An international affair, with Asian Art leading the way…

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Autumn Fine Art Sale Report

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An international affair, with Asian Art leading the way…

Trade was brisk at Brightwells Autumn Fine Art sale, as a good crowd of bidders descended on the Leominster sales venue to see around 800 lots come under the auctioneer’s hammer.

The sale continues to be an international affair, and our internet bidding system had two very busy days, with registered buyers from 15 countries around the world including, USA, Canada, China, Japan, Thailand, Germany, Portugal & France.

Top price was achieved in the eclectic Asian section. An 18th Century 2 ¼ inch white jade pendant carved with the Doaist immortal Li Tieguai, was fiercely fought over by five telephone bidders, finally selling to an overseas collector for a pleasing £16,500. Other notable results in this section; a Chinese export silver tea service sold to a local collector for £2,600, and a late 16th Century Japanese Namban casket made £5,000, selling to a London buyer against spirited bidding from two Portuguese clients.

Silver trade was very pleasing. Leading prices include, £2,000 paid by a commission bidder for a George III two handled oval tea tray bearing the impressive coat of arms of Hercules Langford Rowley. From the same vendor came a four-piece tea and coffee service, which sold just over estimate at £1,250. Two part sets of 19th century cutlery sold for £1,450 and £1,300.

All that sparkled attracted a lot of attention in our Jewellery and Watch section and the many private buyers may have had Christmas in mind! A 2.80 carat diamond ring sold for £3,600, an Art Deco diamond ring sold for £3,500 and a pretty diamond cluster necklace made £2,700. Emeralds also proved popular, with an Art Deco ring strongly contested on the phone, but eventually selling to a bidder in the room for treble its bottom estimate, at £800.
Watches were as popular as ever, an 18ct gold cased quarter repeating hunter pocket watch doubled its estimate, selling to a collector at £1,050. The demand for vintage watches remains strong, with a gentleman’s Tudor Oyster Prince 34 rotor self-winding wristwatch selling for £680 and a 1940’s Rolex ‘Speedking’ exceeding expectations at £750.

Highlights from the ceramic section include a fine pair of Royal Worcester Flight Barr & Barr wine coolers selling for £8,000 and a rare Moorcroft Vase which sold for £3,600, both purchased by private collectors.

Private buyers were out in force for the paintings section, with only a few lots failing to find new homes. A Thomas Gainsborough Portrait of William Northey, MP - sold for £12,000 to a commission bidder. A number of Victorian paintings were included in the auction, with a fine genre painting by Frederick Daniel Hardy titled ‘The Lost Shilling’ selling for £9,000 to a private collector. The painting depicting a family in an interior, with the father of a young child looking for a lost coin under floorboards.

A selection of paintings, originally owned by the Edinburgh collector Samuel Atherton were strongly fought after. Top price in the group was £5,200 paid for a painting by Sir William Hutchinson depicting Figures by a Window in an elegant interior. The same buyer competed against a number of telephone bidders to also secure an oil painting by Dorothy Johnstone depicting ‘A Cornish Child’ for £4,800

Of more local Herefordshire interest was a painting by A.M. Gauci of ‘Archibald’ a Hereford bull standing in a landscape. A posse of private buyers in the room battled for the painting, with the hammer eventually falling at £4,200.

It was the more unusual amongst the metalware items that sold well. A rare 19th century Parlour Guitar labelled Panormo 1827, 26 High Street, Bloomsbury, created enormous pre-sale interest and on the day, fell to an internet bidder for £3,200, with strong opposition from a collector in the room and two telephone bidders. The Theodore Gillick limited edition painted bronze study of a red stag was another item to catch the eye, and saw a battle between two telephone bidders selling at £3,500

A number of items in the Furniture section exceeded expectation, again highlighting that fine quality furniture is still highly sought after. A beautifully decorated 19th Century French Cabinet attributed to Gabriel Viardot in the Oriental manner, sold considerably above estimate at £1,900. Again, finely decorated, a 18th Century lacquer & gilt chinoiserie Longcase clock achieved £2,500 and a 19th Century walnut & floral Marquetry bombe cabinet selling for £1,900.

Entries are now being accepted for our next two-day sale which falls on the 21st & 22nd March 2018 and already consigned is a considerable collection of period oak from a deceased estate. If you would like a free valuation, either in our saleroom or your home, please contact us on 01568 611122 to make an appointment.