Meanwhile, Back at the Saleroom ~

Van Cleef andArpels MinaudiereAn enjoyable morning spent at Whitchurch on Saturday where we attended Trevanion and Dean’s regular monthly auction, leaving early in the afternoon in order that we might arrive back in Shrewsbury in plenty of time to secure plum seats at Shropshire Music Trust’s evening concert. Later, at the United Reform Church, we were to be treated to a splendid evening’s entertainment in “Old Vienna” with music by the Carducci Quartet together with Emma Johnson and Friends, the proceedings introduced by “Special Guest” John Suchet. A Lovely chap and an altogether Delightful evening!

Back at the saleroom meanwhile, there were the usual eyebrow-raising surprises to be enjoyed among the more prosaic run-of-the-mill lots. One item in particular, an Art Deco enamel and diamond envelope minaudiere by Van Cleef and Arpels catching the eye. Despite requiring some restoration, this minor treasure sailed away for £7,600 GBP plus fees. Not so fortunate was the vendor of an attractive picture which the Auctioneers had tentatively attributed to George Morland. This bucolic rustic scene, typical of the artist’s work and, once cleaned, a classic decorative gallery piece, failed to sell, “the Trade” thus clearly unconvinced by the attribution.

Throughout our visit, we enjoyed the company of a vendor who had driven across from Anglesey to monitor the progress of the considerable number of items which he had entered in the sale. Reminiscences were exchanged of days gone by, we each recalling the heady days of thirty years or so ago and our mutual acquaintance with the late Valerie Howard and with Janice Paull, doyen of dealers in Mason’s Ironstone, from both of whom he had made significant purchases, some of which were on view here. A pleasurable meeting and an altogether satisfactory morning’s work.

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