Published 15th September 2017
The Autumn 2017 Fine Art Sale on 3rd/4th October 2017 comprises just under 1,000 lots.
Day One of the sale commences with the silver auction, having just over 130 lots on offer including a pair of Elizabeth II silver novelty condiments by Tiffany & Co (FS36/83), dated London 1961 in the form of owls with inset glass eyes. Each owl is 6cm high and the total weight of the silver is 4.78ozs. These unusual condiments carry a pre-sale estimate of £200-£300, whilst a Victorian silver mounted 'rock crystal' glass claret jug (FS36/133) by the maker Charles Edwards, London and dated 1892 is expected to realised £500-£700.
Following on from the silver, next to come under the hammer is the jewellery auction. A strong section of the sale, with many high value highlights – a few of them include a graduated diamond three stone ring (FS36/336) with circular brilliant cut diamonds weighing 1.30cts, 1.80cts and 1.45cts with a pre-sale estimate of £10,000-£12,000 and a platinum and diamond solitaire ring, the diamond weighing approximately 3.5cts. A beautiful pair of 18ct white gold and diamond pendant earrings (FS36/258) are also expected to create interest with an estimate of £2,500-£2,800.
The final lots to go under the hammer on Day One of the sale are the paintings, where a watercolour heightened in white by John Everett Millais (1829–1896) of Effie Dean (FS36/476) signed with a monogram and dated 1876 lower right carries an estimate of £4,000-£6,000 whilst two oil on panels by Abraham Hulk Snr (1813–1897) (FS36/485) a calm estuary scene, evening, boats at anchor, entering a harbour in a strong breeze, is estimated at £2,500-£3,500.
Day Two of the fine art sale on 4th October 2017 commences with the ceramics and glass. A Royal Worcester porcelain cup and saucer attributed to George Owen (FS36/615) of finely reticulated form is estimated at £800-£1,000 whilst a pair of Wedgwood Fairyland lustre vases (FS36/564) are inviting bids of £1,000-£1,500.
Works of Art and Clocks follow – highlights include a large and impressive Japanese bronze group of a trumpeting elephant being attacked by two tigers (FS36/690). Signed Morimitsu and from the Meiji period, the pre-sale estimate is £2,500-£3,500.
A George III mahogany and quillwork tea caddy (FS36/769) is also expected to sell well – of octagonal outline, the hinged lid and sides decorated with quilling decoration of floral sprays and neo-classical urn decoration the estimate is £400-£600 and in the clocks, a stylish gold, diamond and enamel strut clock by Asprey, London (FS36/821) carries an estimate of £2,000-£3,000.
The final section of the sale includes over 200 lots of furniture, including a Victorian mahogany breakfront library bookcase (FS36/943) estimate £1,500-£2,000, a fine Napoleon III mahogany, kingwood, burr walnut and marquetry table de milieu (FS36/961) in the Louis XVI style estimate £7,000-£9,000 and a pair of mid 19th Century kingwood, crossbanded and gilt metal mounted pier cabinets (FS36/979) with applied scagliola panels, which carry a pre-sale estimate of £6,000-£8,000.
Overall, there are some stunning pieces on offer throughout the auction – one not to be missed.