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Sale FS44: Two Day Fine Art Sale

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From Tuesday, 15th October 2019
Until Wednesday, 16th October 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 830 fine art lots.

Sale Notes

One can't helped but be amazed when reflecting on the range and diversity of goods that are consigned for sale and each with their own story to tell. Whilst one often questions the validity of these objects in the end you have to accept that art objects make us what we are and whilst they are not essential to life they do reflect our culture, desires, concerns and are a means of communications between us all.

So what does the next Fine Sale have that might stimulate that interaction?

Well a good place to start is with a Victorian solid silver presentation miners lamp (FS44/78), which is inscribed to a William Armstrong by the members of the Castle Eden Colliery Literary and Reading Society in acknowledgment of his services to it. No doubt an expensive thing when originally purchased and rather reflects the value that miners placed on bettering themselves. What better metaphor for shining the light of education into the darkness of the pits?

Perhaps at the other end of the spectrum, the jewellery section has a Malcolm Betts gold necklace (FS44/239) that includes a cognac diamond in excess of 2 carats. A contemporary jeweller who ethically sources his modern and antique stones and hand makes his 22 carat gold chains. It is a stunning piece, but you’ll have to pay to have a conscience as the pre-sale estimate is £7,000-£9,000.

Equally as striking, the picture section includes a Hannah Hoch lithograph poster (FS44/317), circa 1925. Hoch was the sole woman member of the Berlin Dadaists and this once 'throw away' piece of printing is now such a rarity its value is difficult to gauge so there are hopes that the estimate will be surpassed.

Day Two starts with ceramics and glass,which in a more traditional vein includes a charming Bovey Tracey tea canister (FS44/531) decorated with cherubs allegorical of spring and summer it constitutes some of the more intricate and sophisticated output from this uncommon pottery.

Also uncommon, though once they would have been a regular sight on country roads is a bow topped vardo (FS44/638). Otherwise known as a gypsy caravan, it seems in remarkable condition for its age with brightly painted livery and rubber tyres, it is almost good to go, but with expectations of £3,000-£5,000, it might mean a 'staycation' next year if you were the successful bidder.

Whilst the vardo is fitted out, most of us live in more sedentary abodes that require furnishing so the 180 lots of furniture on offer should be welcome. There is Regency convex mirror (FS44/958) that is somewhat dramatically surmounted by a displaying eagle flanked by rearing serpents, but if it is restraint you're looking for then maybe the rosewood breakfront side-cabinet (FS44/899) with a verde antico marble top is more to your taste as a classic piece quietly, but robustly asserting its presence.

So there you have it, a small selection of items that none of us needs, but if we're honest that we would all rather like to own.

Order of Sale

The order of sale will be:-

  • Tuesday, 15th October 2019 10:00am
    Silver (starting at lot 1)
  • Tuesday, 15th October 2019 12:30pm
    Watches and Jewellery (starting at lot 171)
  • Tuesday, 15th October 2019 2:30pm
    Oil Paintings, Watercolours, Drawings and Pictures (starting at lot 281)
  • Wednesday, 16th October 2019 10:00am
    Oriental and European Ceramics and Glassware (starting at lot 481)
  • Wednesday, 16th October 2019 12:30pm
    Works of Art and Clocks (starting at lot 631)
  • Wednesday, 16th October 2019 2:30pm
    Furniture (starting at lot 820)

Contact for Sale

For any information about this sale, please contact:-

Rachel LittlewoodRachel Littlewood

Tel:+44 (01392) 413100