Longton Hall figure
Longton Hall figure of an Abbess, shown seated reading a large leather bound book titled ‘Absolution’, her black coat with a pink lining.
Unmarked, circa 1755
Gold Anchor Chelsea vase
Pair of remarkable Gold Anchor Chelsea vase of spherical shape with short neck, supported on tripod goats legs, each with an associated goats head to the vessel rim and moulded rococo scrollwork spreading towards the base with gilt details, the whole standing on an integral plinth with turquoise top and gilt line edges.
Gold anchor marks, circa 1765.
John Lynn (active 1826-69)
Oil on canvas
Signed & dated 1827
Large Bow tankard
Large Bow tankard of baluster shape, superbly painted with large scale famille rose peonies & rocks, beneath a narrow foliate border.
Unmarked, circa 1760.
Meissen group of children
Meissen group of children, representing ‘The Arts’, with a Mathematician writing numbers in a book and inkwell & sander to his side, an artist with brush & canvas, a writer with sealed envelope & scroll, and a musician with a lute, all set on an elaborate rococo scroll base.
Small blue crossed swords mark beneath, circa 1755.
Chinese porcelain candlestick
Rare pair of Chinese porcelain candlestick figures, each modelled as a maiden holding a red vase-shaped candle sconce, a seated child at her side holding a turquoise parrot, their clothing coloured in green & red ground with with gilt flowers, her coat with famille rose flowerheads and a fine collar of peacock feathers, the whole set on an octagonal slab base coloured in turquoise with red edge. Qianglong, circa 1780.
Size: 23cm high
Rare Moore Brothers teapot
Rare Moore Brothers teapot, naturalistically modelled as a white quail with chicken on its back, set on a grassy plinth base with a crocus flower & stem as the handle.
Impressed mark, circa 1870.
Art Deco harlequin pendant
Lafite Fine Silver An Elizabeth II cast solid silver snuff box
Realistically modelled in the form of a horse’s head. Made by Richard Comyns, London 1974.
Novelty silver pepperette
An Edwardian novelty silver pepperette, modelled in the form of a hare. Made by Grey & Co, Birmingham , 1905.
A George II sterling silver cast rococo swing handled bread or cake basket.
With pierced decoration to the body atop four cast and applied shell and scroll feet, each with floral and foliate terminals. Engraved with contemporary coat of arms with motto “Dieu et ma partie” for the Marton family, Colonel George Blucher Heneage of Capernwray Hall, Lancashire. Maker William Kidney, London, 1744. Weight 1.854kg.
James Scott’s Journal
James Scott’s handwritten journal is an accurate report of his time as a Surveyor to the Launceston District although his knowledge of the country extended from Circular Head to Ross. He is regarded as one of Tasmania’s Best Bushman.
This 5 inch leather bound book with worn strapping is written in the most beautiful hand. He is noted to have bought new Quills so with Quill and Ink this well worn, well-travelled journal holds daily accounts of weather information, goods purchased, travels and land surveyed. He journals Iconic homes and meetings with Gentry to dine.
A noted entry being :
Meeting with Governor and Lady Franklin where on February 17th 1837 at the home of Mr Thos Archer of Longford they attended the Ball.
April 1838 Scott writes of warnings of Bushrangers having shot a man and wounded another coming from Launceston. Scott had been at Ellenton Hall. Later on noting from a Shepherd that 4 Bushrangers had been taken.
Scott notes being at Westbury with Capt and Mrs Moriarty and saw her new house. Surveyed township and river to opposite Mr Leiths Mill. Marking out streets at Westbury.
June 1840 Scott documents Miss Waddle School surveying lots at Ellenthorpe Hall.
Scott writes of meeting with Petit the Blacksmith at Carrick and had his horses shod there.
Nov 1839 in tent at Georgetown – marked with stakes the suburb allotments and school reserve.
James Scott’s Journal is of unprecedented importance to Tasmanian History. As a Surveyor he was a man of precision and his journal details life in a Young Colonial Van Diemens Land he documents his work and his daily life. This is an accurate account of a surveyor to our Island 1836 — 1842. 312 pages of actual entries, 204 pages of cash received and cash payments.
An exciting discovery is being offered for viewing.
Historical searching of the Survey Work of both Thomas and James Scott, there aren’t any known documented details found by us of the work of James Scott during the time.
