Monday 27 March 2017

A fascinating Collection of 19 photographs from Swan, Hunter & Whigham Richards Ship Builders to include; Afrique, Albion, Franconia, Karl Schurz, Dearne, Bellona, Penart Dock, Madonna, Comus, SS Corcovado, SS Westmeath, SS Ethelhilda, SS Franconia, SS Delta, SS Osmanieh, Titan Crane, SS Folgate to be offered for sale Antique and Interiors Sale 5th April. Estimate £300 - £500.

We are accepting entries this week for the next Antique and Interior Auction on 5th April.  

Call us 0191 537 2630 for remaining appointment times.  

All Valuations are FREE.

Friday 3 March 2017

"Spring is beautiful, and smells sweet. Spring is when you shake the curtains, and pound on the rugs, and take off your long underwear, and wash in all the corners" 
~ Virginia Cary Hudson, "Spring," O Ye Jigs & Juleps!, 1962

and when you have done all of the above if you are de-cluttering why not box up your unwanted items and bring them to Boldon Auction Galleries.

Valuation and Booking in Dates

Friday 10th March
10am-12 noon & 2pm-4pm

Saturday 11th March 10am-1pm

Monday 13th March

Tuesday 14th March

Wednesday 15th March

Thursday 16th March
9.30 -12.30

All Valuations are FREE

This Poole pottery Freeform vase shape 685, YCB will be offered for Sale on Wednesday 8th March.

The vase with incurved top rim was designed by Claude Smale in 1950/1951.  This particular pattern was designed in 1953/1954 by Alfred Read. 

The name Freeform was given to these Scandinavian-influenced asymmetrical and elliptical shaped vases conceived in the early 1950's and produced from 1956.  The design policy at Poole during this time involved close co-operation between designer, thrower and artist. Painted designs by Alfred Read and Ruth Pavely were informal and well adapted to the irregular curved surfaces of the freeform range. 

The vases were very popular for flower arranging (which was a popular pastime) and in the words of Guy Sydenham, ‘we couldn’t make enough of them’

Guy Sydenham had joined Poole Pottery in 1931, completing a 7 year apprenticeship working alongside James Radley Young, John Adams and Truda Carter and finally left the pottery in 1977.  He was instrumental during this time in combining the traditional pieces required for mass production whilst creating more adventurous pieces of one off works of art.

 "People have to be led away from wanting what is traditional" [Guy Sydenham]