April 2017 Fine Art Auction Review
Rachel Littlewood reviews the successful April 2017 Fine Art Auction that included
a portrait thought to be of Therese Freifau Von Bethmann by Franz Xaver Winterhalter
(1805-1873), which sold for £155,000, and set a world record for the artist James
Dickson Innes (1887-1914).
Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805-1873): A Portrait of A Lady (thought to be Therese
Freifrau Von Bethmann, nee Freiin Vrints V Treuenfeld) (FS34/593) sold for £155,000.
It was the paintings section of the auction that provided the top highlights of
the April 2017 Fine Art Sale
at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood.
An oil on canvas by Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805-1873) depicting a portrait of a lady, thought
to be Therese Freifrau von Bethmann
(FS34/593) exceeded all expectations. There
was immense interest in the painting prior to the auction and this was carried into
the bidding on the day, where it was eventually sold for £155,000 following competitive
Another artist who proved to be very popular was James Dickson Innes (1887-1914).
Bearnes Hampton and Littlewood were offering two paintings by the artist. The Fairy
(FS34/549) an oil on board measuring 22cm x 31.5cm, signed and inscribed and further
inscribed on the reverse Horace de Vere Cole, which achieved a world record price
for the artist realising £41,000. The other painting by James Dickson Innes (1887-1914)
titled Grey Mediterranean
(FS34/548) realised £15,500.
The sale of The Fairy Mountain (FS34/549) by artist James Dickson Innes (1887-1914)
set a world record for the painter, realising £41,000.
Grey Mediterranean (FS34/548), also by painter James Dickson Innes (1887-1914),
faired well achieving £15,500.
The success of the Fine Picture Auction continued with the sale of Chance Meeting
(FS34/548) by Heywood Hardy (1843-1933) for £9,500 proving this artist is ever popular.
Heywood Hardy (1843-1933) proved ever popular, with an oil on canvas titled A chance
Meeting (FS34/628), depicting a horseman with a spaniel
dog, conversing with a country girl by a spring realising £9,500.
Other highlights of the sale included an Elizabeth II silver jug
(FS34/32) (maker Rod Kelly, London 2007) of triangular ovoid form with gilded interior
and chased foliate decoration to the exterior. Weighing 42.10ozs, it realised £7,000.
A pear shaped diamond and ruby cluster ring
(FS34/418) with a pear shaped central diamond weighing 3.9cts sold for £6,900, whilst
a late 19th Century graduated diamond riviere necklace
(FS34/348) with a total diamond weight of 11.00cts sold for £9,000.
An Elizabeth II Silver Jug (FS34/32) by Rod Kelly of London produced in 2007 sold
A pear shaped diamond and ruby cluster ring (FS34/418) realised £6,900 in the Jewellery
The Jewellery section also saw a late 19th Century graduated diamond Riviere necklace
(FS34/348) sell for £9,000.
An Art Deco figure by Demetre H Chiparus (1886-1947)
(FS34/1053) of 'The Dancer of Lebanon' sold for £5,400 and a fine Barr, Flight & Barr (Worcester) two handled
vase of large size
(FS34/845) with gilt dolphin and shell handles, painted with a view of Tintern
Abbey in Monmouthshire sold for £7,200.
A fine Barr, Flight & Barr (Worcester) Two-handled Vase (FS34/845) fetched £7,200.
An Art Deco Figure entitled 'The Dancer of Lebanon' by sculptor Demetre H Chiparus
(1886-1947) (FS34/1053) realised £5,400 in the April 2017 Fine Art Sale.
The furniture maker Shapland and Petter of Barnstaple proved popular in the sale
too, with an Arts and Crafts settle
(FS34/1281) with an inset copper panel 'Welcome Ever Smiles' realising £5,200.
An Arts and Crafts Oak Settle (FS34/1281) by furniture makers Shapland and Petter
of Barnstaple sold for £5,200.
Entries are currently invited for the next Fine Art Sale to be held on 11th/12th
- Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood
- Fine Art Auction
- Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805-1873)
- James Dickson Innes (1887-1914)
- Barr, Flight & Barr
- Rod Kelly
- Shapland and Petter
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