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Selections & Collections

17 April 2021 3:30 PM
Cardiff Saleroom, South Wales

The Selections & Collections auction is our flagship three-times per year auction for British & Continental antiques, fine art and collectables, Asian items and fine quality jewellery, coins and watches together with sporting antiques.

Preview: Selections & Collections on April 17th

The Betty Evans Collection of British Art

Includes works by Marc Chagall, Paul Nash, Scottie Wilson, Carlo Carra and Christopher Wood.

Born in Liverpool, Wood initially studied architecture and medicine before meeting our very own Augustus John in 1919/1920. It was John who persuaded Christopher Wood to become a painter. Wood went on to train at Academie Julian in Paris, meeting Picasso, and Cocteau. He travelled before returning to Britain where he became friends with Ben Nicholson and became influenced by the St Ives movement. Wood died tragically young, jumping under a train at Salisbury Railway Station at the age of 30.

The example we have is typical of Wood's sensitive brush technique and warm palette as he takes on a floral still-life study.

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Christopher Wood from the Betty Evans Collection
Christopher Wood from the Betty Evans Collection

The Birkett Rugby Union Archive

One of the most rewarding facets of auctioneering is being entrusted with family heirlooms that tell a remarkable story, while being given the opportunity to expose such stories to the wider public. This often happens when we are privileged to auction a family’s military medals, but it also happens in a sporting context too.

The Birkett Family is one such remarkable story, and those of you who follow football and rugby may well be asking yourself how you did not know this story already.

We start with Reginald Halsey Birkett or Reg, who was born in 1849. Reg’s stature in Victorian sport is immense; he played for the famous Clapham Rovers sporting club, where he alternated between association football and rugby football. He played in the first International rugby match 150 years ago, in 1871, in which he scored the first ever try in an International rugby match. He was also a committee member of the first Rugby Football Union which commenced 150 years ago.

In association football the same Reg was in the side that scored the first goal in the history of the FA Cup in 1871. He played football in two back-to-back FA Cup finals in 1879 and 1880, winning the cup in 1880.

He also sat on the Football Association sub-committee that was created to lay down the rules for the FA Cup. And in the 1870s was a selector for the England football team.

Reg’s brother’s, Louis and Percival also played rugby and Louis played for England four times, twice in tandem with Reg.

It is certainly a lot to take in! So, remembering that he scored the first try in the first International rugby match and winning the FA Cup is a good start!

John Guy Giberne Birkett was Reg’s son and born in 1884. He played rugby for England a record 21 times, including when they won the inaugural Five Nations Championship in 1910. Echoing the feat of his father, he was the first try scorer at Twickenham Stadium, while representing Harlequins against Richmond. John GG Birkett served on the RFU for more than a decade.

John’s son, also John - John Brian Birkett, played rugby for Harlequins, Headingly, and the Army. It was a true rugby dynasty.

Lots # to # include an incredible pocketbook belonging to Victorian Reg Birkett which logged Clapham Rovers’ football and rugby season in 1870-1871 while he and his fellow players flitted from association to rugby rules while on the cusp of the commencement of the Rugby Football Union.

There is also an England jersey from John Birkett and one of the most immaculate rugby caps from the Edwardian period, we have ever offered for sale. Between these superb artefacts is an astonishing array of detailed scrapbooks, ephemera and match-worn jerseys and caps which have never been seen before outside of the family.

The collection has been entered for sale by Reg’s great-great grandsons, who have made an enormous decision to auction such historic items. One of the reasons they took the decision to sell, was that the artefacts and the stories within, were stored away, concealed to the public. They felt that it was time for the story of Reg, John GG Birkett and (John) Brian Birkett who formed an incredible sporting dynasty to be told.

The Birkett Rugby Collection
The Birkett Rugby Collection

The Birkett Rugby Union Archive

One of the most rewarding facets of auctioneering is being entrusted with family heirlooms that tell a remarkable story, while being given the opportunity to expose such stories to the wider public. This often happens when we are privileged to auction a family’s military medals, but it also happens in a sporting context too.

The Birkett Family is one such remarkable story, and those of you who follow football and rugby may well be asking yourself how you did not know this story already.

We start with Reginald Halsey Birkett or Reg, who was born in 1849. Reg’s stature in Victorian sport is immense; he played for the famous Clapham Rovers sporting club, where he alternated between association football and rugby football. He played in the first International rugby match 150 years ago, in 1871, in which he scored the first ever try in an International rugby match. He was also a committee member of the first Rugby Football Union which commenced 150 years ago.

In association football the same Reg was in the side that scored the first goal in the history of the FA Cup in 1871. He played football in two back-to-back FA Cup finals in 1879 and 1880, winning the cup in 1880.

He also sat on the Football Association sub-committee that was created to lay down the rules for the FA Cup. And in the 1870s was a selector for the England football team
The Dr Jack Matthews Collection

We were thrilled to be featured in the match-day program for the Wales v England clash in Cardiff, with the Welsh Rugby Union acknowledging our successes in selling rugby antiques over the years. The WRU touched on the Birkett Collection coming to sale 150 years since the inception of the Rugby Football Union and 140 years since the establishment of the WRU.

They were reported of another entry in this Selections & Collections auction from the family of Dr Jack Matthews. Jack was a tough as teak centre who played for Wales and the British Lions in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Jack’s family have entered four International jerseys which Jack will have swapped after matches. Also being offered is Jack’s scrapbook and photograph album from his 1950 British Lions tour of Australia together with gramophone recordings of the tour party signing some old favourites such as ‘Cwm Rhondda’.

Jack Matthews rugby 1950
Jack Matthews rugby 1950

The Selections & Collections auction this April is not just about art and rugby we can assure you. There is vintage spirits, prestigious watches including Rolex and Breitling, good jewellery, antiques, clocks and so much more. Online soon!

Vintage Ports
Vintage Ports
Rolex Submariner
Rolex Submariner
Diamond Bracelet
Diamond Bracelet
Rolls Royce Ashtrays
Rolls Royce Ashtrays

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