Next Sale: Featured Items

Aproximately 1000 lots

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ON Wednesday 10th SEPTEMBER at 10 am prompt

Viewing Monday 10am to 1pm, Tuesday 12pm to 6pm & Morning of Sale from 8.30am

Approx. 1000 lots


Furniture, Clocks & watches, Silver & Plate, Jewellery & large Selection costume jewellery, Collectables, Brass & Copper, China & Glass, Pictures & prints, Good quality modern furniture & furnishings, Selection modern pine, tools & many other useful lots.


 *House clearances* Storage & transport available*

(Accepting goods for September 10th from Thurs. 14th August  by appointment)


Tel: 01837 55592 at all times (mobile 07748 907 230)

Catalogue available on-line from end of week before sale

Robert “Mouseman” Thompson (1876 – 1955) was a British furniture designer based in Kilburn, North Yorkshire. He worked in oak and each of his pieces were carved with his signature mouse. This motif originated from a conversation he had in 1919, when he described himself as being “Poor as a church mouse”. Amongst his many commissions were extensive works for Ampleforth Abbey & College. His workshop is still producing furniture, under the guidance of his descendants.

A pair of kidney shaped milking stools with faceted angled legs each has a mouse running along the front edge of the seat. In good order they stand 14” wide and 18” high and the guide for the pair is £200/300.

The Victorians had a penchant for pieces of furniture designed to fulfil a specific function whilst still being of attractive appearance. A ladies sewing table dating from around 1870 is typical of this trend. It has an octagonal rosewood veneered hinged top with large inlaid roundel depicting birds and plants. It opens to reveal eight compartments for sewing accessories around a central well to keep a “work in progress” neatly stored. It sits on a petal column with three scrolling cabriole legs. It stands 28” high and invites bids of £150/200.

With the demand for Beswick remaining high, a popular model is Arthur Gredingtons huntswoman, riding side saddle over a fence, produced from 1941 – 65 as model 982. With a very small chip to one ear it represents good value at £150/180, whilst a large seated fox, model 2348 in excellent condition should see interest at £200/220.

Edwin Aaron Penley (1828 – 1893) was from a family of artists and drawing masters, who himself taught for a time at Reading. He exhibited at the RBA and RHA and was known for his watercolour landscapes. A small mountainous lakeland landscape with 2 men launching a small boat measures 6” x 8” and is estimated at £40/50.

Ian Flemings “Thunderball” was first published in 1961 by Glidrose Productions for Jonathan Cape. The striking dust jacket was designed by Richard Chopping and depicts a skeletal hand holding a knife to pierce two playing cards. Intact and in reasonable order bids of £30/40 could secure it.

Items with local attachment tend to fend well at auction, so a brass carriage timepiece associated with W.J. Cornish & Son in Okehampton should have added interest. The rectangular white enamel face has roman numerals and the folding overhead handle has Arts & Crafts styling. It Stands 6” high and complete with original key should see bids of £60/70.