Thursday, 7 September 2017

Another busy day at Boldon Auction Galleries yesterday with a full saleroom and many online bidders bidding to bag a bargain in our General Sale.


Our next Auction is on Wednesday 20th September - Antique and Interiors - and is already shaping up to be an interesting sale.  More details soon .....................


Friday, 1 September 2017


We have a super selection of garden statuary, troughs and seats to pop in your garden this Autumn.


For Auction on Wednesday 6th September from 10am


Here is a selection .................
















Our catalogue cover star is Betty Boop. 

Betty stands 55 cm high and is lot 33 in our auction on 6th September.


Betty Boop first appeared in the 1930's as an animated cartoon character.
Unwanted items to sell?

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Our next FREE Valuation dates are:

Friday 8th September              10am-12 & 2pm-4pm

Saturday 9th September            
10am-1pm

Friday 22nd September             
10am-12 & 2pm-4pm

Saturday 23rd September 
 
         
10am-1pm

Friday 6th October                
10am-12 & 2pm-4pm


Saturday 7th October              
10am-1pm

Friday 20th October              
10am-12 & 2pm-4pm

No appointment necessary!
If you have more than 6 items we can make a separate appointment to bring them along or we can come and appraise them in your home for large items and furniture.

Friday, 18 August 2017

Lot 26 in our next Antique and Interiors Auction on 23rd August is a design classic.

An Ernest Race for Isokon; Penguin Donkey Mark II bookcase, with opposed white-painted shelves on square supports, circa 1963.   53cm wide
Estimate £150-£200





The company Isokon was one of the few British examples of a firm truly devoted to Modernism.  Employing a succession of continental Modernists including Walter Gropius, Arthur Korn, Marcel Breuer and Egon Riss. 

Riss designed one of Isokon's most intriguing products. 

The Penguin Donkey was created specifically to carry the new type of paperback book, which for the first time made available reasonably priced, best-quality, international literature to a wide public for the price of a pack of cigarettes (which were themselves relatively cheaper than today). The books were stacked in the side elements (appropriately referred to as panniers) and newspapers and magazines were slotted into the centre. The organic, curvilinear shape of the Donkey, raised on legs rounded in elevation, was made possible by the use of very thin plywood.

Isokon's production was always very small, but it appears that only a few of the Donkeys were made before war began. Isokon had agreement from Penguin's publisher Allen Lane to insert leaflets advertising the Donkey into every Penguin book. Had war not broken out, it is possible that the Donkey would have been Isokon's first commercially successful product. Despite its very limited production, the Donkey had an afterlife. While many modernist designs have been manufactured after the 1960s (some for the first time in quantity), the Penguin Donkey has been reinvented several times. In 1963 Isokon sold a new version ('Mark 2'), revised by the well-known designer Ernest Race as seen here in Lot 26
Ernest Race was an English furniture and textile designer born here in the North East in Newcastle in 1913.  He is best known for designing the BA3 aluminium chair in 1945 and the Antelope designed for the Festival of Britain in 1951.  He died in London in 1964.  
In 2003 Isokon's successor firm, Isokon Plus, began making the Donkey 3, designed by Shin and Tomoko Azumi.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017


It’s worth having a Midsummer clear out - this Shelley Pink Poppy tea service sold for £3,500 in our last auction




This striking Art Deco period ‘Princess’ shaped tea service by Shelley, England, comprising six trios, tea pot, two cream jugs, bread plate, sugar bowl and two cups and saucers. In a rare poppies pattern dating from the early 1930’s, the pattern comprises tall pink poppies with green leaf foliage and grey trees in the background finished with an apple green rim and cup handle.