A rich array of more than 200 antiques and collectables have been sourced for Banbury Antiques and Collectors Auction on January 16 including a truly exquisite clock.
Our team of experts in Oxfordshire have also been privileged to catalogue a collection of important silver and plate from a prominent Channel Island family with connections to Ceylon and the international tea trade and, for the latter part of the 20th century, Oxfordshire. The collection has been curated over many years in the same family and is fresh to the market.
Here valuer James Lees picks out 5 of his favourite lots from the January 16 sale.
Time to fall in love? | Lot 72
Clock collectors are sure to be impressed by this 19th century Louis XVI style porphry and ormolu eight-day cercle tournant mantel clock in the manner of Leroy of Paris, above Cupid's arrow indicates the time as the Roman numerals rotate about a classical two-handled urn. Estimate £2,200-£2,500.
Statement piece | Lot 36
This magnificent Geo IV heavy silver gilt presentation campagna urn, below left, features applied meandering fruiting vines over a half gadrooned body. It bears the words: ‘Given by The Marquis of Downshire to the Reverend John Williams, May 1820’. Made in London 1819, probably by John Whittington. Estimate £1,000-£1,200.
Brilliant bronze | Lot 96
Note the clean, elegant lines of this A brown patinated bronze, above right, by Adolphe Jean Lavergne (1852-1901), Charmeur de Lezards. It is signed Lavergne on the base and stands 31cms high. Estimate £400-£500.
Tureen splendour | Lot 45
Sensational silversmith work and quality is demonstrated by a pair of important Regency silver sauce tureens and covers, below, each with shell feet and reeded handles. They bear a double headed eagle and coronet crest. The crest relates to a prominent Channel Island family. London 1817 by Benjamin Smith. Estimate £2,000-£3,000.
Coffee pot perfection | Lot 44
How to drink coffee in style. A Geo III baluster form silver coffee pot, inset above left, with shell and feather gadrooned decoration and hinged cover. London 1763, by John Swift. Estimate £800-£1.200.