Established in 1981 by Charles Wallrock. Previous suppliers of Harrods for over 22 years.
Detail: An ebony, amboyna, stained boxwood and burr walnut occasional table,
John C J Atkins, Regent St, London, c1850. £2,450
It is generally acknowledged that some of the very finest Chess Sets ever made, were those made by Jaques of London and of these, the ‘crème de la crème’, and therefore very rare, are the Deluxe Club Chess sets containing a set of Staunton Ivory Chessmen. In fact we can confidently state that to the best of our knowledge there is not another one of the same quality for sale anywhere in the world at present. Our assessment of its rarity and value is supported by the Certificate of Authenticity issued by Joe Jaques, of Jaques of London (see this certificate, reproduced at the end of this presentation)
According to an advertisement in the Illustrated London News dated September 8, 1849, the first Jaques Staunton pattern sets were available in the finest African ivory (5 guineas)”. We can date this set to circa 1852 so it is a rare survivor and in excellent condition, considering its age.
Objects of Desire and The Vintage Magazine are delighted to be working closely with Alastair Dickenson who is best-known for his appearances as the Silver expert on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow. Alastair has created a superb collection of forty five original silver objects associated with the sports of hunting, shooting, fishing and polo.
Over several decades of dealing in Antique Silver he has often had enquiries about silver relating to outdoor pursuits. For this reason he has produced a book based on hunting, shooting and fishing but have included a small collection of items connected to other outdoor activities. These include finely modelled animals and birds that would make ideal presents but every piece in this collection has been chosen for its rarity and quality
See a selection of these superb pieces below and please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
or email@example.com for a catalogue and price list to see the complete collection and arrange to view the pieces.
Alternatively please telephone 00 44 1962 771336
Pieces range from £275 to £18,500, and would make wonderful Christmas presents.
‘Objects of Desire’ has just celebrated its 10th Anniversary as an independent broker of fine art and antiques, including antique clocks and vintage watches. We are delighted to be offering the following items which may solve that old problem of what to buy for the person who has everything:-.
A rare Platinum watch with ‘Tourbillon’, by Breguet – SOLD
A Vizagapatam Ivory and Horn Chess and Backgammon Set
A rare 18th century Table Wine Cooler in solid silver
A very rare Elizabethan ‘Tigerware’ Jug Circa 1580 – SOLD
A superb and rare Victorian cast silver gilt Stirrup Cup circa 1871
A Regency Ormolu and Patinated Bronze Mantel Clock by F. Baetens
We will be pleased to show these items to you by arrangement and to answer any questions you may have about their origins, condition and provenance. Please contact Robert Jarman on firstname.lastname@example.org
Summers Place Auctions are pleased to announce that the star lot in the third Evolution Sale is an exceptionally rare juvenile Allosaurus, a first for a UK auction house. The 285 cm long (112 ins), 150-155 million-year-old skeleton was found in Wyoming, USA and is expected to fetch £300,000 – 500,000 in the sale on Wednesday, 25th November 2015.
The trend for “cross-collecting” (see my previous piece on Masterpiece) continues unabated, and as should be expected of the talented crew at Frieze, the Frieze Masters fair gives us a masterclass. For those interested in tracking differences between art fairs, Frieze Masters selection is across history, but in the main limited to paintings and works of art and excluding furniture and jewellery. Of course go far enough back and the differences between art and antiques starts to blur.
I started ‘OBJECTS OF DESIRE’ ten years ago this summer, as a brokerage offering clients the opportunity to buy and/or sell works of art privately, and to accept commissions to find works by specific artists, and during that time we are delighted to have bought, and/or sold, many works of Art for our clients.
So, we thought it would be fun to mark this Anniversary by recalling various amusing stories about specific deals, without divulging the identity of the clients, so here are some ‘Tales of Sales’.
Masterpiece doesn’t care about looking like a museum or being cool; it cares about money and what you can buy with it. It is about the object. It is an event whose sheer range of expensive things defies the taste of the most hardened collector. It challenges collectors, making them aware of excellence that is just outside of their usual field of vision.
David Fursdon DL, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Devon:
“This is a book to read slowly; to dip in and out of and to savour and to read with the seasons. It is a book for the Devon connoisseur and the Devon beginner and celebrates an endangered way of life. It is full of colour and of wisdom. It is, quite simply, a delight.”
These words greet the newly published ‘My Devonshire Year’, I cannot improve on them. This book is being published by my very good friend, Richard Webb, who lives in a beautiful house in Warfleet Creek, at the entrance to Dartmouth harbour where he can sit at his desk and watch all manner of boats and ships arrive and depart.