Published 9th May 2014
The top highlight of the auction was delivered on the second day of the sale with a Chinese gilt bronze bottle vase (FS22/686). It had a pear shaped body with slender flared neck and high foot. The body was cast and gilded with scrolling lotus. The neck had two scrollwork panels below a key fret band. Dating from the 18th/19th Century and measuring 23cm high, this unusual piece sold for £22,000.
There was a good selection of paintings on offer by the well known artist Robert O Lenkiewicz, twenty six in total. The highlight of this section was a painting of The painter with Lisa (FS22/357). Signed on the reverse and inscribed The Painter with women – Observations on the theme of the double St Anthony Theme, Project 18, this good sized oil on canvas measuring 99cm x 89cm sold for £19,000.
Everyone has heard of Cartier and its popularity continued in the recent sale with an 18ct gold, agate, emerald and coral mounted novelty duck brooch going under the hammer (FS22/233). The duck, wearing a Indian headdress and carrying an axe with agate body, circular emerald eye and coral feet was inscribed 'Cartier France 18kts'. It carried import marks for 1952. Contained in a fitted gilt tooled red leather case stamped Cartier, it finally went under the hammer for £17,000, following fierce competition from both the internet and telephone bidders.
Two stunning pictures by Alfred de Breanski (Senior) (1852–1928) titled 'Invergarry' and the companion 'Duncraggan' (FS22/418) also exceeded all expectations realising £16,000.
The clock section of the auction provided much excitement, particularly with a French Louis XVI mantel clock (FS22/813) by Gavelle L'É Paris. Estimated at £2,000-£3,000, there were many telephone bidders and internet bidders wanting this lot. The hammer finally went down at £15,000.
Also within the works of art section of the sale, there was a Chinese bronze censer and stand (FS22/675), which again exceeded all expectations, selling for £15,000.
You may have already read Nic Saintey's blog about the rare Staffordshire pearlware group of 'The Death of Munrow' in the manner of Obadiah Sherrat, modelled as a large tiger attacking the striken Lieutenant Munrow. There was a huge amount of interest in this Staffordshire pearlware group (FS22/580) prior to the sale and this was reflected in the final hammer price of £15,000
Entries are currently being invited for the next Quarterly Fine Art Auction to be held on Tuesday, 8th July 2014 and Wednesday, 9th July 2014.