Newsletter 22nd February 2014

Asian ornamentsWe are now open for viewing for our forthcoming specialist sale of Fine Art, Antiques & Asian Works of Art on Wednesday 26th February. There are some extremely exciting lots on offer which have been consigned from a number of very significant individual private collections.

A single owner collector of ceramics, formerly the property of a museum curator, includes over 150 lots of English & Chinese porcelain and antiquities. There are some particularly fine examples of Bow (Lots 108-153) such as Lot 147, a rare 18th plate decorated with exotic birds (£300-500), and Lot 127, a pair of plates also finely enameled with birds & insects (pictured).

There also some notable Chinese ceramics up for grabs such as Lot 75, A Chinese mallet-shaped clair-de-lune vase (£500-800), whilst other significant oriental works include a stunning silver table centrepiece by Wang Hing (Lot 65) & a 19th century hardwood display cabinet (Lot 89), both estimated at £800-1200.

A twenty lot private collection of modern British art includes some of the highlights of the picture section. The principle works on offer include still lives by Bloomsbury group artists Duncan Grant (Lots 246, 247 & 248) & Vanessa Bell (Lot 249) as well as further works by some very notable names such as George Clausen, Dorothea Sharp, Frederick Gore & Donald McIntyre. All the works carry excellent provenance, not least the sale`s highlight, Still life with Italian Handkerchief, The Studio, Charleston (Lot 246, estimate £8000-12000), which was exhibited abroad as part of the Readers Digest Collection to which it formerly belonged.

Not to be outdone, the traditional pictures are also well represented by some important paintings, particularly three portraits by the Newlyn school artist Edwin Harris (Lots 180, 181 & 182) which have received good pre-sale interest, as well as a collection of beautiful early 20th century illustrations (Lots 227-235), many original designs for published works.

The auction also includes a diverse selection of premium examples of furniture, memorabilia, clocks & watches, silver & jewellery which look set to attract competitive bidding when they go under the hammer on Wednesday 26th February.