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A new discovery for a new year.

The Russell Cotes Museum, Bournemouth.

After the crazy carousel of Christmas and the New Year, January can be a bit quiet, so I decided to cheer myself up with a good dose of fine art.  I settled on the Russell-Cotes Museum in Bournemouth. As I arrived at the eccentric building on the East Cliff, high above the beach, the sun broke through the mist so I was transported to a completely different Riviera.  The interior is totally crammed with anything and everything that caught Merton and Annie Russell-Cotes’s eye as they travelled the length and breadth of the globe. On one occasion they returned with over 100 packing cases. Within the house they added a picture gallery for a huge number of Victorian and Pre-Raphaelite paintings.  In addition there are collections of Chinese, Japanese and Islamic works of art (right up my street), tribal artefacts, stuffed birds, stained glass sky lights, embossed and lacquered walls, mementoes from Napoleon to Sir Henry Irving and the tea set used to entertain Princess Beatrice in 1919.

‘Pharoah’s daughter’ by John
Adams Acton’ c1863 £34,500
An outstanding pair of candelabra by Clodion, French, c1880. POA

I had a lovely time and was even happier when I spied a familiar face – Pharaoh’s daughter by John Adams Acton.  We have the same model but on a taller pedestal, the panel on the front shows the discovery of Moses in the bulrushes.  This had me remembering other ‘finds’ in great houses when Charlie or I suddenly spot a pair to something in our own showrooms or home.  Charlie’s best moment was watching ‘Downton Abbey’ when he shouted ‘there are our candelabra!’ and I found a set of four frosted glass and silver wine coolers on the table at Chatsworth.  Buckingham Place yielded at least two tables from a set by Morel and Seddon, one of which featured last week on ‘Coronation’, the one we have for sale came from the collection of the Duke of Rutland.  Dragging the children round the Louvre revealed an étagère in the Napoleon III suite by Joseph Emanuel Zweiner which we keep our hats on (!) and the V&A has a Donald Ross table by which we could identify ours.  It is not all that surprising as many things were mass-produced, but finding a piece in a fully curated collection does confirm date and manufacture.
A pair of Collis and Co silver and frosted glass wine
coolers, c1830.   £6,400
  A Regency amboyna and gilt sofa table by Morel and Seddon
Formerly the property of the Duke Rutland, c 1815.  £26,500,

Meanwhile Charlie started the year with a photo shoot of some wonderful new stock including a George I burr walnut cabinet on chest, c1725, an elegant Victorian giltwood mirror after a design by William Kent, c1870 and a George II mahogany tallboy, c1750.

As for resolutions – Charlie has already broken his, which was not to buy any more stock until the Miami show!  Five items already and a full container arriving from New York in a week ….watch this space…. or the website.

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