Superb variety at June Fine Arts Sale

RICHARD Winterton Auctioneers’ mid-year Fine & Decorative Arts auction boasted 602 lots encompassing the traditional antique, modern design, the unusual and collectable which provided bidders with an interesting selection catering for all tastes and pockets, writes Sarah Leedham.

82 lots of jewellery were on offer first, the highlights being a modern three stone diamond ring in 18ct gold at £5000, an impressive 18ct gold emerald and diamond cluster ring £3000, an early to mid-20th century domed cluster diamond ring £2800 and a modern Picchiotti 18ct gold solitaire diamond ring with diamond set shoulders £1450 – pictured here clockwise from top left.

This Victorian carved coral bangle fetched £1200.

The silver section comprised 152 lots, ranging in date from the early 18th century to the modern day and the top selling lots included a Mappin & Webb solid silver Kings pattern canteen of cutlery for 8 place settings at £2000 (below left). An Edwardian Guild of Handicrafts silver tray (below right) with the presentation inscriptions partially polished out made £1300; this item was particularly sought after by the Australian market with 11 online bidders competing for it.


A Victorian silver candelabrum  dating to 1841  took £900, a George II oval silver meat platter dating to 1749 also at £900 and an Edwardian silver cased boudoir carriage timepiece £800.

Ceramics and glass followed on from the silver and once again Chinese porcelain produced some surprise results.

A Chinese Xianfeng porcelain polychrome bowl with a small blue and white bowl (above, top) flew past the estimate to sell for £950, a pair of 18th century Vienna porcelain table centrepieces (pictured above) that had extensive damage and very crude repairs were obviously still thought worthy of getting some professional care as they sold well over estimate at £680.

A Lalique opalescent bowl in the Ondines pattern took £660 whilst a more modern piece of glass in the form of a Whitefriars Banjo vase in Kingfisher blue (pictured below) followed closely behind at £660.

The collectables and works of arts in the sale provided the top selling lots of the day when three football contracts between Gordon Banks (1937-2019) and Stoke City and Leicester City made a collective £8900.

Three consecutive lots of early 20th century cloisonné vases and jars and covers were much in demand as they totalled £1680, a limited edition inclined plane mystery clock by E. Dent & Co Ltd of London realised £1050 and a late 19th century violin bearing a hand written label dated 1872 took £850.

The art in the auction saw an upward curve in the number of lots sold in what can often prove to be a fickle market, modern art certainly proved more popular than the traditional on this occasion as an abstract oil on canvas 'Guyana X' (pictured below) by Aubrey Williams of Guyana (1926 – 1990) soared past estimate to £3200, he was one of the founders of the Caribbean Artist’s Movement in 1966, this may well be an auction record for the artist.

Two other abstract oils on canvas by Mali Morris, a British artist born in 1945, sold well above estimate at £2200 and £1700 (pictured below top and left, alongside a detail of the Aubrey Williams abstract.

Wine, whisky and port were represented by sixty six lots with the top selling lot in the section being unsurprisingly a bottle of The Macallan 18 year old single highland malt Scotch whisky (pictured below). Distilled in 1974 and bottled in 1992 with its original card box, it sold for £1250. Other popular lots were two cases of 12 bottles of Graham’s Vintage port, both cases realised £600.

As with the pictures in the sale the furniture had a mix of antique, vintage and modern design and the top selling lots came from amongst the modern design pieces as a Robert Heal for Staples Ladderax seven bay shelving system realised £800 and a set of six light ash wishbone chairs with rush seats in the manner of Hans Wegner (pictured below) taking £750.

A George III oak dresser base (pictured above) was the top price antique piece at £640, followed by a Victorian walnut bookcase on inverted breakfront form at £500.

The next Fine & Decorative Arts auction will be held on September 18 at The Lichfield Auction Centre and entries close on August 9. For further details telephone 01543 251081 or email

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