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Sale FS36: Two Day Fine Art Sale

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From Tuesday, 3rd October 2017
Until Wednesday, 4th October 2017

Okehampton Street, Exeter

Two Day Fine Art Sale

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Two Day Fine Art Sale with European and Oriental Ceramics, Glass, Pictures, Works of Art, Clocks, Watches, Jewellery and Furniture

This auction has 900 fine art lots.

Sale Notes

The Autumn Fine Sale as ever includes many ‘fine’ and rare pieces, but also includes plenty of quirky and affordable items for the collector and the amused who just want something a little more unusual to enhance their homes. Amongst these is a single owner collection of silver bijouterie priced to suit even the most modest pockets. Examples include an Edwardian silver pin cushion in the form of a hedgehog (FS36/77), estimated below £100 and a group of five sporting interest vestas, which includes a horse racing example with enamel decoration (FS36/47) that is achievable for less than £200.

The jewellery section does have a number of pieces that continue the sporting theme, such as the reverse painted crystal intaglio bar brooch decorated with a quail (FS36/222) that looks to be good value, but rather reflects the fact that ladies don’t seem to wear brooches nowadays. Of course, ladies have never tired of big diamond rings and can have their choice of two (FS36/336 and FS36/337) that will set you back in excess of £10,000.

This sale’s offering of paintings is also brim-full quality. There is no doubting the Pre-Raphaelite attention to detail that comes from the brush of John Everett Millais, typically depicted in his portrait of Effie Dean (FS36/476) – a fictional character in Walter Scott’s popular 1818 novel The Heart of Midlothian.

Quality comes in many forms and rather than detail Hercules Brabazon Brabazon effectively uses the watercolours to capture the ‘mood’ of a landscape, the sale has several of his works and perhaps the pick of these is a view of the Spanish city of Segovia (FS36/371) - you can almost feel the burning Iberian sun coming off of the paper.

An image of an altogether more temperate landscape appears on a rare Japanese four fold screen (FS37/703) being offered on day two of the sale. It depicts two families enjoying their holiday on a beach and has scenes of merry making, dancing, fishing, cooking and tomfoolery - a snapshot of Japanese life pre-1730.

Another reflection of family life comes in the form of a Meissen figure of a mother and child at play (FS36/631) modelled by Alfred Konig in 1890 that manages to be charming without being overly sentimental. A more traditional and much earlier Meissen figure comes in the form of a Meissen Saxon Grenadier Drummer (FS36/627).

Another somewhat traditional item is Parkinson & Frodsham mantel clock (FS36/836) looking rather architectural and angular - it is after a Romano-Egyptian design by Thomas Hope. Its rather muscular appeal is softened by the addition of hourly musical chimes. However, despite this, it is unlikely to ‘go for a song’ as the estimate is £1,500-£2,000.

The clock section as ever provides a good transition into the furniture, which similar to our Summer outing provides both quality and volume, with nearly 200 lots on offer. Amongst the rugs, garden furniture, Dutch marquetry, several console tables, country oak and contemporary furniture there is also an imposing pair of Kingwood, gilt metal and scagliola panelled pier cabinets (FS36/979) and for the Narcissus in you there is a large number of mirrors, the most imposing of which is an Italianate gilt wood example (FS36/1003), what better way to frame your own visage?

Order of Sale

The order of sale will be:-

  • Tuesday, 3rd October 2017 10:00am
    Silver (starting at lot 1)
  • Tuesday, 3rd October 2017 12:30pm
    Watches and Jewellery (starting at lot 151)
  • Tuesday, 3rd October 2017 2:30pm
    Oil Paintings, Watercolours, Drawings and Pictures (starting at lot 351)
  • Wednesday, 4th October 2017 10:00am
    Oriental and European Ceramics and Glassware (starting at lot 501)
  • Wednesday, 4th October 2017 12:30pm
    Works of Art and Clocks (starting at lot 651)
  • Wednesday, 4th October 2017 2:30pm
    Furniture (starting at lot 851)

Contact for Sale

For any information about this sale, please contact:-

Rachel LittlewoodRachel Littlewood

Tel:+44 (01392) 413100