Sales Calendar

Sales Highlights

June 2017

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    Fine Paintings Auction, 31 May 2017

    Another great success at our recent Fine Paintings auction on 31 May.

    Leading the highlights was ‘The Meet’, an oil on canvas depicting a hunting scene, signed and dated 1839 by John Frederick Herring (1815-1907). Along with three companion pieces, ‘Gone Away’, ‘Full Cry’, and ‘The Death’, this Lot fetched £12,000. Provenance; Arthur Ackermann & Son Ltd.

    Henry Barraud’s (1811-1874) ‘Equine Companions’ in a river landscape and signed and dated 1860, sailed past its estimate of £1,800 when the hammer fell at £3,000.

    A still life of fruit on a ledge, oil on canvas by the 18th Century Italian School fetched £2,000 against an estimate of £800 - £1,200.

    Manner of Paul Bril (c.1553-1626) a classical landscape in watercolour and inscribed, together with another ten drawings by various hands, were guided at £50 - £100 and took over ten times their top estimate when the hammer dropped at £1,300.

    Our next Fine Paintings auction will be held on Wednesday 28th June and starts at midday.

May 2017

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    Oriental Auction 25 May 2017

    This fairly ordinary looking Chinese dish soared way above estimate at our Oriental auction on May 25 to sell for £16,000.

    The consignor had brought in the dish saying she wanted an £80 reserve, however, we identified it as being a Ming-style longquan moulded celadon dish, decorated with a dragon, and recommended a £500 estimate. It is a good size at 13.8in diameter, but this price is certainly a pleasant surprise.

    Another highlight from the sale was a large, fine quality, signed Japanese Meiji/Taisho period stained ivory group of a long-tailed rooster, perching on a blossoming branch above a hen. It sailed past its estimate of £600-£900 and fetched £1,400.

    A good pair of 20th century Chinese apple-green jadeite earring pendants, together with a platinum and diamond mounted oval apple-green jadeite ring fetched £1,700 against an estimate of £80-£120.

    Lastly, a large 19th century Chinese Claire-de-Lune porcelain arrow vase with a Qianlong seal mark moulded on the base and standing at 15.6in high, fetched £2,800.

    Our next Oriental auction will be on June 21st. Keep an eye on our website for further information.

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    Country House Auction, 13 May 2017

    Our first Country House Auction on May 13th was a huge success, with almost every one of our Lots selling to bidders from all over the globe.

    Here we offered a rare pair of early 18th Century carved wood and gilded console tables. Standing 2ft 2in wide, 17in deep and 2ft 8in high, they have rectangular tops with Oriental lacquered panels on a base with a pair of carved birds with scrolls, curving legs and claw feet. They fetched £8,500, £500 over their top estimate.

    A superb large 19th Century walnut cased musical box with orchestral movement playing eight airs with drum and bells. Fabrique de Geneva No. 3072. Fetched £7,500.

    A 3ft high pair of Regency bronze and ormolu candlesticks attributed to Thomas Hope had hopes of £1,000 - £1,500 and sold for £1,600.

    A large bronze figure of a man sitting in a chair, 35ins (89cms) high, standing on a large wooden plinth, signed Marinsky, Fonderia Luigi Tommasi (1957-1985), by Harry Marinsky (1909-2008) American, fetched £3,400.

    Lastly, an interior scene with figures playing musical instruments from Karl Hermann Schellbachn (1850-1921), oil on canvas fetched £1,500 and a Pasqual Celommi (1851-1928) oil on canvas of three Italian girls on a path, singing and holding a branch of blossom, estimated at £3,000 - £5,000 sold for £5,400.

    Please keep an eye on our sales calendar for future Country House auctions.

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    Fine Paintings Auction, 3 May 2017

    Our recent Fine Paintings auction was a resounding success with a good percentage of the 400 Lots being sold. The quality of the Lots resulted in some excellent highlights, such as an oil on canvas by Charles Sillem Lidderdale (1831-1895), signed with a monogram and dated 1892 and exceeding expectations when it fetched £6,400 against an estimate of £3,000-£5,000.

    A dynamic, action-packed cavalry skirmish by a master of the genre was another highlight in our Fine Art auction. The 20¼ x 29in oil on canvas by the Austrian artist August Querfurt (1696-1761) is typical of the battle scenes and hunting subjects that he painted for 18th century Viennese society. The painting reached its estimate of £6,000.

    We have a strong reputation for marine pictures and seascapes, a view reinforced here with a windy view of ‘The Entrance to Cork Harbour’, showing a Royal Navy frigate riding the waves dangerously close to rocks, a warning lighthouse standing sentinel to the right of the picture from the hand of Thomas Luny (1759-1837). The 15 x 20in oil on canvas has a provenance to WH Patterson of London and fetched £3,100 against an estimate of £1,000 - £2,000.

    L.S. Lowry (1887-1976) also featured. Prices remain strong for all his works, and this 18½ x 27¾in lithograph of a street scene with figures entering a tall house is no exception. Signed in pencil, it sold for £3,400.

    The rather calm river landscape by Frederick William ‘Waters’ Watts (1800-70) was also on offer and would appeal to those with more of a taste for the classic British pastoral scenes of the mid-19th century. Watts was hugely influenced by Constable and this view of figures and cattle against the backdrop of a river running through a tree-lined landscape by a watermill very much echoes Constable’s themes and features, such as the sensitively realised cloudscape. At 40 x 50in, it fetched £5,000.

    Our next Fine Paintings auction will be on 31st May and starts at midday. Please keep an eye on our sales calendar for further details.

April 2017

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    Oriental Auction, 26 April 2017

    Our recent Oriental sale was a huge success. We offered a private collection of more than 200 Lots from the estate of Maurice Collis and while there were plenty of people in the saleroom, most lots sold to bidders on the internet.

    Collis (1889-1973) started collecting when he was in Burma during the 1920s and '30s. He worked as an administrator in the Indian Civil Service for over two decades, when it was part of the British Empire.

    While living in Burma, Collis began to collect Chinese ceramics. This began when a gold miner brought him objects discovered near the old city of Tenasserim, not far from where Collis was based in Mergui, in a part of Burma bounded on two sides by Siam. This began his fascination with and research into collecting early Chinese ceramics, an interest that he maintained after returning to Britain. He became an active member of the Oriental Ceramic Society, contributing articles and documenting his research and discoveries.

    Some of the highlights were a large Chinese Yongzheng period Ming style ‘lotus bouquet’ porcelain dish, 15.25in (38.7cm) diameter. Bought in Rangoon 1928, it fetched a whopping £36,000.

    Also on offer was a fine quality Chinese Ming style Guangxu mark & period blue & white porcelain bottle vase, the base with a six-character Guangxu mark in underglaze-blue. Standing at 15.2in (38.7cm) high & 9.1in (23cm) wide at widest point, the vase fetched £22,000.

