Published 18th October 2019
In the jewellery section of the Quarterly Fine Art Sale, it was the cushion-cut blue 'Sri Lanka' sapphire single stone ring (FS44/258) that sparkled. In 'natural corundum' with 'no indications of heating' and sold together with a certificate stating this, the beautiful ring was highly sought after. Weighing approximately 21.4cts, the hammer eventually went down at £12,400.
In the same section of the sale, a pair of stunning diamond pendant drop earrings (FS44/230) were also much in demand and with the diamonds being a total weight of approximately 10.06cts, they realised £11,000.
A charming pair of paintings by John W Morris (c1865-1924) entitled 'The Day's Bag' and 'A Loyal Team' (FS44/442) exceeded their pre-sale estimate and sold for £7,000, whilst an oil on canvas from the Circle of Paul De Vos (Late 17th Century) (FS44/300) depicting Talbot Hounds and boar hounds realised £9,200.
In the works of art section of the sale, a Victorian carved white marble figure of Rebecca by William Theed (British 1804-1891) (FS44/757) draped in a robe and holding a water pitcher supported on a palm tree trunk saw nine telephone bidders fighting it out and the hammer finally went down at £9,800.
An impressive pair of large Canton famille rose enamel baluster vases (FS44/513) also sold well at £5,800 and in the furniture section of the sale a Steinway & Sons model O baby grand piano No 221751 (FS44/994) contained in a rosewood case, together with a piano stool sold for £5,200.