Published 1st July 2015
Day One of the Quarterly Fine Art Action on Tuesday, 14th July 2015 starts off with the silver being offered. Amongst the highlights is an Elizabeth II silver Dubarry pattern flatware service (FS27/39), contained in a mahogany canteen, which carries a pre-sale estimate of £1,400-£1,600; an Edward VII silver cased ticket timepiece (FS27/53), maker Charles S Green & Co Ltd, Birmingham, 1904 estimated at £400-£500 and a 19th Century silver and coral mounted rattle (FS27/60a), which is expected to fetch £400-£500. Within the same section an Exeter silver trefid spoon (FS27/131) struck one to the bowl interior and weighing 1.46ozs has an estimate of £500-£600 and a pair of George IV silver coasters (FS27/133) maker WS possibly William Schofield, London 1823 is inviting bids of £600-£800.
Watches and jewellery are next under the hammer, with a good broad selection of items in this auction.
A gentleman's Breitling gold plated 'Navitimer' wristwatch (FS27/162) is expected to fetch between £1,500-£2,000 and a gentleman's Rolex Oyster Perpetual wristwatch (FS27/165) has an estimate of £1,300-£1,500. Also within the watches is a stunning Hermes lady's 18ct white gold and diamond mounted Cape Cod wristwatch (FS27/166). With a square mother of pearl dial with Arabic numerals surrounded by brilliant cut diamonds, this cased wristwatch is likely to fetch between £9,000-£10,000.
A Larry diamond mounted eternity ring (FS27/259) is expected to create interest with an estimate of £1,800–£2,200, whilst a diamond mounted three stone ring (FS27/260) with central round old brilliant cut stone, estimated to weigh 1.45ct is estimated at £5,000-£6,000.
The last section of the sale on Tuesday is the paintings. A screen print and collage entitled Spirals (FS27/286) by Sir Terry Frost (1915–2003), which is signed and numbered 109/125 in pencil carries an estimate of £600-£800 and a brightly coloured acrylic and aerosol on linen canvas (FS27/291), by John Plumb (1927–2008), which is untitled has an estimate of £1,000-£1,500.
Of a more traditional nature is the portrait of a young lady, head and shoulders by Edouard Vienot (b 1804) (FS27/354). The young lady is wearing a white dress adorned with a rose. This oil on canvas is being offered with an estimate of £1,000-£1,500.
Also an oil on panel by Nicholas Condy (1793–1857) of figures in a country cottage kitchen (FS27/383) is expected to create interest with an estimate of £2,000-£3,000 and an oil on canvas by Frank Moss Bennett (1874–1933) entitled Their Valued Opinion (FS27/384) depicting gentlemen in a salon interior critically engaging a portrait painting carries an estimate of £8,000-£12,000.
Day Two of the auction to be held on Wednesday, 15th July 2015 starts with the Oriental and European ceramics and glass.
A pair of Chinese faux bamboo vases (FS27/420) of cylindrical form have an estimate of £600-£800, whilst a pair of Canton porcelain vases (FS27/422) carry a pre-sale estimate of £500-£700. An English dated delftware plate (FS27/432) painted in blue with a Chinese vase of flowers on a table and inscribed Ann Pearson Born 17th May 1732 has an estimate of £600-£800 and a pair of Royal Doulton vases by Hannah Barlow (FS27/454) have an estimate of £600-£700.
Also within this section is a pair of Worcester First Period porcelain sauceboats (FS27/465). The exteriors are painted in the Little Fisherman pattern. Dating from circa 1765, they are estimated at £400-£500.
The works of art section, as always has some interesting and unusual lots on offer.
An early 20th century games compendium (FS27/502) containing a Staunton style chess set, draughts pieces, die, canisters containing gaming counters, dominoes, card press and folding chess board is expected to fetch between £500 - £700 whilst a 17th century stumpwork picture (FS27/512) with a central oval panel of robed female figures, enclosed by birds, animals, insects, flowers and foliage is expected to fetch £800-£1,200.
A Chinese silver inlaid bronze censer (FS27/522) with inlaid two character mark has an estimate of £800-£1,200 and a Chinese Mandarin's Court amber and jadeite necklace (FS27/539), probably late Qing dynasty, has an estimate of £1,500-£2,000.
Also within this section is a rare Indian mother of pearl and stone casket dating from the 17th century (FS27/612), which is inviting bids of £2,500-£3,500. A mahogany bracket clock (FS27/663) by James McCabe of London is expected to fetch £2,800-£3,000 when it goes under the hammer and a large 19th Century walnut and ormolu mounted chiming bracket clock by W Page, London (FS27/666) invites bids of £5,000-£6,000.
The final section of the second day is the furniture, with a large quantity of lots on offer. A George II carved mahogany card table of Chippendale design (FS27/696) is estimated at £4,000-£6,000, whilst a pair of carved mahogany library armchairs in the 18th century Irish taste (FS27/697) has a pre-sale estimate of £2,500-£3,000 and a pair of 19th Century satinwood dwarf side cabinets in the Regency taste (FS27/700) is expected to fetch between £3,000-£5,000.
An 18th Century Flemish carved oak display cabinet (FS27/816) has an estimate of £2,000-£3,000.
A French carved walnut dining suite of Art Nouveau design (FS27/847) is also expected to create interest. Decorated with vine leaves and bunches of grapes it comprises a sideboard cabinet pedestal side/display cabinet, an oval extending dining table and a set of six dining chairs with brass studded brown leather panel backs. The estimate for this lot is £2,000-£3,000.
One of the last lots of the day is a Merrow Associates rosewood and chromium circular dining table and six chromium frame and cream leather chairs (FS27/849). The design is by Richard Young 1960–1970 and this table and chairs, which was purchased by the present owner from the Ideal Home Exhibition carries an estimate of £2,000-£3,000.