Wednesday, 13 June 2018

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. 

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