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Westcountry Fine Art Auction Review

Rachel Littlewood reviews the January 2015 Fine Art Auction, which saw fierce competition from telephone and internet bidders alike for a large Turkish carpet that finally succumbed to a winning bid of £15,000.

The very large Turkish Carpet (FS25/751) was fiercely thought over by telephone
        and internet bidders and finally realised £15,000 at our Westcountry Saleroom Complex
        in Exeter.

The very large Turkish Carpet (FS25/751) was fiercely thought over by telephone and internet bidders and finally realised £15,000 at our Westcountry Saleroom Complex in Exeter.

Day One of the fine sale at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood got off to a good start with the silver auction. Highlights included a Victorian silver fiddle and thread pattern flatware service (FS25/49) dated for 1896/1897, which sold for £1,450.

Also in the silver section was a Chinese silver three piece tea service (FS25/104), maker KC, of ovoid outline with prunus blossom and foliate decoration, which sold for £2,000.

A Victoriam silver fiddle and thread pattern flatware service (FS25/49) realised £1,450 in our Exeter salerooms.

A Victoriam silver fiddle and thread pattern flatware service (FS25/49) realised £1,450 in our Exeter salerooms.

The Chinese Three Piece Silver Tea Service (FS25/104) fetched £2,000 at auction in the Westcountry Saleroom Complex.

The Chinese Three Piece Silver Tea Service (FS25/104) fetched £2,000 at auction in the Westcountry Saleroom Complex.

Prices within the jewellery auction were equally buoyant with an early 20th Century moonstone fringe necklace (FS25/215) selling for £2,400, a sapphire and diamond circular cluster ring (FS25/242) selling for £2,900 and a diamond single stone ring (FS25/264) weighing approximately 3.1cts sold for £8,600.

Jewellery auction prices were bouyant with this early 20th century gold and moonstone fringe necklace (FS25/215) realsing £2,400.

Jewellery auction prices were bouyant with this early 20th century gold and moonstone fringe necklace (FS25/215) realsing £2,400.

A sapphire and diamand circular cluster ring (FS25/242) sold for £2,900 in the Jewellery auction.

A sapphire and diamand circular cluster ring (FS25/242) sold for £2,900 in the Jewellery auction.

A star lot within the Jewellery auction was the diamond single stone ring (FS25/264) that sold for £8,600.

A star lot within the Jewellery auction was the diamond single stone ring (FS25/264) that sold for £8,600.

The painting auction of the sale included a few surprises including a portrait of a girl wearing a bonnet and jade bangle (FS25/332) by the artist Walter Sauer (1889–1927), which went beyond the estimate of £800-£1,200 to sell for £3,300.

Also in the same section was a lovely oil on canvas by Robert Gregory (1881-1918) (FS25/361) that realised £5,500, an oil on canvas by Peter Brook (1927–2009), titled Lifting Mist (FS25/368), which realised £6,000 and a charming oil on board by Mary Fedden (1915–2012) (FS25/403) depicting Spring flowers, crocus and pansies in a pot, which sold for £7,600.

The picture section concluded day one of this prestigious auction.

The portrait of a girl wearing a bonnet and a jade bangle (FS25/332) by the artist Walter Sauer (1889-1927) exceed its estimate to realise £3,300.

The portrait of a girl wearing a bonnet and a jade bangle (FS25/332) by the artist Walter Sauer (1889-1927) exceed its estimate to realise £3,300.

The picture auction also saw this oil on canvas (FS25/361) by the painter Robert Gregory (1881-1918) fall under the hammer for £5,500.

The picture auction also saw this oil on canvas (FS25/361) by the painter Robert Gregory (1881-1918) fall under the hammer for £5,500.

Lifting Mist (FS25/368) by the artist Peter Brook (1927-2009) sold for £6,000.

Lifting Mist (FS25/368) by the artist Peter Brook (1927-2009) sold for £6,000.

