Bly's Bounty August Edition 2017


Est.   ANTIQUES   1891

Dear Friends,

Welcome to August's Edition of Bly's Bounty.

Amongst this month's selection we feature two pieces from America.
 One, a French designed English made item from the 1876 Philadelphia Exhibition, the other illustrating the story of one of the worlds wealthiest Ladies and her time spent on a ranch in Santa Barbara, of film and equine interest this is a unique collection,
you will find the full story below. 

In addition, some furniture and interesting items which we hope will intrigue but if not please do not forget our sourcing service which is always on hand to find that special piece for you!

We look forward to seeing you in our Chelsea showroom, 
so please do call in next time you are in the area.

Best Wishes,
John and James Bly

Item Of The Month

A superb 19th Century Elkington Electrotype Damascened and Parcel Gilt Plaque.
Designed by Leonard Morel-Ladeiul for Elkington as the principal piece for their Stand at the 1876 Philadelphia International Centennial Exhibition.

Entitled "A Pompeian Lady at her Toilette" designed by Leonard Morel-Ladeuil (French, 1820-1888) for Elkington, dated 1876. The circular plaque of a partially draped woman reclining on a couch gazing into a hand mirror, attended by three handmaids, set in the atrium of a Pompeian villa, with gilt scrolled border set with bosses, silver and gilt damascened outer border with acanthus leaf, scroll, griffin, and mask decoration, signed within the plate "Morel-Ladeiul, Inv & Fecit, 1876," and "Elkington". With its original velvet border, frame and glass.

In excellent condition it has remained behind its original glass so there is no deterioration or wear to the surface.

Dated 1876
Diameter: 23"/58cm  Depth: 3"/7cm 

A Mid-19th Century English Carved Giltwood Overmantle Mirror.
Of superb quality the carved wood frame water gilt and burnished around its original glass plate.

Height: 61"/154cm Width: 51"/130cm Depth: 3"/8cm
Circa 1850

Tecolote. The Yules, Cowboys, The Nahlin and The King of England and Mrs Wallace Simpson.

A large and unique photograph album by Bert Clark Thayer, the noted society photographer, signed and dated 1936 and entitled Tecolote. Containing 80 photographs showing Lady Yule, daughter Gladys and friends in Western gear, riding, roping and branding cattle on the ranch while the English King was sailing to the end of his brief reign on their yacht, the SY Nahlin. There is also a second album with photographs of Tecolote and the family's Hanstead Stud in England.
Lady Yule actually owned a home in the foothills above Santa Barbara on El Cielito Road during the 1930s. She spent the years of the Second World War in England and made a final visit to Santa Barbara in 1946. 
In 1876 the heirs of Nicolas A. Den sold 1400 acres of the Rancho Dos Pueblos, located in the Goleta Valley just to the west of Santa Barbara, to Shelton Sturges, who began a cattle operation on the property. Sturges eventually lost title to the ranch and it passed into the hands of Thomas B. Bishop, a San Francisco attorney. In 1926, oil tycoon and yachting enthusiast, Silsby Spalding, bought the ranch and the family sold it in 1959 to a mortgage company with an eye to developing the property, which occurred on a small-scale in ensuing decades. Given Spalding's interest in yachts, perhaps he and Lady Yule were friends and the album was produced during a stay by the latter at Tecolote Ranch, just one aspect in the life of a most extraordinary British family

A note of interest, Lady Yule befriended the renowned Western artist Edward Borien and his wife and they lived at Lady Yule's El Cielito Road house during the Second World War while she was in England. She was very much an admirer of Borein's work and there is a rare photograph of Borein outside his studio in the album. The Boreins were planning to return to their home on Santa Barbara's Oceanside Mesa neighborhood at war's end, but Borein died in 1945 and Lucile Borein eventually returned alone to the Mesa house to live out the balance of her life.

Included is a set of 12 small unused place-name cards by Ed Borein. (Image above)
Each measures: 2.52" x 3.5”. (6.5cm x 9cm) One is of Lady Yule, One, the Mexican, is signed Ed Borein. Three are signed Borein. Seven are initialed 'B' One is unsigned.

While the impact of Lord David Yule’s production of jute and tea on the economic structure of India since the early 20th century cannot be overstated it is the story of his wife, Lady Annie Henrietta that holds the most fascination. In 1934 it was Lady Yule in collaboration with J. Arthur Rank and John Corefield who founded The British Films Institute, thus creating the studios which were responsible for so many landmark films in the history of British cinema. Curiously the most extraordinary story never made into a screenplay here was that of the founder herself. Lady Henrietta Yule. When Lord David died Henrietta inherited £15 million, an unheard of sum at the time. Her interests ranged from big-game hunting, world cruising, stud farming, cattle ranching and film making. Her money, flair and energy built a world famous breed of Arab horses second only to Crabbetts in horse-breeding history, the first privately owned steam powered yacht, the S. Y. Nahlin, and an iconic film studio. Remarkably, these all still exist. She also had a ranch in California, which sadly does not. Here she commissioned Ed Borein to paint frescos, large water colors and individual place cards for lavish dinner parties. (see image above).
In the summer of 1936, while Lady Yule and her daughter Gladys were on vacation on the ranch Tecolote in Santa Barbara, Henrietta made The S.Y. Nahlin available for King Edward VIII to charter for a cruise down the Adriatic with Wallis Simpson. This was the notoriously public holiday that attracted so much media attention to the royal romance, and preceded the abdication crisis.

Circa 1936
The album: Height: 17.5"/44cm Width: 14"/35.5cm Depth: 2"/5cm

A delightful three handled silver repoussé bowl hallmarked London, 1890, and J.N.M for John Newton Mappin of Mappin & Webb.

Circa 1890
Height: 2"/5cm Width: 4.25"/11cm Depth: 4.25"/11cm

A charming late 18th century oak welsh dresser. The top with fine profiled supports, scalloped frieze with original cup hooks and two shelves, the base with five short drawers above five long drawers, a pot board and beautifully pierced apron on turned legs.
Wonderful colour and patina, replaced handles.

Circa 1780
Height: 73"/80cm  Width: 53"/83cm Depth: 16"/52cm 

This unusual hob trivet was designed to hang on the front of a fire grate or basket as shown. Particularly good quality and detail, of note are the fine dovetails where the brass plate sits in the iron sides. The plate pierced and with turned finials.   

Circa 1820
Height: 6.5"/17cm Width: 15.5"/39cm Depth: 8.5"/22cm

The perfect gift for the collector, beginner or connoisseur, and the person who has everything!

John Bly's book on English Furniture, an essential and indispensable addition to any library.

This edition published 2010 based on Discovering English Furniture by John Bly first published in 1971.

Height: 10"/25.5cm Width: 7.5"/19cm Depth: .5"/1cm.

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