Published 20th June 2014
The Summer 2014 Fine Art Sale to be held on 8th/9th July 2014 at the Auction Rooms, St Edmunds Court, Okehampton Street, Exeter offers a wide range of items.
Day One of the two day auction starts off with the silver auction of which there are some 144 lots. Highlights include a George V silver rose bowl by the maker Horace Woodward & Co of London in 1913 (FS23/25), which is estimated at £400-£500.
An Elizabeth II silver novelty three piece cruet set in the form of seals (FS23/51) is expected to fetch £200-£300, whilst a pair of Dutch silver table cruets in the form of pheasants (FS23/92) carry a pre-sale estimate of £300-£400.
An impressive Imperial Russian silver and champlevé enamel belt (FS23/97) has a pre-sale estimate of £800-£1,000, whilst a 19th Century Irish two handled trophy cup and cover (FS23/144) is expected to fetch between £600 and £800.
Within the jewellery and watches auction of the sale there is plenty on offer. A Baume and Mercier lady's 18ct white gold wristwatch (FS23/158) has an estimate of £1,500-£1,600 and a gentleman's stainless steel Oyster Perpetual 660ft 200m Submariner wristwatch (FS23/161) is estimated at £1,500-£1,800.
An unusual pair of diamond set double clip brooches of stylised ribbon design (FS23/168) mille grain set with circular, brilliant cut diamonds and baguette cut diamonds has an estimate of £1,500-£1,600 and a sapphire and diamond line bracelet (FS23/188) with circular old brilliant cut diamond single stone panels between square cut sapphires has an estimate of £2,500-£3,500.
Still to come on day one is the picture auction. A William Russell Flint (1880-1969) being an illustration of Mallory's Morte d'Arthur (FS23/245), signed and dated is estimated at £3,000-£5,000. There is a charming painting by Samuel Lamorna Birch (1869-1955) entitled My Studio Garden (FS23/246). Being an oil on canvas and inscribed on reverse 'The Making of a Garden, Lamorna' it carries a pre-sale estimate of £2,000-£3,000.
A miniature enamelled portrait of George IV by Henry Bone (1755–1834) (FS23/271) is estimated at £2,000-£3,000 and a Flemish School 17th Century painting An allegory of the garden of Eden (FS23/274) is expected to fetch £3,000-£5,000.
Also within the picture auction of the sale is a painting by Thomas Sidney Cooper RA (1803–1902) that depicts recumbent ewes and a standing ram in a meadow landscape (FS23/290), with cattle grazing in the distance. The estimate is £2,000-£3,000. A Venetian canal scene by Bouvard (19th/20th Century) (FS23/293) has a pre-sale estimate of £2,500-£3,500.
There are several Robert O Lenkiewicz (1941–2002) paintings in the sale including The painter with Fiorella (FS23/297). Signed twice and an oil on canvas, this painting is expected to fetch between £8,000 and £10,000.
Day Two of the sale starts off with the ceramics and glass auction. A Chinese blue and white bowl (FS23/329) with six character Kangxi mark carries a pre-sale estimate of £500-£700, whilst a Chinese armorial part tea and coffee service (FS23/334) is expected to fetch between £600 and £800. Also within this section of the sale is a pair of Chinese blue and white bottle vases (FS23/347), each with pear shaped body and waisted slender neck. Measuring 19cm high, this pair of vases is estimated at £1,000-£1,500.
A Spode Indian Sporting Series mazarine or strainer (FS23/390) of oval pierced form printed in blue with 'Dooreahs leading out dogs' is expected to fetch between £500 and £600 and a massive Staffordshire pearlware jar (FS23/391) measuring 55cm high has a pre-sale estimate of £800-£1,200.
A rare Royal Doulton figure The Little Land HN 63 (FS23/398) modelled after the original by Harry Tittensor with a seated sleeping barefoot child in a lilac spotted dress has an estimate of £1,500-£2,000 and a Meissen 'Apple Tree' group (FS23/433) after the original by JJ Kandler and FE Meyer is estimated at £400-£600.
There is a large selection of lots in the works of art and clocks auction that follows on from the ceramics section of the sale.
Highlights include a Louis Vuitton Encyclopaedia Britannica case (FS23/456) with printed canvas and leather bound exterior, which is expected to fetch £400-£600, and a Louis Vuitton suitcase (FS23/459) with printed canvas and leather bound exterior, serial number 846650, which has a pre-sale estimate of £1,200-£1,500.
A Chinese parcel gilt bronze vase (FS23/487) has a pre-sale estimate of £600-£800 and a rare Chinese embellished hardwood rectangular box on stand (FS23/496) decorated with precious objects and motifs in gold, silver and red lacquer has a pre-sale estimate of £3,000-£5,000.
A fine Chinese carved celadon jade phoenix and chilong vase (FS23/526), which was purchased from Spink and Son Ltd, 22nd January 1970 for £320 now carries a pre-sale estimate of £5,000-£7,000.
A Japanese carved and patinated ivory okimono of an apple (FS23/539) is hollowed out to reveal a miniature scene of figures in a river landscape. This unusual piece carries a pre-sale estimate of £800-£1,200.
The auction concludes with the fine furniture auction.
A set of six Edwardian oak dining chairs attributed to Arthur Simpson of Kendal (FS23/648) are expected to fetch between £800 and £1,200.
In the oak furniture section of the sale is a 17th Century oak court cupboard (FS23/668), which is inviting bids of £1,500-£2,000 and an oak refectory table in the 17th Century taste (FS3/669), which has a pre-sale estimate of £2,000-£3,000.
A matched set of eight 17th Century and later walnut dining chairs (FS23/670) carry a pre-sale estimate of £2,500-£3,500 and a George I walnut and crossbanded tallboy (FS23/699) has a pre-sale estimate of £4,000-£6,000.
An unusual Victorian rosewood and inlaid games table (FS23/740), which is being sold together with a Jacques boxwood and ebony chess set is inviting bids of £600-£800
A 19th Century red lacquer and chinoiserie circular breakfast table (FS23/770), the top decorated with a scene of figures in a pagoda garden landscape carries a pre-sale estimate of £1,500-£2,000.
Finally a set of six 'Mouseman' oak bar stools by Robert Thompson of Kilburn (FS23/780), each stool carved with the mouse has an estimate of £3,000-£4,000.
There is plenty on offer for all tastes and budgets. The viewing is on Friday, 4th July 2014 from 9:00am–4:00pm; Saturday, 5th July 2014 from 9:00am–1:00pm; Sunday, 6th July 2014 from 2:00pm–4:00pm; Monday, 7th July 2014 from 9:00am–5.15pm and limited viewing of day two of the auction on Tuesday, 8th July 2014 from 9:00am.