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Sale FS43: Two Day Fine Art Sale

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From Tuesday, 9th July 2019
Until Wednesday, 10th July 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 851 fine art lots.

Sale Notes

One is always amazed when a practical household object gets raised to being a work of art in its own right. Such is the case with the cased set of four silver salts by Omar Ramsden (FS43/58): elegant, simple and restrained, but oh so beautiful – almost too good to put salt into and with a £1,500-£2,000 estimate to match.

However, if you prefer your silver a little fussier then perhaps a French four bottle Tantalus (FS43/128) is more fitting as it also comes with four enamelled labels for the alcoholically adventurous namely Champagne, Anisette, Chartreuse and Curacao.

Again, with the jewellery section the epitome of design and desirability come in the form of a Rolex Perpetual Explorer gentleman’s wristwatch (FS43/189), priced at £5,000-£6,000 coming with its box, paperwork and original purchase receipt.

As a dog person my modest pockets would be rather more keen on a gold stick pin terminating in an enamel portrait of a hound (FS43/246), which could be bought for a little over £100. Whilst the depiction of pets might seem a little sentimental to some, the two watercolours by Helen Allingham might seem almost saccharine with their depiction of the rural idyll in The Country Gate (FS43/391), depicting a child and her cat, and more typically The Wiltshire Cottage (FS43/390), showing a similar girl before a sunny cottage groaning with wisteria and other flowers – one suspects country life was damper and harsher than the painting suggests.

Arguably, Donald McIntyre provides a more spontaneous and colourful rendering of the landscape that is very much ‘on trend’ at the moment. The sale has two oils by him one of Mevagissey (FS43/337), the other of the Isle of Whithorn in Scotland (FS43/336).

The porcelain section includes several pieces of Meissen amongst them a mid-18th century group of a recumbent Ram and Ewe (FS43/596) that, I think, captures them perfectly without being too cloying.

Meanwhile, amongst the choice items of furniture there is a walnut oyster veneered cabinet (FS43/875) that seems to have a whiff of the seaside about it but in fact refers to concentric ringed oyster shaped veneers used to decorate it. Amongst the more modest lots is a simulated rosewood and brass inlaid revolving harpist’s chair (FS43/914), which could be yours for £200-£300. One can’t help thinking what sort of trouble someone like me might get into with a revolving chair and a harp?

Finally, also on offer is a lifetimes collection of Roman ceramic shards, glass, mosaic, flints and fossils (FS43/603), seemingly collected around 1900 - an instant museum for the entrepreneur.

Order of Sale

The order of sale will be:-

  • Tuesday, 9th July 2019 10:00am
    Silver (starting at lot 1)
  • Tuesday, 9th July 2019 12:30pm
    Jewellery and Watches (starting at lot 181)
  • Tuesday, 9th July 2019 2:00pm
    Oil Paintings, Watercolours, Drawings and Pictures (starting at lot 321)
  • Wednesday, 10th July 2019 10:00am
    Oriental and European Ceramics and Glassware (starting at lot 481)
  • Wednesday, 10th July 2019 12:30pm
    Works of Art and Clocks (starting at lot 601)
  • Wednesday, 10th July 2019 2:00pm
    Furniture (starting at lot 821)

Contact for Sale

For any information about this sale, please contact:-

Rachel LittlewoodRachel Littlewood

Tel:+44 (01392) 413100