Published 5th January 2015
The January 2015 Quarterly Fine Sale to be held on 27th/28th January 2015 has plenty of promise in all sections and something, as always, to suit all pockets.
Day One of the sale kicks off with the silver auction. Highlights include a pair of George III silver coasters (maker IW, London, 1770) (FS25/135). They are crested, of circular form and with pierced trellis sides and gadrooned borders, with turned polished mahogany base. Measuring 12.5cm in diameter, they have a pre-sale estimate of £300-£400.
A Victorian silver mounted claret jug (maker IF, London, 1862) (FS25/123) carries a pre-sale estimate of £500-£700, whilst an Edward VII/George V matched five piece silver tea and coffee service (maker Walker and Hall, Sheffield, 1908 and 1910) (FS25/29) is expected to fetch between £700 and £900.
An Imperial Russian silver and niello snuff box (FS25/105) with assay master MK 1823, maker AC is also expected to create interest. Of rectangular outline, the hinged lid decorated with neo-classical figures within a cartouche and the base decorated with military trophies, this unusual piece invites bids of £300-£400.
The jewellery auction follows on Day One, with some very pretty, intricate and unusual pieces of jewellery. A Vachyeron and Contstantin gentleman's 18ct gold automatic wristwatch (FS25/177) is expected to fetch £4,000-£5,000. An amber, glass and composition bead single string necklace (FS25/226), with forty five amber beads graduated from 40mm long x 32mm wide, to 14mm long x 10mm wide carries a pre-sale estimate of £1,500-£2,000.
In the rings, there is plenty to choose from, but one of the highlights is a sapphire and diamond cluster ring (FS25/242). With central round sapphire approximately 7.9mm diameter, claw set within a surround of old brilliant cut diamonds and between baguette cut diamond shoulders, the diamonds are estimated to weigh a total of 1.0cts and it is a size N. The estimate is £2,000-£3,000.
Also within the ring section of the sale is a diamond single stone ring (FS25/264). It is a round old brilliant cut estimate to weigh 3.1cts, ring size O ½ and carries a pre-sale estimate of £5,000-£7,000.
The last part of Day One sees the paintings going under the hammer. There are many lots on offer, but of particular interest is an oil on canvas by Henry Scott Tuke (1858–1929) titled Off Falmouth, a barque at anchor with a tug in attendance (FS25/364). Signed and dated HS Tuke bottom left and measuring 40cm x 55cm, this charming oil on canvas is inviting bids of £8,000-£12,000.
Another oil on canvas by the artist Peter Brook (1927–2009) titled Lifting Mist (FS25/368) carries a pre-sale estimate of £2,500-£3,500. Of local interest is a painting by the ever popular William Williams of Plymouth (1808–1895). This oil on canvas titled On the Tavy with fishermen and cattle (FS25/384), which is also signed and dated William Williams of Plymouth 1856 is expected to fetch between £1,000-£1,500.
A lovely painting of Spring flowers, crocus and pansies in a pot by Mary Fedden (1915–2012) (FS25/403), being an oil on board and measuring 24.5cm x 19.5cm has a pre-sale estimate of £3,000-£5,000.
Day Two of this prestigious sale starts off with the ceramics auction. Highlights include a Chinese blue and white 'Three Friends of Winter' saucer dish (FS25/468). It is painted with a central roundel of pine, bamboo and plum amongst lingzhi and rockwork, the exterior with figures by a building in a fenced garden. It has a Qianlong seal mark, measures 18cm diameter and has an estimate of £1,000-£1,500.
Staying within the Chinese ceramics section, there is a Chinese blue glazed vase, Cong (FS25/487). The square section body moulded on each side with the eight Trigrams. It has underglaze a blue six character Guangxu mark and carries an estimate of £3,000-£5,000.
A very stylish Lenci earthenware figure 'Zizi' (FS25/561) is expected to fetch a great deal of interest too, after an original by Helen Konig Scavini, modelled as an elegant girl in a red cap and checked dress carrying a book with two dogs at her feet. It has painted marks Lenci Made in Italy, Torino. There is a glue repair to the book, but even with this, it is expected to fetch between £1,000 and £1,500.
Another highlight of the ceramics section is a rare Sevres pot pourri 'Pompadour' vase and cover (FS25/589) of oviform with six pierced apertures edged with moulded foliage to the shoulder and cover, painted with two lobed cartouches, probably by Vielliard. The cover is damaged and re-stuck and it has a replacement wood finial, tiny chip to rim, minor chips to base and wear to the gilding. Despite all this, it carries a pre-sale estimate of £2,000-£4,000.
The works of art auction then takes centre stage. A 19th Century fruitwood pear shaped tea caddy (FS25/662) has an estimate of £800-£1,000, whilst a patinated bronze study of an African nude aiming her bow after Leslie Goschall Johnson titled 'Huntress' (FS25/682), signed to the base Les Johnson, 92 and numbered 2/9 has an estimate of £700-£900.
A pair of detailed Japanese Shibayama decorated ivory pots and covers (FS25/645), decorated with birds, butterflies and insects amongst flowering shrubs, carries a pre-sale estimate of £500-£700.
Still within the works of art section of the sale, there is a German violin (FS25/612). It has a two piece back of narrow flame and curl, the varnish of a red colour and bears a label for Andrea Fiorini, 1914, imported by Beare and Sons. The estimate is £600-£800 and an Egyptian late dynasty limestone ushapti (FS25/647) carries a pre-sale estimate of £400-£500. An unusual Jaeger Le Coultre Atmos Clock (FS25/710) is inviting bids of £1,000-£1,500 and an 18th Century mahogany bracket clock by Thos Langford, London (FS25/713) is inviting bids of £1,200-£1,400.
The final section of the sale is the furniture auction. A Turkish carpet (FS25/751) of very large size measuring 812cm (26ft 8in) x 714cm (23ft 5in) is inviting bids of £2,000-£3,000. A late 17th Century walnut oyster veneer, sycamore banded and inlaid rectangular chest (FS25/773) is expected to fetch £2,000-£3,000 and a Regency later white and green painted curved X frame stool designed by Thomas Hope (FS25/791) is also expected to sell well under the hammer. The design of this stool matches that of the set of six stools in the drawing room of Thomas Hope's residence in Duchess Street, London. It carries a pre-sale estimate of £2,000-£3,000.
Anyone interested in this sale should have a further look at our online catalogue or please do come and visit us in person at our auction rooms in Okehampton Street, Exeter, Devon to see the items in the flesh!