Published 8th July 2013
The quarterly fine sale held on 3rd/4th July 2013 (FS19) provided, as always, a few surprises...
Top of the lots within the jewellery section of the sale was a beautiful single stone diamond ring (FS19/167A) with a cushion shaped old brilliant cut diamond weighing approximately 4.5cts, which sold for £20,200.
The two Heywood Hardy (1842-1933) paintings proved this artist is ever popular. The first, entitled The Cup that Cheers (FS19/231) sold for a staggering £18,000, whilst the second of the two entitled The County Smithy (FS19/232) was also fiercely fought over succumbing to a bid of £8,000.
The ceramics section of the auction also caused a stir with a Chinese porcelain armorial dish (FS19/378) produced for the Portuguese market creating a lot of interest. With Internet bidders and telephone bidders all vying for the same lot, it finally went under the hammer for £8,100.
Also within the ceramics section, an unusual Martin Brothers salt-glazed stoneware double-side barrister jug (FS19/431) sold for £6,800.
Other highlights included a Victorian Boulle cased chiming bracket clock (FS19/704), which realised £6,500; a pair of Imperial Russian (St Petersburg) porcelain plates from the Kremlin service (FS19/454) sold for £5,500; and a bronze equestrian figure of a Russian trumpeter cast after the model by Evgenii Alexandrovich Lanceray sold for £5,400.
Entries are currently being invited for the next quarterly Fine Sale which will be held on 23rd/24th October 2013 (FS20).