Two Day Fine Art Sale with European and Oriental Ceramics, Glass, Pictures, Works of Art, Clocks, Watches, Jewellery and Furniture
This auction has 958 fine art lots.
The New Year looks like it will be a prosperous one if the first Fine Sale of 2016 is anything to go by. Containing more than a 1,000 lots, it starts as usual with the Silver section which includes pieces from Denmark, Holland, France and China, but also has a strong offering of Georgian silver, which includes a George II kettle (FS29/176) by Thomas Whipham, a glorious toothpick holder in the form of a pig (FS29/151) and a slightly later bread basket modelled with summer blooms and ears of wheat (FS29/117).
Whilst the Jewellery section has the usual array of good quality gem set rings, one of the most desirable pieces is also silver. Embellished with green and blue enamel it takes the form of an Arts & Crafts buckle made by Jessie Marion King for Liberty (FS29/233) and is estimated at £1,000-£1,500. Another silver and enamelled piece is the 1925 Montblanc baby safety pen (FS29/211).
Day One of the sale is completed with Paintings that includes a number of sporting paintings by Henry Alken Junior (FS29/360) and (FS29/363), but features work by contemporary artists like John Bratby who's pencil, ink and pastel Aphrodite Belly Dancer reclining at Taverna (FS29/346) is affordable and a lot of fun. The section also has several collections of photographs amongst them a carbon print by Herbert Ponting of A Fakir of Holy Benares (FS29/448) and a series of gelatin silver prints by Lewis Wickes Hine used for the Survey of Child Labour Conditions in America, amongst them Oyster Shuckers in Biloxi (FS29/465).
The second day's sale starts with the glass and ceramics and includes a previously unrecorded wine bottle for Sir James Tillie of PentillIe Castle (FS29/485) and a crisply decorated Yongzheng period eggshell porcelain 'cockerel bowl' (FS29/505) estimated at £1,000-£2,000 and a Wedgwood Willow Fairyland lustre jar and cover dating from 1925 (FS29/577), but is suitably completed by an extensive single owner collection of 18th century English porcelain that includes Chelsea, Bow, Worcester, Longton Hall and all the usual suspects.
Highlights include an early Worcester octagonal cup, circa 1753 (FS29/586), a Chelsea Kakiemon teabowl and saucer (FS29/600). The Works of Art has an eclectic offering that includes a Chinese reverse painting on glass depicting a charming Chinese family at the table (FS29/725) and a black lacquer box decorated with the comedy actor John Liston playing the part of Paul Pry (FS29/789), but also includes a Fijian throwing club (FS29/768), a number of pewter pieces by Archibald Knox and two coconut cups (FS29/811, 812).
The second day is completed with a full furniture section that includes a good offering of carpets with estimates from £100-£1,500 and a splendid French giltwood and marble centre table (FS29/1053). There also a large consignment of furniture from Rockbeare Manor including a large club fender (FS29/1056) and many mirrors, the pick of which could be yours for £1,200-£1,500 (FS29/1061).
Order of Sale
The order of sale will be:-
Tuesday, 19th January 2016 10:00am
Silver (starting at lot 1)
Tuesday, 19th January 2016 12:30pm
Watches and Jewellery (starting at lot 181)
Tuesday, 19th January 2016 2:30pm
Oil Paintings, Watercolours, Drawings and Miniatures (starting at lot 301)
Wednesday, 20th January 2016 10:00am
Oriental and European Ceramics and Glass (starting at lot 401)
Wednesday, 20th January 2016 12:30pm
Works of Art and Clocks (starting at lot 681)
Wednesday, 20th January 2016 2:30pm
Furniture (starting at lot 881)