Newsletter 21st November 2013

Asian Vase or auction Hot on the heels of last week`s hugely successful Fine Art auction, Boningtons saleroom is now open for viewing for Monday`s Interiors Sale which, with over 500 lots on offer, also promises to be cracker.

We are also currently accepting entries for the following specialist sales, including two before the end of 2013:The Toy Sale – December 9th 2013

  • The Christmas Sale – December 18th 2013
  • Fine Art, Antiques & Asian Works of Art – February 26th 2014
  • Military, Coins & Medals Sale – March 24th 2014
  • The Book Sale – April 22nd 2014

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Some stunning prices achieved on Wednesday 13th November 2013 ensured that last week`s Fine Art sale was one to remember. Few lots went unsold and many exceeded their provisional estimates. This was particularly true of the Asian Art section in which two lots in particular had attracted significant pre sale interest; these were unsurprisingly Chinese works, a mottled jade carving on a silver mount and a famille rose Daoguang (1821 – 1850) period yellow ground bowl (pictured top left), which realised £2200 and £1900 respectively.

Grand father clock

There had also been much interest in the extremely strong selection of over 150 pictures on offer and there were consequently some very noteworthy hammer prices achieved throughout the diverse range of modern and traditional works. The modern pictures got off to a flying start with an important composition by the renowned illustrator Ronald Searle (pictured left) which sold for £3600. This was followed by a number of colourful screen prints by Sir Terry Frost which collectively fetched £4000 whilst there were also some significant results achieved by works by other prominent 20th century and contemporary British artists such as Diana Armfield, Carel Weight, Tracy Emin, Sandra Blow, David Tindle and Cecil Kennedy. The modern works were brought to a fitting conclusion by two sets of hand signed etchings (one pictured bottom left) by Manolo Valdes (b. 1942) which made £3500 and £6400.

Portrait for auction

Not to be outdone, the traditional pictures commenced in similar fashion with a fine 17th century portrait of a gentleman (pictured top right) which was knocked down to one of the three phone bidders for £4800 whilst a further period piece from the same source sold in the saleroom for £1200. Meanwhile a large oil by the celebrated artist Glyn Warren Philpot likewise sold in the room for £3000. A single owner collection of taxidermy drew a total of £4400 whilst, despite the struggling furniture market, there were still some notable sales including the £2000 fetched by a Victorian credenza (pictured left) which sold to a European buyer via the internet.

Perhaps the most pre-sale interest had been generated by several of the clocks. A 19th Century Grand Sonnerie Giteau Eleve de Breguet Mantel Clock and A Cased Jaeger le Coultre Atmos Marina Chinoiserie Clock were sold for healthy sums (£1200 & £1100) as was a rare Longines/Wittnauer watch (pictured left) which made £4000. And the principle highlight of the auction was also to come from the horological section in Lot 266, an 18th Century Longcase Clock (pictured left). The fine 88″ high example was inscribed `Mich Knight` to the dial, indicating that it was built by London clock maker Michael Knight who was one of the first apprentices to the famous Thomas Tompion. Little is known about Knight and no significant examples of his work have ever appeared at auction. However, with five phone bidders lined up, the piece looked set to sell for a princely sum – although no one was quite expecting the eventual price of £13500 for which the clock was knocked down.

There was still time for some strong results amongst the jewellery and silver. A beautiful Art Nouveau Knox style opal brooch (pictured left) was eagerly contested by two phone bidders before selling for £1900, whilst an interesting silver salt in the form of a fish made £1800.