13/06/2019 Latest News, Antiques
The Summer Fine Sale at Peter Francis on June 19 includes one of the great toys of the inter-war years - a 52cm clockwork tinplate model of the 1920s Alfa Romeo P2 Grand Prix racing car. Made by the French toymaker Compagnie Industrielle du Jouet, shortly after the full-size version won the first European Championship in 1925, this handmade luxury plaything was the gift every well-to-do child hoped to open on Christmas day. It featured many realistic features including rubber Michelin tyres, rack and pinion steering, opening filler caps and a working external brake lever. The example offered for sale in Carmarthen is painted in red livery with an estimate of £1500-2500.
Also firmly in the ‘boy’s toys’ category are a recently restored 1970 Triumph Bonneville T120 (estimate £7000-9000) and a Patek Philippe 18ct gold rectangular faced quartz dress watch with a tapering rope twist design bracelet (estimate £3000-4000). However, the lot expected to lead proceedings at £10,000-15,000 is a spectacular diamond solitaire ring with a single brilliant cut stone of an estimated 2.31 carats.
There are many items with a strong Welsh heritage from a traditional 19th century moleskin ladies stovepipe hat marked 'Best French’ to the most rustic and primitive of stick-back low chairs. Both are likely to appeal with estimates of £150-250 each.
The firm has a strong track record selling Welsh pictures and here the oil on board titled White cottage, North Wales by Royal Cambrian Academy member Donald McIntyre (1923-2009) is pitched at £4000-5000. Measuring 52 x 62cm it carries a label for the Attic Gallery in Swansea where Mcintyre - who left dentistry to make a living as a full-time painter in the 1960s - held a solo exhibition in 2003.
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