Published 22nd September 2015
The Autumn 2015 Fine Art Sale to be held on 6th/7th October 2015 at the South West of England Saleroom Complex in Okehampton Street, Exeter, Devon promises some impressive items with over 900 lots on offer in silver, jewellery, paintings, ceramics, works of art and furniture.
Day One of the sale starts off with the silver auction where a pair of silver sugar nips by the well-known maker Paul Storr (FS28/65) are being offered with a pre-sale estimate of £400-£500 and a George V silver four piece tea service and matching tray (FS28/12) is inviting bids of £1,200-£1,500. A pair of Georg Jensen silver candlesticks by Harold Nelson (FS28/73) are also expected to create interest with an estimate of £500-£700.
Closely followed on the heels of the silver section is the jewellery auction. An 18ct white gold, emerald and diamond three stone ring (FS28/274) with central emerald cut emerald between old brilliant cut diamonds each approximately 0.60ct is estimated at £2,000-£3,000, whilst an early 20th Century gold and diamond mounted three stone ring (FS28/286) with central round, brilliant cut diamond estimated to weight 1.5cts set between smaller round brilliant cut diamonds (each approximately 0.55ct) carries a pre-sale estimate of £5,000-£7,000. More modestly priced is an early 20th Century amethyst and seal pearl fringe necklace (FS28/243) with seventeen round and oval amethysts estimated at £300-£400.
Day One of the Fine Sale concludes with the paintings auction, the highlight of course being the superb John Constable (1776–1837) oil sketch on canvas titled Landscape with Horses (FS28/409). With impeccable provenance, this painting by the world renowned John Constable carries a pre-sale estimate of £40,000-£60,000.
Other highlights include The Little Dancer by Charles A Buchel (1872–1950) (FS28/414) with an estimate of £2,000-£3,000 and a silkscreen print entitled Blue Circle (FS28/301) by Sir Terry Frost (1915–2003), which is estimated at £800-£1,200.
Gabrielle Ricciardelli's (fl 1745–1777) oil on canvas of an extensive landscape (FS28/360) from Rockbeare Manor, Exeter, Devon is also expected to create considerable interest with an estimate of £15,000-£20,000.
Day Two starts off with the fine ceramics and glassware auction with a Chinese Cong vase and cover with a four character mark for 'Hall for the Cultivation of Virtue' (FS28/492) estimated at £8,000-£12,000 and another Chinese piece – a Wu Shuang Pu vase (FS28/492) with an estimate of £1,000-£2,000. Made a little closer to home is a late 17th Century English delft spice jar (FS28/523) inviting bids of £600-£800. A a Lalique car mascot 'Faucon' (FS28/468) is expected to fly with a pre-sale estimate of £1,500-£2,000.
A Chinese carved cinnabar lacquer box and cover (FS28/636) is also expected to create a good deal of interest and is estimated at £800-£1,200.
With possibly the biggest furniture section having been offered in one of Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood's fine art auctions, there are some superb pieces to go under the hammer in this last section of the auction.
In particular are the selected items from Rockbeare Manor, Exeter, Devon, which Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood are privileged to be offering including a George III mahogany breakfront library bookcase of large size (FS28/942) with an estimate of £20,000-£30,000 and a George III mahogany sideboard table of arc outline (FS28/940) estimated at £20,000-£25,000. A superb Regency mahogany three pillar D end dining table (FS28/933) is also expected to sell well carrying a pre-sale estimate of £15,000-£20,000.
This is just a small selection of lots on offer from Rockbeare Manor and there are also numerous other properties included within this section of the sale.
A collection of Colonial and campaign furniture (FS28/851-871) is sure to interest many with items such as a 19th Century colonial hardwood and inlaid secretaire cabinet (FS28/861) estimated at £1,500-£2,000 and a 19th Century Indo colonial hardwood and ivory inlaid rectangular kneehole desk (FS28/859), which invites bids of £3,500-£4,500.