    Another sold well here, an 18th century Chinese Qianlong mark & period tea dust glazed porcelain bottle vase, the base with a Qianlong seal mark, 7.4in (18.8cm) high sold for £17,000 against an estimate of £2,000 - £3,000.

    A large Chinese Jiajing mark & period blue & white octagonal porcelain box & cover sold over its estimate when the hammer went down at £9,500. The base with a six-character Jiajing mark, 11.8in (30.1cm) wide & 6in (15.2cm) high. Bought Church Street, Kensington, London November 1951 (formerly in the collection of Gedney Beatty).

    A fine quality Chinese bronze lion & grapevine mirror, weighing 1.23Kg, possibly Tang Dynasty, 6.8in(17.2cm) diameter and bought in London 1931 fetched £3,000.

    Lastly, a 17th Century Chinese late Ming dynasty celadon jade hat finial, 1.9in (4.9cm) wide at widest point & 1.3in (3.6cm) high, fetched over its estimate when the hammer went down at £3,200.

    Our next Oriental auction will be May 24. For any enquiries regarding consignments or bids, please contact the office on 01428 653727.

March 2017

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    Fine Antique auction, 23 March 2017

    Our recent Fine Antique auction was a great success and saw many people registered to bid online. It seems it's all about internet shopping nowadays!

    Fifty lots of Russian silver headlined our Fine Antique auction. Comprising a wide variety of items, such as drinking vessels, icons and even a richly decorated belt. Overall the silver fetched over £20,000!

    Another fantastic highlight from the sale was a superb gentleman's 18ct yellow gold Rolex day-date chronometer, with red face and set with diamonds. It came in it's original red Rolex box and fetched £6,500.

    A large cut crystal chandelier, with rows of prisms and fourteen candle sconces with prism drops and a provenance from a flat in Harley Street. At 5ft overall in length and 3ft wide, the chandelier fetched £3,000.

    Three 18ct yellow gold seal rings, each with a three turret castle fetched £1,700 against an estimate of £100 - £150.

    A 17th century Iznik pottery dish, 13.5 ins in diameter and painted with flowers and motifs over doubled its top estimate when the hammer went down at £1,300.

    The next Fine Antique Auction will be April 27th. Keep an eye out for the catalogue nearer to the sale.

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    Oriental Auction, 22nd March 2017

    Our recent Oriental auction went extremely well, with plenty of online bidders and also in the saleroom.

    Highlights include a fine quality 18th/19th century Chinese carved rhinoceros horn libation cup. At 6.25in long, it was expected to fetch £5,000 - £8,000. Many bidders were battling it out online and eventually the hammer went down at £24,000 to a German bidder.

    A 17th/18th century Chinese gilt-bronze tripod and censer, standing 4.75in tall and 7in in diameter, and once the property of an American museum, also sold well and went for six times over the estimate to an online bidder. The censer fetched £18,000.

    A Chinese Yuan style blue & white porcelain stem bowl, decorated with dragons above rocks and waves, 6.25in diameter & standing at 7.2in high fetched £4,000.

    Lastly, an unusual large Chinese Ming style under-glaze blue and yellow dragon and phoenix circular box and cover also beat its guide price when it also sold for £4,000. The domed cover decorated to its centre with a dragon and a phoenix amidst flame scrolls, within a border of cloud scrolls, lotus sprays and character roundels and the base with a six-character Longqing mark, 10.9in diameter & 6.1in high overall.

    Our next oriental auction will be April 26th, after the Maurice Collis collection. Please keep an eye online nearer the sale, for our catalogue.

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    Fine Painting Auction 1 March 2017

    LS Lowry (1887-1976) continues to perform strongly at auction, as our Fine Painting sale at showed on March 1.

    From the 20th century, a signed Lowry lithograph, ‘The Cart’, complete with Print Makers Guild stamp and showing the rear view of the vehicle and its occupants heading up a sparsely detailed road, went well above its high estimate to sell at £5600.
    Going even higher at £8500 was ‘Westminster Bridge from Lambeth’ a typically topographical river view of London detailed by Daniel Turner (active 1782-1820) in oil that had carried hopes of £6000-8000.

    Specialist Buffy Parker has made a habit of selling works by Dora Holzhandler (1928-2015) over the past couple of years. Here, yet again, he dispatched a series of works by the French-born British painter, whose naïve style is developing quite a following. And he says he has more works to come in future sales.

    Robert Thorne Waite’s (1842-1935) charming south coast view, with Shoreham and the white cliffs in the distance, was another winner at £1400, but it was the offer of a limited edition photography book that created the biggest stir. Signed and numbered first editions of ‘Helmut Newton, Sumo’ from 1989 are hard to come by these days, and the auctioneers realised just how sought after they are when more than 170 potential bidders followed it online. In the end it sold at a top-estimate £3500.

    See online for our next Fine Painting auction on March 29th.

February 2017

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    Oriental Auction, 22nd February 2017

    Our recent Oriental auction generated lots of interest both online and in the room.

    A good quality 19th/20th century Chinese cloisonné snuff bottle decorated with a formal scrolling lotus and standing at 2.25in high, soared past its estimate of £70-£100 when the hammer went down at £1,400.

    Two framed Chinese paintings on silk, also 19th/20th century sold for £1,400 against a guide price of £300-£500.

    Other highlights include a fine quality 19th century Chinese lacquered wood workbox, the fitted interior with a variety of compartments and ivory sewing implements, which sold above its low estimate of £800 when the hammer went down at £1,000.

    A stunning pair of 18th/19th century Chinese cloisonné rectangular plaques, from a North of England Private Collection and each measuring 11.25in x 8.8in, sold together with a guide of £500-£800 but fetched £700.

    A large early 20th Century Japanese lobed silver bowl, with an impressed Jungin character mark on the base and weighing 1.3kg, sold above estimate for £2,200.

    Our next Oriental auction will be held on March 22nd and will begin at midday. Please keep an eye on our sales calendar for further sale details. The full catalogue of lots will be published online nearer the sale date.

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    Fine Antique auction, 23 February 2017

    A French silver-plated duck press – specially designed for creating one of the most complex and luxurious dishes in French cuisine was one of the main highlights for our Fine Antique sale.

    The early 20th century contraption by Caliar, Bayard & Cie of Paris is a very elaborate example, with the legs that raise the press from its oblong base stylised as four flared elephant feet with tusked elephant heads above.

    The duck press was invented in France during the 1800s by a chef called Mechenet to make what is one of the most extravagant dishes ever created, Caneton de Rouen à la Presse, also known as Duck in Blood Sauce.

