Wednesday 23rd May, 2018
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Rare Doll to be Sold in Crewkerne...


A very rare doll is to be sold by Lawrences in Somerset.


Made by Gebruder Heubach in Germany in the early part of the 20th century, the doll has several unusual features.


Known as a "pouty" faced doll, the doll has a rather glum expression, dimpled double chin, and also has a closed mouth which is another unusual feature. The doll also comes in it's original velvet clothing and hat, and is modelled as a boy.


Gebruder started making dolls heads in around 1910 until it's closure in 1938. They produced a large number of bisque heads for German and American doll makers, and are particularly well known for their Character dolls.


Lawrences Auctioneer Simon Jones said, "This is one of the most unusual dolls i have seen. Gebruder Heubach are well known for high quality bisque heads, and the attention to detail is superb. Doll collectors are particularly interested in rare models, and this should attract alot of attention."


The doll will be sold in Lawrences Collectors Sale in April and is expected to make £500-700 in auction. For further details about this sale please contact Simon Jones on 01460 73041.


Rare Devon Jug to be sold in Crewkerne...


A wonderful piece of Devon pottery history is to be sold by Lawrences of Crewkerne.


The jug is made by Edwin Beer Fishley, member of a long line of potters who worked at the Fremington Pottery in North Devon.


The pottery was established by George Fishley in the 19thc, and was continued by successive generations of the family until Edwins death in 1912. The pottery moved to Braunton and was continued by William Fishley Holland, whose pupils included Michael Cardew. Many other Fishley Holland potters followed and the name continued in pottery circles during the 20thc.


This beer jug is dated 1909, and is inscribed to a James A Barrie of Harlestone. The jug is signed by E B Fishley at the Fremington Pottery, and is painted with two verses, one of which refers to drinking.


Lawrences Auctioneer Simon Jones said, "This is such an interesting piece for collectors of Devon Pottery. Although it is a Devon made piece, Harlestone is actually in Northamptonshire. It would suggest it was commissioned by the Barrie family perhaps when visiting the Devon area"


The jug will be sold in Lawrences January Fine Art Sale. For further details please contact Simon Jones on 01460 73041.

Wemyss Scottish Pigs To Be Sold...


Two rare Wemyss pigs are to be sold by Lawrences of Crewkerne.


The Wemyss Pottery was established in the 19thc in Kirkaldy, Fife. Robert Heron one of a long line of potters in the area, secured the exclusive English sales of Wemyss Ware with London retailer Thomas Goode.


Heron took the unusual step of inviting Bohemian artists to Fife in 1880 to decorate the pottery. Most returned home but Karel Nekola stayed on and became the principle designer. A great lover of nature and the outdoors,his painting of Roses in particular were unsurpassed.


They also became well known for their models of Pigs, of which two have been entered for sale by a client in Somerset. One is painted in black and white, and the other is painted with shamrocks.


Lawrences Auctioneer Simon Jones said, "Wemyss pigs are always extremally popular with collectors. They come in a variety of sizes, and although these are relatively small examples they should still attract alot of interest"


They will be sold in Lawrences January Fine Art Sale. For further details please contact Simon Jones on 01460 73041.


Fine Art Sale...

Lawrences' three-day Fine Art sale drew to a close with a selection of pictures, works of art and furniture. The Crewkerne auctioneers reported a buoyancy throughout the whole week and this was reflected in the mere 9% of the 280 lots of pictures that were left unsold. Highlights in this section included £4180 paid for a crisply-printed etching of Waterloo Bridge by C. R. W. Nevinson, £3820 for a beautifully coloured view of Windsor by Albert Goodwin, £6930 for an early Staithes-period watercolour by Dame Laura Knight and £8840 for an 18th Century portrait of a dapper young nobleman with his hound at his side. Two almost identical pairs of views of Malta by Luigi Galea made £4060 and £3880, a fine 1826 study of ten couple of fox hounds in a kennel made £8120 and a quintessentially accomplished oil painting of cattle and sheep by Thomas Sidney Cooper made £7400.


