Posted on: December 6, 2019

Jingle Bell Lot! Staff Highlights December 2019

Saturday 14th December marks the final auction of 2019 for Trevanion & Dean. Our Christmas catalogue is packed full of classic and quirky gifts for the discerning buyer, whether you are looking for a loved one or just want to treat yourself! With the catalogue now online and accessible here, our team have shared their stand out pieces in this month’s auction:

Simon Grover : General Valuer

Lots 427, 432 – 437 – Meissen porcelain figures by Peter Strang

I find these figures quite extraordinary!  They’re so ‘un-Meissen’, and yet they were designed by Peter Strang, who was Meissen’s head of design from 1993.  I particularly like the cubist-style pieces, which really do give the impression that a Picasso painting just decided to get up and walk off the canvas.  When I look at the various characters, I’m not just struck by the superb detail and the finesse of the modelling, but I also by this weird feeling that I once saw them in a BBC kids TV show in the 1970s – I’m not sure what that means, but I’ve decided to chalk it up to Strang’s fantastic artistic vision!


Elizabeth Oliver: General Valuer & Auctioneer

Lot 75 – A 20th century set of six white metal sandwich flags

My favourite lot has to be these Sandwich Flags, this lot is perfect for hosting a Christmas buffet! With so many options ‘Cheese’, ‘Cress’, ‘Tongue’ even ‘Caviare’! The origin history of the humble sandwich makes this lot even more fun. In 18th century, John Montagu, fourth Earl of Sandwich is said to have invented this meal so that he would not have to leave his gaming table for supper! This cased set is ideal for laying on a spread – adding something quirky to a festive party.


Ian Woodward: Furniture, Works of Art & Clocks Valuer & Auctioneer

Lot 839 – A Victorian mahogany fan back salon chair

This chair dates around the late 19th century, when the majority of chairs were balloon back and spoon back however the look of this chair could be considered more Art Deco – it’s about 40 years ahead of its time in many ways. Art Deco is in style at the moment, and the chair with it’s scalloped padded back is very much the look that contemporary buyers are looking for.


Joanna Polak: Photographer & Saleroom Assistant

Lot 279 – A 17th century copy of THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER

I am really interested in the books whenever they come through the saleroom – they always capture my attention whether it’s for their wonderful illustrations or their insights into past worlds. My favourite from this sale has to be this incredible 17th century book of common prayer. Its condition is absolutely remarkable for its age, with it’s fantastic decorative binding and detailed illustration on the cover page. Someone will have cherished this over 400 years ago, it’s a very personal item that I have been privileged to handle.


Helena Waudby : Jewellery Valuer & Digital Marketing

Lot 151 – A 1930’s sapphire and diamond double clip brooch

There’s no missing this beauty in the December catalogue – a bit of sparkle at Christmas is a must! This piece was created toward the end of the 1930’s, and has a distinctive Art Deco influence in it’s style. Double-clip brooches were created in the 1920’s by Cartier, designed so that two separate halves may be worn as a single piece or worn as two separate jewels. They were enormously popular amongst buyers at the time for their versatility, and vintage pieces such as this are still popular today for that reason. It’s not just a brooch, they’re earrings, pendants – even hair accessories!


Rebecca Gilman: Saleroom Coordinator

Lot 265 – ALPEN: FLORA VON TYROL, a loose leaf album of pressed flowers from the Tyrol region of Italy and Austria

I love how intricate and delicate the flowers are, the time and patience taken to press all of these flowers to such a high standard is astonishing. Also, I had never heard of the Tyrol region before so it sparked intrigue and I felt I had to look into it further. Tyrol is a region at the very north of Italy and south of Austria, it was split in half in 1919 after WWI and is now split into North, which is in Austria and South which is in Italy. It is known for being a true combination of both countries, the landscape, flora and fauna. It really is a rather beautiful location which before this I would never have considered. These pressed flowers are a true reminder of the beauty of all of the places around the globe and would make a wonderful addition to any home.


Ashley Jones :

Lot 681 – A set of five Arts & Crafts copper finger plates in the manner of W.A.S Benson

I really believe this lot encapsulates the entire spirit of the Arts & Crafts movement. These individually hand-crafted pieces are distinctive and strike away from industrialisation and mass production. Drawing upon traditional values of artistic creation, the development of every design is a unique process and these plates are a treasure from this process. Using simple materials and designs the plates could easily be incorporated into a modern interior. They could be revived to fulfill their original purpose in a sympathetic environment to create remarkable and beautiful experiences.


Elaine Griffiths: Accounts Manager

Lots 859 & 860 – Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson oak pews

I have a soft spot for the Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson pews. A close friend of mine is the Vicar of St Peter’s Church in Birstill, and he has Mouseman pews and other items in his church! There are quite a few of the life sized mouse carvings by Robert Thompson around the building, and we spent one day looking for them all.  They were hidden in all sorts of places and it was fun looking for them. It is claimed that the mouse motif came about accidentally in 1919 following a conversation about “being as poor as a church mouse”, which took place between Thompson and one of his colleagues during the carving of a cornice for a church screen – Thompson carved his first mouse into the screen and the rest is history.


Christina Trevanion: Managing Director & Auctioneer

Lot 386 – Cusco School (Spanish Colonial), Oil on canvas, The Virgin of Pomata and Child

This is a quintessentially Christmas image. We’re used to seeing European variations on this motif, but it’s wonderful to see this Spanish vision of the Madonna & Child. The Cusco school was born of the Spanish conquest of Peru in the 16th century, bringing European painting techniques to the Americas. Unlike their European counterparts, works of the Cusco school are freer, using brighter colours, distorted and dramatic imagery and of course, lots of gold leaf! It’s refreshing to see a twist on a classic, and such a wonderfully festive painting.

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