Furniture, Ceramics and Works of Art

From an Oxfordshire Dower House & a Surrey Manor HOuse

Donnington Priory -The Contents of an Oxfordshire Dower House and the February Interiors sale at Dreweatts celebrates the tastes of life-long collectors of fine antique works. Spanning furniture, ceramics, works of art and paintings, the sales offer a broad range of pieces to furnish your home. The sales will be held on Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th February at Donnington Priory in Berkshire.

From The Contents of an Oxfordshire Dower House is a Continental rosewood, brass, pewter and bone marquetry stereoscopic viewer, dating from the late 19th, early 20th century. Joining the viewer is an extensive collection of slides, some by Underwood & Underwood. The slides depict European and Middle Eastern scenes including the Place de la Republique, Place de la Bastille, Notre Dame Cathedral, Parisian scenes, views of The Dead Sea and British topographical scenes. Standing at 118cm tall the stereoscopic viewer is estimated at £800-1,200 [Lot 91].

Also from the collection is a late 19th century patinated bronze model of a setter, after Jules Moigniez (1835-1894). French sculptor Jules Moigniez was renowned for his portrayal of animals in bronze, most typically birds. This portrayal of a standing setter holding a game bird in its jaw is a particularly fine example. Moigniez worked alongside his father, who continued to cast his son’s work after his untimely death. Signed 'J Moigniez' the piece is estimated at £800-1,200 [Lot 123].

Georgian furniture leads the middle section of the collection of Contents of an Oxfordshire Dower House. Top pieces include a George II walnut and feather-banded bureau bookcase, circa 1735, estimated at £3,000-5,000 [Lot 112] alongside a George I walnut bachelor's chest, circa 1720, estimated at £1,500-2000 [Lot 118].

Not to be missed elsewhere, is a pair of matched George III cast silver candlesticks by Ebenezer Coker, London 1769 and John Carter II, London 1771. They bear the crests and mottos for Borough of Chetwynd Park, Stafforshire and Egmond, Shropshire [Lot 138, estimate £1,200-1,600].

The Surrey Manor House collection boasts a number of stumpwork pieces including an early Charles II stump work casket, circa 1670.

Stumpwork is a raised form of embroidery that uses, fabrics and stitching to build up three dimensional pictures. The technique originated from mid-17th century England and grew rapidly in popularity. Early examples, such as this casket, would predominately have been made my young girls [Lot 205, estimate £1,000-1,500].

Another later example, with needlework that dates from the early 18th century, is a stumpwork framed dressing table mirror [Lot 305, estimate £300-500].

The pieces in the February Interiors sale hail from a number of private collections with furniture and furnishing spanning 17th century through to modern day. One of the earliest pieces in the sale is a late 17th, early 18th century verdure wall tapestry that is believed to be Flemish. Vendure tapestries are a type of tapestry decorated with lush green foliage. As illustrated here, in the last half of the 17th century, landscapes were incorporated into the design of Vendure tapestries [Lot 404, estimate £3,000-5,000.]

The sales will be held at Dreweatts' Donnington Priory saleroom in Berkshire on Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th February. The full catalogue will be available to view online at


Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions are a UK 'top 5' auctioneer of fine art and collectibles. As part of Stanley Gibbons we are the only UK stock-exchange listed firm of auctioneers and occupy the same stable as coin specialists Baldwin's, and Frasers Autograph's. Established in 1759, we have the broadest and most regular calendar of specialist catalogued sales in the industry, numbering over 150 per annum, and provide vendors and buyers alike access to market-leading specialist advice in any number of collecting fields. We operate from salerooms in Donnington Priory (near Newbury), London's Mayfair, Bristol and Godalming.

Donnington Priory - 3rd February 2015