Newsletter 6th March 2014

Artwork at auction We are now open for viewing for our forthcoming Interiors sale on Monday 10th March. There are over 500 Lots on offer with a truly exceptional selection of jewellery, clocks & watches, silver, pictures, furniture, ceramics and much more up for grabs.

Highlights include a 1930s cocktail watch inlaid with baguette cut diamonds (Lot 92, Est. £400-600), a Moorcroft leaf & berry pattern vase (Lot 505, Est. £300-500), a William IV rosewood loo table (Lot 351, Est. 300-500), a pair of Arts & Crafts HM silver candlesticks by John Dixon & Sons (Lot 157, Est. £300-500) as well as around 100 pictures by some well listed artists.

The sale looks sure to follow in the footsteps of last week`s tremendously successful auction of Fine Art, Antiques & Asian Works of Art which saw drew bidders from around the world, resulting in some stunning prices. Pictures were again in abundance with an eclectic mix of traditional and modern paintings, watercolours, drawing & prints. It was the modern works that stole the show with an important single owner collection of Modern British Art yielding strong results. Notable sales included £11,000 for Vanessa Bell`s still life `Plums on a painted box` and £9,000 for `Mackerel Sky, Suffolk` by Sir George Clausen RA (pictured) whilst significant sums were also made by oils by Duncan Grant, Dorothea Sharp & Donald McIntyre.

However, it was three traditional portraits by the Newlyn School artist Edwin Harris (1855-1906) that had attracted the most pre-sale interest and, with multiple phone lines booked, they duly delivered on the day with a striking portrait of an old fisherman proving the standout example at £7,500.

The sale`s highlight came from the Oriental section where a Pair of Emerald Green Circular Cross-Cut Section Jadeite Bangles (pictured) surprised everyone by fetching an astonishing £21,000. Meanwhile, a beautiful Chinese silver centrepiece by Wang Hing (£3,200) and a 19th century display cabinet (£4,000) proved the market is still very buoyant for high quality Asian works of Art.

Elsewhere another single private collection of ceramics, formerly the property of a museum curator, drew fierce bidding in the room, on the phones and on the internet. Highlights of the 100+ lot consignment included a pair of 18th century Bow plates finely decorated with birds (£1,700), a 14th/15th century pottery jug (£1,000) & an 18th century Bow violinist (£900).

We are now accepting entries for our next Fine Art auction, the Country House Sale, in July, as well as our specialist sale of Coins, Medals, Stamps& Military on 24th March (closing date Friday 14th March).