A magnificent selection of fine art and antiques will be offered by Boningtons Auctioneers on 12th June 2012. The Essex salerooms major summer auction includes over 500 lots with some very important pieces up for grabs. This is particularly true of the Asian art section which consists of some extremely fine Chinese ceramics with excellent provenance and an interesting selection of Asian militaria including Japanese Tsubas and Javanese Keris.
One of the highlights of Boningtons’ last fine art sale was a pair of Polynesian war clubs that realised over £3000 and there is again a healthy selection of tribal art in the June auction which has the potential to do similarly well.
Boningtons’ Fine Art auctions have become renowned for their diverse range of pictures and the offering on June 12th is no different with a everything from Old Masters to significant contemporary paintings. One of the highlights of the sale is an oil on board by Edward Seago depicting a shady Venetian canal bridge. The work is in excellent condition and has good provenance having formerly been with notable London dealers Conalghi & Co. Another highlight of the modern section is a striking watercolour depicting a peacock displaying to peahens by the renowned avian artist John Cyril Harrison. Formerly in the possession of the artist’s son, the work will be offered alongside a collection of further pictures and personal items related to the artist. Pre-1900 pictures are likewise well represented with some noteworthy pieces by Dutch masters such as Pieter Cornelis Dommersen and Jacob Maris, as well as an intriguing range of unattributed old masters. Portraiture is also very strong with an impressive collection of portrait miniatures and larger compositions dating from the 17th century, such as a fine portrait of a lady in the style of Cornelis Johnson, to the present day, such as a portrait of Elton John by the Russian contemporary artist Nikas Safronov.
The modern art section is completed by a single owner collection of contemporary art and design which includes everything from interesting books by the Spanish artist Manolo Valdes to unique paper chairs by Tokujin Yoshioka. There is also a quality array of sturdier furniture, not least a magnificent 19th century Carlton house desk.
Another single owner collection to grace the sale is offered amongst the militaria and includes some notable 20th century rifles, pistols and revolvers as well as re-enactment guns and blades. Meanwhile, a collection of phonographs belonging to Laurie Wright, former editor of Storyville magazine, are bound to be music to the ears of many collectors.
Clocks are also in abundance, the highlight being an An Early 18th Century Chinoiserie Bracket Clock by William Mills, London and the auction is brought to a dazzling conclusion by a fine selection of jewellery and silver, not least Lot 512, A Silver Neresheimer Figure of Nelson, c1890.