Published 25th July 2013
The recent picture sale showed plenty of very encouraging signs in terms of pre-sale interest and the high percentage of lots finding buyers. Our major sale catalogues are posted on the Internet a good couple of weeks before each auction and this means collectors and buyers have a great opportunity to gather information, condition reports and images so they can research and prepare their bidding instructions.
Highlights of the picture sale included The Cup That Cheers! by Heywood Hardy (FS19/231), its double-estimate hammer price of £18,000 helped along by the outstanding original condition of the painting. The other Hardy oil in the sale titled The County Smithy (FS19/232) was darker in tone and depicted the end of the day as opposed to a bright morning, but in super condition again, this exceeded the bottom estimate to sell for £8,000.
Of exhibition quality, the painting of highland cattle and sheep (FS19/236) by Charles Jones (1836-1892) was an impressive image. This again was in excellent original condition, though will benefit from a careful clean and some 'tlc', and sold for a mid-estimate £4,200.
The charming 18th century pastel portrait of Felicite Anne Josephe de Battines (FS19/202), which sold for £2,000, was one of a good group of decorative and historical portraits including royalty in the guise of a pair of jolly images of King Frederick V and Queen Louise of Denmark and Norway (FS19/201).
The Henry Redmore (FS19/262) was a nice example and sold for £2,500. Redmore was born in Kingston-in-Hull and influenced by Hull artist William Anderson (1757-1837) and the Dutch Greats of the 17th century. Many of Redmore's works depict shipping in the Humber estuary, off the Yorkshire coast, Whitby and Scarborough and he was known to have painted in Torbay but this seascape was off the Dutch coast.
Among the 20th century British paintings was an abstract landscape by Gwen Leitch Harris (1931-2006) (FS19/281). Harris took up studio residence at Patrick Heron's house Eagles Nest in Cornwall and worked in St Ives through the 1950s and 1960s, becoming part of the vibrant arts community there as curator for the Penwith Arts Society and the Fore Street Gallery and manager in Bernard Leach's shop. This little painting had the inscriptions Zennor Landscape and Eagles Nest making it a very pleasing piece of St Ives School history.
The Picture Department is now cataloguing entries and receiving pictures for the next major picture sale, which is on 23rd October 2013. If you would like more details or to discuss a single picture or a collection, please do not hesitate to contact Dan Goddard or Martin Scadgell.