Published 7th April 2011
The epitome of the glass makers art is encapsulated in a Facon de Venise vase (FS10/330) with an intricate display of blowing, tooling and trailing that is all the more astounding as it was produced in the 17th century.
Novelty of course always sells and there is always a market for pieces such, as lot 18, modelled on animals particularly when coupled with a good maker, Richard Comyns and an equally good retailer Asprey & Co.
Understandably not many Inuit items make it to these shores particularly when they hallow from the tip of Alaska or the Chuckchi Peninsula. The two ivory discs that in the sale (FS10/530) seem even more obscure as they have been carved from mammoth tusk!
An Inuit circular carved ivory disc (FS10/530) decorated with a face carved in low relief, 7cm diameter and a smaller oval carved plaque, 6cm high. Estimate: £600-£800.
In our last Fine Sale, we offered a group of four works by the, primarily West Country based, abstract artist Alexander Mackenzie (1923-2002) all of which were well received so we are happy once again to offer another striking work of the Yorkshire Dales entitled 'Austwick Landscape' (FS10/306).