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South West Spring 2014 Fine Art Auction Review

Rachel Littlewood reviews the sale results for the three day Spring 2014 Fine Art Auction that was held at our Exeter saleroom complex in the South West of England. The exciting auction held quite a few surprises with a number of lots exceeding all expectations.

The top highlight of the auction was delivered on the second day of the sale with a Chinese gilt bronze bottle vase (FS22/686). It had a pear shaped body with slender flared neck and high foot. The body was cast and gilded with scrolling lotus. The neck had two scrollwork panels below a key fret band. Dating from the 18th/19th Century and measuring 23cm high, this unusual piece sold for £22,000.

The top lot in the Spring 2014 Fine Art Auction was a Chinese gilt bottle vase that sold for £22,000 (FS22/686) in
        our Exeter salerooms in the South West of England.

The top lot in the Spring 2014 Fine Art Auction was a Chinese gilt bottle vase that sold for £22,000 (FS22/686) in our Exeter salerooms in the South West of England.

There was a good selection of paintings on offer by the well known artist Robert O Lenkiewicz, twenty six in total. The highlight of this section was a painting of The painter with Lisa (FS22/357). Signed on the reverse and inscribed The Painter with women – Observations on the theme of the double St Anthony Theme, Project 18, this good sized oil on canvas measuring 99cm x 89cm sold for £19,000.

The Painter with Lisa (FS22/357) by Robert Lenkiewicz (1941-2002) realised £19,000 at auction in the South West of England.

The Painter with Lisa (FS22/357) by Robert Lenkiewicz (1941-2002) realised £19,000 at auction in the South West of England.

Everyone has heard of Cartier and its popularity continued in the recent sale with an 18ct gold, agate, emerald and coral mounted novelty duck brooch going under the hammer (FS22/233). The duck, wearing a Indian headdress and carrying an axe with agate body, circular emerald eye and coral feet was inscribed 'Cartier France 18kts'. It carried import marks for 1952. Contained in a fitted gilt tooled red leather case stamped Cartier, it finally went under the hammer for £17,000, following fierce competition from both the internet and telephone bidders.

An attractive brooch produced by Cartier (FS22/233) in 1952 fetched £17,000 after
        fierce competition from both internet and telephone bidders.

An attractive brooch produced by Cartier (FS22/233) in 1952 fetched £17,000 after fierce competition from both internet and telephone bidders.

Two stunning pictures by Alfred de Breanski (Senior) (1852–1928) titled 'Invergarry' and the companion 'Duncraggan' (FS22/418) also exceeded all expectations realising £16,000.

Two pictures entitled 'Invergarry' and 'Duncraggan' (FS22/418) by Alfred de Breanski 
        (Senior) (1852–1928) exceeded all expectations to realise £16,000.

Two pictures entitled 'Invergarry' and 'Duncraggan' (FS22/418) by Alfred de Breanski (Senior) (1852–1928) exceeded all expectations to realise £16,000.

The clock section of the auction provided much excitement, particularly with a French Louis XVI mantel clock (FS22/813) by Gavelle L'É Paris. Estimated at £2,000-£3,000, there were many telephone bidders and internet bidders wanting this lot. The hammer finally went down at £15,000.

There was fierce competition from internet and telephone bidders for this French Louis XVI mantel clock (FS22/813), which finally succumbed for £15,000.

There was fierce competition from internet and telephone bidders for this French Louis XVI mantel clock (FS22/813), which finally succumbed for £15,000.

Also within the works of art section of the sale, there was a Chinese bronze censer and stand (FS22/675), which again exceeded all expectations, selling for £15,000.

Another lot that exceed all expectations was this Chinses bronze tripod censer and stand (FS22/675), which realised £15,000.

Another lot that exceed all expectations was this Chinese bronze tripod censer and stand (FS22/675), which realised £15,000.

You may have already read Nic Saintey's blog about the rare Staffordshire pearlware group of 'The Death of Munrow' in the manner of Obadiah Sherrat, modelled as a large tiger attacking the striken Lieutenant Munrow. There was a huge amount of interest in this Staffordshire pearlware group (FS22/580) prior to the sale and this was reflected in the final hammer price of £15,000

The rare Stafforshire pearlware group of 'The Death of Lt Munroe' (FS22/580), which
        attracted considerable pre-sale interest, finally sold for £15,000.

The rare Stafforshire pearlware group of 'The Death of Lt Munroe' (FS22/580), which attracted considerable pre-sale interest, finally sold for £15,000.

Entries are currently being invited for the next Quarterly Fine Art Auction to be held on Tuesday, 8th July 2014 and Wednesday, 9th July 2014.

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  • Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood
  • Fine Art Auctions
  • Robert Lenkiewicz (1941-2002)
  • Cartier
  • Alfred de Breanski (Senior) (1852–1928)
  • Gavelle L'É Paris

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