    The purpose of the press is to compress the carcass of a cooked duck, once the breast and legs have been removed, in order to extract all its vital juices to create the special sauce based on the bird’s blood and marrow.

    Developed as a house speciality at the famous Tour d’Argent restaurant in Paris during the 19th century, it remains a signature dish there.

    At 61cm high, the duck press has a provenance to the Oak Room Bar of the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan, New York City, a meeting place for important political meetings and singers such as Josephine Baker, Eartha Kitt, Liza Minnelli, Marlene Dietrich, Lena Horne, Kay Thompson, Sandler and Young, Ethel Merman, Shirley Bassey, Andy Williams, The Mills Brothers, Patti Page and Peggy Lee, all of whom performed there.

    The press fetched £4,500.

    Other highlights from the sale include a superb Lalique table centrepiece, formed as two swans standing on a large oval mirrored plateau, and engraved Lalique, France. The centrepiece over doubled its estimate of £1,000-£1,500 when the hammer went down at £3,400.

    Clocks also did well, a superb Louis XVI bronze, gilt bronze and marble mantle clock by Cie des Bronzes, Bruxelles with eight-day movement with three dial hands. No. 2492 and in a superb case with eagle surmount, with two bronze classical figures reading and standing on a yellow marble base.Standing at 20ins high and 26ins wide, the clock fetched £3,800.

    A large 19th century bronze French clock, formed as a Knight in a suit of armour with the clock movement set in the shield with clubs and swords, movement 2123, eight-day striking on a single bell and standing on a marble base fetched £2,600 against a guide price of £1,500-£2,200.

    Finally, a 19th century French ebony and porcelain display cabinet with a large central Sèvres type porcelain door painted with young lovers, glass doors to the sides, a central drawer and six small porcelain panels on a base with long frieze drawers and porcelain panels, supported on turned legs with mirrored back and plates fetched £3,600 hammer against an estimate of £1,000-£1,500.

    Our next Fine Antique auction will be held on March 23rd and starts at 10.30am. Please keep an eye on our sales calendar for further sale details.

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    Fine Paintings Auction, 1st February 2017

    Our first Fine Paintings auction this year went off with a bang, with plenty of bidders both online and in the saleroom.

    Six works by Charles Henderson Cooper were topped by a pair of works that were once in the hands of Richard Green, Mayfair’s top gallery. ‘Arriving at Ascot Races’, a scene with numerous horse-drawn carriages and figures, is a signed oil on canvas measuring 21 x 48in. Its companion piece, ‘Returning from Ascot Races’, formed part of the lot and together they fetched £32,000.

    ‘Coaching Scene’, showing a coach and four, inscribed ‘York House’, with a jockey and two horses passing alongside, has a provenance to two leading dealerships, Frost & Reed and Arthur Ackermann & Son Ltd. The signed, 17 x 27in oil on canvas is inscribed to the reverse and carried hopes of £4,000 - £6,000. It soared to almost double it's top estimate when it fetched £11,000.

    A selection of modern and contemporary Russian paintings, a number of them notable for their erotic content, with prices climbing to between £4,000 - £6,000 each for a trio of semi-clad beauties by Konstantin Razumov (b.1974). There were eight of his works in the sale and all sold for a total of £33,600.

    ‘Quene 1-AM’ (2004), by Damien Hirst (b.1965) is an etching in colours, signed and inscribed “for John Happy Christmas Love Damien xxx”, and numbered 92/100. Measuring 45.25 x 44.25in, it sold above estimate at £3,600.

    Peter Blake’s ‘New Ways in History – 2’, a signed and inscribed drawing and collage dated ‘July 1966’, measuring 14.5 x 10.5in also sold well when the hammer went down at £4,800.

    Our next Fine Painting auction will be on 1st March. Please contact us for any further details or consignments on 01428 653737.

January 2017

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    Fine Antique Auction, January 26th 2017

    The Liberty brand was the order of the day as bidders gathered for our Fine Antique auction on January 26.

    First, a 4ft wide Liberty & Co oak table, carved with a Tennyson poem to the side, trebled the lower end of its £600 - £800 estimate at £1,800. It had once been the property of King Edward VI grammar school in Louth.

    Then came a c.1903 Tudric design pewter Liberty & Co carriage clock by Archibald Knox, numbered 0721, with vibrant blue and green enamel dial. At just 4.5in high, it went for a top-estimate £1,500.

    Performing even better was a Howard & Sons three-piece upholstered suite, comprising of a two-seater settee and pair of armchairs, all with low backs and curving arms on turned legs with brass castors. Stamped Howard & Sons Ltd, London, the suite left a guide of £800 - £1,200 far behind as the hammer fell at £6,200.

    Among the works of art on offer, a c.1900 Norwegian silver and enamel "Dragestil" Viking long boat by Marius Hammer did very well indeed. Decorated with bands of ornaments, flowers and leaves in many colours, and stamped .925 to denote the sterling quality of the metal, the 10in long piece also carried the maker's mark.

    A similar, larger vessel sold at Sotheby's in May 2014.?This one took a mighty £3,200 against hopes of £800 - £1,500.

    A large gothic design gilt-bronze three-piece clock garniture, with eight-day movement, went considerably over estimate £2,800. Decorated with blue and white numbers, the clock case with masks, female heads, scrolls etc, the 30in high confection came complete with a pair of matching seven light candelabra and had been expected to fetch £1,500 - £2,000.

    Three more clocks added significantly to the total.

    The first, an 18th century walnut longcase clock, with eight-day movement, was signed John Davis, London. With an arch-shaped brass dial with silvered chapter ring, and in a well-figured case, 8ft 1in high clock had been pitched at £800 - £1,200 but sold for £1,800.

    Another 18th century clock, this time a mahogany longcase with eight-day movement striking on five bells, was signed Nicholas, Daventry to the painted arch-shaped face. Slightly shorter at 7ft 5in, it more than doubled the top end of its £400 - £600 estimate to take £1,300.

    Much smaller at just 14in high, but no less attractive was a brass lantern clock by Giles Lumbard of Ilminster that went for twice its upper estimate at £1,200.

    Other highlights among the works of art included a fine bronze of a female torso after Wilhelm Lehmbruck (1881-1919), the German sculptor. Signed W. Lehmbruck, 7/12, the 27.5in high piece had been expected to sell for £1,200 - £1,500 but ended up going for £1,800.

    A 23in high pair of green onyx obelisks of Egyptian design was a decorative delight, with a bidding battle taking them considerably beyond their £600 - £800 guide at £1,600.

    Finally, four German Musberg silver and ivory figures of a king and queen and two knights, each 4.5in high, sold together at £950, again outstripping their £500 - £600 estimate.

    Our next Fine Antique auction will be held on 23rd February. Please keep an eye on our sales calendar for further sale details.

