in 1895, the family moved from to Folkestone and Griffith then went to Paris to study art. Once there, he became friends with the noted Belgian artist Theo van Rysselberghe and the French Post-Impressionist Paul Signac. Upon his return to London, Griffith studied under Walter Sickert at Rowlandson House in London as part of the `Fitzroy Street Group`. During the War, he served with the Lancashire Fusiliers in France and Gallipoli. He married Lucie Henriette Richard in 1921 and they had one daughter, Rachel. In the mid-1920’s Griffith lived in France  and adopted many Continental techniques and compositions.  The family then returned once more to England to live in Cambridgeshire and Wiltshire before settling in Evershot near Dorchester from 1954. His wife died suddenly the following year but Griffith remained in Dorset before moving to be with his daughter for his final years. Griffith died in Newmarket, aged 89. An exhibition of the artists’ work was held at the Dorset County Museum in Dorchester and at Southampton City Art Gallery from January-March 1996. Some of the exhibited works are in these auctions.

The hundreds of pictures on offer will be sold as about 80 mixed lots in the three auctions. Subjects include landscapes, portraits, figure groups, still lifes, sea ports  and interiors in a variety of media to include oil, pastel, watercolour and pencil. Griffith’s friend and fellow artist Hubert Wellington admired Griffith for presenting `an English outlook through a French technique.` Lawrences’ specialist, Richard Kay, comments that “it is marvellous to offer such a broad overview of this artist’s work. Many of the pictures have never been seen before outside the artist’s family. It is clear that Griffith was a compulsive painter, always with a pen or a brush in his hand, and the variety on offer is remarkable. Landscapes seemed to be his forte and there are large, complete works as well as dozens of dozens of lively sketches and studies on panels. There are summery scenes with cattle resting and wintry subjects with snow at twilight. He approached the subjects in many different ways and the lots have been sorted into themes so that collectors can see the scope of his techniques. Little of Griffith’s work has come to market before so this is a terrific opportunity to buy examples from the studio of a skilful but – as yet- a relatively little-known painter of some striking ability.” All the lots have been guaranteed by the artist’s daughter and many bear the `atelier` stamp of authenticity. All works from the studio will be offered for sale without reserve.

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Monday 11th November 2013 - 9.00am - 4.30pm
Tuesday 12th November October 2013 - 9.00am - 7.00pm
Wednesday 13th November 2013 - 9.00am - 4.30pm
Thursday 14th November 2013 - 8.30am  - 4.30am
Friday 15th November 2013 - 8.30am - 10.00am



Two identical posters of Minehead’s outdoor swimming pool (or Lido) are to be sold by Lawrences Auctioneers of Crewkerne.

Entered for sale by a client with Minehead connections, the posters were originally acquired by a gentleman who worked at the Lido and later at Butlins. The Minehead Swimming Pool was opened in 1936, a magnificent open air pool which was paid for by the Luttrell family of Dunster Castle, for the enjoyment of the people of Minehead.

Of Olympic standards, the pool hosted National Championships and was enjoyed by many locals and visitors. The pool was eventually sold to  a number of local businessmen in 1958 and was finally purchased by Butlins. Sadly, it was later demolished. These two posters were probably produced in 1936 to mark its opening in 1936.

Lawrences’ Auctioneer Simon Jones said, “Posters are a very collectable subject nowadays and it is always very interesting to see something with local interest. I would expect some keen bidding for these and hopefully they could end up back in Minehead. If anyone feels like jumping in, we are expecting them to make £100-200 in auction.” The posters will be sold in Lawrences Collectors Sale, on Friday 15th November in Crewkerne.


A fine Snooker scoreboard and cue stand are to be sold by Lawrences of Crewkerne. Entered for sale by a local gentleman in West Dorset who has played the game all his life but who is now downsizing, the sale includes a Snooker scoreboard cum sideboard made by Burroughes & Watts at the turn of the last century. Also on offer is a revolving cue stand with a number of cues and accessories. Both are made in solid mahogany and have been kept in good condition over the years. Lawrences Auctioneer Simon Jones said, “These items would grace any snooker room, and are of excellent quality. Snooker items are always very popular in auction, and we hope for a great deal of interest. Snooker is often called `The Gentleman’s Game` as it evokes an atmosphere of fair play, subtle skills, competitive camaraderie and refined elegance.” The Snooker scoreboard and cue stand will be sold in Lawrences Sporting and Collectors Sale, on Friday 15th November. Both are expected to make £600-1000 in auction. *The Scoreboard is pictured with Auctioneer Simon Jones


Three hundred lots of picture and prints went under the hammer at Lawrences in Crewkerne on October 18th and there were high prices for works across five centuries.

