The September sale will commence with eighty-eight lots of lions from the collection of Sir Michael Codron. Since his first production in 1956, Sir Michael (now a doyen of British theatre ) has gone on to produce around two hundred West End shows by many of our finest writers. As a man of diverse taste and interest, Sir Michael has amassed a number of comprehensive collections. In 2017 we were honoured to sell items of furniture, paintings and ceramics from his London apartment. The collection of lions was begun in the 1950s and includes examples in pottery, needlework, bronze, brass and treen.
The sale will also feature a good collection of primarily 18th century English furniture from a London townhouse. The pieces were acquired in the 1980s and 90s from some of the most renowned dealers of the period, including: Jeremy, Hotspur, Norman Adams, Ronald Phillips, Richard Courtney and Apter Fredericks. The highlight is a William and Mary green japanned chest on stand acquired from Alistair Sampson Antiques, it was exhibited at the Grosvenor House Fair in 1983 and featured in the catalogue.
Other collections include: seventy-six lots from a Private Cornish Country Estate, comprising: 17th -19th century furniture, a good Queen Anne walnut month going longcase clock by Samuel Watson and a fine Sarouk carpet.
From another country house comes lot 492, a wonderful pair of Italian carved walnut figures of huntsmen, attributed to the Italian sculptor Valentino Besarel (1829-1902). They originally graced the hall of Stokesay Court, Shropshire, the home of the Allcroft family. The contents of the house were sold in 1994 by Sotheby’s when these figures were acquired by the current vendor. Stokesay Court was the main location for the filming of the 2007 movie, Atonement, featuring Kiera Knightley and James McAvoy.
VIEWING WILL BE AT OUR CASTLE STREET SALEROOMS (51-61 Castle Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 3SU)
Saturday 18th September 10:00am - 1:00pm
Monday 20th September 10:00am - 4:00pm
Tuesday 21st September 10:00am - 3:00pm
Wednesday 22nd September 8:30am - 10:00am
COLLECTION OF LOTS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
Collection by appointment from Monday 27th September 10:00am from our warehouse, Unit 1B, Castle Gate Business Park, Old Sarum, Salisbury, SP4 6QX. Collection of lots will not be available on Saturdays until further notice.
Please call 01722 446950 or 01722 424500 to make an appointment. All accounts to be settled prior to collection.
IMPORTANT CHANGES TO OUR BIDDING PROCEDURE
Owing to the recent introduction of Money Laundering Regulations, clients wishing to bid in this auction are likely to be asked to provide two forms of identification. This applies to both new and existing clients.
CONDITION OF LOTS
The condition of lots is not stated in the catalogue descriptions. Reports on condition may be available on request. The absence of condition reports in the catalogue does not imply that the lot is free from imperfections or faults.