Published 24th April 2019
The recent Fine Art Sale held on 16th/17th April 2019 saw some superb highlights throughout each discipline, but the star of the show made its appearance on the second day of the auction, when the Japanese 'Nanban' portable lacquer and shagreen cabinet (FS42/723) was offered for sale. Dating from the Monoyama period (late 16th/early 17th Century) it was decorated in black lacquered wood with square shagreen panels and the whole was inlaid in mother of pearl and decorated in gold with flowering branches, gilt copper hinges and handle. Measuring just 25cm wide x 38cm long and 28cm high, the pre-sale estimate was far exceeded when this superb piece sold for £19,500.
Within the jewellery auction of the sale, another lot greatly exceeded expectations. A gentleman's stainless steel 'Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Explorer II' automatic wristwatch (FS42/290). Dating from the 1970s, this model, known as the 'Steve McQueen' (as it was worn by the actor), proved highly desirable. Complete with its original Rolex certificate, purchase receipt, Rolex box and Rolex Guarantee card, it was sold for £13,000.
In the silver auction of the sale, a late 19th/early 20th Century Chinese silver bowl by maker Wang Hing & Co of Hong Kong (FS42/179) also exceeded expectations, selling for £2,300.
Day Two of the sale started with a spring in its step with an Italian maiolica istoriato footed dish (FS42/562) painted with Picus on horseback persuing a boar and the sorceress Circe gathering herbs. Dating from circa 1560, probably Urbino and with damage, the hammer price was £5,000.
Prices in the clock section of the sale were strong too, with a walnut bracket clock by John Ellicott of London (FS42/881) creating much interest. Although the clock was unsigned, it showed all the signs of being from the workshops of John Ellicott, which was reflected in the hammer price of £4,400
Last up was the furniture auction, with some encouraging prices realised. A fine Louis XVI style mahogany and gilt metal mounted vitrine in the manner of Paul Sormani (FS42/1033) proved popular selling for £5,600.
Other highlights of the sale included a St James's (Charles Gouyn) gilt metal mounted scent bottle and stopper (FS42/592) which sold for £4,700; a Caughley teacup, coffee cup and saucer with painting attributed to Fidelle Divivier (FS42/596), which realised £3,100; and a lady's 'Panthere' quartz wristwatch (FS42/287) that proved popular at £2,700.
Entries are currently invited for the next Quarterly Fine Art Sale to be held on 9th/10th July 2019.