Pre-Sale Highlights - December 3rd and 4th Sale01/12/22
Collectable art – classical, contemporary and just plain fun – features in a sparkling treasure trove of lots in Canterbury Auction Galleries’ next sale on Dec 3rd and 4th. It’s led by a rare original work from one of the hottest urban artists of the moment, “Mr Doodle” – aka Sam Cox from Tenterden, Kent.
The exuberant ‘doodle’ – an acrylic pen on canvas titled ‘Doughnut Dance’ - measures 122cms by 91.5 cms and is signed ‘Mr Doodle 2019’. In 2021 the artist’s prices at auction rocketed worldwide – one piece selling for just under $1M in Tokyo - and he was ranked the year’s biggest auction success by Artnet.
Best of all, the work is being sold to raise funds for the Kent organisation that helped him to worldwide fame in his early days. It’s expected to fetch in excess of £20,000.
Equally cheerful are three signed lithographs by much-loved Beryl Cook (1926-2008) featuring her trademark ‘larger ladies’ in various amusing situations, including a ‘Meadow Suite’ depicting a trio of nude musicians. Prices range from £100-£300 each.
The Kent theme continues with a portrait by Arthur Lajos Halmi (1866-1939) thought to be of society scandaliser, Guinevere Sinclair, who lived in Eastwell Manor from 1930.
Despite her sober upbringing she became a chorus girl in New York and had a long-standing affair with a married multi-millionaire 20 years her senior, with whom she had three children.
They married in 1921 but he died a year later. She married George, the Earl of Midleton and they moved into Eastwell. But 30 years later – in a case of what goes around, comes around - he moved out to be with his mistress. The painting, from Eastwell itself, carries an estimate of £1,000+.
There is also the chance to own an ink and watercolour sketch of a young woman, by artist, writer and illustrator, Edward Ardizzone (1900-1979), many of whose original works are held by Tate Britain. He became a famed war artist, depicting the human side of conflict and later illustrated scores of books, especially children’s, such as the award-winning Tim All Alone and Stig of the Dump. Est: £250-350.
A rare signed photograph of Albert Einstein shines a light on an extraordinary piece of Jewish history. Taken by Isadore David Passow, of the Weizmann Institute of Science, it was signed by Einstein in 1952 when Passow went to visit him in America. The trip had been organized by the head of one of the world’s largest companies at the time, David Sarnoff, chairman of telecom and media empire RCA (roughly equivalent to Bill Gates today).
The purpose was to try and persuade Einstein to become the next Israeli president as then-president, Chaim Weizmann was in failing health. But Einstein turned it down.
The photo and a book by Sarnoff, with an inscription thanking Passow, is estimated at £2,000+.
Christmas looms large in the array of treasures, with some precious and unusual gift ideas for those who eschew the chain-store approach.
A beautiful 18ct gold and enamel robin brooch is the perfect seasonal present. It measures 45mm x 45mm and is estimated at £400-600. For those with deep pockets, a pair of 18ct gold earrings, set with centre primrose-yellow diamonds and surrounded by brilliant-cut white ones is sure to stun the recipient. They are estimated at £4000-6000. If love has no price, there is a trellis bracelet, set with around 11 carats of white diamonds. Est: £8000-10,000.
Bookaholics would adore a beautiful edition of John Keats’ poems, by Kelmscott Press, dated 1894. It’s one of only 300 copies, printed on flour paper with colourful borders designed by William Morris. Est: £2000-3000. And there is a fabulous facsimile of the illuminated Lindisfarne Gospels, replicating a Victorian binding of 1852.
It’s bound in rich velvet, adorned with silver thread and 37 precious and semi-precious stones, including rubies and amethysts. Est £4,000-£6.000.
Presents for the ‘man who has everything’ abound, most notably a rare Oyster-Prince sub-mariner automatic watch by Tudor from 1966. It has a stainless-steel case, with elongated minute batons - a feature of that year alone. Est: £8,000-10,000.
For F1 fans there is a one-off, working remote-control model of a Williams FW14, made of silver gilt. Hand-made by John Beeby in 2001, it’s 1:10 scale and 15.5ins long overall. The matching radio control was made by business partner James Powell – they won an award for the model. Est: £5000-7000
More affordably, there is a gold Corgi No. 261 ‘James Bond Aston Martin’ (the DB5 of course) from the Sixties, complete with spare villain to eject from the roof. Est: £200-300. It’s one of a number of collectable Corgi and Dinky models.
On a far larger scale, model enthusiasts will love a collection of 13 large-scale trains and ships, such as a 37ins-long replica of a 20th Century 3.5ins gauge LMS Steam Locomotive, No.8146. Estimate is £300+. Or the huge "SS Garryvale" model in a bespoke cabinet, 65.5ins long, Est £500+.
Children are not forgotten: A beautifully-made, 20th Century hardwood rocking horse by House of Marbles in Devon is estimated at £300-400. It’s 52ins wide x 58ins high.
And there’s a collection of 23 carved wooden toys - made by Kent craftsman, the late Howard Murray, for the 1985 film 'Santa Claus', starring Dudley Moore. Est: £200-300
Or, as an investment, why not consider a first American edition of The House at Pooh Corner, signed by both AA Milne and EH Shepherd? Published by E.P.Dutton & Co in 1928, it’s number 111 of just 250 signed copies. Est: £2,000-2,500.
For lovers of glass and ceramics, there’s an unusual gilded pottery ‘cream pail’, made by Doulton Burslem Pottery for Amies & Co in a pattern called May’. It’s around 7ins high. Est: £600-700. And a superb collection of 27 iridescent glass vases and bowls, such as this art-nouveau inspired Loetz Vesuvian Candia Vase with pewter mounts. Around 9.75ins high, it’s estimated at £150+.
A collectable 1960s Lurashell fibreglass and wood settee was bought from a Sixties Ideal Home Exhibition. Upholstered in cream cloth, it’s 69ins wide x 28ins high. Est £500-700. Lurashell was created in the early Fifties by Wood Brothers of Ware, Herts, and the cutting-edge glass fibre designs ran alongside their more traditional oak furniture 'Old Charm'. A Lurashell seat is in the V&A’s Collection.
Printed catalogues are available and can also be seen online at www.thegalleries.live, the saleroom’s own free to use in-house bidding platform. Bid too at thesaleroom.com (charges apply).
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