A BREITLING GENTLEMANS WRISTWATCH, mecha
A DR WALL FIRST PERIOD WORCESTER PORCELA
A pair of contemporary wing back easy ch
AFTER HENDRICK VAN BALEN (FLEMISH 1575-1
JOSIAH WEDGWOOD A PAINTED POTTERY TILE,
A LATE 19TH CENTURY FRENCH BRASS CASED R
A Vampire jet fighter ejection seat, pol
A 19TH CENTURY MAHOGANY MEDICINE CHEST,
A Canberra bomber ejection seat (the Can
A continental silver dog, post 1976, nat
A pair of George II style four branch si
Ulla Darni (New York) A pair of contempo
A PAIR OF PLATED WALL SCONCES of rococo
A MID 20TH CENTURY NOVELTY MUSICAL CIGAR
The Ascot Cup An impressive Garrards sil
BRUICHLADDICH ISLAY 1970 Single Malt Sco
RONAN by Clinet 2010 Grand Vin de Bordea
AFTER PIERRE-JULES MENE (1810-1879) Stan
LITTLEMILL 1984 Private Cellar Cask Sele
MEURSAULT 2004 Michel Picard, 6 bottles
A PAIR OF EARLY 19TH CENTURY LARGE SHEFF
A Queen Anne design wing back easy chair
A REPRODUCTION STEEL AND BRASS HELMET, b
A PAIR OF AUSTRIAN ERNST WAHLISS CERAMIC
AFTER LOUIS THEOPHILE HINGRE (1832-1911)
BAS-ARMAGNAC 1961 Baron de Sigognac, 1 b
A craftsman made oak low back sedile cha
A mid 19th century carved British Royal
TO REALISE THE VALUE OF YOUR POSSESSIONS CONTACT BIGWOOD, ENTRIES ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR OUR 2020 AUCTION SALES

PRIZED BUTTERFLY COLLECTION SEES THE LIGHT

To be auctioned by Bigwoods Fine Art Auctioneers on Friday 27th of March 2015


Captain A Francis Hemming F.R.E.S. (1893-1964)


An Oxford educated high level Civil Servant awarded C.M.G. and C.B.E. for his work as Under Secretary at the Ministry of Fuel & Power; yet, it is his achievements with the study of Butterflies where his legacy will be secured.


His British Butterfly collection was sold through the Stevens Auction Rooms on the 25th March 1924 and following some objections his fine historical library of entomological books and diaries were purchased by The Michigan State University Library. USA but, the whereabouts of his main Palaearctic Butterfly Collection (still in his possession in 1927) remained a mystery following his death in 1964, eventually to emerge from the repository of the eccentric dealer Laurie Christie – how he acquired the collection remains unknown? Hemming was a great friend of N D Riley (Keeper of Entomology B M Natural History) and in a tribute to Hemming, Riley stated that Hemming had hoped the collection would end up in an American institution. It was sold privately by Laurie Christie’s widow and consists of over 16,000 specimens, housed in 52 custom made wooden store boxes. Though not all specimens were self-taken, this expansive collection was compiled and curated by Hemming, spanning late 19th to mid-20th Century and originates from across the Palaearctic region representing many remote locations. The specimens are in excellent condition, with full data and Hemming’s ex.Collector’s labels with reference numbers, systematically arranged and many labelled as ‘Paratype’.


In the words of Miriam Rothschild “he knew more about Butterfly Nomenclature than anyone before or since” and no doubt this important acquisition represents one of the last individually formed collections outside of the major museums.


The present owner has resisted the temptation to ‘break up’ the collection, ‘cherry picking’ the most valuable specimens, believing its scientific as well as its aesthetic value lies in the collection remaining intact and accordingly should be offered for sale in its entirety.


Included with the collection:

  • A fine copy of “The Generic Names of the Holarctic Butterflies” Vol. 1 1758-1863 by Francis Hemming. 1934.

  • The Generic Names of the Butterflies and their type-species (Lepidoptera:Rhopalocera) by Francis Hemming. Bulletin of the British museum (Natural History) London 1967.

  • Captain A F Hemming C.B.E. “The Butterflies of Transjordan” from the Transactions of the Entomological Society of London, 31st December 1932.


The “Hemming Collection” – Directed to be sold by Bigwood Fine Art Auctioneers on Friday 27th March at 10.30am. On view day prior 9.30am – 7.30pm. (Private previews may be arranged strictly by appointment) Viewing and sale location, The Old School, Tiddington, Stratford-upon-Avon. Warwickshire. CV37 7AW Tel:-01789 269415.

Web-site www.bigwoodauctioneers.co.uk


NOMENCLATURE: the naming and classification of insects


PALAEARCTIC: the largest of the eight ECO ZONES of the World, covering Europe, Asia North of the Himalayas, North Africa and North and Central Arabian Peninsula.


PARATYPE: when more than one specimen used to describe a ‘holotype’ or newly discovered species – then the other specimens apart from the holotype are referred to as PARATYPES.


Norman Denbigh Riley (1890-1979): One of the greatest museum entomologists of the 20th Century. Joined the Department of Entomology B.M. (Natural History) in 1911 and became Keeper in 1932 until his retirement in 1955. He became half of the famous duo Higgins & Riley, authors of the most widely used

“A Field Guide to the Butterflies of Britain and Europe”


Laurie Christie (1924-2001): Best known as a supplier of entomological equipment specimens and books. At an early age worked for Watkins & Doncaster, STRAND; following the demolition of this famous firm went into business with Capt. GRENOPP, after whose death became a sole trader working out of STREATHAM.


Miriam Rothschild (1908-2004): Daughter of the Hon Nathaniel Charles Rothschild, eminent Naturalist and Entomologist.

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