At Auction

Canterbury Auctions in Kent will be hosting a two day sale beginning Tuesday, October 23 2012 and, once again, we just couldn’t resist perusing their catalog. Below are just a few of the fabulous items on offer:

Late 19th/early 20th Century School – Three miniature paintings on ivory – Shoulder length portraits of an aristocratic gentleman and two ladies (possibly members of the Hapsburg Royal Household), ovals 1.5ins x 1.25ins, indistinctly signed, in single gilt metal mounted mahogany rectangular three division frame, 4.75ins x 7.75ins – Guide Price: £200-300


A late 19th Century French papier-mache pull-along Bulldog with opening mouth and growling action, the head inset with glass eyes, with bristle trimmed collar for same, 21ins overall x 11.75ins high (front paws somewhat worn, various damage around chain to rear of neck, appears scuffed and marked) – Guide Price: £500-700

A George IV gilt brass Colza oil lamp of two-handled urn shape with plain arm, on stepped triangular weighted base, by Smethurst of 138 New Bond Street, 15.75ins high (converted to electricity)

Guide Price: £120-160



Colin Colahan (1897-1987) – Bronze bust – “Freya Stark” (1893-1993), 19.75ins high, signed, with attached lead seal Note : Dame Freya Stark was a well known British Explorer and Travel Writer. Writing more than two dozen books about her travels in the Middle and near East, she was one of the first non-Arabs to travel through the Southern Arabian Deserts – Guide Price: £500-700

A late Victorian 15ct gold mounted seed pearl and amethyst set pendant, the central amethyst within seed pearl set scrolling leaf pattern borders with oval amethyst suspended below, 60mm x 40mm overall (grammes 6.5 grammes), contained in original brown leather covered case retailed by Wales & McCulloch Ltd, 59 Cheapside and 20 Ludgate Hill, London) – Guide Price: £250-300

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