The Alice in Wonderland collection we reported on previously sold at auction today at Mallams, Oxford. The collection, one of the largest ever put together and sold, was the result of a 25-year collecting odyssey by the late Thomas Schuster and his wife Greta. The collection consisted of some 3,000 Alice in Wonderland collectables and books.
Our personal highlights from the auction the Bronte Porcelain Alice in Wonderland Garden set and the rare c1906 Leeds Fire Clay Company Lefico Ware Duchess failed to sell but the collection as a whole sold well and it certainly grabbed the attention. Mallam’s displayed the collection very well and the auction received worldwide attention.
Alice in Wonderland result highlights included £2,500 for lot 1 the etching by Miss Ellen Whitehead, and lot 243 an Arthur Rackham illustrated edition of Alice in Wonderland which sold for £1,300.
Lot 1 Sold for £2,500 An Etching by Miss Whitehead of a collection of characters from John Tenniel’s illustrations from Alice in Wonderland. Circular format. framed. 21cm. Used to advertise the Theatre production at the Prince of Wales Theatre 23rd December, 1886.
Lot 14 sold for £420 A SET OF TEN BRONTÉ PORCELAIN LIMITED EDITION ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS CANDLE EXTINGUISHERS; The Walrus, The Messenger, The Carpenter, The Jabberwocky, Queen Alice, Red Queen, The Lion, The Tweedles, The Unicorn, and The Sheep, each No. 107/1250, boxed with certificates; together with the three variously shaped display bases for the collection, each numbered 107/50
Lot 243 Sold for £1,300 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. Heinemann,  Ltd. edn. 261/1130. lge. 4to. t.e.g. 13 cold. plts. tipped in a.c.f. white glt. cl. upper corners bumped.
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