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July 29th Fine Art Sale Report

29 July 2011


Our July Fine Art sale successfully followed on from our well represented 20th Century Sale and fortnightly general sales held earlier in the month which have all had an optimistic number of entries.


The sale kicked off with all entries in the book section selling to keen buyers. Two early 19c albums of hand written verse, watercolours and pen and ink drawings sold for an impressive £1600 while others reached and exceeded estimates.


In the metalware section, a pair of 19th Century bronze ewer vases realised £1000, a 19th Century French gilt bronze and porcelain panelled casket sold for £1800, a pair of mid 19th Century French ormolu and porcelain covered urns and covers reached  £1100, and a 17th Century cast iron fire back realised £420.


Irrespective of trade, clocks always seem to attract a fair amount of interest even when entries aren't particularly special. In today's sale, early 19th Century eight day longcase clock by S Hardeman, Bridge realised £720.  This reflects the fall in interest of the middle range longcase clocks.


In the Boxes and Collectables section, a 19th Century mahogany boxed entomological microscope with useful slides realised £620, an Edwardian carved wood travel trunk stamp box made £240, a 19th Century  carved wood lay figure sold for £600, and a goodly find of a pair of late 18th/early 19th Century powder horns sold for £880.


There was also great interest in the jewellery and silver with particular attention on the metal and stone investments; a white gold and diamond set cruciform cluster ring sold for £920, an 18ct yellow topaz and a diamond set ring sold for £680.


A late Victorian silver figurative snuff box made £210, a late Georgian lidded tankard, £1520, a Victorian three piece fruit bowl set, £800, an English Judiaca silver spice tower, £2200, a George III basket  with swing handle, £1520, and a set of four Georgian three branch candelabra realised £5500.


We had a small number of entries in the glass section, however, a pair of 19th Century Bohemian green cut glass fruit coolers realised a hefty £2100.


In the small ceramic section a large late 18th Century ale jug sold for £780, a 19th Century Chinese moon flask made £390, and a 19th Century Vienna porcelain cup, cover and saucer reached £350.  The ceramic  section may appear to have less entries than other sections, however it is important to note that we employ a selection policy whereby only the most interesting items are selected for the sale.


Interest in the pictures and prints section started well with a 19th entry Russian icon realising £1700 and a watercolour by Sir Thomas Lawrence a portrait of a lady selling for £480, but it was most noticeable that the Victorian watercolours have taken a tumble.  In the oil paintings, Oliver Clare, still life of fruit, sold for £420, Louis Dodd, a 18th Century naval shipping, made £480, Gustave De Breanski - fishing boats returning to harbour reached £950, an unsigned painting of an Edwardian portrait of a young lady, £800, a late 17c/early 18c Italian school - the head of a saint, £5500, and a painting in the manner of Bartolomeo Schedone, £3000.


In the furniture section, trade isn't as good as it has been, particularly items of 19th century furniture. 18th century items are selling slightly better, however, and fine items of particular quality and appeal continue to sell well.   An 18th Century Continental walnut and kingwood commode sold for £720, a pair of mid Victorian figured walnut fold over needlework games tables, £1950, a Victorian display table of serpentine rectangular form, £880, and an early 18th Century oak cupboard, £650.


In a period of uncertainty, it was clear in today's sale that items of particular finesse and appeal were attracting the bids in plenty.






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