Go ‘apothecary chic’ at an auction of Chemist’s Collectables23 October 2020 Stamford Auction Room’s Chemist's Collectables sale is a treasure trove of quirky decorative items.
The sale, which takes place on October 31, is comprised of lots from the estate of W Allen & Son of Oadby, Leicestershire. (There is also a general sale of Antiques and Collectables there on the same day.)
Vintage apothecary pieces are among the standout items. From jars to cabinets, these items can appeal for their inherent decorative quality as well as their history. Here we pick out several items going under the hammer at the Lincolnshire saleroom next week.
Offering appealing decorative possibilities either together or placed separately around the house is this group of assorted blue glass vintage medicine bottles, some still bearing labels, are offered with an estimate of £30-50.
View and bid for this selection of blue glass bottles here.
Mortars and pestles
Can you ever have too many mortar and pestle sets? Here is a collection of around seven, plus a couple of extra pestles, in various styles and forms. They are offered together with an estimate of £30-50.
View and bid for this diverse collection of wooden mortar and pestle sets here.
Slightly different in its appeal is this uniform group of green bottles, each 17cm high, with a different label in Latin. The group has an estimate of £50-80.
View and bid for this set of green glass bottles here.
Pair of porcelain jars
This pair of apothecary jars with metal covers are decorated with floral pattern and labelled Rhei and Zingiberis. They are offered together with an estimate of £60-90.
View and bid for this pair of apothecary jars here.
Featuring 30 graduated drawers painted with labels, this apothecary cabinet is a striking piece which could suit several rooms in the home. It is offered with an estimate of £300-500.
View and bid for this apothecary cabinet here.
While not specifically an apothecary item, this stacked spice box is very much in the same vein of these other pieces and is one of the featured items at the auction. The 19th century satinwood box is composed of three compartment labelled mace, nutmeg and all spice and is offered with an estimate of £50-80.
View and bid for this spice box here.