An ebonised mantel clock by Luke Wise of Reading sold within its estimate to make £5010, a good mahogany stick barometer by George Adams took £4420, whilst a pair of white marble lions will grace a garden or a guard a doorway at £4780. A fine George I walnut bookcase stood 9 feet high but attracted many bidders to make £9080, a neat George II walnut lowboy made just over £5000 against hopes of £600-800. Top honours went to a George III style mahogany octagonal partners' desk at £12,540 (see image) but prices for Chinese furniture echoed the feverish interest in all things Oriental when a hardwood bench made £5010 and a small table of squat cushion shape made £1910. The day's takings comfortably exceeded £500,000 to bring the week's total to an impressive £1.28million.

More Fine Art Results...

Lawrences' recent auction of jewellery and ceramics attracted bids from across the world for items old and new. Leading the jewellery section was the £17,320 paid for a stunning 5.6 carat solitaire diamond ring and £10,750 was paid for a fine quality diamond bracelet set with stones weighing a total of about 8.2 carats. Maintaining the interest in good diamonds was the £9,560 paid for a riviere necklace set with 15 carats of stones whilst, for the shallower pocket, a 1.3 carat solitaire made £2390. An 18ct gold half hunting cased pocket watch by Joseph Penlington of Liverpool tripled expectations to make £1670, a gentleman's steel Rolex `Explorer` wristwatch made £2620 and a George III Tassie and gold mourning ring commemorating Admiral Augustus Keppel (1725-1786) leaped beyond its £300-400 guide to take £1790. 


A broad variety of decorative arts was led by a good group of furniture by Yorkshireman Robert "Mouseman" Thompson. Eight dining chairs, a refectory table and a side table totalled £9800, whilst even a humble cheeseboard by the same man made £250. A Lalique glass cent bottle in the "Deux Figurines" pattern made £6090, a French Art Deco dining table and four chairs in the style of E. Brandt made £1790 and a massive 27cm high Commemorative Tyg by Doulton was designed with emblems of the Boer War at Pretoria in 1900 and made £1310. An exquisite little Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre bowl rounded off the selection to make £1250. 


Elsewhere in the selection of ceramics and Oriental works of art, £9320 was paid for a Tibetan gilt bronze figure of a seated Buddha, just 13cm high; £1140 for an African Loango carved ivory tusk, spirally carved with a `journey of life` narrative; and a Longton Hall jug decorated in the "Trembly Rose" pattern made £1910.


However, attention was focused once again upon Chinese works of art and these yielded the highest prices of the day. Two dreamstone and hardwood table screens made £1790 and £3580 respectively; a meticulously carved Cantonese ivory concentric ball of at least fourteen trellis-cut spheres took £5490; a pair of blue and white garden seats of barrel shape with stylised flowering peony scrolls made £2740; a small bowl, probably with mid-17th Century marks for Jiajing made £3100; and two very similar 43cm high onion-shaped vases with copper-red decoration of dragons and pearls, c.1661-1722,  exceeded expectations of £5000-7000 to make £39,430 (see illustration of one). Top honours went to the rhino horn libation cup, featured previously on these pages, which went to a determined European bidder who outpaced his almost equally eager Chinese rivals to pay £56,160.

Silver & Objects of Vertu...

Lawrences' 770-lot sale of silver and objects of vertu was very well received, with collectors from across the world competing for lots made as far afield as Russia and China.


Specialist Alex Butcher has a wide reputation for his skilled knowledge of rare spoons and cutlery and there were240 lots of flatware in the sale. A collection of spoons from a collector in the Home Counties realised just under £53,000 with a rare Charles II spoon by Nathaniel Winter of Cirencester (c.1663) making £2620. A scarce Queen Anne lace-back table spoon by Richard Sweet of Chard attracted local interest before being bought for £2030. Two large sets of cutlery performed well: nearly 600oz of Honeysuckle Heel pattern made £8240 and another set in the same (rare) pattern took £9800.


