Published 21st December 2016
Day One of this bumper sized January 2017 Fine Art Auction starts off with the silver section of the sale (on Tuesday, 24th January 2017) including a pair of George III silver sauce tureens (FS33/139), which are also being sold with a pair of sauce ladles carrying a pre-sale estimate of £800-£1,000 and an impressive Edward VII silver two-handled centre bowl (FS33/148) by the maker Goldsmiths and Silversmiths Co Ltd. Weighing in at 134.53ozs, it is expected to fetch between £2,500-£3,500.
Next in the order of the day is the jewellery and watches with some beautiful pieces on offer such as an 18ct white gold and diamond three stone ring (FS33/319), the diamonds estimated to weigh 2.25cts. This stunning ring is carrying a pre-sale estimate of £2,500–£3,000 and an Art Deco emerald and diamond rectangular plaque ring (FS33/287) is estimated at £2,800-£3,200.
Paintings conclude Day One of the sale with an oil on canvas by Harold Harvey (1874-1941) (FS33/428) depicting children feeding a goat in a pen, which has an estimate of £8,000-£12,000 and another by Dorothea Sharp (1874-1955) titled A Summers Day (FS33/429), estimated at £12,000-£18,000.
Of Cornish interest, there is an oil on board by John Ambrose (1931-2010) depicting fishing boats at Smeetons Pier, St Ives (FS33/474), which carries a pre-sale estimate of £2,000-£3,000.
Day Two of the auction (Wednesday, 25th January 2017) commences with the ceramics section of the sale, where a rare early Worcester small creamboat (FS33/710) is being offered. Dating from circa 1752-53, this rare piece is inviting bids of £800-£1,200 whilst a set of five Royal Copenhagen Flora Danica plates and matching basket (FS33/809) are estimated at £1,800-£2,000.
The works of art section of the auction usually provides some unusual pieces and this sale is no exception with a large Japanese carved and stained ivory articulated dragon (FS33/888) from the Meiji period being offered at £2,000-£3,000 whilst a large late 19th Century German ivory, metal and paste mounted figure of a medieval knight (FS33/950) in full chain mail and armour applied with jewels carries a pre-sale estimate of £2,500-£3,500.
And finally, we move to the furniture section of the auction. There is a good selection of carpets and rugs on offer in addition to the large collection of furniture. An unusual pair of 'Antler' chairs and table from Schloss Georgium (FS33/1212) are expected to fetch £1,000-£1,500 whilst rather more traditional in style, a Victorian mahogany housekeeper's cupboard (FS33/1161) is estimated at £2,000-£2,200 and a Louis XV/XVI transitional kingwood, marquetry and gilt metal mounted block front commode (FS33/1182) invites bids of £1,800–£2,200.