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    Thursday, April 15th, 2021
    Cork silver tankard by Robert Goble

    A Queen Anne Irish silver tankard by Robert Goble, Cork c1700 sold for £21,250 at Christie’s in London today. From the collection of Mrs. Henry Ford II from Eaton Square in London and Turville Grange in Buckinghamshire it had been estimated at £3,000-£5,000.

    Also from the Kathleen Ford collection was a set of seven George III silver dishes by Robert Calderwood, Dublin c1760. Complete with the St. Leger arms from Doneraile in Co. Cork these sold for £17,500 over a top estimate of £8,000. The arms are those of St. Ledger with Deane in pretence, for Hayes St. Ledger, 4th Viscount Doneraile (1702-1767), of Doneraile Court, Co. Cork, M.P. for Doneraile, and his wife Elizabeth (d.1768), daughter and heiress of the Rt. Hon Joseph Deane (1575-1715), Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer of Ireland, whom he married in 1722. The large meat dish was at the sale of the property of Mary, Viscountess Doneraile; Sotheby’s, London, at Sotheby’s in London in 1958 and from there it passed into the estate of Henry Ford II. A pair of George II Irish silver counter dishes by John McLoughlin, Dublin c1740 and an Irish silver salver by George Hodder, Cork c1760 sold as one lot for £10,000 over a top estimate of £3,500.

    Two paintings by May Guinness RHA, Girl Reading and Autumn Flowers sold for £18,750 and £16,250 over top estimates of £8,000 and £10,000.

    The auction achieved £3.98 million and was 96% sold by lot and 93% sold by value. The final total for the combined Ford Collection sales was £22.5 million. Bidders from 35 countries took part.

    (See posts on for February 8, March 27 and April 11, 2021)

    A set of seven George III silver dishes by Robert Calderwood


    Sunday, April 11th, 2021

    Decorative and fine arts from the London and country homes of Mrs. Henry Ford at Eaton Square and Turville Grange, Oxfordshire will come under the hammer at Christie’s on April 15.  The sale is led by Impressionist works including a self portrait by Edouard Vuillard.  The decorative arts are led by a Louis XV ormolu-mounted Chinese black-lacquer commode by Laurent Felix and a George III Pembroke table attributed to Thomas Chippendale. Silver includes a George VI silver cigar box inset with grass from the sod cut by Edsel Ford in 1929 when breaking ground for the Dagenham Ford motor factory.

    Louis XV c1755 black lacquered commode. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £137,500. THE SALE REALISED £3.98 MILLION


    Saturday, March 27th, 2021

    This George III ormolu mounted white marble and biscuit porcelain clock by royal clockmaker Benjamin Vulliamy was made around 1791. One of the richest and most sophisticated examples of Vulliamy’s known work is described by Christie’s as a tour de force of English Neo-Classical design. From the collection of Mrs. Henry Ford II, who died aged 80 last year, it comes up at Christie’s in New York on March 30.  The porcelain figures are by John Deare, the pedestal by Thomas Brownley and it is estimated at $250,000-$400,000.  The collection of Kathleen Ford is to be offered at two sales in New York and London. Contents from the Palm Beach home come up in New York while contents from her mansion flat at Eaton Square, London and residence at Turville Grange in Oxfordshire come to auction on April 15. She married Henry Ford II (1917-1987) in 1980 and was his third wife while he was her second husband. 

    UPDATE: The New York sale totalled $4.7 million. The top lot was a pair of c1770 lacquer cabinets attributed to Joseph Baumhauer which made $846,000 over a top estimate of $600,000. The clock was unsold.