Newsletter 11th July 2014

Chinese brushpot for auction

Boningtons Loughton saleroom will shortly be opening its doors for what promises to be one of its most significant sales of the year. The Country House Sale on July 16th will see a diverse array of high quality fine art and antiques go under the hammer with many lots already attracting global interest.

This is particularly true of the Asian works of art on offer, one of the highlights of which is a magnificent Chinese jade brush pot (Lot 166, £12000-18000). The piece, with its subtle colour and delicate carving, is sure to appeal to jade collectors all over the world, as will Lot 201, a fine Chinese white jade brush washer (£1200-1800).

Oriental silver and artwork

Oriental silver is also in abundance, represented by some exceptional examples by the sought after Chinese silversmith Wang Hing, the principal offering being a stunning pair of silver bowls (Lot 204, £4000-6000). There are also some superb Chinese ceramics on view, such as a beautiful Kangxi period blue and white vase (Lot 187, £2500-3500), one of numerous lots to have been consigned from a Manor House in Northamptonshire, whilst from the same period also comes an intricately designed peach bloom glazed beehive water pot (Lot 243, £3000-4000).

Chinese paintings have been very much in vogue recently with several exhibitions of works being staged by notable museums. A significant private single owner collection of Chinese art has been consigned to Boningtons Country House Sale (Lots 268-309) which, as well as a strong selection of woodblock prints, includes some finely detailed early watercolour on silk landscape compositions, notably a large river landscape painting after the well known 16th century artist Wen Jia (Lot 309, £3000-5000).

17th century portrait of a young gentleman by Mary Beale

There is also a very strong selection of European paintings up for grabs, including a sensitively painted 17th century portrait of a young gentleman by Mary Beale (Lot 423, £3000-5000) and two beautiful oils depicting ladies reclining in decorative interiors by well listed artists Lucius Rossi and George Hamilton Barrable (Lots 376 & 411). However, the highlight of the picture section comes from an American hand in the form of a fine seascape by the luminist painter Alfred Thompson Bricher, one of the last artists of the Hudson River School (Lot 412, £12000-18000).

Meanwhile across the sale there are some works of art of superb quality by some very notable designers such as a 19th century Louis Vuitton trunk (Lot 47, £1200-1800), a silver coin tray by Faberge (Lot 527, £2000-3000) and a Patek Philippe Gondolo Gentleman`s Wristwatch (Lot 510, £10000-15000). A collection of Moorcroft (Lots 86-97) has also been generating significant pre-sale interest, particularly one of the standout examples, a four piece Pewter-Mounted Tea Service in the Archibald Knox style (Lot 88, £600-800).

Diamond ring for auction

The sale also contains plenty of unusual items including a handwritten letter by John Ruskin accompanied by a tea caddy believed to have belonged to the famous art critic (Lot 5, £300-500) as well as a quirky selection of Tribal art, textiles & taxidermy and a 1920s wooden skull clock (Lot 495, £700-1000). Some dazzling examples of jewellery are also sure to catch the eye such as Lot 344A, a 2.1ct Art Deco Champagne Diamond Solitaire (£2500-3500) and a unique Georgian love ring set with a portrait miniature of a naval officer (Lot 354, £200-400).

Our next Interiors sale is on Monday 28th July.