Lot 270.Ten silver one ounce Britannia coins
Friday, 20 May 2022
For Auction 25th May 2022
By the 1670s the Oxfordshire town of Witney was supplying blankets, made from locally produced Cotswold wool, to the Hudson's Bay Company in North America. Highly prized in the cold climate for their excellent insulating and water repellent qualities, they were exchanged for the beaver pelts much sought after in Europe. By the end of Queen Victoria's reign Early's of Witney were receiving orders from across the globe including Spain, Portugal, the United States, Bermuda, Australia, Newfoundland, South Africa and South America. Wellington's armies were supplied with Witney blankets and this military supply tradition continued with 85% of the 718,000 blankets made in 1944 being for military use. Production of the famous brand was eventually extended world wide with Witney blankets being made under license in Canada, the Czech Republic, India, New Zealand and the United States. The last Witney blanket mill ceased production in 2002.
Thursday, 19 May 2022
For auction Wednesday 25th May. Lot 3.
The 1930's and 1940's gave rise to one of the most influential designers of the Art Deco style, Keith Day Pearce Murray. Murray was born in New Zealand in 1892 and became an architect and designer, working for Wedgwood in their Staffordshire Potteries, Murray was responsible for the design of some much loved ceramic, metal and glassware. Mostly associated for the range of plain, crisply modelled earthenware bowls, vases and jug sets which were first made in cream earthenware and black basalt. From the end of 1933 new matt glazes designed by Norman Wilson were produced. Available in a matt white finish (Moonstone), matt straw, April green, dark green, turquoise and matt grey.
Wednesday, 18 May 2022
incredible Tribal Masks - a Dogon Helmet Mask from
Mali and a Baule mask from the Ivory Coast. For
Auction on 25th May.
Many Baoulé art objects are restricted to be seen only by the individual for whom it was made or by a specific group of people. They are often considered to be powerful spiritual objects. The most powerful spiritual objects are the men's sacred masks, bo nun amuin. This mask is a boxy helmet mask representing a menacing animal with bared teeth. Viewing the mask is restricted to men. If a woman or child sees the mask they risk serious injury or death. It is danced in times of trouble to protect the village and at important men's funerals. When the bo nun amuin mask is danced it can become very wild and violent. The spirit may chase the men through the village or wreak havoc by destroying things in its path.