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Review of July 2011 Fine Sale (Exeter, Devon)

Ngombe Tribal Stool

Ngombe Tribal Stool (FS11/534). Hammer Price £16,500.

Having flagged up the usual suspects before the sale it comes as little surprise to realise that the Mary Fedden Pink and Orange (FS11/334) achieved £8,800; Archibald Thorburn's Cock and Hen Pheasant in a Landscape (FS11/405) £26,000; and David Shepherd's A Cheetah Cub (Lot 407) £6,600; although perhaps a little surprising was Doris Zinkeissen's Tiger, Tiger (FS11/404) achieving £5,500 and the stylish collection of James Emile Laboureur prints netting around £16,000 with perhaps the choice of these being The Shooting Gallery (FS11/310).

All things Chinese seem to be continuing their relentless upward curve with a pale celadon jade 'mountain' (FS11/572) making £40,000 and two smaller lots of jade animals (FS11/554 and FS11/568) bringing in £6,000 and £4,000 respectively, a silver and enamel model of a junk (FS11/565) £5,600 and a pair of porcelain vases converted as lamps outstripping their estimate to make £26,000. Also from far flung Continents, but with a fantastic provenance to Robert Hottot was the Ngombe tribal stool (FS11/534) which bought £16,500.

Other highlight included a silver model of an Arabian horseman (FS11/138) at £16,000; a Breguet et Fils enamelled gold pocket watch for the Turkish market (FS11/165) £9,200; a Rolex Prince wristwatch (FS11/173) £7,000; a yellow enamel Faberge cane handle (FS11/248) £8,500; and a Martin Brothers grotesque spoon warmer £14,500.

The Shooting Gallery from a Collection of Prints by James Emile Laboureur (FS11/310).

The Shooting Gallery from a Collection of Prints by James Emile Laboureur (FS11/310).

If proof was needed that the furniture market is still strong for the right pieces then look no further than the George III mahogany serpentine fronted serving table (FS11/662) at £21,000, a rather tired, but genuine early 19th century mahogany bookcase (FS11/661) at £5,200 and a Victorian burr walnut veneered example (FS11/709) at £5,600.

For more information about future fine sales, please contact Nic Saintey on (01392) 413100.

Tags

  • Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood
  • Fine Sale
  • Mary Fedden
  • Archibald Thorburn
  • David Shepherd
  • Oriental Ceramics
  • Chinese Jade

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