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South West Fine Art Auction Preview

The next Fine Art auction will span the the three days starting on Tuesday, 13th July 2021. The sale has a wide variety of lots on offer, including a brooch with the Mitford Family Crest, which is bound to attract attention since the recent television adaption of Nancy Mitford's 'The Pursuit of Love', especially since it comes from direct descent from the family.

An Enamelled 18ct Gold and Diamond-set Brooch depicting the Mitford Family Crest
        (FS50/414) offered in our Three Day Fine Art Sale starting on 13th July 2021 at
        our salerooms in Exeter, Devon.

An Enamelled 18ct Gold and Diamond-set Brooch depicting the Mitford Family Crest (FS50/414) offered in our Three Day Fine Art Sale starting on 13th July 2021 at our salerooms in Exeter, Devon.

With the recent television adaptation of Nancy Mitford's The Pursuit of Love, there is sure to be plenty of interest in the enamelled gold and diamond set brooch depicting the Mitford crest (FS50/414), especially as it comes by direct decent from the family.

The Jewellery also has on offer a cracking Art Deco Burmese ruby and diamond mounted cluster ring (FS50/609), estimated at £4,000-£6,000. Staying with famous names, the Silver auction includes two Omar Ramsden lots, the pick being a silver mounted mazer (FS50/241) stamped Omar Ramsden Me Fecit.

An Art Deco Ruby and Diamond Cluster Ring (FS50/609).

An Art Deco Ruby and Diamond Cluster Ring (FS50/609).

An Omar Ramsden Walnut and Silver Mounted Mazer Bowl, Stamped Marks OR London, 1929,
        Omar Ramsdan Me Fecit (FS50/241).

An Omar Ramsden Walnut and Silver Mounted Mazer Bowl, Stamped Marks OR London, 1929, Omar Ramsdan Me Fecit (FS50/241).

On Day Two, the Paintings contain their usual mix of old master and modern works.

The former includes a charming portrait of the five eldest children of Charles I with an enormous Mastiff (FS50/683). Charles and Henrietta Maria had nine children in all. The last, named Henrietta, was born here in Exeter in 1644. Whilst the image reflects familial happiness, most of the sitters died young or fled to France during the ensuing civil war.

Winifred Nicholson is positioned at the modern end of the painting spectrum and the sale has an unusual seascape Sea Break (FS50/736), which is painted from a giddying gull's eye perspective.

Keeping with the sea, the Ceramic section has a Flight & Barr Worcester porcelain inkwell (FS50/1010) attributed to the Baxter studio, which is decorated with a sailing barge on choppy seas which has hopes for £600-£800.

After Sir Anthony Van Dyke, 18th Century - The Five Eldest Children of Charles I (FS50/683).

After Sir Anthony Van Dyke, 18th Century - The Five Eldest Children of Charles I (FS50/683).

Winifred Nicholson (1893-1981) - Sea Break (1970) (FS50/736).

Winifred Nicholson (1893-1981) - Sea Break (1970) (FS50/736).

Rare Flight and Barr Worcester Inkwell, the painting attributed to the Baxter Studio (FS50/1010).

Rare Flight and Barr Worcester Inkwell, the painting attributed to the Baxter Studio (FS50/1010).

The Second Day is completed with works of art and clocks. Amongst the former is an assembly of items belonging to Major General Charles Vyvyan Cox (FS50/1069), which include his medals, uniform and sword amongst other items. Born locally in Stockland in 1819, he had a successful military career primarily in India, being injured, mentioned in dispatches and serving during the 1857 Indian Rebellion. An impressive lot with hopes of achieving £8,000-12,000.

The day finishes with seventy lots of clocks, the best being a very early 18th century walnut marquetry longcase clock (FS50/1312) by London maker Henry de la Fueille.

The final day is completely taken up with 400 lots of furniture and rugs including part one of the Robert Deeley Collection, which contains some wonderful quirky, rustic and statement pieces amongst them an unusual oak table on a sycamore branch base (FS50/1365), which won't break the bank at £150-£250 and a characterful early 18th century yew and walnut chest (FS50/1407) that will certainly cost you more.

However, the most striking piece elsewhere in the section is a Flemish ebonised, scarlet tortoiseshell and ivory inlaid architectural cabinet and stand (FS50/1652) and to help you enjoy a socially distanced summer the sale is completed with plenty of garden furniture.

A Victorian CB Group of Five to Major-General Charles Vyvyan Cox CB (1819-1903)
        (FS50/1069).

A Victorian CB Group of Five to Major-General Charles Vyvyan Cox CB (1819-1903) (FS50/1069).

Henry de La Fueille, London: A Walnut Panelled Marquetry Longcase Clock (FS50/1312).

Henry de La Fueille, London: A Walnut Panelled Marquetry Longcase Clock (FS50/1312).

An Unusual Rustic Occasional Table (FS50/1365).

An Unusual Rustic Occasional Table (FS50/1365).

A 19th Century Flemish scarlet tortoiseshell, ebony and ivory inlaid architectural
        cabinet on a stand (FS50/1652).

A 19th Century Flemish scarlet tortoiseshell, ebony and ivory inlaid architectural cabinet on a stand (FS50/1652).

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