A fascinating collection of Judaica Silver from The Manchester Great, New & Central Synagogue will be among the highlights of Matthew Barton Ltds
auction of Silver, Works of Art, Jewellery, Ceramics and Objects of Vertu. The sale, which is the largest that Matthew Barton Ltd has had since forming two years ago, will take place on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 in West Kensington at 25 Blythe Road, W14.
The collection of more than 40 pieces includes Russian and Polish Torah shields and finials as well as London-made Victorian and 20th century Judaica. Many of these pieces have presentation inscriptions, which reveal some the stories behind the objects. One particular is a pair of George V silver Torah Finials, otherwise known as Rimmonim, by Moses Salkind of London (1921). Estimated at £600-900, the finials are chased with bands of flowerheads below eagle finials, the bells are missing and the stems are inscribed in Hebrew and English. The inscriptions read: In Loving Memory of our Dear Son Joseph Cushelson who was killed in action July 26, 1917 from his Loving Parents.
Joseph Cushelson, a working waterproofer in the Manchester fabric industry, was born about 1886 in the Cheetham district of Manchester, Lancashire, one of the children of Cushel Cushelson (d. 1925), a commercial traveller, and his wife, Fanny (d. 1936), both of whom were natives of Russia. He volunteered for service in April 1915 and two months later was drafted to the Western Front where he took part in the Battles of the Somme and Arras. He was killed in action at Nieuport on 26 July 1917 while serving as a gunner in the Royal Field Artillery.
As the Synagogue explained: Due to the amalgamation of many different Synagogues over many years, the Manchester Great New and Central Synagogue has been left with a large amount of silver items which are surplus to requirements. These items have been held unused in storage for decades. The Synagogue now feels that it is time to release these items, so that they can once again be either used for their original purposes, or at least appreciated for their own intrinsic beauty.
For the first time, Matthew Barton Ltds auction, which is held twice a year, will include a section devoted to Oriental and European Ceramics, which has been catalogued by Philip Howell, who until recently was Head of Ceramics at Sothebys. Notable pieces include 10 lots from the Grant Dixon collection of 18th century Worcester porcelain as well as a group of Italian Maiolica from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Among the Oriental pieces is a Chinese Blue and White dish, painted with a bird perched on a rock, dating from the Kangxi period (Est: £2,000-3,000).
Highlights of the silver section include a pair of George III sauce tureens and covers by the most famous London Silversmith, Paul Storr (1800-2) which are estimated at £7,000-10,000, while among the continental silver is a Swedish silver teapot by Samuel Jönsson Klerck of Malmö (1734-1736), which is expected to fetch £6,000-8,000.The teapot is one of 8 pieces from a private Belgian collection.
Also included in the sale will be approximately 60 lots of Country House silver and works of art from the Estate of the Late Lord Mowbray and Stourton, including a George III drum teapot by the famous firm of Parker & Wakelin (successors to George Wickes and forerunners of Garrards) which is estimated at £800-1,200. While an interesting Jacobite gilt-metal snuff box, dating from the mid 18th century painted with a representation of Bonny Prince Charlie is estimated at £600-900. Many Irish pieces will be offered as part of two further private collections including a George II silver two-handled cup by John Irish of Cork (circa 1750), which is estimated at £2,000-3,000.
A wide variety of modern silver including work by Omar Ramsden and Stuart Devlin will also be offered. Among the modern pieces is a limited edition silver and silver-gilt Spassky-Fischer traveling chess set. The edition of 650 chess sets was produced as the sole accredited International Chess Federation commemorative set of the famous Spassky-Fischer World Championship Match held in Iceland in the July and August of 1972. Dubbed as the Match of the Century, Fisher's win ended the 24-year Soviet domination of the championship. The film director and polymath, Cy Endfield (1914-95), designed and produced the chess set: according to The Times (who marketed 200 of the sets) it was while on location making Zulu (1964) and frustrated by the travelling chess set he was using, that Endfield was inspired by the notion of pieces which would interlock to form a cylinder (Estimate: £400-600).
A mid 18th century Belgian grisaille painted box by Antoine le Loup of Spa is among the Works of Art. Expected to fetch £1,500-2,000, the box is painted with a scene of a mounted hunting party watering their horses by a bridge in an Italianate landscape.
The sale also includes a variety of modern and Art Deco rings, bracelets and necklaces that would make wonderful Christmas presents. Prices start from £150.