An extremely rare set of eight Chinese ivory panels
each exquisitely and deeply carved in high relief with mountain scenes (probably taken from scenes in history or mythology). The ivory panels mounted with turquoise pins as pairs in interlocking hardwood box frames, two fashioned as bases the other two as lids. The frames probably of zitan wood, which was reputedly restricted to the use of the Emperors for much of the 18th and 19th centuries. Together with bronze and glazed display stands, removed for display, which are believed to have been made to order prior to Stanton's exodus from China in 1923 (See later notes on Stanton). Each rectangular ivory panel 150 x 100mm, the oval panels 155 x 100mm. Each frame 335 x 115mm. Provenance: The estate of E. A. Stanton. Stanton is recorded as working in Canton (Guangzhou), a partner in the Chinese trading house Deacon and Co, as early as 1908, where the publication 'Twentieth Century Impressions of Hong Kong, Shanghai and Other Treaty Ports of China' noted he conducted the business with a staff of European and Chinese assistants. Curiously, he is recorded with his initials E A, (not his first names) even on a silver punch bowl (sold at an earlier date) celebrating his marriage on April 3rd, 1909. For some period, he was vice consul for Norway in Canton. In 1923 the family relocated to England, subsequently emigrating to New Zealand at a later date. The family took with them the collection of Chinese artifacts gathered during their time in China. On 21st October 2015 the collection of over 50 items, were offered by one of Stanton's descendants at Dunbar Sloane's Auckland auction. Chinese newspapers, used as protective packing for transport to England, confirm the date of departure, for they are dated 11th year of the Republic (1923). Some of these newspapers, now very fragile, remain in situ. Evidence of their earlier existence was also noted by Dunbar Sloane in an insurance valuation dated 1974. In private discussions with the current owner, Dunbar Sloane confirmed that the then current elderly lady owner had been adamant the family tradition was that these ivories had come from the Summer Palace (Yuanming Yuan), destroyed in 1860. Further support for a date of manufacture prior to 1860 however, is to be found on the backs of the upper two boxes, where the very rare Imperial Qianlong Yuzhi mark is painted in gold four character kaishu script. The mark translates as 'Made by Imperial order of the Qianlong Emperor' who reigned from 1736 to 1795, before abdicating in favour of his son, Jiaqing. The Qianlong Emperor is known to have had a great love of the arts, regularly inscribing the best pieces with personalized inscriptions and poetry.
An impressive classical 18ct. white gold modern emerald and diamond bracelet
the nine claw set emerald cut natural emeralds totalling 13.84ct., each framed by a row of round brilliant cut diamonds and with pairs of clusters diamonds linking. TDW 6.37ct, push-in clasp with safety catch to each side. Valuation available.
An exceptional 18ct. white gold and diamond bracelet
seven marquise form panels each set with a marquise shaped diamond totalling 5.60ct., each surrounded by 16 round brilliant cut diamonds, with six diamond set bars between, diamond set push clasp and safety catch. TDW 10.22ct. Valuation available.
A good 18ct. white gold and 9.28ct diamond tennis bracelet
the 46 round brilliant cut diamonds claw set, push-clasp with safety catches. TDW 9.28ct, graded G/H and SI2. The size and grade of diamonds in this bracelet make it a fine example. Valuation available.
A c.1901 Royal Worcester Highland Cattle painted large vase signed J. Stinton
the ovoid body painted with four cattle in a mountainous Highland scene, the scrolling handles, trumpet form neck and flared foot with gilt enrichments and turquoise green painted highlights. Printed mark to base with date code slightly eligible c.1901 and shape #1969. H.400mm.
A rare pair of Edwardian Royal Worcester Black Face Sheep urn vases by E. Barker
the elegant long ovoid bodies each painted with sheep within a misty, mountainous Highland scene, signed by the noted artist, the pedestal base shell and scroll waisted trumpet tops and open handles with gilt highlights, a painted misty mountainous vignette to the reverse, printed marks date coded 1908 and shape #2063. H.228mm. Provenance: A private Hamilton estate collection.
'Rape of the Sabine', a substantial bronze sculpture from the 'Chiurazzi Foundry' and bearing their circular mark. H.1004mm. Note: The famed sculpture of the rape of Rome, the masterpiece of the sixteenth century Flemish artist Giambologna represents one of the oldest events in the history of Rome, surrounded by the legend. The Rape of the Sabines, was a very popular theme in the late Renaissance. In short, Rome, which thanks to Romulus had been enlarged so as to 'be able to compete militarily with any nation beyond', began to realize that women were scarce and its size would last a single generation if the Romans did not find enough wives to bear new sons for the city.
A Victorian mahogany double pedestal desk
with military campaign-style brass binding, campaign chest handles to drawers, the top with leather insert with gilt decoration, three drawers to each pedestal. W.1190 x D.790 x H.770mm.
