Mighty MGs

The Charterhouse auction of classic and vintage cars on Wednesday 11th April has a group of MG’s dating from 1930 up to 1974.

“MG, the initials for Morris Garage, as a marque has been in the heart of this nation since its formation in the early 1920’s.” Commented Matthew Whitney. “Production in the early years was all about two seater sports cars and in our auction we have pulled together a fabulous selection of MG’s from several collections from across the West Country representing some 44 years of British sports car production.”

The earliest MG in the auction is a 1930 MG M-Type Double Twelve. Finished in British racing green, this pretty looking vintage MG has been lovingly and painstakingly restored by its owner over the past decade. In all probability now being in a better than new condition, this early MG is estimated at £38,000-42,000*.

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Asian Art

A pair of Chinese vases are estimated to sell for £6,000-10,000* when they are being sold by Charterhouse in Sherborne in their April Asian Art auction. “Whilst we have a fantastic selection of Chinese, Japanese and other Asian ceramics, bronze Buddha’s, scroll paintings, silver, furniture and works of art, it is a pair of Chinese millefleurs vases which are one of the stand out lots in the sale for me.” Commented Richard Bromell.

“Painted in bright famille rose enamel colours with millefleurs, or a thousand flowers, they are wonderful quality and will appeal not only to Chinese mainland collectors, but also Europeans and of course the Americans who really go in for this look and design.”

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Liberty Library Books

A collection of art related books from the library of Sir Arthur Lasenby Liberty, founder of one of London’s best known shops Liberty & Co in Regent Street, are going under the Charterhouse hammer in their auction on Friday 19th January.

“The name Liberty is synonymous with design and the books from the library are a good run the popular arts books called The Studio Magazine.” Commented Richard Bromell. “The Studio Magazine was founded in 1893 by Charles Holme who had previously travelled with Sir Arthur and his wife through Japan and America so it is not entirely unsurprising that Sir Arthur collected the books from volume I in 1893.”

The Studio Magazine was international in scope and promoted the work of new art artists, architects and designers. The books going under the Charterhouse hammer are mostly bound to match and run to 111 volumes, albeit with the occasional missing volume, and are estimated at £600-1,000*.

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Picture Perfect

A collection of pictures from a Dorset deceased estate are to be sold in the first Charterhouse auction of the New Year.

“The pictures have been collected over a period of years, hung on the walls and enjoyed.” Commented Richard Bromell. “They generally date from the Victorian period onwards but there are also some more modern and contemporary pictures which work well with the more traditional subjects.

Included in the collection are a pair of oil paintings by William Meadows with a view of Santa Maria della Salute from the Grand Canal and its pair. Dating towards the end of the 19th century, signed and measuring 39 x 60 cm this pair of pictures are estimated at £1,500-2,500.

Also showing life in the Victorian age, but no in such a romantic way as a view in Venice is an oil painting by Nicolas Condy. A West Country artist, the Charterhouse picture portrays a harsh existence in a rustic kitchen and is estimated at £1,000-1,500.

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Picture Postcards

A collection of 1,000’s of topographical, humorous and other postcards are expected to sell for thousands of pounds when they go under the Charterhouse hammer in their 15th December auction of collector’s items.

The collection includes a fantastic selection of postcards from the early 20th century depicting rural, town and city life in the West Country, Home Counties and further afield along with football and other sporting team images. Particularly well represented are Devon, Somerset, Cornwall, Dorset. Many of the villages have not changed too much whilst others have changed above all recognition.

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Gentlemans Express

Two classic cars, an Austin Healey 100/6 and a Jensen 541R made just a few months apart, offer the opportunity for enthusiasts to choose between a gentleman’s express or a sports car for the hairy chested at the Charterhouse auction of classic and vintage cars on Sunday 5th November.

“Both cars are iconic in their own way and both appeal to a different sort of driver and enthusiast.” Commented Matthew Whitney. “That being said, I wouldn’t mind having them both at home sitting in the garage!”

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Silver Service

The Charterhouse two day November auction on 16th & 17th includes an early Victorian silver tea set.

“The market for silver remains strong.” Commented Richard Bromell. “You then combine this with small, pretty and desirable pieces and this produces a recipe for auction success.”

England has been a nation of tea drinkers for centuries. With the 21st century fashion for taking afternoon tea with sandwiches, cakes and scones, the silver tea set at Charterhouse, although needing a good polish, will grace any table whether in a cottage or a country house.

