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July 19th 2013 Fine Art Sale Report

19 July 2013

Record temperatures were recorded in Britain on the day of our July Fine Art Sale and while the soaring temperatures slightly affected viewing attendance any concerns we had were soon dismissed on sale day. A number of interesting items were entered, many of which we had sourced from private clients at house inspections during the previous two months.

 

Items of particular interest included Lot 5, a collection of 24, 17c and early 18c indentures, deeds, partitions and other documents, £280, Lot 9, a pair of flintlock pocket pistols signed R Blanch, London, with screw off barrels, engraved plates and walnut stocks, £680, and Lot 35 a collection of five Spanish plaster relief panels that realised £1,700 despite some damage.

 

Above: Lot 35, one of a collection of five Spanish plaster relief panels, £1,700.

Our selection of antiquities generated great interest in the sale room: Lot 44, a Chinese bronze hu with a cover, Han dynasty, £590, Lot 49, an Egyptian bronze standing figure, £950, Lot 55, a collection of eight flint and stone axe heads located in Tinton, Dorset, £520, Lot 67, a collection of four Corinthian 500/600 BC decorated pottery vessels, £820, Lot 70, five fragments and sherds of attic red figure-wear, £780 and Lot 72, a collection of miscellaneous antiquities and replica items including Romanesque oil lamps, small Egyptian tomb figures, £480.

 

 

Above: Lot 44, a Chinese bronze hu with a cover, Han dynasty, £590.

In the clocks and instruments section, Lot 75, a very tidy mid 18c British hook and spike thirty hour wall clock, sold for £700.

 

Attractive and useful entries in the Boxes, Cabinets and Treen section continue to sell well: Lot 90, a 19c French amboyna veneered and glazed wall hanging cabinet sold for £820.

 

A rather unusual Lot 94, a 19c Anglo Indian horn mounted two compartment tea caddy, as seen below, sold well above estimate at £1,150.

 

Above: Lot 94, a 19c Anglo Indian horn mounted tea caddy, £1,150

 

Oriental entries continued to be in great demand: Lot 126, a 19c Chinese hardwood sceptre carved with lilies and insects, £380, Lot 128, a 19c carved jade brush washer in the form of an upturned lily pan with tendrils, flowers and shells sold for a very good price of £2,350. There was also a number of 19c visiting card cases of which Lot 137, a late 19c tortoiseshell white bone and pewter line inlaid visiting card case with pinned and panelled sides, £210.

 

Items of interest in the Miniature Paintings section included Lot 148, a pair of 19c miniature oil paintings on ivory of a lady and gentlemen in 17c costume, £680 and Lot 151, an early 19c miniature painting on ivory depicting the Madonna and child with St John signed and painted by G Sayer, £410.

 

 

Above: Lot 148, one of a pair of 19c miniature oil paintings on ivory, £680. Above Right: Lot 151, an early 19c miniature painting on ivory depicting the Madonna and child, £410.

 

Some very useful 18c and 19c watches were entered including Lot 153, a mid 18c French pocket watch signed Gudin, Paris, £900, Lot 156, a mid 18c French pocket watch signed Jnm and MI, Vieusseux, £780 and Lot 158, an unusual double dial pocket watch, £410.

 

Items in the Silver section continued to sell itself: Lot 178, a 19c Chinese silver visiting card case embossed and chased with flowers and insects, £420 and Lot 197, a Chinese silver and enamel chatelaine suspended by chains with a mirror, a scent bottle, an aide memoire, a pencil holder and a pill box, £600.

 

Some exceptional prices were reached for European items of silver including Lot 202, a George III coffee pot of tapering baluster form, £580 and Lot 203, a George III lidded tankard of slight tapering ribbed form on a spreading circular base sold well above estimate at £1,220.

 

Above Left: Lot 202, a George III coffee pot, £580. Above Right: Lot 203, a George III lidded tankard, £1,220.

 

We had a limited entry of glass items but Lot 211, a late 19c Stourbridge cameo glass vase and white, sold for an impressive £820 and Lot 224, an 18c wine glass with a pointed round funnel bowl, sold for £210.

 

In the Oriental china, lot 230, an Isnik vase with three figures amongst flowers and distant mountains, £210, Lot 232, a pair of 18c Chinese blue and white rectangular plates, £240 and Lot 237, a 19c Cantonese famille jaune vase of square form sold for £450 despite being damaged.

 

We had an interesting selection of entries of European ceramics including Lot 251, a Liverpool blue and white pickle leaf painted with three leafy flowerheads, £190, Lot 252, a Bow blue and white butter boat, £290, and Lot 253, a Derby blue and white wine taster, £230. The highlight of the ceramics section was without a doubt Lot 264, an 18c Dutch Delft tea caddy of octagonal sided form which sold well above estimate at £2,500.

 

Above: Lot 264, an 18c Dutch Delft tea caddy, £2,500.

 

Demand for paintings was admittedly slow reflecting what has been seen in recent sales, but Lot 319, F Coleridge 1878 signed and dated, £580 and Lot 334, an unsigned pair of ladies in 17c costume, £800 - with much restoration required. The section was completed, however, with a good price for Lot 335, Circle of Konstantinovich, Before the Storm, which realised £1,700.

 

Demand for furniture continues to test auctioneers across the board at the moment but as we usually see, if the item is of particular quality and interest then it usually sells well. Lot 389, a late 19c olive wood Jerusalem davenport £2,300, Lot 415, a pair of rare elm cock fighting stools, £650, Lot 416, a 19c mahogany military chest of split construction, £630, Lot 417 a 19c Louis Phillipe style bonheur du jour writing cabinet, £2,600, Lot 418, a William and Mary oyster veneered cabinet on a later stand, £1,750 and an exceptional fine price for Lot 440, a 17c oak two panel coffer, £2,300. Amongst the furniture section, the oak and country items generated interest and the section closed with Lot 460, a 17c oak joint stool with lunette carved seat reaching an impressive £2,700.

 

 

Above Left: Lot 389, a late 19c olive wood Jerusalem davenport £2,300. Above Right: Lot 417, a 19c Louis Phillipe style bonheur du jour writing cabinet, £2,600

To sum up the sale, it is fair to say that interesting items and items of good quality will usually reach top prices in most categories with prices often equal to or often far better than those achieved in specialist town sales.

 

The next Fine Art Sale will be held on Friday 25th October.

All entries and enquiries are welcome.

 

 

 

 

 

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