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Here is the fourth part of the series on the sale of the contents of Shandon House, also known as the Shandon collection. Enjoy.
THE SCOTSMAN SATURDAY 19 MAY 1877
THE SHANDON SALE – LONDON, FRIDAY NIGHT
The last day’s sale of the second portion of the Shandon collection took place today. There was a fair attendance, those present, as before, being principally dealers. There was a good deal of keen competition for some of the watches, Mr Boore, of the Strand, being the principal buyer.
The sale began with Oriental objects, most of them small and fetching small prices. A string of beads and some knife handles of Japanese manufacture fetched 2gs. A Japanese vase, with enamel, went for £1 10s, a round enamel box and cover for 18s, and a box and bronze dish for £1 12s. Two Chinese double-carved rosewood stands and two triple ones, with scroll design, ran up to £45. Two lots together, satin Chinese coverlets, fetched £6 10s. Oriental bronzes came next, a Chinese vase and cover (2175) going for £1 14s. A tripod Chinese bronze vase, chased and inlaid with gold and silver, ran to £8, and the next a vase Damascened with silver and gold, 7 1/2 inches high, to £9. A Japanese cup and saucer brought £2, and a string of beads £2 5s. A Chinese dragon and duck went for £1 15s. A round bowl and cover realised £3 15s. A fine cylindrical cup, with flat tray, went for £1 8s; and a vase and cover, with elephant head and foot for £2 2s. A pair of baskets sold for £1 15s; and a Chinese tripod case with raised handles for £2 10s; the bronzes concluding with an oval vase, on four legs, at £2 15s.
Miscellaneous objects of virtu came next. The spurs of Napoleon I, with autograph letter of the Duke of Wellington to the Prince Regent realised 11gs. A dressing-case, covered with shagreen, mounted in silver, went at £5 15s; and a pair of shoe buckles of gold and silver, along with a pair of gold ones, at £2 5s; while a Dutch Bible, in tortoiseshell binding, dated 1712, sold for £3 10s. A fine boat-shaped cup of amber, with a mermaid, went up to £12; and a silver seal, the next lot, to £2 15s. An astronomical telescope, by Dollond, with mahogany tripod stand, fetched £6; and a small Russian bowl, of enameled silver, 3gs. A fine cup and saucer of Dresden enamel ran up to £29, and a pair of silver gilt salt cellars £12. A ecuelle of gros bleu fetched £4 12s 6d; a set of twenty enameled buttons sold for £3; and an old French enamel of the Holy Family in gold, set with stones, for £5 15s. A small enamel on gold followed for £3 5s, and a Russo-Greek enameled triptych, of nickel, for £3 10s.
More knives, forks, and spoons followed. The first, a jointed silver fork and spoon, ws sold for £7 17s 6d, and the next knives and forks realised £6 10s. Then two knives and forks and a parcel of gilt spoons went together for 5gs. A silver gilt spoon, with engraved bowl, realised £12; and a curious silver one, dated 1609, 11 1/2 gs. A set of three spoons with maple-wood bowls and silver gilt shafts, surmounted by figures of the apostles, went for £13 10s, and a silver gilt one and a boxwood one together for £4. A finely carved boxwood one together for £4. A finely carved boxwood spoon, with scenes from the Passion, went for £1 10s, and then two carved boxwood ones for 6 1/2 gs. A silver gilt spoon, with enameled handle, fetched £1 14s, and a tobacco stopper and corkscrew £1 11s. A knife and fork, with carved boxwood hilts of Italian work, went at 6gs, and a paper knife, with ivory handle, for 3 1/2 gs. A sheath for a knife, from the Bernal collection, went for £5 10s, and a sheath for £4 10s. Another very similar, dated 1589, went for £4; while a case exhibited at Leeds, containing three finely carved knives and forks, realised £27, the last four lots being bought by Mr Boore.
More watches followed, the first noticeable lot being a clock watch by Gretton, London, at £2 7s 6d; and soon afterwards a silver one by Le Roy, Paris, went at £1 13s, and one by G Smith, London, for £3 6s. A locket and case fetched £16, and a small antique English watch by Kolb £3 5s. A fine watch by Kersting, Copenhagen, in case of agate and jasper, mounted with gold, silver, and diamonds, was knocked down to Mr Boore for £22, and a gold watch by Wheeler went for £8. A small oval watch in silver case sold for £3 15s, and one in a ring set with garnets for 10 1/2 gs. A curious globular watch went for £7 10s, and an oblong one in an agate case for 6 1/2 gs. A watch with two dials, and one by Hill, London, of the time of Charles I, realised £8 each. A French watch by Carron, Paris, with enameled back realised £4 5s, and one with ivory works, formerly the property of the Empress Marie Louisa, £10. A French one in a gold case by Cadet, Nancy, fetched 3gs, and an English gold watch by Payne, chased and enameled, £13. A French watch in gold case, with a figure of Liberty, fetched £4 5s, and one by Hubert, Rouen, £11. A watch in gold case, set with pearls, went at £7, and one by Ephine, Paris, with open back, at £6 10s. A small French watch in agate case, with diamond buttons, a veritable gem, went up to 27gs, and another like it, in case of turquoise enamel, to 20gs. A very beautiful small watch, by Denis Champion, Paris, in enameled case, £10, and a silver one, in the form of a pigeon, 11gs. A chronometer in silver case, by Harrison, dated 1770, a duplicate of one for which the inventor received a reward of £20,000 from the Board of Longitude, went to Mr Boore at 160gs. A watch in pierced metal gilt case fetched £10, and an antique gilt one enameled £5 2s 6d. An English gold repeater watch, by John Crawford, London, in outer case of chased steel, went to £36; and oval one, partly gilt, by Masters, fetched 8 1/2 gs; and an antique oval clock watch in pierced metal gilt case, which was the last, went at 10gs.
Some clocks followed; the first, a table clock in square steel case, went at 6 1/2 gs; and the next, a German one, at £5 10s. A small German timepiece sold for £3 12s 6d, and one in a spherical silver case, surmounted by a dial, for 8gs. Two dials, a marker with dials, and four models of escapements, fetched £11, and a curious old German clock of architectural design, dated 1831, 15gs, while a similar one went at £4. A clock in skeleton case, by Muirhead & Son, Glasgow, went for £8 5s, and one by Leptrole, in mahogany case, for 6gs. A clock by Detouche, with glass dial, fetched 4gs; and a handsome old German clock, of fine workmanship, in the form of a temple, with female figures at the sides, ran up to 61gs. A very pretty small clock in the form of a globe fetched 6gs; and an hexagonal table clock, in marqueterie case, by Schmidt, Hamburg, ran up to £16. A table clock, with a metal case, fetched £16; and another, with St Sebastian on ebony pedestal, £56. A square table alarm clock, of gilt brass, went at the same price; and one in engraved brass fetched £5 10s. A curious upright table-clock, with radiating dial, mounted with coloured stones and enamel, made by Berg, Augsberg, in 1719, sold for £16 10s; while the last lot today, a table-clock formed as a reclining figure holding a globe, the figure moving its hand when the clock strikes, was knocked down for 22 guineas to Mr Lawrie.
The total realised today was £1151, which brings the sum realised by what has been sold of the collection up to £43,830 odd. There are six more days sale in June, from the 4th to the 7th and on the 11th and 12th, the last of these days concluding the auction.