Published 18th April 2017
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 telephone bidding.
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 Mountain (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.
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 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.
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.
Entries are currently invited for the next Fine Art Sale to be held on 11th/12th July 2017.