Published 6th October 2017
The last Fine Art Sale of 2017 provided some superb results on 3rd and 4th October. The jewellery auction within the sale was particularly strong, with a graduated diamond three stone ring (FS36/336) with circular brilliant cut diamonds weighing 1.30cts, 1.80cts and 1.45cts respectively, in pierced gallery setting selling for a dazzling £13,000, closely followed by a platinum and diamond solitaire ring (FS36/337) the circular brilliant cut estimated to weigh 3.5cts which sold for £11,500.
Silver prices were buoyant too, with a pair of Continental silver candlesticks (FS36/110) bearing French import marks, measuring 19cm high and weighing 21.94ozs realising an unexpected £3,000.
The first day of the auction concluded with the paintings, where a watercolour heightened in gilt by John Everett Millais (1829–1896) (FS36/476) signed with a monogram and dated 1876 lower left went under the hammer for £4,200 and an oil on board by John Hamilton Hay (1874–1916) titled Evening in the Village Square (FS36/434) signed and dated 1908 bottom right realised £4,000.
Day Two commenced with the ceramics and glass auction, where two Gardner (Moscow) porcelain figures of a Berry Picker and a Coachman (FS36/625) dating from circa 1830–40 with good professional restoration sold for £5,500 and a Royal Worcester porcelain cup and saucer attributed to George Owen (FS36/615) of finely reticulated form around a white and turquoise jewelled zigzag band and tooled gilding, green back stamp and indistinct date code for 1882 and gilders mark was fiercely contested, finally selling for £4,800.
As always, there were a few surprises in the Works of Art auction within the sale. A set of three late 19th/early 20th Century Chinese silkwork panels (FS36/683) depicting exotic birds amongst flowering shrubs and bamboo, measuring 89cm x 26cm realised £4,900, whilst a large and impressive Japanese bronze group of a trumpeting elephant being attacked by two tigers (FS36/690) signed Morimitsu dating from the Meiji period sold for £4,100.
Another good result in the works of art section was for a German silver gilt mounted moss agate cup and cover (FS36/749) with lappet shaped banded mounts. Probably dating from the late 17th Century and measuring 11cm high, it proved highly sought after and went under the hammer for £5,500.
Furniture prices were good throughout, with a carved walnut rectangular card table in the George I taste (FS36/870) selling for £4,500, whilst a fine Napoleon III mahogany, kingwood, burr waltnut and marquetry table de milieu (FS36/961) in the Louis XVI style realised £7,000.
The next Fine Art Sale is to be held on 23rd/24th January 2018 and entries are currently being invited. For further information or to include and item or items in this auction, please telephone (01392) 413100.