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Excellent Sale Results in the latest Picture Auction

Daniel Goddard, Head of the Picture Department, reports on the excellent results achieved in the recent picture auction, which saw a painting by Franz Richard Unterberger realise £25,000 as well as several others in excess of £20,000.

A still life of garden flowers by the artist Winifred Nicholson (FS20/520) realised £20,000 in the fine picture auction
        of our Autumn 2013 Fine Sale.

A still life of garden flowers by the artist Winifred Nicholson (FS20/520) realised £20,000 in the fine picture auction of our Autumn 2013 Fine Sale.

The impressive Franz Richard Unterberger (1838-1901) oil painting of All Saint's Day in Positano (FS20/473) made the top price of £25,000 in the picture auction of our Fine Art Sale in October 2013.

The top lot in the sale was the painting of All Saint's Day in Positano by Austrian artist Franz Richard Unterberger (FS20/473), which
    made £25,000.

The top lot in the sale was the painting of All Saint's Day in Positano by Austrian artist Franz Richard Unterberger (FS20/473), which made £25,000.

An upright composition, it depicted a procession lead by a priest in a ceremonial chair along cobbled streets into sunlight at the centre of the town. Numerous figures line the way with those nearest kneeling and general commotion and activity among those in anticipation further along the street.

With the other top three lots all selling in excess of £20,000, and very few pictures unsold, the sale was a great success and showed encouraging signs for picture market.

The oil painting of Venice by the painter William Wyld (1806-1889) sold during the auction for £21,000.

The oil painting of Venice by the painter William Wyld (1806-1889) sold during the auction for £21,000.

From the same collection as the Unterberger came a 19th century oil painting of Venice by William Wyld (FS20/394), which was also keenly contested on the day and sold at £21,000 against an estimate of £8,000-£12,000. This led the way amoung the Venetian views, but the Emma Ciardi (1879-1933) painting of a Venetian backwater (FS20/397) also attracted plenty of pre-sale interest. Ciardi is a nice artist with a bold and imaginative use of colour and this small oil made £3,400.

There were several Venetian views on offer - the one by Emma Ciardi (1879-1933) attracted plenty of pre-sale interest and was sold at £3,400 (FS20/397).

There were several Venetian views on offer - the one by Emma Ciardi (1879-1933) attracted plenty of pre-sale interest and was sold at £3,400 (FS20/397).

Against an estimate of £12,000-£18,000, the Heywood Hardy painting titled Riders on the Shore (FS20/408) made £22,000. The subject of a young couple exercising fine horses on a fresh sunny day was most appealing and the excellent condition made it an attractive proposition for several private buyers.

The Heywood Hardy painting of Riders on the Shore depicting a young couple exercising their horses on a sunny beach (FS20/408)
        fetched £22,000.

The Heywood Hardy painting of Riders on the Shore depicting a young couple exercising their horses on a sunny beach (FS20/408) fetched £22,000.

Of the more 20th Century pictures the Winifred Nicholson still life (FS20/520) attracted a private buyer too. This was a calm and understated work that had a certain slow-burning moody presence and fetched £20,000.

The watercolour of The Pool of London (FS20/486) by artist Charles Dixon (1872-1934) fetched £3,900 against an
        estimate of £2,000-£3,000.

The watercolour of The Pool of London (FS20/486) by artist Charles Dixon (1872-1934) fetched £3,900 against an estimate of £2,000-£3,000.

Hulk in Plymouth Sound (FS20/467) by the artist Samuel Phillips Jackson (1830-1904) 
       made £3,900 in the Westcountry auction held in Devon.

Hulk in Plymouth Sound (FS20/467) by the artist Samuel Phillips Jackson (1830-1904) made £3,900 in the Westcountry auction held in Devon.

A number of excellent watercolours made strong prices. The Charles Dixon panorama of The Pool of London (FS20/486), which was a little down in colour, had an estimate of £2,000-£3,000 and made £3,900 and on the same maritime theme, a beautifully painted view of Plymouth Sound (FS20/467) at sunset with a tug boat and hulk in the foreground by Samuel Phillips Jackson made £1,750.

The painting 'St Andrews Stormy Seas Breaking Against the Cliffs' (FS20/438) by artist Myles Birket Foster (1825-1899) was sold for £4,800.

The painting 'St Andrews Stormy Seas Breaking Against the Cliffs' (FS20/438) by artist Myles Birket Foster (1825-1899) was sold for £4,800.

The Miles Birkett Foster watercolour seascape of the coast at St Andrews (FS20/438) is not the sort of work the artist is primarily known for, but the quality was unmistakable and though this too was a little faded, it was bought at £4,800 against the estimate of £3,000-£5,000.

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood were selling a small collection of pictures by the Westcountry artist John White Abbot (1763-1851) in the picture auction. This particular lot (FS20/448) fetched the highest
        price in the collection with the hammer falling at £3,400.

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood were selling a small collection of pictures by the Westcountry artist John White Abbot (1763-1851) in the picture auction. This particular lot (FS20/448) fetched the highest price in the collection with the hammer falling at £3,400.

There was also a collection of eight lots by John White Abbot (1763-1851) who was born in Exeter and rarely left the Westcountry (FS20/446-453). The style employed by John White Abbot was influenced by and very close to that of his master Francis Towne, with neat pen outlines and clear colour washes. This academic group was highly admired and each of the ten lots sold for between £300 and £900 with one exception, a tree study (FS20/448), which made significantly more at £3,400! This appears to be an earlier period drawing and is a more detailed, refined and worked-up example and for these reasons stood out on the day.

The portrait of Helen Elizabeth Hutchison painted by her father William Oliphant Hutchison (1889-1970) (FS20/391)
        realised £7,000 in the auction.

The portrait of Helen Elizabeth Hutchison painted by her father William Oliphant Hutchison (1889-1970) (FS20/391) realised £7,000 in the auction.

There was a strong section of portraits study of Helen Elizabeth Hutchison as a teenager (FS20/391) painted by her father William Oliphant Hutchison. This was a highly decorative and attractive period portrait and the £1,000-£1,500 estimate was perhaps rather cautious. The portrait had been exhibited with the Society of Scottish Artist and also had a Paris Salon label for 1962. These factors and the high quality carved wood frame help the picture reach £7,000.

Our next major picture sale is on 21st/22nd January 2014 and the catalogue will be online before Christmas. Please contact Dan Goddard or Martin Scadgell in our picture department to discuss consigning a single picture or collection. In the meantime, we have a 100 lot picture sale on 19th November 2013.

Tags

  • Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood
  • Fine Picture Auctions
  • Franz Richard Unterberger (1838-1901)
  • William Wyld (1806-1889)
  • Emma Ciardi (1879-1933)
  • Heywood Hardy (1842-1933)
  • Charles Dixon (1872-1934)
  • Samuel Phillips Jackson (1830-1904)
  • Myles Birket Foster (1825-1899)
  • John White Abbot (1763-1851)
  • William Oliphant Hutchison (1889-1970)

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