Highlights from Mallams upcoming Oxford Library sale24 January 2024 For library connoisseurs the Mallams Oxford Library sale is a most view.
Here is a selection of items coming up at the Mallams auction on February 7-8.
A Roman marble portrait head of Emperor Commodus c. late 2nd century AD. It has provenance to Enid Boulting (1928-2021), fashion model; former wife of film director Roy Boulting, (1913-2001) and later wife of the 9th Earl of Hardwicke. It has a partially fragmented, weathered surface and is estimated at £25,000-35,000.
Illuminated medieval manuscript
This illuminated Hours of the Virgin medieval manuscript is from France dating to the 15th century. It contains 241 vellum leaves but is misbound. It appears to be missing nine folios, around five of which would have had miniatures. The manuscript has provenance to the John. P. Love Collection and is estimated at £20,000-30,000.
An early 18th century walnut escritoire with quarter cut veneer, cross and feather banding. The fall front opens to provide a writing surface revealing pigeon holes and drawers all above three long drawers raised on bracket feet. It is estimated at £800-1200.