Friday, 20 July 2018

Our next free Valuation Days will be held 
Friday 27th July 10am until 12noon and 2pm until 4pm

Saturday 28th July 10am until 1pm
(up to 6 items)

Alternatively you can make an appointment from
Monday 30th July by calling 0191 5372630


A Camerons Brewery advertising beer crate.
to be sold in our General Sale on Wednesday 25th July



Camerons Brewery Ltd was founded in 1865 by John William Cameron in Hartlepool, County Durham, England. It is the largest independent brewer in the North East of England, with a brewery capacity of 1.5 million hectolitres (900,000 hl production in 2012) and a tied estate of 75 houses. It is one of the town's oldest industrial concerns, and has historically been one of the largest employers.
After one hundred years of growth through brewery acquisitions, the company had an estate of 750 licensed premises throughout the North East and North Yorkshire by the 1960s. The company subsequently struggled as the economy of its trading heartland suffered, and as it underwent a succession of owners with little experience of running pubs and breweries. Camerons lost its independence to Ellerman Lines in 1974, followed by the Barclay Brothers in 1983 and Brent Walker in 1989. Brent Walker spun off the majority of the tied estate as a separate company called Pubmaster, which was acquired by Punch Taverns in 2003.
Camerons was purchased in 1992 by Wolverhampton & Dudley, which invested heavily in the brewery before selling the company to Castle Eden in 2002, who closed their own site and moved all production to Camerons. The company now has a relatively small tied estate but is the ninth largest brewery in the country. As a result, around 80 per cent of its business involves contract brewing for other companies, such as Heineken, which owns 24 per cent of the company, and Carlsberg.
Camerons is known across the United Kingdom for Strongarm, a distinctive ruby red bitter launched in 1955. Total production of Strongarm surpassed one billion pints in 2000. Across the North East it is also known for Castle Eden Ale and Trophy Special, both originally brewed at Castle Eden. 
Lithograph after Norman Wade ‘Lindisfarne Priory’
to be sold in our General Sale on Wednesday 25th July




Throughout the 1970s Norman Wade’s art shop, managed by his wife Moira brought a bohemian vibe to Durham City centre. Managing the shop in Saddler Street on the route to the cathedral, Moira brought in Norman’s work, framed it, and sold pieces on to satisfied customers. The occasional appearance was made by Norman who became famed for his pipe smoking.  Born in London, Norman trained as a graphic designer. Moving North to the Lake District, where he pursued a career as an artist after meeting his wife Moira, who worked in the art trade. After a spell in Gosforth, Newcastle, they moved to Low Etherley in Bishop Auckland. At this time Norman developed his own distinctive style using various screen printing techniques creating unusual textures and patterns and concentrating on images of buildings and landscapes across the North of England, but in particular scenes of Durham Cathedral. After a decade in Durham, Norman became concerned that although his works continued to be popular, he was often torn between aesthetic sensibilities and creating work to sell. He and Moira decided to close the shop and move to Spain in 1980, enjoying its sunshine until his health started to fail. They moved back to the UK, settling in Coldstream in the Scottish borders.
A Crown Devon Fieldings 'The Eton Boating Song' musical jug, the body decorated in relief and inscribed with verse to be sold in our General Sale on Wednesday 25th July


The mug is moulded with scenes of rowers on a river, with "Floreat Etona" below, and Eton Boating Song verse, the jug also moulded with depiction of college buildings, marked "Founded by Henry VI 1440" below, the handle is formed as a young man wearing a hat. To the base is a wind up musical box playing the Eton Boating Song.
The "Eton Boating Song" is the best known of the school songs associated with Eton College that are sung at the end of year concert and on other important occasions. It is also played during the procession of boats. The words of the song were written by William Johnson Cory, an influential Master at the school. The melody was composed by an Old Etonian and former pupil of Cory, Captain Algernon Drummond and transcribed by T. L. Mitchell-Innes. The piano accompaniment was written by Evelyn Wodehouse. It was first performed on 4 June 1863. Ordinarily, only the first, sixth, seventh and eighth stanzas are sung. Contrary to popular belief, the "Eton Boating Song" is not the school song of Eton College, that being "Carmen Etonense".
A wide selection of Victorian, Edwardian and later furnishings will be offered for auction in our 
General Sale on Wednesday 25th July


From beautiful red Chesterfield settees and armchairs to a fabulous antique metamorphic childrens high chair. Our saleroom is currently bursting with some amazing furnishings, these images are just a flavour of what we are offering for auction.

