Published 21st December 2019
The first Fine Art Sale of 2020 will be upon us before we know it on 21st/22nd January 2020, with many lots on offer.
Day One of the sale commences with the silver where an Edward VII silver presentation tray by Elkington & Co, Birmingham (FS45/22) dated 1902 and weighing 111.92ozs is inviting bids of £1,200-£1,500 and a pair of George V silver entrée dishes and covers by Thomas Bradbury & Sons Ltd (FS45/58), together with a near matching entrée dish and cover by Hawkes Eyre & Co is expected to realise £1,500-£1,800.
In the jewellery auction which follows, a gentleman's stainless steel 'Rolex Oyster' wristwatch (FS45/210) circa 1982, model number 6426 is expected to create interest. This example carries the official United Arab Emirates Armed Forces logo, Rolex crown and seventeen jewel movement and carries a pre-sale estimate of £2,000-£2,500.
If you are looking for something a little more delicate though, perhaps the French Art Deco diamond mounted rectangular plaque brooch (FS45/241) would be more suitable. The central diamond weighs approximately 1ct, whilst the remaining diamonds are estimated to weight 6cts. This stylish piece carries a pre-sale estimate of £2,500-£3,000.
In the paintings auction, a seasonal oil on board by Joan Gillchrest titled St Buryan Church, Winter Time (FS45/321). St Buryan's 14th Century Church is a distinctive landmark for miles around with a circular graveyard surrounded by granite built cottages. This oil on board, which is signed with monogram bottom right and was illustrated in the book Joan Gillcrest, A Life in Pictures is expected to realise £6,000-£8,000.
Still in the paintings section, an oil on panel by Thomas Luny (1759-1837) titled Shaldon Bridge, Teignmouth, Devon (FS45/366) is inviting bids of £2,500-£3,500.
Day Two of the Fine Art Auction commences with ceramics and glass, where a Chinese famille rose medallion bowl (FS45/606) with flared rim and short cylindrical footrim and with an iron red six-character Daoguang seal mark is estimated at £800–£1,200, whilst a Bristol blue and white delftware 'Electioneering' plate (FS45/629) inscribed 'Rolle for Ever' within a Merryman wreath cartouche and dating from the 18th Century is expected to fetch £800-£1,200.
Works of Art are next to go under the hammer and include a pair of late Regency inlaid mahogany square cutlery urns (FS45/876) of tapering outline and domed rising action. Measuring 50cm high when closed and 75cm high when open, they are expected to realise between £1,200 and £1,800.
A near matching pair of large 19th Century alabaster ewers (FS45/890) are also expected to sell well. Both have been converted to table lamps and are inviting bids of £1,200 and £1,500.
Furniture is the last section to go under the hammer on Wednesday, 20th January 2020. An early 18th Century walnut and cross and feather banded tallboy (FS45/991) in two parts with a moulded cornice and containing three short and six long drawers is expected to realise between £4,000 and £6,000, whilst an early 18th Century Italian tortoiseshell, ebony and coromandel wood architectural cabinet (FS45/1080) on a 19th Century carved mahogany stand is inviting bids of £6,000-£8,000.