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Autumn 2017 Fine Sale Review

Rachel Littlewood looks at the highlights of the Autumn 2017 Fine Sale. The Jewellery was particularly strong with some excellent results but Silver was bouyant too with some great results in the Ceramics and Glass section of the sale. The other sections were also strong with some nice surprises amongst the Works of Art.

A graduated diamon three stone ring (FS36/336) realised £13,000.

A graduated diamon three stone ring (FS36/336) realised £13,000.

The last Fine Art Sale of 2017 provided some superb results on 3rd and 4th October. The jewellery auction within the sale was particularly strong, with a graduated diamond three stone ring (FS36/336) with circular brilliant cut diamonds weighing 1.30cts, 1.80cts and 1.45cts respectively, in pierced gallery setting selling for a dazzling £13,000, closely followed by a platinum and diamond solitaire ring (FS36/337) the circular brilliant cut estimated to weigh 3.5cts which sold for £11,500.

A Platinum and Diamond Solitaire Ring (FS36/337), which sold for £11,500.

A Platinum and Diamond Solitaire Ring (FS36/337), which sold for £11,500.

A pair of continental silver candlesticks, bearing French import marks (FS36/110), fetched £3,000 in the silver auction.

A pair of continental silver candlesticks, bearing French import marks (FS36/110), fetched £3,000 in the silver auction.

Silver prices were buoyant too, with a pair of Continental silver candlesticks (FS36/110) bearing French import marks, measuring 19cm high and weighing 21.94ozs realising an unexpected £3,000.

The first day of the auction concluded with the paintings, where a watercolour heightened in gilt by John Everett Millais (1829–1896) (FS36/476) signed with a monogram and dated 1876 lower left went under the hammer for £4,200 and an oil on board by John Hamilton Hay (1874–1916) titled Evening in the Village Square (FS36/434) signed and dated 1908 bottom right realised £4,000.

Effie Dean (FS36/476) by artist John Everett Millais (1829-1896) attracted a winning bid of £4,200.

Effie Dean (FS36/476) by artist John Everett Millais (1829-1896) attracted a winning bid of £4,200.

An oil on board by James Hamilton Hay (1874-1916), painted in 1908, found a new owner for £4,000.

An oil on board by James Hamilton Hay (1874-1916), painted in 1908, found a new owner for £4,000.

Day Two commenced with the ceramics and glass auction, where two Gardner (Moscow) porcelain figures of a Berry Picker and a Coachman (FS36/625) dating from circa 1830–40 with good professional restoration sold for £5,500 and a Royal Worcester porcelain cup and saucer attributed to George Owen (FS36/615) of finely reticulated form around a white and turquoise jewelled zigzag band and tooled gilding, green back stamp and indistinct date code for 1882 and gilders mark was fiercely contested, finally selling for £4,800.

Two Gardner (Moscow) porcelain figures of a berry picker (illustrated above) and a coachman (FS36/625) realised £5,500 in the ceramcis auction.

Two Gardner (Moscow) porcelain figures of a berry picker (illustrated above) and a coachman (FS36/625) realised £5,500 in the ceramcis auction.

The Royal Worcester porcelain cup and saucer (FS36/615), attributed To George Owen,
        succombed to a bid of £4,800.

The Royal Worcester porcelain cup and saucer (FS36/615), attributed To George Owen, succombed to a bid of £4,800.

As always, there were a few surprises in the Works of Art auction within the sale. A set of three late 19th/early 20th Century Chinese silkwork panels (FS36/683) depicting exotic birds amongst flowering shrubs and bamboo, measuring 89cm x 26cm realised £4,900, whilst a large and impressive Japanese bronze group of a trumpeting elephant being attacked by two tigers (FS36/690) signed Morimitsu dating from the Meiji period sold for £4,100.

Another good result in the works of art section was for a German silver gilt mounted moss agate cup and cover (FS36/749) with lappet shaped banded mounts. Probably dating from the late 17th Century and measuring 11cm high, it proved highly sought after and went under the hammer for £5,500.

This set of Chinese silkwork panels (FS36/683) caused a stir when they went under the hammer for £4,900.

This set of Chinese silkwork panels (FS36/683) caused a stir when they went under the hammer for £4,900.

The Japanese bronze group of a trumpeting elephant (FS36/690), dating to the Meiji period, sold for £4,100.

The Japanese bronze group of a trumpeting elephant (FS36/690), dating to the Meiji period, sold for £4,100.

A German silver-gilt mounted Moss Agate Cup and Cover (FS36/749) realised £5,500 in the Works of Art auction.

A German silver-gilt mounted Moss Agate Cup and Cover (FS36/749) realised £5,500 in the Works of Art auction.

Furniture prices were good throughout, with a carved walnut rectangular card table in the George I taste (FS36/870) selling for £4,500, whilst a fine Napoleon III mahogany, kingwood, burr waltnut and marquetry table de milieu (FS36/961) in the Louis XVI style realised £7,000.

A Carved Walnut Rectangular Card Table (FS36/870) fetched £4,500.

A Carved Walnut Rectangular Card Table (FS36/870) fetched £4,500.

A Fine Napoleon III Mahogany, Kingwood, Burr Walnut and Marquetry Table de Milieu
        (FS36/961) attracted a winning bid of £7,000.

A Fine Napoleon III Mahogany, Kingwood, Burr Walnut and Marquetry Table de Milieu (FS36/961) attracted a winning bid of £7,000.

The next Fine Art Sale is to be held on 23rd/24th January 2018 and entries are currently being invited. For further information or to include and item or items in this auction, please telephone (01392) 413100.

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