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Antiques Sale 2nd & 3rd October


Evening Sale of Fine Wines 6pm 2nd October


We are very pleased to annouce our first wine sale. Selling almost 120 lots of very high quality European and New World wines, with a particular focus on fine French wines, including Chateau Cheval-Blanc 2001, Chateau d'Yquem 1958, and Chateau Latour 1989, cased Grand Vin de Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2001 and other Rothschild vintages. Also many vintages from the highly collected Penfolds vineyard of their Grange & RWT wines. It promises to be an exciting evening for budding and serious wine collectors alike. Click here to view the catalogue. Contact Rowan Cope for more information. Also read her BLOG.  Online bidding will be available via:

Wine lots: from lot 1501 to lot 1615.

Viewing for Antiques & Wine Sale: Saturday 27th Sept 9am-1pm & Wednesday 1st October 9am-7pm.

In the Antiques Sale...


Lots 2067 & 2423 An early George III silver lidded tankard by Thomas Whipham and Charles Wright, London 1764, 26oz. And a good ruby, sapphire and diamond crossover ring. Just two lots in a wonderfully varied sale ranging from rare advertising to fine silver and interesting costume to scientific instruments.


Please Note the revised date for our next

Fine Art Sale:

6th November

Closing date: 6th October


From our July 31st Fine Art Sale:

Lot 206 The Moroccan Bride by Alethea Garstin. Sold for £8000.

Read more about this beautiful painting in our BLOG

Lot 510 Oil sketch for 'On Paul Hill' by Stanhope Forbes. Sold for £8000.

Also in this sale...


Lot 85 & 86. Two works by Archibald Thorburn. These paintings were part of a consignment we received from Australia. A family from North Cornwall were so impressed with our service that when their Australian relations had silver & art to sell, they shipped the items to us in Cornwall rather than use an Antipodean auctioneers. Sold for £9500 & £2000


Recently in our July 10th & 11th Antiques Auction.

Despite their diminutive size four Royal Doulton stoneware figures made large sums. Two were of cheerful, salt-glazed ‘Merry Musicians’, but the most interesting of the four was a model of Henry VIII by George Tinworth, the most accomplished and thus the most collectable of Royal Doulton’s designers. Each figure measured only 10cm high, but the four combined went on to fetch over £6,000.


Recently in our April 3rd Fine Art Sale:

Lot 95. Vilmos Aba-Novak( Hungarian1894-1941)

Not a household name, but in Hungary he is big. This picture was delivered to our household sale with some old beds. The owners had no knowledge of its considerable value. We spotted it, gave it international publicity and sold it for £13,000.

To hear more about the exciting sale of this unusual discovery and the buzz of the auction room, log onto our blog


Lot 509. A wonderful archive of letters and Christmas cards sent by Dame Laura Knight to Charles & Ella Naper of Lamorna. Also lot 510, six letters from Harold Knight to Ella Naper. Spanning nearly 50 years of friendship, these wonderful letters, many of which are illustrated, give a fantastic insight into the lives of these extraordinary characters. Sold for £4,000



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Viewing times for October 2nd & 3rd Antiques & Wine Auction


Saturday 27th Sept, 9am - 1pm.

Wednesday 1st October, 9am - 7pm.






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From the Pendarves Archive Auction Part II This beautiful sketch book by Luttrell Wynne soared from the opening bid of £2,000 to finally sell for a staggering £23,000 in our June auction of papers & manuscripts from the Pendarves Estate of Camborne.


Ram Kumar 'The City'

This wonderful, major work from one of India's most celebrated artists was brought in to David Lay's by a Devon dealer. Painted in the 1950's, it had lain undiscovered in Devon for many years. After a well publicised viewing at a specialist London dealers during Asian Art Week, it was auctioned in our 2010 July Art Sale. Hectic bidding on 14 telephone lines saw the painting finally sell for a staggering £170,000.


This altar piece, in the form of a Tibetan Stupa sold for an incredible £25,000 in our 2011 December Antiques Sale.

It was sold on behalf of a mid-Cornwall vendor and was being used as part of a table lamp! Clearly damaged and incomplete, an estimate was given of £400 - 600.

With frantic bidding online and on the telephones, the piece eventually sold to a specialist, London based dealer.