Assemblages recently sold to collectors

'The Electriloquist'

Cecil Peckwater was a rather dubious character from the 1940s. He garnered fame from his travelling ventriloquist show which he performed at fairs and circuses around the country. However, he wasn't really a ventriloquist at all - he cheated - using his patented 'Electriloquist' Machine, the workings of which are clearly exposed in this piece. The invention, made from old radio parts (and a futuristic circuit board obtained using his own 'Time Machine') allowed him to artificially throw his voice via the speech generator, amplifier and multi-sensory integration engine through the little loudspeaker on the dummy's plinth.

 

This assemblage uses a 1930s French wooden 'Lotto' box, a 1940's radio valve, a 1920's radio transmitter's tuning coil, an antique bisque German doll's head, a circuit board from a 1980's car phone, acrylic paint etc.

 

The piece measures 370mm high, has a maximum width of 220mm and is 138mm deep.

This piece was commissioned by a Swedish collector and is made from a Victorian Jewellery box, a vintage motorboat porthole, part of an Edwardian kitchen mixer, original pages from a 1914 dictionary, a 1946 Ordnance Survey map of Devon, England, two discs from a computer hard drive and the dark mahogany lid from an early Victorian tea caddy.

Turn the handle and the head of a 1930's bathing beauty rotates and is reflected below and behind her by the mirrored surfaces of the hard drive discs. She closes her eyes in contemplation of her secrets hidden within her world which only her and the artist know.

 

The piece measures 460mm high, has a maximum width of 220mm and is 150mm deep.

'Sky's Secrets'

'A Glimpse Into Neverland'

The basis for this work is a 1985 edition of J M Barrie's 'Peter Pan and Wendy'. All 190 pages were carefully cut into to form the hollow interior. The piece uses an original 1910 postcard 'Wendy Gives Peter a Kiss', the 'Fairy' page from a 1914 dictionary, a vintage musical movement and a base made from vintage chess pieces.

The book sits neatly on a coffee table or shelf and on opening the book the fully wound movement plays a tinkly pleasant tune for around three to five minutes.

 

The cover is gold-embossed with a framed glass window to view the musical movement.

'Archibald Takes up Photography'

'Archibald Takes Up Photography' is an altered book assemblage using all original vintage materials. (Sir) Archibald Muncie was a world traveller and inventor of some rather dubious machines! (See 'Word Power') He lived in deepest Devon in the beautiful south West corner of England and here he has just discovered the wonders of photography. We see him peeping out through the book's cover, which, when opened, depicts him him scouting around North Devon looking for beautiful scenes to photograph with his new camera!

Made from a rare 1939 hardback copy of 'Photography Today', materials include a genuine Bisque miniature dolls head (these are very expensive and getting very hard to find), camera advertisements from 1927, a vintage postcard and an old Ordnance Survey map of Devon and a sepia Devon scene from a 1927 guide book. Ideal for any vintage-minded photography enthusiast. Opened out fully the piece measures 282mm x 223mm (11.1 x 8.8 inches) and can be displayed on a shelf fully or partially opened or left on a coffee table closed and to be discovered!

'Archibald Takes Up Photography'

Aberdeen - Scotland

'The Gentleman of Note'

Solna - Sweden

In 1928 American composer Nacio Herb Brown published a piece of music called 'Rag Doll'. The original sheet music for this number along with a vintage puppet head from the 1920's form the basis for this whimsical, animated assemblage.

 

Mounted using four 1950's 'egg cup' springs onto a polished Victorian jewellery box lid, even the slightest touch of the gentleman's head will set him bouncing from side to side for quite some time!

The piece has a little secret too. The gentleman's head is mounted on a highly polished circular mirror which is in fact a computer hard drive disc containing hundreds of tracks of music between 1910 and 1945.

 

The piece measures 295mm high, has a maximum width of 220mm and is 142mm deep.

'The Gentleman of Note''

'Queen of the Waves'

Stockholm - Sweden

'By The Light of the Silvery Moon'

Solna - Sweden

'Big Brother is Watching You' - Stockholm - Sweden

'The Meeting of Minds' - St. Albans - UK

'I am a Camera' - New York City - USA

'I am a Camera' #2 - Manchester - UK

'SNAP' - Tonbridge - UK

'Word Power' - Tonbridge - UK

'Three Sixty Degrees' - Sydney - Australia

'Click - The Game of Cat and Mouse' - Norwich - UK

'The Junior Time Traveller' - St. Louis - USA

'The Meditator' - Kansas - USA

'The Saint' - Longfield - UK

'Brush Twice a Day' - Lenexa - USA

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