There is a bit of an interesting story that goes with this lovely work of art( actual work (12 ins. by 9.5 ins.). Lady Diana’s home while growing up was the Very Large and beautiful Althorp House in England which as a footnote was where the Princess was laid to rest, beside a lovely pond. Occasionally her father the 8th Earl Spencer would require a little extra money, so he’d saunter down to the library at Althorp and grab a few works of art that were to be sold and bring them to town and trade them for some cash, which is where these were purchased as ‘pictures from the Spencer estate’ at a “Capes and Pilcher Auctioneers” estate sale. Tere is a note to this effect written on tape to the back of the painting and also in a different hand to the reverse side of the work.
Knowing how Princess Diana championed the young less fortunate children in this world during her brief life, one cannot nhelp but imagine the young princess occasionally glancing at this work and wondering…...what if…... POR
There is a bit of an interesting story behind these gorgeous porcelain lamps( the porcelain alone is 19 inches in height) as they were purchased out of a French castle by a member of Russian Aristocracy who fled Russia in 1941 to settle in Montreal. These were purchased in Montreal from the daughter of the couple who fled Russia. ( I also have an intricately carved Bombay Blackwood (sinks in water similar to ebony….quite heavy) chair with Ivory embellishments bearing the Family Crest of the Last King in India Wajid Ali Sha, dating to around 1850 which I will be posting at a later date. Tere is very slight rubbing to the porcelain gilding in the foot area. The photos tell the story of these very special lamps….compare to those at the finest auction houses or 1st dibs?
These art glass vases have beautiful color and brilliant iridescence. CAN $ 250.00
A sale of this artist’s works was held at Christie’s on Feb. 19, 1864, and exhibited at the RA in 1856 and 1858. His subjects included landscapes in England, Scotland and Europe. This watercolor is in beautiful condition as can be seen in the photos.
It is not a well known fact that there are at least half a dozen levels of quality in porcelain ceramics. For example the Chinese would use only the finest quality porcelain at their Imperial Kiln in Jingdezhen. This little 9 inch plate is the finest example of European porcelain I have ever seen, that has the amazing visual effect in contrast to the lovely gold gilt birds on this cabinet plate, that is in mint condition.
Wonderful 8.5 inch porcelain plate with Derby 1820 mark from the personal collection of Geoffrey Godden, appraiser on ‘Antiques Roadshow’ on BBC and noted author of major reference work on British Ceramics Marks in absolute mint condition.
This beautiful gouash and watercolor painting by the Dutch Artist Hermanus Van Den Anker was painted around 1860 and measures 22 1/2 inches by 18 inches (actual work 12 1/2 inches by 9 1/4 inches). The work was purchased at auction on April 30th 1995 and so noted on both the back and inside on the matting of this painting. What is of great interest is the fact the work was acquired from the sale of ‘pictures’ from the 8th Earl of Spencer estate. This estate was Althorp House and where a little girl by the name of Diana grew up to become the beloved “Princess Diana” a revered member of the British Royal family. Some of her most famous work centered around the plight of 3rd world children, so it’s not too much of a stretch to imagine her thoughts on this lovely smaller work of art.