Published 24th January 2020
Day One of the Quarterly Fine Art Sale on 21st/22nd January 2020 got the year off to a flying start.
In the silver section, a George I Irish silver salver (FS45/153) with no makers mark, Dublin 1727, created quite a stir. Of plain circular outline, it was engraved with a medallion depicting the obverse of George I's Great Seal, together with another medallion of the Royal Coat of Arms, raised on later applied scroll feet and bearing LAO marks for 2019. Weighing 900gms/28.93ozs, it realised £9,400.
In the jewellery section of the sale, a Belle Epoque diamond mounted, openwork pendant (FS45/230), the principal diamond estimated to weigh 1.90cts, with a surround of old brilliant cut and rose cut diamonds also exceeded expectations, selling for £4,300.
Paintings were selling well on the day too with an English Provincial School oil on canvas of Black John, a jester (FS45/302) being greatly sought after and selling for £15,500, whilst an oil on panel by Thomas Luny (1759-1837) of Shaldon Bridge, Teignmouth (FS45/366) exceeded expectations, selling for £5,500.
Day Two of the sale opened with the ceramics and glass section of the sale, where a Chinese famille rose medallion bowl (FS45/606) with enamelled and gilded exterior and four medallions enclosing lanterns and auspicious objects created quite a stir on the Internet and with the many telephone lines booked. It eventually went under the hammer for £14,500, whilst a Chinese porcelain panel (FS45/611) sold for £7,200.
In the works of art, it was late 17th Century shoes (FS45/767) that took centre stage, two pairs with raised foliate embroidered floral decoration, one pair of blue silk shoes and a single one, which realised £5,800.
The top selling lot in the furniture section was an 18th Century Italian tortoiseshell, ebony and coromandel wood architectural cabinet on a 19th Century stand (FS45/1080). Fitted with an arrangement of drawers with baluster galleries and urn finials about a central portico drawer with applied Classical figures on Vitruvian scroll plinths, this impressive piece sold for £15,000.
Entries are currently invited for the next Quarterly Fine Art Sale to be held on Tuesday, 28th and Wednesday 29th April 2020.