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Fine Art Auction Review

Rachel Littlewood reviews the two day July 2019 Fine Sale that saw many good prices realised, along with some suprises, such as the £24,000 realised for a collection of Bodhisattva figures and the £6,500 for an oil on canvas by Frederick Gore (1913–2009).

The Tibetan solid bronze figure of a Bodhisattva, a similar Indian Bodisattva and
        three others (FS43/626), which realised £24,000 during the July 2019 Fine Sale at
        our salerooms in Exeter, Devon.

The Tibetan solid bronze figure of a Bodhisattva, a similar Indian Bodisattva and three others (FS43/626), which realised £24,000 during the July 2019 Fine Sale at our salerooms in Exeter, Devon.

Day One of the July Fine Art Sale started well with silver and metalwares going under the hammer. Of note was a large Burmese white metal bowl (FS43/120) of circular outline, with embossed panels depicting village life, with elephant head handles to the side. Weighing 52.02ozs, this attractive lot sold for £1,150, whilst a 20th Century French Christofle silver Renaissance pattern flatware service (FS43/125), bearing Christofle 925 mark and stamped sterling, sold for £1,600.

A large Burmese White Metal Bowl (FS43/120) sold for £1,150).

A large Burmese White Metal Bowl (FS43/120) sold for £1,150).

A 20th Century French Christofle Silver Renaissance Pattern Flatware Service (FS43/125) .

A 20th Century French Christofle Silver Renaissance Pattern Flatware Service (FS43/125).

Jewellery prices were strong too on the day, with a diamond three stone ring (FS43/304), the principal old European cut diamond estimated to weigh 1.70cts between two smaller diamonds, totalling 3.3cts sold above estimate for £6,000, whilst a gentleman's stainless steel Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer Wristwatch (FS43/189), dating from circa 1970, realised top estimate at £6,000.

A Diamond Three-stone Ring (FS43/304), which realised £6,000.

A Diamond Three-stone Ring (FS43/304), which realised £6,000.

A Gentleman's Stainless Steel 'Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer' Wristwatch circa 1970 (FS43/189), which also realised £6,000.

A Gentleman's Stainless Steel 'Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer' Wristwatch circa 1970 (FS43/189), which also realised £6,000.

The final section of Day One of the auction was the paintings and there were some good prices achieved within this part of the sale too. An oil on canvas by Frederick Gore (1913–2009) titled Lavender Fields, Buoux, Vancluse (FS43/409) exceeded expectations selling for £6,500 against an estimate of £2,000-£3,000 and an oil on canvas by Oskar Moll (1875–1947) titled Stillenben Am Fenster (Still Life by a window) (FS43/410) depicting a bird cage on a table with surrounding foliage realised £7,800.

Frederick Gore (1913-2009) - Lavender Fields, Buoux, Vancluse, (FS43/409).

Frederick Gore (1913-2009) - Lavender Fields, Buoux, Vancluse, (FS43/409).

Oskar Moll (1875-1947) - Stillenben Am Fenster (Still Life by a Window) (FS43/410).

Oskar Moll (1875-1947) - Stillenben Am Fenster (Still Life by a Window) (FS43/410).

Day Two commenced with the ceramics and glass and highlights included a Chinese blue and white yen yen vase (FS43/500), the neck and base painted with extensive mountainous lake scenes with scholars, fisherman and buildings, realised £3,000 and an extensive Herend porcelain part dinner service (FS43/591) decorated in the Rothschild Bird pattern sold for £2,700.

A Chinese Blue and White Yen Yen Vase (FS43/500) fetched £3,000.

A Chinese Blue and White Yen Yen Vase (FS43/500) fetched £3,000.

An extensive Herend Porcelain Part Dinner Service (FS43/591).

An extensive Herend Porcelain Part Dinner Service (FS43/591).

The highest selling lot of the sale was within the works of art section of the sale. A Tibetan solid bronze figure of a bodhisattva and a similar Indian bodisattva and three others (FS43/626) considerably exceeded its pre-sale estimate, selling for £24,000, whilst a Sino-Tibetan figure of Tara Bodhisattva and one other (FS43/625) sold for £13,500.

A Sino-Tibetan bronze figure of Tara Bodhisattva and one other (FS43/625), which sold for £13,500.

A Sino-Tibetan bronze figure of Tara Bodhisattva and one other (FS43/625), which sold for £13,500.

The final section of the sale was furniture, where a mahogany 'Jupes Patent' circular extending dining table in the Regency taste (FS43/911) with segmented flame veneered top sold for £3,600 and an attractive 18th Century walnut oyster veneer and parquetry cabinet on a later stand (FS43/875) realised £1,600.

Entries are currently invited for the next Quarterly Fine Art Sale to be held on 15th/16th October 2019.

A Mahogany 'Jupes Patent' Circular Extending Dining Table in the Regency Taste (FS43/911).

A Mahogany 'Jupes Patent' Circular Extending Dining Table in the Regency Taste (FS43/911).

An early 18th Century Walnut Oyster Veneer and Parquetry Cabinet on a later stand
        (FS43/875).

An early 18th Century Walnut Oyster Veneer and Parquetry Cabinet on a later stand (FS43/875).

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  • Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood
  • Fine Art Auctions
  • Christofle
  • Rolex
  • Frederick Gore (1913–2009)
  • Oskar Moll (1875–1947)
  • Herend

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