Summer Two Day Fine Art Sale


Summer Two Day Fine Art Sale

01568 611122

Wed 25th & Thurs 26th July at 10am

Auction held at Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire HR6 0DE

Entries Closed

Online bidding registration will be available from 10am on Monday 23rd July

Brightwells include a varied selection of fine paintings and prints for auction on 26th July 2018. They include works by or attributed to Augustus John, John Piper, Peter de Wint, Andrew Nichol RHA, Francis Swaine, Julian Trevelyan RA and Thomas Faed RSA. Portraits in the same auction include works by or attributed to William Williams, Robert Scott Lauder and Arthur Royce Bradbury ARWA.


We have the facilities that can cater for those consigning single items, or disposal of an entire estate. If you have items to sell, Brightwells two day Fine Art Sales are the gateway to a national and international Fine Art Market. Call 01568 611122 to book a free valuation, either in our saleroom or your home.

We have a number specialist valuers, whose expertise enables us to provide our UK and international clients with the highest levels of personal service, combined with the in-depth knowledge for which we are renowned. For more information click HERE


Re-discovered Painting Tops Brightwells Spring Fine Art Sale


Trade was brisk at Brightwells Spring Fine Art sale, as buyers flocked to Leominster sales venue to see over 1100 lots, many from the Estates of Lady Mary Nolan and Kathryn Lady Vestey, come under the auctioneer’s hammer.

In total the sale registered almost 700 enthusiastic purchasers and continued to be an international affair, with buyers from 19 countries around the world including: Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania, Singapore, Vietnam, USA, Canada, and countless European countries. By the close of the second day over 75% of the lots had found new homes, with many excellent prices achieved.

A beautifully executed painting, on copper, depicting Saint Joseph by the Bolognese artist Gaetano Gandolfi (1734-1802) was the highlight of the auction. Believed to date from the mid 1770’s, it was competed for by a number of bidders from France, Switzerland, Italy and the UK. In very good original condition the small devotional picture represented something of a re-discovery. Though previously known to a small group of scholars by photograph, the exact whereabouts of the painting in recent years had been untraced. After a keen telephone bidding battle, the hammer fell at £74,000. A new house record for a painting at Brightwells.

Two paintings in the auction by Sir William Nicholson (1872-1949) were also keenly sought after. Both had originally been owned by the celebrated Australian artist, the late Sir Sidney Nolan. The larger painting of the two ‘Storm on the Sussex Downs’ had last been seen at auction at Sotheby’s in 1934, when it had sold for £10. On this occasion at Brightwells it reached a hammer price of £46,000, selling to a private buyer. A smaller work by the same artist titled ‘Hot Day’ also attracted considerable interest from both trade and private buyers, the hammer falling to a winning bid of £9,500. The same price was paid by a private collector from Worcestershire for a detailed watercolour by Walter Langley (1852-1922). Titled ‘The Convalescent’ it depicted a child recuperating in a farmhouse garden. It had been painted in the Midlands by the artist circa more 

Buyer information...

On view: Saturday 21st July 9.30am -12 noon & Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday 9am – 5pm

Buyer's Premium 22% plus VAT (with minimum £10 per lot) 



This sale is not on view until Saturday 21st July and although we will endeavour to complete condition reports before this date, it may not be possible. All lots will be illustrated prior to the sale day.

Purchasing at a sale…

An illustrated catalogue is produced for each sale, which can be purchased in printed form or viewed via the website with additional images.

For those unable to attend the sale it is possible to leave an absentee bid, or for more valuable lots a telephone bid can be arranged. Internet bidding is also available clicking on the 'Online Bidding' button on the right hand side of the page. 




Roger Williams
Antiques, Fine Art & Wine

Tel: 01568 611122

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