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ANTIQUES AND FINE ART: Tuesday 1 October 2013
Another successful sale for 2013 with high prices achieved across all categories. The highlight of the sale though was the watercolour (pictured left) by Lucy Elizabeth Kemp-Welch RI ROI RBA RCamA (1869-1958) of two shire horses which sold for £13,500, estimate £2,000-3000. It was Holloway’s picture specialist, Nick Williams, auctioneer’s choice before the sale. This is what he said about the picture:
“Like, I suspect, most auctioneers' picture specialists, I frequently have to break the bad news that a picture brought in for valuation "is only a print, I'm afraid". So I was particularly pleased when a couple came in on a valuation day in July with this stunning watercolour, under the impression that it was "only a print". They had inherited it from an uncle many years before; he had in turn been left it by someone for whom he had once worked. They didn't like it very much and this had led to it being consigned to a cupboard, away from the effects of sunlight; its frame (with a few dead insects) is probably the only one it has ever been in.
You can see from this picture that Lucy Kemp-Welch had two important qualities - she really knew how to paint and draw, and she really knew about horses. This probably had something to do with her upbringing in and around Bournemouth, which allowed her to go walking in the New Forest with her father, making sketches of wild ponies. She was exhibiting by the age of fourteen and sold her first picture - three horses' heads, naturally - at sixteen. A reviewer of the Royal Academy exhibition in the politically-incorrect days of 1906 recorded somewhat patronisingly that "Miss Kemp-Welch has developed a talent such as is uncommon in men and quite rare in women for animal painting".
Lucy Kemp-Welch drew and painted horses in most of the available media and she illustrated a number of books, including Black Beauty. The shire or heavy horse, usually working in tandem, was a subject to which she regularly returned and this is a wonderful and atmospheric example of that subject. I think I have been conservative in my estimate of £2,000 to £3,000 and I suspect it may make more”.
For a full list of sales results from 1 October 2013 sale, click here
Valuation day at Preston Capes: Monday 29 July - £500 raised with the help of our experts
On Monday 29 July our team of experts supported The Grafton Hunt and St Peter and St Paul Church, Preston Cape at an Antiques Valuation Day in Little Preston where we helped to raise £500. Many thanks to Claire Hoare for organising the day.
ANTIQUES AND FINE ART: Tuesday 16 July 2013
Sir Winston Churchill went under the hammer at our most recent Antiques and Fine Art sale on Tuesday 16 July.
A bust of Sir Winston Churchill when Prime Minister by Sir William Reid Dick (1879-1961), estimated at between £7,000-10,000, sold for £6,500.
Also selling well in the sale were a strong section of militaria including a large collection of edged weapons, numerous pictures by the artist Primrose Harley and a large collection of metalwares by the manufacturer John Hardman and Co. some designed by A.WN. Pugin which included Lot 285, a Victorian six-section silver toast rack pictured below. It was estimated at £300-5000 and sold for £6,800.
For a full catalogue description
of the Sir Winston Churchill bust (Lot 415), click here
285: A Victorian six-section silver toast rack by John Hardman
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DEDDINGTON VALUATION DAY - £440 raised for the church by our experts
On Friday 31 May our experts
supported the Friends of Deddington Church by providing expert valuations for a
small donation at Deddington Church. The event was a huge success with a great
turnout raising £440 for the Friends of Deddington Church.
Many thanks to all those involved who helped to make the event such a huge success.
ANTIQUES AND FINE ART, incorporating Ceramics and Glass: Tuesday 14 May
Another successful sale for 2013 with the following prices achieved for these sale highlights.
Lot 103: A mid 19th century John Ridgway
extensive bone china dinner service
SOLD FOR £3,300
Lot 305: Archibald Thorburn
SOLD FOR: £6,000
A Golden Eagle, perched on a rock in an extensive landscape, watercolour, signed and dated 1909 lower left, with label verso for Messrs. Fores, London, 55 x 37 cm (21 1/2 x 14 1/2 in)
For a full list of results (which include the timed auction results held from 16 -20 May) please click here.
ANTIQUES AND FINE ART, including the collection of the film producer Hercules Bellville: Tuesday 5 March 2013
Our first sale for 2013 of Antiques and Fine Art, held on Tuesday 5 March 2013, was a resounding success and attracted buyers wordwide. The sale included the collection of the film producer Hercules Bellville which included works by Lichtenstein, Erró and Dine. High prices were achieved in the sale with the highest - £28,000 – for Erró’s 'American Interior No. 1', oil on canvas, illustrated below.
Click here for an introduction to his section of the sale.
