Friday, 31 March 2023
Friday, 24 March 2023
It Ain't Half Hot Mum
This wonderful lot comprises a J. Compton Sons and Webb Limited of London pith helmet, bag and pair of garters.
Estimate £40 - £60.
For Auction 29th March.
J. Compton and Webb Limited, 1930-1978 manufacturers of Helmets and Uniforms. John Compton founded the business after travelling to the Crimea to make tunics, coats and hats for the British Army Officers serving there. Beginning in Swindon they moved to Hackney in 1922 renaming themselves as J. Compton Sons and Webb, employing over 5,000 people.
Pith helmets are lightweight cloth-covered helmets made of sholapith (this is dried milky-white spongey plant matter). Often worn by European travellers and explorers in Southeast Asia, Africa and the Tropics. Routinely issued to European military personnel serving oversea in hot climates from the mid nineteenth to the mid twentieth century.
Pocket of Gold
Lot 265. A gentleman's 18ct gold pocket watch, total weight 82g, Estimate £400-£500. For auction 29th March 2023.
Serene as a Swan
Two Clarice Cliff for Wilkinsons Ltd 'Swan' posy vases, numbered 881, a Charlotte Rhead vase and a Burleigh ware jug. Estimate £80 - £120. For auction 29th March.
Chinese Porcelain Plaque
Lot 1.A Chinese porcelain plaque, the ground decorated with a faux wood background, with a Chinese vase decorating the centre, 26.5 x 18.5cm
Estimate £400 - £600
For auction 29th March
Spring is in the air - Famille Rose Chinese Vase and Brush Pot
Lot 17.A Chinese famille rose vase and a large Chinese blue and white brush pot, 29cm height and 15cm height
Estimate £400 - £600
For Auction 29th March
Battle of Britain
A World War II Luftwaffe, Junghans chronometer, taken from a downed German bomber during the Battle of Britain, in oak mount
Estimate £200 - £400, for auction 29th March
Gearing up for Spring
Precision Time Keeping
Lot 261.A gentleman's 9ct gold Rolex 'Precision' wristwatch, 26.6mm x 26.8mm, with boxes
Estimate £800 - £1200, for auction 29th March
Lot 3. A boxed Singer Sew Handy child's sewing machine, model no. 20. Estimate £15-£30. For auction 29th March.
Wednesday, 22 March 2023
Just In for Auction 29th March!
Tuesday, 21 March 2023
Where Words Fail, Music Speaks
A Private Collection of Guitars for auction on Wednesday 29th March from 10am.
Come and view Saturday 25th March 10am-1pm, Tuesday 28th March 10am-12noon and 2pm-6pm and morning of the auction from 9am.
Friday, 17 March 2023
Coming Soon ......
Classic Motorbike Auction 31st May 2023
Entries are invited
Royal Dux Centrepiece
Corgi Die Cast is as popular as ever
Hitting the Right Note
Brush Pot Success
Top Lot in the 15th March Auction.
Lot 26. Sold £4,000.
A Chinese brush pot, impressed mark to base, 11cm tall
Wednesday, 8 March 2023
In celebration of International Women's Day 2023
At Boldon Auction Galleries, we pride ourselves on our diversity, our female staff and directors, with a wide range of training and expertise relevant to the auction industry, help us to provide a diverse, inclusive environment that encourages an open dialogue across multiple paradigms.The auction industry has a rich and fascinating history, with a wealth of influential figures who have shaped the industry into what it is today. However, when it comes to recognizing the contributions of women, the industry has often fallen short. In this article, we want to celebrate the incredible women who have made their mark in the auction industry and discuss how we can move forward to make the industry more equitable and inclusive for everyone.
In the United Kingdom, there have been a number of influential female figures in the auction industry. Mary-Anne Long was the first woman to become a partner in a major auction house when she joined Phillips in 1988. She went on to become the head of Christie's Impressionist and Modern Art department in London and has been credited with helping to transform the industry by introducing new technology and marketing techniques.
Another pioneering figure in the UK auction industry was Roseberys founder, Saffron Van der Meer. She founded the auction house in 1987 and quickly made a name for herself as a leader in the industry. She was a strong advocate for women in the industry and helped mentor and promote many female auctioneers and appraisers.
Dolly Johnson was a trailblazer in the industry, becoming the first African American woman to own a successful auction house. She founded Dolly Johnson Auction House in Chicago in the 1960s, and quickly made a name for herself as a skilled appraiser and auctioneer. Despite facing discrimination and prejudice, Dolly persevered and built a thriving business that helped pave the way for other women and people of colour in the industry.
