Our calendar of Interiors auctions gets straight down to business in 2022 with a two-day sale on 25 & 26 January. Amongst furniture, carpets, porcelain and decorative objects, the sale includes 47 lots from Little Wolford Manor, Warwickshire, a 15th century Cotswold manor house. Ashley Matthews, Head of Sale, takes a look at some of the auction highlights.
Lots 135-148 are all examples of Worcester porcelain dating from the second half of the 18th century. Lot 138 is a pair of sauceboats decorated with the Early Bird pattern and are comparable with examples in Branyan, French & Sandon’s book Worcester Blue and White porcelain 1751-1790.
The standout lot from this collection of Worcester is Lot 146, a Worcester 'Queen's' pattern 'Rich Kakiemon' cylindrical armorial mug from the Fry Service. The service appears to have been largely handed down through the Leigh Spencer family until it passed to the Fowke family who sold it in 1981. Interestingly, the piece carries a label from the 1938 ‘Wallace sale’ so may have been part of an earlier dispersal.
The sale includes a selection of cheval glasses, two from the aforementioned collection, and another two from other vendors (including the cheval mirror pictured below). The name cheval comes from the French for 'horse' – there in apocryphal story of the name originating from the fact that one could be seen upon one’s horse due to the adjustable nature of the plate on the frame! Sadly the name is much more likely to originate from 'horse' referring to the four legged frame that supports the adjustable mirror.
The examples in this sale date from the late George III period through to William IV. The later example, Lot 526, features lappet carved and spirally fluted supports.
Lot 553 is a set of twelve stained glass windows, each featuring a depiction of a sign of Zodiac. They come in a range of sizes and also some with remnants of window fittings. One can only wonder what kind of building they might once have illuminated.
Lot 72 is a Nautilus grate, an ingenious Victorian variation of a woodburning stove. Originally designed by James Bazeley Petter, it is in scroll form, with open grate and twin outlet pipes.
It was the installation of these grates at Queen Victoria’s residences of Osborne House and Balmoral which brought the firm to national attention. The design of the grate was based on the internal shape of the Nautilus shell by means of which the fumes and smoke circulated in a chamber before being drawn out through the flue.
Tuesday 25 & Wednesday 26 January | 10.30am GMT
Donnington Priory, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 2JE
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