20th century alabaster table lampPrice: £15
This is a very nice petite lamp made from polished Italian alabaster with gold mounts. It dates around the 1970s.
Persian Gouache Painting depicting a Dignitary and Attendants, framed, nineteenth centuryPrice: £75
A Persian gouache painting, the central roundel depicting a court figure scene with a dignitary seated in a pavilion surrounded by attendants, all within a walled enclosure, and the blue ground border with four further attendants, seated, with gilt foliage decoration. Gouache paint is similar to watercolour, but is modified to make it opaque. It was commonly used by Persian artists from the thirteenth century onwards. The style of painting here, though, suggests a dating in the nineteenth century. The frame is modern.
1950s souvenir dollPrice: £25
This is a fun doll that is a souvenir from someone's travels to Mexico in the 1950s. She is dressed in traditional clothes with a sombrero and necklace. The body is fabric. The legs and head are papier mache.
Japanese Fukagawa Imari Vase of Sake Bottle Form circa 1880Price: £180
A fine quality Japanese Imari Vase of Sake bottle form with a bulbous body narrowing towards a broad neck with a faintly everted rim, decorated in iron red, underglaze blue and gold with the addition of green enamel. The main body with two shaped panels of flowering chrysanthemum within underglaze blue borders on a ground of stylised flowering chrysanthemum, the shoulder with panels of lotus and stylised flower heads on an underglaze blue band, the neck with further stylised foliage below plantain leaves in iron red and underglaze blue, the rim gilt. The base with a four character mark reading Koransha Fukagawa Sei ('made by the Koransha Fukagawa [factory]'. The Fukagawa kilns produced the best quality Imari items made in Japan in the late nineteenth century for export to the West. Dating here is within the Meiji period (1868 - 1912) probably around 1880. The form is unusual and reflects Sake bottle shapes produced in a variety of mediums.
2 miniature collections of Jean Paul Gautier perfumes, 1980sPrice: £120
This is a lot of two boxes containing miniature bottles of Gaultier perfumes with fun accompaniments. These are quite collectible now and are not found often in such excellent condition.
Stunning long Art Deco necklace with cherry amber beadsPrice: £300
This is a wonderful long constructed necklace comprising Victorian cherry amber beads and Czech glass uranium glass beads. This is a real find!
Art Deco Czech glass braceletPrice: £65
This is a fantastic piece of Czech glass comprising stations of turquoise colour cabochons and faux pearls. All elements are intact and the clasp works well.
Victorian marquetry miniature table top games tablePrice: £75
This is a very unusual miniature table top games table comprising a beautiful marquetry design ready for chess or any game. It is an octagon shape with eight legs. Could be a cabinet maker's example of a large table.
Pair of alabaster bookends, 20th centuryPrice: £85
This is a very beautiful set of bookends that are worked into shapes of books. What sets them apart is the different colours of alabaster used.
Japanese Bamboo Carved Walking Stick, signed, circa 1900Price: £150
A Japanese bamboo walking stick with a gnarled root to the top, the stained dark brown surface deeply carved to reveal the light brown interior and with a design of monkeys and a snake with foliage, an incised signature at the bottom incorporating two characters and a stylised seal mark, late nineteenth century.
Jerusalem Mother of Pearl decorated bible dated 1944Price: £50
This is a very beautiful bible that is from someone's trip to the Holy Land in 1944. It is leather that has been decorated with Jerusalem Mother of Pearl and engraved with the date. This also includes various souvenir postcards and other items collected during this trip. A real piece of ephemera. Published by Collins Clear Type Press.
