Friday, 14 January 2022

Newlyn Artist at Boldon

Lot 232.
Frank Wright Bourdillon (1851-1924), oil, signed, 'Newlyn Harbour', 29x19cm
Estimate £300 - £500
For Auction 19th January 2022

Frank Wright Bourdillon was born in Madras, India in 1851. He came to painting later in life studying first at the Slade School of Art at the age of 31 and the following year Paris.  Frank Bourdillon moved to Polperro, Cornwall in 1886 and then settled in Newlyn in 1887, where he remained until 1892.  He left Cornwall to travel to India where he became a missionary until due to ill health he returned to England becoming the Rector of Horton in Gloucestershire.  He died in Little Sodbury, Gloucestershire in 1924.

Numismatics at Boldon Auctions

For Auction 19th January

Lot 226. 
Coins, to include various silver crowns and florins etc.  
Estimate £50 - £80


Lot 203. 
A Sovereign, dated 2000
Estimate £250 - £350

Lot 218. 

An Australian miniature gold coin, 0.5g
Estimate £30 - £50

Lot 222. 

A Victorian half and full sovereign, in presentation case
Estimate £500 - £600

Musical Notes


Lot 168.

A cased trumpet

Estimate £20 - £40

For Auction 19th January

Modern Art for Auction at Boldon

Lot 238.
Paul Antony Brewster, oil on canvas, signed, dated verso 1988, 'Dead nude male within cemetery', 100cm x 100cm.
Estimate £80 - £120.  For Auction 19th January.

Mapping the way

Lot 278.

A painted pine table, with North East ordnance survey map on the top, 66cm width 

Estimate £15 - £30.  For Auction 19th January.

Wedgwood Tamarisk Pattern

Lot 45.  
A large quantity of Wedgwood 'Tamarisk' pattern dinner, tea and coffee service.  Estimate £100 - £150.  For Auction 19th January.

Italian Bitossi

 Lot 32.  A Bitossi Italian ceramic table lamp.  Estimate £15 - £30.  For Auction 19th January

Royal Doulton

Lot 8.  
A One of several lots of Royal Doulton figurines in the auction on 19th January.  Estimate £50 - £80

Sewing at Selfridges

Lot 26.

A boxed Selfridges of London German child's sewing machine

Estimate £20 - £40

For Auction 19th January

Play Time

We have several lots of Vintage Toys for Auction on 19th January.  

We are open for Viewing on Saturday 15th January 10am-1pm and Tuesday 18th January 10am-12 noon and 2pm -6pm

Here are a few examples:

Lot 76
A quantity of toys

Lot 87
Two boxes of toys, to include Action Man and Lego etc.

Lot 156
Assorted vintage board games etc.

Lot 157
Assorted vintage games, toys etc.

Lot 182
Boxed Jetex powered Bluebird models

Looking into a Stanhope?

A Stanhope or Stanho-scope is an optical device that enables the viewing of microphotographs without using a microscope.  Invented in the mid 19th century by Rene Dagron, he called the devices bijoux photo-microscopiques (microscopic photo-jewellery) by attaching a microphotograph at the end of a modified Stanhope lens.  Hence the name.

These two examples are part of Lot 177 for auction 19th January.  One is a letter opener and the other a dip pen.  The Stanhope is located at the top of each piece.  

Come and see for yourself some clever science from the middle of the 19th century.  

Also in this lot is a piece of beadwork, perhaps from a Flappers outfit in the 1920s?, some really interesting stamping implements and a pipe cleverly shaped as a Dachshund - can you spot it!

Wednesday, 12 January 2022

Consigned for Auction on the 2nd February three superb pieces of jewellery

A platinum three stone diamond ring, approx. 6 carats, with central marquise cut diamond, flanked by two pear cut diamonds. 
Estimate £15,000 – £20,000.
For Auction 2nd February

A platinum two stone twist style diamond ring, approx. 6 carats. 
Estimate £20,000 – £25,000.
For Auction 2nd February

An 18ct white gold diamond tennis bracelet, approx. 9 carats.
Estimate £4,000 – £6,000.
For Auction 2nd February

Around the World on the 19th of January


A Royal Geographical Society World Clock for Auction Wednesday 19th January

Tuesday, 11 January 2022

Antiques are Green

Whatever you are looking for - buying pre-loved items at auction is always a sustainable choice compared with buying newly manufactured goods.