James Scott’s personal Bible
A pocket size edition of 5 inch in length of equal size to his Journal…
A well used book containing personal Sermon Notes and Teaching Documentations.This Bible was presented to James Scott from his sister Margaret Scott , Earlstown August 1831and is deemed to be of importance to Scott remaining amongst his possessions carried on his person in his travels surveying Colonial Van Diemens Land. His Death is documented within it in handwritten form as — 15th October Bowhill Tasmania 1884.
James Scott”s silver pocket watch
Scott’s personal pocket watch that he reportedly carried all his life.
A silver pair cased pocket watch assayed Birmingham 1823 and made by Watchmaker A. Cameron Liverpool.
The Case is described within as James Scott Earlstown Berwickshire Scotland.
1829 – V. D. Land 1832.
Noted in personal papers an Article in the Hobart Mercury Newspaper November 9th 1955. In which family members reported this watch that he carried with him was presented to him by friends in Scotland in 1832 the year in which he sailed to Van Diemens Land going onto become a Surveyor to the young Land Of Opportunity.
Bonds Lo-Rise Briefs, c1970.
Colour process lithograph, 36.1 x 48.1cm. Minor creases to corners. Linen-backed.
Northfield, James Australia, c1930s.
Colour lithograph, signed in image lower left, 101.4 x 63.6cm. Minor foxing or repaired tears to edges. Linen-backed.
Sellheim, Gert Corroboree Australia, 1935.
Colour lithograph, signed in image lower left, 100.4 x 62.4cm. Pinholes to repaired corners, repaired slight tears, creases and minor soiling. Linen-backed.
Held in NGA; and Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences with the comment “Gert Sellheim was one of the earliest designers commissioned by the Australian National Travel Association (ANTA) to produce designs for Australian travel posters. Established in 1929, ANTA aspired to attract overseas visitors to Australia by displaying artist-designed posters in its London, San Francisco (opened 1930) and Bombay offices (opened 1937 and directed at the British serving in India)…‘Corroboree Australia’ illustrates the designer Gert Sellheim’s strikingly modernist incorporation, and early reference to the art and culture of the Aboriginal Australia as a significant aspect of Australian culture and identity.”
Australia Calls You, c1924.
Colour lithograph with travel guide, 98.9 x 61.4cm. Repaired minor perforation to image lower right. Linen-backed.
“To a scenic wonderland of mild winter and glorious summer. An infinite variety of enchanting scenery, from tropical luxuriance to snow-clad alps. Ask for illustrated booklet at railway stations, tourist offices & Australian agencies. Poster no. 1 issued by the Australian Railways Commissioners. Waite & Bull Printers, Sydney.” ~A small quarto, 64-page travel guide, covering major points of interest in Australia, accompanies this poster, which is also illustrated on its front cover. This slightly variant image includes the artist’s name “Allan M. Lewis” and date “1924.”
Trompf, Percy Australia.
Tropical North Queensland, c1935. Colour lithograph, signed in image lower right, 101.8 x 63.8. Minor repaired tears to lower edge. Linen-backed.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge Map, 1932.
Colour lithograph, artist names in image lower centre, 74.4 x 98cm. Foxing repaired tears and slight perforations to margins and image edges, old folds. Linen-backed.
“Commemorate the opening, 19th day of March,..1932. Breathes there a man with soul so dead who never to himself-hath-said ‘This is my own, my native land?’ If such there be, go mark him well! This map was designed and drawn by Russell Sydney Lloyd of Bondi, Sydney; figures were drawn by Miss Vic Cowdroy. Copyright Russell Lloyd. printed by John Sands, Druitt Street, Sydney. Copyright. Published by R.S. Lloyd. Phone FW 3214. Price: three shillings and sixpence.” ~Held in NLA with the comment “A memento issued for the bridge opening. A humorous illustrated map of Sydney viewed from Rushcutter’s Bay across the harbour to Kirribilli and Woolwich; and across the city to Centennial Park, Redfern, the Power House, Circular Quay and the Bridge. Includes bridge dimensions and the coats of arms of the Commonwealth of Australia, NSW and the City of Sydney. The top shows a panoramic coloured view over water of the bridge from the Heads. The clear sky shows a flying biplane with an exhaust cloud containing the names of Kingsford Smith, Ross, Keith, Parer, Holden, Macintosh, Moncrieff, Hood, Ulm, Wilson, Gatty and Hinkler. The border…includes the flora and fauna found in the state.”
