Published 11th April 2014
The Spring 2014 quarterly fine sale is fast approaching and includes over 1000 lots being sold over three days (29th and 30th April 2014 and 1st May 2014).
Day one starts off with a good selection of silver with estimates varying between £50 and £10,000. Highlights of the silver auction within the sale include a pair of George III rectangular entrée dishes and covers (FS22/131), maker WE, London 1814. Of rectangular outline with gadrooned and foliate decorated borders, they are expected to fetch between £800 and £1,200.
Also within this section is a rare Arts and Crafts silver bowl (FS22/153) by Charles Robert Ashbee. Dating from London 1895/96, with a beaded rim and chased with five stylised apple trees, this unusual bowl is inviting bids of between £8,000 and £10,000.
Next on the agenda for day one of the sale is the watches and jewellery with many sparkling highlights. There is a gentleman's 18ct gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day Date wristwatch (FS22/182), which carries a pre-sale estimate of £4,000-£6,000 as well as many lots of fine jewellery on offer.
A platinum and diamond two stone cross over ring, with round old brilliant cut diamonds (FS22/248) is estimated to weigh a total of 2.0cts and is expected to fetch between £1,500 and £2,000, whilst a diamond mounted single stone ring with a round old brilliant cut stone (FS22/263) in a scroll pierced setting between square set diamond three stone shoulders is inviting bids of £2,500-£3,000.
The final section of day one is the paintings and with around 150 lots on offer, there is something for everyone. For all fans of the work of RO Lenkiewicz, this auction offers a treat. There are twenty six paintings and watercolours being auctioned by the renowned artist, including a self-portrait of Robert Lenkiewicz with red scarf (FS22/332). This painting is signed twice and also further marked with a red triangle. The presence of the red triangle has been explained as a mark which Lenkiewicz used to indicate that a work was not for sale, or of a special significance, and as a result a red triangle has caused intrigue where it appears, hence a pre-sale estimate of £5,000-£7,000.
Another stunning painting by the Plymouth artist Robert O Lenkiewicz is that of The Painter with Karen (FS22/354) which is expected to fetch between £20,000 and £30,000. Lenkiewicz's The Painter with Lisa (FS22/357) also carries a pre-sale estimate of £20,000-£30,000.
Other highlights of the picture section include a watercolour entitled An exchange at the flower market by Alfred Augustus Glendening Jnr (FS22/416). This delightful painting is estimated at £4,000-£6,000. There is also an oil on canvas by Carl Wilhelm Holsoe (FS22/417) of an interior scene with a lady seated wearing a white dress, sewing by a window is expected to fetch between £15,000 and £20,000.
Day two of this bumper sale commences with Oriental and European Ceramics and Glass. Amongst the highlights, there is a set of twelve Chinese pottery male tomb attendants (FS22/503), each modelled standing in flowing robes and wearing elegant headwear, their hands crossed supporting a zodiac animal. Being of Ming dynasty, they are inviting bids of between £2,000 and £3,000.
Still within the Oriental section, there is also a Chinese underglaze blue and copper red lotus water dropper (FS22/511) formed as a lotus leaf with attached seed pod, the leaf with painted and applied veins and stems, a crab with sepia markings climbing down into the open leaf. It dates from the Kangxi period and has an estimate of £2,000-£3,000.
A little closer to home in its origins is a rare Staffordshire pearlware group of The Death of Munrow in the manner of Obadiah Sherrat (FS22/580). It is modelled as a large tiger attacking the stricken Lieutenant Munrow. This group is based on the gory fate of Lieutenant Hector Munroe in India on the 2nd December 1792 who, while attending a picnic, retired to the undergrowth for a 'necessary moment' and was attacked by a tiger while his attention was diverted. The tiger lacks its tail and there is some repair, but it still carries a pre-sale estimate of £3,000-£5,000.
A Royal Worcester porcelain two handled vase and cover decorated by Charles Baldwyn (FS22/604) with the model number 2330, puce marks and datecode for 1905 is estimated at £3,000-£5,000.
There are, as always, some very interesting and varied lots within the works of art auction of the sale.
A Chinese pale celadon jade and silver hand mirror (FS22/713) has a cartouche shaped mirror plate enclosed within a silver frame and is decorated with flowers and bats. The jade panel to the back is carved as a vase of flowering shrubs and fungus. The handle, which is in the form of a belt hook, has a carved dragon and dragon mask decoration. This unusual item was formerly in the collection of Henry Yeung Cheun, an old resident of Hong Kong and gifted in 1965 to Mr FJ Jeacock and thence by family descent.
Another item of superb quality is an early 19th Century Macao Export ivory chess set (FS22/762). One side is stained red, the other side left natural. The chess set is contained within a black lacquer and gilt decorated folding chess board with backgammon to the interior. The pre-sale estimate is £800-£1,200.
The final part of day two of the auction is the furniture section. One of the most unusual items in this part of the sale is a pair of 16th Century Italian carved giltwood and polychrome decorated thrones being sold by the direction of the Dean and Chapter of Exeter Cathedral. These thrones, which are discussed in Charles Tracy's book Continental Church Furniture in England: A Traffic in Piety, are estimated at £10,000-£15,000.
Another highlight of this section of the auction is an oak Gothic revival sideboard designed by William White for Bishop's Court (FS22/932). It measures a massive 331.5cm in length. Its provenance is from the Bishop's Court Sale of September 1994. The pre-sale estimate is £3,000-£4,000, whilst a Regency rosewood and carved giltwood library table (FS22/920) carries a pre-sale estimate of £5,000-£7,000.
Day three of the Fine Art Sale comprises part three of the Nye Furniture Collection. Amongst the highlights, there is a wonderful set of six 'Mouseman' oak bar stools by Robert Thompson of Kilburn (FS22/1154). Each stool is carved with the mouse. The estimate is £4,000-£6,000.
Other highlights include a walnut duet stand by Edward Barnsley (FS22/1002), which has an estimate of £800-£1,200; a rare Victorian pine and fruitwood saddle template stool (FS22/1037) with an estimate of £400-£600; and a 19th Century grained pine housekeepers cupboard (FS22/1136) with an estimate of £600-£800.
This is an exciting and varied auction and not one to be missed.