July 11th 2015

Property of a deceased estate - Ramsay Reinagle RA (1775-1862) - PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG MILITARY OFFICER OF THE 63RD REGIMENT OF FOOT (WEST SUFFOLK) - oil on canvas, re-lined, 36 by 28ins. (91.5 by 71cms.), in gilt frame - signed lower right & dated 1841.

£ 1,000 - 2,000

October 17th 2015

Property of a deceased estate - FABERGE - a silver topped clear glass scent bottle, the glass body with engraved lily decoration, the top with chased lily decoration, stamped cyrillic BA for Johan Viktor Aarne, with 88 kokoshnik mark , the collar stamped in cyrillic FABERGE with 88 kokoshnik mark, assayer Yakov Lyapunov, and cyrillic BA, 4.9ins. (12.5cms.) high, in original fitted wooden case, the silk lining iscribed in cyrillic below the Imperial eagle FABERGE / ST. PETERSBURG / MOSCOW / LONDON. 

Provenance - Charles Alfred Gerhardi (1864-1925), an English industrialist who owned a cotton mill in St. Petersburg, thence to his elder son Victor Gerhardi, brother of William Gerhardi (Gerhardie), the novelist & playwright, and thence by descent to the present owner.

£ 2,000 - 3,000

November 14th 2015

Property of a deceased estate - a fine and rare 18th century Privy purse, of stumpwork with tarnished embroidered silver thread, with the Royal Coat of Arms of King George I, II and III as used from 1714 to 1800, 14.5ins. (37cms.) square, in modern glazed gilt case.  

Footnote - Privy purses were the symbol of office for the Lord Privy Seal, one of the oldest offices in government, dating back to the beginning of the 14th century.   Holders of this post were once responsible for the Monarch's personal (privy) seal, in other words the Monarch's personal money.   A similar example can be seen at Ickworth, Suffolk (National Trust).   A similar example, although later in date (with the Royal Coat of Arms of 1816 - 1837) and in poorer condition, sold at Gorringes, Lewes, 23 July 2008, lot 121 (£ 8,000).

£ 2,000 - 3,000