Published 11th January 2013
The catalogue for our next major three-day Fine Art Sale, which begins on 29th January 2013, was posted on the Internet before Christmas, providing a great opportunity for it to be viewed online over the holiday period.
There has been huge interest in the Tryhorn Collection of early English European and Oriental Porcelain. However, the picture section of the sale, which comes-up on Wednesday, 30th January 2013, also includes several lots that have caught the eye online.
We have had a number of enquires about a portrait (FS17/363), which has a modest estimate of just £250-350. The calm and gentile pose of this young lady is no doubt much of the attraction and no doubt the obvious interest will ensure it sells.
One of my favourite paintings in the sale is the Reclining Nude (Lot FS17/351) by a little known artist who I believe to be a Laurie Taylor. The quality of the work is very good and for anyone inclined to own a tasteful nude, then I think this is an excellent opportunity.
Colonel Hallewell's photograph album (FS17/380) is included alongside some topographical watercolours by the Colonel and also his fascinating hand written diaries from 1857-1865. The Colonel's friendship with the photographer Roger Fenton, which is referred to within the diaries, is strong evidence that the views of Bolton Abbey within the album are Fenton's own, and together with some fine topographical photographs including Malta, Gibraltar, the Mediterranean and Crimea along with 200 cartes de visite of British and European royalty and aristocracy, the album is a fascinating view of Britain and Europe in the 1850s and 60s.
Lot FS17/404 is an interesting watercolour of Greenwich, circa 1860, with a busy quayside in the foreground and familiar buildings beyond, it is estimated at £400-£600. We also offer a collection of drawings of Cornish and Plymouth harbours attributed to Nicholas Matthew Condy. The drawings include views of Looe (FS17/407), Polperro (FS17/408), Stonehouse (FS17/409), Eddystone (FS17/411) and Mount Edgcombe (FS17/412).
There are Maltese views (FS17/422-423) and one of Alexandria (FS17/424) by Galea and Gianni and also a strong sporting study of a cockerel, Circle of Henry Alken, estimated at just £250-£350.
Alfred Leyman is one of the better traditional westcountry artists and there two watercolours, both in good condition, which are views of Gittisham and Cathedral Close, Exeter (FS17/435 and FS17/436), both are estimated at £300-£500.
Among the more contemporary pictures is a bright and cheerful group by Mary Martin and Keith Stuart Barnes. Barnes was a member of the circle around the art critic Roger Fry and was influenced by French Post-Impressionism (FS/464-469).
And again, we have a strong collection of paintings by Robert Lenkiewicz which include portrait of Anna (FS17/485), estimated at £6,000-£8,000, a study of The Bishop (FS17/484), estimated at £8,000-£12,000 and a nude estimated at £8,000-£12,000.