The Rostrum Selects

The Rostrum Fine Art Auctioneers will hold their first sale in North Norfolk over two days this month The inaugural sale in Thorpe Market, Roughton (the firm have also recently opened a consignment office in Holt) will offer almost 750 lots on August 19-20.

From a Lowestoft porcelain blue and white patty pan (estimated at £80 to £120) to a Doulton stoneware Lord Nelson commemorative tyg (£300 to £500), items of local collecting appeal are much to the fore.

Patty Pan
Commemorative Tyg

A series of pieces of oak occasional furniture by Jack Grimble of Cromer will have admirers in Norfolk and beyond. Although perhaps not so well known, Grimble is often compared to Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson and his Yorkshire followers and is becoming more and more collectable. He worked on the Sandringham estate and produced commissions for the royal family but also sold pieces of oak occasional furniture from his shop in Cromer. Like Thompson, his Arts and Crafts style followed a careful study of medieval English furniture techniques, construction and materials.

The Rostrum sale includes five pieces by Grimble including an oak blanket box carved with a portrait roundel (estimate £80-120) and a spinning chair (estimate £50 to 80).

Spinning Chair
Blanket Box

Two works by Gorleston-born artist Geoffrey Chatten (b.1938) are guided at £1000 to £1500 each while a seller in Cambridge has consigned an oil by William Henry Crome (1806-73) the son of the renowned painter John Crome. This wooded landscape with cattle, with many hallmarks of the Norwich School, is expected to bring £3000 to £5000.

Geoffrey Chattan Gorleston beach
William Henry Crome Wooden Landscape


Items from further afield include a pair of 19th century Black Forest type hall chairs carved with panels of stags and figures (£500 to £700) and a Liberty and Co window seat made in the Moorish style c.1900 (£1300 to £1500). The original design for the Wooton secretaire desk, an early form of filing cabinet with its multiple pigeon holes and writing slope, is credited to an entrepreneur in Indiana. However, the example here, made in walnut and burr walnut c.1870 has a maker’s label for West Yorkshire cabinetmakers T Simpson & Son of Halifax. It comes from a Norfolk seller with a guide of £700 to £900.

A selection of original artist-signed prints includes four works by LS Lowry (1887-1976) that come for sale from a Norwich seller. Both signed in pencil, An Industrial Town, numbered 42 from an edition of 500 is expected to bring £1500 to £2000 while, from an edition of 300, the monochromatic St Simon’s Church, Salford is guided at £1000-1500.

Another well-known name from the Modern British canon, Edward Burra’s etching Wednesday Night is guided at £400-600 with Aquarius, an artist’s proof lithograph of three stylised horses by Italian great Marino Marini expected to bring a similar sum.

Although new to the Norfolk auction scene, the firm brings together a strong team and consultants familiar with both the East Anglia and the national and international market.

Silver specialist Mark Nelson-Griffiths has assembled a strong array of pieces from functional Georgian and Victorian tea wares to smaller collectables such as caddy spoons, nutmeg graters and snuff boxes. Both estimated at £300 to £400 are a mid 19th century silver castle top cigar case with marks for Joseph Wilmore, Birmingham and 1972 ‘surprise’ egg by popular post-war silversmith Stuart Devlin opening to reveal a jack in the box.

Experienced gemmologist and head of the jewellery department Olly Webb is offering some of the most valuable lots in the sale on behalf of a London vendor. A diamond collar set in 18ct white gold with stones weighing over 12 carats and a large platinum diamond cluster ring carry expectations of £5800 to £6300 and £2000 to £2500 respectively.