Current Exhibitions

Here are some fascinating and historic items I am currently offering for sale.

Lost portrait of Lady Nelson »

I recently discovered this vivid and revealing portrait of Frances, Dowager Viscountess Nelson (1761-1831), the widow of Admiral Lord Nelson. This is the first portrait of Lady Nelson to be identified for over a century and one of only four portraits of her to survive.   It offers an affecting image of Frances in the last […]

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Portrait miniature of Lieutenant Daniel Pring RN (c1788-1846) »

Oval portrait miniature of Lieutenant Daniel Pring RN (c.1788-1846), attributed to Thomas Richmond (1771-1837) English school, circa 1810 Watercolour on ivory; mounted in gold as a pendent, reverse with plaited hair applied with gold monograms “DP” and “AP”. Dimensions: Oval, 65mm x 55mm / 2 1/2 x 2 1/8 inches (ex. loop) Provenance: Lot 695, […]

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Composer Cipriani Potter’s “Truth” seal »

Gilt metal pendent fob with chased foliate and fox mask motif decoration set with a rectangular foiled back rock crystal seal engraved with a quill and legend TRUTH, English, circa 1830. Height approx: 25mm / 1  inch:  £1500.  Accompanied by a letter of family provenance dated October 1909 stating descent from Sir Wyndham Dunstan (1861-1949), […]

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Dance to fame: silver from the Royal Academy of Arts »

A fine and historic pair of presentation sterling silver entree dishes and covers by Robert Garrard, London 1809, each domed oval with gadroon edging, covers engraved with a family crest and motto: VIRTUTEM SEQUITUR FAMA, interior of dishes similarly engraved in two places. Covers with removable strawberry and leaf finials and further engraved with a presentation […]

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A late 18th century French polychrome decorated carved wooden figure »

This rare carved figure is a relic of the little-known Royalist rebellion and counter revolution in the Vendée region of south-west France during the French revolution. Like the Chouannerie uprising in the west of France, the rebellion in the conservatively minded and strongly Catholic rural region was sparked by the brutal suppression of the clergy […]

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