Published 11th July 2019
Day One of the July Fine Art Sale started well with silver and metalwares going under the hammer. Of note was a large Burmese white metal bowl (FS43/120) of circular outline, with embossed panels depicting village life, with elephant head handles to the side. Weighing 52.02ozs, this attractive lot sold for £1,150, whilst a 20th Century French Christofle silver Renaissance pattern flatware service (FS43/125), bearing Christofle 925 mark and stamped sterling, sold for £1,600.
Jewellery prices were strong too on the day, with a diamond three stone ring (FS43/304), the principal old European cut diamond estimated to weigh 1.70cts between two smaller diamonds, totalling 3.3cts sold above estimate for £6,000, whilst a gentleman's stainless steel Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer Wristwatch (FS43/189), dating from circa 1970, realised top estimate at £6,000.
The final section of Day One of the auction was the paintings and there were some good prices achieved within this part of the sale too. An oil on canvas by Frederick Gore (1913–2009) titled Lavender Fields, Buoux, Vancluse (FS43/409) exceeded expectations selling for £6,500 against an estimate of £2,000-£3,000 and an oil on canvas by Oskar Moll (1875–1947) titled Stillenben Am Fenster (Still Life by a window) (FS43/410) depicting a bird cage on a table with surrounding foliage realised £7,800.
Day Two commenced with the ceramics and glass and highlights included a Chinese blue and white yen yen vase (FS43/500), the neck and base painted with extensive mountainous lake scenes with scholars, fisherman and buildings, realised £3,000 and an extensive Herend porcelain part dinner service (FS43/591) decorated in the Rothschild Bird pattern sold for £2,700.
The highest selling lot of the sale was within the works of art section of the sale. A Tibetan solid bronze figure of a bodhisattva and a similar Indian bodisattva and three others (FS43/626) considerably exceeded its pre-sale estimate, selling for £24,000, whilst a Sino-Tibetan figure of Tara Bodhisattva and one other (FS43/625) sold for £13,500.
The final section of the sale was furniture, where a mahogany 'Jupes Patent' circular extending dining table in the Regency taste (FS43/911) with segmented flame veneered top sold for £3,600 and an attractive 18th Century walnut oyster veneer and parquetry cabinet on a later stand (FS43/875) realised £1,600.
Entries are currently invited for the next Quarterly Fine Art Sale to be held on 15th/16th October 2019.