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Auction Description for Sworder: The Autumn Country House Sale
Auction Description:
The Autumn Country House Sale
Viewing Notes:
17th September 9am to 5pm. 18th & 19th September 10am to 1pm. 20th September 9am to 5pm. Day of sale 9am to 10am.
Sale Notes:
www.invaluable.com/sworders

The Autumn Country House Sale

by Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers


676 lots | 654 with images

September 21, 2010

Cambridge Road

Stansted Mountfitchet, CM24 8GE United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0)1279 817778

Fax: +44 (0)1279 817779

Email: auctions@sworder.co.uk

A carved bone and gold mounted desk seal, the

Lot 1: A carved bone and gold mounted desk seal, the

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Description: A carved bone and gold mounted desk seal, the handle carved as a series of human and animal masks of varying sizes to a turned shaft, mounted to an ornate Victorian style chased mount, the circular amethyst tablet engraved with three initials, 82mm in length

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An ormolu wheel seal, the stem in the form of a

Lot 2: An ormolu wheel seal, the stem in the form of a

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Description: An ormolu wheel seal, the stem in the form of a tree trunk entwined with vine leaves being climbed by a goat and a cherub, the wheel with seven oval glass tablets and foil backed paste seals, each one intaglio engraved with the days of the week, 145mm in length, together with an ormolu desk seal, of a cherub standing with one arm raised, holding a garland of vine leaves draped around his body, to a blue stone pillar with a circular base intaglio engraved 'semper memor', 79mm in length (2)

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A carved ivory silver plated desk seal, the ivory

Lot 3: A carved ivory silver plated desk seal, the ivory

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Description: A carved ivory silver plated desk seal, the ivory cherub with a carved fabric draped head and shoulders, half length, to a tapering stand decorated with carved strapwork, quatrafoils and acanthus leaves (repair), the circular silver plated base decorated with rows of beadwork, a Greek key band and gadroon border to a blind base, 110mm in length, together with an ivory and silver gilt desk seal, the carved ivory pommel form handle to a lotus leaf mount with a bead band. The scalloped base with a rope edge border and an oval cornelian tablet seal engraved with a coat of arms and motto, the arms of M'ANDREW of London recorded in 1785, 95mm in length (2)

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A citrine desk seal, c.1840, a faceted tapering

Lot 4: A citrine desk seal, c.1840, a faceted tapering

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Description: A citrine desk seal, c.1840, a faceted tapering pale smoky quartz handle to a chased gold collar, a faceted rectangular cushion shaped citrine base, the seal engraved with the crest of KEANE of Ireland within a strap and buckle inscribed with an appropriate punning motto, 50mm in length, together with a miniature agate handled desk seal, 19th century, with a silver chased collar to a circular bloodstone tablet engraved with a forget me knot, and two carved bone examples (4)

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A turned hardwood desk seal, with turned pillars

Lot 5: A turned hardwood desk seal, with turned pillars

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Description: A turned hardwood desk seal, with turned pillars and bands to a silver mounted colourless glass tablet, the seal engraved with the bust of a gentleman, 73mm in length, together with an amethyst desk seal, with a tapered amethyst column to a silver banded mount, a circular concave base, and a raised coat of arms and motto. This seal matrix is a reverse-cut achievement of arms for Surbiton Borough Council, using the frequently encountered motto CONSILIO ET ANIMIS [By wisdom and courage] (2)

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