The Restorers Workshop, Saturday, 7 November, 2009
A rare late 16th century Italian bronze mortar. The wasted body decorated in relief with three masks within moulded supports with scroll and leaf decoration. The flared bowl incorporating four bands and rim, on stepped base. The underside with foundry mark of a stylised rose, 4 7/8" high; together with the associated pestle sold for £900.
Mallams Auctioneers, Abingdon Oxfordshire
Above: A colour decorated plaster model of a male torso for demonstration and instructional purposes. The rib-cage is removable revealing various individual components, numbered for lecture purposes, the half-skull with dissectional brain. Possibly by Adam Rouilly, 38" high on plinth base sold for £260.
Above: An old stained pine lepidopterist chest with knob handles and skirt base. Each drawer containing a selection of British butterflies and moths including Purple Emperor, Large Tortoiseshell, Fritillaries, Death's Head Hawk Moth etc, 13" wide x 12" high, sold for £160.
Above: A pair of Victorian rollers. Possibly Indian, each perched on a branch decorated with fern and grasses and rockwork bases, each beneath glass domes of a slightly different size, sold for £90.
Above: Four Asian birds to include a Crimson Sunbird, a further Sunbird, Small Minivet and Green Leaf Bird, each perched on a lichen covered branch decorated with foliage on a mossy base, cased, sold for £60.
A continental walnut cased polyphon with shaped case and winding lever to the front, the inside of the lid with a colourful label and complete with nine 8 1/4" discs, the case 11" wide, sold for £210.