Gustav Adolf Daumiller
'Praying Knight on Horseback' large bronze sculpture c.1923, the horse with short tail and short mane in tight posture, head slightly inclined and turned to the left side, Knight with chain armour, chain shoes and sword; holding a helmet in front of his body and wearing a triangular shield on his back, the gaze inclined in praying posture, mounted on a rectangular light brown and white veined marble base. Rare and touching equestrian bronze by the German sculptor Daumiller, that impresses with a very naturalistic modelling. An execution of this figure was exhibited in the Munich 'Glaspalast' in the year 1924. H.620mm, L.510mm.
A 1911 Royal Worcester ewer jug exquisitely painted with storks by Walter Powell
the ovoid bodies painted in the round with storks standing within a rocky framed pool in an extensive landscape including palms, signed by the renowned artist Walter Powell, the scrolling handle with mask terminal, gilt highlights. Printed marks date coded 1911. H.240mm.
A 1930s Royal Worcester Highland Cattle painted large potpourri by Harry Stinton
painted with a scene of five cattle within a traditional misty Highland mountain scene, the reverse with vignette of a misty mountainous and rocky scene including two birds, the elaborate gilded and pierced coronet form lid enclosing a plain internal lid. Printed mark with date code for 1936 and printed shape #2048. H.328mm.
A 1920s Royal Worcester Highland Cattle painted lidded ewer vase signed J. (James) Stinton
the front with a mountainous Highland scene including six cattle and bridge, the reverse with mountainous and rocky outcrops flanking a lake, looping handles, gilt enrichments, the lid with hairline crack. Printed marks including date code for 1926. H.345mm.
A single strand South Sea pearl necklace
38 large cultured graduating (8.92mm - 14.02mm) South Sea pearls of an off-white silvery toned hue, the 14 ct. yellow gold ball clasp set with four round brilliant cut diamonds.
An oak cased canteen of sterling silver cutlery
consisting of twelve table forks, dessert forks, dessert spoons, tablespoons and teaspoons; six egg spoons; two sauce ladles; one large soup ladle and a pair of knife rests. Old English pattern, various dates (1895 to 1929). Included in the canteen are eleven 'bone' handled table knives, twelve 'bone' handled bread and butter knives, two 'bone' handled carving forks, two 'bone' handled carving knives, one 'bone' handled steel, a pair of silver plate grape scissors and nutcrackers. Silver weight 3900gm.
A 14ct gold and diamond solitaire ring
the 1.05ct triangle cut diamond bezel set to the centre of a 'trellis' filigree decorated band, a small brilliant cut diamond set to the top and bottom of the diamond. Valuation available.
A pair of impressive 18th/19thC Berlin urns & covers
inverted baluster bodies painted with four major hand painted romantic scene panels, goat mask handles, pierced covers with encrusted florals (slight faults). H.640mm. Provenance: Ex. a Wairarapa historic home. An earlier catalogue has their provenance recorded as: "Vases were purchased on 26 October, 1875 at auction, lot 369, then called 'Dresden Vases'. Catalogue states - Lot 369 Pair of remarkably fine Dresden China Vases 20in high, perforated tops, exquisitely painted figure subjects, goat head handles, ornamental with raised flowers. Purchaser - 'Ritchie', from the Vendor's Family connection.... $6000-8000(Pair)"
After Giambologna bronze sculpture
'Hercules and the Erymanthian Boar', the standing naked Hercules with the boar over his shoulder holdsa club to his right hand supporting and balancing to the back of the boar; on square plain bronze base and mottled marble plinth. H.475mm. Bearing the foundry mark Chiurazzi, the top foundry in Naples, Italy, and numbered 2/299. Note: this was Hercules's fourth labour. Eurystheus ordered Hercules to bring him the Erymanthian boar alive. Every day the boar would come crashing down from his lair on the mountain, attacking men and animals, gouging them with its tusks and destroying everything in its path.
A pair of 14ct. white gold sapphire and diamond drop earrings
each earring set with two pear cut cornflour blue sapphires of 1.10ct. and 2.20ct, both surrounded by round brilliant cut diamonds; on posts for pierced ears. TDW 0.65ct, TSW 6.60ct. Valuation available.
An early 1970s Royal Worcester large potpourri vase painted with fruit
the ovoid body with broad band of hand painted apples and blackberries on a leafy ground and small vignette of grapes to the reverse, signed by the artist John Smith, gilt basket weave bands to the base and conforming elaborate pierced cover with spire finial, the small interior lid with plain gilt highlights. The base with printed mark and shape #1286 and painted detail. H.260mm. With original Chandler House receipt of purchase dated 8/11/72.
A Regency leather and mahogany library chair
mushroom-toned old leather on a restrained scrolling mahogany frame with upholstery nail detail, on brass and ceramic casters. W.760 x D.560 x H.1070mm.