Our Loughton saleroom has just opened its doors for viewing for our forthcoming sale of Fine Art & Antiques on Wednesday 25th February. As with all our specialist sales, the present auction includes an impressive selection of works of art, ceramics, Asian art, clocks & watches, jewellery, pictures, taxidermy, books, furniture & much more.
There will be some extremely significant lots going under the hammer from the outset of the auction with a set of four (Lot 1, £800-1200) & an Art Nouveau Galle Cameo Vase (Lot 4, £400-600) already attracting healthy pre-sale interest whilst Lot 19, a beautiful a Carrera marble figure (£2500-3000) by the highly regarded Italian sculptor Pietro Franchi, also looks sure to generate strong bidding on sale day, be it on the phone, internet or in the room.
The ceramics are boosted by some exceptional pieces of Moorcroft such as a Claremont pattern teapot (Lot 28, £800-1200) & Cornflower pattern earthenware vase (Lot 29, £2000-3000) & more unusual works including a humorous 19th century Russian Gardner bisque porcelain figurine (Lot 31, £400-600).
The Asian Art includes a diverse selection of lots ranging from some good quality Chinese ceramics, notably an 18th/19th century blue & white double gourd vase (Lot 43, £500-800), to an impressive single owner collection of Japanese ivory netsukes comprising over 40 intricately carved works, many signed – such as Lot 65, an Edo period example in the shape of an ox by Tomotada (£300-500). Also on offer are some extremely fine examples of Chinese & Indian silver such as a Hung Chong dragon bowl (Lot 110, £400-600) & a large footed tray by the equally renowned Oomersi Mawji (Lot 122, £800-1200).
Paintings have been among the best sellers in Boningtons’ recent Fine Art auctions, a trend that looks set to continue here with some very fine works gracing the saleroom walls. The traditional pictures include some intriguing old masters (Lots 209-215) & later works by some very well listed artists including Edward Henry Windred, Benjamin Herring, Orlando Norie, George Arthur Gaskell, Frederick Daniel Hardy & John Russell, as well as a selection of splendid portrait miniatures.
Meanwhile, the 20th century paintings are well represented by some very notable names in modern British Art with still life compositions up for grabs by Dod Procter (Lot 243, £3000-5000), Bernard Meninsky (Lot 244, £1000-1500), Duncan Grant (Lot 241, £8000-12000) & Frederick Gore (Lot 242, £3000-5000). Also on show is an interesting winter landscape by Hungarian artist Tibor Boromisza (Lot 246, £3000-4000) whose work is rarely seen outside of his homeland but has been known to fetch extremely significant prices.
Other highlights include a stunning emerald & pearl necklace (Lot 148, £3000-5000), a Victorian taxidermy of two pike by W. Dennis (Lot 155, £800-1200) & a 1950’s gold plated Rolex explorer gentleman’s watch (Lot 126, £1200-1500). Finally, a strong, varied selection of clocks, including a 19th Century musical alarm carriage clock (Lot 300, £2000-3000), & furniture, notably a Gillows of Lancaster leather topped desk (Lot 310, £500-800), look set to bring the sale to a fitting conclusion.