An allegorical group representing The Four Seasons. 5.1” high, circa 1754. From the Barry & Joan Taylor Collection.
Harlequin dancing with Columbine: two figures from the Commedia dell’arte. 7.5” high, circa 1754. From the Barry & Joan Taylor Collection.
An allegorical figure of Charity, 10” high, circa 1751. From the Barry & Joan Taylor Collection.
David Garrick, the Shakespearean actor. 8.25” high, circa 1750. From the Barry & Joan Taylor Collection.
Two sphinxes, the face being taken from Peg Woffington, a famous actress of the period. 4.7” wide, circa 1748. From the Barry & Joan Taylor Collection.
Mercury, Messenger of the Gods and God of Commerce. 7” high, circa 1748, by The Muses Modeller. From the Barry & Joan Taylor Collection.
Pair of Pug Dogs, 5.3” wide, circa 1754. From the Barry & Joan Taylor Collection.
Pair of Lions, 4” wide, circa 1750. From the Barry & Joan Taylor Collection.
Pair of Birds in Branches, 8” high, circa 1749. From the Barry & Joan Taylor Collection.
Elkington electrotype gilt ink stand, circa 1860.
Wedgwood Basalt bronze & gold comport, circa 1875.
Wedgwood Keith Murray design matte green glaze tea set, circa 1930.
Bernard Moore Diakokan Grotesque figure, circa 1900.
Royal Crown Derby Ewer signed Gregory (Twice), circa 1910.
Rare set of three Victorian novelty silver condiments.
Modelled after characters in the Jorrocks series of RS Surtees, by EC Brown, London 1878/1880.
A George V novelty antique silver pin cushion.
Modelled in the form of a duck, by Crisford and Norris, Birmingham 1911.
Cheat’s Handkerchief, 1850
The Imperial Examinations were the pathway to holding rank in Imperial China and the examination system existed from 606 to 1905. Success in the examinations was seen as the only path to prestige, power and financial gain. The pressure on the candidates was extreme – they were locked in examination cells for several days. Cheating was outlawed but did happen. The “cheat’s sheet” has tiny calligraphy on both sides of the silk. The “cheat’s handkerchief” would be hidden in clothing or sometimes they were wrapped around a stone and thrown into the compounds where the examinations took place.
Wild Raspberries (presentation copy)
WARHOL, Andy (1928-1987); FRANKFURT, Suzie; WARHOLA, Júlia
New York : the artist, 1959. Folio (445 mm tall), original fuchsia papered boards (faded and paper lost at spine, as usual), title sheet, pp , consisting of 14 leaves with original watercolour, one double page with original watercolour, four illustrated leaves uncoloured and one sheet with text, interleaved with eight sheets of fuchsia tissue paper, as issued; the complete folio printed in offset lithography by Seymour Berlin, hand bound with one bifolium in duplicate probably in error, resulting in two leaves in duplicate (Calves Head Giant and Dorothy Killgallens Gateau of Marzipan), one set coloured and one set uncoloured; a presentation copy, inscribed ‘To Bob / andy Warhol’.
One of Andy Warhol’s early hand made artist’s books, a satirical take on the French cookbooks popular at the time, written in jest with socialite friend Suzie Frankfurt, the recipes scripted by Andy’s mother Júlia Warhola and illustrated by Andy Warhol, then hand coloured with Dr. Martin’s dyes under the artist’s supervision and bound in Manhattan.
An historical account of the Colony of New South Wales and its dependent settlements;
WALLIS, Captain James (1785? – 1858)
One of Australia’s finest early plate books, coloured by a skilled hand to striking effect.
London : R. Ackermann, 1821. Folio, half crushed morocco over marbled boards, spine lettered in gilt, lacking the half-title, pp [iv] (with the “Extract from the Sidney Gazette“); 42, followed by 12 engraved plates of views (six are double page) and a final plate of Oxley’s map of Port Macquarie; text leaves very good, marginal damp stains to most plate leaves (as usual), all the engravings with fine hand-colouring in period style. The second issue, with the additional leaf quoting Macquarie’s praise of Wallis, a feature not present in the earlier issue.
