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PM Antiques ‘Surprisingly Busy With New Acquisitions’

Published on: 1 Jul, 2020
Updated on: 1 Jul, 2020

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Phil Mires, founder of PM Antiques & Collectables, has taken the opportunity to update readers of The Guildford Dragon NEWS about a busy few months and some of his new acquisitions.

I’d like to begin with a big ‘thank you’ to all who have taken time to browse the site in recent months.

We have been open for business throughout the lockdown period and I’m very conscious that not everyone has been so fortunate. At what is traditionally a busy time of year for buyers and sellers of antiques, many key events have sadly been cancelled.

The past months have been surprisingly busy, particularly for new acquisitions.

Roz Wilson (British, b.1960), 1968 Mini Cooper S from The Italian Job, acrylic on canvas, signed. £1,000.

A striking new addition to our contemporary art department are two acrylics by Roz Wilson (b. 1960). A former graphic and clothes designer who now resides in the Surrey Hills, classic cars are Wilson’s subject of choice. Her renderings of a fire-engine red 1968 Mini Cooper (titled The Italian Job) and a 1959 Mark I MGA 1500 look almost as good as the real thing. They are great value original works at £1,000 each.

William Gear R.A. R.B.S.A. (Scottish, 1915-1997), female nude standing, ink and gouache study, signed and dated ’37. £1,000.

Another new addition to our contemporary art department is an ink and gouache study of a standing female nude by the Scottish Royal Academician William Gear (1915-1997). Signed and dated ’37 lower right, it dates from a key period in the artist’s career when, while travelling Europe under a scholarship from 1937-38, he studied under Fernand Léger. In the post-war era, Gear moved towards abstraction.

As implied by a lot label verso, this vibrantly coloured work on paper was previously sold by Bonhams 20 years ago (June 2000) as part of a collection of Gear’s work from the estate of fellow artist Rendall Wells. It is offered professionally framed and priced at £1,000.

Laurence Stephen Lowry R.A. (British, 1887-1976), Burford Church, limited edition print in colours, signed and numbered 212/850 in pencil. £2,500.

Our other recently acquired works of art include originals by Simon Kenny, Duncan MacGregor, Michael Lyne and Andrew Beer, and signed colour prints by L.S. Lowry and Snaffles (Charles Johnson Payne).

UEFA Euro 96 – Original Umbro England away shirt. England wore their away strip just once in the tournament, in their unforgettable semi-final defeat to Germany. Recently sold.

There may be no UEFA European Championship this year – those of you with tickets to Euro2020 will have to wait until next year – but that hasn’t dampened the appetite for British football memorabilia. We have recently sold a large collection of memorabilia from Euro96 though a few pieces of rare corporate merchandise, including a branded Motorola mobile phone priced at £100, still remain in stock.

We have also taken delivery of around 100 Bishop Auckland AFC match day programmes from the 1940s and 1950s. These were glory years for The Bishops featuring several Northern League titles and an unprecedented run of victories in the Amateur Cup. Some of the programmes relate to the 1954-55 season that was the best in the club’s history.

A selection of our latest Royal Crown Derby figural paperweights. Priced between £20 to £90.

For those not lamenting the hiatus to the football season, a menagerie of Royal Crown Derby figural paperweights will be more likely to raise a smile. Recently acquired from two private collections, all are offered in excellent condition and many are accompanied by original boxes and certificates of authenticity. Some of the limited edition pieces are not easy to find, such as the swimming Platypus from the Australian collection made in 2000.

And our catalogue of private collections doesn’t end there as we’ve also just taken in a large number of photolithographs and screenprints by Eduardo Paolozzi (1924-2005), as well as vintage toys including Pelham Puppets and model boats by Tri-ang and Sutcliffe, respectively.

Early Troika studio pottery drum-shaped bowl, circa 1963-65. £500

Reconstituted stone demi-lune garden seat on supports in the form of dolphins. £300

If you fancy getting all dressed up with nowhere to go, then check out three pieces of silver and enamel jewellery by Sixties maker David Lawrence (£200 each), or if lockdown gardening is your thing, don’t miss some suitably weathered stone and composition stone garden urns just arrived from Berkshire.

1960s Ercol beech and elm ‘Giraffe’ room divider No.363. £1,000.

Those looking to enhance the appearance of their home will be interested to learn that we’ve also added to our range of furniture and decorative interiors. One particular piece worthy of a mention is a 1960s Ercol beech and elm ‘Giraffe’ room divider, priced at £1,000.

Andrew Beer (British, 1862-1954), ‘Mary Rose’, study of a prize racing pigeon, oil on board, signed. £1,000.

As a footnote, it might just be that you have decided to part with similar collectables while having a good old clear-out during the lockdown period. If you are looking to sell, then we are always keen to add to our eclectic range. PM Antiques & Collectables offer a free quotation no obligation service.

Stay Safe,

Phil Mires

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