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Review Entries for Day Sunday, December 21, 2008

There are a few jewellers who excite an auctioneer more than the name Faberge. Imagine, if you will, a lady comes into our reception with two umbrellas, the first has a handle of carved wood in the form of a Scottie dog. The second umbrella handle is much more important, immediately recogonised by our jewellery expert Jethro Marles, the handle was from the House of Faberge. The quality of the handle was apparent from the start. The handle was the work of Michail Perchin working in St Petersburg for the Faberge family.

handle of umbrella by faberge

The Faberge parasol handle was enamelled, gold, bowenite and rose diamond mounted. The pale green bowenite ball above a collar decorated with translucent pink guilloche enamel with applied gold wreaths of laurel and between rose-diamond set bands. Stamped with workmaster Michail Perchin, St Petersburg marks.

Estimated at £10,000-15,000 this Faberge parasol handle will be one of the major lots to be included in Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood auction on the 28th January.  The owner originally thought of throwing the umbrella away or taking it to a local charity shop. Thanks to the expertise of Jethro Marles the Faberge parasol handle was correctly indentified and now is included in our inaugural Fine Sale on the 28th January 2009.

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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Currently I am cataloguing a collection of World War One recruiting posters and advertising posters. The posters date from 1914 through to the late 1920's and include examples of French, British,  American and Canadian recruiting posters. Posters were designed to inform simply and quickly, with basic images in blocked colours and few words, something memorable but also cheap to produce.

british recruiting poster 'remember belgium enlist to-day"

Railway posters always prove popular with collectors and included in this collection is a poster for the London Underground providing information on fares. A previous collection of railyway posters were sold through our rooms and totalled £45,000. One of the top prices was for an L.M.S. poster "Blackpool" by the artist Fortunino Matania (1881-1963) which realised £4,200.

matania , fortunino (1881-1963) lms poster "blackpool" realised £4,200

The collection of posters will be included in a forthcoming collectors sale in the new year. Dates and details to follow.

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Review Entries for Day Thursday, December 11, 2008

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