Erró (Gudmundur Gudmundsson,
Icelandic, b. 1932)
'American Interior No. 1'
oil on canvas, signed and inscribed 'Erro '68 Paris' verso
unframed, 97 x 130.5 cm (38 1/4 x 51 1/2 in)
SOLD FOR: £28,000
For a full list of the sales results, click here
CERAMICS AND GLASS : Tuesday 27 March 2012
This sale was notable for the 80-lot section
which comprised an important single-owner collection of early Staffordshire and
other provincial pottery figures. All but one of those lots sold, for a
total some 50% higher than their upper estimate. James Lees, who had
catalogued the collection and who was on the rostrum for its sale, said he had
never seen such frenetic activity on the internet, let alone in the room.
Whilst Staffordshire may not be not as popular as it once was, there is clearly
still demand for unusual or rare pieces and there is no doubt that Holloway's
policy of selling pieces individually rather than in large lots made the whole
sale more attractive to both trade and private
The highest price - £2,000 - was achieved by
an 18th century Whieldon-type manganese-glazed figure of a parrot (lot 156),
while a set of four early 19th century pearlware figures emblematic of the
seasons (lot 177) made £1,900.
In the glass section, 18th century wine glasses sold consistently well, while the highest price, of £1,600, was achieved by a George III magnum ale decanter. Overall, the 349 lots took more than £72,000.
JULIAN HARTNOLL - artmonger : Tuesday 21 February 2012
Click here for a report on the sale and a catalogue with results.
The highlight of our sale of Antiques and Fine Art on 27 September was a small Meiji period cloisonne enamel urn by the Japanese maker Namikawa Yasuyuki (1845-1927). Its maker and thus its importance were unknown to its owner, but not to our specialist James Lees. His expert catalogue description and our internet marketing meant we had several Japanese bidders competing for it. Conservatively estimated at £2,000 to £3,000, it sold for £14,000
The sale included a strong silver section of just over 100 lots, of which about one third came from the estate of Sir George Beaumont. The highlight was a George IV silver tureen by William Eley II, which sold for £7,000 against an estimate of £3,000 to £4,000.
Finally, the furniture section turned up one surprise, when a pair of 19th century mahogany open arm chairs - one of which had had a modern sprung seat inserted - made £3,200 against an estimate of £200 to £300. It seems likely that their price was driven by their colonial origins.
Our sale of European Ceramics and Glass on Tuesday, 11 October saw particularly strong prices in the glass section, with the Saxon goblet and cover making £1,000 and the large mid-18th century bucket-bowled glass £3,000. Our next specialist sale in this area wll be held in the Spring.
Our sale of Pictures, Books and Ephemera on 28 June produced some surprises, some solid results and some disappointments.
The surprises were in the ephemera section, where an album of coloured photographs of Constantinople sold for £1,200, while two lots of six and three postcard albums made £1,000 and £800 respectively.
In the watercolour section, three works by Albert Foweraker made a total of £1,560, but perhaps more pleasing was the return to some form of the traditional English watercolour. While an Oxford view by the eponymous William Turner made just over £4,000 and examples by Thomas Rowlandson made £2,000 and £1,500, a work by Edward Lear - depicting Pantokrator Monastery on Greece's Mount Athos, where females of all species are forbidden to tread - made £3,600, despite being both unsigned and quite badly foxed. This was particularly gratifying as its owner had no idea who it was by, let alone its potential value, when he brought it in with a small collection of 18th century engravings. Lear's hand is pretty well unmistakeable and his idiosyncratic way of inscribing colour and other notes really left no room for doubt. We thought it was likely to clean well and the buyer and underbidders obviously thought so too.
An oil on canvas view of a Venetian canal by Angelo Brombo - bought by the vendor's parents while on holiday in the late 1950s - brought £1,600. If we needed a reminder of the perils of taking pictures at face value this was it - at first sight it seemed a typical and rather formulaic production aimed at the tourist trade (which is exactly what it was); the signature with its overlapping letters wasn't easy to read, but once we'd deciphered it and been able to look the artist up we realised that it was certainly going to achieve a four-figure price.
The disappointments were in the portraits, where the portrait of the Scottish soldier of fortune Sir John Hepburn (c. 1598-1636) sold only on its low estimate of £7,000. On this occasion, the striking subject and the intrigue as to what might lie beneath the heavy overpainting perhaps led us to expect too much; the reality was that its condition simply put most potential buyers off. Nevertheless, it did at least sell and as its conservation is being undertaken locally we expect to be able to see it again and - the new owner willing - we will try to show it on our blog once it has been cleaned.