"One of the UK's principal Fine Art Auctioneers, with General Sales,
Fine Art Sales, Collectors Sales and Sporting Sales"
PLEASE NOTE OUR OFFICE WILL CLOSE EARLY AT 12.00 NOON ON FRIDAY 11TH DECEMBER 2015 FOR STAFF TRAINING.
Wednesday 16th December - 9.00am – 5.30pm
**Last Day of Sale - Mince Pies & Sherry for the Customers**
Thursday 17th December - 9.00am – 5.30pm
Friday 18th December - 9.00am – 5.00pm
Monday 21st December – 9.00am – 5.30pm
Tuesday 22nd December – 9.00am – 5.30pm
Wednesday 23rd December – 9.00am – 3.00pm
**Early Closing & Last Day Before Christmas & New Year Break**
Thursday 24th December - Closed
Friday 25th December - Closed
Monday 28th December - Closed
Tuesday 29th December - Closed
Wednesday 30th December - Closed
Thursday 31st December – Closed
Friday 1st January – Closed
Monday 4th January - Re-Open – 9.00am – 5.30pm
**The first General Sale in the New Year will be on 6th January 2015**
A rare old spoon, thought by its Somerset owner to be worth under £100 could serve up a big surprise when it is sold at Lawrences in Crewkerne in January.
“It is a rare spoon dating from the reign of King Charles II,” says Lawrences’ specialist, Alex Butcher. “It was made in London in 1683 and is engraved with the legend `This Spoon was bought upon the Frozen Thames* January:28:1683/4` which makes all the difference to collectors.”
Alex explains why: “Eight frost fairs were held on the Thames between 1607 and 1814; the first recorded frost fair was in the winter of 1607/08. The frost commenced in mid December, and by mid-January the ice between Lambeth and Westminster was firm and thick enough to allow a large number of people to walk on it in perfect safety. Booths were set up for the sale of fruit, food, beer and wine and shoemakers and barbers plied their trade on the ice, such as bowling, shooting and dancing. During the winter of 1683/84 the frost lasted from December to early February but the fair was confined to the second half of January. The ice was thick and firm, and the number of shops, booths and people on the frozen river made it appear like another city. The booths, which sold all sorts of goods and merchandise and covered a variety of trades, were arranged in formal streets from the Temple to Southwark. A printing press was set up on the ice and the practice of having their names printed with the date and the phrase "printed on the Thames" became so popular with the people that the printer made a small fortune. People indulged in practically every sport including dancing, skating, sledging, bull-baiting, bear baiting, fox-hunting, football and skittles. Even King Charles II and his family visited the frost fair and had their names printed on a sheet of paper by G Groom on January 31st 1684, just three days after the date on this spoon.”
Novelty spoons with a history that links them to such a specific time and place in such unusual weather conditions are very appealing and this 7.75” (19.5cm) spoon could scoop up bids of £1200-1500.
For further details, please contact our Silver Specialist, Alex Butcher on 01460 73041 or email@example.com
A fine quality collection of furniture made by the renowned furniture maker Oliver Morel, is to be sold by Lawrences Auctioneers in Somerset.
Oliver Morel (1916-2003) was a furniture maker, teacher and farmer, who made his furniture in the Arts and Crafts tradition. In 1934 he became an apprentice at the famous Edward Barnsley Furniture Workshop in Hampshire. Edward had inherited the Arts and Crafts mantle from his father Sidney who had established the Cotswold tradition of making furniture with his colleague Ernest Gimson. Morel moved to Moreton-in-Marsh in the Cotswolds in the 1960’s, where he established a workshop making high quality furniture.
Lawrences’ lots were collected by a gentleman who purchased them from the 1970’s until Morel’s retirement. Each piece of furniture was commissioned by the vendor with Morel’s advice and input and the sale will include the original drawings and receipts.
Included in the sale are ten pieces made by Morel, most notably a superb secretaire cabinet made when he was an apprentice at the Barnsley workshop and an incredible large collectors cabinet (his last large commission) inlaid with panels of birds in a variety of woods. Also included is a sideboard, dining table, gun cabinet, pair of wall cabinets, dome top trunk and wall shelves.
Lawrences Auctioneer Simon Jones said, “Items by Morel come up rarely in auction. To have so many quality items and with the fantastic provenance as well, is really exciting. The large cabinet inlaid with birds is a wonder to behold, and we expect a huge amount of interest in this sale.”
The items will be included in Lawrences January Fine Art Sale, with estimates ranging from £500 to £5000. For information about this sale please contact Simon Jones on 01460 73041 or firstname.lastname@example.org
With over 200 years of combined experience, our Specialist Valuers will be available to value your antiques at our Head Office and Salerooms in CREWKERNE, EVERY MONDAY - 9.30am - 12.30pm.
Simon Jones (General Valuations & Collectors Items) and one of our Jewellery Specialists, will be available to value your items EVERY FRIDAY - 9.00am - 11.30am at The Castle Hotel, Castle Green, TAUNTON.
Simon Jones (General Valuations & Collectors Items) and Miranda Bingham (Jewellery) will be in LYME REGIS, CHARMOUTH & BRIDPORT on the FIRST TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH. Please call to make an appointment - Tel: 01460 73041
FREE HOME VISITS - Chris Flower will be in MINEHEAD on the LAST THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH to value your antiques. Complete house contents and attic clearances arranged. Please call to make an appointment. Tel: 01460 73041.