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Steinway Grand Piano to be sold on the 4th July 2012...

Steinway Grand Piano circa 1930’s to be included in our Decorative Antiques Sale on the 4th July 2012.   For further details, please contact James Flower on 01460 73041 or via email


Lawrences’ forthcoming Summer Fine Art Auction goes on view on June 29th and there are over 2300 lots in the catalogue. The auction takes place over three days (July 3rd-6th, with the sale of Books on July 20th). With an additional 800 lots in the `Decorative Antiques` sale on July 4th (estimates £20-250), the Crewkerne firm anticipates a busy week.

There are highlights in every department. The sale begins with 640 lots of silver and vertu on July 3rd. It includes two George IV silver gilt bowls, made for Prince Frederick, Duke of York (second son of King George III), that came from his own sale at Christies in 1827. The sale was held to settle creditors’ accounts as the Duke died owing £200,000. These bowls were made in 1824 and are expected to make £10000-12000. A fine quality silver gilt and amber tankard dates from the 17th Century and, despite restorations, is expected to make £8000-12000.

The 290-lot  jewellery selection on July 5th contains a striking opal and diamond necklace (£5000-6000) and a sparkling pair of Art Deco diamond drop earrings (£3000-4000). The offering of ceramics and glass that same afternoon will include over 280 lots. A pair of Russian glasses made for Tsar Nicholas and the Tsarina Alexandra for their Imperial yacht `Standart` are expected to make £1200-1500 [See image] and a magnificent Japanese lacquer cupboard leads the Oriental selection at £3000-4000.

On July 6th, there are two ink and wash drawings by Sir Edwin Landseer, formerly in the collection of the Earl of Sutherland (£1000-1500 each), a fine oil of an otter hunt by John Sargent Noble (£8000-12000) and an important drawing of a fun fair by Edward Burra, exhibited at the Tate in 1973 (£6000-9000).

The furniture and works of art section concludes the week. Lawrences expect bids of £5000-6000 for a marquetry longcase clock by Richard Haughtin (c.1700) and a richly coloured George III mahogany commode may exceed £12000. This and many other lots throughout the sale come from the estate of Raymond Sawyer of Chestnut Lodge, Cobham, Surrey. The whole sale can be viewed with images online at and estimates start at just £50 with many collectable, affordable antiques in the £150-750 range.

East Meets West in Crewkerne...


Eastern and European styles blend in Lawrences’ forthcoming furniture auction in Crewkerne. A taste of the Orient is reflected in a Japanese lacquer cupboard (£3000-4000), a Japanese parquetry cabinet (£150-250), a 17th Century style black and red Chinoiserie lacquered cabinet upon a silvered stand (£1000-1500), a Chinese colonial desk made of padouk and ebony (£800-1200), a Chinese hardwood `Dragon` armchair (£250-350), a Chinese lacquer eight-fold screen (£500-800) and a pair of red stained Chinese softwood armchairs (£250-350). 

Highlights in the European selection include a fine George III mahogany serpentine commode at £8000-12000 [see image], a Louis XV-style kingwood parquetry serpentine bureau plat (£5000-6000), a Louis XVI-style kingwood commode by Brellier & Co (£3000-4000), a William and Mary oyster cut laburnum and floral marquetry chest of drawers (£3000-3500), a Louis XVI kingwood `coiffeuse` (dressing table), estimated at £2000-3000, and a fine room-size Heriz carpet is expected to make £4000-5000. “These various items span four centuries,” observes specialist Richard Gold. “While there may be little obvious comparison between a lacquered cupboard and a mahogany commode, what unites all these pieces is a careful design, skilful use of materials and a keen concern for good construction that has endured remarkably well. It is surprising to see how harmoniously they combine in a room; warm Oriental lacquer finishes complement well the sheen of rich woods such as kingwood. The elegance of French marquetry is a tribute to the high quality cabinet making that prevailed in France throughout the 18th Century. Although the Oriental masters are rarely identifiable their works celebrate the amazing diversity of materials in the Far East. It all combines to make a fascinating mix in our sale.” View the sale online now at



There are nearly 650 lots in Lawrences’ forthcoming silver sale and there is a wide variety of work by old and modern masters. Three interesting early works include a George I tazza (footed dish) made by John Clare in London in 1718. It is quite plain but the centre is engraved with an elaborate coat of arms (estimate £1500-2000). There is also a pear-shaped teapot from 1719, also with an engraved coat of arms. This was made by Richard Bayley and is expected to make £2000-3000. A handsome tankard, probably made by Samuel Dell, has a large scroll handle and would hold almost one and half pints. It dates from 1685-1690 and weighs a mighty 20 oz. This is expected to make £2000-3000.

From the early 20th Century, there are two fine items by one of Britain’s most collectable Arts & Crafts silversmiths. The earlier work is by Omar Ramsden (1873-1939), working with his colleague Alwyn Carr (1872-1940) during their collaboration that lasted from 1898-1918. It is a tea caddy on seven cast buttress feet with a coronet-shaped cover chased with a stylised octopus. Dating from 1913, the caddy stands just over four inches high. It is expected to make £2000-2500. When Ramsden began working on his own, he made a hot water jug in 1921 in a similar style and signed it OMAR RAMSDEN ME FECIT (`Omar Ramsden made me`). This jug stands just under eight inches high and is expected to make £1500-2000.

“Silversmithing has always been a highly accomplished craft,” explains Lawrences’ specialist, Alex Butcher. “There is obvious historical appeal in a tankard that is over 300 years old; such objects are intensively evocative of the era and this tankard is beautifully made although it does show signs of its age. The work of Ramsden and Carr appeals to a new generation of collectors who love more progressive design and a meticulous hand-finished appearance. Ramsden’s work is unusual for being recognisable at a glance and, in a marketplace that admires distinction, this has always been a substantial part of his popularity.”

Pictures for Pleasure...

Lawrences’ forthcoming auction of pictures in Crewkerne contains an interesting mix of over 230 lots of pictures and perhaps the opportunity to start a collection of works by four very different artists. There are five etchings by the celebrated modern etcher Robin Tanner (1904-1988). Tanner adored historical rural traditions and his exquisite prints capture evocatively a bygone era: titles include “The Plough” (£300-500), “The Drinking Trough” (£200-300) and “Elegy for the English Elm” (£300-500). Each carries his distinctively elegant signature.

In the watercolour section, there are five detailed watercolours by the German artist Christoph Ludwig Agricola (1667-1719). These depict birds, drawn with extraordinary care: there is a waxwing (£1200-1800), another pair of a chaffinch and a goldfinch (£1500-2000) and a further pair showing a robin, a kingfisher, a brambling and a greenfinch (£2000-3000). For the collector of good Edwardian pictures, there are five watercolours by the Exeter artist Albert Moulton Foweraker (1873-1942). These show eerily moonlit scenes in Spain, bathed in Foweraker’s distinctively serene silvery blue light (estimates are £250-500 each).


Lastly, six boldly composed modern works by the Welsh artist Donald McIntyre (1923-2009) include richly coloured subjects such as a still life (£1000-1500), a harbour scene (£1000-1500) and a fine `Crowded Beach` (£2000-3000). “As collectors seek alternative avenues to explore in this highly selective market, any picture by one of these four artists would represent an enjoyable and versatile prospect of an investment,” suggests Lawrences’ specialist, Richard Kay.