Coming up on Wednesday 19 February, we have our auction of European Furniture, Ceramics and Works of Art. The auction includes an exquisite private collection of British ceramics comprising 55 lots of 18th century porcelain figures from Bow, Chelsea and Derby, as well as a rare group of toys from Charles Gouyn’s associated factory.
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Part of this private collection are eight scent bottles of Charles Gouyn St. James’s factory type, with estimates ranging from £750-3,500 (+fees). These are extremely rare and much prized among collectors. Geoffrey Stafford Charles, Head of Dreweatts British and European Ceramics and Glass department, picks out some of his highlights including lot 54, Bacchic group of a boy and goat, circa 1755.
Lot 54: A Charles Gouyn St. James's factory type scent bottle, Bacchic group of a boy and goat, circa 1755 | Est. £1,500-2,500 (+fees)
Another interesting scent bottle it lot 55, depicting Bacchic putti with a faun, circa 1755. This intricate design is finished off with the addition of the butterfly stopper.
Lot 55: A Charles Gouyn St. James's factory type scent bottle and stopper of Bacchic putti with a faun, circa 1755, butterfly stopper | Est. £1,500-2,500 (+fees)
Lot 62, modelled as Cupid grinding arrows, circa 1755, is another fine example, and comes with its original fitted shagreen case.
Lot 62: A Charles Gouyn St. James's factory type scent bottle and stopper modelled as Cupid grinding arrows, circa 1755, with original fitted shagreen case | Est. £2,500-3,500 (+fees)
Looking at other pieces from the private collection, another item of interest is lot 63, a Chelsea porcelain etui or bodkin case and cover, circa 1775. With beautiful detailing, it is surmounted with a caged hen with chicks. A similar model can be found in the V&A.
Lot 63: A Chelsea porcelain etui or bodkin case and cover, circa 1775 | Est. £1,000-1,500 (+fees)
AUCTION DATE & LOCATION
Wednesday 19 February | 10.30am
Donnington Priory, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 2JE
Sunday 16 February: 10am-2pm
Monday 17 February: 10am-5pm
Tuesday 18 February: 10am-5pm
Day of sale: from 8.30am
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