Toleware tea canisters – £7000 at Reeman Dansie.

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Sumner (see Obituary, ATG No 2459) and her lifelong partner, the late John Braund, were dealers for more than 50 years, ending their days running Turpin Antiques in Hungerford.

Salisbury saleroom Woolley & Wallis handled the 130-lot, £130,000 offering of Braund’s collection in July 2019 and has more than 100 pieces from the Sumner estate scheduled for a January sale postponed during lockdown.

Turpin Antiques, however, had its roots in Essex and both partners were long-time clients of Reeman Dansie. As well as the furniture at the January sale (see main story this week), the late 17th century longcase clock and 19th century toleware tea canisters and covers shown top sparked keen bidding.


Late 17th century longcase clock signed for William Grimes - £9500 at Reeman Dansie.

The clock is signed for William Grimes who inherited the London business from his short-lived cousin Thomas Grimes in 1682.

The 6ft 8in (2.03m) tall walnut case with ornate floral and bird marquetry decoration had replacement glass to the hood and lenticle, and the six-pillar movement, which may well have been an early marriage with the case, needed work.

Pitched at £2000-3000, the clock sold to a private bidder at £9500.

The (44cm) tall octagonal canisters with original chinoiserie ornament were stamped G Sutcliffe, Maker, Manchester and numbered 23, 27. Apart from some light dents to the lids and general wear, both were in very good original condition. Estimated at £1000-2000, they sold at £7000.

The sale took place on January 26-27.