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    Fine Paintings auction, 21 December 2016

    Following on from our very successful November auction, our recent Fine Paintings sale offered another bumper crop of fine art for bidders both online and in the saleroom.

    Collections sold well, 12 lots by William Tatten Winter all sold along with a collection of 15 lots from the artist Arthur Netherwood.

    Ary Scheffer's oil on canvas, ‘Dante and Virgil meet with Francesca da Rimini and Paolo Matalesta’, circa 1835, illustrates a famous episode from the fifth canto of Dante's Inferno, in which Dante and Virgil see Paolo and Francesca condemned to the darkness of Hell with the souls of the lustful. It reached its estimate of £8,000.

    Two bidders, one over the phone and the other in the saleroom were locked in battle for an 18th Century Dutch School oil on copper of elegant figures on a terrace, signed with monogram ’FV’, in a carved giltwood frame, and three companion pieces. The room bidder won when the hammer went down at £3,200.

    “An Accident in the Studio”, oil on canvas by British artist Edwin Hughes, depicts an interior scene with elegant figures and is signed and dated 1877. Provenance; Mitchell Galleries, fetched just over it's estimate when it made £2,200 hammer.

    Another British artist did well. Robert Gallon (1845-1925) “On The Lledr, N. Wales”, A mountainous river landscape, with a figure on a path, oil on canvas and signed and dated 1876 fetched £3,800 against its estimate of £2,000 - £3,000.

    Our next auction of Fine Paintings is on February 1st. Please keep an eye on our sales calendar for further information and preview times.

December 2016

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    Oriental Auction, 16 December 2016

    A late entry consigned on the morning the catalogue was due, proved to be the star of our Oriental auction on December 16.

    The £2 charity shop purchase, an 18th century cloisonné period tripod censer. Of mark and period, dates to the reign of the Qianlong emperor, seen as the zenith of Chinese cultural development.

    Weighing 445gm, it has sides decorated with formal scrolling lotus reserved on a turquoise ground, the base with scroll stemmed flowerheads encircling a gilded square plaque incised with a four-character Qianlong mark above a single character.

    At 4.5in, the censer fetched £21,000 against a guide of £5,000 - £8,000.

    Other Chinese highlights from the sale include;

    A fine quality mirror pair of early 20th century Chinese Republic period Millefleur porcelain vases standing at 9in high, together with later fitted wood stands fetched £3,000 hammer.

    Each vase is well painted with two quatrefoil panels of boys playing in garden settings and overlapping flower-heads and leafage. Each vase has a Qianlong seal mark on the base.

    A 20th century Chinese hanging painting on paper, depicting a mountainous river landscape setting, with calligraphy and artist’s seal, the painting itself 59.5in x 15.75in, sold for £3,000.

    A 20th century Chinese scroll painting on paper, 34in wide x 23.5in high and depicting a stylised mountainous river landscape, with artist’s signature and seal, the reverse inscribed ‘by C. C. Wong’, fetched £4,800 hammer.

    Our next Oriental auction will be on 27th January 2017. Please keep an eye on our sales calendar for further details.

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    Fine Antique Auction, 17th December 2016

    Our recent Fine Antique Auction generated lots of interest both online and via the telephone.

    The main highlight from the sale was a superb set of four George III two-handled oval sauce tureens, covers and liners by Paul Storr. Each weighing 188ozs, with cast lidded handles with lion masks, acanthus and flower heads. Reeded shell mounted handles and lion masks on the base and supported on four bold legs with claw pad feet. Standing at 7.5ins high and 9.5ins long, they fetched £16,000.

    Jewellery sold very well. A local gentleman bought a superb 18ct white gold and diamond line bracelet as a 25th wedding anniversary present for his wife. The bracelet fetched £11,000 hammer.

    Two lots from the porcelain section soared well above the estimates.

    An early Bow white glazed figure of a winged cupid, circa. 1757, sitting on a melon with fruiting vines fetched over 12 times its estimate of £200 fetching a hammer price of £2,400, and two Lizzie Siddal blue and white tiles, after Rossetti fetched £1,300 against an estimate of £100 - £150.

    The Militaria section also did quite well, with a Shamshir defying expectations and reaching a hammer price of £2,000 against a £70 - £90 estimate. The hilt with silver plated guard with florally engraved overlaid panels, curved blade with three fullers, leather covered scabbard with silver chape, locket and sling mount engraved with foliage, overlaid with engraved copper panels, 36.5ins, 19th century, grip lacking, blade rusted, scabbard with some defects.

    Our next Fine Antique auction will be held on January 28th 2017. Please call us on 01428 653727 for further information.

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    Books auction, 13th December 2016

    Our dedicated Books, Maps and Manuscripts Sale on 13th December contained 350 lots. The sale, a traditional old-style non-internet auction, was very well attended by the trade and private buyers.

    The best results of the day, came from first editions. Two Roald Dahl books, with the fine provenance of Dahl's literary agents, exceeded expectations.

    The first of these was "The BFG". Published in 1982 and signed by both Roald Dahl and the illustrator Quentin Blake. In good condition and the dust-wrapper intact, it over doubled its estimate of £800 when the hammer went down at £1,900.

    The second book was a copy of Dahl's first published work, "The Gremlins". A first edition of 1943, inscribed “With love from Roald 3/4/43” and priced at £300 - £500. This fetched £5,500 hammer.

    Both prices would appear to be record prices at auction for equivalent copies.

    Another interesting first edition was a copy of volume one (only) of Thomas Hardy's "The Mayor Casterbridge." Normally, an odd volume such as this is of little interest. However, this one was inscribed by Hardy on the half-title. It fetched a hammer price of £3,000.

    Maps sold well, with Lamb's 18th century "New Map of East India," selling for £280 against an estimate of £100 - £150, and a group of European maps by Homan and others selling for £380, estimated at £100 - £200.

    Overall, there was strong demand in all categories. Quirky, rare, or unusual material always sells well. For example, a small archive of early 20th material relating to the Pilgrims Way Motor Company, of Farnham, Surrey, fetched £500 and three 18th century diaries by the merchant David Plenderleith fetched £850.

    We are already taking in interesting material for our next dedicated book sale, in the Spring of 2017.

November 2016

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    Fine Paintings Auction, 23 November 2016

    There wasn't a spare seat in the house at our recent Fine Paintings auction, and plenty of online bidders too.

    Percy Robert Craft (1856-1934) was a member of the celebrated Newlyn School of art who drew inspiration from the Cornish coast and landscape in the late 19th century. But at our Fine Oil Paintings, Watercolours, Frames, Prints & Drawings sale on November 23, it was Craft’s view of Old Bosham that was expected to attract bidders.