The set was made in London 1846 and is of compressed octagonal form. Engraved with flowers, foliage and strapwork it also had the advantage of not being inscribed with a presentation inscription and is estimated at £400-600 plus 25.2% buyers premium (inc VAT)

Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for their busy autumn programme of specialist auctions which include classic & vintage cars on 5th November followed by a two day auction of watches, jewellery, silver and antiques with a selection of wine, port and whisky on 16th and 17th November and coins, medals, stamps and collector’s items on 15th December.

For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, please contact Richard Bromell or Justine Jackson at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or email items for valuation at info@charterhouse-auction.com

White Helmets


Sherborne auctioneers Charterhouse are selling six of the world famous Royal Signals Motorcycle Display Team Triumph motorcycles on Thursday 16th November.
More commonly known as The White Helmets, the display team was a group of serving soldiers from the Royal Corps of Signals who performed public displays of motorcycling skills, aerobatics and stunt riding, and were based at the Royal Signals Blandford Camp.

“We are delighted to receive instructions to auction these Triumph motorcycles from the dare-devil White Helmets.” Commented Matthew Whitney, who heads up the auctioneer’s classic car department. “I first saw them in action over forty years ago when I was a young lad and they certainly made an impression on me then.”
Beginning 90 years ago, in 1927, the riders were normally dispatch riders and the team have had several names in the past including ‘The Red Devils’ (before the Parachute Regiment Team of the same name existed), ‘Mad Signals’ (on account of the poor brakes on the motorcycles), and only adopted the name ‘White Helmets’ in 1963.

Gentlemans Express

Two classic cars, an Austin Healey 100/6 and a Jensen 541R made just a few months apart, offer the opportunity for enthusiasts to choose between a gentleman’s express or a sports car for the hairy chested at the Charterhouse auction of classic and vintage cars on Sunday 5th November.

“Both cars are iconic in their own way and both appeal to a different sort of driver and enthusiast.” Commented Matthew Whitney. “That being said, I wouldn’t mind having them both at home sitting in the garage!”

Coming to the Charterhouse classic car auction from long term ownership is a 1960 Jensen 541R. A true gentleman’s express, it is fitted with a 4.0 litre 6 cylinder engine with overdrive. An advanced car in its day, it was supplied with disc brakes all round, a full leather interior and constructed from lightweight fibreglass which was revolutionary at the time.A 1959 Austin Healey at Charterhouse-11

Very Downton Abbey

The Charterhouse two day May auction on the 18th & 19th includes a large Tiffany silver bowl with a marriage story similar to the hugely successful Downton Abbey television series. “It is a substantial silver bowl made by Tiffany which makes it valuable in its own right. ” Commented Richard Bromell. “However, on this occasion, I think it is the presentation inscription which also adds value as it is a wedding present celebrating the marriage between one of America’s wealthiest families and the 8th Duke of Roxburghe, somewhat similar to the marriage of the Earl of Grantham and Cora Levinson, the daughter of an American millionaire dry goods merchant! “The silver bowl measures 33.5 cm wide and is engraved with a coronet above initials for the 8th Duke of Roxburghe to the centre. On the underside of the bowl it is inscribed “Presented to Miss Goelet by the servants of New York and Newport November tenth 1903 ” which has slight undertones of another popular television series “Upstairs Downstairs ” where the aristocratic family were seen, like the initials and coronet, whilst the staff remained out of sight, just like the presentation inscription on the underside.Mary Goelet was the daughter of the New York real-estate millionaire Ogden Goelet. When Mary married in 1903, her dowry was $20,000,000, which in today’s terms is estimated at a staggering $500,000,000.The bowl, which was inherited from the vendor’s father several years ago, has been sitting on the sideboard of a 17th century Dorset cottage for years. Estimated at £700-1,000 it goes under the Charterhouse hammer in their Sherborne salerooms on Thursday 18th May.Viewing for the auction at The Log Street Salerooms, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3BS is on Wednesday 17th & Thursday 18th May or you can view all the lots on www.charterhouse-auction.com where live internet bidding is also accessible.Charterhouse is now accepting entries for their June auctions which includes coins, stamps, medals & collectors’ items along with nearly 5,000 bottles of wine, port & spirits. They are also accepting entries for their specialist auction of classic cars on Sunday 18th June.For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, please contact or Richard Bromell at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or email items for valuation at info@charterhouse-auction.com

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