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17th century antiques and African art leads Wilkinson’s auction


An upcoming Wilkinson’s Auctioneers sale is set to offer everything from 17th century antique clocks to African tribal sculptures.
The auction will feature almost 600 lots, including period furniture, fine paintings, religious carvings, decorative objects and African art spanning the 14th to the 20th centuries.

Leading the auction is a rare & important 17th century oak & tortoiseshell month running long case clock. The ornate clock features a tortoiseshell veneered hood with architectural pediment surmounted by gilt bronze figures and adornments, and a dial bearing the name of Johannes van Cuelen, a founding member of The Hague Clockmakers Guild. Formerly part of the collection of Count Limburg-Stirum, the clock is expected to sell for £60,000-£80,000.

Other furniture highlights will include a William & Mary marquetry month going longcase clock circa 1685, estimated at £12,000-£16,000, a 17th century & later carved oak full tester bed estimated at £8,000-£12,000, and a large 16th century French gothic oak coffer/marriage chest priced at £8,000-£10,000.

Notable decorative lots include a large Augsberg silver mounted ivory tankard estimated at £25,000-£30,000; a 16th century polychromed bas relief depicting ‘The Annunciation’ estimated at £8,000-£10,000; and a highly rare 14th century gothic bronze candlestick, estimated at £3,000-£5,000.

Amongst the most valuable religious carvings are an early 16th century polychromed walnut sculpture of Saint Stephen, estimated at £15,000-£18,000, a 15th century Flemish polychromed wood carving of a female saint, valued at £12,000-£16,000, and a 15th century polychromed carving of The Virgin depicted pregnant, priced at £8,000-£12,000.

The auction also features a selection of African tribal art and artefacts. Notable highlights include an important mid 20th century Baule Chief’s Decision Chair originating from the Ivory Coast , estimated at £10,000-£20,000; an early to mid 20th century delicately carved Kpelie mask from the Senufo people of Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and Mali, estimated at £5,000-£8,000; and an unusual late 19th-Early 20th century Bulu Monkey figure originating in the Gabon/Cameroon region, valued at £10,000-£15,000.

The Wilkinson’s Auctioneers sale of Period Oak, Paintings, Carvings & Effects takes place in Doncaster, South Yorkshire on February 28.


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