    Depicting the harbour wharf in a scene that remains very recognisable today, the 20 x 30in oil on canvas comes with an excellent provenance to Craft’s son, who had attached an inscribed label to the reverse of the picture. It reads: “I.H.B. Craft, son of Percy R. Craft R.B.C., R.C.A., certify that this picture was painted by my Father and was sold by me in his studio at No 77 Bedford Gardens, Kensington, W.8 in April 1935.”

    A charming view, with a fisherman repairing nets in the foreground surrounded by lobster pots, its strong local associations helped it do well and went to an online bidder for £3,600.

    Sir William Russell Flint (1880-1969) is perhaps the best known artist in the sale. More celebrated for his recurrent scantily clad gypsy girls, the signed and inscribed watercolour here is more serene, titled Peaceful Evening, Malta and showing a landscape with fortifications with figures in the foreground. At 10.5 x 13.5in, it fetched £5,000.

    A striking landscape, Deer in Knole Park by Robert Hills (1769-1844) dates to 1839 and carries a provenance to a Mrs Lavinia Garle, possibly the wife or daughter of John Garle FSA, the executor of the artist. The 15 x 19.5in signed and dated pencil and watercolour composition fetched it's estimate of £3,000.

    The sale included over 30 works by Dora Holzhandler. 'A Rabbi walking in a street' oil on board and signed and dated 2007 was pitched at £70-£100 but over doubled it's estimate when the hammer fell at £220 and 'The Kiss', watercolour, also signed and dated 2007, fetched £110.

    The Holzhandler collection fetched over £3,000 in total.

    Our next Fine Paintings auction will be held on December 21st. Please keep an eye on our website for further details.

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    Two-day Oriental Auction, 14 and 15 November 2016

    Our recent two-day Oriental auction on November 14th & 15th proved to be a big success with 90% of the sales coming from online bidders.

    An unusual Chinese wucai porcelain joss stick holder, moulded in the form of a brush rest, with an extended six-character Wanli mark in underglaze-blue on the base and standing at 8.5in wide & 4.5in high took four times it’s high estimate of £3,000 when the hammer finally dropped at £12,000.

    A large good quality Chinese celadon jade brushpot, with an incised and gilded four-character Qianlong mark on the side and with another inscription, stands at 6.9in high and 5.2in diameter at rim. It sold for £6,000 against an estimate of £2,500 - £3,500.

    A large 18th century famille verte porcelain bitong or brushpot, 7.75in in diameter and just over 6in high, sold for £2,000, as did a 11.75in high, 18/19th century gilt inlaid bronze vase with a retrospective archaic design.

    A carved marble figure of a seated bodhisattva, sitting on a lotus plinth, is thought possibly to date to the Tang dynasty (618-907AD). At 16.25in high, fetched £1,500.

    Our next Oriental auction will be December 16th.

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    Fine Antique Auction, 2nd November 2016

    This sale came with a few surprises, such as a small chinese jade vase with three ring handles. With an estimate of £100-£150, it realised ten times its estimate at £1100. Also a rare 19th century Meissen group of Diana in her Chariot surpassed its estimate of £500-£1000 and which fetched £4,000.

    Jewellery also did well and it is positive to see that there is still a demand for good English clocks, such as the superb George III striking bracket clock, London, Circa. 1785 (shown here) Est. £5000-8000 and which fetched £12,000.

    Please look out for our next Fine Antique sale which will be December 17th. For any enquiries please contact the office on 01428 653727.

October 2016

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    Fine Painting Auction, 12th October

    “Just like the good old days!” That's our verdict on the October 12th Fine Paintings sale.

    What's got us most excited was the £10,000 bid for a pencil and wash design by the Pre-Raphaelite artist Sir John Everett Millais (1829-96). Titled Architectural Design for Window 1853 and inscribed ‘Sky Stars’, the unframed 9 x 7¼in picture had carried an estimate of £2,000-£3,000.

    The full size drawing of this sold in Sotheby’s Belgravia in the 1970s for £150, so this was an excellent price for the smaller sketch, and was the result of a fierce three-way fight over the phone.

    Another phone bidder – a US buyer – took the next most expensive lot, a charming 30 x 22in oil on canvas in the Victorian tradition of a young girl kneeling up in bed and saying her prayers. By William Henry Gore (active 1880-1927), it went more than five times over top estimate at £6,500.

    Two phone bidders were eventually outbid by someone in the saleroom for the two Sidney Richard Percy (1821-86) landscapes, one with mountains, water and cattle, measuring 9 x 15in and dated ’72, the other dated a year later and titled Sound of Scalps, Isle of Skye.

    Together they had been pitched at £3,000-£5,000, but rose to a hammer bid of £6,000.

    Another pair of companion pieces, this time by Nicholas Pocock (1740-821) did well at £4,200.Two signed and inscribed watercolour views of geysers estimated at £1,500-£2,000, they had come from the hand of an artist and former merchant shipmaster better known for painting scenes of naval battles from the American Revolutionary and Franco-British conflicts of the late 18th century.

    The same hammer price secured an impressionistic riverscape with cattle attributed to the 20th Century English School. Indistinctly signed, it had been guided at just £200-£300. At least two bidders clearly thought they had identified the artist.

    Francis Boileau Cadell (1883-1937) continues to be a banker as one of the four celebrated Scottish Colourists.

    A consignment of three landscaped by the artist to this sale followed the success at the September 7 auction of Cadell’s highly accomplished portrait of a woman thought to be Hazel Martyn, the second wife of the artist Sir John Lavery, whom Cadell is known to have depicted on a number of occasions.

    The 1927 watercolour Cathedral Rock, at the North End, fared the best. Inscribed to the reverse: ‘No 9 Iona, at the North End, June 1927’ and measuring 10 x 14¼in, it came unframed with a guide of £2,000-£3,000. The winning bid, on the phone, was £4,000.

    The previous lot, showing a nearby scene and inscribed to the reverse: ‘No 8 Iona, at the North End, June 1927’, left a matching guide behind to take £3,400, again on the phone.

    And another phone bid won the final Cadell, View towards Lunga, inscribed, 'No 10 Iona, View towards Lunga, June 1927', on the reverse. Also unframed, it sold against the same hopes for £2,400.

    A classic cardinal interior by Cleto Luzzi (1884-1952), depicting the typical sumptuous furnishings and clothing such scenes, was titled Recital for the Cardinal and showed a number of figures in 18th century dress watching a man and a young girl at the harpsichord.

    These pictures, once so popular, now appeal to fewer tastes, but those who like them pursue them with vigour, as here. It went just under top estimate at £3,600.

    Richard Ansdell (1815-85) captures the threatening aura of circling birds around sheep on a mountain top in ‘The Anxious Mother’, a signed and dated oil on canvas from 1882.