Libro del famoso Marco Polo Veneciano de las cosas maravillosas que vido en las partes orientales: conviene saber en las Indias, Armenia, Arabia, Persia, y Tartaria. E del poderio del gran Can y otros reyes. Con otro tratado de micer Pogio Florentino y trata delas mesmas tierras y islas.
POLO, Marco (1254-1324); SANTAELLA, Rodrigo Fernández de (1444-1509)
Logroño, Miguel de Eguia, 3rd June 1529. Folio, ff. ; 32, woodcut initials, the title leaf expertly remargined along the lower and fore-edges (prior to 1927), with a very small area of penwork to the edge of the decoration, brown staining to about half the folios, a couple of other very small marginal repairs, contemporary marginalia, contemporary paneled calf over wooden boards, blind tooled with heraldic emblems, bookplate from the famed library of Juan M. Sanchez to front pastedown.
The third Spanish edition of Marco Polo’s Travels, translated from the Italian by Rodrigo Fernández de Santaella and first published in Seville in 1503. This edition, like the first and second, includes Santaella’s Cosmographia, which serves as an explanatory introduction. It is a survey of the known parts of the world that contains many early references to the Americas. Crucially, Santaella was confident in positing the distinction between the West and East Indies by enumerating differences in the natural resources and environments of both regions. He concludes that ‘Asia and Tarshish and Ophir and Cethim are in the East, and Antilla and Hispaniola are in the West, in very different localities and conditions’, and also suggests that the name ‘Antilla’ is a popular corruption of ‘Antindia’, having the meaning of ‘opposite to India’ on the terrestrial globe. Santaella’s hypothesis was at the very least contemporary with, and possibly even anticipated, that propounded by Vespucci.
Superb Art Deco platinum diamond and ruby bow brooch.
Qing Dynasty Marriage Chest
Painted and Lacquered wood drawers. Wood and Patinated Metal frame and supports. Circa 1870. H 112cm, W 79cm.
A rare Australian scrimshaw worked Maritime Powder Horn depicting various scenes and phrases.
Including an unofficial Australian Coat of Arms with the motto Ships Colonies and Commerce, two ships engaged in conflict also an ornate quotation May the Present moment be the worst of our Lives. Inscribed with the initials J.M.S.C. and the date 1839.
Georgian garnet necklace
Georgian amethyst necklace and ear pendants in gold closed back settings
Antique Japanese jewellery
Jacques Bruguier silver and enamel Singing Bird Box
Engraved ‘Bruguier Jacques..Cendrier 14 a Geneve’.
The feathered bird with moving beak wings and head..the lid enamelled with lakeside scene, circa 1860.
A natural history of the birds of New South Wales,
LEWIN, John William (1770 -1819)
collected, engraved and faithfully painted after nature. By John William Lewin, A.L.S., late of Paramatta, New South Wales. New and improved edition, to which is added a list of the synonymes of each species, incorporating the labours of T. Gould, Esq., N. A. Vigors, Esq., T. Horsfield, M.D., and W. Swainson, Esq. London : Henry H. Bohn, 1838. Folio, original publisher’s binding of quarter crushed morocco, gilt-lettered to spine ‘Lewin’s Birds of New Holland’, green cloth covered boards, yellow endpapers, pp. [iv]; 26 etched plates with original gouache hand-colouring, interleaved with accompanying letterpress text.
A fine example, in original condition, of one of the rarest illustrated works of Australian natural history.
The South Polar Times (3 volumes with subscribers’ broadside)
Shackleton, E.H.; Bernacchi, Louis; Cherry-Garrard, Apsley; et al.
London : Smith, Elder & Co., 1907-14. Three volumes, quarto, original gilt-lettered blue cloth with pictorial inlay; various paginations, extensively illustrated with chromolithographs, all edges gilt, foxing to preliminaries but the text clean and bright, the bindings tight; the first two volumes limited to 250 copies, the third volume limited to 350 copies; housed in stunning custom made felt-lined slipcases, the gilt lettering reproducing the cover designs. Accompanied by the original letterpress broadside advertising for subscribers, single sheet printed recto, 235 x 155mm, drop title The National Antarctic Expedition “The South Polar Times”, announcing a proposal to issue a facsimile of the original newspaper. “If there are subscribers sufficient to cover the expense, it is proposed to issue a limited number of copies in special binding in two, three, or four handsome quarto volumes (as is found most convenient), reproducing the original typewriting and illustrations, both coloured and black and white, in absolute facsimile. The price will be five guineas’. A spectacular set with the utterly rare subscribers’ broadside.
