England’s Museum of Victorian Curiosities May 18-21, 2009 Auction

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Dear Diva Readers,

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>One of my favorite blogs, Paris Hotel Boutique Journal, (a San Francisco-based antiques dealer who muses about the glitz and glamour of a bygone era) recently posted an incredible scoop, giving divalicious details on an upcoming auction.

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The Shambles Museum in Gloucestershire England is closing its doors and thus this Museum of Victorian Curiosities is holding a 4 day auction this May 18-21, 2009. They’ll be auctioning off over 2000 sensational finds!

Lynn shares a few of her favorite finds and I fear she and I might start a bidding war between the two of us as I’ve got my eye on more than a few of the items she’s highlighted!!! To compliment her divalicious collection, I’ve added a few more selections below!

While non-UK based Diva Readers might be thinking, “Oh Diva, this is yet another place I’d love to go but can’t – that whole I don’t live in England thing gets in the way!” Never fear – you can join the bidding without leaving home!

Simon Chorley Art & Antiques is posting the catalog online and accepting internet, email, commission and telephone bids – and best of all, they will recommend a courier firm to deliver your purchase chez vous! For a small fee , they even pack your purchase safe & sound for delivery!

A few items in addition to PHB’s selections include:

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A 19th C sheep dip measure for Bigg’s Dipping Composition – Leicester House, London, 10cm/4” high
Estimate: £ 30 – 50

Lot 2070 – You can find replicas of these English pottery containers at Ballard Designs but I have to say the originals are much more charming and pack a wonderful GRAPHIC PUNCH when used in bathrooms or kitchens as functional décor! Should I “win” this bid, I’ll be packing it full of cotton balls, stashing q-tips in it or dropping my Blackberry charger inside!
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A turned beech framed shaving mirror with supports on each side fitted with a swing arm sconce for candles on circular base. 39.5 cm/15.5” high + 2 more shaving mirrors thrown in for the fun of it! A perfect present for my husband WG!
Estimate £ 40 – 60

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Victorian walnut tilt top table, with oval top on a loped column supporting issuing four carved cabriole legs with shell feet on castors, bears label for TH Filmer & Sons, London 112cm/44” long.
Estimate £ 300-500


Lot 1395 – In fact, this one I’m only interested in for purely selfish reasons – I’ve this tables sister at home in the sitting area of my office! I bought it for a song (less than 200E) when an antique store in my village in Holland went out of business.

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Estimate: £ 40 – 60

Lot 2010 is something I know I want “someday” when we buy and renovate our 2nd home in Italy or France. The estimate on these lavatory bowls is SOOO sensational that I might buy this now and stick it in the basement until I need it! This is a great price (especially with the current exchange rate) if it goes for estimate!

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Estimated for 20-30£

Lot 1383a Remember La Reine’s post last summer when she turned her antique Hungarian bath tub into an herb garden?

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Estimate: £ 20 – 30

Lot 1842 – I’m certain Guest Blogger La Reine would think of something to do with these too in her garden!

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Estimate: £ 80 – 120

Lot 1811 – Wouldn’t this make an excellent extra trash can for the kitchen? Now that I’m a recycling queen I’m always in search of more “recycling” storage solutions! A little pricy for “poubelle” but sensational nonetheless!

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Lot 248 – an instant hat collection!

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Estimate: £ 20 – 30

Lot 280 – Of course, if you’re buying the hats you’d better get hat stands!

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Estimate: £80-120

Lot 365 – Last but not least, I’ve been dying for one of these for years… again I love the lines and graphic punch a dress form makes in a bedroom, dressing room or master bath! It’s not just a charming bid to the past, but it’s also practical – you can drape necklaces or scarves putting the dummy to good use!

Additional Sale Details:
Auction viewing dates are 14- 17 May, 2009
Entry into the sale is by catalog only (which admits 2 people).

Bid Online Now!!!

Until next time, happy shopping!!!

The Antiques Diva™