    Inscribed on a label on the reverse and measuring 44 x 34in, it had been estimated at £1,500-£2,000 and sold for £2,400.Girl in a White Dress, a highly atmospheric impastoed picture with a darkly contrasting background was an 18½ x 14½in oil on canvas attributed to the Russian painter Tatiana Nilovna Yablonskaya (1917-2006). The signed work has been expected to fetch just £400-600, but keen bidding helped it soar to £2,200.

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    Oriental Auction, 5th October 2016

    Our recent Oriental auction generated a lot of interest both online and in the room.

    Leading the highlights was a rare 18th century Chinese Qianlong period official bronze seal, retaining much of its original gilding. Dated 1760, one side is inscribed December in the 25th year of the Qing Emperor Qianlong, while the other side carries the inscription Qian and the number 12381. The reverse is inscribed The first clan family of the second white banner and is also inscribed Department of the Ministry of Rites. At just 6cm square and 10cm long, the seal fetched £10,000.

    Another highlight from the sale was an early 19th century Chinese lime green ground famille rose porcelain vase. Standing 15½in (39cm), the vase is formed of an ovoid body rising to a waisted neck moulded with pierced elephant-form handles painted in iron-red and gilding. The sides and neck of the vase are painted with formal arrangements of European-inspired flowerheads and scrolling stems reserved on an incised sgraffito ground. Guided at £10,000-15,000, it fetched £14,000.

    A good large pair of early Japanese Imari porcelain vases and covers, circa 1700 soared past their estimate of £500 - £800. Together with fitted wood stands and standing at 29.5in high overall, bidders were competing until the hammer finally fell at £2,600.

    Keep an eye on our Sales Calendar for information regarding our forthcoming auction of Max Lowenson's private collection on November 11, followed by an Oriental auction on November 12.

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    Fine Antique auction, 8th October 2016

    A top-estimate £6,000 bid secured a vase by Dame Lucie Rie at our October 8th Fine Antique auction. A 11.5in (29cm) high speckled pottery vase with volcanic glaze, it was just one of three strong prices for the doyenne of 20th century British studio ceramics in the sale.

    The other two were £5,000 for a 10in (25cm) high stoneware vase with manganese glaze and an 8.5in (22cm) diameter footed circular bowl with volcanic glaze that shot to £3,900.

    With 500 people registered to bid across three websites, plenty of phone bids and a good turnout in the saleroom, a wide range of other lots also fared well.

    A circular pottery bowl from the Quentin Bell Pottery in Fulham (1910-96) had carried hopes of just £50 - £100, although similar items have made a little more in the past. However, the better works from this workshop, set up by the nephew of Virginia Woolf, are still highly sought after, and this one ticked all the right boxes, selling at £1,200.

    Clocks, which have been a little erratic on the market recently, performed strongly here, the pick of them a mahogany-cased grandmother clock that doubled top estimate at £1,600.

    Although Victorian and earlier furniture remains sketchy, a George III mahogany serpentine commode left expectations of £800 - £1,200 well behind when it captured a bid of £2,600.

    Glass also had its highlights, among them a pair of late Victorian ruby glass trumpet-shaped vases pitched at £100 - £150 that took £800 and an Apsley Pellatt Minerva cut-glass scent bottle with the same estimate that went for £380.

    A Dresden ‘Trambleuse’ cup and saucer, along with five others had hopes of £100 - £150 as a mixed lot but went to £550, while a 19th bronze of a standing woman by the French artist Auguste Moreau went over a top estimate of £1,200 to take £1,500.

    Another standout lot among the works of art was a c.1875 gilt Egyptian domed box by Giuseppe Paravis of Milan that went over an £800 - £1,200 guide to sell at £1,400.

    Two lots by the pre-eminent Victorian taxidermy company, Cooper & Sons showed that there is still a healthy market for cased fish. A large cased pike, measuring 33in long, went over mid estimate at £650, while a pair of Rudd almost trebled the top estimate when they sold at £1,700.

September 2016

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    Fine Paintings Auction, 7th September 2016

    A highly accomplished portrait drawing by one of the Scottish Colourists created quite a buzz – and an air of mystery – at our September 7 Fine Paintings auction.

    The head and shoulders side view of a woman apparently in a reverie is signed in the top right corner by Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell (1883-1937), one of the four highly sought-after Scottish painters, along with Peploe, Fergusson and Hunter, who comprise the movement that developed its own form of Impressionism in Scotland and on the Continent.

    Beneath it is an indistinct date that would at first appear to indicate that it was drawn in 1898. However, at that time Cadell would only have been 14 or 15 and the woman’s dress and hair point to a later date.

    What is more, the family who consigned the drawing for sale have owned it for more than 50 years and say that they have always understood it to be a portrait of Hazel Martyn, the second wife of the artist Sir John Lavery, whom Cadell is known to have depicted on a number of occasions.

    If so – and the portrait does bear a striking resemblance to other images of her by Cadell and Lavery, for whom she frequently sat as a model – then the date would have to be much later as she and Lavery did not meet until 1904 nor marry until 1909, the year after Cadell staged his first one-man show in Edinburgh.

    Lady Lavery, the daughter of a wealthy American industrialist, and her husband had close connections to the movement for an independent Ireland, hosting the Irish delegation led by Michael Collins for the Anglo-Irish Treaty talks at their South Kensington home in 1921.

    When the Irish Free State invited Sir John Lavery to create an image of the personification of Ireland for the new Irish banknotes, he modelled his creation on his wife, and so it is Lady Lavery’s face that looked out from Ireland’s banknotes from 1928 until 1970. Today they are still referred to by collectors as Lady Lavery notes.

    This detailed and atmospheric portrait, which measures 23¾ x 17½in fetched £3,000.

    Other highlights in the sale included a signed lithograph by L.S. Lowry (1887-1976), Two Brothers. At 25 x 12¾in, it comes with a blindstamp from the Fine Art Trade Guild. Bidders battled and eventually the hammer fell at £3,200.

    Mary Fedden (1915-201) has featured prominently in our recent Fine Paintings sales. The long-lived painter of colourful still lifes and intriguing figures in landscapes used bold colour to convey a sense of light and heat in her Mediterranean views. The consignor to this sale bought the study of a man holding a rope attached to a boat directly from the artist in Malta. At 10 x 15in, it was expected to fetch £2,000 - £3,000 but it sold for £3,400.

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    Oriental Auction, 2nd September 2016

    Signs that the market for Asian art may stabilising after a relatively volatile period were evident at our September 2 auction.

    While prices as a whole stayed close to their estimates, specialist Mark Grant noted that many more items reached their reserves and went on to sell than has been the case in recent months.

