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A Rare Composition Study by Lord Leighton, a collection of Toby Jugs and 18 volumes of Gazette du Bon highlight an impressive and all-encompassing Dreweatts Interiors Sale

Donnington Priory – A Jean Victor Bertin oil on canvas, stunning Royal Worcester china and 18 volumes of Gazette du Bon headline day one of Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ October two-day Interiors sale. Day two will feature rare items of furniture including a George II console table, an 18th century North Italian commode and a George III breakfront mahogany bookcase.

chestHighlighting the Paintings and Drawings section in day one is Lord Leighton’s (1830-1896) – Composition study for ‘The Syracusan Bride Leading Wild Beasts in Procession to the Temple of Diana’ (circa 1865). The drawing is an example of one of several important stages in Leighton’s creative process, beginning with individual figure studies, moving onto composition studies such as the current lot, then oil sketches, before finally executing the finished painting [lot 241, Est. £3,000-5,000].

There is an extensive offering of maritime prints from a private collection in the pictures section, most notably, William Rayner (1699-1761) – England’s Glory [lot 388, Est. £1,000-1,500] and James Fittler ARA (1758-1835) – The Glorious Victory Obtained Over the French Fleet by the British Fleet is a fine engraving of note [lot 392, Est £300-400].

The opening section of Asian Art will be an amouse-bouche for collectors in the run up to Asian Art in London. Of particular interest is a green glass archer’s ring, from the Republic Period [lot 7, Est. £2,000-3,000], an unusual cloisonné censer of globular form, decorated with lotus designs amid scrolling clouds [lot 6, Est. £300-500] and a fine 20th century a furosaki screen from the Sh?wa period [lot 36, Est. £1,500-2,000].

Leading a broad ceramics section is a good example of a pearlware ‘Squire’ Toby jug, part of a small private collection of Toby jugs and related Staffordshire/South Yorkshire pearlware, mostly from the first quarter of the 19th century [lot 61, Est. £600-800] and a pair of late 19th century Dresden porcelain yellow-ground bottle vases and covers [lot 89, Est. £250-350]. Three Moorcroft items comprising a twin handled slender tapered vase, another smaller similar vase and a pedestal bonbonniere are also of note in ceramics [lot 108, Est. £800-1,300].

The clocks and scientific instruments section will feature a large and varied collection of longcase, table, desk and wall mounted clocks and an early 20th century barograph. Highlights include an early 20th century Edwardian longcase regulator by William Drew of Peterborough [lot 138, Est. £2,000-3,000], a George III ebonised table clock, by Thomas Moss of London (circa 1800) [lot 141, Est. £1,000-1,500] and a lovely mid-19th century mahogany fusee drop dial wall timepiece [lot 136, Est. £300-500].

Elsewhere in day one is an incomplete run, 18 vol., of Gazette du Bon Ton, including over 150 fine pochoir-coloured fashion plates by various artists, circa 1914-1923 [lot 387, Est. £4,500-5,500].

Day two will offer up impressive items of furniture including a George II carved giltwood marble mounted console table, circa 1750 [lot 804, Est. £12,000-18,000], a late 18th century North Italian walnut and marquetry inlaid commode [lot 591, Est. £4,000-6,000], an imposing George III mahogany breakfront library bookcase, circa 1780 [lot 809, Est. £4,000-6,000] and an Italian polychrome painted serpentine commode [lot 646, Est. £800-1,200]. Also in the sale is a fine offering of carpets, most notably, a 20th century woven carpet in Aubusson style [lot 672, Est. £1,500-2,000].

Of the collectables on offer, a mid-19th century German painted pine toy Noah’s Ark, with eight carved and painted wood figures representing Noah and his family, seventy pairs of carved and painted wood animals and birds and a printed docket listing the contents is a fine collectors item [lot 774, Est. £2,000-3,000].

Another item of real interest on day two is an 18th century cast iron signal cannon, the design is based on the 1753 Armstrong pattern, the breech relief is cast with an oval reseve containing an elephant motif [lot 718, Est. £700-1,000]. Finally, a pair of 19th century, possibly Burmese, carved and polychrome painted wood figures are rare and highly collectable [lot 942, Est. £4,000-6,000].

Interiors, Day 1 & 2 Sale will be held at Dreweatts and Bloomsbury Auctions’ Donnington Priory saleroom in Newbury at 10.00am on Tuesday 21st October 2014. To view the catalogue online and for additional images of the lots, please visit