The HK House of Peers and Harmony Kingdom offered you the opportunity to win Leclair, an extremely rare David Lawrence prototype. At the same time you would be assisting NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill), a grass roots organization dedicated to eradicating mental illness and improving the quality of life for those affected by these diseases.
Leclair was carved by David Lawrence in 2002 and produced in England. The production piece is available as a fixed edition of 5,000.
What makes this particular prototype so exceptional is its extreme rarity of type. As the first few pieces came out of the molds, a question was brought up about the lid. Production was halted, and one of the first pieces out was taken to be assessed. The bottom of the lid and base were finished, and the piece was polished. Nothing else was done to it.
One of David's mice is sitting on top of his fiddle case playing a fiddle.His little cap, complete with tiny detailed coins, and David's signature acorn sits upturned waiting for any donations. The travel stickers on the case are from places David visited in 2002, with the exception of Paris. The inspiration for the piece was David's newly found hobby of learning to play the violin. He started taking lessons about three years ago, along with his daughter Rose.
This Leclair prototype has a base, while the production piece does not. There is no stain or color on it. It remains the mellow ivory color it was when it came out of the mold. It is not marked Prototype.
The interior contains Rose's "Grade 2" music book, a piece of sheet music and a school pass for Rose. Mrs. Benison, the village fiddle teacher, is referenced as "Mrs. B" on the interior. This same lady has a most wonderful bureau, also by David Lawrence, named after her.
Leclair Prototype Interior & Lid
Leclair also contains all the HK hallmarks, David's initials and 1 for Version 1. The crown stamp is not on the top or bottom of the piece.
Due to the fact that it is a "First Out" prototype, the detail is unbelievable! You can even see the edges of the coins (photo above) in the hat! It is an extremely beautiful and very rare one of a kind prototype.
Do not miss the opportunity to add this beautiful, rare piece to your collection. You will not only bring joy to yourself, but you will help bring joy to those who NAMI supports.
This auction was held on
and ended September 28, 2003
raising $197.50 for NAMI
Harmony Kingdom Leclair Prototype-Charity!
eBay Auction was a charity auction sponsored by the HK House of Peers to benefit NAMI.
NAMI is the nation's leading grassroots organization solely dedicated to improving the lives of persons with severe mental illnesses (major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and anxiety disorders). Their efforts focus on support to persons with serious mental illnesses and to their families. They advocate non-discriminatory and equitable federal and state policies; increased research funding into the causes, symptoms, and treatments for mental illness; and education to eliminate the pervasive stigma toward severe mental illness. Through advocacy and education, NAMI translates biomedical research advances into effective treatment and services for individuals with serious mental illness.