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Sale FS39: Two Day Fine Art Sale

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From Tuesday, 10th July 2018
Until Wednesday, 11th July 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 756 fine art lots.

Sale Notes

The forthcoming Summer Fine Sale is scheduled for the height of July and hopefully there is plenty to draw collectors out of the sun.

Amongst the lots on offer is a striking silver plated soup tureen (FS39/5) designed by Dr Christopher Dresser. Dating from 1880, it looks very ahead of its time, especially for a humble household object and has a space age 'sputnik' appearance.

Another lot on day one with a Russian connection is a Faberge gold and enamel egg shaped pendant (FS39/201). Although a contemporary piece, it could be yours for under £1,000. At a similar level, there are also four Baltic amber necklaces to choose from (FS39/210).

For those of you with smaller pockets, there is still plenty of interest in the picture section including a series of affordable linocuts by Clifford Webb. Apprenticed as a lithographer, he was called up to fight during WWI, serving with distinction in 'the trenches', Gallipoli and Mesopotamia and, after demob, he studied and then taught art. He is particularly well known for his depictions of animals (FS28/256), but also illustrated copious children's books and obviously was perfectly adept at landscapes (FS39/257).

The second day commences with the ceramics, which has a healthy offering of Oriental pieces that should attract some stiff competition, especially a yellow ground dragon dish (FS39/437) with Imperial connection, hence the pre-sale expectation of £6,000-£8,000.

However, there is also pottery to excite more modest pockets and amongst it there is a delightfully satirical creamware jug entitled 'The Red Hot Marriage' (FS39/495) produced a few decades after Lord Hardwicke's 1754 Marriage Act, which depicts a couple in a hurry to be wed by the blacksmith at Gretna Green. The act legally allowed parents to veto the marriage of their children up to the age of 21 years old, whilst in Scotland you needed to be barely into your teens to get spliced, hence the plethora of runaway weddings just over the border.

As we know love knows no bounds and as part of one's courtship you might carve a wooden love token. Very popular in Wales, they are more often than not in the form of ornate spoons with multiple bowls but on offer during day two is an unusual example in the form of a knitting sheaf (FS39/683), with intricate carving containing integral loose balls and a dragons head terminal.

Finally, veneered with a rather more exotic wood is a cracking William & Mary feather banded walnut bureau cabinet (FS39/783), which is in surprisingly good order for a something over 300 years old hence the £4,000-£6,000 estimate. Proof that the furniture market is still vibrant for the right piece.

Contact for Sale

For any information about this sale, please contact:-

Rachel LittlewoodRachel Littlewood

Tel:+44 (01392) 413100