Monday 18th June, 2018
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An insight into the clothing world...

Harriet Cunningham is very excited to join our team and looks forward to finding and selling lots of beautiful clothing and textiles!

Harriet thought you might be interested to see the results of Kerry Taylor's fashion sale in London last week. An insight into the Clothing Auction world.....As you will see clothes from the early 19th Century up to ‪‎Alexander‬ ‪Mcqueen‬ are fetching huge prices in the UK and abroad. So if you have a quirky number hiding in your wardrobe bring it along to our saleroom!…


Three very different pictures of men feature in Lawrences’ forthcoming auction on July 17th.

One of the earliest pictures is the sale is an oil on panel, painted in the early 16th Century by a  German artist working in the style of Georg Pencz (1500-1550) [image 1528]. It has been consigned by a lady who lives in Belgium. “Unfortunately the sitter is not known but the influence of artists like Hans Holbein is apparent,” says specialist Richard Kay. “The picture, which measures 30 by 23cm, has been renovated in the last 30 years but is now presented in a complementary gilt frame. It is a beautifully observed and serene depiction with a fine attention to detail. We expect it to make £1500-2500. ”

Two more modern works show mankind in a very different light. The famous Manchester artist L. S. Lowry produced only a few original lithographs and `Bloomsbury Square` from 1967 shows a tramp sleeping on a bench. “Lowry was attracted to the plight of society’s outsiders and felt a strange rapport with the lonely, the marginalised and the impoverished,” says Richard. “This print was issued in an edition of 75 and is signed by Lowry in crayon. We hope that it will make £2000-3000.”

A large original charcoal drawing by Dame Elisabeth Frink suggests a much less benevolent view of man. The artist was the daughter of a cavalry officer and her father was rescued from the beaches at Dunkirk. It is no surprise, therefore, that she was inspired by man as both an aggressor and a victim. In addition, the young Frink witnessed repeatedly the awful destruction of war from her parents' home in Suffolk. With the symbolism of man as a heroic combatant to the forefront of her mind, Frink devised her classically inspired `warrior` heads in the mid-late 1950's. The `soldier` heads of the mid 1960's depict man not as a hero but as a vicious, thuggish, shaven headed attacker with soulless and sunken eyes and often, as here, a grimace of determination.” The large work (76 by 56cm) dates from 1965 and shows Frink’s powerful imagination at its height. The drawing has come for sale from a vendor in Devon  and it may make up to £7000. More details from the auctioneers on (01460) 73041.


Lawrences’ forthcoming auction of jewellery on July 16th contains two lots that are both expected to sparkle.

There is a fine fancy pink diamond, weighing just over one carat. “Pink is the most desirable colour for a `fancy` diamond,” says Lawrences’ jewellery specialist, Miranda Bingham. “This one is pear shaped and not yet mounted but it has been sent to America by us in order to be fully assessed by the GIA [Gemological Institute of America] who have confirmed that it has `SI1` clarity which gives it great commercial appeal. We hope that it will make £8000-12000.”

A further highlight will be a superb Victorian diamond and pearl tiara. This fine piece dates from the Victorian era,” says Miranda. “There is a central single stone cluster with rose-cut diamond surmount embellished with diamond and pearls in a flowerhead design. Provenance is of special interest to buyers and this has passed by descent from Lady Mary Stanhope (1844-1876), daughter of the 5th Earl of Stanhope, to her daughter Lady Margaret Lygon (1874-1957), third daughter of the 6th Earl Beauchamp and Lady-in-waiting to Queen Mary for many years. Lady Margaret bequeathed it to her daughter in law, The Hon. Lady Russell (1908-1995), daughter of the 1st. Baron Ebbisham. She married Admiral The Hon. Sir Guy Russell, G.B.E., K.C.B., D.S.O. (1898-1977) in 1939, and it is now the property of their daughter.” The auctioneers hope that this will make £5,000-7,000. Further details from the auctioneers on (01460) 73041.


Lawrences Auctioneers in Crewkerne are pleased to announce the arrival of a new specialist to add to their impressive team. The auction house has appointed Harriet Cunningham who has followed a passion for fabrics and textiles for many years. Harriet has a qualification in Fine Art & Printing and, in 2005, she opened a small vintage clothing shop in the front of her house in Lyme Regis. `Sublyme Vintage` was a treasure trove of antique clothing and offered beautiful 1930’s and 1940’s dresses, which were relatively easy to find at that time. In 2012 Harriet moved on to set up a Vintage Clothing department for a Dorset auction house, selling labelled couture clothing for high prices in the collectables market.

"There will always be a market for the top couturiers of the past; their clothes are works of art and becoming rarer by the day," says Harriet. “Labels from the early 20th Century, such as Charles Frederick Worth and Elsa Schiaparelli are hugely sought after by the national and international market and such pieces can fetch very high prices.  Recently, more contemporary designers such as Ossie Clark, Biba and even designers from the 1990’s including Comme des Garçons, Issey Miyake and Alexander McQueen have all become very collectable and increasingly valuable. It is surprising what may be found in wardrobes, trunks and attics. I hope to make Lawrences a good venue for the sale of quality vintage clothing that does not fit into other auction categories.”  Harriet is currently putting together a collection of clothing, lace, embroideries and tapestries ready for her first collectors sale at Lawrences of Crewkerne in November. She welcomes enquiries about all these items on (01460) 73041.