We have a new article on the Articles page about the makers of Tunbridge Ware.
This accompanies the existing article on how Tunbridge Ware is made.
We have to thank the leading Tunbridge Ware dealers Amherst Antiques for this very well illustrated, brand new article.
This is one for lovers of quirky combination stamp boxes: a pen wipe on the hinged lid of a two compartment stamp box.
It is lot 869 in Dickens Auctioneers sale on Saturday 30th January 2016.
This is an interesting snippet from the current edition (dated 23rd January 2016) of the Antiques Trade Gazette.
It shows a rare stamp box sold by leading Tunbridge Ware dealers Amherst Antiques.
Most European countries produced stamp boxes at one time or another. Sweden is no exception but they do not turn up in any great numbers, in the UK at least. Our picture shows the hinged lid of a simple wooden box with two sloped compartments. The basic box is similar to a common Mauchline Ware type. The Swedish one is decorated all over in pokerwork and has a small circular image inset under glass in the lid. Fortunately, identification of the image is made easy by the inscription to the back of the box: “Minne från Hälsingborg 1919” which may be translated as “Memento of Helsingborg 1919”; Helsingborg being the modern spelling of one of Sweden’s oldest cities. The grand building is the town hall built in 1897 and the equestrian statue is of Count Magnus Stenbock (1664 –1717) a military officer and statesman. This little tale illustrates one of the joys of collecting: there is so much to be learned from what we collect if we bother to do a little research.
We have added a new page containing a diary listing very many antiques fairs which may be of interest to our readers.
Examples of this cold painted bronze dog’s head stamp box turn up fairly regularly at auction. They generally seem to sell quite well, and why not – they are attractive, well-made boxes. One in a recent auction was described as “Bergmann style”; a description we have not noted before.
“Franz Xavier Bergman (1861-1936) is, arguably, the most famous of the Viennese cold-painted bronze artists …” (millersantiquesguide). The factory closed in 1930 due to the great depression but was later reopened by Robert Bergmann, son of Franz, and operated until his death in 1954 (Wikipedia). The name is sometimes spelled with one “n”, sometimes two.
An internet search for images of Bergman bronzes will produce hundreds of results which will demonstrate that Bergman-style is a fair description of this box. Now here’s the thing: none of the dog head boxes have been noted as having a Bergman mark and they only seem to have started appearing on the market about five years ago. So, who made them; are they quite modern?
Another Russian stamp has appeared on eBay to join the two we previously noted.
It is item number 151873004488 shown left.
Our previous note was (item nos. updated):
Two Russian stamp boxes are currently (October 2015) on offer on eBay. NOTE: this website has no connection with either seller nor do we vouch for their descriptions; we just thought they would be interesting to our readers. Search 201458460503 on eBay to see the silver gilt one (left) and 321909971291 to see the silver one (below).
The Wooley & Wallis silver auction on 28 October 2015 includes 3 stamp boxes in lots 488, 542 and 544. There is also a desk stand which includes a stamp box in lot 19. The catalogue can be found on-line here.
Our photograph shows the painted lid of a stamp box. Can anyone help identify where this is? No prizes, just the gratitude of a puzzled collector. Please email: email@example.com