Our sale starts promptly at 10am on Wednesday 25th July and can be viewed in the saleroom Saturday 21st July 10-1 and Tuesday 24th July 2-6 as well as from 9am on the day of sale. 

A Wilesco D 365 "Old Smokey" steamroller to be sold in our
General Sale Wednesday 25th July



Wilhelm Schröder GmbH & Co. KG, better known by their trade name Wilesco, is a German toy company known for manufacturing live steam toys such as steamrollers, traction engines, and stationary steam engines. Wilesco Initially produced a range of aluminium forks and spoons, expanding to miniature aluminium accessories for doll's tea parties in the 1920s. The toys were also exported to the US, thus helping the company survive the economic crisis of the late 1920s and early 1930s. In 1950, Wilesco started manufacturing miniature steam engines. In 1966, the D 365 "Old Smokey" steamroller was introduced which has been popular among collectors and continues to be produced. The company also manufactures various accessories for their steam engines such as electrical generators, steam workshops and fairground rides. While most of their steam engine models are heated by esbit, electrical heating is also available. Steam-powered toy locomotives (G scale) were also available from Wilesco for a while. The company still manufactures a range of plastic and aluminium scoops and hooks, as well as steam toys.

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Lot 8 a Tunbridge ware marquetry and micro mosaic writing slope and glove case sold Antique and Interiors Sale 11th July 2018 for £400








Tunbridge ware is a form of decorative inlaid wood work that is synonymous with the spa town of Tunbridge Wells, Kent.  

Decoration consists of a mosaic of different coloured woods glued together then cut into thin slices of identical veneers.



The nineteenth century saw the hey-day for Tunbridge ware production with local woods such as maple, holly, oak and sycamore used along with imported woods such as mahogany and tulipwood.


Many different items of Tunbridge ware have been made including tea caddies, pincushions, ink stands, comb trays, sewing accessories, picture frames, bonnet stands and candle sticks, however the most usual object to be found is the humble box and as seen in Lot 8 we have a glove box and a writing box.  

Tunbridge Ware production went into decline in the 20th centruy and production ceased altogether in 1927.




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and Saturday 14th July 10am - 1pm

FREE Valuations                                  
No Appointment necessary
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Saturday 1st September at Middlesbrough Town Hall

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Thursday, 21 June 2018



The longest day is upon us - an ideal time to de-clutter physically and mentally ..........

We are accepting entries for Auction on the following dates:

Drop in session: Friday 22nd June 10am - 12noon and 2pm - 4pm

By appointment please call 0191 5372630:

Monday 25th June 9.30-4.30

Tuesday 26th June 9.30-4.30

Wednesday 27th June 9.30-4.30

Thursday 28th June 9.30-4.30

Monday 2nd July 9.30-4.30

Tuesday 3rd July 9.30-4.30

Wednesday 4th July 9.30-12.30

Go on de-clutter and embrace the space !


An oil on canvas by Adrian Daintrey (1902-1988) ‘View of the Thames’ 
For auction in our Antique and Interiors Sale Wednesday 11th July at 10am 

Viewing is on Saturday 7th July 10am-1pm, Tuesday 10th July 2pm – 6pm and on the morning of the Auction from 9am.

Biography
Adrian Maurice Daintrey was born in London in 1902.  Educated at Charterhouse School, the Slade Schhol of Fine Art 1920-1924 and then in Paris at both the Louvre and L'Academie de la Grande Chaumiere.

