5th Sep, 2023 10:00

Fine Interiors

Lot 54


A toleware and painted wastepaper basket

A toleware and painted wastepaper basket,
decorated with a central shaped cartouche containing a cockatoo amongst flowers,
31cm diameter
38cm high

The Estate of the Late Malcolm Frazer.

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The Estate of the Late Malcolm Frazer

We are once again privileged to have been entrusted to disperse hundreds of lots that have been treasured by custodians for generations, including items from the collection of the Cheshire-based dealer, the late Malcolm Frazer. Below, his wife and family detail his inspiring life of passionate and expert collectorship.

For over fifty years, Malcolm held a prominent position as one of the foremost dealers in the north of England, but his journey began with an apprenticeship at Heaton Tabb and Company Ltd. in Liverpool during the 1950s and early 1960s. Later, he ventured to Manchester, where he collaborated closely with Terence Conran in the establishment and management of the first Habitat store outside of London, situated on John Dalton Street, Manchester.

In the early 1970s, Malcolm opened his first antiques shop in the town of Stockport, specialising in marine and scientific antiques while also dealing in fine and decorative furniture and artwork. He embodied the true essence of a dealer, traversing the length and breadth of the country in an unending quest for the next great find. For over two decades, Malcolm exhibited at the distinguished Olympia Fine Arts and Antiques Fair, as well as the esteemed Chelsea Decorative Fair.

Throughout his long tenure in the trade, Malcolm formed numerous friendships, not only with fellow professionals but also with private clients. This was in no doubt a result of his eagerness to always share his vast knowledge and expertise with those around him, endearing himself to all who had the privilege of knowing him.

Upon deciding to retire, though one never truly retires from the trade, Malcolm focused on another lifelong passion - music. As a devoted jazz enthusiast, he indulged himself by becoming something of an impresario during the last twenty years of his life. At his home in Cheadle, Cheshire, he hosted concerts and invited musicians from around the world to perform, delighting those jazz aficionados who attended these memorable events.

Malcolm leaves behind a legacy of excellence in the world of antiques, interiors, and jazz and we will cherish and remember his impact on the community, as well as his dedication to his passions, for years to come. 

 - Iris, Michele, Richard, and Andrew Frazer

Sold for £380

Condition Report
The rim is a little misshapen. Several losses to paint throughout. Small dents and knocks commensurate with age and use. Overall in aesthetically distressed condition but structurally sound and ready for use. See additional photos.



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Auction: Fine Interiors, 5th 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.


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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:

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Friday 1 September, 10am - 5pm 

Saturday 2 September, 10am - 2pm 

Sunday 3 September, 10am - 2pm 

Monday 4 September, 10am - 5pm 

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