Travelling writing case belonging to Ernst August, Crown Prince of Hanover
WEST, Fitzmaurice (maker); [ERNST AUGUST, Crown Prince of Hanover, 3rd Duke of Cumberland and Teviotdale, 1845-1923]
[London : Fitzmaurice West, circa 1845]. Portable writing case, 380 x 250 x 155 mm, in black morocco; hinged lid with collapsible gilt bronze carry handle; blind tooled decoration in the form of fleurs-de-lis and gilt stamped monogram with the German Gothic initial E surmounted by a royal coronet; front side with working Bramah lock, the steel key still attached to the carry handle with the original black ribbon; the lock is engraved ‘F. West. Manufacturer to Her Majesty, Prince Albert and Royal Family. No. 1 St. James’s Street’; the leather fitted interior, in matching black morocco, is original and virtually complete; it contains a removable compartmentalised tray with a Berry’s Patent glass inkwell housed in a black morocco box with gilt bronze handle and working locking mechanism, stamped in gilt ‘INK’, and a Berry’s Patent match safe, stamped in gilt ‘LIGHT’, containing its original flint and matches; an array of writing-related instruments including a mother of pearl pen, letter opener and ruler, with their original black morocco holder (one instrument is lacking); a dozen unused copper nibs; stationery items, including approximately 100 embossed envelopes and writing paper; two unused octavo size notebooks (a ledger book and diary), bound in limp black morocco, all edges gilt, spines stamped in gilt ‘CASH’ and ‘JOURNAL’, respectively; a black morocco portfolio for blotting paper; and three examples of the engraved business card of ‘F. West, Cutler & Dressing Case Manufacturer, 1 St. James’s Street, London. Successor to the late G. Palmer. By appointment to Her Majesty and H.R.H. Prince Albert’. Contained in the bottom of the box are a number of items auxiliary to the original contents; these include the young Ernst August’s manuscript titled ‘Guelphen Calender’, a calendar of important dates in the history of the House of Guelph (square octavo, all edges gilt, 64 pages), in a presentation binding by Meyer, binder to the royal House of Hanover, gilt stamped monogram to front with the German Gothic initials EA surmounted by a coronet, dated on the first page 21 September 1858, and with all entries relating to the young Prince’s immediate family in red ink (the other entries in black throughout); a worn coin of Friedrich Augustus I, Elector of Saxony and king of Poland (1697-1704; 1709-1733); a calligraphic writing exercise listing the full official titles of the Prince’s father, Georg V of Hanover (1819-1878); a juvenile pencil sketch depicting a royal scene; a writing exercise with important dates in the history of the House of Hanover in the first part of the nineteenth century; the young Prince’s handwritten timetable for his daily instruction in French; a handwritten note on the Lords of Adenoys, the Prince’s ancestors; and a manuscript letter of introduction, dated 20 September 1821, for Augustus Lutyens, grandson of General Waggenheim, written in London by M. Kennedy and addressed to his friend Admiral Sir Edmund Nagle in Hanover (Nagle was a trusted courtier of George IV of Great Britain and Ireland; while acting as emissary in Hanover in 1821, Nagle presumably passed this letter of introduction for Lutyens on to a member of the Hanoverian court; the letter found its final resting place in this royal writing case).
Multi colour sapphire drop earrings.
South Sea golden pearl earrings
Rank badge for the wife of a 3rd rank Civil Official with the insignia of a Peacock.
Rank badges were worn on plain jackets so that the wearer and his rank could be easily identified. Principal wives, as opposed to concubines, were permitted to wear their husband’s rank. The badge is a representation of the Universe with the Earth, Sea and Sky. Flowers of the Four Seasons decorate the four corners. The badge is unusual with the circular form in a square. Earlier in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) circular forms were reserved for the Emperor and the Imperial Clan but in the latter part of the 19th century the rules and regulations tended to be ignored.
This badge was published in Ruling from the Dragon Throne by John E. Vollmer(Figure 4.26 – page 121) and dates to 1875.