Furniture, Works of Art & Clocks

Wednesday 22nd September 2021. Starts at 10:00am

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.

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