Published 9th October 2015
The highest price achieved in the Autumn 2015 Fine Art Auction was within the painting section of the sale where the John Constable painting depicting Landscape with Horses (FS28/409) created a huge stir. Taking nearly fifteen minutes to battle out between telephone bidders, this charming oil on canvas sketch by Constable finally went under the hammer for £252,000.
A rare set of six early 18th Century walnut open armchairs (FS28/782) also proved to be highly sought after. With cartouche shaped backs with arcaded top rails with paper scroll crestings and having triple pierced vertical splats, shaped scroll arm supports and escutcheon shaped solid legs, terminating in pad feet, this unusual set were in great demand. They had superb provenance, being from the 8th Earl of Buckinghamshire and thence by family descent and realised a staggering £21,000.
A mahogany drop dial wall clock by Vulliamy of London (FS28/744) proved popular too, with several phone bidders battling it out to reach its hammer price of £8,800.
The largest lot in the sale, an impressive George III mahogany breakfront library bookcase (FS28/942) of large size from Rockbeare Manor, Exeter, Devon realised a good price. Measuring a massive 418.5cm (13ft 8 3/4in) long and 292cm (9ft 7in) high it was sold for £32,000.
Also within the furniture section was a George III mahogany sideboard table (FS28/940) of arc outline, again from Rockbeare Manor, which realised £18,000.
An oil on canvas by the local artist Thomas Luny (1759-1837) titled Teignmouth Harbour (FS28/413) exceeded expectations realising £14,000. Thomas Luny moved to Teignmouth in 1807. There he received a number of commissions, mostly from ex-mariners, local gentry and businessmen. His output in Devon continued at a pace and during the 30 years in Teignmouth he produced some of his best works.
Jewellery was selling well too, with an early 20th Century gold and diamond mounted three stone ring (FS28/286) with round brilliant cut central diamond estimated to weigh 1.5cts selling for £5,000.
Entries are currently being invited for the next Quarterly Fine Art Sale to be held on 19th/20th January 2016.