Two busy days for internet bidding...
Brightwells 2017 Spring Fine Art Auction included a fine collection of Indian Art and Metalware which totalled over £150000. It had been assembled by the late Sam Kenrick, a private collector from Worcestershire, who in the past had regularly attended Brightwells auctions. An Aid worker in India, he had had a long association with that country, and over the last 30 years had slowly acquired a diverse selection of Indian and Anglo-Indian art and artefacts. There were over 50 Indian miniatures from various regions within India, for sale. Most of the miniatures were painted in gouache, some heightened with gold, and many dated from the period 1750-1850.
Highest price on the day was the £28,000 paid by a UK buyer for a Kangra miniature depicting ‘Women playing Pachisi on a Terrace’. Another miniature to attract international interest was a rare signed work by the artist Fath Chand. Painted circa 1750-1760, it depicted ‘a lady seated by a Tree holding a Vina’ and sold for £12000. Other comparable examples by the artist can be seen in The British Library and the Los Angeles Museum of Art.
There were also many excellent results amongst the Sam Kenrick metalware, it is difficult to pick the highlights. A 15th Century Jain Tirthankara brass Shrine, flew past its estimate to take £4,500. A fine 19th Century Bidri silver inlaid Huqqa Base, which was featured on the back of the catalogue cover sold for £2,600, whilst a 16th Century Bidri inlaid circular Pandan Box and Cover sold for £1,700. A Fine Anglo Indian sandalwood, ivory and sadeli Stationery Box made £900 and a Kashmir lacquered folding Koran Stand was fiercely contested for, finally selling at £750.
“We were delighted to have been instructed to handle the collection of the late Sam Kenrick. It certainly made the sale an international affair, with registered buyers from 17 countries around the world including, Australia, Austria, Canada, Czech, Germany, Ireland, France, India, Italy, Netherlands, Pakistan, Romania, Singapore, USA, South Africa and New Zealand. Technology has made the world a smaller place and our internet bidding system had two very busy days”. Roger Williams Head of Fine Art.
Brightwells Jewellery specialist Caroline Atkinson had commented presale on the fine selection of rings and results did not disappoint. A ruby and diamond ring went to the London trade at two and a half times top estimate making £2,600, while a diamond five stone ring again sold in excess of estimate to an internet buyer at £1,900. An impressive Colombian emerald and diamond three stone ring sold to a commission bidder for £3,000 and a sapphire ring with a stunning emerald-cut stone sold for £2,100. Another interesting result was a set of ‘Imperial-Royal’ playing cards, which more than trebled estimate at £1,350.
One of the most contested item of the English and European ceramics was a Claremont pattern Moorcroft Vase, which attracted a lot of interest on the phone and online, though the successful bidder was in the room at £3,400. The collection of Royal Worcester on offer also achieved some excellent prices in the current market, a pair Ginger of jars sold for £1,600 and £1,500 was paid for a pair of cylindrical Vases.
Other notable results include £2,100 paid for a George I Bristol Delftware Charger c1720 and the phone bidders competed for two 19th Century Meissen Senses Figures which realised £750.
Horological collectors were out in force! An Empire gilt metal Mantel Clock by Zacharie Raingo attracted eleven phone bidders & internet bidders, finally selling for a pleasing £4,600.
A good quality George III mahogany Bracket Clock sold to a buyer in the room for £2,700, while a Scottish mahogany Longcase Clock sold to an internet buyer for £850.
A number of items in the Furniture section exceeded expectation, again highlighting that fine quality furniture is still highly sought after. A pair of Regency mahogany Card Tables sold for six times the bottom estimate at £4,800, as a Regency gilt convex Wall Mirror, with three phone bidders battling it out, the hammer finally falling at £3,100.
A George III mahogany Kneehole Desk with beautiful colouration & a Chippendale design sold to a local private buyer on the phone for £3,600, and lot 1281, an exceptionally pretty satinwood Chest, consigned from a deceased estate near Ross, sold to a local private buyer for £3,000.
The more unusual items of furniture also did well, such as an early 19th Century Mahogany Campaign four poster bed, which created considerable presale interest from specialists and eventually sold to an internet bidder after considerable opposition in the room for £3,000.
Entries are now being accepted for our next two-day sale on the 26th & 27th July 2017, if you would like a free valuation either in our saleroom or your home, please contact us on 01568 611122 to make an appointment.