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.

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 
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.