Thursday 29 February 2024

Brilliant Royal Doulton Bunnykins

We have a large collection for auction.

An example of one of the many lots for sale.

Lot 66

Twelve various Royal Doulton 'Bunnykins' figures

Estimate £50 - £80

For auction 6th March 2024

Classical Lighting

Lot 58

An Ormolu two branch single wall sconce, W 40cm

Estimate £50 - £80

For auction 6th March 2024

A Les Burford, Witney, Oxfordshire exhibition standard live model steam traction engine

Lot 49.

An exhibition standard live model steam traction engine, built by the late Mr Les Burford , Witney, Oxfordshire, J. and H. McLaren of Leeds, no.01, L 24cm, W 70cm, H 43cm

Estimate £3,000 - £5,000

For auction 6th March 2024

Away with the Langs' Fairies

Lot 24.

The Langs' Fairy Books by Andrew Lang (1844-1912), including first editions for 'The Pink Fairy', 1897 and 'The Orange Fairy', 1906, others include 'Grey Fairy', 'Violet Fairy', 'Lilac Fairy', 'Crimson Fairy', 'Red Fairy', 'The Blue Fairy' and 'The Olive Fairy' (9)

Estimate £300 - £400

For auction 6th March 2024

The Langs' Fairy Books are a collection of true and fictional stories for children, published between 1889 and 1913 by Andrew Lang and his wife Leonora Blanche Alleyne.  Leonora was an author, editor and translator who assumed editorial control of the series in the 1890s while her husband Andrew edited the series and wrote the prefaces.  

The authorship and translation of the Coloured Fairy Books is often and incorrectly attributed to Andrew Lang alone. Nora is not named on the front cover or spines of any of the Coloured Fairy Books, which all tout Andrew as their editor. However, as Andrew acknowledges in a preface to The Lilac Fairy Book (1910), "The fairy books have been almost wholly the work of Mrs. Lang, who has translated and adapted them from the French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, Catalan, and other languages."  

The Langs did not collect any fairy tales from oral primary sources, however only they and Madame d'Aulnoy (1651-1705) have collected such a large variety of sources.  The Langs indeed gave many of the tales their first appearance in the English language.

The Pink Fairy Book (1897) contains 41 Japanese, Scandinavian and Sicilian tales.

  • "The Cat's Elopement"
  • "How the Dragon Was Tricked"
  • "The Goblin and the Grocer"
  • "The House in the Wood"
  • "Urashimataro and the Turtle"
  • "The Slaying of the Tanuki"
  • "The Flying Trunk"
  • "The Snow Man"
  • "The Shirt-Collar"
  • "The Princess in the Chest"
  • "The Three Brothers"
  • "The Snow-queen"
  • "The Fir-Tree"
  • "Hans, the Mermaid's Son"
  • "Peter Bull"
  • "The Bird 'Grip'"
  • "Snowflake"
  • "I Know What I Have Learned"
  • "The Cunning Shoemaker"
  • "The King Who Would Have a Beautiful Wife"
  • "Catherine and Her Destiny"
  • "How the Hermit Helped to Win the King's Daughter"
  • "The Water of Life"
  • "The Wounded Lion"
  • "The Man Without a Heart"
  • "The Two Brothers"
  • "Master and Pupil"
  • "The Golden Lion"
  • "The Sprig of Rosemary"
  • "The White Dove"
  • "The Troll's Daughter"
  • "Esben and the Witch"
  • "Princess Minon-Minette"
  • "Maiden Bright-eye"
  • "The Merry Wives"
  • "King Lindworm"
  • "The Jackal, the Dove, and the Panther"
  • "The Little Hare"
  • "The Sparrow with the Slit Tongue"
  • "The Story of Ciccu"
  • "Don Giovanni de la Fortuna"

The Orange Fairy Book (1906) includes 33 tales from Jutland, Rhodesia, Uganda and other European traditions

