Wednesday 15th May 2019 - Busby
Take a look at some of the top lots in Busby's sale tomorrow.
On Thursday 16th May Busby’s auction house in Bridport, Dorset, will hold its spring Fine Art & Antiques sale, which will include items from the estate of Elizabeth Pepys-Cockerell, whose husband John was a descendant of the diarist Samuel Pepys. His ancestors had a long association with Sezincote in Gloucestershire. Isaac Goodwin of Busby reported “Much of the Pepys-Cockerell collection have not been seen for many years as their time was spent living abroad. There is already not only local and national interest but also a great number of buyers registering from abroad”.
The sale will start with over 130 fine watches, to include a fine Gentleman's 18ct gold Pasha de Cartier, and a gent’s IWC limited edition oversized, 'Portuguese' F.A Jones watch with an estimate of £5,000 to £6,000.
The highlights of the silver section, which makes up over 100 lots, include two pairs of George III candlesticks by John Scofield (£2,000 to £2,500), and a further two pairs by John Hannam & John Crouch (£1,000 to £1,200). There is a good quantity of Georgian flatware, teapots, and the like.
The ceramics section will include a Sèvres sucrier (£100-£120) and several pieces of Meissen and Wedgwood including two Meissen models of a pug dog, after J J Kändler, (£80-£120 each) and a c.1760 Wedgwood creamware coffee pot and cover, printed in black with The Tea Party and The Shepherd, after Hancock (£80-£120).
Among the rare books we’re pleased to offer ‘Madeira Flowers, Fruits, and Ferns’ by Jane Wallas Penfold (fl. 1820-1850). This first limited edition was presented by the author to the poet Worsdworth and is inscribe 'William Wordsworth Esq, from the Author'. The book is grangerised with a letter to the TLS March 6th 1919, which points out that the verses by Wordsworth published in this work constitute their first appearance in print (£600-£800). Also of interest is a first edition of ‘South, The Story of Shackleton's Last Expedition, 1914-1917’ (£800-£1,000).
In the pictures section is a sought after early Dame Laura Knight, painted in 1912, five years after Knight moved to Cornwall, and around the time she began painting nude compositions outdoors. This piece is almost certainly painted in a rock pool at Lamorna cove, the small village just west of Penzance where Knight lived. The painting was bought by the vendor’s father from Knight’s retrospective exhibition at the RA in 1965 (£40,000-£50,000). Other notable pieces are a small Mary Fedden, collage of a cat (£3,000-£4,000), and a portrait of John Cockerell attributed to William Verelest (£5,000-£7,000).
Moving through an unusually strong collection of giltwood mirrors, the sale will offer over 130 lots of fine furniture. A very fine Regency green painted and bamboo daybed has already attracted interest (£600-£800), as have a similar set of six George III green painted dining chairs (£800-£1,200). There is also a good George III painted astragal glazed bookcase (£1,000-£1,500). There will be several continental chests of drawers on offer, as well as two pairs of painted 18th century Venetian parcel gilt side chairs.
The sale will end with a small clothing and textiles section, including a good collection of designer handbags and some rare Eastern textiles.