His first exhibition was at Dorothy Warren's Gallery alongside Paul Nash in 1928.  He served abroad during World War II and upon his return worked for Punch magazine as an Art Critic.  From the late 1960's Adrian taught part time at the City and Guilds of London Art School.  Exhibitions were held at South London Art Gallery, Michael Parkin Fine Art and Sally Hunter Fine Art.  He had a large circle of friends including fellow artists Augustus John, Rex Whistler and Matthew Smith.

Adrian Daintrey's works have been sold across the world and indeed some works are held in the British Museum, National Portrait Gallery and Imperial War Museum.

FREE Valuations 

Friday 22nd June 

10am - 12noon 
and 
2pm - 4pm


Thursday, 14 June 2018



A Mousey Thompson Ashtray to be sold in our General Sale on Wednesday 20th June

This is a classic example of Robert 'Mousey' Thompson workmanship.

Do you know the origin of the trademark mouse?

Apparently the origin of the mouse as the famous Yorkshire man's mark was almost in the way of being an accident. He was carving a large cornice for a screen with a fellow carver who remarked he was as poor as a church mouse.  Robert Thompson promptly carved a mouse on the screen and henceforth the mouse became his trademark.

Football Fever at Boldon Auction Galleries

Today the 21st FIFA World Cup begins in Russia from 14th June to 15th July.  With 32 teams taking part - who will be victorious? 

We will be selling this replica football on Wednesday 20th June in our General Sale.

Viewing is Saturday 16th June 10am-1pm, Tuesday 19th June 2pm-6pm and on the morning of the sale from 9am.




Wednesday, 13 June 2018

A fabulous collection of local artist Ken Watts artworks went under the hammer 6th June (Antique and Interiors Sale)







Local artist Mr Kenneth John William Watts was born in 1932 in Forest Hill, New Addington, London. He spent his national service in Kenya staying in the army until the late 1950's when he made his move to the North East. After moving to Jarrow Kenneth Watts started capturing the street scenes of the local area and created minutely detailed paintings of nearby streets.  His love of drawing developed at a very young age; he briefly attended drawing classes at night school in his teens but was mostly self-taught.  He started to paint the fast-changing townscapes of Jarrow and surrounding areas in the early 1960's developing his technique & skills as he worked.  In the late 60’s and early 70’Kenneth Watts had a deep involvement in the Jarrow Art Group and was instrumental in organising exhibitions.  

He then went on to set up the Bede Gallery with Vince Rea and painted a huge mural in Sunderland; as well as having many major exhibitions, including London’s Prestigious Serpentine Gallery. 

In later years he attended Sunderland University fulfilling his dream of obtaining first-class Fine Arts degree which he saw as recognition by the establishment.  Some of Kenneth Watts paintings which will be auctioned on the 6th June, have their roots in sixties pop art and gradually become more complex and technical through the years, include a study of the old Jarrow railway station and a striking painting on the former mineral line signal box between Jarrow and Hebburn.  In 2014 in the middle of his Master’s degree he became unwell, sadly passing away before it was finished 

Egyptian Delight at Boldon



Lot 110a A collection of Egyptian artefacts to include a bronze crocodile, 5cm length, a standing cat, various scarabs etc. Accompanied with certificates, dated 1945 'M.A. Mansor Antiques Cairo'
Sold £900 Antique and Interiors Sale - 6th June 2018

M. A. Mansoor (1881–1968) was an antiquarian who compiled an exquisite collection of Amarna Period sculptures. He was born to Coptic Orthodox Egyptian parents in Cairo in 1881. After having graduated from high school, with an excellent knowledge of Arabic, English and French, he taught Arabic for some years to foreign officials who occupied principal positions in the Egyptian Government.
As early as 16 years old, the history of Ancient Egypt began to fascinate him. He bought books, became an ardent visitor to the Cairo Museum and travelled extensively in Egypt to admire and study the monuments of his ancestors. He learned much about Egyptian art, but was to learn much more later during his long career as an antiquarian. He studied Coptic and began to decipher hieroglyphics. Soon he also became deeply involved in the study of the art of Greece, Persia and Mesopotamia and the early Christian and Islamic worlds. He loved the antiquity of the Near and Middle East. He understood and appreciated their cultures and their many forms of art. But his first love and prime interest always remained Egypt. In this he excelled and in later years, he developed a distinguished reputation, which left no doubt as to his integrity and his masterful knowledge of every facet of Ancient Egyptian art and culture. 
Highlights from the Antique and Interiors Sale 
6th June 2018