Outstanding Edwardian Egyptian Revival necklace with Cairngorm citrines, inscribed and dated 1910Price: £450
This is a wonderful necklace in the Egyptian Revival style comprising silver filigre stations mounted with large Cairngorm citrine stones that vary in size from 63 mm and 105 mm. It is inscribed "Hedydd from her godparents C A.M. J J.H-J E.H-J July 14th 1910"
Japnese Kutani Shaped Edge Bowl circa 1900Price: £35
A Japanese Kutani bowl with an elaborate shaped edge, deeply scalloped and with six indented flanges, decorated with sages in a landscape with a lake, pine trees and bamboo, the exterior with stylised floral sprays in iron red, the base unmarked. Although there is no mark to confirm this, the palette of colours and style of decoration are typical of the productions from the kilns at Kutani in the late nineteenth century and a circa date in the late Meiji period (1868 - 1912) is most likely. The form is unusual but typical of some of the more florid Japanese designs.
A Chinese Carved Wood Figure of Budai, signed, nineteenth centuryPrice: £150
A Chinese carved wood figure of Budai shown lying on a lotus leaf. He is depicted in a typically corpulent pose as a stout, smiling man in robes with a largely bare belly, which represents happiness, good luck, and plenty. In his left hand he holds a stylised object which is probably intended to represent the 'sack of plenty' which he is seen with so often and in his right hand is a round ball either representing a pearl (symbolising health and beauty) or a gold nugget (symbolising financial happiness). There is detailed carving to his robes and the lotus leaf is lightly incised with foliage underneath. In addition there is a small signature plaque with indistinct characters. The size and form suggests that this is a 'handling' figure intended for devotional purposes and the style of decoration indicates a circa date in the nineteenth century.
Chinese Red Lacquer Box and Cover circa 1880Price: £150
A Chinese Lacquer Box and Cover, the base and lid decorated with a design of massed peony and chrysanthemum heads in red lacquer and the lid inset with an irregularly shaped plaque depicting a garden scene with peony, butterflies and rocks within a diaper design border all in polychrome lacquers. The interior with a contemporary paper lining. Style and technique suggest a circa date to the end of the nineteenth century.
Burmese jade sautoir necklacePrice: £35
This is a very unusual necklace comprising jade facetted roundel beads that end in two clusters. This necklace you tie around the neck in different ways depending on your outfit and mood. The beads are different types of celadon jade interspaced silver beads ending in two millegrajn silver beads.
Victorian necklace and bracelet suite 1900Price: £250
This is a stunning suite of a necklace and bracelet featuring two large Scottish Agate pieces set in pinchbeck. Both with velvet ribbons that have been added later and fit very well with the pieces. There are small natural inclusions on the stones that is typical of this type of stone.
English Arts and Crafts match stand and bowl c. 1900Price: £35
These are two table decorations for fans of the Arts and Crafts movement. These two really represent these design techniques and also the ethos behind Arts and Crafts which is about the utility of the items. Unlike the Victorians that created decorations for the sake of decoration alone, Arts and Crafts items always have a use in our daily lives.
Tall onyx covered caddyPrice: £45
This is a very striking tall round caddy made from white onyx with very fine red veining with matching cover.
Art Deco Royal Academy hip flask, Troika PewterPrice: £25
This is a fun hip flask engraved with the Royal Academy of Arts emblem. Silver plated pewter. 1930s
Pygmalion powder compact 1950sPrice: £45
This is beautiful spherical powder compact by Pygmalion in the 1950s.. This is engraved metal with a fitted interior that includes a mirror and powder puff and screen. Also includes original pouch.
Chinese Rice Grain Plate decorated in underglaze blue, iron red and gold, circa 1900Price: £45
Chinese Plate of typical form with a straight flaring edge, decorated in undergalaze blue with a central panel of chrysanthemum within a border of bats and a repeating geometric design, the edge with a band of diaper design and between a border of stylised scrolling floral blooms in iron red and gold with turquoise enamel highlighting. The reverse with concentric circles in underglaze blue and a 'shop mark' to the centre, the rim of the plate also with 'rice grain' decoration where the porcelain is pierced and the glaze allowed to cover the openings made. Paste and style of decoration suggest a circa date towards the end of the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1912) probably circa 1900.
