Published 10th October 2016
The star lot of the October 2016 Fine Sale was undoubtedly the rare set of twelve George II grey painted armchairs in the Chinese Chippendale taste (FS32/1140) which were consigned for sale from Kingsnympton Park, Devon. With lattice backs and angled arm supports, the solid seats with loose cushions and on square chamfered legs, headed with pierced fret spandrels, this unusual set which was originally purchased for the house in 1754 from Joshua Lewis of Exeter for £12 guineas sold for a staggering £46,000.
Also from Kingsnympton Park was a Chinese bronze tripod censer (FS32/786), which exceeded all expectations, selling for £4,600 and a contemporary handmade carpet of large size designed by David Bamford (FS32/961) measuring 621cm x 596cm, which realised £4,000.
Other highlights of the sale included an oil on canvas laid on panel of Moreton Church, Berkshire by John Piper (1903-1992) (FS32/337), which sold for £20,000 and a Robert O Lenkiewicz (1941–2002) self portrait (FS32/323) signed and inscribed on the reverse and further marked NPP and with a red triangle, which realised £10,000.
In the jewellery section of the sale, a cushion shaped sapphire and diamond cluster ring (FS32/259), the central cushion shaped sapphire weighing approximately 3.00cts, with a surround of round old brilliant cut diamonds estimated to weigh 1.2cts sold for £6,300 and a graduated amber coloured bead single string necklace (FS32/206) with 37 oblong beads, some with damage realised £4,600.
A rare Vauxhall blue and white vase (FS32/642) took centre stage in the ceramics section of the sale. Of ogee form with foliate scroll handles, painted with panels depicting extensive oriental lake landscape, the reverse with an attendant holding a parasol above two Chinese figures, the shape was copied from the Vincennes 'Vase a Oreilles' designed by Jean Claude Duplessis in the 1750s. Creating a great deal of interest, it went under the hammer for £5,400.
Entries are currently being invited for the next quarterly fine art sale to be held on 24th/25th January 2017. Entries for this sale will close at the end of November.