Happy Bunnies!

Walter Potter's Rabbit School

Packing Walter Potter's Rabbit School tableauxOver the years, our expert case-makers have packed and transported a wide selection of weird and wonderful items. We’ve crated famous works of art and boxed vintage motorbikes. We’ve packed puppets and secured priceless silver. And now we’re thrilled to add to the list…a remarkable school of rabbits!

The school was made in 1888 by amateur taxidermist Walter Potter. He made all of the slates, pencils and furniture himself, and his wife Ann was responsible for making the miniature clothes that feature in the sewing class. Originally, Potter wanted 50 rabbits for his school, but the final tally came up two short of that number.

We wrapped the individual components of the tableaux in acid-free tissue paper, before constructing an internal cardboard box within the display case itself. The glass (which is the original, antique glass) was wrapped and covered with layers of cardboard and layers of glassine paper were used to protect the internal paintwork.

Once packed and ready for transportation, the value and nature of the rabbit school necessitated that we obtain a UK export licence. We are happy to report that the bunnies are now on their way to continue their studies in the USA!

See more of Walter Potter’s work here.

18th Century Wine Glass Collection

Wine glass
A collection of over 40 x 18th Century wine glasses including some later period wine glasses are available at auction at Golding Young & Mawer on 17th May.  The elegant wine glasses have a bell shaped tear drop bowl with a spiral opaque twist stem and tapering foot, and are 17cm high.  To find out more about this item and other items available for sale please click on www.goldingyoung.com.

Delft Figures Up for Auction

FigurineA rare pair of Delft figures are coming up for auction at Woolley & Wallis on 23rd May in their Sale of English and European Ceramics and Glass.  The seated lady and gentleman are both early 18th century and are raised on a low circular base, overall heights of 12.3cm.  She is wearing a wide pink gown with lace ruff sleeves and an embroidered panel to the front and he is resting one foot on a low stump and extending his right hand. The estimated price is between £2,500 – £3,500.
To find out more about this lot and other items for sale, please click on www.woolleyandwallis.co.uk

Liberty Tudric Pewter

Tudric Clock

A pretty Tudric pewter and enamel desk clock, designed by Archibald Knox for Liberty & Co is available for sale at Sworders 20th Century & Decorative Art Sale on June 13th. The estimated value is between £1,200 – £1,500.

For more details of this auction and other forthcoming auctions please click on www.sworder.co.uk.

An exceptionally rare ChineseVase

Rare blue glass bottle Chinese vase

An exceptionally rare Chinese Imperial Turquoise Glass Bottle Vase – Qianlong dated 1757.

Rare blue glass bottle Chinese vase
Rare blue glass bottle Chinese vase

This very rare, turquoise glass vase is being exhibited at the Asian Art Auction at Woolley & Wallis on 16th May with an estimated value of £100,000 – £150,000. It has two poems inscribed on either side.

One poem reads: ‘The clouds loom after the snow; among ten thousand miles of silence, a loud noise hits the ground. I can hear the female deity pushing the vehicle of thunder, and the rain starts pouring down’.

The other poem reads: ‘Fan Li (a Chinese merchant who later became the advisor to the King of Yue) travels on lake Tai. The snow covers the bank; the sky is clear and the lake tranquil. The three scholars (Yang Weizheng, Lu Juren and Qian Weishan of the Yan dynasty) are no longer present and the senior official is wise and reliable’ (the senior official probably refers to Qu Yuan, a poet and minister during the Warring States period).

For more details of this auction and the Asian Art Auction II please visit www.woolleyandwallis.co.uk.

Easter Eggs from Alban Shipping

Easter egg in crate

Our Easter promotion has been enthusiastically received by our customers. A bespoke Easter egg box/crate was specially crafted to house a chocolate egg and ‘goodies’ including an Alban Shipping notepad and pen.

Our wonderful thank-you comments include:

‘a very thoughtful gift and we’re very impressed with the design of the packaging!’
‘I can honestly say it is the most exciting (or eggciting!) thing I have ever received in the post!’
‘Love the packaging and the thought that has gone into this!’
‘I was thrilled to receive my crate. The whole thing is absolutely brilliant. I know you all put a lot of effort into it and, you can rest assured, it was worth it, 100%. I love the pad on the pallet, which has taken pride of place on my desk.’

Great packaging………and not one broken egg!

Asian Art Collection from the Estate of Maurice Collis

Asian vase

Asian vaseAsian Art Collection from the Estate of Maurice Collis to feature at John Nicholson’s on April 26th. John Nicholson’s will be offering a private collection of more than 200 Lots from the estate of Maurice Collis, who started collecting when he was in Burma during the 1920s and ’30s. He worked as an administrator in the Indian Civil Service for over two decades, when it was part of the British Empire.

One of the highlights from this collection is a fine large Chinese Ming-style Guangxu mark & period porcelain bottle vase, painted in a ‘heaped & piled’ manner with bands of scrolling flowerheads between formal borders, the base with a six-character Guangxu mark, 15.25in high.  The estimated value is between £5,000 – £8,000.  For more details of this and other items for auction please go to www.johnnicholsons.com.

Packing par Eggsellence!

Chocolate Easter Egg in novelty crate packaging

Here at Alban Shipping, we value our customers as highly as the priceless art and antiques we pack and ship for them. Therefore, when we wanted to present them with a special gift for Easter, we applied the same high standards to the packing and packaging of this shipment as we would to any other. As the gallery illustrates, we designed and built individual crates, and packed them with a chocolate egg, a notepad on a pallet, and a customised Alban Shipping pen. Even if we say so ourselves, the end result looks absolutely great. Happy Easter!

Let’s Rock

AC/DC bassist Cliff Williams

Fender bass belonging to Cliff Williams of AC/Dc

If you’re into rock then you’re possibly a fan of AC/DC and if you’re a fan of AC/DC then you need to get down to Gardiner Houlgate’s guitar auction on Thursday March 16th. For sale is a 1958 Fender Precision bass guitar which was previously owned by Cliff Williams of AC/DC. It was gifted to the vendor by Cliff, who himself was Malcolm Young’s guitar tech. The lot number is 35 and it comes with an estimate of £4000 – £8000. In fact the vendor of this guitar is selling his collection so more examples can be found in the sale although this is the only one with this provenance.

Other fine stringed instruments and brass will be sold the next day, Friday 17th. See www.gardinerhoulgate.co.uk for further information on both sales.