Saturday 23rd September, 2017
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October Fine Art Sale - Now On Line...

The catalogue for our October Fine Art sale sale may be viewed by selecting the red link 'View Complete Catalogue' on our homepage. You can also view and download a PDF copy of the catalogue by selecting the 'View Interactive Catalogue' link. 

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For a Georgian gentleman, few things said more about his status than the elegance of his buckles. They were made in silver, paste jewellery and even in gold. Most were worn on the shoes but others were designed for wear on the breeches or the cravat. After a successful sale of 90 fine buckles at Lawrences auctioneers in Crewkerne in 2016, specialist Alex Butcher was told by one of his collectors that that gentleman’s collection was also for sale. A selection will be offered in the firm’s October 11th sale of silver and objects of vertu. “These buckles are beautifully made, “ says Alex. “Most date from the Georgian era, about 1750-1820.Prices range from £30 to as much as £250 for a single example. There is a great deal of social history in something as well made and as eye-catching as a little buckle.”

The vendor, a retired surgeon, collected for over 25 years. “It had all begun with the gift of single buckle from his mother. In later years, he was lucky to have been living in a cultural town like Cambridge,” says Alex. “Not only did he have the money and the inclination to add to his ever growing collection but there were plenty of shops that offered good buckles for sale. No-one buys buckles like this to wear any more – the makers died out when laces and buttons became popular in the early 19th Century -  but they are very appealing to collectors nowadays : they are exquisitely made, they are very varied in design, they are small enough to store easily but also attractive enough to be worth displaying. There is a great deal more of a silversmith’s skill apparent in a buckle than in a cream jug or a napkin ring. We have noticed increasing interest in recent years and we expect to see a lot of collectors putting a toe in the water.” The buckles will be included within the firm’s sale on October 11th and can be viewed online.


Colourful and collectable prints from the home of a Somerset gentleman are expected to catch bidders’ eyes at auction at Lawrences in Crewkerne on October 13th. All were made between 1965 and about 2003 and there are chances to buy a really distinctive work of `Pop` art for a few hundred pounds.

A signed lithograph by David Hockney of photographer Peter Schlesinger, a friend of Hockney’s for over 50 years, dates from 1976 and is guided at £1000-1500 but a more affordable Hockney print is in the collection and dates from 1997. “Rather surprisingly for a man who is probably Britain’s most famous living artist, this print was available for free in The Independent newspaper in 1997,” explains Lawrences’ specialist, Richard Kay. “It was included as part of the colour supplement but, importantly, it was intended to exist only in that format. It did not exist at all until the presses rolled to print the newspaper. Of course, many people kept their free Hockney print but, because it was printed on newspaper, most have become torn or badly worn in the last 20 years. This one is in very good condition and can be yours for £150-200.

One print that will not crease is Sir Peter Blake’s `Babe Rainbow` that dates from 1967. This was printed on metal and has survived in remarkably good condition: many get scratched or bent. This  one is signed by Blake himself and comes with a signed photo by Sir Paul McCartney’s daughter, Mary, showing Blake in his studio (estimate £400-600 for the two items).  Amongst further works by artists such as Patrick Caulfield, Gillian Ayres and Sir Terry Frost, there are three works based on designs by Andy Warhol: a lithographic poster entitled `Brillo` commemorates an exhibition in Pasadena in 1970 (£400-600), an image of a Campbell’s soup can was published in 2002 for a show at Tate Modern (£300-500) and a screenprint poster for a film festival in New York in 1967 is quintessential Warhol. “It is a bright, modern subject that shows a disposable object elevated to high art,” says Richard. This measures 113 x 60cm (44 x 23 ins) and is estimated at £1000-1500. “Our vendor has chosen good subjects that exemplify the artists’ styles and we hope that these 18 lots will sell well,” adds Richard. “Andy Warhol’s prints are not often seen at auction outside London or New York.”Estimates range from £150 to £1500 and the whole sale can be viewed online at


An amazing collection of Moorcroft Pottery is to be sold comprising around 120 pieces with the proceeds benefitting two charities.

Auctioneer Simon Jones says, “This is the best modern collection of Moorcroft Pottery I have seen in my 20 years at Lawrences. The quantity and variety is quite staggering and we are expecting a huge amount of interest from private collectors and Moorcroft specialists.’’

The collection will be sold in Lawrences October Fine Art Sale on Thursday 12th. Estimates range from £100-£1000 per lot.


A rare piece of Arts and Crafts Furniture is to sold. “Made by the celebrated furniture maker and designer Sidney Barnsley, this large sofa is a superb example of his work,” says Simon Jones at Lawrences. “The oak sofa has chamfered splats on the back, curved arms, and exposed pegs and joints. It passed through the Gimson family until the 1980’s, then it was given to Sir Anthony Denny who lived at Daneway House in the late 20thc and subsequently the Priests House in Muchelney, Somerset.”

Simon added, “Sidney Barnsley furniture appears very rarely in auction with most items in museums or private collections, so we are expecting a great deal of interest from collectors.”

The sofa will be included in our October Fine Art Sale on Thursday 12th October, and is expected to make £6000-£8000 in auction. For further details about this sale please contact Simon Jones on 01460 73041.


Collected by a gentleman over many years, it includes hundreds of watch keys dating from the 18thc to the 20thc. Novelty examples include some in the form of Pistols, Horse and Rider, Dogs, Swans, Horses Hoofs, Bellows, Riding Crop, and many more. There are also many 18th and 19thc examples set with various hardstones and agates, and a huge number of advertising examples.

This really is an amazing collection, the sheer variety and number of keys is quite staggering. There are many collectors of watch keys, but they will also attract interest from Jewellery buyers and private bidders who will be attracted by their decorative nature.

The collection will be sold in mulitple lots, with estimates ranging from £50-£500. They will be included in Lawrences Collectors Sale on Friday 17th November.

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