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Notre Dame, Paris, circa 1930
  By Guy De Neyrac
The painting is of Notre Dame Cathedral, with a morning street scene in the foreground.  It appears to be painted just after a morning rain, as the clouds began to disperse, with a glimpse of sunlight. The artist focused his attention to the reflectiveness of wet pavement, using broad washes and loose pen outlining of the architectural elements.  It’s a restful scene of a usually busy avenue and Notre Dame.  There are a few loosely painted cars and a couple horsemen at the controls of a carriage.  The playful pen outlining is a trademark of Neyrac’s style.

The condition of the watercolour is excellent.  The title of the painting is seen on the bottom left and is signed prominently on the bottom right.  The watercolour is tastefully framed in a high quality limed wood frame, linen border and anti-glare glass.  The frame, glass and backing appear to be more recent than the 1930s.  The dimensions of the frame are approximately 25″x30.5″.
SOLD
Many of Guy De Neyrac’s paintings go up for auction at Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Bonhams.


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This portable gramophone manufactured in England, is a rare front-crank early HMV101 model. It dates to 1925 and has been lovingly cared for all these years.  For it’s age, it shows only minimal wear and works perfectly. It has been throughly cleaned and the motor/gearing has been serviced. The original interior mahogany wood, felted turntable pad and nickel-plated fittings are all in fantastic original condition. Everything works as it should.

The exterior Rexine leather cloth covering is in great condition, considering it’s an 86 year old gramophone. There are the odd scuffs, scratches and bubbles.  The fabric has been treated with a nice wax to condition and preserve the black material. The carrying handle was replaced with an appropriate reproduction leather one, as the old one’s leather had perished. All the exterior nickel-plated fittings were taken off and polished. All the accessories are present.  The soundbox arm has what would appear to be a dent, but after close inspection, it was manufactured with a flat spot near the rear in order to clear the top cover when closed.

It’s a remarkable piece of early 20th century entertainment history, which includes four 78 records to enjoy.  Again this is a rare HMV 101 model, with the windup crank located on the front.  Shortly after this gramophone was introduced, the hand crank was relocated to the side and the hoppers(needle holders) were also moved to the outside corner of the case.

A truly functional collectable, ready to be taken on a summer picnic or used throughout the house.  Below you will find a video of the gramophone in action and many photographs.

Just added a set of nine additional 78 records, held in a Radio Corporation of America case, made of Rexine leather cloth and cardboard. Dated 1918. There are two Harry James records, one Perry Como, one Les Brown, one Alvino Rey, two Glen Miller, one Benny Goodman and a combo of Pinetop Smith & Artie Matthews.

Offered at $395.- SOLD

Email: inquire@hartonginternational.com for details, payment and shipping arrangements

Will ship to many areas of the world

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Decorative items sold as a lot, comprising of three Victorian Irons and a pair of vintage oak Shoe Trees. These items can be used as bookends or decoration on a table or shelf. The antique iron with “asbestos” stamped on it, contains no asbestos. It must have once had an asbestos fabric pad on the ironing side. All simple household items, but would make a great decorative statement.

Offered at SOLD

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In 1647, the famed English astrologer wrote, “Lilly’s Christian Astrology”. He was initially the favourite of King Charles I and provided very accurate information for the monarch. His writings brought about the foundation for modern astrology.  He translated traditional Latin astrology texts from the Middle Ages, into English.  He was rather revolutionary for his time and accurately predicted many occurrences.
After the first battle on the famous Oxfordshire bridge in Radcot, the 1st English Civil War began. William Lilly stayed loyal to the king, while sympathetic to Parliaments complaints. It’s claimed, William predicted the execution of King Charles I .  When the English Commonwealth was enacted by the Puritan lead Parliament, after the 2nd English Civil War, Lilly provided astrology services to many Members of Parliament. Lilly’s Christian Astrology is even dedicated to a very prominent member of Parliament, Bolstrod Whitlock, Esq.
William Lilly’s most famous prediction was the Great Fire of London, in 1666. He was brought before the House of Commons to give testimony, as he was considered a suspect. After several hearings, the case against William Lilly was dismissed.
During the Restoration under King Charles II, in 1660, Mr. Lilly fell out of favour. His support of the Republicans, during the English Commonwealth, doomed his political reach . He humbly retired to the Home County of Surrey and died in 1681.
Here are several links about William Lilly and the transitional period of history he graced.
Offering a 1st edition copy, printed in 1647. It’s in very complete condition, with several pages replaced in an old hand (handwritten in the 17th century). There is a signature on the dedication page, which I can’t make out. All pages are present and numbered. The binding and leather exterior are in Very Good condition for a book of 364 years old. The printed and handwritten pages are all in Very Good condition and easy to turn. There are some wormholes throughout the book. This is common with old books. Below are several photos of the book. More photos can be taken by request.
I’m offering this 1st edition copy, printed in 1647
$995.-
Please be in contact for details, payment and shipping arrangements.
Email: inquire@hartonginternational.com
Tel. 847.380.2699

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