Antique Furniture & Collectors’ Items

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Friday 02 December 2016

Commencing at 11:00am

Bedford Auction Centre


Friday 25th November – 5pm to 8pm,
Saturday 26th November – 9am to 1pm,
Thursday 1st December – 9am to 6pm,
Morning of sale from 9am

The first Friday of every month sees a specialist auction of Antiques and Collectable’s at the Bedford Auction Centre. A range of Antique Furniture, Pictures, Ceramics & Glass, Silver, Metalware, Boxes and Caddies, Militaria and other collector ’s items are offered for sale.

Condition Reports
Condition reports and further images of lots are available for this sale via the

We regret that we are unable to process requests for condition reports received after 1.00pm on the day preceding the sale

Illustrated catalogues are available for all Antique and Specialist sales. (£5.00 by post). These sales can also be viewed on–line 10 days prior to the auction.

Entries are accepted up to three weeks prior to a Specialist sale or by prior arrangement, please contact the nearest office for further details.

Delivery Service
Clients requiring delivery of furniture should enquire at the office.

Mailing & Postage
All mailing is handled by Mail Boxes Etc.
St Loyes House, 20 St. Loyes Street, Bedford MK40 1ZL
T: 01234 305 544

Regular valuation days are held in the saleroom for clients wishing to include items in the sale.

If you own anything which you think might be suitable for one of our monthly sales  please contact Lindsay Vintiner or Matthew Baker on
01234 266366 or
For an approximate estimate, email us with a description and image of your item. For larger or multiple items, we are happy to arrange for a valuer to visit your home or premises at your convenience.

Recent Highlights

Recent sale results from this auction are displayed below. To view highlights from other auctions, click here.

Bedford Auction Centre

William Lionel Wylie (1851-1931),
'Report Me All Well',
signed and inscribed,
27 x 42 cm

Sold for £820

Richard Llewellyn Benson Rathbone (1864-1939), a pair of Arts & Crafts brass candlesticks of squat form, stamped '19 Rathbone 02 107T', h. 12.5 cm each

Sold for £1400

A late 19th century French mantle clock, the face with Roman numerals, in the form of a sphere supported by a pair of putti on a gilt metal base of architectural form decorated with swags, h. 39 cm

Sold for £750

A George III silver mug of traditional bell shaped form having a leaf capped c-scroll handle, Samuel Godbehere & Edward Wigan, London 1796, together with two further George III mugs of similar design, overall 30 ozs

Sold for £1100

An early 20th century Chinese silk embroidery depicting a peacock amongst a naturalistic landscape, 39 x 31 cm, together with seven similar embroideries and a painting on silk depicting three exotic birds on a blossoming branch (9)

Sold for £1400

Continental School, 17th century,
A half length portrait depicting a Tudor
female wearing French clothing and holding
a lidded container,
unsigned, 47 x 33 cm
oil on oak panel and housed within a 19th century Venetian carved giltwood frame

Sold for £9500

A Jaeger-LeCoultre 'Atmos' clock, the cream dial with Roman numerals and a visable escapement within a gilt metal five glass case, h. 22.8 cm, together with the box and documentation

Sold for £1100

An Indian yellow metal necklace set bone, turquoise, pearl and synthetic polished gemstones within leaf and teardrop shaped settings suspended on a facet cut chain, overall 39.5 gms

Sold for £800

A Regency-type mahogany 'Johnson' extending table, the circular surface with five leaves fitting around exterior on four turned supports joined by a circular stretcher on splayed feet, max. d. 182.5 cm, with a fitted box holding the leaves

Sold for £1200

A late 19th century continental yellow metal and enamel decorated novelty pocket watch in the form of a stringed instrument, the white enamelled dial with black Roman numerals having a fusee movement with verge escapement

Sold for £2000

A parian ware bust modelled as a half length classical female figure on a socle base, h. 42 cm

Sold for £920

A George II silver covered tankard of tapered cylindrical form, having a scroll work thumb piece and leaf capped handle above a ribbed body, maker (?)IB, London 1759, h. 17.5 cm,
31 ozs

Sold for £740

A Napoleonic Prisoner-of-War bone figural group modelled as a guillotine execution with staircase, within a display cabinet, 37 x 20 cm, together with a similar boat

Sold for £950

A Chinese stoneware blue and white vase of baluster form, allover decorated with dragons, h. 48 cm

Sold for £1100

A British Mutoscope & Biograph Company of London clockwork operated Kinora viewer, model B25, the cast metal body with two viewing lenses on an ornate base containing the clockwork mechanism, together with eleven films

Sold for £2300

A set of eight George III and later mahogany and upholstered dining chairs, including two carvers, with swag decorated back rails on square straight legs joined by stretchers

Sold for £1050

A Chinese celadon crackle glaze dish of oval form on four feet, gilt script to base, w. 21.5 cm

Sold for £1700

A gold 20 dollar coin dated 1908, 33.4 gms

Sold for £870

McCarthy J. H.: A collection of the writer's hand-written diaries, in various formats, for each year from 1886 - 1935. (Individual Diaries for the years 1878, 1880, 1882, 1890, 1894, 1895, & 1933 are not present). Entries include references to accounts of excursions abroad, visits to Galleries, dictation of his work, practise with an air pistol, books bought and read, Theatre outings, visits to a wide range of UK locations, visits to Publishers including Chatto & Kegan Paul, House of Commons, Meetings of the Dramatists' Club, meetings with various celebrities including - Walter Crane, George Meredith, Jerome and Pinero, monetary matters and a wide range of other activities. Some of the entries are very brief, others more extensive. Overall, a wide ranging biographical, literary and historical archive of potential interest to a range of research specialists in a number of fields. Together with a small collection of other miscellaneous note books.

Sold for £1600

An early 19th century silver and parcel gilt mounted turtle`s carapasse for use as a table snuff, Nathaniel Mills, Birmingham 1827,
l. 10.5 cm

Sold for £2500