Newsletter 7th November 2013

Bear taxidermy

Boningtons Loughton saleroom will shortly be opening its doors for viewing for next week`s auction of Fine Art & Antiques and Asian Works of Art. The catalogue is now available to view online and already numerous requests are being received from around the world for further information about the diverse range of lots on offer.

The eclectic selection on sale ranges from pictures by internationally renowned artists to some extremely unique, rarely seen items. Indeed, the first few lots alone contain a number of quirky works of art such as two cased human skeleton teaching aids (Lot 7, £200-400) and a deck of erotic transformation/hold-to-light playing cards (Lot 11, £700-1000). These are followed by some fine examples of European ceramics, notably Lot 22, a Wedgwood Fairy-tale Lustre fruit bowl by Daisy Makeig Jones (£800-1200), before a strong selection of Oriental ceramics make up the bulk of the Asian Art session which is always eagerly awaited due to the strength of the Chinese art market. As well as ceramics, Asian Art is well represented by pictures, bronzes, jewellery and jade, including Lot 24, a fine mottled jade carving (£150-200). Then come the pictures, the strongest section in the sale, with over 150 lots on offer ranging from abstract modern works to old master portraits and commencing with a significant illustration by the late Ronald Searle (1920-2011).

The watercolour (Lot 73, £1000-1500), a design for a poster to advertise a new standard size Letter Box Plate, is a rare highly finished, sizeable example of Searle`s work and one of the finest ever to appear at auction. The modern section is also boosted by works by extremely well listed 20th century and contemporary artists such as Sir Terry Frost, Cecil Kennedy, Carel Weight, Tracy Emin, David Tindle, Diana Armfield and Sandra Blow. However, the modern works are arguably matched by the traditional pictures which likewise include a large number of paintings by some very notable names, the highlight being an important work by Glyn Warren Philpot (Lot 185, £3000-5000) which was exhibited at the Modern Society of Portrait Painters in 1909.


Also included are the usual range of intriguing old masters, not least three early portraits (Lots 162-164) which it is hoped could scale the heights set by a 17th century work sold by Boningtons earlier this year for £5500. The pictures are followed by an important single private collection of taxidermy (Lots 237-254), the highlight being a large 19th century bear which is sure to attract much attention during the view! There are also some striking examples amongst the clocks and watches, including Lot 275, a rare Longines/Wittnauer example, and two fine clocks by Breguet (Lots 268 & 269). The sale is brought to a dazzling conclusion with an excellent selection of silver and jewellery which add sparkle to a spectacular looking saleroom, the viewing of which is not to be missed!