  • The Story of the Hero Makoma"
  • "The Magic Mirror"
  • "Story of the King who would see Paradise"
  • "How Isuro the Rabbit tricked Gudu"
  • "Ian, the Soldier's Son"
  • "The Fox and the Wolf"
  • "How Ian Direach got the Blue Falcon"
  • "The Ugly Duckling"
  • "The Two Caskets"
  • "The Goldsmith's Fortune"
  • "The Enchanted Wreath"
  • "The Foolish Weaver"
  • "The Clever Cat"
  • "The Story of Manus Pinkel the Thief"
  • "The Adventures of a Jackal"
  • "The Adventures of the Jackal's Eldest Son"
  • "The Adventures of the Younger Son of the Jackal"
  • "The Three Treasures of the Giants"
  • "The Rover of the Plain"
  • "The White Doe"
  • "The Girl-Fish"
  • "The Owl and the Eagle"
  • "The Frog and the Lion Fairy"
  • "The Adventures of Covan the Brown-haired"
  • "The Princess Bella-Flor"
  • "The Bird of Truth"
  • "The Mink and the Wolf"
  • "Adventures of an Indian Brave"
  • "How the Stalos were Tricked"
  • "Andras Baive"
  • "The White Slipper"
  • "The Magic Book"

Bring a Bottle

Lot 31.

A bottle of Jack Daniels Bicentennial whiskey and a bottle of De Venogue champagne, 1999

Estimate £200-£300

For auction 6th March 2024

Boop-Oop-a-Doop at Boldon Auction Galleries

We have a booper dooper collection of Betty Boop figures coming up for auction on the 6th of March.  One example is Lot 12 which includes seven tall Wade 'Betty Boop' figures.  Estimated at £80-£120.

Did You Know?
Betty Boop is an animated cartoon character who appeared in theatrical cartoons between 1930 and 1939 and was based on the flapper girls of the 1920s

Two 1 inch scale Fowler ploughing engines made by Accucraft Maxitrak for auction on 6th March


Fowler were the leading manufacturer of steam ploughing equipment from the 1870s. In use there would be two engines, one either side of the field. The wire rope on the drum under one engine was wound out and attached to a double ended plough. The other engines rope was attached to the other end of the plough. The plough could then be pulled across the field by each engine in turn, both engines moving forward as the ploughing progressed. This method prevented the heavy engines from compacting the soil as they would with direct action ploughing.  Other implements could be used instead of the plough, to harrow or land drain fields for example. One particular job which is still the reserve of the steam plough engine is dredging lakes and rivers, the great length of wire rope used in steam ploughing being ideal for this job.

These models represent the class BB1 engine, the largest engine to see common use in the UK. With a twin cylinder compound, two speed gearing and a coal fired boiler. There is a crankshaft driven boiler feed pump with bypass valve, cable plough drum equipment with bevel gear drive and clutch, as seen on full size engines.

Scale 1" (1:12)

Length: 574mm

Width: 211mm

Height: 303mm 

Weight: 14kg (Dry)

Boiler: Copper silver solder

Coal Fired

Friday 16 February 2024

Military Manoeuvres at Boldon Auction Galleries

Lot 75.  A collection of nine metal painted military figures

Estimate £80-£120

One of a collection of Military Figures for auction on the 21st February 2024

Thursday 15 February 2024

A Selection of Lots to be auctioned on 21st February 2024 - Catalogue online 5pm Friday 16th February!


Silver brothers Daniel and Charles Houle


Lot 262.    A silver four piece tea set, Daniel and Charles Houle, London, 1868?, 71 ozt

Estimate £700-£1,000

For auction 21st February 2024

London Sailing

Lot 24.  Thornley, signed, 19th Century school, '

Sailing vessels on the River Thames', 24 x 19cm

Estimate £80-£120

For auction 21st February 2024

Cornish hues at Boldon Auctions


Lot 16.  A Troika vase with geometric design, by Penny Blake, H 23cm

Estimate £80-£120

For Auction 21st February 2024

William Comyns silver for sale


Lot 263.  A silver four piece tea set, William Comyns and Sons Ltd, London, 1945, 49 ozt

Estimate £500-£600

For Auction 21st February 2024

Victorian beauty


Lot  314.   Victorian School,oil on panel, unsigned, 'Quarter length portrait of a Lady', 35cm x 30cm 

Estimate £150-£200

For Auction 21st February 2024

Down the Rabbit Hole ..........

Lot  58.  

A small carved oak four fold screen, each panel depicting characters from Alice in Wonderland, each panel 71 x 25cm

Estimate £100-£150

For Auction 21st February 2024

British Abstract Art for Auction

Lot 323. 

Sir Terence Ernest Manitou Frost RA (1915-2003), print, 'Abstract geometric pattern in orange and black', limited edition 10/25, signed

Provenance: The vendor's parents attended University with Terry Frost and were great friends.