Elsewhere in the sale, a George II kettle on stand with burner bore the arms of Balch impaling Everard and dated from 1747. It sold for £4060 whilst  a rare early 18th Century American mug by John Burt of Boston (c.1730-1745) made £3220. Further highlights included £4060 for a 1735-1740 salver by Guillaume Henry of Guernsey and a fine pair of candlesticks by the same maker, just 18.4cm (7.25") high, doubled expectations to make £17,920 (see illustration). A rare Danish drinking cup, probably by Anders Pedersson of Copenhagen, dated from 1623 and made £2620. A fine George II two handled cup and cover by Thomas Farren dated from 1742 and was bought for £7760.


A Russian kovsch (small boat-shaped drinking cup) by Ivan Khlebnikov dated from 1896-1908 and had been consigned by the descendant of a British mining engineer who had worked in Russia until c.1900. It was hotly contested to £5975. Carl Faberge was also an illustrious Russian name and one of his workmasters, Johann Viktor Aarne, had made a small mounted glass dish with the rim decorated with rose-cut diamonds. Tragically, the irridescent glass dish itself had been smashed by a remorseful daily help some years ago. What remained of this exquisite little item still tempted one bidder to part with £4780.


Three small items made strong prices in the vertu section: a rare 17th Century mounted amber seal dated from the 1640-1680 era and had links to the distinguished Royalist family named Gresham. It measured just 5.8cm (2.8in) long and was bid up to £4420 whilst a 2.5cm (1in) gold mounted tortoiseshell thimble made £835. It was made using Piercy's Patent, which combined a tortoiseshell body with a hardened silver top, the sides inlaid with gold swags around a cartouche. Finally, a Victorian silvergilt mounted cameo glass scent bottle in the form of a dolphin measured just over 13cm (5.2in) and this lot swam away at £2270. The day's total for the silver and vertu was over £360,000.

Trains Steam Ahead...

Lawrences Collectors Sale saw feverish bidding.... 



Amongst the train section were two large 5inch gauge models. Strong bidding from collectors saw the Midland Railway model make £3400 and the GWR model make £2300.


Also included were a collection of 3 1/2 gauge models which raised £1800, which were being sold on behalf of the West Somerset Railway.


 A large collection of Railway Models, Kits, and Books which were cleared from a property in Lyme Regis attracted huge interest.  The collection selling for almost £15,000.



Amongst the other collectables, the highlights were a collection of Brooklands Paintings and Silver, amongst which a tankard sold for £1900.


A painting by Mabel Hollams £720, a double Violin Case £700, a collection of vintage posters £2200, a pair of original disney cells £1650, a collection of Wisdens £2000, a pair of carved ivory tusks £2500, a collection of sporting flicker books £1000, and a strong section of fishing rods and reels £4500.




Lawrences Next Collectors and Sporting Sale will be held in April next year.


For further information please contact Simon Jones on 01460 73041.

Collectors Sale...

Lawrences' 1400-lot Collectors' sale tested the endurance of the auctioneers and bidders alike as the sale lasted 8 1/2 hours without a pause, but momentum was maintained throughout and there were highlights in each of the numerous different categories.


A selection of some of the highest prices gives a flavour of the diversity within the auction: three 19th Century Dervish tunics from the Battle of Omdurman made £3820; a fine quality Japanese Ito-Maki-Tachi sword with a mid-17th Century blade made £4780 (see illustration); an English sidelock ejector 12-bore shotgun made £2030; Indian Mutiny medals named to Ismail Beg and Inayut Ali Beg made £2500; an American 20-dollar gold piece from 1877 made £870 in a 500-lot selection of coins that was a virtual sellout and which totalled £105,000; six lots of gold proof sets of coins realised over £12,000; a good postcard album containing subjects as varied as Fire Brigades and views of Belize made £1910; two 5"-gauge locomotives, one with tender, totalled £6810; two Disney cartoon cells of Snow White and Bambi made £1610; a Victorian wooden doll with a paper dress went way above its estimate to make over £600; a selection of W. G. Grace's autographed cricketing correspondence made £640; a double violin case with two violins made £830; a large box of Eagle comics, including the rare first edition from April 1950, made £810; the motor racing trophies of the late Bill Craig made £6620; and two magnificent carved ivory elephant tusks, each about five feet long, made £2980. The day's total exceeded £300,000 and the Crewkerne auctioneers confirmed that their sale totals for the month of October alone exceeded £1.7million.