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Fine Sale Review

Rachel Littlewood reviews the star lots that went under the hammer in the Autumn 2014 Fine Sale in the South West of England Auction Complex in Exeter over a two day period. The highest price was for the Peter Waals (1870-1937) Secretaire Cabinet realising £34,000.

A George V silver desk inkstand (FS24/11) realised £1,500 in the opening silver auction within the Autumn 2014 Fine Sale at the South West
        of England Auction Complex in Exeter.

A George V silver desk inkstand (FS24/11) realised £1,500 in the opening silver auction within the Autumn 2014 Fine Sale at the South West of England Auction Complex in Exeter.

The first day of the October 2014 Quarterly Fine Art Sale on 28th October 2014 (FS24) provided some pleasing results in all sections.

The day started off with the silver auction of the sale. Only a smallish section this time, but with some super items within it.

A George V silver rectangular twin handled desk inkstand (maker SG for Garrard and Co, London, 1930) (FS24/11) sold for £1,500, whilst a Victorian silver mounted cut glass claret jug, (maker Frederick Elkington, Birmingham, 1886) (FS24/5) sold for £1,300.

A Charles II silver caudle cup (FS24/86) (maker HN Bird) with an olive branch below, produced in London in 1664, sold for £1,250.

A Victorian silver mounted, cut glass claret jug (FS24/5) produced by Frederick Elkington of Birmingham in 1886 fetched £1,300.

A Victorian silver mounted, cut glass claret jug (FS24/5) produced by Frederick Elkington of Birmingham in 1886 fetched £1,300.

Amongst the earlier silver was a Charles II silver caudle cup made by the London silversmith HN Bird in 1664 (FS24/86), which attracted a winning bid of £1,250.

Amongst the earlier silver was a Charles II silver caudle cup made by the London silversmith HN Bird in 1664 (FS24/86), which attracted a winning bid of £1,250.

The second section to go under the hammer was the jewellery and watches auction.

A Cartier platinum and diamond single stone ring (FS24/194) was widely sought after. The diamond weighed 1.88cts, was colour grade E and had clarity VS1. The ring sold for £14,000.

A gentleman's 18ct gold Rolex oyster perpetual day date superlative chronometer officially certified wristwatch (FS24/117) sold for £5,800 and a single stone diamond ring (FS24/165), the diamond weighing 2.1cts, sold for £4,500.

An unusual Cartier diamond mounted bird on a branch brooch (FS24/192) sold for £3,500.

The top lot within the Jewellery auction was a stunning Cartier platinum and diamond single stone ring (FS24/194) fetching
        £14,000.

The top lot within the Jewellery auction was a stunning Cartier platinum and diamond single stone ring (FS24/194) fetching £14,000.

An 18ct gold Rolex oyster perpetual day date superlative chronometer (FS24/117) attracted a winning bid of £5,800.

An 18ct gold Rolex oyster perpetual day date superlative chronometer (FS24/117) attracted a winning bid of £5,800.

Another diamond single stone ring (FS24/165) was secured with a bid of £4,500 in the sale held in Exeter.

Another diamond single stone ring (FS24/165) was secured with a bid of £4,500 in the sale held in Exeter.

This Cartier diamond mounted bird on a branch brooch (FS24/192) sold for £3,500.

This Cartier diamond mounted bird on a branch brooch (FS24/192) sold for £3,500.

The final section of day one of the Quarterly Fine Sale was the pictures auction and again a few lovely surprises within this part of the sale

Some of the highlights included a pencil and watercolour with bodycolour on paper by Myles Birket Foster (1825–1899) titled The Elderberry Gatherers (FS24/292), which realised £11,000.

A full length portrait of Arthur Scotland Yates (FS24/210) by Thomas Musgrave Joy (1812–1866) also exceeded expectations. Being an oil on canvas, signed and dated TM Joy 1844, it realised £10,000.

The oil on board entitled Twinkle Toes (FS24/236) by Beryl Cook (1926–2008) also sold very well at £6,400.