Estimate £500-£800

Droit De Suite/Artists Resale Right may be payable on this lot 

For Auction 21st February 2024

Italian master to be auctioned in North Tyneside


Lot 3.  
A 19th century quarter length marble bust of a lady, with braided hair and wearing a cross, resting upon a circular socle, Antonio Galli (1811-1861), signed Consigliere Accademico FF CE, bears date 1856, H 64cm, W 40cm
Estimate £800-£1,200
For Auction 21st February 2024

Antonio Galli (1811-1861)  was a 19th century Italian sculptor.

He married Celestine Laurence Marie de L'Isle a French mezzo-soprano when she was 15, her stage name became Galli-Marie.

Examples of his work can be seen at the Gallery of Modern Art in Milan and the Palazzo di Brera where he worked with Luigi Marchesi.

From the Studio of the Michelangelo of Australia

Lot 2.  
A 19th century quarter length marble bust of a lady, wearing a headdress and cross, resting upon a circular socle, signed Studio of Charles Summers, Roma, bears date 1877, H 75cm, W 50cm
Estimate £1,000-£1,500
For Auction 21st February 2024

Charles Summers (1825-1878) was an English born sculptor who started his working life at the tender age of 8 working in mason' yards and showed ability in carving fancy stone work.  At 19 after working in London for Henry Weekes RA and Musgrave Watson he studied at the Royal Academy schools winning a silver medal in 1854 for best model from life and a gold medal for the set subject 'Mercy interceding for the Vanquished'.

In 1852 he was advised to take a sea voyage to Australia as a cure for the Tuberculosis he was suffering from.  He tried his hand at gold panning on the Victorian gold fields before resuming his career as a sculptor in Melbourne. He was commissioned to supervise the stone carvings for Victoria's Parliament House and he designed the medal for the 1866 Intercolonial Exhibition. His bronze and stone memorial to the explorers, Burke and Wills, that stands in the centre of Melbourne at 5.49m in height, remains the largest bronze ever completed by a sculptor working in Australia. It is considered one of the best examples of his work and established his reputation as one of the most celebrated Australian sculptors of his time. He returned to London in 1867 and after a tour of the Continent, established a studio at Via Margutta, Rome. 

He exhibited at The Great Australian Art Exhibition and his works are held in the National Museum of Victoria, the New South Wales and Victorian Houses of Parliament, the Mitchell Library and State Library in New South Wales, as well as the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Charles Francis Summers (1857-1945) was his son, born in Richmond, Melbourne who followed in his father's footsteps travelling with him to Rome when he was eleven.

At its peak the studio established by his father was one of the finest in Rome employing twenty men.  Charles Francis learned the trade alongside his father and was influenced by professors Benzoni, Seitz and Chelli.  

During his long career he took commissions in America, Russia, Finland and elsewhere in Europe.  The largest collection of his works can be found at the Rotorua Museum and Art Gallery in New Zealand.

Delighting in the richness of detail

Lot 1.  
A 19th century quarter length marble bust of a young lady wearing a floral lace edged bonnet, signed Orazio Andreoni (1840-1895), bears date 1885, Roma, H 62cm, W 50cm.  
Estimate £1,000-£1,500
For Auction 21st February 2024

Orazio Andreoni (1840-1895) was a 19th century Italian sculptor based in Rome.  His works in marble were of subjects after the antique as well as his own compositions of often historical or romantic works.  He delighted in the richness of detail as can be seen here in the exquisite carving on the bonnet and clothing.  He exhibited as far away as Glasgow, 1888, Berlin, 1892 and was active for a time in America, thus enhancing his international reputation.  Indeed perhaps Andreoni's greatest contribution was his large workshop in Rome where a generation of sculptors received their training.


The 'Empire Purcell' is remembered at Boldon Auction Galleries

Lot 5.  
A fine Ship Yard model of the 'Empire Purcell', built by William Gray and Company Limited, West Hartlepool, in a mahogany cabinet, W 173cm, H 140cm, D 41cm. The 'Empire Purcell' was sunk on her maiden voyage on May 27th 1942 during the passage of Convoy PQ.16 to Russia. HMS Hyderabad rescued 26 sailors.
Estimate £4,000-£5,000
For Auction 21st February 2024