Chinese Famille Rose Bowl decorated with ladies, Qianlong mark, Republican periodPrice: £35
Chinese Famille Rose Bowl of typical deep form with a short foot decorated to the exterior with two panels of ladies seated in a stylised garden scene, the lobed borders in iron red, on a ground of densely packed floral blooms in the 'mille feur' pattern, the interior similarly decorated with peony and lotus, the exterior decoration continuing over the foot rim which is unusual. The base with an apocryphal Qianlong period mark (1736 - 1795) in iron red. The style of decoration and paste of the foot rim suggests a dating in the Republican period (1912 - 1949), perhaps around 1930 and this piece, which very loosely follows Imperial designs from the eighteenth century, was probably intended for the local market, in common with the 'Straits Chinese Porcelain' pieces also produced for the local market in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Small Chinese Bronze Vase of Ku Form with Elephant Head Handles, Qing Dynasty circa 1800Price: £150
Chinese Bronze Vase of Ku Form with typical spreading foot, bulbous body and wide flaring neck and rim, set at the side with a pair of elephant head handles. The base decorated with a circling dragon, the body with two panels of peony, rocks and butterflies, the neck with repeating stylised plantain leaves with stylised floral decoration in an 'archaistic' style and the top rim with a band of repeating geometric designs. Note in particular the detail of the casting of the elephant heads and the dragon's head. This, combined with the quality of the bronze which has excellent weight and patina, suggests a circa date at least towards the middle of the Qing dynasty (1644-1912) if not perhaps before. The piece was probably conceived as part of a miniature altar set and was possibly intended as an incense burner.
Unusual Chinese Bowl decorated in the Japanese Kutani Style, early 20th CenturyPrice: £45
This is an unusual Chinese Bowl decorated in the Japanese Kutani Style. The form resembles a flower head with petals and the exterior is highlighted with narrow moulded ribbing. The inside and out are decorated with a wide variety of densely packed floral blooms including peony, lotus and chrysanthemum, the pattern closely resembling the well known 'millefiore' or 'mille fleur' designs painted in Famille Rose enamels which were produced in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. But the colours used here are iron red and gold with the addition of grisaille highlights which is typical of the palette used in Japanese Kutani wares. The Chinese did sometimes copy or adapt these wares and vases with the 'hundred sage' pattern copying the Japanese are well known. Even the form here is more Japanese than Chinese in style so the aim was clearly to make the adaptation as close as possible. The paste of the foot rim and the nature of the gilding suggest a circa date in the early 20th Century, perhaps around 1920.
African rosewood sculpture c. 1960Price: £100
This is a beautiful sculpture depicting a seated figure playing a pipe of some kind. It is very finely worked rosewood and is in amazing condition. A real find for African art collectors!
Kensington Church Street, London W8 a hand coloured etching, signed GK 1937 in a contemporary framePrice: £45
This is a delightful hand coloured etching of a section of Kensington Church Street, London W8 created in the 1930s. The view is taken from the corner of Kensington Place and looks over to the shops on the other side of the road. The buildings are much the same as they are today and the firm of 'M. E. Crick' still occupies the same premises that we see here. The etching is signed 'GK 1937' and was presumably done by a local artist. The frame itself was made at another shop in the street and is stamped at the back 'KENSINGTON ART FRAMERS, 131, CHURCH STREET, KENSINGTON WEST'.
4 Chinese Imperial Jindezhen Porcelain Decorative Plates 1985-87Price: £100
This is a partial set of four plates from Imperial Jindezhen Porcelain. The series is entitled "Beauties of the Red Mansion" by master artisan Zhao Huimin. These plates depict Chinese stories with ornate interiors and female characters. These are dated 1985 1986 (2) and 1987.
Two Ketsuzan Kiln plates from the Poetic Visions of Japan Series, Japan 1988Price: £40
These are two decorative plates depicting Japanese beauties. Made at the Ketsuzan Kiln in 1988, the series, entitled 'Poetic Visions of Japan', was designed by the Master Artist, Yoshiharu Katoh, They are decorated with vividly hand coloured transfer prints and marked with a description of the scene in Japanese on the reverse.
