Published 31st July 2013
Interest in our July 2013 Fine Sale was worldwide with the top prices reflecting the current world economic situation with Chinese, Indian and Russian art buyers leading the way.
The Fine Sale was held in our Exeter salerooms over two days and was closely followed by a further day's selling in Honiton with the first of two Special Fine Sales to disperse the Nye Furniture Collection, which made for a very hectic few days of auctioneering!
Within the Chinese Metal Wares section of the Fine Sale, the top price was for a bronze censer bearing a six character Xuande mark (FS19/521) that sold for £5,000; closely followed by another bronze censer and stand that realised £3,800 (FS19/522).
Interest from India in a private collection of Rajasthan ivory and polychrome decorated figures led to two elephants (FS19/601) being sold for £2,900 and a collection of six Rajasthan ivory figures realising £3,000 (FS19/600).
Good quality ethnic pieces with good provenance are always sought after and a Tongan headrest (FS19/613) was no exception. Brought back by a surgeon on HMS Plyades in 1902, the headrest had remained within the family. With a cautious estimate of £1,000-£1,500, it finally sold for £4,600!
A bronze equestrian group of a Russian trumpeter by the Russian sculptor Evgenii Alexandrovich Lanceray (FS19/659) brought fierce competition from telephone and internet bidders alike and eventually sold for £5,400.
In a smaller than normal fine silver auction, interest varied from the novelty items to the more traditional pieces. A George V six piece tea service (FS19/21) sold for £1,850 whilst a novelty silver cruet set in the form of frogs (FS19/50) realised £820.
An impressive William IV presentation cup and cover (FS19/60) sold to the London trade for £1,550 whilst interest in Irish silver remained strong, with a Dublin silver cigar casket (FS19/65) selling for £1,550.
Wine related silver pieces were also holding up well with a Victorian wine ewer (FS19/66) fetching £1,000 despite a couple of small dents to the body.