South African Garden and Home - - Antiques And Collectabl­es -

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.

Keith Rowland

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?

Louise Har­ri­son

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.”

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