Published 24th April 2015
The star lot of the sale was a fine and large Chinese red cinnabar lacquer 'dragon' box and cover (FS26/733). Of circular form, the domed cover was carved with a five clawed dragon writhing around a flaming pearl surrounded by cloud scrolls. The sides had four further dragons and two pearls between key pattern borders. With provenance of a private collection in Dorset, this unusual piece created quite a stir from the Internet and telephone bidders and finally went under the hammer for £44,000.
In the ceramics section of the sale, a rare English delftware blue-dash charger (FS26/493) surpassed its estimate. Painted in blue, yellow, iron red and green with a large peacock displaying between trees, this rare piece was highly sought after. This charger belongs to a small but distinctive group of early 18th Century delftware chargers boldly painted with a variety of bird, animal and figure subjects. Again there was huge interest on both internet bidding platforms and it was sold for £23,000.
A similar charger painted with a figure representing Pulcinella (FS26/492), wearing his jester's costume with sugar loaf hat realised £11,500.
A super quality Persian ivory, mother of pearl and horn mounted wood box and cover (FS26/803) in the form of a parrot also exceeded expectations selling for £13,500
In the jewellery section of the sale, a Patek Philippe gentleman's 18th gold wristwatch (FS26/176) sold extremely well at £9,000 and a diamond single stone ring (FS26/306) with a round old brilliant cut diamond estimated to weigh 2.2.cts sold for £5,400.
A charming painting by Henry Ryland (1856-1924) entitled Classical beauty with Greek lyre on a marble balcony (FS26/332), signed and dated Henry Ryland 1902 fetched £4,800.
A provincial Queen Anne silver bleeding bowl (FS26/142) by the maker John Elston of Exeter, 1707 proved popular too. Of beaten compressed circular form, the pierced and scroll handle with pricked initials EC and MI and measuring 12cm diameter. It went under the hammer for £2,800.
In the furniture section of the sale, a George III mahogany serpentine fronted sideboard (FS26/920) of small size realised £2,700.
Three Meissen porcelain plates (FS26/568) were also highly sought after. Each were decorated in white enamel on a cobalt blue ground with classical Greek figures within gold borders. After extended bidding they realised £4,700.
Entries are currently being invited for the next Quarterly Fine Art Sale (FS27) to be held on 14th/15th July 2015. Entries close on 9th June 2015.