Fine Art Auction Review
Rachel Littlewood reviews the January 2017 Fine Sale, which saw the Dorothea Sharp
painting in the auction sell for £48,000 and a Chinese wucai porcelain calligraphy
brush handle exceed all expectations with a hammer price of £33,000. There were
many other excellent results in what proved to be a vibrant two day auction at the
South West Auction Centre.
Dorothea Sharp (1874–1955): Summer's Day (FS33/429) sold for £48,000.
The highest selling price in the January 2017 Fine Sale
was achieved for an oil
on canvas by Dorothea Sharp (1874–1955) titled A Summer's Day
(FS33/429). Depicting two young girls walking through a cornfield, typical of her
work and signed Dorothea Sharp bottom left, it proved to be a highly sought
after painting with many telephone bidders 'fighting it out' and, after keen bidding,
the hammer finally went down for £48,000. Also in the picture section
of the sale was an oil on board by Brian A Shields 'braaq' (1951–1997) titled Just Spent Me
Mams Money on This. Titled on a label attached to the backboard
and measuring 44.5cm x 60cm, it realised £8,200.
Just Spent Me Mams Milk Money on This (FS33/359) by artist Brian A Shields 'Braaq'
(1951-1997) realised £8,200 in Exeter.
In the ceramics section
of the sale, a Chinese wucai porcelain calligraphy brush
(FS33/621) exceeded all expectations. Probably dating from the 19th Century
and measuring 16cm long, it was decorated in under glaze blue and over glaze red,
green and yellow with a dragon chasing flaming pearls. There was again large numbers
of telephone bidders and interest from the internet bidding platform, which secured
a hammer price of £33,000.
An Italian Della Robbia
maiolica plaque (FS33/656) relief moulded with the Madonna and Child
flanked by two Saints sold for £7,200.
Chinese Wucai porcelain calligraphy brush handle (FS33/621) in the ceramics section
of the sale exceeded all expectations to realise £33,000.
An Italian 'Della Robbia' Maiolica Plaque (FS33/656) also sold well for £7,200 in
the Ceramics section of the auction.
prices were strong in the sale with a diamond single stone ring
(FS33/320) selling for £6,800, whilst a 19th Century sapphire and diamond bee brooch
(FS33/230), set with rose cut diamonds sold for £4,300
This 19th Century Sapphire and Diamond Bee Brooch (FS33/230) offered in our Two
Day Fine Art Sale went under the hammer for £4,300.
In the silver section
an impressive Edward VII silver two handled centre bowl
(FS33/148) maker Goldsmiths and Silversmiths Co Ltd, London 1903, weighing a massive
134.53ozs realised £5,600.
An Impressive Edward VII Silver Two-handled Centre Bowl by Goldsmiths and Silversmiths
Co Ltd sold for £5,600.
There were a few star lots in the works of art section
of the sale with a large
Japanese carved and stained ivory articulated dragon
(FS33/888) formed from numerous overlapping sections with spines which sold for
£19,000 and a Chinese bronze censer (FS33/851) bearing
six character Xuande mark which went under the hammer for £10,500. Also, a Fijian club
(FS33/916) exceeded expectations selling for £8,600.
The large Japanese Carved and Stained Ivory Articulated Dragon (FS33/888) in the
Works of Art section was acquired on a bid of £19,000.
The Fijian Throwing Club (FS33/888) in the Works of Art section of the auction also
exceeded expectations, attracting a winning bid of £8,600.
prices were strong too, with an 18th Century Anglo Indian and chinoiserie decorated cabinet on stand
(FS33/1219) selling for £7,500 and an apprenticeman's 18th Century walnut oyster veneer chest
(FS33/1097) selling for £4,400.
The Furniture section of the auction saw this 18th Century Anglo-Indian and Chinoiserie
Decorated Cabinet on a Stand (FS33/1219) sell for £7,500.
An Apprenticeman's 18th Century Walnut Oyster Veneer Chest (FS33/1097) also sold
for £4,400 in the Furniture section of the sale.
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