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April Fine Art Sales Results...

Sales Results may be viewed by selecting the 'Auctions & Catalogues' tab, Past Sales and then by viewing the catalogue for the relevant sale.   The sales results are listed next to each item.

 


Stuart Devlin Cruet Set...

Following the most recent silver sale at Lawrences on Tuesday the 14th of April it is clear that 20th Century silver made by named silversmiths is becoming increasingly popular. Lot 209, a Stuart Devlin, cruet set from 1975 sold for £1150 after being estimated at £150-200.

Others similar to this were lot 197, two Stuart Devlin dishes which sold for £1150 after being estimated at £200-300; lot 368, 8 modern goblets by Gladwin Ltd, which sold for £1000 after being estimated at £500-600 and finally lot 476 a George Jensen sugar bowl that sold for £400 after being originally priced at £100-150.

The sale was incredibly buoyant with a very low amount of unsolds from the 705 lots and was the first of the spring Fine Art Sales series. There was also a general decorative sale on Wednesday the 15th which totalled £62,000.

The next silver sale will be on the 14th of July and entries are now being accepted for this sale. If you are interested in knowing more about buying or selling silver or objects of vertu then please contact our specialist Alex Butcher on 01460 73041 or at [email protected]

Up-to-date information about any of our upcoming sales are available on Twitter and Facebook which you can follow for regular bulletins or you can sign up for e-alerts and online catalogues.


CHIC LALIQUE...

A fine quality Lalique vase is to be sold by Lawrences Auctioneers of Crewkerne. The glass vase is made in the `Ceylon` design which depicts pairs of Budgerigars on a frosted background. It was made in the early 1920’s and this design is very popular with collectors.

Lawrences Auctioneer Simon Jones said, ‘Lalique continues to attract a huge amount of interest from collectors and specialist dealers, and the prices remain very strong when they appear in our Fine Art Sales, particularly with the internet access that our sales have.’

It has been entered for sale by a South Somerset vendor. The vase will be included in Lawrences April Fine Art Sale, and is estimated at £800-1200.

 


NOSTALGIC SOMERSET RAILWAY POSTER TO BE SOLD...

An evocative Great Western Railway poster is to be sold by Lawrences Auctioneers of Crewkerne.

Consigned for sale by a Somerset client, this vintage poster depicts the Pack Horse Bridge at Allerford (near Minhead) in Somerset. The poster was designed by Frank Sherwin (1896-1986), a watercolour artist who is best known for his railway posters promoting travel to holiday destinations around Britain.

The poster was printed by Stafford & Co Ltd of Netherfield, and has remained in very good condition.

Lawrences Auctioneer Simon Jones said, “Vintage Railway posters are always very popular in auction. This one has a Somerset connection it should attract keen interest from enthusiasts and collectors. We have a large selection of railwayana in this sale including model trains, books and many other items relating to railway history.”

The poster will be included in Lawrences Spring Collectors Sale, and is expected to make up to £500.

 


APRIL FINE ART SALE NOW ON-LINE...

Our April Fine Art catalogue may be viewed by selecting the red link 'View Complete Catalogue' on our homepage. You can also view and download a PDF copy of the catalogue by selecting the 'View Interactive Catalogue' link. 

N.B.  Thumbnails with a green border have multiple images. 

To view the Addenda and Errata for this sale, please select the 'Auctions' tab above and then select 'Current Sales'.  The addendum can then be viewed by selecting the appropriate sale date.

CAN'T GET TO THE AUCTION?  NO PROBLEM, YOU CAN BID ONLINE...

WHAT IS A LIVE AUCTION?
Live auctions are traditional room-based auctions that are broadcast over the-saleroom.com. You can bid at the auction over the internet in real-time while experiencing the atmosphere of the auction room with live audio and video feeds.

HOW DO I REGISTER FOR AN AUCTION?
Click the ‘Sign up to bid’ button next to your chosen auction on the Auction Catalogue page.

HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD I REGISTER FOR A LIVE AUCTION?
Usually, you can register as soon as the auction appears on the-saleroom.com until the auction ends. Details of when you should register can be found in the important sale information. See link:

the-saleroom.com/lawrencescrewkerne

HOW DO I BID IN A LIVE AUCTION?
When the auction is about to start, the ‘Sign-up’ button for the auction will change to a ‘Bid Live Now’ button. Clicking this button will open the Bidding Window. Enter your password in the login box and you will be ready to bid. If there is an audio link, click the speaker button to hear the auctioneer. When the auction is about to commence the first lot will be displayed. A button appears showing the amount currently being asked. To bid for the lot simply click the blue button when the amount you wish to bid appears on the screen. If you are the successful bidder the auction house will contact you to arrange payment and shipping. Please remember, bidding whether online or in the room, is a contractual commitment to buy.

