Published 24th January 2016
2016 got off to a flying start with the two day fine art sale held on 19th/20th January 2016.
The top selling lot of the sale was a Chinese yellow glazed garlic-necked bottle vase (FS29/543), the exterior covered with a bright yellow glaze, which realised £40,000.
Also within the ceramics auction of the sale was a Chinese underglaze copper-red decorated quadrilobed vase (FS29/501) with mythical beast head ring handles, painted with peonies and scrolling foliage, a pendant floral band to the neck and a lappet band to the vase. Measuring just 26cm high, it realised £15,500.
The paintings auction within the sale was strong with a John Craxton (1922-2009) oil on board (FS29/354) titled Roman Pots (Neolithic pots), archaeological find, the Downs, Cranborne Chase beyond selling for £15,000. Also, a Robert O Lenkiewicz (1941–2002) painting Self Portrait with Red Scarf (FS29/342) attracted interest and sold for £12,500.
A superb oil on panel by Henry Alken Junior (Samuel Henry Alken (1810- 1894) titled The Derby, 1875 (FS29/363) exceeded all expectations selling for £10,000.
In the furniture auction of the sale, a George III mahogany breakfront secretaire library bookcase (FS29/1091) proved popular, not surprisingly with a provenance of Rockbeare Manor, Exeter, Devon. After fierce bidding on the telephones, it realised £5,500.
A very unusual 17th Century lead water cistern of D shaped outline (FS29/1089) with a curved back, the frieze decorated with a continuous band of leaves and berries achieved an excellent price too. Having square panels cast with stylised flowering stems within moulded surrounds and the central arcaded panel with date 1653 and initials W over T S, this unique piece fetched £4,800.
A mid 20th Century gold and yellow sapphire single stone brooch (FS29/241) was also greatly sought after realising £5,500.
To consign an item for this fine art auction, please telephone the saleroom on (01392) 413100.