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The final day of Lawrences’ major Autumn Fine Art auction in Crewkerne comprised clocks, works of art, furniture, carpets and rugs.
A Cole-type strut clock made by C. F. Hancock of Mayfair proved popular and exceeded its £3000-4000 estimate to take £5970 and an Atmos clock doubled hopes to make £2270. A walnut longcase clock took £2500 and a mahogany stick barometer saw a rise in pressure as it exceeded its £1000-1500 to make £4540.
A `New Terrestrial` pocket globe by Nathaniel Hill was about the size of a tennis ball and rolled up to £1310 and a carefully stocked apothecary’s cabinet was bid to £1790. An Indo-Portuguese tortoiseshell table cabinet from the 17th Century had a fall front enclosing an arrangement of nine drawers. The fine rich colour ensured that bidding reached just over £6200. A neatly worked needlework sampler, produced by Anne Raffan in the late 19th Century, made £1610.
Amongst a host of solid prices in the furniture selection, £1790 was paid for a beech and yew wood `Gothic` Windsor armchair; £3460 for an 18th Century Continental toilet commode with elaborate marquetry; £3460 for a pair of folding mahogany campaign chairs (c.1750-1770); £1310 for a Turkey carpet; and a total of £11,230 for a suite of 31 `Regence` style oak dining chairs, each elegantly upholstered with gross- and petit point needlework.
The Crewkerne firm reported a total in excess of £1,200,000 for the week of sales.
There were strong prices across over four centuries’ of art in Lawrences recent picture auction in Crewkerne.
Highlights in the prints section included just over £5000 paid for the best of a group of four Leonard Beaumont linocuts made in the 1930’s. The unusual blue colour printing of `Sunbathers` ensured that it just exceeded its top estimate, whilst other prints by Beaumont made £570-860 each.
Whilst an important sepia study of John Martin’s `Adam’s First Sight of Eve` from 1812 made £5490, a higher price in the watercolour selection was the £9790 paid for an ink and brush study of a goat by Sir Edwin Landseer. This was fresh to the market from a Somerset private vendor and had formerly been in the collection of a son of the 6th Duke of Bedford in the 1880’s. Three small watercolours of Whitby by George Weatherill raced to £4660 despite being in less than perfect condition and other strong prices included £8120 for a drawing by Simeon Solomon; £21,500 for two watercolours by John Nash from 1920-1922; £9790 for two watercolours of birds by Archibald Thorburn ; and £2620 for an energetic horse racing picture by Peter Curling.
In the oil paintings, £14,340 was paid for a highly decorative Rococo study of cherubs (an allegory of poetry) derived from a painting of 1758 by Francois Boucher; £6450 for a fine view of New Hungerford Market on the Thames by Frederick Calvert from 1836; £4060 for a pair of cattle studies by William Luker, the animals captured in all their glorious boxy sturdiness in 1847; £5490 for a small oil of the `Cutty Sark` at Falmouth by Henry Scott Tuke , c.1924; and £9790 for a serene 1969 study of a grey horse in County Cork by celebrated Irish artist Patrick Hennessy.
The week’s top price was paid for a previously unrecorded portrait of Frederick Howard, the 5th Earl of Carlisle (1748-1825), painted by Sir Thomas Lawrence and his studio in about 1794. Fresh to the market and in unrestored condition, the picture had passed down by direct descent through the Howard family and had never been exhibited or seen before outside the family. Predictably, this combination of quality, aristocratic distinction, strong provenance, good condition and the sense of it being a `new discovery` conspired to yield an unexpectedly strong price of just over £131,000. The sale total for the pictures exceeded £400,000.
THE OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED
FRIDAY 12TH DECEMBER FROM 12.00 NOON
FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE DAY