Antiques from reality TV’s first business troubleshooter Sir John Harvey-Jones on offer26 January 2021 An ‘eclectic mix of objects’ from the former estate of TV’s ‘Troubleshooter’ Sir John Harvey-Jones and his wife Lady Mary Evelyn Harvey-Jones is coming up for auction.
More than 170 items from their Caemawr estate in north Wales will appear in Hansons’ Antiques and Collectors sale from February 1-4. As well as furniture dating back to the 1600s, paintings, silver, metalware, ceramics and quirky lots also feature.
Hackney-born Sir John (1924-2008) found fame as presenter of BBC show Troubleshooter in the 1990s where he dispensed advice to ailing firms. As chairman of ICI in the 1980s, he doubled the price of the company’s shares within 30 months and turned a loss into a £1bn profit.
Before his business career he had served with distinction in the Royal Navy during the Second World War and with Naval Intelligence post-1945.
Here are five stand-out Harvey-Jones items in the February Four Day Antiques Auction at Hansons in Etwall, Derbyshire.
Two oval-framed English School 18th century portraits of gentlemen, c.1719-30, the pictures (pictured top) each 13in (34cm) long, are offered as a single lot with an estimate of £500-800. They are possibly members of the Woodhouse Family of Aramstone, Hoarwithy, Ross-on-Wye.
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Little 'curiositys' love from Hannah
This 19th century curiosity features a framed letter and crocheted miniature baby boots, mittens and bonnet. The letter is addressed to Mrs McCartney and the reverse reads: Some little curiositys [sic] done by the female orphans in connexion with the Plymouth Brethren Bristol - with Hannah - love. Estimate £40-60.
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Take a Pekinese
An oil painting of a Pekinese dog with cricket bat and ball, attributed to British/American artist Maud Earl (1864-1943), a woman celebrated for her canine paintings, is estimated at £150-200. The 7 x 9in (19 x 24cm) work comes with an Ackermann & Co label verso.
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Putti in your hands
An eight-day John Beaven of Woolwich mantle clock in mahogany, c.1830s, is guided at £200-300. It features a mahogany case on brass ball feet, steel face with Roman numerals and the case is surmounted by brass putti.
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Pressed into action
Furniture on offer includes this late 17th century joined oak clothes press with lunette carved frieze bearing the initials EB and converted into a wardrobe. Measuring 5ft 7in high x 5ft wide x 20in deep (1.71m x 1.52m x 51cm), it has wrought iron hinges, is raised on stile feet and a hanging rail has been added
It is estimated at £300-500.
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