Study in Art Deco elegance is star attraction in auction
PLYMOUTH AUCTION ROOMS
Over the last month Plymouth Auction Rooms has generated more than 500 interesting lots for the sale on Wednesday.
The star of the auction is a fine Art Deco bronze and ivory figure. The elegant figure of a women standing with her hands in her pockets, on a green onyx rectangular base has been attributed to the German sculptor Ferdinand Preiss (1882-1943).
The 34cm figure, which has already generated enquiries with phone lines booked, has a guide of £5,000-£8,000.
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A strong section of British and German militaria, features several family sets of medals, many of which are being sold with original photographs, letters and documents. Estimates start from £50.
A collection of German Second World War Third Reich daggers, swords, medals and insignia and memorabilia is expected to sell for £2,000 to £4,000. For collectors of British Militaria, lots include a rare Gloucestershire Regiment 4th Battalion military drum with battle honours, a Victorian blue cloth helmet with Northumberland Artillery Volunteers badge and also a brass Royal Dragoons helmet. The Georgian Infantry Officers curved blade sword, Pattern No 1803, is particularly rare and could make as much as £400.
A collection of Chinese carvings include a 19th century carved seal in the form of a dog, with a guide of £100-£200. However £300-£500 has been estimated for a pair of early 20th century Chinese carved ivory figures depicting an Emperor and Empress.
There are fine paperweights including a rare French Clichy paperweight and some French Baccarat glass weights. Several are limited edition and collectors will be expected to pay £100-£300 for each piece.
A well-kept silver tea service has been in the same family since it was acquired in the 1930s. It was made in Sheffield and has a slight Art Deco style. Estimate £800-£1,000.
An English 18th century delft plate was possibly made near Bristol. Although it is damaged, its Chinese landscape decoration is appealing to collectors and it comes to auction with a guide price of £300-£400.
There are numerous watches on offer including a collection of French 18ct gold fob watches. These pretty time pieces carry guides of £150-£300 each.
For the Rolex man is Lot 388 a Gents Rolex Oyster stainless steel Datejust wrist watch, at £800-£1,000.
A very rare toy from yesteryear is the German Kellerman tinplate and clockwork Tourist motorcycle and side car, number 370, with rider and passenger. It has its key and original box. It has a guide of £700-£1,000.
Finally, a consignment of Victorian furniture from a South Dartmoor property is quite routine, however it is being sold by a descendant of John Quiller Rowett (1874-1924). He was a friend and the financial backer of Ernest Shackleton's last voyage to Antarctic. The furniture originally came from his home in Scotland. This may add some value to the two good quality wardrobes and a Georgian chest of drawers.
The auction starts at 10.30am. View ing on Tuesday from 10am to 7pm and from 9am on the sale day.
Contact: 01752 254740; www.plymouthauctions.co.uk.