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Sale FS48: Two Day Fine Art Sale

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From Tuesday, 13th October 2020
Until Wednesday, 14th October 2020

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 916 fine art lots.

Sale Notes

The next quarterly sale is brim full of beautiful and desirable objects and being mid-October is in plenty of time for Christmas if you need to treat yourself and you won’t need to visit a crowded High Street either. As always there is a good offering of jewellery, which includes an unusual Asprey 18ct gold cylinder cigarette case (FS48/248) and whilst smoking might not be fashionable, gold certainly is, hence expectations of £2,000-£3,000.

Watches are also enjoying increasing popularity with sale containing two Rolex's and five Longines wristwatches and a classic Cartier stainless steel 'Tank Francaise' (FS48/223), so called because of its resemblance to a Renault WWI tank is estimated at £1,200-£1,500.

Whilst the silver contains a number of top notch pieces, it is always the smaller more useful bits that attract my attention. There are at least five pairs of George III folding silver knives and forks (FS48/89) - ideal for those of you that like to travel with your own cutlery or can't bear to get sticky fingers when eating fruit. Equally as practical is your own torch – or in this case a Victorian silver candle holder (FS48/128) with screw base containing matches and strike pad, the holder still containing the original 'Burglars Horror' candle.

A rare survivor indeed, the same could be said of the 17th century beadwork purse (FS48/603) charmingly captioned 'God Increz My Stoore' and dated 1636.Another 17th century comes in the form of a rather splendid mulberry, walnut and seaweed marquetry longcase clock (FS48/885) by John Sweeby of London.

The picture section has an oil on card by Alfred Munnings (FS48/407) entitled Evening Mendham, whilst not subject matter he is most known for I am sure you will agree it is a very precocious work for a 25 year old artist and surely worth the £6,000-£8,000 estimate. Much closer to home is another oil on canvas by Frederick Richard Lee (FS48/429), which is not as picturesque as the previous painting. It was nonetheless exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1862 and depicts engineers inspecting Plymouth breakwater. A mammoth engineering feat, it commenced in 1912 and was able to protect British ships from the French by 1814. Round about the same period the Duc d’Orleans, the future King Louis Phillip, was exiled in England and staying in Twickenham.

In the ceramics section is a Sevres pedestal bowl (FS48/660) finely painted with his royal residence Chateau de Tuileries and verso with the Chateau de Twickenham – it sounds like a joke, but was one of three made for the King himself, if it were not damaged, it might be a seriously desirable piece. Also perhaps appropriate for the time of year is a pair of Royal Worcester pot pourri jars (FS48/641) literally covered with ripe autumn fruits with rather attractive estimates of £800-£1,000 on each. Day Two of the sale is completed by a healthy offering of rugs and furniture that contains some interesting regional furniture, which includes an 18th century burr yew Norfolk chest (FS48/947) that is in need of a little attention and a rather curious Manx George II padouk wood tea table (FS48/964) set on slender ‘human’ legs.

Auction Viewing Notes

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Order of Sale

The order of sale will be:-

  • Tuesday, 13th October 2020 10:00am
    Silver (starting at lot 1)
  • Tuesday, 13th October 2020 12:30pm
    Watches and Jewellery (starting at lot 201)
  • Tuesday, 13th October 2020 2:00pm
    Oil Paintings, Watercolours, Drawings and Pictures (starting at lot 381)
  • Wednesday, 14th October 2020 10:00am
    Oriental and European Ceramics and Glassware (starting at lot 521)
  • Wednesday, 14th October 2020 12:30pm
    Works of Art and Clocks (starting at lot 681)
  • Wednesday, 14th October 2020 2:00pm
    Furniture (starting at lot 900)

Contact for Sale

For any information about this sale, please contact:-

Rachel LittlewoodRachel Littlewood

Tel:+44 (01392) 413100