We are now open for viewing for our auction of Fine Art, Antiques & Asian Works of Art on Wednesday 19th November. Our Loughton saleroom is packed with a superb selection of premium examples of jewellery, silver, clocks & watches, paintings, furniture, taxidermy, Chinese & European ceramics, works of art & much more.
The sale will commence with a number of quirky works of art such as a ‘Paddy and The Pig’ mechanical bank (Lot 9, £300-500), a cast bronze Dutch East India Company bell (Lot 17, £400-600) & a carved oak American Folk Art Madonna Sculpture (Lot 6, £3000-5000), which are all attracting healthy pre-sale interest.
Ceramics, both European & Oriental, are also in abundance. The European works include a fine selection of Moorcroft, the standout example being a Moonlit Blue vase (Lot 34, £600-800), as well as some interesting Sevres & Staffordshire pieces. Also present is an eclectic single owner collection of antiquities with everything ranging from a 2nd-3rd Century Gandhara hardstone figure (Lot 42, £400-600) to some early Chinese pottery vessels & figures.
Later Chinese ceramics are also extremely well represented and are amongst some the sale highlights. Despite its poor condition, a large Chinese blue and white jar bearing Xuande period mark (Lot 106, £3000-5000) has attracted admiration for its exceptional quality, as have two blue & white Kangxi period bowls (Lots 168 & 169, £8,000-10,000). Also on offer is a good selection of Chinese furniture, the market for which is presently very strong, notably a Chinese Haunghuali square table (Lot 99, £5,000-8,000).
The market for European furniture is of course not as buoyant but high quality pieces still remain in demand & there are some fine works in Wednesday’s sale such as a selection of 17th & 18th century oak stools, chairs & tables, as well as a beautiful 19th Century Kingwood, Purple Heart Walnut & Ormolu Mounted Bureau de Dame (Lot 380, £1,200-1,800).
As usual there is a diverse array of paintings gracing the saleroom walls. Some exceptional equestrian oils provide the highlights of the traditional pictures. Two 19th century works by the same unidentified hand depicting horses in landscapes have been generating a number of enquiries both on account of their quality and strong provenance having previously been with Thomas Agnew & Sons (Lots 266 & 267, £800-1200 & £600-800). Meanwhile a very large portrait after Anthony van Dyck depicting Charles I on horseback is currently providing a very decorative addition to the rostrum (Lot 265, £800-1200).
The modern pictures are equally well represented with works on view by some very well established contemporary artists including Anish Kapoor, Chris Orr, Victor Pasmore, Norman Ackroyd, Peter Howson & Tracey Emin. Also up for grabs is a hand signed print by the endearingly popular Laurence Stephen Lowry depicting Peel Park, Salford (Lot 370, £700-900), accompanied by an original oil by Lowry’s friend & fellow Salford artist Edith Le Breton (Lot 372, £1,000-1,500) & an unusual set of six painted plates by the same hand (Lot 371, £500-800).
A large, single collection of rings form the bulk of the jewellery with some dazzling pieces on show, the highlight being a platinum cushion cut diamond solitaire circa 1920 (Lot 210, £3,000-5,000). A Cartier 18ct gold Diablo ladies wristwatch with sapphire cabochons (Lot 201, £1,200-1,800) is also attracting admiration, as is a larger horological work, a Thwaites & Reed bracket Clock & bracket circa 1880 (Lot 377, £2,000-3,000).
Finally, a number of pieces of taxidermy (Lots 191-196) are proving to be, quite literally, the biggest talking points of the sale, with zebras, a warthog, lion skin rug & caged monkey providing some very noticeable additions to the saleroom!
We are now accepting final entries for our Toy Sale on Monday 1st December and our Christmas Sale on Monday 15th December.