BOBBIN

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Original late Victorian Billingsgate market porter’s hat.

Leather, hobnail and bitumen in construction. The famous Bill Brandt photograph dating 1936 shows a fish porter wearing his bobbin.

A scarce item, a nice artefact of old London.


WOMAN AT HER TOILETTE

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French voyeuristic figurine presented in its original pine and brushed cotton carry-case with lock. A decorative scale at 35cm high, dating from around 1850. The depiction of Satan and phalluses on her bidet, the legs of which are modelled with hooves suggest this is possibly a depiction of a prostitute at her toilette. Delicately moulded from plaster of paris with classical features and raised on a plinth, this is a highly detailed, risqué object of desire.


TIMELESS

img_6510img_6514eternity1Original neon and metal theatre sign. A large scale at 320cm across x 77cm high x 22cm deep. The red paintwork and exposed neon of the elongated font make the sign evocative of American 1950s marquee hoardings.


DISTORTION MIRROR

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Convex distortion mirror in original condition dating from around 1880. Ebonised oak frame surrounding slightly foxed original plate with mercury reflection. Backed with parchment card and measuring 40cm x 50cm.


TWO’S A PAIR

stools-newstools-2A pair of  late Victorian mahogany art studio stools. With slightly concave shaped seats, they stand at 69cm high. Unusual, tight X frame with canted edges, Arts and Crafts with a shade of Gothic aesthetic.


PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN

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Tomorrow night at Svit Gallery in Prague is the opening of Majetek ušlechtilého muže, a collaborative art show featuring the work of Dirk Bell, Nathaniel Lee Jones and Reginald Alan Westaway. Running until the 12th October.


PSYCHEDELIC QUEEN ANNE

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A beautiful late 19th Century mirror with blue, yellow and green mirrored border.

All bevelled by hand; each individual coloured band has the hand cut quality of earlier Venetian mirrors. The finish, even down to the chain from which it hangs, is exceptional. The chain is covered first in leather, then in silk with rope-work tapping to the hoops.

Measuring 85cm x 55cm, edged with walnut veneer. Highly decorative, the shape and colours conjure associations from the Jaipur mirror palace to the interiors of Tony Duquette.


NO GDM

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Quentin Crisp spent many years as an artists model. He said “posing was the first job I did in which I understood what I was doing.” This oil study of his distinguished profile on millboard was painted in the 1970s and is approximately 61cm/51cm.


THE WINNER

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Antique oil painting dating from the early years of competition cycling.

Painted in Paris by T.Evans around 1891, it is a portrait of Charles Terront , the first French cycling celebrity, who won 54 races during his 15 year career. Due to the rather ambiguous nature of competition rules at the time, he achieved the unique honour of being both the French and British champion on two occasions. In 1879 Terront cycled the 3000km between St. Petersburg in Russia and the new Vélodrome Buffalo in Paris, which took him 14 days and 7 hours.

In 1891, he won the inaugural Paris-Brest et retour on his British-built Humber; a bike fitted with the brand new Michelin pneumatic tyres that had been patented that very year. This painting is believed to be marking the occasion of this now legendary win. He was met by a crowd of more than 10,000 fans in Paris, many of whom had stayed up all night to make sure they caught a glimpse of their hero.

The style is reminiscent of earlier equine paintings; commissioned portraits of the 18th Century, recording derby winners, huntsmen and their horses. Likewise the cyclist astride his bicycle, wearing his winner’s sash, is posed in-motion within a stadium. It is a rare thing to find a painting of this subject matter from this period. Within its original Victorian frame, the overall size is 45cm x 36cm.


GOOD EGGS

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Very early 20th Century egg characters. Made in the Netherlands for the American market. Moulded, hand-painted plaster. 15cm and 13cm in height and around 12cm wide. An anamorphic oddity, reminiscent of Lewis Carroll and Victorian surrealism.