Estelle Zaretsky was another pioneering figure in the industry, founding the first auction house dedicated solely to contemporary art. In the early 1970s, she founded Zaretsky & Associates, which quickly gained a reputation as one of the premier auction houses for contemporary art. Estelle was a fierce advocate for artists, and helped many emerging artists get their start in the art world.
In addition to these influential figures in the industry, we also want to recognize the incredible female artists who have made their mark in the art world.
From Barbara Hepworth: British sculptor known for her abstract and modernist sculptures in bronze, marble, and other materials.
Bridget Riley: British painter associated with the Op Art movement, known for her abstract and geometric paintings.
Joan Miró: Spanish painter and sculptor known for his surrealist works, including colourful and whimsical sculptures.
Mary Cassatt: American painter and printmaker known for her intimate and sensitive depictions of mothers and children.
Louise Bourgeois: French American artist known for her sculptures, installations, and prints that explore themes of feminism, sexuality, and the body.
Tracey Emin: British artist known for her provocative and confessional works, including installations, sculptures, and neon signs.
Cindy Sherman: American photographer known for her self-portraits that explore themes of identity, gender, and representation.
Yayoi Kusama: Japanese artist known for her colourful and psychedelic sculptures, installations, and paintings, often featuring polka dots and other repeating patterns.
Clarice Cliff: An English ceramic artist and designer who became famous in the 1920s and 1930s for her bold and colorful Art Deco pottery designs. She worked for the Staffordshire pottery company Wilkinson's Ltd., where she began as an apprentice and eventually became the head of the design department.
Charlotte Rhead: A British ceramic artist and designer who was known for her intricate and colorful pottery designs and use of tube-lining . She came from a family of highly skilled artists and craftsmen, and she began her career as an apprentice in her father's pottery business, going on to work with the highly regarded Burleighware and Crown Ducal.
Hannah Barlow: A British ceramic artist who is best known for her work as a decorator at the Doulton pottery in Staffordshire, England. She joined Doulton in 1871 and quickly established herself as one of the company's most talented and prolific artists.
Mary Gregory: An American artist who is best known for her work on glassware. She worked for the Boston and Sandwich Glass Company in the late 19th century, where she created a distinctive style of glass painting that is still highly prized by collectors today.
Female artists have had a profound impact on the art world, and their contributions deserve to be celebrated and recognized. Here we have a range of works by female artists that Boldon Auction Galleries have had the privilege of selling over the years:A Wedgwood Clarice Cliff 'Circles and Squares' vase and a 'Blossom' wall plate and a small bowl
Moving forward, while the contributions of these incredible women cannot be understated, there is still much work to be done to ensure that the auction industry is truly equitable and inclusive for everyone. One way to achieve this is to actively seek out and support underrepresented voices, including women.
Additionally, auction houses can work to create a more welcoming and inclusive environment by providing mentorship opportunities, promoting diversity in hiring practices, and offering training programs to encourage new voices to enter the industry.
In conclusion, the auction industry owes a great deal to the trailblazing women who have contributed so much to its development and success. By recognizing their contributions and actively working towards a more inclusive and equitable industry, we can ensure that the auction world continues to thrive and evolve for years to come.
Friday, 3 March 2023
Hans Hansen Jewellery
Lot 266. Two silver Hans Hansen rings, size 'F' and 'K' and a brooch by J. Tostrup. Sold £260. 1st March 2023
Super Tom McGuinness sells again at Boldon Auction Galleries
A lovely tipple
Badges of Honour
Lot 403. A Danish teak oval dining table, Peter Hvidt and Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen for France and Sons circa 1960s, 163cm x 146cm. Sold £620. 1st March 2023
Cheers to the Weekend!
Lot 39. Advertising: A Martel Cognac plastic advertising figure, a limited edition Babycham model and five glasses. Sold £25. 1st March 2023
Bushmills Millennium Malt
Lot 59. Two bottles of 1975 Bushmills Millennium Malt whisky (private cask) no. 245 and no. 246, cask number 166, with certificates (2) sold £280 (1st March 2023)
Railway number plates
The epitome of stylish living
Lot 259. A cased set of six silver and enamel cocktail sticks, made by Walker and Hall, Sheffield. Sold £460, 1st March 2023