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Sale FS42: Two Day Fine Art Sale

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From Tuesday, 16th April 2019
Until Wednesday, 17th April 2019

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 939 fine art lots.

Sale Notes

The next Fine Sale kicks off with the largest offering of silver for several years, which includes both ancient and modern pieces; amongst them an Asprey & Co. silver plated travelling knife, fork and spoon set (FS42/9) in the manner of a ‘Swiss Army Knife’ a set up that only allows you to use one implement at a time – so no chance of bolting your food.

Arguably one could live without a pair of Queen Elizabeth II Dublin silver sauceboats, stands and ladles (FS42/30), estimated at £500-£600, but they really do look very stylish.

When one continues into the jewellery section, a triangular Masonic watch (FS42/274), devoid of numerals is somewhat perplexing when it comes to telling the time. And whilst the jewellery does have some pricey pieces, one can’t help being drawn to a couple of the more affordable lots. Most people just want to squash bugs, but as soon as one is rendered on a gold, diamond and coral mounted brooch (FS42/308) or as on a diamond, turquoise and ruby mounted fly (FS42/326), they become objects of desire.

As is usual, Day One is completed by the paintings section and one is drawn to an etching by Frank Brangwyn entitled ‘The Last of HMS Britannia’ (FS42/414). Brangwyn was a self-taught artist and polymath who painted, produced prints, stained glass, ceramics and furniture to critical acclaim. The large size of the 1917 etching and the low perspective gives one a real impression of the massive bulk of the vessel, which despite being in the process of broken up, still maintains a menacing air.

Described as being after Lanseer, there is, also on offer a copy of his popular work High Life, Low Life (FS42/476), which depicts a well-groomed dog looking through the leaded panes of a comfortable house and below on the pavement is a rather stocky dog with cropped ears – a proper piece of Victorian sentimentality that was reproduced 10,000s of times on pottery ‘pot lids’.

Whilst the ceramics section also contains a dog (FS42/631), there is a similar echo of high and low with the former reflected in a pair of Sevres porcelain verrieres (FS42/629), a kind of swanky punchbowl that would have graced a high status table, dated 1769, but possibly re-decorated they could be yours for £1,500-£2,000.

A little more down at heel, but still with a celebratory air, is a pair of French pottery marriage cake moulds (FS42/565) just the thing for a rustic celebration.

As ever the works of art are a broad church, which on this occasion also includes a good single owner collection of coins, primarily low denomination, but with some rarities such as a Queen Anne silver farthing (FS42/684), priced at £200-£300.

At the opposite end of the scale is a Japanese Namban (FS42/723), a late 16th/early 17th century lacquer and shagreen portable cabinet, something of a survivor with hopes in excess of £2,000-£3,000.

The furniture also has a Japanese cabinet (FS42/927) though somewhat less portable, being over two metres high, it is equally as decorative.

Finally, one might wish to sit in the rather comfortable and practical William IV library chair (FS42/965), place our catalogue on the adjustable stand and narrow down the choice of lots that take your fancy, difficult though that might be.

Order of Sale

The order of sale will be:-

  • Tuesday, 16th April 2019 10:00am
    Silver (starting at lot 1)
  • Tuesday, 16th April 2019 12:30pm
    Watches and Jewellery (starting at lot 271)
  • Tuesday, 16th April 2019 2:00pm
    Oil Paintings, Watercolours, Drawings and Pictures (starting at lot 401)
  • Wednesday, 17th April 2019 10:00am
    Oriental and European Ceramics and Glassware (starting at lot 521)
  • Wednesday, 17th April 2019 12:30pm
    Works of Art and Clocks (starting at lot 651)
  • Wednesday, 17th April 2019 2:00pm
    Furniture (starting at lot 921)

Contact for Sale

For any information about this sale, please contact:-

Rachel LittlewoodRachel Littlewood

Tel:+44 (01392) 413100