Day One of the two day Fine Art sale began well with a rare Delft dated dish, painted with a large crown and dated ‘1682’. The significance of the date could have related to the death of Prince Rupert of the Rhine who was a cousin of King Charles II and Royalist commander during the English Civil War and a loyal supporter to the King.
Consigned by a Cambridge vendor whose father amassed a large collection of Delft pre-war, the majority of which we believe, was left to the Fitzwilliam Museum. Very few pieces of this date come onto the market and the final bid of £20,000 reflects the rarity of the dish.
Jewellery followed the ceramics section, with some good prices throughout. A pair of mid-20th century jadeite jade and diamond earrings attracted many admirers and finally made £17,000. Another lot of great interest was lot 198, an early 20th Century Russian silver gilt and enamel kovsch, probably by Mariia Vasilbevna Semenova, bearing 2nd Kokoshnik marks for Moscow 1908-1926. Great interest in the oval decorated in polychrome enamel cloisonne, 14.5cm kovsch eventually resulted in the kovsch making £3,200.
Day two began with the paintings section which also saw good prices throughout. A particular highlight was lot 383 English School (18th Century), Study of a Roman vase of oriental alabaster, inscribed ‘found digging in the foundation of a house near the Tomb of Augustus’, after keen bidding from both trade and private buyers the vase watercolour finally sold for £17,000.
Nearing the end of the sale the Collectors’ section continued to see good prices and lot 538, a carved wood, gilded and painted display of Royal Arms ‘Honi Soit Qui Mai Y Pense’, 45 x 132cm. Although it had been restored and re-gilded and had some splits to the backboard, it was a very decorative piece which had an estimate of £500-700 and finally made £2,200. Continuing the theme of the popularity of decorative pieces, lot 586 - a pair of painted Dummy Boards of 18th century ladies wearing long gowns and bonnets with an estimate of £400-600 - made £1,100.
The next Fine Art sale will be held on 14th & 15th June 2017 (entries close 28th April).
For further information please contact Fine Art PR Manager, Lisa Freeman-Bassett.