    Added to this was a greater number of bidders in the room and online, with several hundred registering to bid across the three online bidding platforms that we use.

    Top lot of the sale, as expected was a Chinese Ming Dynasty inlaid bronze You vase and cover. Modelled on the design of an early Western Zhou original, with overhead swing handle, it was well cast and decorated in gold and silver inlay with Taotie masks and vertical flanges.

    The underside of the cover and interior each carried an archaic inscription and the vase stood 16½in (42cm) high to the top of its swing handle. It came in just under the top estimate at £29,000.

    A bid of £6,500 went over top estimate to capture the top Japanese lot, a pair of 7½in (19cm) high Meiji period shibayama and lacquer vases and covers.

    Of the numerous other lots that sold for thousands of pounds, highlights included two Meiji period figures: a 6½in (16.5cm) signed ivory okimono of a puppeteer sold for £2,600 and, at the same price, a large ivory figure of jurojin, weighing 7.78kg, the base with a red stained seal mark, standing 22½in (57cm) high.

    A 4ft 6½in (1.38m) wide Chinese hardwood altar table took £2,400, while a 13½in (34cm) large 19th century Chinese famille rose-verte porcelain jardinière took £1,700.

    Bids of £1,600 secured a 15¾in (40cm) high pair of 19th century Chinese canton porcelain vases and covers and, separately, a 2ft high (61cm) high pair of 19th century Chinese canton famille rose porcelain vases.

    A Chinese hanging scroll painting, with ivory end pieces, possibly an original 16th century work by the Ming Dynasty artist Sun Kehong (1533-1611), made £1,500.

    Two other star lots among the Japanese wares were a 3in (7.5cm) high, 18th century Edo period carved ivory netsuke of a Tata archer, which sold for £1,000, and an unusual signed Meiji/Taisho period wood and ivory sectional group of a man standing on a boat. At 8in (20cm) long, it took £1,100.

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    Fine Antique Auction, 3rd September 2016

    Tribal art, silver and Indian works were among the highlights at our Fine Antiques and Collectables sale on September 3.

    While the top lot was a 48-carat diamond line necklace set in 18ct white gold that came in just under estimate at £27,000, much of the excitement came in the mid range, where a number of pieces outstripped their estimates.

    Perhaps the most fascinating was something you rarely see this side of the Atlantic. That was an 8in (20cm) long Hudson Bay trade Celtic cross by Robert Cruikshank (1774-1808) that had come from the deceased estate of a dealer who died some years ago.

    Cruikshank was a leading Montreal silversmith who created the crosses to supply fur traders of the Hudson’s Bay Company with something valuable to take West and exchange with the native trappers for furs. The crosses soon became status symbols among the North American tribes and can be seen adorning tribal chiefs in early photographs.

    Some of these crosses were highly decorated, with inset gems, with Cruikshank and fellow silversmiths like Michael Arnoldi (1763-1807) and Ignace-François Delezenne (1718-90) refining their craft as time went by. Although older by some 11 years, it is thought that Arnoldi might well have been an apprentice to Cruikshank.

    Stamped RC, Montreal, the comparatively plain example at John Nicholson’s was given an estimate of £1,000 - £1,500, but two overseas bidders took a shine to it and one, bidding from Montana in the United States, secured it at £2,400.

    Other top lots included a 42in (1.07m) long, 19th century Tongan apia paddle club, with sinnet grip of coconut fibre, went more than twice over hopes at £3,300.

    Among the works of art, a highly decorative cold painted cast brass tent light by Bergman, showing an Arab sitting inside the tent, shot over a £1,500 - £2,000 guide to take £2,500. At 13½in (34cm) high, it was signed Geshutzt & b.

    Two pieces from India did particularly well. The first, a 19th century circular shield, etched overall with flowering decoration and carrying traces of gilt koftgari decoration, and measuring 18in (46cm) in diameter, trounced hopes of £80 - £120 to reach £380. The following lot, 19th century a Kula Khud helmet with similar decoration, with some rust, reflected in its £100 - £150 guide, realised £600.

    A heavy early 19th century Russian silver salver with engraved body came with a provenance to Countess Benckendorff, whose father Alexander Konstantinovich Benckendorff was Ambassador to The Court of St James's from 1903 until the revolution in 1917. Sold with a letter of confirmation, the 10¼in (26cm) diameter salver, which weighed 28oz, left a pitch of £800 - £1,200 behind when the hammer came down at £1,400.

    Along with Stuart Devlin and Anthony Elson, Gerald Benney (1930-2008) is the leading light in post-war British silver design. Although prices have not been as strong in recent years as previously, the rarest and best always commands a premium, as was seen here when a silver and glass storm lantern made in London in 1979 and carrying a modest estimate of £100 - £150 sold for £1,100.

    Scent bottles are proving to be among the more popular collectables at the moment, and here a 6in (15cm) long Webbs cameo glass scent bottle with silver band and top, made in London and dating to 1859, went over double mid estimate at £1,400.

    Another lot by Webbs also did well, a suite of crystal glass, comprising ten tumblers, one water jug, six finger bowls, nine champagne glasses, ten sherry glasses, nine wine glasses and six pedestal salts. Deeply incised with fruiting vines and engraved with a family coat of arms, the suite carried hopes of £500 - £1,000 but went to £1,300.

    Glass continued to make its mark when an early Victorian silver claret jug, fluted body with four panels of flowers, took £1,300. Dating to 1841 and made in London, it was marked for the unidentified makers JD & GD.

    Other highlights included a black painted Victorian pennyfarthing bicycle, with 51in large wheel and 16in small wheel that was expected to fetch £1,500 - £2,000 and made £1,800.

    A 3½in (9cm) Fabergé silver and blue enamel circular box and cover, marked 84, giving it a silver content slightly below sterling, and AH for the workmaster August Hollming (active 1880-1913), pitched nicely at a mid-estimate £1,700.

    With our dedicated jewellery and gold auctions launching on October 1, it was reassuring to see this field performing well here. Top lots featured an 18ct gold three stone diamond ring of 2.65cts selling for £2600 and a lady’s Cartier 18ct gold wristwatch and bracelet, in a suede box, which took £1,100.

    An American amethyst eagle stick dating to 1920 displayed a solid piece of amethyst in the form of an eagle’s head to the top. Silver mounted with a spiral turned band on an ebonised shaft and almost 3ft long, it sold close to its top estimate at £950.

    Finally, a French white marble and ormolu three-piece clock set, the clock with eight-day movement, column sides, surmounted by two doves, took a mid-estimate £1,200.

