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January 24th 2014 Fine Art Pre-sale Report

20 January 2014


We have a fantastic collection of 18th century and 19th century icons entered into our upcoming Fine Art Sale (Lots 317 to 328). This private collection was put together over many years and is attracting lots of interest.



Above left: Lot 323, a 19c Russian icon, Jesus Christ and biblical scenes, estimate £300-£400. Above right: Lot 324 a 19c Russian icon, Mary and the life of Jesus with St Nicholas, St George and Anastasia, and St Michael, estimate £400 - £500.


We also have two great examples of the artist Hercules Brabazon Brabazon 1821 - 1906: Lot 299, Venice, watercolour and pastel, signed in mono, framed and glazed, and Lot 300, Palermo, pencil and watercolour, titled, signed in mono, framed and glazed.


Above: Lot 299, Hercules Brabazon Brabrazon 1821/1906, Venice, Watercolour and pastel, estimate £150-£200.


Other items of interest include:


Lot 11, a book, Bullets and Billets by Bruce Bairnsfather, including an original letter from a member of the Wiltshire regiment who fought in the second battle of Ypres on the western front which may provide a great deal of interest to collectors of World War I memorabilia.


Lot 13, a Lanes telescopic view of The Great Exhibition, 1851 which gives us a fantastic insight into the grandeur of decoration in the early Victorian period.


Above: Lot 13, Lanes telescopic view of The Great Exhibition 1851, estimate £350-£400


Lot 49, a high quality, early 19c English double fusee bracket clock; hopefully the demand for good quality clocks will return in this sale.


Above: Lot 49, an early 19c English double fusee bracket clock, estimate £2,300 - £2,500.

Lot 58, an early 19c chondrometer, for gauging the weight per bushel of grain including its quality and water content. Things have moved on in the farming world since the days when this was used but hopefully it will still find a market on Friday.


In the silver section, we have an interesting collection of Georgian flatware on offer, featuring many items made by the Bateman family. If you are looking for silver with some weight to it then look no further than Lot 203, a George IV tea tray, approximately 120oz.



Above: Lot 203, a George IV two handled tray, estimate £1,000 - £1,200.


Will the Oriental ceramics section hold surprises such as those we saw during the last Fine Art sale when many lots exceeded their estimates by a long way? We have an interesting selection on offer including Lot 222, a Kraak porcelain dish and Lot 215, an 18c Kangxi period wine ewer.


Above: Lot 215, an 18c Kangxi period wine ewer, estimate £300 - £400.


Lot 311, in the manner of J.M.W. Turner, a Scottish lock, unsigned, features a Fine Art Society label to reverse which may add provenance to the picture and exceed its conservative estimate of £400/ £500.


For buyers with a local interest we have a Thomas Kitchin map of Hertfordshire showing the roads, rectories, vicarages and seats of nobility and gentry.


The furniture section features a large range of furniture from around the world including a Scottish chest, Windsor Thames Valley scroll back chairs, Chinese hardwood altar table, a Dutch marquetry tilt top table, a South American or Iberian pair of painted carved armchairs, a western India rosewood chair, and an English oak dresser.


All enquiries welcome.

Our next Fine Art Sale will be held on May 2nd 2014






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