What to buy online – four lots under £2000 coming up at auction20 March 2020 A Coadestone bust, a silvergilt cup and a pepperbox revolver are among four lots with estimates ranging from £300-2000.
1. Clock collectors catalogue
Today Forum Auctions in London will offer the research library of defunct Bond Street dealership Partridge Fine Arts. The library of countless titles and catalogues will be sold across 111 lots online.
This page depicting a Thomas Tompion longcase is from a 1943 album of photographs and descriptions of 68 clocks in the collection of Walter J Iden.
Estimated at £400-600, this is one of a handful of albums produced by Iden himself that are referenced by Percy Dawson in his catalogue The Iden Clock Collection (1987).
View and bid for items at this Partridge Fine Arts research library sale today via thesaleroom.com.
2. Pepperbox revolver
The sale held by sporting gun and antique weapons specialist Holts in Wolferton, Norfolk, on March 23 includes this rare 140-bore percussion revolver c.1840.
This version of the ‘pepperbox’ revolver, signed LF Model Mariette’s Patent with the serial number 178, has six inner and 12 outer barrels making 18 in total. As such a front-heavy weapon made accurate aiming difficult, the primary market for these weapons was for civilian self-defence.
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3. Coadestone bust
This rare ‘bronzed’ Coadestone bust c.1793 depicts the British merchant of Huguenot descent Gerard de Visme (1726-97).
He made his fortune in Portugal before returning to London, where he was partner in a banking firm. His home, Wimbledon Lodge, was lavishly decorated with the products of Mrs Coade’s Lambeth Manufactory.
This 11½in (29cm) high bust of a favoured patron is estimated at £1000-2000 at Summers Place Auctions in Sussex on March 24-25.
View and bid at this Home, Garden & Natural History sale via the saleroom.com.
4. Silver gilt Viennese enamelled stemmed cup
Sheppard’s in Durrow, Co Laois, will sell a typical ‘magpie’ collection covering a wide range of European and Asian works of art on March 24.
Tim O’Mahony, a retired dealer and collector from Kilkenny, has consigned close to 600 lots that, armed with a modest budget and a decent eye, he acquired at local auctions over the decades.
Among the lots is this silver gilt Viennese enamelled stemmed cup, the bowl and stem painted with classical figural scenes, 19th century, est: €300-500.
View and bid at the O’Mahony sale at Sheppard’s via thesaleroom.com.