Published 15th July 2016
The three top selling lots in the Summer 2016 Fine Sale were all paintings. Firstly, the highlight was the Helen Bradley (1900-1979) painting (FS31/362) of Piccadilly, Manchester 1915, which carried the provenance of the Helen Bradley Studio Ltd, WH Patterson, London. After fierce telephone and internet bidding, the hammer finally went down at £115,000.
Another painting by the same hand entitled Going Home from Gt Aunt Janes (FS31/361), signed bottom left and again an oil on board sold for £15,200.
A painting in the manner of Michelangelo Caravaggio (late 18th/19th Century) (FS31/417) also whisked up quite a stir. Depicting The Lute Player, a young courtesan seated playing a string instrument, with other musicians at his feet, this oil on canvas measuring 123x88cm realised £26,200.
The always popular artist Paul Henry (1877–1958) didn't fail to shine either, with an oil on board of Turf Stacks with Mountains Beyond (FS31/377) selling for £11,000.
Jewellery prices were buoyant on the day, with a platinum, sapphire and diamond ring (FS31/267) with central cushion shaped sapphire between three rows of diamond sets shoulders fetching £10,500 and a platinum and diamond single stone ring (FS31/277) realising £8,000. Another single stone ring (FS31/290) with the stone estimated at 1.5cts sold for £3,900.
In the ceramics auction of the sale, a Chinese Export ‘Tobacco Leaf’ part dinner service (FS31/533) created much interest from the United Kingdom and overseas and realised £11,000, whilst a Sevres hard paste porcelain coffee can and saucer (FS31/686), finely painted with bouquets and floral sprays within laurel leaf borders, sold for £4,800.
Also in this section, a pair of Chinese coral ground famille rose vases (FS31/564) sold above estimate at £3,500.
Another piece in this section was the Royal Doulton figure of a child on a crab (FS31/630), HN32, possibly a prototype, modelled in white with green backstamp, which fetched £4,000.
Of the furniture, a late 19th Century satinwood and inlaid Carlton House writing desk (FS31/1104) sold well at £3,100 and a walnut marquetry longcase clock by Fran Schooc, Amsterdam (FS31/870) realised £2,700.
Entries are currently being invited for the forthcoming fine art sale to be held on 4th/5th October 2016 at The Auction Rooms, St&nsbp;Edmunds Court, Okehampton Street, Exeter, Devon.