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Winter 2014 Fine Art Auction Preview

Rachel Littlewood previews the Winter 2014 Fine Art Auction, which will be the first to be held in the newly extended South West of England saleroom complex in Exeter. The sale has many exciting lots on offer, including an internationally significant collection of Waterford glass and previously undocumented pottery and paintings by Charlotte Rhead and other members of her family.

A Waterford glass decanter and stopper (FS21/458) from an internationally significant collection of Waterford glassware with provenance of direct descent
        from the founding Penrose family is on offer in this sale that has Internet live bidding.

A Waterford glass decanter and stopper (FS21/458) from an internationally significant collection of Waterford glassware with provenance of direct descent from the founding Penrose family is on offer in this sale that has Internet live bidding.

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).

An Arts and Crafts Embossed Silver Bowl, Maker Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co Ltd, London, 1910 (FS21/19) offered in our Two Day Fine Art Sale starting on 21st January 2014 at our salerooms in Exeter, Devon.

An Arts and Crafts Embossed Silver Bowl, Maker Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co Ltd, London, 1910 (FS21/19) offered in our Two Day Fine Art Sale starting on 21st January 2014 at our salerooms in Exeter, Devon.

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.

A Chinese Silver Three-piece Tea Set, Maker Wang Hing & Co, Hong Kong (FS21/111) that is being auctioned at the South West of England saleroom complex in Exeter, Devon.

A Chinese Silver Three-piece Tea Set, Maker Wang Hing & Co, Hong Kong (FS21/111) that is being auctioned at the South West of England saleroom complex in Exeter, Devon.

A large George II silver salver (FS21/118) is being offered amongst the silverware in the auction.

A large George II silver salver (FS21/118) is being offered amongst the silverware in the auction.

A cushion shaped pink sapphire single stone ring (FS21/211) is being offered with an estimate of £800-£1,200 in the jewellery
        auction of the sale.

A cushion shaped pink sapphire single stone ring (FS21/211) is being offered with an estimate of £800-£1,200 in the jewellery auction of the sale.

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.

This late 19th Century parcel gilt and garnet mounted necklace with matching bracelet is expected to realise between £1,800 and £2,200 when they go under the hammer in
        the Exeter salerooms.

This late 19th Century parcel gilt and garnet mounted necklace with matching bracelet is expected to realise between £1,800 and £2,200 when they go under the hammer in the Exeter salerooms.

A miniature of Charles II as HRH Prince of Wales by David des Granges (1611-c1675) after Adriaan Hanneman (FS21/321) is expected to 
        realise between £2,000 and £3,000.

A miniature of Charles II as HRH Prince of Wales by David des Granges (1611-c1675) after Adriaan Hanneman (FS21/321) is expected to realise between £2,000 and £3,000.

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.

One of several watercolours (FS21/384) by Edwin Penny (b 1930) in the picture auction within the Fine Sale.

One of several watercolours (FS21/384) by Edwin Penny (b 1930) in the picture auction within the Fine Sale.

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.

A Roman Triumph by the painter Andrew Garrick Gow (1848-1920) is expected to realise between £10,000 and £15,000 at the auction in January 2014.

A Roman Triumph by the painter Andrew Garrick Gow (1848-1920) is expected to realise between £10,000 and £15,000 at the auction in January 2014.

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).

A pate sur pate (probably Minton) porcelain vase (FS21/542) by Frederick Alfred Rhead (1856-1933) - just one of the lots in the Rhead-Cronin Collection.

A pate sur pate (probably Minton) porcelain vase (FS21/542) by Frederick Alfred Rhead (1856-1933) - just one of the lots in the Rhead-Cronin Collection.

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.

A Charlotte Rhead (1885-1947) tube-lined rectangular tile (FS21/576) decorated with Elaine, the lily maid of Astolat guarding the shield of Lancelot,
        also part of the Rhead-Cronin Collection, is expected to realise between £300 and £500 at auction.

A Charlotte Rhead (1885-1947) tube-lined rectangular tile (FS21/576) decorated with Elaine, the lily maid of Astolat guarding the shield of Lancelot, also part of the Rhead-Cronin Collection, is expected to realise between £300 and £500 at auction.

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 cylinderical mug (FS21/631) is estimated at £600-£800 in the ceramics auction of the Fine Sale.

A Flight and Barr Worcester small cylinderical mug (FS21/631) is estimated at £600-£800 in the ceramics auction of the Fine Sale.

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.

The Works of Art auction within the Fine Sale includes a bronze study of two neo-classical dancers by Henry Etienne Dumaige (1830–1888) (FS21/791) that carries a pre-sale estimate of £1,000-£1,500.

The Works of Art auction within the Fine Sale includes a bronze study of two neo-classical dancers by Henry Etienne Dumaige (1830–1888) (FS21/791) that carries a pre-sale estimate of £1,000-£1,500.

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.

A Liberty Co Ltd Arts and Crafts oak dresser/bookcase (FS21/967) is being offered in the furniture section of the sale.

A Liberty Co Ltd Arts and Crafts oak dresser/bookcase (FS21/967) is being offered in the furniture section of the sale.

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.

The Penrose Irish Shell Cabinet (FS21/914) dating from around 1800 and made be Elizabeth Penrose (born 1779) is expected to fetch between
        £8,000 and £10,000.

The Penrose Irish Shell Cabinet (FS21/914) dating from around 1800 and made be Elizabeth Penrose (born 1779) is expected to fetch between £8,000 and £10,000.

Tags

  • Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood
  • Fine Art Auction
  • Goldsmiths and Silversmiths Co Ltd
  • Wang Hing and Co
  • Robert Abercromby
  • David des Granges (1611-c1675)
  • Edwin Penny (b 1930)
  • Andrew Carrick Gow (1848–1920)
  • Frederick Alfred Rhead (1856-1933)
  • Charlotte Rhead (1885-1947)
  • Flight and Barr
  • Henry Etienne Dumaige (1830–1888)
  • Liberty Co Ltd
  • Elizabeth Penrose (b 1779)
  • Waterford Glass

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