Published 22nd June 2022
By Brian Goodison-Blanks View profile
We have all been very busy preparing The Summer Sale, one of our largest auctions to date and there are some fantastic highlights to mention.
Day One (Wednesday, 13th July 2022) starts off with the silver section, where a Victorian silver Paxton pattern part flatware service, maker Chawner & Co, London (FS54/685) dated 1878, is inviting bids of £800-£1,000, whilst a pair of German silver models of woodpeckers (FS54/891) by maker L Neresheimer & Co and with import marks for Berthold Muller, London 1925 carries a pre-sale estimate of £800-£1,000.
A huge selection of jewellery follows and it is difficult to ear mark a few highlights, as there are some absolutely stunning pieces on offer. Joan Lowther MA DGA FGA has certainly had her work cut out cataloguing so many wonderful pieces, including a mid Victorian, 18ct gold and silver, oval, mixed cut, colour change sapphire and old, single and rose-cut diamond pendant (FS54/1344). The sapphire weight alone is calculated at 9.20cts, whilst the total estimated old-cut diamond eight is 9cts. Accompanied by a report from the Gem & Pearl Laboratory, this beautiful piece of jewellery is expected to fetch £12,000-£15,000. Also within the jewellery section of the sale is an early Victorian, 22ct gold, old-cut diamond ring (FS54/1345). The diamond is reputed to be a ‘Golconda’ diamond from the ancient mines of India and carries an estimate of £3,000-£4,000.
Day Two of The Summer Sale (Thursday, 14th July 2022) commences with the ceramics and glass, where a set of five large 19th Century green glass pharmacy bottles/carboys (FS54/1370) are inviting bids of £1,200-£1,800 and a Chinese funerary equestrian group (FS54/1398) is expected to fetch between £1,000 and £1,200.
There are some great looking paintings being offered on day two of the auction, including The Venetian Waterfront, by Edmond Louis Dupain (1847–1933) (FS54/1691). This painting carries a good piece of provenance, directly from the artist to Monsieur Herro, the great grandfather of the present owner and thence by family descent. The pre-sale estimate is £800-£1,200.
Also within the paintings are a pair of oils on canvas, by George Callow (fl 1855–1873) depicting a beach scene with a busy harbour beyond and a companion piece (FS54/1698). Bids of £1,200-£1,800 are invited for the pair.
Day Three of The Summer Sale (Friday, 15th July 2022) kicks off with the works of art section of the sale. Highlights include a large Chinese dated bronze censer (FS54/1779) of compressed bombe form with mythical beast-head handles and spreading base, which carries an estimate of £1,000-£2,000 and a beautiful Liberty & Co George V hammered silver cased mantel timepiece (FS54/1966), Birmingham 1918. Of rectangular outline to a design after Archibald Knox, it has an estimate of £3,000-£4,000.
The final section of The Summer Sale is furniture and rugs, with a substantial number of lots on offer, including a fine Victorian burr walnut and marquetry circular centre table (FS54/2231). Dating from circa 1865, this stunning piece of craftsmanship is estimated at £2,000-£3,000, whilst in the rugs section of the sale, a Najafabad carpet (FS54/2321) with red field and central beige, powder blue and indigo geometric flowerhead pole medallion carries a pre-sale estimate of £800-£1,000.
In addition to the three day Summer Sale, we are also selling the Robert Deeley Collection of kitchenalia on Monday, 11th July 2022 and Tuesday, 12th July 2022.