Lot 70 A signed Roald Dahl first edition 'Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator'
Sold £1,000 Antique and Interiors Sale - 6th June 2018

'Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator ' is a children's book by British author Roald Dahl.  It is the sequel to 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory', continuing the story of young Charlie Bucket and chocolatier Willy Wonka as they travel in the Great Glass Elevator. The book was first published in the United States by Alfred A. Knopf. in 1972 and in the United Kingdom by George Allen & Unwin in 1973.  Roald Dahl remains for many people the world's No.1 story teller.




Lot 283 A cello with soft carry case, bears paper label to interior 'Jean Baptiste Vuillaume a Paris, 3 Rue Demours-Ternes'
Sold £2,500 Antique and Interiors Sale - 6th June 2018

Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume (1798-1875) was a French luthier, businessman, inventor and winner of many awards.  His workshop made over 3,000 instruments.  Born in Mirecourt he moved to Paris in 1818 to work for Francois Chanot.  Joined the workshop of Simon Lété, François-Louis Pique's son-in-law, at Rue Pavée St. Sauveur in 1821. He became his partner and in 1825 settled in the Rue Croix des Petits-Champs under the name of "Lété et Vuillaume". His first labels are dated 1823.  In 1827 after winning a silver medal at the Paris Universal Exhibition, he started his own business at 46 Rue Croix des Petits-Champs.

His workshop became the most important in Paris and within twenty years, it led Europe. A major factor in his success was his 1855 purchase of 144 instruments made by the Italian masters for 80,000 francs, from the heirs of Luigi Tarisio, an Italian tradesman. These included the Messiah Stradivarius and 24 other Stradivari. 









Wednesday, 6 June 2018

We are delighted to have been featured in the Journal yesterday - Tuesday 5th June with a wonderful article about local artist Ken Watts.



Wednesday, 30 May 2018



 


Local artist Mr Kenneth John William Watts was born in 1932 in Forest Hill, New Addington, London. He spent his national service in Kenya staying in the army until the late 1950's when he made his move to the North East. 



After moving to Jarrow Kenneth Watts started capturing the street scenes of the local area and created minutely detailed paintings of nearby streets.  His love of drawing developed at a very young age; he briefly attended drawing classes at night school in his teens but was mostly self-taught.  


He started to paint the fast-changing townscapes of Jarrow and surrounding areas in the early 1960's developing his technique & skills as he worked.  In the late 60’s and early 70’Kenneth Watts had a deep involvement in the Jarrow Art Group and was instrumental in organising exhibitions.  

He then went on to set up the Bede Gallery with Vince Rea and painted a huge mural in Sunderland; as well as having many major exhibitions, including London’s Prestigious Serpentine Gallery. 

In later years he attended Sunderland University fulfilling his dream of obtaining first-class Fine Arts degree which he saw as recognition by the establishment.  


Some of Kenneth Watts paintings which will be auctioned on the 6th June, have their roots in sixties pop art and gradually become more complex and technical through the years, include a study of the old Jarrow railway station and a striking painting on the former mineral line signal box between Jarrow and Hebburn.  In 2014 in the middle of his Master’s degree he became unwell, sadly passing away before it was finished 



Boldon Auction Galleries are thrilled to be selling this wonderful collection of Kenneth Watts art works  upon instruction from his family and which will be offered for auction in our Antique and Interiors Sale on Wednesday 6th June.

Viewing is on Saturday 2nd June 10am-1pm, Tuesday 5th June 2pm - 6pm and on the morning of the Auction from 9am.