History comes to the fore within our June 24th Fine Art & Antiques sale

Dawsons are privileged to be taking items of historical significance to auction

From a private collection, we have some incredible letters that date back to the 1700s and were written by John Wesley, who was an English cleric, theologian, and evangelist, who was a leader of a revival movement within the Church of England known as Methodism.


Amongst the extraordinary items of historical interest and value are a typed letter from King Edward VIII dated July 15th, 1956 to Colonel The Hon. Frederick H. Cripps D.S.C., a fascinating 15th century Psalter with illumination, a very large full-length oil on canvas portrait by The Hon. John Collier RA (1850-1934) of Henry William Cripps (1815-1899) and his wife, Julia (née Lawrence, 1820-1912), signed and dated 1895, and the wonderful collection of letters from John Wesley - including one that was tantalisingly written about the Methodists practising in America pre-Independence (below).

John Wesley handwritten letter (1774). Estimate: £400 - £500

The star Lot (pictured below) within this sale is undoubtedly a signed ‘oil on canvas’ painting by Sir Kyffin Williams R.A. (British, 1918-2006) 'Welsh Mountainous Landscape'. Interestingly, the late vendor's parents were friends of Kyffin Williams and lived in the same region of Wales as him.

Sir Kyffin Williams, 'Welsh Mountainous Landscape'. Estimate: £10,000 - £15,000

The Winchester College Queen's gold medal to Charles Alfred Cripps, 1st Baron Parmoor, KCVO, PC, QC (1852 – 1941), by Benjamin Wyon, The obverse with the bust of Queen Victoria to left, her hair tied back with roses, The reverse with the tomb of William of Wykeham at Winchester, inscribed to the rim. Awarded 1870. Attributed to Pieter Angellis (1685 - 1734), we have a beautiful pair of ‘oil on canvas’ genre scenes (below).

Pieter Angellis (1685 - 1734), a pair of ‘oil on canvas’ genre scenes. Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

In terms of British military history, we are privileged to be able to take to auction an original letter from Viscount Horatio Nelson (1758-1805), written only a few months before his death, to an unknown recipient. Using his left hand (often illegibly), and from onboard HMS Victory, dated April 19th, 1805.

Viscount Horatio Nelson and a handwritten letter onboard HMS Victory, (1805). Estimate: £1,200 - £1,500

Whilst we are also humbled to be taking to auction a silver canon with a highly significant and extremely moving back story… During the second world war, Malta was laid siege by the axis forces. The brave people of Malta refused to surrender even in the face of overwhelming force. They were helped by Royal Irish Fusiliers who were stationed on the islands and fought shoulder to shoulder with the islanders. King George VI awarded the George Cross to the island. The islanders knew that they could not have survived without the steadfast Royal Irish Fusiliers who suffered significant casualties, twenty-one of whom are buried in Malta’s war cemeteries. In appreciation, three of the main villages presented gifts to the Regiment, the village of Naxxar presented this silver model of an ancient Maltese cannon (below). Today, The Royal Irish Regiment continues to carry the distinction Malta 1940 on their colours.

A silver model of an ancient Maltese cannon, presented to Royal Irish Fusiliers. Estimate: £150 - £200

Whilst, for those with an exotic persuasion we have a fantastic collection of African Art (some of these items pictured below) within the auction.

A private collection of African Art. Lot Estimates ranging from £100 - £200

Finally, it is worth mentioning how the team at Dawsons are thrilled to be in position to help raise much needed funds for Vision Foundation (who provide help and support blind and partially sighted people across London), with 100% of the hammer price achieved going to this wonderful charity. We are taking to auction a Lot that has been donated to their charity by the Sculptor Terry Mathews, and his ‘Camel Herder’ sculpture is certainly sure to be of interest in the US, where Terry has many valued customers. 

Terry Mathews' sculpture 'Camel Herder'. Estimate: £3,000 - £4,000


The team of experts at Dawsons are always happy to provide a free verbal appraisal and auction valuation; regularly consigning an array of wonderful items to our monthly Fine Art & Antiques sale. We can also provide insurance valuations, where required.

Please do get in touch, should you any Fine Art or Antiques that you are keen to have valued.

We would love to hear from you:  0207 431 9445 / info@DawsonsAuctions.co.uk

Peter Mason

Peter Mason

Peter is particularly passionate about items with historical and social value, but he is also a wonderful General Valuer and has an extremely broad spectrum of knowledge gleaned over the years, that will certainly prove invaluable to anyone keen to sell or buy at auction.

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