Wednesday, 17 August 2022

A Veritable Who's Who of the 19th Century to come under the Hammer

An important Autograph Album containing a Who’s Who of the 19th century from Kings, Queens, Politicians etc. including Queen Victoria, Lord Palmerston, Duke of Wellington, Lord Kitchener, Sir Robert Peel, Sir Ponsonby and more (66 signatures) to be sold 

Antique, Interiors
& General Sale

Wednesday 24th August at 10am

Bid in person or live online!

Saturday 20th August 10 - 1
Tuesday 23rd August 10 - 12 & 2 - 6

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Inscribed Gladys Lundy with love from L. Henderson Smith, 27 1904 and G. Lundy Dec 9th 1905


Queen Victoria

King Edward VII

King William IV

King George IV

Regent George IV

Col. Cardigan (Balaclava hero)

Sir Colin Campbell

Lord Palmerston

Marquis of Lansdown

Sir Robert Peel

Lord Dalhousie Viceroy of India

Canon Wilberforce

Viscount Hill, Commander in Chief of Army 1808-1842

Viscount Wolseley

Sir T.F. Burgoyne, Bart. Field Marshal

King Khama

Sir George Cornwall Lewis, Secretary of State, 1861- 1869

Earl de Gray, Secretary of State for War, 1863 – 1866

Maule, Secretary of State for War, 1846-1852

Sir Edward Caudwell

Sir John Hobhouse, Secretary of State for War, 1832

Sidney Herbert, War Secretary, 1845

T.H. Burke, Under Secretary for Ireland, murdered in Phoenix Park

Canon Maccoll

Canon Gore

J. Tikender???

Lord Airey, OMG in Crimea

Two other unreadable signatures

J.H. Parry

Sir Edward Ward

Sir Lewis Morris

Canon Scott Holland

F.S. Stevenson

Marquis of Queensbury

D. G. Metaxas

John Morley

Campbell Bannerman

Edward Stanhope

Evelyn Wood

Mr John Ard..k Secretary for War

General Scarlet

Sir Charles James Napier

Sir James Hope Grant

Viscount Howick, Secretary at War, 1835 – 1839, afterwards Earl Grey

Cecil Frederick Collier

Annie Gladstone

Duke of Wellington

Sir Charles Trevelyan

Lord Chesham

Lord Raglan

Sir H Ponsonby, Queen Victoria’s Private Secretary

Lord Panmure, Secretary of State for War, 1855

G.P.R. James, Historical Novelist

Arthur, Duke of Connaught

Lord Kitchener

Viscount Gough

Lord Roberts

Arnold Forster, Secretary of State for War

Sir Redvers Butler

Lord Napier of Magdala

Lord Methuen

Professor Agar Beet

Lord Wantage

Professor McHardy
Unreadable signature 

Buyer shells out for a tortoise teapot

Thrilled to be featured on the front page of the 
Antiques Trade Gazette this week.


Friday, 12 August 2022

Get Your Groove On

Like funky patterns? Design from the 60s and 70s? Then Boldon Auction Galleries in September is the place to be.

On Wednesday 21st September Boldon Auction Galleries are holding an Antiques, Interior and General Sale brimming with fabulous fabric from this iconic period of fashion.  

Alan Munro Reynolds (1926-2014) for Edinburgh Weavers, Carlisle, 'Legend', 1963, furnishing fabric screen-printed cotton satin, size 188cm x 56cm 

Edinburgh Weavers was founded in 1928 by the textile manufacturer James Morton (1867-1943) as an experimental design and marketing unit of Morton Sundour Fabrics. Originally based in Edinburgh, the firm merged with Morton Sundour Fabrics' weaving factory in Carlisle in 1931. They achieved success in the UK and US under the enlightened directorship of Alastair Morton (1910-63), who commissioned freelance designers and artists to produce work for interpretation as printed and woven fabrics. Following Alastair Morton's death, Edinburgh Weavers was taken over by Courtaulds in 1963.

Francis Price, 'Galaxy', 2m screen print, 1960's, furnishing fabric screen-printed cotton sarin, size 195cm x 118cm

Furnishing fabric 'Baiae' of printed heavy cotton satin, designer by John Drummond for Hull Traders Ltd., Great Britain, 1960s

John Drummond (1920 - ) was born in County Antrim, Northern Ireland and served in India with the RAF during World War II.  He then studied Printed Textiles under Dora Batty at Central School of Arts and Crafts from 1947.  After spending a year studying in Italy, France and Sicily on a Royal Society of Arts Bursary, he was awarded an Honorary Diploma from the Royal College of Art in 1964.  