A picture depicting Spring flowers, crocus and pansies in a pot (FS25/403) by artist Mary Fedden (1915-2012) attracted
        a winning bid of £7,600.

A picture depicting Spring flowers, crocus and pansies in a pot (FS25/403) by artist Mary Fedden (1915-2012) attracted a winning bid of £7,600.

Day Two started with the ceramics auction as always, the Chinese porcelain didn't fail to disappoint. A Chinese blue and white 'Three Friends of Winter' saucer dish (FS25/468) with Qianlong seal mark sold for £10,000, whilst a large Chinese Famille rose jardinière (FS25/480) went under the hammer for £2,500.

A Lenci earthenware figure 'Zizi' (FS25/561) after an original by Helen Konig Scavini realised £5,000 and a rare Sevres pot pourri 'Pompadour' vase and cover (FS25/589) sold for £4,900.

The demand for Chinese porcelain remains strong. A Chinese blue and white 'Three Friends of Winter' saucer dish
        (FS25/468) with a Qianlong seal mark sold for £10,000.

The demand for Chinese porcelain remains strong. A Chinese blue and white 'Three Friends of Winter' saucer dish (FS25/468) with a Qianlong seal mark sold for £10,000.

A large Chinese Famille rose jardinière (FS25/480) sold for £2,500.

A large Chinese Famille rose jardinière (FS25/480) sold for £2,500.

Lenci earthenware figure 'Zizi' (FS25/561) fetched £5,000 in the ceramics auction in Exeter.

Lenci earthenware figure 'Zizi' (FS25/561) fetched £5,000 in the ceramics auction in Exeter.

The rare Sevres pot pourri 'Pompadour' vase and cover (FS25/589) realised £4,900.

The rare Sevres pot pourri 'Pompadour' vase and cover (FS25/589) realised £4,900.

The works of art auction saw a violin by Fritz Arnold Bruckner (FS25/611) sell for £1,700 and an extensive single owner collection of German and German Independence state coinage (FS25/617) go under the hammer for £5,400, whilst a Chinese bronze tripod censer (FS25/627).

The violin made by Fritz Arnold Bruckner (FS25/611) attracted a winning bid of £1,700 in the Works of Art auction.

The violin made by Fritz Arnold Bruckner (FS25/611) attracted a winning bid of £1,700 in the Works of Art auction.

The extensive collection of German and German Independence State coinage (FS25/617) sold for £5,400 in Exeter.

The extensive collection of German and German Independence State coinage (FS25/617) sold for £5,400 in Exeter.

The furniture auction of the sale got off to a good start, with a Turkish Carpet (FS25/751) of very large size going under the hammer. Measuring 26ft 8in x 23ft 5in, it realised £15,000, after fierce telephone bidding from 12 separate phone lines, plus two internet platforms.

A late 17th Century walnut oyster veneer, sycamore banded and inlaid rectangular chest (FS25/773) exceeded estimate, selling for £3,200 and an early 20th Century two tier cut glass chandelier (FS25/834) sold well above estimate at £4,600.

The next quarterly fine sale is to be held at the Auction Rooms in Okehampton Street, Exeter on 21st/22nd April 2015.

The period furniture auction saw a late 17th Century walnut oyster veneer, sycamore banded and inlaid rectangular
        chest (FS25/773) sell for £3,200.

The period furniture auction saw a late 17th Century walnut oyster veneer, sycamore banded and inlaid rectangular chest (FS25/773) sell for £3,200.

This large glass chandelier (FS25/834) sold for £4,600 at our Exeter auction rooms.

This large glass chandelier (FS25/834) sold for £4,600 at our Exeter auction rooms.

Tags

  • Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood
  • Fine Art Auctions
  • Walter Sauer (1889–1927)
  • Robert Gregory (1881-1918)
  • Peter Brook (1927–2009)
  • Mary Fedden (1915–2012)
  • Lenci
  • Helen Konig Scavini
  • Sevres
  • Fritz Arnold Bruckner

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