Two great names of Modern British art are united in this a single lot coming up at McTear’s Scottish Contemporary Art auction in Glasgow on August 16.
Gantry (pictured top) is a 1963 mixed media work by Norman Cornish (1919-2014). Estimated at £2500-4500, it has considerable extra appeal thanks to a label on the back from The Stone Gallery, St Mary’s Place, Newcastle Upon Tyne, on which the purchaser is given as LS Lowry Esq.
The 13½ x 9½in (34 x 24cm) picture was exhibited at the gallery’s Norman Cornish show from February 22-March 21, 1964.
The provenance is now given as ‘deceased estate. From a substantial Scottish private collection of 20th century British art’.
McTear’s says: “We are grateful to the Cornish family for authenticating this picture and for confirming that Gantry was one of the two documented purchases by LS Lowry. The piece was advertised at 30 Guineas in 1964.”
Fellows’ Luxury Watch Sale on August 24 contains a full set of Second World War ‘Dirty Dozen’ watches.
All designed by different watch manufacturers, these were commissioned by the British Ministry of Supply for the armed forces. They needed watches suitable for the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy. These were designed and delivered in 1944 and 1945, respectively. The Dirty Dozen watches were created in extremely limited supply.
The watches offered here will be sold with a box perfectly fitting all 12 and are estimated at £25,000-35,000.
On August 25 Capes Dunn will be selling the residue of a single-owner collection of model rail and related items. An auction of the bulk of the collection took place on June 14, June 2016 – The Robert Fysh Collection of Rail and Railwayana - when the well-known local collector moved to a nursing home due to ill health.
Sadly, Fysh died earlier this year. Capes Dunn says: “Like a true collector, he had retained many items that it had been too painful to let go four years earlier. His relatives commented that he must have been the world record holder for the number of items kept in one bedroom.”
Shown here is an Accucraft UK mint and boxed 0 Gauge large-scale live steam model of an NG16 Garratt 2-6-2 + 2-6-2 locomotive, Edison Green, No 138, about 2ft 8in (81cm) long.
This unique item is an editor’s mock-up intended for the production of a new edition of Capt William Dampier’s Voyages, and includes early 19th century maps, as well as those originally used.
It comprises 36 engraved plates and nine maps, all plates and text trimmed and mounted in three early 19th century volumes. The title for vol 2 is dated 1703, with the others undated. The paper for each volume is watermarked WR (King William IV).
The mock-up features copious ink and pencil annotations and corrections throughout, in various hands. Offered at Forum Auctions on August 13, the estimate is £600-800.
On August 19, Dreweatts’ Interiors auction, The Summer Sale, will include property of the late Betty, Lady Grantchester (1925-2019). On offer are 24 lots from her home, The Gate House in Kingston, Surrey.
Betty Suenson-Taylor was born Betty Moores in 1925. She was the eldest child of the Littlewoods founder Sir John Moores (1896-1993). It was as an undergraduate at Cambridge that she met her husband Kenneth Suenson-Taylor, later 2nd Baron Grantchester.
In the early 1970s she joined the board of Littlewoods, and took over as director in 1977, at a time when few women held such senior positions.
Pictured here is a French enamel, tortoiseshell and composition 8cm (3in) diameter bonbonniere, c.1790, the cover with a semi-relief profile portrait of Henri IV. Estimate £600-800.
This Thames Tunnel commemorative stoneware flask or inkwell, c.1843, of rectangular shape, is relief decorated with a depiction of Marc Isambard Brunel’s tunnelling shield to one side.
The 3in long x 3in high x 1in wide (8 x 7½ x 3½cm) item is estimated at £500-800 in Toovey’s British & Continental Ceramics & Glassware auction on August 13 in West Sussex.
This (1.22cm) high chair, ebonised, with bobbin-turned uprights is by Ernest Gimson (1864-1912). It comes from the house of his sister, Margaret Gimson, then by descent, and is now offered in Mallams’ auction in Cheltenham on August 13.
Her house near Stoneywell, Rockyfield, was designed by Ernest in 1909, used first as a summer residence then (like Kelmscott Manor) all the year-round.
She was close to her brother and chose furniture largely by him and his Sapperton colleagues, including several dark bobbin-turned chairs.
On August 14 Welsh auction house Rogers Jones is offering objects from the collection of the late Neville Kingston, formerly of London. It has been split into two auctions, with the more important items featuring in the September Selections & Collections sale.
The collection has been entered by his daughter, who said: “He was a noted collector of Central Asian textiles and carpets. He combined this with his full-time job as a veterinary surgeon, specialising in pigs, a skill which took him around the world from his East Yorkshire base. However, in 2008, his attention was caught by some central and west African ethnographica while he was waiting on the phone to bid for a textile in an auction in Salisbury.”
One of the entries on August 14 is this Maori carved Wahaika hand club, 16½in (42cm) long, estimated at £40-60.