Monday, 27 March 2017

A fascinating Collection of 19 photographs from Swan, Hunter & Whigham Richards Ship Builders to include; Afrique, Albion, Franconia, Karl Schurz, Dearne, Bellona, Penart Dock, Madonna, Comus, SS Corcovado, SS Westmeath, SS Ethelhilda, SS Franconia, SS Delta, SS Osmanieh, Titan Crane, SS Folgate to be offered for sale Antique and Interiors Sale 5th April. Estimate £300 - £500.

We are accepting entries this week for the next Antique and Interior Auction on 5th April.  

Call us 0191 537 2630 for remaining appointment times.  

All Valuations are FREE.

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

Tuesday 14th March

Wednesday 15th March

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.

Raoul Dufy (3 June 1877 – 23 March 1953) was a French Fauvist painter. Developing a colourful, decorative style that became fashionable for designs of ceramics and textiles, Dufy’s work also became favourable for public buildings.

Raoul Dufy was born in Le Havre, Normandy. He came from a large family and left school at the age of fourteen to work in a coffee-importing company. At 18 years old in 1895 Dufy began taking classes taught by Charles Lhuillier (student of the French portrait-painter, Ingres). During this period, Dufy painted mostly Norman landscapes in watercolours. After a year of military service, in 1900 Dufy won a scholarship to the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Concentrating on improving his drawing skills Dufy took influence from Impressionist landscape painters such as Camille Pissaro and Claude Monet.

In 1901 Dufy had his first exhibition at The Exhibition of French Artists and the following year showed his work in Berthe Weill’s gallery. Exhibiting at the Salon des Indépendants in 1903, where painter Maurice Denis bought one of Dufy’s paintings led to an increase in his confidence. Two years later in 1905 Dufy saw Henri Matisse's 'Luxe, Calme et Volupte' which directed his artistic interests towards Fauvism.  Les Fauves (literally translated - the wild beasts) utilised the mix of bold bright colours and contours.

Dufy's colourful oils and watercolours depict events of the Artr Deco time period, such as yachting scenes, views of the French Riviera, chic parties and musical events. Dufy continued to paint, winning awards and becoming a much celebrated artist, throughout the 1940's and his work is still much sought after now.

Here we have a vibrant watercolour of the French Riviera in the manner of Raoul Dufy (1877 - 1953) to be offered for Auction in our Antique and Interiors sale 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.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

The first Antique and Interiors Sale of 2017 on the 11th January got off to a strong start with Lot 72 and white selling for £17,000.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Preview of a selection of pictures to be sold in our Antique and Interiors Auction on Wednesday 8th February


A Norman Cornish (1919 - 2014), 'Sea Anglers on South Shields Pier', oil on board

A Cornelius David Krieghoff (1815 - 1872), oil on canvas

In the manner of Raoul Dufy (1877 - 1953), watercolour

More details coming soon ......

To Knit or not to Knit 
(That is a woolly question.....)

We are selling a vast collection of wool on Saturday 28th January at 10am at Boldon Auction Galleries

Come and view on-line Thursday 26th January or in person Friday 27th January 2pm - 4pm and morning of Sale from 9am.

behind every knitter is a huge pile of yarn.......come and see for yourselves at Boldon Auction Galleries......


Thursday, 5 January 2017

Boldon Auction Galleries first Antique and Interiors Auction of 2017 is on Wednesday 11th January from 10am

Lot 77 
A white Bakelite cased Vitascope clock is to be offered for Sale.  
Estimate £80 - £120.

This Art Deco Vitascope ship automaton clock is housed within a shaped white Bakelite case, having a three masted rocking sailing ship automaton above dial.
Labelled 'Vitascope Industries Ltd'.  
These clocks were first designed by a Mr J. S. Thatcher and the ship is said to have been inspired by the famous tea clipper 'The Cutty Sark'.  Manufactured in the Isle of Man; the clocks have cases of various colours including cream, brown, green, pink and white as seen here.