Published 6th January 2014
Day one of this important two day fine art auction sees silver and silver plate being offered for auction at 10:00am. Highlights include an Arts and Crafts embossed silver bowl by the Goldsmiths and Silversmiths Co Ltd (FS21/19).
Dated for London 1910, this stylish bowl is inviting bids of £250-£300, whilst a Chinese silver three piece tea set by Wang Hing and Co (FS21/111) is expected to fetch £1,000-£1,500 and a George II large silver salver by Robert Abercromby (FS21/118) invites bids of £800-£1,200.
There are some very pretty pieces of jewellery on offer in the next section of the sale, such as a cushion shaped pink sapphire single stone ring (FS21/211), which is estimated at £800-£1,200 and a late 19th Century parcel gilt and garnet mounted necklace and matching bracelet (FS21/203), which is expected to fetch between £1,800 and £2,200.
Day One of the auction concludes with the paintings section of the sale. Highlights of this include a miniature portrait of Charles II Prince of Wales by David Des Granges (1611–c1675) (FS21/321). It is signed with initials and dated DDG 1655 lower right and is contained within a later plain ebonised frame. The pre-sale estimate is £2,000-£3,000.
A charming watercolour entitled Collared Doves, three birds on a branch by Edwin Penny (born 1930) (FS21/384) has a pre-sale estimate of £1,200-£1,800 and a magnificent picture by Andrew Carrick Gow (1848–1920) A Roman Triumph (FS21/400) is inviting bids of £10,000-£15,000.
Day Two of the auction starts with the ceramics section of the sale, which includes many items from the estate of Richard Harry Rhead Cronin, son of Marie Elizabeth Adolphine Rhead (sister to Charlotte Rhead).
Amongst the wonderful Rhead-Cronin Collection, there is a fine Frederick Alfred Rhead probably Minton pate sur pate porcelain vase (FS21/542). Being of cylindrical form, it is decorated with an angel holding aloft A large bowl with the text below 'And when the angel with his darker draught draws up to thee – take that and do not shrink', taken from verse 48 of the Rubaiyat of Omar Kkayyam. This wonderful vase carries a pre-sale estimate of £1,500-£2,000.
Also from the same estate, there is a Charlotte Rhead tube lined rectangular tile (FS21/576) decorated with Elaine, the lily maid of Astolat guarding the shield of Lancelot. It is signed with initials LR and carries a pre-sale estimate of £300-£500.
A Flight and Barr Worcester small cylindrical mug (FS21/631) is expected to fetch £500-£700 and a Waterford glass decanter engraved with a Penrose rebus (FS21/458), which is from part of a collection of Waterford glass by descent from the Penrose family is estimated at £600-£800.
A beautiful bronze study of two neo-classical dancers by Henry Etienne Dumaige (1830 – 1888) (FS21/791) carries a pre-sale estimate of £1,000-£1,500 in the Works of Art section of the sale. There is also a private collection from the Westcountry of Chinese Jade on offer.
Within the furniture section of the auction, which is the final section of day two, there are some lovely pieces on offer. A Liberty & Co Ltd Arts and Crafts oak dresser/bookcase (FS21/967), which has a Liberty & Co ivory plaque to the back is inviting bids of £2,000-£3,000.
An important piece within this part of the sale is the Penrose Irish shell cabinet (FS21/914) dating from circa 1800 and made by Elizabeth Penrose (born 1779). It is a fantasy grotto, lined with seashells collected from the beaches around Tramore and along the tidal reaches of the River Suir and fashioned into intricate patterns forming a cobbled arcaded terrace populated with glass animals and swans from the Waterford Glass Factory. This extraordinary piece of furniture carries a pre-sale estimate of £8,000-£10,000.