August brings another superb offering from many estate & private vendors: bronzes, Vuitton & Chanel bags, pens, Roman coins, duck decoys, stamps, militaria, artefacts from the Pacific & N.Z., pottery, Len Castle etc. Victorian glass, Lalique, McIntyre Moorcroft Florian Wares, a good Royal Worcester lidded urn, Japanese and Chinese jade & other carvings, ceramics and bronzes. Jewellery starts the second session with a glittering array of diamonds, sapphires, rubies, emeralds, tanzanite’s & pearls set in rings, earrings, necklaces & bracelets as well as a large collection of amber jewellery. A gent’s Cartier 18ct. gold ‘Tank Francaise’ and other wristwatches & clocks. Collector’s silver has a vast array of cutlery, Georg Jensen cutlery service, rare Queen Anne silver basting spoon, caddy spoons, impressive six-piece silver tea-set on tray etc. Another fine offering of Persian rugs, cushions and bags. The furniture & decorator section has something for everyone; vestment stands, card tables, dining tables, washstands, coffers, desks, sideboards and superb garden pots. A large art section includes works by Louise Henderson, Lance O’Gorman, JBC Hoyte, Theo Schoon, Dennis Knight Turner and many more. An auction that must be viewed.
CORDY’S STELLA VERONICA VEITCH ESTATE COLLECTION For inclusion in Cordy’s Weekly Estate Collectable Auction 26th August - This special addition starts at 6pm with lot 300 and runs to lot 500. Includes Stylish Vintage Labelled Clothing & Costume, Linen, Hats, Gloves, Swim Wear, Fashion Accessories, Jewellery Includes Heavy Gold Items, Stylish Vintage Costume Jewellery & Much More. Stella Veronica Veitch was born in Greenwich England in July 1927. The only girl in a family of three she had an older and younger brother. Her father William was the company secretary of the shipping line; The Union Castle, and he would regale the family with tales of foreign lands. Boxes of exotic fruits would arrive every Christmas. The family was comfortable. Stella learned to understand luxury at an early age and she looked forward to the seamstress coming to the house twice a year -winter and summer, to fit the children for their new clothes (last season’s clothes would be given to poorer families). A hairdresser would come to cut their hair and a cook was employed during the festive season. Stella the Traveller – Intrepid courageous: Qualifications in hand, Stella left the UK to start teaching in a British Army school in Egypt. Whilst there she rejected a marriage proposal from a handsome young medic saying ‘What? Give up the glories of Egypt to go back to England and wash your dirty socks?’. She worked in expat schools in Egypt and Libya before moving on to Bahrain where she found her niche teaching at the renowned Awali school and stayed for 15 years of ‘carefree living’. Expat teachers in the Middle East were treated well and every three years were given three months leave. Stella used this time to travel widely – Europe, Scandinavia Japan, Hong Kong, Iraq, India, Kashmir and Africa. At this time a single woman travelling alone was very unusual and required a certain strength of character. The stories and anecdotes from this time in her life nourished her imagination in later life. In those days travelling was mind-blowing in a way that is now gone. We can explore places and know things in the virtual world without ever moving out of our comfort zone, but then travel truly changed people. Stella craved the exotic and unusual and delighted in purchasing sumptuous fabrics and textiles from the countries she visited. On her short leave she would fly back to London with empty suitcases and shop till she dropped, buying all the latest fashions in daywear, cocktail wear and leisure wear. She was extremely fashion conscious and a style icon in the expat community which provided many opportunities for party dressing. Stella the wife: In her late 30’s her biological clock started ticking: On a blind date Stella met Andy Anderson an oil company executive who had lived in the Middle East for two and a half decades. After a whirlwind courtship they were wed. As a married woman Stella could no longer work. The next milestone was the arrival of Zoe Fiona Gael Anderson in September 1967. In 1968 the family moved to Beirut. Here again Stella was immersed in a world of the exotic Middle East, but the Lebanon was also infused with French panache. For the first time Stella had a home to decorate - a large penthouse apartment. She poured over the international interior magazines and ordered the latest mid-century Scandinavian teak furniture and beautiful homewares. Sadly, late that year, there was an air raid on the nearby Beirut Airport by the Israelis which signalled the end of their expat life. When Stella died in 2005, she passed her collections on to her only daughter Zoe who, having inherited the travel bug from her mother, also travelled extensively before settling in New Zealand and becoming a New Zealand citizen. This is how the collection came to be in the sheds of a little old farmhouse outside Hamilton. Zoe has made sure she has used many of the things her mother left her, things she has loved and cherished and things that have been part of the fabric of her life - her whole life, but now she is ready to go on fresh adventures. So, overcoming her initial reluctance she is ready to share!