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A Fascinating Collection of Treasures in the upcoming Library Sale

April 23, 2022

The upcoming annual Library Collection Sale boasts Lots steeped in history and treasures for collectors and buyers alike. A particularly interesting historical piece is an early 19th century carved wood figure of Admiral Lord Nelson. Widely regarded as one of Britain’s greatest naval commanders, he fought several minor battles before commanding the British fleet attack during the Napoleonic Wars against the French and Spanish, successfully securing victory with his divisive and unconventional tactics. On closer inspection of the figure, the absence of his right arm is observed. Along with losing partial sight in one eye early in his career, he lost his right arm during a failed attack in Santa Cruz. Following his injury, the Admiral wrote letters in scrawling script with his left hand to many, including his mistress, and such letters have recently emerged at auction with revelations of their secret love child.

Another fascinating lot is a large Swiss 'black forest' carved linden wood bear hallstand. A whimsical and rustic wood carving which originates from the town of Brienz, Switzerland despite ‘black forest’ suggesting German origins. Beginning as a hobby for the Swiss Trauffer family, the value of the pieces was soon realised and during the Victorian period, they became emblematic of wealth and worldliness for who could afford to travel to Switzerland and return with unique and collectable pieces depicting Swiss countryside.  To this day, it remains an industry which continues to be a driving force for the Swiss economy as tourists flock each year to collect souvenirs synonymous with their surroundings from their travels. The carvings were and still are crafted from maple, walnut, or linden often because such trees grow in the shade, and thus provide a denser wood that can be felled in the winter and proves more suitable for carving. Although Bears are ubiquitous with the style, other carvings include game birds, stags, owls, dogs, boars, and eagles. Often the designs are fanciful and humorous, with animals imitating human pursuits such as skiing, reading and even smoking. Allegedly, the Brienz School of Wood Carving was known to run a private zoo so as to provide students with animals for anatomical study.

Another collection to capture our attention with its amusing and playful depiction of animals is a large Meissen porcelain monkey orchestra by Johann Joachim Kandler. Known for his particular expertise in figural modelling, he produced works that reflected the natural world, often incorporating animals into his designs. The original Monkey Band was produced in mid-18th century, with records showing it was available for sale in 1753. These figures remain his creation that most captured the public imagination, by rendering the monkey musicians imitating human-like gestures and expressing emotion. Society of the period were fascinated by primates and their clear kinship with humankind.

 

Moreover, the figures are based on the popular genre in France of 'singerie', in which monkey figures are dressed in fashionable clothing of period, taking on comical and satirical poses.

Lots 13, 16 and 108 respectively, are available in the upcoming “Library Collection” Auction which will take place on 26th April at 2pm.

Written by Emily Kenny

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