Victorian ships inkwell with original fitted ink potsPrice: £65
This is an unusual inkwell that originally would have sat on an officer's desk on a ship. In oak wood with brass fittings and decoration. With two original inkpots.
Art Deco Davidson cloud glass bowl on stand 1930sPrice: £75
This is a stunning bowl on stand by George Davidson & Co in purple cloud glass. This type of glass work was unique to Davidson and their designs were dedicated to the Art Deco aesthetic that was popular in the 20s and 30s. This would be a great addition to any Art Deco collection. It is marked "Made in England"
Large Victorian ladies belt buckle, late C19thPrice: £50
This is a very unusual large buckle of exceptionally large size decorated in the classical style with a central embossed image of a lady's head, possibly Aphrodite, surrounded by cupid like putti disporting themselves and at play. Marked 'Silver Plated'..
Persian Red Lacquer Box in the form of a Pumpkin, 19th centuryPrice: £30
This is a beautiful small lacquer box in the form of a pumpkin with typical lobed sides and a finial at the top, with very fine Persian floral decoration in gold, green, deep pink and blue. The interior and base finished in black.
Massive Victorian Carnelian Cameo ShellPrice: £40
This is a very large example of a carnelian shell, such pieces often being used for the creation of cameos in the nineteenth century and before. This example has been polished in certain areas to give the shell a more elegant and finely worked decoration suitable for use as a table ornament. Carved carnelian cameo shells were favoured souvenirs from the Grand Tour and were found mainly in the North and West African waters. This piece is of an exceptionally large size, which is both desirable in itself and occurs much less frequently.
Victorian leather bound photo album made by Mechi and Bazin c.1870Price: £100
This is an incredible photo album comprising a finely tooled green leather cover and gilt edged pages that have inserts for the photos. It is made by Mechi and Bazin, a well respected manufacturer based on Regent Street in central London and mainly known for their campaign fitted toiletry boxes and writing slopes. This album is quite petite so it was most likely also meant for travel. It holds 23 beautiful Victorian photographs : mainly portraits with a few outdoor views.The album Is marked 'Mechi & Bazin Makers London' on front cover.
Beautiful small daguerreotype in a frame c. 1850Price: £25
This is an amazing daguerreotype of two young girls probably made for an officer to take as a memento while travelling. The daguerreotype was the first commercially successful photographic process in the history of photography. Announced to the public in 1839 the daguerreotype enjoyed great popularity in the 1840s and 1850s. Named after the inventor, Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre, each daguerreotype is a unique image on a silvered copper plate.
Georgian small glass scent bottle in fitted etui case c1800Price: £50
This is a rare small glass scent bottle that comes in a fitted etui case perfect for a gentleman's pocket. The moulded glass is finely fluted on both the body and top.
Victorian silver mounted Scottish carnelian agate cloak pin circa 1880Price: £95
This is a beautiful cloak pin from the 19th century comprising a banded carnelian agate cross mounted with an engraved silver anchor. The 'anchor cross' has been a symbol since biblical times. The anchor represents hope and steadfastness and the cross, Jesus. The two combined point to Christians' hope of salvation through Christ. Missionaries of the United Methodist Church wear the anchor cross as areminder that their work is 'anchored in faith, hope and love'. Perhps it was a priest's cloak that was intended to be fastened here but this cloak pin would be suitable for any type of garment whether sacred or secular.
Victorian Bronze Chamber Candlestick in the form of a Griffin, late C19thPrice: £40
This is a very striking bronze chamber stick in the form of a griffin with fine detail to the casting of the face and feathers. The griffin is a well known legendary creature with the body, tail, and back legs of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle. Griffins were known as the guardians of treasures and priceless possessions even in Classical antiquity and were to become familiar elements of heraldry. The choice of this creature as the suppport for a candlestick (the form suggests a chamvber candlestick) cannot be easily explained. Does the griffin here protect its owner in some way? Whatever the answer the result is a striking decorative ensemble which could enhance many a domestic interior.