It sounds obvious – if you buy an antique or vintage item, no trees have to be cut down, no new resources have to be mined, no new materials have to be used and there’s no pollution from the industrial process required to make it.

Buying antique, vintage and second-hand items therefore reduces carbon emissions but it also saves resources, reduces landfill (by buying an item that might otherwise end up being thrown away) and cuts down on the transportation of new goods from abroad.

Indeed the antiques trade has been described as ‘the oldest recycling business in the world’ and yet it also fulfils the modern mantra – 'sustainable, re-usable and re-saleable'.


When it comes to furniture it’s a case of ‘Buy antique, Be green’.

The older the piece, the lower its carbon footprint. This is due to both its initial construction and long lifetime of use. Vintage and antique pieces are built to last and can have many owners over the course of their lifetime.

This reproduction mahogany pedestal desk sold for £170 at Boldon Auctions in January.

With many more people working from home these days, this small desk is typical of the sustainable options buyers have been picking up at auction for far less than they would cost new from a high street store. It sold for £170 at Boldon Auction Galleries in January.

Whether you’re looking for large or small pieces of furniture you’re certain to find the perfect sustainable option by clicking on our online auction tab Online Auctions.

This pine painted kitchen table sold for £30 at Boldon Auctions in January.

You can find good value designer furniture at auction. This Ercol drop flap table, a pair of spindle back Ercol carvers and a pair of single chairs and two other chairs, 74cm width, 136cm length sold for £240.  A new, similar Ercol dining table of a similar size would cost you well over £1,000, based on prices on the maker's website.

This Ercol dining table with six chairs sold for £240 at Boldon Auctions in December.

 If you are seeking to furnish a home on a budget look out for job lots - where multiple objects are grouped together - particularly at an auction house near you (so that you can pick up in person rather than pay for packing and delivery).

This Kitchen bar with stools and a pair of bedside cabinets was just £30 at Boldon Auctions in January.

 (article published and adapted from, 7th January 2022)

Friday, 7 January 2022


We are open on 

Saturday 8th January 

for Valuations 

10am - 1pm 

No appointment needed

6 items or less please

Throwing shade


Lot 322.   

A 1930's Art Deco pendant light fitting, with chrome metalwork and four stepped glass panels, with white globe, 32cm diameter, 89cm height approx.

Sold £280 on 5th January. 

Home Office Style


Lot 321. Sold £170 on Wednesday 5th January.

Quality furniture at Boldon Auctions

Lot 269.

A 19th century mahogany chest on chest, supported on bracket feet, 106cm wide x 187cm height sold £480, 5th January

Sheffield Silver


Lot 172.  A silver coffee pot, Pearce and Sons, Sheffield, 1907, 20 oz sold £260 (5th Jan)

Flowers on a January Day


This lot had the Auctioneer's perplexed with the signature.  
Selling at £260 on the 5th January this is a terrific piece of artwork.

A Gentleman of Distinction


Lot 57 found a home on 5th January selling at £280. 
A gild framed Continental portrait, unsigned, on velvet mount

Allegorical Themes

Two Crown Derby porcelain Allegorical female figures, both wearing crowns, red printed marks to base, 18cm height sold £240, 5th January Auction

Classic Art Deco


An Art Deco plaster figure of a boy holding a fish bowl and a smaller bust, 52cm height sold on 5th January for £120.

Groovy Baby!

Our favourite lot of the Auction on the 5th January.

A 1970's Italian Guzzini, Quadrifoglio table lamp, by Gae Aulenti, 50cm height, sold for £600.

Saturday, 1 January 2022

Happy New Year !

We are open today 10am-1pm for Viewing.

Our first Auction of 2022 is on Wednesday.

See you soon!