Published 25th April 2012
The April 2012 Fine Painting sale was a great success with over 90% of the lots selling, many for clients in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset. A group of ten Archibald Thorburn watercolours and drawings from two different collections in Somerset and Devon all sold for a total in excess of £17,000; the most popular being the unmistakeable Snipe Amongst Grasses at £4,200.
Amoung a group of pictures consigned by a client in Cornwall, we pulled-out a charming little watercolour by Indian artist Kattineri Krisha Hebbar. The Cornish client was unsure how it had come into his possession; but it was picked-up on the Internet by a major gallery in Mumbai who were the successful buyers at £600.
Of Cornish interest were views of Fowey and Polperro Beach by Fred Yates and a proud Penzance Fishing Boat by John Miller. These sold for £1,100; £1,950 and £1500 respectively. And a group of paintings with a Continental connection which came from an estate in South Devon caused great interest before the sale; these were a view of a French Chateau by Jean Hippolyte Marchand, a view near Swiac in the Dordogne by Henry Lamb and an Italian Landscape by Reginald Brill.
It was encouraging to see signs of recovery in the interest and demand for Traditional Paintings, particularly 19th Century British paintings. Two huge (95 x 140cm) William Widgery canvases look good value at £1,500-£1,700 each, but in terms of the recent market it was satisfying for the vendor to achieve a successful sale.
One last highlight was a beautiful miniature by George Engleheart which was conservatively catalogued and estimated. The miniature collectors were in no doubt about its original and charm and it fetched £2,500.