The Elderberry Gathers (FS24/292) by the watercolourist Myles Birket Foster (1825-1899) sold for £3,500.

The Elderberry Gathers (FS24/292) by the watercolourist Myles Birket Foster (1825-1899) sold for £3,500.

The full length portrait of Arthur Scotland Yates with his mother (FS24/210) by the artist Thoms Musgrave Joy (1812-1866) exceeded expectation to realise £10,000.

The full length portrait of Arthur Scotland Yates with his mother (FS24/210) by the artist Thoms Musgrave Joy (1812-1866) exceeded expectation to realise £10,000.

An oil on board entitled 'Twinkle Toes' (FS24/236) by the late Plymouth artist Beryl Cook (1926-2008) attracted a winning bid of £6,400.

An oil on board entitled 'Twinkle Toes' (FS24/236) by the late Plymouth artist Beryl Cook (1926-2008) attracted a winning bid of £6,400.

All in all a very good first day at this prestigious Quarterly Fine Art Sale at the South West of England Auction Complex in St Edmunds Court, Exeter, Devon.

Day two of the sale started off well with the ceramics and glassware auction.

An early 18th Century sealed magnum onion wine bottle (FS24/358), previously un-recorded and dating from circa 1710-20, sold for £3,200, whilst another early 18th Century sealed mallet shaped wine bottle (FS24/354) with a seal for E Herbert, 1721 sold for £2,100.

Chinese pieces were selling well too. A Chinese famille rose dragon and bat bottle vase (FS24/410) painted with two five clawed dragons, chasing flaming pearls, sold for £3,800.

A previously unrecorded sealed magnum onion wine bottle dating from circa 1710-20 (FS24/358) was sold for £3,200.

A previously unrecorded sealed magnum onion wine bottle dating from circa 1710-20 (FS24/358) was sold for £3,200.

An early 18th century sealed mallet shaped wine bottle (FS24/354) sold for £2,100.

An early 18th century sealed mallet shaped wine bottle (FS24/354) sold for £2,100.

The Chinese ceramics sold well as exemplified by this Chinese famille rose dragon and bat bottle vase (FS24/410) realising £3,800.

The Chinese ceramics sold well as exemplified by this Chinese famille rose dragon and bat bottle vase (FS24/410) realising £3,800.

Within the works of art auction there were a few surprises with a Chinese carved jade vase and cover (FS24/620) of flattened baluster form selling for £12,500 and a Chinese celadon and russet jade pendant (FS24/621) selling for £5,200.

Chinese pieces were in demand in the Works of Art auction too: this Chinese carved jade vase and cover (FS24/620) caused a stir
        when it sold for £12,500.

Chinese pieces were in demand in the Works of Art auction too: this Chinese carved jade vase and cover (FS24/620) caused a stir when it sold for £12,500.

This Chinese celadon and russet jade pendant (FS24/621) realised £5,200.

This Chinese celadon and russet jade pendant (FS24/621) realised £5,200.

The final section of the day was the furniture auction.

With twelve phone lines booked solidly throughout some sections of the furniture sale, it provided some very strong prices.

A Regency and later mahogany triple pillar dining table (FS24/813) measuring 323.5cm when extended, sold for £8,000.

The star of the show, however, was the Peter Waals walnut secretaire cabinet (FS24/868), which sold for £34,000.

A Regency and later mahogany triple pillar dining table (FS24/813) was sold for £8,000.

A Regency and later mahogany triple pillar dining table (FS24/813) was sold for £8,000.

The star lot of the entire sale was a Cotswold School walnut secretaire cabinet (FS24/868) produced by Peter Waals (1870-1937), fetching £34,000.

The star lot of the entire sale was a Cotswold School walnut secretaire cabinet (FS24/868) produced by Peter Waals (1870-1937), fetching £34,000.

Tags

  • Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood
  • Fine Art Auctions
  • Cartier
  • Beryl Cook
  • Peter Waals

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