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Sale FS53: Three Day Fine Art Sale

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From Tuesday, 26th April 2022
Until Thursday, 28th April 2022

Okehampton Street, Exeter

Three Day Fine Art Sale

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Three Day Fine Art Sale with European and Oriental Ceramics, Glass, Pictures, Works of Art, Clocks, Watches, Jewellery and Furniture

This auction has 1559 fine art lots.

Sale Notes

There is a pleasure in owning or indeed pursuing an antique, whether it is something special, pre-loved (to use modern sustainable parlance) or an item that is enhanced by its history. Take, for instance, the large stitched leather gallon ‘black jack’ jug. Whilst it has silver mounts dated to 1894 (FS53/1282) it is most likely late 17th century in origin and bears the scars of centuries of tavern carousing, having patch repairs including a heart-shaped example below the spout.

Amongst the jewellery, there are two loose sapphires (FS53/720) being offered with a presale estimate of £1,200-£1,800. Purchased by the vendors parents in the 1950s, the lot comes with a photograph of the Indian household, which will add some value to the gems.

Jewellery is often given as a gift to woo a lover to aid the aim of Cupids arrow. Just such a Cupid is represented in a modestly priced 17th century oil on canvas fragment attributed to the Genoese School (FS53/981). With piercing eyes that seem more knowing than they should, and an arrow aimed straight at the viewer, it is a somewhat disarming image.

Preceding the jewellery is the silver section, which with nearly 430 lots on offer will have something to suit all pockets with the last lot being a stunning pair of entrée dishes and covers (FS53/429) emblazoned with the Coote family crest, it is not the £4,000-£5,000 estimate that seems worthy of mention, rather the implied sense of humour shown with the finials modelled in the form of Coots.

Whilst the former are undoubtedly high status objects designed to be shown off at the dinner table, one wonders what market there was for a pricey Bow porcelain child’s chamber pot (FS53/938), a pretty, but functional object for a cherished child, but not exactly something to outwardly demonstrate ones kudos.

Finally, the sale is completed with an extensive suite of the ever popular oak furniture from the workshops of Robert Thompson of Kilburn with each piece carved with his trademark mouse.

Auction Viewing Notes

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Order of Sale

The order of sale will be:-

  • Tuesday, 26th April 2022 10:00am
    Day One (starting at lot 1)
  • Wednesday, 27th April 2022 10:00am
    Day Two (starting at lot 741)
  • Thursday, 28th April 2022 10:00am
    Day Three (starting at lot 1161)

Contact for Sale

For any information about this sale, please contact:-

Rachel LittlewoodRachel Littlewood

Tel:+44 (01392) 413100