In the selection of prints on offer, £1670 for  a Graham Sutherland etching of `The Village` from 1925; and £1730 for James Whistler’s famous London etching of Rotherhithe from 1860. Amongst the watercolours, £3580 was paid for a large Victorian watercolour of a railway in Turkey by D. H. McKewan, last sold at Lawrences in April 1988; £2620 for a watercolour of the Beaufort Hunt at Badminton by Lionel Edwards; and £5970 for a 1952 watercolour of a Fenland scene by Alan Reynolds.

In the section of oil paintings, portraits sold well with £13740 paid for a 17th Century portrait of a noblewoman, possibly Elisabeth of France; £6450 for a copy of Van Dyck’s portrait of King Charles I; and £8000 for a charming portrait of an unknown girl, circa 1720, in the style of Bartholomew Dandridge. 

A sentimental oil by John Emms of two donkeys looking at a terrier with her pups made £4060; a scene of a stag on Exmoor by Peter Biegel made £2390; and an elegant Japanese study of a girl with a fan by Jacob Kramer took £6200. A refined 1920 oil of a picnic party by Edmund Blair Leighton (1852-1922), depicting a view on the Waveney in Norfolk with figures in 18th Century dress, was consigned for sale by the family of an Irish clergyman. Its whereabouts were unknown to scholars and its re-discovery resulted in it just exceeding its top estimate to make just over £31,000 after some keen bidding on the telephone and via the internet.


A vintage Louis Vuitton trunk is to be sold by Lawrences Auctioneers of Crewkerne.

Entered by a client in the Minehead area, this trunk was retailed by Vuitton’s London branch at New Bond Street, and was made in the first half of the 20th century. In a typical Vuitton design, the trunk is wooden bound and is secured with brass fittings and a lock, and still has original passenger labels attached to it’s handles.

Lawrences Auctioneer Simon Jones said, “Vintage luggage is still very popular in auction, and Louis Vuitton continues to attract interest from collectors and private customers. “

The trunk is to be entered in Lawrences Collectors and Sporting Sale, on Friday 15th November, and is expected to make up to £500 in auction. For further details about this sale please contact Simon Jones on 01460 73041.


A lifetime collection of dolls are to be sold by Lawrences Auctioneers of Crewkerne.

Collected by a lady in Somerset, the collection includes a huge number of dolls from various periods. It includes a variety of early wooden dolls, various 19thc Wax dolls, and a variety of porcelain head dolls by a number of different factories.

There are also some very unusual items, such as a parasol with a dolls head, an early wooden Pedlar doll, a Quaker doll in original clothing, and miniature dolls and dolls house items.

Lawrences Auctioneer Simon Jones said, “This is a truly wonderful collection, with such a huge variety and diversity of items. This has been built up over a long period, and there are some very unusual items which have not appeared on the market for a very long time.”

The dolls will be included in Lawrences Autumn Collectors Sale, on Friday 15th November. For further details about this sale please contact Simon Jones on 01460 73041.


A very unusual parasol is to be sold by Lawrences of Crewkerne.

Made by premier walking stick and parasol makers Brigg & Sons of London, the handle has been made in the form of a silver Frog. Made in the Edwardian period and dated to 1908, the Frog is mounted on a wooden shaft and opens out to form an attractive parasol. It is estimated at £150-250 in auction.

Lawrences Auctioneer Simon Jones said, “Walking sticks and parasols are a popular area for collectors, and novelty items always attract a lot of interest”

It will be sold in Lawrences Collectors and Sporting Auction, on Friday 15th November. For further details about this sale please contact Simon Jones on 01460 73041.


A very unusual set of Britains Horses and Jockey’s, are to be sold by Lawrences Auctioneers of Crewkerne.

Entered by a local client, it includes eight boxed sets of ‘Racing Colours of Famous Owners’. Each set includes a Horse and Jockey, with their owners colours on the Jockey.

It includes the Aga Khan, HM The King, Lord Rosebery, Lord Derby, and various others. These sets were first produced in 1925, with production until 1941. The set is expected to make £300-500 in auction.

Lawrences Auctioneer Simon Jones said, “These figures are unusual and will appeal to collectors of Britains figures, and also to Horse Racing enthusiasts. Toys and trains continue to be extremely popular in auction, with strong prices in our Collectors Sales.”

These items will be sold on Friday 15th November in Lawrences Collectors Sale, for further details please telephone Simon Jones on 01460 73041.


A delightfully characterful collection of modern Teddy Bears are to be sold by Lawrences Auctioneers of Crewkerne.

Collected by a lady over the last 20 years, the selection includes a variety of Steiff Club Edition Teddy Bears. These Bears were made in a limited edition and come neatly boxed and with their certificates. Also included are a large number of Deans Rag Teddy Bears which were also collected by the lady as a member of the club.

Estimates range from just £50 to £150, and they will be included in Lawrences’ Autumn Collectors Sale on Friday 15th November.

Lawrences’ Auctioneer Simon Jones said, “This is a superb collection of modern bears. We hope that it will attract interest from collectors and private buyers from around the world. In an era of modern toys, the traditional appeal of the familiar teddy bear never seems to fade.”