Wednesday 23rd May, 2018
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Bridport Train Collection To Be Sold...


A large Railway collection formed by a gentleman in the Bridport area, is to be sold by Lawrences Auctioneers of Crewkerne.


The collection includes a huge number of boxed locomotives, by makers such as Hornby and Bachmann. Also included are a large number of Train sets and packs, all in 00 gauge.


Most of the models and boxes are in untouched condition, and have compiled over the last 20-30 years.


Lawrences Auctioneer Simon Jones said, "This is a super collection, and the quality of the models and the condition they are in will attract a huge ammount of interest. We have been inundated with enquiries for our May Collectors sale, and the Train section is probably the largest we have ever had"


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

Huge Naval Collection To Be Sold...


A remarkable collection of Naval photographs and postcards is to be sold by Lawrences Auctioneers in Crewkerne in May.


The archive comprises over 20,000 naval postcards, thousands of photographs and slides, and a large quantity of books.


The collection was formed by two prominant Naval Historians, Oscar Parkes and Wilfrid Pym Trotter. Both collections have been held in a trust, and are now appearing at auction for the first time. 


After entering the Navy, Dr. Oscar Parkes served with the Naval Intelligence Division at the Admiralty. He later became editor of "Jane's Fighting Ships " between 1918-1935 and contributed to many Naval journals.  He was the author of several books and was also a very capable Marine artist, exhibiting at the Royal Academy.


Wilfrid Pym Trotter joined the Royal Fusiliers in 1915 and was awarded a Military Cross for his part in a successful raid on German trenches in the Ypres Salient in 1917.  Later that same year he was awarded a Bar to his MC after the bitter fighting at Menin Road. After retirement from the army, he worked in banking and concentrated on developing his vast collection of British Naval vessels, having his own rooms at the Imperial War Museum which housed his collection, and where the curators could seek his advice.


The collection has been divided into over 350 lots and includes all manner of craft: there are postcards of Dutch naval vessels, oil tankers, tugs, Royal yachts, motor launches, coastal destroyers, whalers, submarines, paddle steamers, minesweepers, lifeboats, barges, trawlers and landing craft.  Lawrences' Auctioneer Simon Jones said, "This is an amazingly extensive collection and an absolute must for Naval enthusiasts. The sheer quantity of items and information contained in this collection is quite remarkable and it should attract a huge ammount of interest from collectors and institutions."  Estimates have been set to attract private collectors and begin at just £40 for a lot of 50 postcards with 30 photographs 


The collection will be sold on Thursday 5th of May, as part of Lawrences two day Militaria and Collectors sale. For further information please contact Simon Jones on 01460 73041.

Our January Auction Exceeded 1.85 Million...

The final day of Lawrences' January Fine Art sale witnessed plenty of strong prices and yielded the best total for a week of auctions in Crewkerne.


The day began with 300 lots of pictures and prints with strong prices paid for a collection of satirical prints by Gillray and others (£2500) and £2860 paid for a fine 1918 etching of "Ebb Tide, Rye" by C. R. W. Nevinson. Four Neapolitan gouaches showing Naples and Pompei had been looted from the palace of the former King of Naples in c.1870-1885 and were bought for £7400, despite severe mould stains. Staying in the Mediterranean, a small sketchbook of Maltese and Italian views made £9080. A postcard-sized ink sketch of Winnie the Pooh and Piglet by Milne's illustrator Ernest H. Shepard was bought for £8840 against hopes of £4000-6000. It had attracted coverage in the national newspapers, radio and the BBC's "One Show". A fine early 17th portrait of Francis Bacon in the style of Michiel van Mierevelt made just under £11,000 and a colourful view of a Maltese felucca (ceremonial barge) off Genoa by J. T. Serres made £16,130. This last item was previously unknown to scholars, having come by descent in the family who commissioned it in 1802. A 1930's oil of horses at Concarneau by New Zealander Sydney Lough Thompson had been spotted lying unnoticed amongst assorted pictures in the firm's general saleroom and, following some research by Lawrences' specialist Richard Kay, was bought by a New Zealand collector for £4300.


In the furniture and works of art section, a fine pair of bronzes by Canadian A. Suzor-Cote depicting two old pioneers in rocking chairs made £10,750; a walnut and floral marquetry long case clock by John Hammers made £5250; six simple rustic wooden platters, 25cm. in diameter, made £2980; and a rare Anglo-Dutch painted dummy board depicting a young child with a hobby horse made £23,300.


The highlights, however, were for good walnut pieces from the early 18th Century: a George I cupboard made £9800; a fine bureau bookcase from the same era was bought for £17,920; a card table by Phillips of Hitchin in warm rich colour made £28,680; and a pair of Italian commodes with superb walnut marquetry made £16,730. Top price of the day was for a George IV centre table in amboyna wood and calamander. Careful research at the V&A in London proved it to be nearly identical to a table at Strafield Saye, the Hampshire home of the Duke of Wellington, and the exquisite woods and superb quality contributed to the price of £90,800 (see image). The total for the day was £608,640 bringing the total for the week to just over £1.85 million, a record for the Crewkerne firm.