Friday, 3 March 2017





"Spring is beautiful, and smells sweet. Spring is when you shake the curtains, and pound on the rugs, and take off your long underwear, and wash in all the corners" 
~ Virginia Cary Hudson, "Spring," O Ye Jigs & Juleps!, 1962

and when you have done all of the above if you are de-cluttering why not box up your unwanted items and bring them to Boldon Auction Galleries.


Valuation and Booking in Dates

Friday 10th March
10am-12 noon & 2pm-4pm

Saturday 11th March 10am-1pm

Monday 13th March
9.30am-4.30pm

Tuesday 14th March
9.30am-4.30pm

Wednesday 15th March
9.30am-4.30pm

Thursday 16th March
9.30 -12.30

All Valuations are FREE






This Poole pottery Freeform vase shape 685, YCB will be offered for Sale on Wednesday 8th March.

The vase with incurved top rim was designed by Claude Smale in 1950/1951.  This particular pattern was designed in 1953/1954 by Alfred Read. 

The name Freeform was given to these Scandinavian-influenced asymmetrical and elliptical shaped vases conceived in the early 1950's and produced from 1956.  The design policy at Poole during this time involved close co-operation between designer, thrower and artist. Painted designs by Alfred Read and Ruth Pavely were informal and well adapted to the irregular curved surfaces of the freeform range. 

The vases were very popular for flower arranging (which was a popular pastime) and in the words of Guy Sydenham, ‘we couldn’t make enough of them’

Guy Sydenham had joined Poole Pottery in 1931, completing a 7 year apprenticeship working alongside James Radley Young, John Adams and Truda Carter and finally left the pottery in 1977.  He was instrumental during this time in combining the traditional pieces required for mass production whilst creating more adventurous pieces of one off works of art.

 "People have to be led away from wanting what is traditional" [Guy Sydenham]

Wednesday, 1 February 2017



Norman Cornish is a much loved, celebrated mining artist and much sought-after contemporary painter. 

Born on 18 November 1919, Norman lived in Oxford Street, Spennymoor before his family moved to Bishops Close Street adjacent to the old ironworks and gasworks.  He described the house he shared with his parents and siblings as primitive.

Norman began working as an underground datal lad (employed by the day doing odd job work) on Boxing Day in 1933, where Norman heard of a sketching club in Spennymoor. The club was provided by the Spennymoor Settlement, inaugurated in 1931 as a recreational centre, later known as The Pitmans Academy. Accepted as a member of the Settlement at the age of 15 Norman became focused on his art and his work. Norman exhibited at the Settlement for the first time at the annual art exhibition and continued to paint throughout World War Two.  Immediately after the war Norman held his first one-man exhibition in the 'Green Room' at the People's Theatre in Newcastle upon Tyne. In 1947 five of Norman's paintings were purchased and destined for Hobart House, the NCB offices in London by Dr Revans, the director of education at the National Coal Board. Consequently Norman was asked to co-organise an exhibit in London's Oxford Street called 'Art by the Miner'. Norman continued to paint and exhibit nationally and locally becoming one of the most sought after contemporary painters. 


We are thrilled to have the opportunity to offer for Auction a Norman Cornish (1919-2014) oil on board, titled 'Sea-anglers on South Shields Pier'. The artwork is sold with a receipt from The Polytechnic Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, from a Norman Cornish exhibition held in December 1992.  The Antique and Interiors Sale will be held on Wednesday 8th February.

Viewing is on Saturday 4th February 10am - 1pm, Tuesday 7th February 2pm-6pm and the morning of the Auction from 9am.  The Auction starts at 10am.




Cornelius David Krieghoff (June 19, 1815 – April 8, 1872) was a Dutch-Canadian painter of the 19th century. Particularly famous for his winter scenes, Canadian outdoor life and landscapes.

Krieghoff was born in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Initially taught by his father, he then entered the Academy of Fine Arts in Germany around 1830, moving to New York in 1836 and enlisting in the United States Army in 1837. While serving in the army Krieghoff made sketches of the Second Seminole War, these were later produced in oil paintings. Krieghoff was discharged from the army in 1840 and together with his wife Émilie Gauthier, moved to Montreal. Krieghoff befriended Mohawks living on the Kahnawake Indian Reservation, making many sketches of them which he later produced oil paintings from. After travelling to Paris in 1844, Krieghoff copied masterpieces at the Louvre; directed by Michael Martin Drolling (1789 – 1851). Returning to Montreal in 1846 Krieghoff was invited to exhibit in the Toronto Society of Arts exhibition in 1847. Over the years Krieghoff visited many different countries retiring in Chicago in 1868. Many of Krieghoff sketches, owned by John S Budden, who had lived with Krieghoff for thirteen years were destroyed in a fire on June 8th 1881.

Here we have a Cornelius David Krieghoff (June 19, 1815 – April 8, 1872) oil on Canvas,
with a typical outdoor Canadian life scene to be sold in our Antique and Interiors Sale Wednesday 8th February.  


Viewing will be held on Saturday 4th February 10am - 1pm, Tuesday 7th February 2pm-6pm and the morning of the Auction from 9am.  The Auction starts at 10am.