6th Sep, 2023 10:00

Fine Interiors

Lot 363


A patinated bronze figure of a fox

A patinated bronze figure of a fox,
early 20th century,
30cm wide
39cm high

The Accumulations of a Cotswold Antiques Dealer: The David Pickup Edit.

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The Accumulations of a Cotswold Antiques Dealer: The David Pickup Edit

This is not the David Pickup Collection…

Firstly, I have been asked to make it clear that David, or Dad as I tend to refer to him more regularly, has not died, nor has he joined the world of the bewildered. He is very much alive and well, and still dealing from his base in the Cotswolds, however, the time has come to have a sort out.

During his near fifty years trading, David Pickup has gained a reputation as a dealer with an exceptional eye and a sound knowledge. I know this because I’m often told it by many of his old clients and dealer friends that I now come into contact with during my work at Sworders.

As with every piece that has passed through his hands, those seen here were sourced with purpose, with consideration and with passion, for a variety of reasons; some because they are the best of their type, some because of their exceptional colour and patination, and others because they are just fun. Put simply, he bought them because they were irresistible. While perhaps not all showstoppers in the classic sense, although there have been plenty of them over the years, they all hold an intrinsic quality that sees them rise above the noise and all are demonstrative of David’s innate and much revered ability to spot and to know ‘a good thing.’

Some dealers are driven by a commercial engine, taking the shortest route from A to B to maximise profit, whilst others, like David, take it more personally, with each purchase reflective of their personality, buying and selling things that they truly love, no matter what others may think, doing business with heart and often taking as much enjoyment from the purchase and sale of a £200 lot as a £20,000 one. When you trade this way, some items become just too difficult to part with. All good things must come to an end, however, and after a while, a long while in some cases, the amassed must be dispersed and the clock reset. The selection of lots offered here represents just that, the accumulations of a Cotswold antiques dealer, once cherished, now to be set free.

- James Pickup

Sold for £650

Condition Report

Patches of verdigris throughout. A little wear to the underside. Sits flat and stable. Traces of age and use but overall in good cosmetic condition.



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Auction: Fine Interiors, 6th Sep, 2023

Including furniture and works of art from the 17th century to the present day, our Fine Interiors sales present fine traditional design alongside an eclectic selection of decorative arts from around the world, demonstrating how easy it is for antiques to be incorporated into the modern home.


London Viewing | Highlights

A selection of lots will be on view Thursday 10 - Tuesday 29 August at our London Gallery, 15 Cecil Court, London WC2N 4EZ, as follows:

Monday-Friday, 11.30am - 5.30pm 

Saturday, 1pm - 5pm

Sunday - Closed

Monday 28 August - closed for the bank holiday

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Stansted Viewing | Auction

Viewing will be held at our Stansted Auction Rooms, Cambridge Road, Stansted Mountfitchet CM24 8GE, as follows:

Friday 1 September, 10am - 5pm 

Saturday 2 September, 10am - 2pm 

Sunday 3 September, 10am - 2pm 

Monday 4 September, 10am - 5pm 

All lots are, however, extensively illustrated and carry detailed condition reports - see 'Condition report' at the foot of each lot description. 

The auction will take place at our Stansted Auction Rooms, Cambridge Road, Stansted Mountfitchet CM24 8GE. 

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