Wednesday 23rd May, 2018
One of the UK's principal Fine Art Auctioneers, with General Sales, 
Fine Art Sales, Collectors Sales and Sporting Sales


We will be holding one of their largest ever seasonal sales in July, offering over 3000 lots across four full days of auctions between July 8th and 25th.

We will be hoping for a good following wind on July 11th when a selection of marine pictures go under the hammer. In addition to 20 lots of etchings by W. L. Wyllie (estimates from £100-500), there will be affordable maritime watercolours by artists such as G. S. Walters, W. F. Mitchell, E. A. Goodall and Wyllie (estimates from £120-900) and a broad-based selection of oils divided into 27 lots. “Some have come from the collection of a gentleman in Devon,” says specialist, Richard Kay. “He bought what he liked and enjoyed well-painted works by inexpensive artists just as much as he admired the masters. Examples range from modern oils for a few hundred pounds up to fine paintings by Henry Redmore (£3000-4000), James Brereton (£1500-2000) and Hermanus Koekkoek (£1500-2500). One of the sale’s top lots will be a depiction of the Battle of the Dogger Bank from August 1781 by Thomas Luny (£8000-12000). Other fine works by the Chinese artist Lai Fong (£2000-3000), W. L. Wyllie (a Royal Academy exhibit from 1887 at £6000-8000) and eight lots by the highly skilled but rare 20th Century artist Denzil Smith (from £600-900 per lot) contribute to a fascinating overview of marine art across three centuries.” Further highlights within the picture section include a Picasso lithograph (£3000-5000), a watercolour by Damien Hirst (£5000-8000) and a recently discovered oil sketch by Horace Vernet (£2000-3000).


On July 8th, 820 lots of silver and vertu includes a matched set of four cast candlesticks from 1770-1909 (£12000-15000).  

A top price in the 500-lot jewellery sale on July 10th will be a Victorian diamond and enamel necklace and pendant (£6000-8000).

Later that day, a selection of Decorative Arts will include a charming bronze and ivory figure by Hans Keck (£1200-1500) and the Ceramics section will include a fine collection of Oriental works of art. A Chinese famille rose revolving vase of the Qianlong period is guided at £6000-7000.

On July 11th, a distinctive spin painting of a skull by Damien Hirst is expected to make £5000-8000.  There follows over 500 lots of clocks, furniture and works of art including a George III giltwood settee (£3000-4000).

Nearly 500 lots of books, manuscripts, maps and photographs follows on July 25th. £6000-8000 is expected for a rare early copy of Beatrix Potter’s `Tale of Peter Rabbit` and a fine album of 28 architectural drawings by Antonio Maria Visentini (1688-1782) is valued at £12000-18000.

In addition to the weekly general sales of 600-800 lots, there will be an auction of about 800 lots of decorative antiques in the £50-300 range on July 9th, so over 7000 lots will be on offer in the month of July. See our website or us for more details on (01460) 73041.