Auctioneers plan themed sales for 2019

ANTIQUES auctioneers Moore Allen & Innocent are launching a year-long series of themed sales in January, with an interiors sale featuring furniture, glassware and ceramics from the estate of a titled Cotswolds gentleman.

Each of the auctioneers' 13 sales next year will be based around a theme, to appeal to the collectors' market and the demands of antiques dealers.

The New Year Interiors Sale will be followed in February by a Boys' Toys and Collectables sale, featuring clocks, tools, medals, instruments, and mechanical items.

The Architectural sale in March will feature garden ornaments, bronzes and garden furniture, while in April the first of three Sparkle and Fizz events will include wine and jewellery – more follow in July and December.

Art from China, Japan and Africa takes centre stage at the first of two Oriental and Tribal sales in May.

Expect masks and spears alongside delicate ceramics.

The second such sale takes place in November.

June's 20th Century Design Sale will feature modern furniture and interiors, while bidders at the Summer Interiors Sale in August can expect quality antique and modern furniture, pictures, china, and glass.

The popular Hunting, Shooting and Fishing Sale takes place in September, with taxidermy, racing and equestrian collectables, firearms, pictures, and clothing, while the Home Furnishings, Costume and Fashion Sale in October will feature textiles, vintage clothing, and luggage.

And bidders can prepare for Christmas at the December Toys, Sparkle and Fizz sale, where antique toys, vintage wines and spirits, and watches and jewellery will be offered for sale.

Good quality antique and household furniture, pictures, china and glass will supplement the themed lots at every sale.

Going under the hammer on Friday, January 11 is some top-notch furniture, glassware and ceramics from a fine Cotswolds residence.

An 18th century walnut bachelor's chest with brushing slide and period brass handles could be the standout lot of the sale, with an estimate of £1,000 to £1,500, although a George III serpentine fronted mahogany chest with an estimate of £500 to £800 could slither in to steal the crown.

An 18th century walnut corner cupboard should command bids of between £500 and £800, while a George III mahogany kettle stand with turned gallery rim on a fluted column, lotus leaf carved cabriole tripod base and lions paw feet should make £300 to £500.

But forget the cups of tea: the gentleman owner clearly enjoyed serving his guests a tipple – and some fine sets of crystal wine glasses, champagne glasses and liqueur glasses by the likes of Saint-Louis Crystal (£300 to £500) and Cristal de Sevres (£100 to £150) are offered, along with a superb Lalique fruit bowl (£500 to £800), a set of 12 boxed Lalique ice dishes (£300 to £500), and glass ashtrays by Baccarat.

There are more ashtrays in the ceramics section featuring names probably no longer associated with tobacco, including Hermès and Versace. Dating from the late 20th century, the ashtrays will be sold over two branded lots, with an estimate of £100 to £150 each.

Meanwhile, dinner services and coffee sets by Coalport, Wedgwood and Haviland will also be offered for sale.

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