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Sale FS38: Two Day Fine Art Sale

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From Tuesday, 10th April 2018
Until Wednesday, 11th April 2018

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 915 fine art lots.

Sale Notes

The next Fine Sale on 10th April 2018 starts with the largest volume of silver for some time with nearly 200 lots on offer and amongst them two early spoons: a Charles I seal top (FS38/82) dated 1637 and a Charles II trefid spoon (FS38/78) dated 1675 both produced at a time when the use of a knife and fork at the table was considered excessive. Indeed, St Peter Damian considered it an insult to God to use a fork when the Divine had already provided one with natural forks – fingers!

However, there seems to be no restriction on the use of walking canes if you require one, but perhaps the Russian cornelian, tigers eye and gold mounted cane handle (FS38/264) in the form of a bulldog's head was meant for show rather than practicality. The first day concludes with a paintings section that includes an extensive single owner collection of portrait miniatures, which of course includes dashing military officers (FS38/308) and doe eyed beauties with ringlets (FS38/301), but perhaps of greater interest (though not value) are those where the artist has put aside sensitivity in pursuit of unflattering realism whether the sitter was male (FS38/305) or female (FS38/326).

However, if it is sentimentality you seek then the pair of oils by Thomas Falcon Marshall entitled The Young Gardener and Picking Berries (FS38/371) will meet with your approval. Equally over the top is a rather lavish Jacob Petit porcelain vase (FS38/627) modelled in high relief with naturalistically modelled fruits it looks good enough to eat and ideal for the furnishing market, whilst porcelain collectors are likely to favour the more restrained pair of Bow porcelain shell shaped sweet meat dishes (FS38/598).

As Day Two progresses, there is a pair of ostentatious, though somewhat non politically correct, Venetian stools in the form of crouching blackmoors (FS38/660) that seem to have contorted themselves with an almost yogic zeal. Whilst at the opposite end of the scale and more affordable is a small collection of ‘country’ treen and metal wares that includes Friendly Society brass pole heads (FS38/754), a sycamore dairy bowl (FS38/750) and a delightfully simple burr oak pen stand (FS38/767) that has a bold, sculptural and dare I say it contemporary look? As ever the two day sale is completed with furniture and carpets that still has plenty of traditional oak (FS38/899), mahogany (FS38/940) and walnut (FS38/911) but is increasingly including 20th century furniture such an Archie Shine rosewood side cabinet (FS38/1035) and a Kurt Ostervig Danish rosewood table (FS38/1037) both of which would seduce anyone away from the clutches of Ikea.

Order of Sale

The order of sale will be:-

  • Tuesday, 10th April 2018 10:00am
    Silver (starting at lot 1)
  • Tuesday, 10th April 2018 12:30pm
    Watches and Jewellery (starting at lot 200)
  • Tuesday, 10th April 2018 2:00pm
    Oil Paintings, Watercolours, Drawings and Pictures (starting at lot 301)
  • Wednesday, 11th April 2018 10:00am
    Oriental and European Ceramics and Glassware (starting at lot 501)
  • Wednesday, 11th April 2018 12:30pm
    Works of Art and Clocks (starting at lot 651)
  • Wednesday, 11th April 2018 2:30pm
    Furniture (starting at lot 881)

Contact for Sale

For any information about this sale, please contact:-

Rachel LittlewoodRachel Littlewood

Tel:+44 (01392) 413100