From the mid 1950s to the 1970s he established a studio workshop producing designs for Cole's Wallpapers, Sanderson's, Heather Mills, Worth and Hull Traders.  He was design consultant for Rivington Carpets and Gaydon Tableware as well as numerous companies in the USA.  John Drummond has over his career designed, painted and screen printed silk panels, murals and decorative glass panels for institutions such as the Caledonian Hotel in Edinburgh, Kent and Pilkington Glass Factory at St. Helen's and the Civic Centre at Rochester.  He was also a part time tutor at the Central School, Hammersmith Art School, St Martin's School of Art and senior tutor at the Royal College of Art, and was made an honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art in 1968.

Hull Traders were formed in 1958 and won several awards for their fabric designs. Shirley Craven, who designed textiles for the company, also selected designs by freelance artists and oversaw the process of printing these onto fabrics. Eduardo Paolozzi, Humphrey Spender and Altea McNish were some of the designers commissioned by the company. All the designs were screen printed by hand using pigment dyes. Their aim was to produce short runs of avant-garde textiles. The fabrics were sold in their showroom off Oxford Street, London. Originally based in London they move to Trawden, Lancashire. 

Newcastle are shortlisted to host Eurovision 2023

Following bids from 20 destinations across the UK, Newcastle, alongside Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield have been named as the leading locations to host the international event.

In July the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and the BBC confirmed that the annual contest, which draws millions of viewers from across the globe, would take place in the UK on behalf of Ukraine who won with Kalush Orchestra’s ‘Stefania’ in 2022.

The proposed location for the 2023 event is the Utilita Arena which has a capacity of 11,000 people, with additional capacity in the large adjacent car park and surrounding land.

The arena is one of the largest concert and exhibition venues in the North East, with the likes of Little Mix, Katy Perry and Sam Fender passing through its doors.

Cabinet Member for a Resilient City, Cllr Alex Hay, Newcastle City Council, said: “I am thrilled we’ve been shortlisted and thank everyone - the businesses, the hotels and partners who have worked so hard with us.

“Now the next stage of this exciting journey begins, bringing Eurovision to Newcastle and putting the city on the international stage.”

NewcastleGateshead Initiative (NGI) is delivering the bid on behalf of Newcastle City Council.

Ian Thomas, Destination Director at NGI, said: “We are incredibly excited to be shortlisted to host the Eurovision Song Contest next year.

“As a region with collaborative and passionate people at its heart, we are already working with partners across all sectors to ensure we are able to deliver an exceptional event that celebrates Ukraine and its culture to its absolute best.

“Newcastle is a gateway to the rest of the UK, with an international airport, sea port, national rail links and excellent local transport. Along with our vast range of hotels, accommodation and hospitality offer, not to mention the famous Geordie welcome, the city is the perfect host destination.

“We’re ready to make Eurovision 2023 part of our collective, cultural history and create even stronger ties with our friends in Ukraine.”

Cabinet member for a Vibrant City, Cllr Lesley Storey, Newcastle City Council said:  “This is amazing news. I never doubted it for one minute.

“Newcastle is a warm, welcoming city and only the Geordies could get behind a bid like this and put so much into it on behalf of the people of Ukraine.

“We are one step away from hosting one of the biggest events in the world right in here in Newcastle. How exciting is that?”

Eurovision will be held in May 2023, however exact dates are yet to be confirmed.

Thursday, 11 August 2022

We are Proud to sell Local Sunderland and Newcastle Pottery at Boldon Auction Galleries

Lot 16.

Three 19th century Sunderland orange lustre plaques, 'The Collecting Dog Rover', and two religious plaques.

Sold £70 (10/08/22)

Lot 33.

A collection of various 19th century Sunderland pottery

Sold £70 (10/08/22)

Lot 44.

Two 19th century Sunderland 'orange' lustre religious plaques

Sold £45 (10/08/22)

Lot 255.

A Maling ware 'The Historical Pageant of Newcastle' ashtray.

Sold £20 (10/08/22)

Wednesday, 10 August 2022

G Plan Fresco

Lot 341. A G Plan 'Fresco' teak chest of drawers, with six drawers, 56cm wide. Sold £85.

Lot 359. A pair of G Plan teak 'Fresco' bedside cabinets, 45cm wide. Sold £150.

Lot 360. A teak G Plan 'Fresco' double chest of drawers, having eight drawers, 142cm wide. Sold £220.

Sold on the 10th August