FIND OF THE MONTH
I recently purchased this display cabinet. In the centre there is a ceramic inset with a dog/cat in white and green with quite intricate inlays around the borders. There is also a ‘silk’ covering on the shelves and back that is intact. At the back of the cabinet is a metal plate that says Peppercorn Bros Ltd, Debtford Broadway. S.E.
According to auctioneer Inge Roberts of Ashbey’s Galleries, this display cabinet dates from
1901 – 1910, making it Edwardian. “Peppercorn Bros was founded by Joseph Peppercorn in Debtford, London, in 1821 and was listed in the Grace Guide to British Industrial History as a house furnisher and general goods merchant. In 1916, the company’s premises consisted of acres of shops, warehouses, and cottages where auctions and sales advertised in the London Gazette were held. On an auction you can expect R4 000 – R8 000.” My grandmother was French Mauritian and a collector of French antiques.
This beautiful serving dish, which is in mint condition, was one of her prized possessions. It’s 20cm high and 33cm wide. Can you tell me about it and what it’s worth?
According to Justine Ferrigno of Le Brocanteur, “This wonderful, French centrepiece bowl was made by the oldest and most prestigious French porcelain brand CH Pillivuyt founded by Loui Charles Pillivuyt in the Berry region in France. It was part of the Rumsey dinner service. I estimate that it’s worth between R1 000 – R1 500.”