August 2016

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    Oriental Auction, 29 July 2016

    The main highlight from our July 29 Oriental auction was an interesting group of ten large Chinese paper bonds dated 1913, each entitled ‘Government of the Chinese Republic 5% Gold Loan of 1913 Lung Tsing U Hai Railway’, all numbered and with an attached sheet of £20 bonds. Estimated at £1,500 - £2,000 they sold for over four times that when the hammer went down at £8,600 to a German bidder.

    A fine quality 19th century Chinese embroidered silk picture in a 22in x 19.25in frame left its estimate of £500 - £800 behind as bidders battled it out. It eventually fetched £4,500.

    Also selling way above estimate was a fine 17th century Chinese Shunzhi period Wucai porcelain vase for £3,600.

    A large, fine quality and signed Japanese Meiji period ivory Okimono of Fukurokuji by Seizan with an engraved signature on the base and standing at 14.5in high fetched £4,800.

    Our next Oriental auction is on 2nd September 2016 and starts at 12 noon. Please keep an eye out for the catalogue which will be posted online nearer the sale date.

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    Fine Antique Auction, 30th July 2016

    Our recent Fine Antique auction on Saturday 30th July saw around 300 people registered to bid online. It’s a good indicator of the changing times. It seems it's all about internet shopping now!

    Leading the way for the highlights was an 18ct yellow gold gentleman’s Rolex Oyster perpetual Datejust wristwatch, superlative chronometer officially certified and in its original box. Selling for over its estimate when the hammer went down at £6,200.

    A good quality, 19th century Black Forest carved oak casket, with a velvet interior and carved with game and fruiting vines, doubled its estimate of £500 - £600 when a bidder took it away for £1,000.

    Furniture sold well. A set of seven George III mahogany dining chairs in the manner of Thomas Chippendale, with well carved cresting rails, pierced vase shaped back splats and drop-in seats on stretchered square legs. Bidders couldn’t resist the £400 - £600 estimate and battled it out online and over the telephone until the hammer fell at £3,200 to a telephone bidder.

    Lastly, a George II lidded tankard with repousse decoration, C scroll handle and a heart shaped thumb piece fetched £1,500.

    Our next Fine Antique sale is on 3rd September 2016 and starts at 10.30am. Please keep an eye on the website for the full catalogue of lots which will be published nearer the sale date.

July 2016

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    Fine Painting Auction, 20th July

    There was a definite increase in visitors to bidding across the board with the recent Fine Painting sale on 20th July. Whether it was the weak pound or not, it brought the buyers out of their shell! Some great prices were realised and in particular:

    This 20th Century European School oil on canvas, indistinctly signed and dated ’69 and estimated at £200-£300 fetched a surprising £2,800.

    Also a Study of a Man, with a Beige Waistcoat, oil on canvas, 25” x 18.5” from Czech artist Vlastimil Benes (1919-1981). Estimated at £100-£200, the hammer fell at £3,000.

    Lot 121, attributed to Samuel Dixon, Two Birds in a Tree, embossed, in gouache and painted frame, 14.25” x 11”, and two others by the same hand, a set of three (3). Estimated at £200-£400, it fetched £1,600.

    Also on offer was a Donald Hamilton Fraser (1929-2009) British. “Seascape Composition 2”, mixed media, signed, and inscribed on the reverse, 12.25” x 15”. Provenance; Leonie Jonleigh Studio – Mr & Mrs Brigland. The Barry M Keene Gallery. Estimated at £1,000-£2,000, it finally fetched £2,800.

    Lastly, Manner of Bronzino (1503-1572) Italian. Head of a Young Man, wearing Brown, with a white ruff, oil on panel, and estimated at £100-£200, fetched £2,700.

    The next Fine Painting Sale will be September 7th. Entries close August 8th.

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    Fine Antique Auction, 2nd July

    One of the main highlights from our recent Fine Antique auction was an important George III bracket clock with eight-day movement by William Webster, Exchange Alley, London, Circa. 1750.

    With a silvered dial, double fusée movement, and silent and striking action on a single bell and standing at 18ins high, 11ins wide and 7ins deep and with brass carrying handles on the case, glass panel sides, and brass mounts and feet. Here it was expected to fetch between £5,000 - £6,000, but bidders kept going until the hammer fell at £8,000.

    Also in the sale were a good pair of Royal Worcester oval upright porcelain plaques, shown here, with a highland scene and cattle painted by John Stinton which exceeded expectations when they sold together for £3,600.

    A superb quality Victorian silver mounted Tortoiseshell tea caddy, octagonal shaped, with an inner lid and complete with a caddy spoon, over tripled its estimate when the hammer went down at £1,900.

    Lastly, an ivory standing at 5ins x 3.25ins, carved in high relief by Richard Cockle Lucas (1800-1883), After Albrecht Dürer Lucas “Christ Healing the Blind”. Signed on the reverse and dated 1851. Provenance: The Fine Art Society Ltd, London, Feb. 1970, was expected to fetch between £250 - £500 but bidders fought competitively until the hammer finally fell at £1,100.

    The next Fine Antique Auction is 28th July. Please keep an eye on our website for the catalogue.

June 2016

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    Fine Paintings auction, 15th June 2016

    A selection of maps kick-started our recent Fine Paintings auction on June 15, with Dutch cartographer Johannes Van Keulen’s (1654-1715) hand coloured engraving leading the highlights.

    ‘West-Indische, Paskaert’, ‘Tropicus Caneri’, with North America, South America and Africa was pitched at £200-£400. Bidders fought competitively and the hammer finally fell at £950.

    Frames sold extremely well with a 17th century Italian carved black and giltwood frame, 35.5” x 20” selling for £850, against an estimate of £80-£120 while an English 17th century pre-Raphaelite gilt frame fetched £1,100, over doubling its estimate of £300-£400.

    HM Bateman’s “The Favourite Who Took the Wrong Turning at Tattenham Corner” is a fine example of work from his celebrated The Man Who… series of cartoons devised while working for The Tatler in the 1920s and ’30s. Here it took £3,600.

    The Maltese capital Valetta also featured among the highlights. Anton Schranz (1769-1839) was a German painter and father of the celebrated marine artist John Schranz. He passed his final years in Valetta, which inspired the watercolour in this sale, ‘The Grand Canal, from Ricasoli’, with Valetta Harbour, and Fishermen in the foreground. Inscribed on the reverse and dated 1833, the 8¼ x 11¼in work saw a long battle between two telephone bidders. The hammer finally went down at £4,200.

    British artist John Emms (1843-1912), best known for his depictions of horses and dogs. ‘A Sportsman with his Spaniels Resting in a Moorland Landscape’ is a fine example of his skills. A signed 24 x 20in oil on canvas, it is one of two works by Emms in the sale and was expected to fetch £5,000 but eventually sold to a telephone bidder for £7,600.

    Our next Fine Paintings will be held on July 20th. Please keep an eye on our sales calendar for further information.