April Sale Preview: Fascinating private collection to open our April 2016 Sale!


The Canterbury Auction Galleries will be opening the 2016 12th/13th of April sale with an interesting private collection of items. 

This fascinating collection includes an absorbing array of historic objects, with the earliest items in this collection dating from the 13th Century, and including items of English, French and German origin. 

This treasure trove collection commences at Lot 1 and concludes at Lot 23. 



Lot 2: A mid 14th Century Northern French (probably Paris) medieval carved ivory diptych panel with the Virgin in Glory, the Virgin holding the Christ Child with candle bearing angels to each side beneath a single trefoil arch, the upper part with leafy crockets and tripartite spandrels in both upper corners, with hinge marks to the right hand side, 4ins x 2.375ins x .375ins deep

Estimated at £4000-5000



A highlight of this collection is Lot 1: an important Elizabeth I silver mounted "Tiger Ware" stoneware jug (circa 1570) the baluster body with loop handle, the foot mount with gadrooning and battlemented upper border joined by four body ribs to an engraved shoulder collar, the neck embossed and engraved with three lion masks within shaped cartouches, divided by fruit, the hinged cover with corresponding decoration and cast angel thumbpiece, the handle with engraved mount, the upper part with the engraved date "1570" and "I.S." and "R.B." with unidentified maker's mark to all mounts, with the motto "Ne Cede Malis" (Yield not to Misfortunes) engraved to the underside of the foot, 11ins high 

Note : The uninscribed English mark is noted in : Jackson. Charles J. "English Goldsmiths and their Marks", London 1921, Page 474

Estimate: £15,000 - £20,000


With historic items comes stories and folk tales, and one of the items in this collection draws upon the local Kentish legend of the Biddenden maids. These locally famous sisters were born adjoined at the hips and shoulders in Biddenden, Kent, in 1100.  On the death of one sister at the age of 34 years, the other was advised to be separated from her by dissection but she apparently refused stating that as they had come into the world together, so they would leave it together.  She fell ill within a few hours and died.  Their Will stipulated one thousand rolls impressed with the design of the two sisters were to be distributed to strangers on Easter Monday.  The Will also made provision for the distribution of about 500 loaves with cheese to the poor of the Parish of Biddenden


Lot 3: A rare 18th Century English fruitwood biscuit mould, deeply carved to one side with the "Biddenden Maids" - Eliza and Mary Chulkhurst, inscribed with their names to the top above the figures with "Biddenden" to the base, and with the inscription "A34Y IN 1100" to their dresses, 4.5ins high x 2.125ins wide x 1ins deep

 Estimate £600-800


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Lot 19: A 15th Century stained glass panel depicting a crowned king and the Virgin Mary within a Gothic canopied building, the border with mostly geometric designs, 27ins x 21.25ins, in oak pegged door frame (some restoration

Estimate £2000-3000


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Lot 9: A late 15th/early 16th Century German or Austrian limewood carving of St. George wearing full armour holding a sword and carrying a lance (replaced), 25.25ins high

Estimate £1500-2000



Lot 5: A late 13th Century latten or copper alloy steelyard weight with a lead core,  triangular suspension ring and three engraved shields, one with three chevrons (possibly of the House of Clare) into which Edmond, Earl of Cornwall married in 1272, 2.25ins diameter x 2.5ins high

Estimate £800-1200



Lot 13: A 15th Century French (Paris) leaf from a book of "Hours" with illuminiation of the Annunciation and decorated initial "D" for "Domine Labia Mea Aperies" ("The Office of our Blessed Lady"), 6.375ins x 4.25ins, the border with foliage, fruit and bird, verso with a continuation of "The Office", mounted but unframed

Estimate £800-1200






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