The Summer Fine Sale at Peter Francis on June 19th 2019

The Summer Fine Sale at Peter Francis on June 19 includes one of the great toys of the inter-war years – a 52cm clockwork tinplate model of the 1920s Alfa Romeo P2 Grand Prix racing car.

Made by the French toymaker Compagnie Industrielle du Jouet, shortly after the full-size version won the first European Championship in 1925, this handmade luxury plaything was the gift every well-to-do child hoped to open on Christmas day. It featured many realistic features including rubber Michelin tyres, rack and pinion steering, opening filler caps and a working external brake lever. The example offered for sale in Carmarthen is painted in red livery and comes for sale from a local deceased estate with an estimate of £1500-2500.

Clockwork tinplate model Alfa

Clockwork tinplate model of the 1920s Alfa Romeo P2 Grand Prix racing car, made by the French toymaker Compagnie Industrielle du Jouet comes to sale with a £1500-2500 guide price.

Also firmly in the ‘boy’s toys’ category are a recently restored 1970 Triumph Bonneville T120 (estimate £7000-9000) and a Patek Philippe 18ct gold rectangular faced quartz dress watch with a tapering rope twist design bracelet (estimate £3000-4000).

Patek Philippe 18ct Watch

1970 Triumph Bonneville T120

1970 Triumph Bonneville T120

However, the lot expected to lead proceedings at £10,000-15,000 is a spectacular diamond solitaire ring with a single brilliant cut stone of an estimated 2.31 carats. It comes for sale from a local private seller.

Diamond Solitaire Ring with a single brilliant cut stone of an estimated 2.31 carats

Diamond Solitaire Ring with a single brilliant cut stone of an estimated 2.31 carats

There are many items with a strong Welsh heritage from a traditional 19th century moleskin ladies stovepipe hat marked ‘Best French’ to the most rustic and primitive of stick-back low chairs. Both are likely to appeal with estimates of £150-250 each.

19th century traditional welsh moleskin ladies stovepipe hat

19th century traditional welsh moleskin ladies stovepipe hat

The firm has a strong track record selling Welsh pictures and here the oil on board titled White cottage, North Wales by Royal Cambrian Academy member Donald McIntyre (1923-2009) is pitched at £4000-5000. Measuring 52 x 62cm it carries a label for the Attic Gallery in Swansea where Mcintyre – who left dentistry to make a living as a full-time painter in the 1960s – held a solo exhibition in 2003.

Oil on board titled White cottage, North Wales by Royal Cambrian Academy member Donald McIntyre (1923-2009) is pitched at £4000-5000