Selected Property from The Royal Agricultural

Society of England to Benefit 'Innovation for Agriculture'

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Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions, together with The Auction Room, are honoured to present an auction of a selection of works from The Royal Agricultural Society of England on Friday 11th July at their saleroom in London's Mayfair.

The sale is a celebration of Agricultural history and features antiques across a number of disciplines, including books, old master paintings, prints, ceramics and works of art.

The Royal Agricultural Society of England has recently launched 'Innovation for Agriculture', a project to foster new science and innovation within our farms. This initiative was developed by The Royal Agricultural Society of England to aid in the continuation of communicating ground breaking technology for the benefit of agriculture.

The Royal Agricultural Society of England aims to return to its fundamental role within agriculture, as a leader of innovative development.

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A Foreword from Henry Cator, OBE DL, Chairman of The Trustees, RASE

The world is facing a major challenge to produce enough food for a growing world population from limited resources. British farmers need to produce more but also to protect and enhance our environment. This can only be achieved by using the best science.
David Gardner, Royal Agricultural Society of England.

The Royal Agricultural Society of England (RASE) was created in 1837 to address the challenge of feeding the growing urban population during the industrial revolution. Today we face that same challenge again but on a global rather than national scale. RASE's approach in 1837 was called 'Practice with Science'.

The regional and county agricultural societies were also formed in the first half of the nineteenth century to improve agricultural productivity locally. The societies communicated with farmers through agricultural shows that had a strong technical content. The shows became the core activity of the societies but in recent decades the technical content of many of those shows has declined. The Royal Show put on by RASE continued until 2009 when the organisation made a strategic decision to return to its roots based around 'Practice with Science' and close the Royal Show.

RASE, Registered Charity Number 209961, has created a new charity, 'Innovation for Agriculture' ("IfA"), the Registered Charity Number is 1155563, to be the governing body to run a new project that will bring many of the English Agricultural Societies together to foster new science and innovation on our farms. The IfA initiative was developed by RASE with the aim of communicating groundbreaking technology for the benefi t of agriculture.

IfA will deliver: greater food security along with improved biodiversity; improved soil health; reduced emissions to air and water; reduced use of non-renewable resources and an improvement in animal welfare. The long-term aim of the project is to develop strategic capability that will serve our farmers for decades to come.

The sale is a celebration of agricultural history and features objects from across a number of disciplines including: books, old master paintings, ceramics, trophies, prints and works of art.

Auction Highlights

George Garrard
A Description of the Different Varities of Oxen, Common in the British Isles, London, [1799-1814].
A superb collection of plates of cattle from throughout Britain
Est.£2,000-3,000 [Lot 225]

Markham (Gervase)
Markhams farewell to Husbandry or, The enriching of all sorts of barren and sterile grounds in our kingdome, to be as fruitfull in all manner of graine, pulse, and grasse, as the best grounds whatsoeuer, 1631.
A work by one of the most prolific and popular writers on the subject of country pursuits of the seventeenth century.
Est. £200-300 [Lot 242]

Reginald Scot
A Perfite Platforme of a Hoppe Garden, London, 1576.
The second edition of the first English book on hops.
Est. £1,000-1,500 [Lot 246]

The Thornton Challenge Trophy,
A silver copy of the Warwick vase by Edward Barnard & Sons, London 1924, presentation engraved to the front of the square foot for Guernsey cattle, 20cm (8in) high, 1971g (63.35 oz), the ebonised plinth with presentation engraved plaques, 35cm (3 3/4in) overall.
Est £3,000-5,000 [Lot 40]

Philip Reinagle (1749-1833)
Thomas William Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester (1754-1824)
Oil on canvas
127 x 101 cm (50 x 39 3/4 in)
Provenance: The Crewe Family; with Thos. Angew & Sons.
Est. £5,000-7,000 [Lot 119]

A Coalport Feltspar Porcelain commemorative jug,
Painted with a study of Earl Spencer's Durham Ox in a parkland setting and inscribed in gilt Earl Spencers Prize Durham Ox exhibited at the Smithfield Club Show Xmas 1843 and verso, a study of three fat lambs in a rural landscape, titled Three Prize Wethers Bred & Fed by Mr Richd. Hickson of Hougham near Grantham which obtained 4 first Prizes in 1837. and decorated with agricultural trophies, applied in relief with hops and barley and applied with a naturalistic stick handle, 46cm high, circular pink 'gold medal' mark, mid 19th century.
It is possible that this jug was commissioned for the Royal Smithfield Club, originally known as the Smithfield Cattle and Sheep Society formed in 1798 with the fifth Duke of Bedford as President.
A similar but smaller example painted with flowers is in the Coalport China Museum, Ironbridge Gorge Trust, Shropshire.
Est. £1,500-2,500 [Lot 102]

Board of Agriculture 1793, silver prize medal awarded 1806,
By Conrad Kuchler, laureate head of George III right within wreath, rev. female figure holds spade with serpent entwined and a mirror, date engraved in exergue June 17th 1806, 48mm (E.853).
Est. £180-200 [Lot 78]

The South African Breeders Trophy, a patinated bronze figure of a cow,
Cast from the model by Christine M. Stockdale, signed in the maquette and dated 19/3/17, 23cm (9in) high, 43cm (17in) long, presentation engraved to the brass plaques of the mahogany rectangular plinth for the three best Freisian animals, 41cm (16in) high overall.
Christine M. Stockdale (b. circa 1852, fl. 1914-30) worn in Misterton, Nottinghamshire. She was the sister of Charles Stockdale, clergyman, and was resident at The Vicarage, Stoke Prior, Bromsgrove circa 1911 to 1930. She is noted as one of the noteworthy sculptors who specialised in animal stone carving. She exhibited at The Spring Exhibition of The International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, 1914: Group for a Garden; and at The Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts (Summer Exhibition), 1921-1930: two works (Before Eve, group stone, cat. no. 1141) and Ons Land, Afrikander Bull, statuette (cat. no. 1546).
Est £500-800 [Lot 26]

The George Hobson Perpetual Challenge Trophy,
A silver three handled rose bowl by Leslie Durbin, London 1958, the curling stem handles with flower terminals, the silver frame with open radial scroll work, the ogee bowl on a spreading foot, extensively presentation engraved for Friesian cattle, the bowl 22cm (8 1/2in) diameter, 1899g (61.05 oz), on a wooden socle with presentation plaques.
Est £600-800 [Lot 1]


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London - 26th June 2014