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Fine Sale Review

Rachel Littlewood reviews the January 2020 Fine Sale, which got the year off to a flying start. There were good results in each section of the sale with notable results including a George I Irish silver salver fetching £9,400, an English Provincial School oil achieving £15,500 and an 18th Century Italian cabinet succumbing to a winning bid of £15,000.

The Early 18th Century Italian Tortoiseshell, Ebony and Coromandel Wood Architectural
        Cabinet on a 19th Century Carved Mahogany Stand (FS45/1080) was sold for a winning bid of £15,000.

The Early 18th Century Italian Tortoiseshell, Ebony and Coromandel Wood Architectural Cabinet on a 19th Century Carved Mahogany Stand (FS45/1080) was sold for a winning bid of £15,000.

Day One of the Quarterly Fine Art Sale on 21st/22nd January 2020 got the year off to a flying start.

In the silver section, a George I Irish silver salver (FS45/153) with no makers mark, Dublin 1727, created quite a stir. Of plain circular outline, it was engraved with a medallion depicting the obverse of George I's Great Seal, together with another medallion of the Royal Coat of Arms, raised on later applied scroll feet and bearing LAO marks for 2019. Weighing 900gms/28.93ozs, it realised £9,400.

In the jewellery section of the sale, a Belle Epoque diamond mounted, openwork pendant (FS45/230), the principal diamond estimated to weigh 1.90cts, with a surround of old brilliant cut and rose cut diamonds also exceeded expectations, selling for £4,300.

A George I Irish Silver Salver, No Maker's Mark, Dublin, 1727 (FS45/153) fetched £9,400.

A George I Irish Silver Salver, No Maker's Mark, Dublin, 1727 (FS45/153) fetched £9,400.

A Belle Epoque Diamond Mounted, Open Work Pendant (FS45/230) realised £4,300.

A Belle Epoque Diamond Mounted, Open Work Pendant (FS45/230) realised £4,300.

Paintings were selling well on the day too with an English Provincial School oil on canvas of Black John, a jester (FS45/302) being greatly sought after and selling for £15,500, whilst an oil on panel by Thomas Luny (1759-1837) of Shaldon Bridge, Teignmouth (FS45/366) exceeded expectations, selling for £5,500.

The 18th Century English Provincial School portrait of the jester Black John (FS45/302) went under the hammer for £15,500.

The 18th Century English Provincial School portrait of the jester Black John (FS45/302) went under the hammer for £15,500.

The painting of Shaldon Bridge at Teignmouth in Devon (FS45/366) by Thomas Luny (1759-1837) sold for £5,500.

The painting of Shaldon Bridge at Teignmouth in Devon (FS45/366) by Thomas Luny (1759-1837) sold for £5,500.

Day Two of the sale opened with the ceramics and glass section of the sale, where a Chinese famille rose medallion bowl (FS45/606) with enamelled and gilded exterior and four medallions enclosing lanterns and auspicious objects created quite a stir on the Internet and with the many telephone lines booked. It eventually went under the hammer for £14,500, whilst a Chinese porcelain panel (FS45/611) sold for £7,200.

A Chinese Famille Rose Medallion Bowl (FS45/606) was acquired for £14,500.

A Chinese Famille Rose Medallion Bowl (FS45/606) was acquired for £14,500.

A Chinese Porcelain Panel (FS45/611) realied £7,200.

A Chinese Porcelain Panel (FS45/611) realied £7,200.

In the works of art, it was late 17th Century shoes (FS45/767) that took centre stage, two pairs with raised foliate embroidered floral decoration, one pair of blue silk shoes and a single one, which realised £5,800.

The late 17th century shoes (FS45/767) were acquired for £5,800.

The late 17th century shoes (FS45/767) were acquired for £5,800.

The top selling lot in the furniture section was an 18th Century Italian tortoiseshell, ebony and coromandel wood architectural cabinet on a 19th Century stand (FS45/1080). Fitted with an arrangement of drawers with baluster galleries and urn finials about a central portico drawer with applied Classical figures on Vitruvian scroll plinths, this impressive piece sold for £15,000.

Entries are currently invited for the next Quarterly Fine Art Sale to be held on Tuesday, 28th and Wednesday 29th April 2020.

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  • Thomas Luny (1759-1837)

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