Two-day sale of Fine Art, Antiques & Collectables, August 1st & 2nd.
The sale is packed with more than 1,000 lots, which will be split over the two days as follows:
Silver & Jewellery
Coins, Postcards, Stamps and Ephemera
Antique and Vintage Furniture
“Often, it’s a case that I’m thrilled to find a handful of original cards from the turn of the century or two or three rarities such as Art Nouveau originals advertising worldwide expos but this is a case of finding 100s and 1000s of postcards that I’ve previously only seen in the guides and they’re all showcased together.”
Among the 16 lots by the Kirkby Lonsdale based artist Karl Stedman, who died last year aged 85, are some of the pen and ink drawings he produced for local magazines over a period of 20 years. They include studies of Alston, Carlisle, Cockermouth, Workington, the Langdale Pikes, Keswick and Maryport.
Also included in the sale are covers of children’s books which Mr Stedman wrote and illustrated. And there are two poems scribed in calligraphy and ‘illuminated’. The latter only hinting at an important role this quiet and private man played in key announcements made by the Royal Family.
For 40 years Mr Stedman was employed by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Office and the House of Lords as a calligrapher, illuminator and scrivener. He was responsible for producing the words and images of the legal documents on vellum which confirmed the death of the Queen Mother and announced Royal marriages including those of Charles, Prince of Wales to his last commission – the marriage of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The 16 lots of over 30 items each carry estimates of between £30 and £80.