Each month on the CADA Instagram, The Cotswold Art & Antiques Dealers’ Association (CADA) runs a theme, sourced from amongst its members. This month, CADA’s Instagram theme focuses on lettering and numerals used in its diverse forms on pottery, clocks, glass, silver, furniture, signage, needlework and samplers.
Painted, beaten, carved, inset, engraved, embroidered in various styles and in a variety of materials, the lettering and numerals may be functional or decorative or both, often distinctive of an era like the French Art Deco Just clock by Hour Lavigne, circa 1920, £3,950 from Mark Goodger Antiques. The black and green numbers are the epitome of Art Deco styling.
Elsewhere, from the 17th century, an ebony basket top table timepiece, made in London circa 1685, is for sale for £23,500 from Tobias Birch from Evesham in Worcestershire. The Roman and Arabic numerals painted on the clockface differ again from its engraved backplate where it is signed with script flourishes and curls ‘Nathanael Hodges in Wine Office Court in Fleet Street Londini Fecit’, decoratively entwined with tulips and foliage.
Other examples highlighted on the CADA Instagram include an Aesthetic movement oak clock & letterbox attributed to Lewis Foreman Day, circa 1900, selling for £9,500 from Mark Goodger Antiues; a selection of 17th to early 19th-century samplers from Witney Antiques; and Arts & Crafts beaten copper embossed panels in the manner of the Keswick School of Industrial Arts, priced at £2,500 from Kendall House Antiques Ltd.
Antique Collecting magazine columnist David Harvey of W.R. Harvey & Co (Antiques) Ltd. has contributed a George III period free standing mahogany secretaire library centre cabinet by Gillows of Lancaster, which is panelled all round with a secretaire drawer containing “alphabet inlaid” lidded compartments, circa 1790, priced at £12,500.
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