A 19th Century Model of St Albans Cathedral.
English circa 1850.
An architectural card model of the medieval cathedral on an ebonised pine base. Later mahogany casing.
Attributed: John Bellamy (1808-1893).
Provenance: Sir Albert Richardson, P.R.A. (1880-1964). Professor Richardson lived at Cavendish House, St Albans, where he served as architectural advisor to the diocese of St Albans.
Dimensions: 15cm (6") high; 38cm (15") wide; 22cm (8.5") deep.
A Rare George III Oval Tea Caddy.
English circa 1790.
Nashiji lacquer with cameos depicting classical figures. The interior with a scalloped gilt metal rim & foil lining.
Nashiji is a Japanese technique where gold, silver or, in this case, mother-of-pearl flakes are sprinkled onto a lacquer surface, it is then re-lacquered & burnished with charcoal.
Attributed to Henry Clay, ‘Japanner to His Majesty’ George III.
Jasperware cameos attributed to Josiah Wedgwood.
Dimensions: 4 ½” high; 14 ¾” wide; 3" deep.
A Rare 17th Century Lock and Key.
English circa 1660.
The blacksmith made ironwork set within a one piece oak block, the single sliding bolt held in place by a decorative pierced plate, plain rectangular
inset lock-plate to the reverse. Original bow key.
Dimensions: 47cm (18.5") high; 24cm (9.5") wide; 5cm (2") deep.
A Mummified Cat and Mouse.
English 17th/18th Century.
In the 17th & 18th centuries, the mummified body of a cat was sometimes placed inside the fabric of a house to ward off evil spirits. The inclusion of a mouse is more unusual.
In a cedar box frame with an oak facing.
Dimensions: 36cm (14") high; 46cm (18") wide; 9cm (3.5") deep.