Published 31st October 2014
The first day of the October 2014 Quarterly Fine Art Sale on 28th October 2014 (FS24) provided some pleasing results in all sections.
The day started off with the silver auction of the sale. Only a smallish section this time, but with some super items within it.
A George V silver rectangular twin handled desk inkstand (maker SG for Garrard and Co, London, 1930) (FS24/11) sold for £1,500, whilst a Victorian silver mounted cut glass claret jug, (maker Frederick Elkington, Birmingham, 1886) (FS24/5) sold for £1,300.
A Charles II silver caudle cup (FS24/86) (maker HN Bird) with an olive branch below, produced in London in 1664, sold for £1,250.
The second section to go under the hammer was the jewellery and watches auction.
A Cartier platinum and diamond single stone ring (FS24/194) was widely sought after. The diamond weighed 1.88cts, was colour grade E and had clarity VS1. The ring sold for £14,000.
A gentleman's 18ct gold Rolex oyster perpetual day date superlative chronometer officially certified wristwatch (FS24/117) sold for £5,800 and a single stone diamond ring (FS24/165), the diamond weighing 2.1cts, sold for £4,500.
An unusual Cartier diamond mounted bird on a branch brooch (FS24/192) sold for £3,500.
The final section of day one of the Quarterly Fine Sale was the pictures auction and again a few lovely surprises within this part of the sale
A full length portrait of Arthur Scotland Yates (FS24/210) by Thomas Musgrave Joy (1812–1866) also exceeded expectations. Being an oil on canvas, signed and dated TM Joy 1844, it realised £10,000.
All in all a very good first day at this prestigious Quarterly Fine Art Sale at the South West of England Auction Complex in St Edmunds Court, Exeter, Devon.
Day two of the sale started off well with the ceramics and glassware auction.
An early 18th Century sealed magnum onion wine bottle (FS24/358), previously un-recorded and dating from circa 1710-20, sold for £3,200, whilst another early 18th Century sealed mallet shaped wine bottle (FS24/354) with a seal for E Herbert, 1721 sold for £2,100.
Chinese pieces were selling well too. A Chinese famille rose dragon and bat bottle vase (FS24/410) painted with two five clawed dragons, chasing flaming pearls, sold for £3,800.
Within the works of art auction there were a few surprises with a Chinese carved jade vase and cover (FS24/620) of flattened baluster form selling for £12,500 and a Chinese celadon and russet jade pendant (FS24/621) selling for £5,200.
The final section of the day was the furniture auction.
With twelve phone lines booked solidly throughout some sections of the furniture sale, it provided some very strong prices.
A Regency and later mahogany triple pillar dining table (FS24/813) measuring 323.5cm when extended, sold for £8,000.
The star of the show, however, was the Peter Waals walnut secretaire cabinet (FS24/868), which sold for £34,000.