Western Morning News (Saturday)
Intriguing lots at February auction
Okehampton Auctions timed easylive auction takes place on February 10-14. Among a selection on offer is a large Oriental camphorwood chest carved with intricate scenes of figures outside buildings. Camphorwood was prized for transporting and storing delicate fabrics as it is a natural repellent to moths and woodboring insects. This example stands 40” wide x 24” high & 21” deep and has an estimate of £100/150.
A handsome Victorian brass desk set carries the cipher mark dating it precisely to September 1883. It comprises an elaborate ceramic and brass inkwell stand, pen tray and blotter all in good order and guided at £60/80.
With indoor plants being popular in the late 19th Century pottery jardinieres on pedestal stands were much in demand. Dating from the early 1890s is a Langleyware example from the pottery based at Langley Mill in Derbyshire. It has a pale blue stippled ground painted with formal stylised patterns within deep blue borders. It stands 34” high and is reasonably priced at £30/50 due to a hair crack to the base of the pot.
An Admiral Fitzroy type improved Torricelli oak cased barometer/thermometer dates from the late 19th Century. It has metal dials and carved decoration and is 44” high. In good order, bids of £100/200 are anticipated.
For more details call on 01837 55592 or visit www.okehamptonauctions.co.uk