HOW DO I PLACE AN AUTOBID AT A LIVE AUCTION?
Register for the auction as if you were going to place a live bid, select the lot you would like to bid on and select the ‘place an autobid’ button and enter the highest amount you are willing to pay for the lot. The auctioneer will execute your bid at the lowest room amount.

VIEWING TIMES

Friday 10th April 2015 - 9.30am - 4.30pm
Saturday 11th April 2015 - 9.30am - 1.00pm
Monday 13th April 2015 - 9.00am - 4.30pm
Tuesday 14th April 2015 - 9.00am - 7.00pm
Wednesday 15th April 2015 - 9.00am - 4.30pm
Thursday 16th April 2015 - 9.00am - 4.30pm
Friday 17th April 2015 - 9.00am - 10.00am


BLACK DIAMOND SET TO SHINE AT AUCTION...

Lawrences’ forthcoming auction of jewellery in Crewkerne on April 16th contains over 450 lots with estimates ranging from just £100 to over £10,000.

Some of the highlights include a Victorian diamond bracelet with separate brooch fitting so that the flower head can be detached from the bracelet and worn as a brooch (£1500-2000, image 1200); a coral diamond and gold bench clip by Cartier (£1500-2000); an Edwardian diamond two stone ring with two old brilliant-cut diamonds weighing approx 1.30 carats and 1.40 carats (£4,000-6,000); and an Art Deco diamond clip brooch which has been subsequently converted to be worn as a pendant on a detachable diamond necklace (£6,000-8,000). The sale’s top lot is expected to be a fancy coloured diamond cluster ring, centred with a pear-shaped black diamond, within a surround of ten assorted fancy coloured diamonds.  There is a gemmological report for each of the ten coloured diamonds and this is expected to make £10,000-15,000.

"We have had great successes in recent jewellery sales at Lawrences," says the firm's specialist, Miranda Bingham. "Although diamonds continue to be steady `best sellers`, the rise in demand for natural pearls and amber has produced some remarkable results. This auction in April offers great variety and some very affordable pieces. As usual we have a good selection of wristwatches, cufflinks and dress studs for gentlemen too." 

 


LOST DRAWING IN A FOLIO MAKES 33,000...

A rare and unusual drawing, almost exactly 500 years old, has yielded a pleasant surprise for the beneficiaries of a Wiltshire estate.  The black chalk drawing of an elderly balding man with a long beard was found by Lawrences specialist Richard Kay in a folio of 19th Century drawings and watercolours in the firm’s saleroom in Crewkerne. It had once belonged to Captain William Henry Shippard (1803-1865) and had passed into a descendant’s collection where it lay for many years in a folder of mixed sketches and prints. “There was an intriguing old attribution to the master draughtsman and painter Albrecht Durer on the mount,” says Richard. “The drawing, which was about the size of a sheet of A4 paper, was clearly worth closer investigation so we contacted experts at Sothebys in London.”
 
The London firm’s Old Master Drawings department recognised the work as coming from the hand of a distinct but (as yet) unidentified pupil of Hans Baldung, a major artist in Durer’s workshop. Judged to have been drawn in Freiburg in Germany in 1512-1516, the drawing was described by Sothebys as `a discovery of some significance`. It was admired for the old man’s clear and focused gaze and the careful, characterful skills evident in drawing his luxuriant beard and his individualised features.
 
“In order to achieve its full potential, the drawing evidently required the careful assessment of scholars and collectors who specialise in the rarefied field of German drawings of the early 16th Century,” says Richard. “We saw the importance of including it in a sale of complementary works on paper conducted by Sothebys in New York in late January and we were delighted to see it sell for the dollar equivalent of £33,000.” 

The photograph is `reproduced by kind permission of Sothebys`


Summer Party at Minterne...

Summer party at Minterne including a Tour of the Rhododendrons.

Robert Montagu and the Trustees of the Dorset Child and Family Counselling Trust invite you to celebrate 10 years of supporting Dorset's children and to hear about our plans for the next 10 years.

Saturday June 6th 2015

Minterne House (home of the Churchill and Digby families since 1620)
Minterne Magna
Dorchester
Dorset
DT2 7AU

5pm for a tour of the garden  (voted one of the prettiest gardens in England by The Times)
6pm - 8pm Drinks reception in the Trafalgar Room)

DCFCT would like to thank the Hon Henry and Mrs Sophie Digby for their generous support for this event

KINDLY SPONSORED BY LAWRENCES AUCTIONEERS

Application form from [email protected] or 07778893695

Bookings can also be made through their website at www.dcfct.org


IMPORTANT NOTICE...

PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL BE NO GENERAL SALE ON WEDNESDAY 1ST APRIL 2015.