Published 1st February 2013
The highest hammer price in our important three day fine art auction, which ran over 29th/30th/31st January 2013 and included the Tryhorn Collection, was for a pair of carved padouk upright display cabinets in the Chinese taste (FS17/864). These interesting, unusual and highly decorative pieces proved to be very fine decorator's pieces from a good local source and had been in the vendor's possession for many years. In good original unrestored condition, they realised a stunning £36,000, after fierce competition from eight telephone bidders.
The next star in the sale was consigned from another local vendor, whose Great Grandfather was a merchant in Shanghai and brought this beautiful pair of Canton vases back from one of his trips (FS17/525). The neck and shoulders of these Chinese ceramics had applied kylins and chilongs, and were enamelled front and verso with panels of warriors and other figures within a courtyard. There was a great deal of interest in the pair of vases prior to the auction, but they are now to be returned to their homeland, the purchaser having paid £21,000 for them.
Furniture prices were strong, well illustrated by the 19th Century French carved giltwood centre table (FS17/850), which carried a pre-sale estimate of £7,000-£9,000. This imposing, high quality piece of antique continental furniture was greatly sought after and this was reflected in the final hammer price of £11,500.
In the picture section of the sale, a mixed photographic album from the 1850s and 1860s of Colonel Edmund Gilling Hallewell (FS17/380) soared beyond expectations of £4,000-£6,000, realising £9,400.
There was strong interest from the Far East in the private collection of bronze censers, the top lot of the collection being a Chinese bronze tripod censer (FS17/686), which went under the hammer for £9,200.
Within the picture section of the auction, an oil on canvas by Robert O Lenkiewicz (1941–2002) depicting a study of a girl with blonde hair (FS17/480) also sold well at £8,000. The next fine art sale in April 2013 includes an important vagrancy project painting, which will form part of a very strong 20th Century British Pictures section which includes Newlyn and St Ives paintings and sculptures.
Please visit the January 2013 Quarterly Fine Art Sale page for the full results.