The Fine Art Sale Report

Rare Delft Dish begins successful sale

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.

Delft Dish Fine Art March 17



"We have doubled the number of deals done in the past 12 months which goes to prove our level of activity in this s… Read more


#industrynews - Commercial real estate yields increased by nearly 4% in the year to June 2018 - further analysis he… Read more


Come down to Cooke's Field, Waterbeach this Saturday to view the stunning new three bedroom show home. Houses are a… Read more