Spring Fine Art Sale Report



21ST MARCH 2018

Following a series of successful specialist auctions during the first quarter of 2018, the Fine Arts auction had been greatly anticipated. With 452 lots on offer including jewellery, watches, pens, silver, ceramics, works of art, wines, whisky, paintings and furniture which encompassed items from the 17th Century to the modern day.

Amongst the jewellery section was a 17th –  18th century posey ring, usually given and received as tokens of love, this example read “TREW TIL DEATH” inside the band with an intricate pattern on the outside, weighing only 1.5 grams of a high carat gold it carried an estimate of £500-700 but after a battle between telephone and internet bidders the hammer fell at £900. Two other highlights from the jewellery section were a modern emerald and diamond three stone ring £1400 and a modern diamond dress ring with a 1.81ct single stone surrounded by fourteen smaller diamonds with a total weight of 2.23ct on a platinum shank £5400. 

Gentlemen’s luxury goods whether vintage or modern continue to perform well, with interest in pens and wristwatches, mainly because they can be used and enjoyed every day. A Dunhill Namiki lacquer fountain pen decorated to the case with mother of pearl flowerheads and gold flecks raced past the £400-500 estimate to £1100 and a Gent’s Rolex Oyster imperial chronometer stainless steel wristwatch from 1938-39 made £620.

100 lots of silver were keenly fought over and  produced some excellent results including a George II silver taper stick, bearing hallmarks for William Gould, London 1732 and measuring 10.5cm £480, a matched loose canteen of silver Kings pattern cutlery of mixed dates and makers £1400, an early Victorian three piece silver tea service by William Hunter, London 1842 £800, a William Comyns late Victorian / Edwardian boudoir clock £460  and a modern silver and silver gilt chess set cast as busts of historical figures £2800.

The ceramics section proved that in some cases rarity is far more important than condition as an early 19th century pearlware model of a lion standing with a front paw on a ball which had suffered extensive damage and with very poor attempts at repair, the estimate of £100-150 reflected the state it was in but several bidders decided they could see its potential and was bid up to £2350 by a buyer in the room fending off competition from other interested parties and the same applied to a small cameo glass scent bottle with damage, likely to have been made in the 19th century at the Thomas Webb glass manufacturers it saw many collectors trying to add it to their collections, the hammer fell at £400. 

The works of art section regularly provides some of the highlights of the auction and this sale was no exception. With telephone bids booked on many of the lots it was clear there was going to be some fantastic results, these include a 19th century Chinese Canton tortoiseshell circular box and cover £1100, a set of S. Mordan & Co boulle marquetry desk postage scales £420, three cloisonné vases, one of which was damaged £700, a bone carved with a panoramic Japanese view £700.

Wine, whisky and cigars saw two lots sell well above estimate when a bottle of Springbank Cambeltown malt with a commemorative jug exceeded estimates to make £580 and a sealed box of twenty-five Cuban cigars by Jose Gener sold for £700.

A collection of guns and related equipment brought in collectors and traders with some astonishing results, of special mention were four antique revolvers which made £850, two selling for £440 and £320, an antique flintlock target rifle £720 and an antique flintlock shotgun £450.

The top prices of the sale appeared in the furniture and paintings section. House clearances and several deceased estates provided many of the lots and of particular note was a Regency day bed £1450, a Victorian campaign chest £750, a pair of mid-19th century Anglo Chinese gouache studies £2400, a pen and ink sketch by Augustus Edwin John £900, a William & Mary oyster walnut veneered cushion framed mirror £600, a Yamaha G 3 six foot grand piano £2600. A large Victorian oil painting titled “All The Worlds A Stage” by Francis Barraud (the same artist who painted the terrier synonymous with advertising HMV) made £7200 and £6500 was the hammer price for an oil painting by Charles Hunt, dated 1872 it was titled “The Court Martial” and featured children playing a game in a cottage interior. 

The next Fine Arts sale is to be held on 20th June and entries close on 18th May. For further details please contact the office on 01543 251081 or office@richardwinterton.co.uk 

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