Monday 18th June, 2018
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A remarkable collection of 330 pictures and prints by just three artists came under the hammer at Lawrences in Crewkerne last week, in a sale entitled `Three Modern Masters`. The auction comprised a terrific diversity of subjects by marine artist William Wyllie (1851-1931), architect William Walcot (1874-1943) and Jerseyman Edmund Blampied (1886-1966).

“There really was something for everyone here,” suggests Lawrences’ expert in charge, Richard Kay. “Wyllie’s work embraced marine subjects on the Thames, Medway, Solent and Clyde. Walcot’s subjects included scenes from the Classical world with titles such as `Performance before the Emperor Hadrian` as well as contemporary views in London, Paris, Venice, Rome and Brussels. Blampied’s works injected some characterful humour as well as scenes of honest toil on the Jersey coastline. It was marvellous to be able to see the artists’ skills in so many different styles and media. In the quarter century from 1905-1930, the etchings of Wyllie, Walcot and Blampied achieved a remarkable apogee. In those fruitful decades, subject matter and technical invention blended to yield some highly distinctive works of art. In total,  there were 185 works by Wyllie; 67 works by Walcot; and 77 works by Blampied. Although the majority of the pictures were etchings, there were fine drawings, watercolours and oil paintings, too.

“There were scores of strong prices, with eager bids coming in for Wyllie’s works from yachtsmen, navy personnel and those with associations in the merchant
marine. The works by Walcot attracted bids from architects and lovers of great European city views in London, Paris, Venice and Rome. Blampied has a huge fan club in the Channel islands as he was undoubtedly the Islands’ most notable artist, but there were also bids from America too.  We sold over 88% of the 330 lots and the sale totalled £227,000.  The vendors are delighted with the outcome but sad to see their 45-year collecting passion dispersed.”

The day’s strongest prices were £17920 paid for Wyllie’s superb oil from 1887 of a coal barge on the Medway near Rochester; £5730 for Walcot’s scene of the Law Courts on the Strand; and £8960 for Blampied’s atmospheric oil from 1935 called `Les Bavardeurs`, showing men chattering around a table in a dimly lit room. Prices for the etchings ranged from an affordable £110 for a scene of fishing boats by Wyllie to as much as £1430 for Blampied’s amusing `The Speech of the Evening` from 1931.

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A selection of contemporary furniture and other furnishings are to be sold by Lawrences Auctioneers of Crewkerne. Previously owned by the Russell-Cotes Museum in Bournemouth, these items were commissioned by the Museum in 1998-2000 for the reopening of their building following restoration and were made to furnish their cafe area.

The sale includes a number of bespoke cafe tables and chairs, made by leading furniture designer Matthew Burt. Burt has made many items for various institutions, including the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff. Also included is a fine tapestry of Hengistbury Head near Christchurch by Wendy Barber, and a large selection of table wares made by Hinchcliffe and Barber. Hinchcliffe and Barber began making studio pottery in Dorset in the 1980’s, and were commissioned by John Lewis and Next, amongst others.

The cafe has been recently renovated, and these items are now available to buy for the first time. Lawrences’ Auctioneer Simon Jones said, “We are delighted to offer these items for sale. They are beautifully made contemporary items which would suit many homes. Estimates will range from £50 to £500.”

These items will be included in Lawrences October Fine Art Sale on Thursday 17th October, within the 20th Century Design Section.  For further details about this sale please contact Simon Jones on 01460 73041


As people in many countries worldwide celebrate the birth of Prince George, Lawrences in Crewkerne will be offering for sale two portraits of another famous royal father and son – but from 400 years ago.

The two portraits, consigned for sale from a West Country family with historical Royalist associations, depict King Charles I and his son, later King Charles II. Each is a good quality copy of a famous original. “The portrait of King Charles is derived from a work by Sir Anthony Van Dyck,” explains Lawrences’ picture specialist, Richard Kay. “Van Dyck painted the King many times after being appointed `Principal Painter in Ordinary` in 1632. The King awarded him a house and did all that he could to ensure that Van Dyck would be able to produce extremely elegant and flattering portraits of all the members of the Royal Family. This portrait, showing the King wearing his Garter Star, is copied from an original painted in the mid-1630’s. We expect it to make £2000-3000.”

The other portrait depicts the future King Charles II at the age of eighteen. “He did not become King until 1660 following the dissolution of the Commonwealth era under Cromwell,” says Richard. “This portrait shows the prince, who was considered to be handsome and blessed with an appealing character, during his time in France when he feared for  his life during the Civil War. The original, painted by Adriaen Hanneman in 1648, has now been lost so this image is an interesting record of the prince in his youth. Hanneman was probably an assistant to Van Dyck in London, so the two artists have a connection with each other in addition to the obvious link between the sitters. We hope that this portrait will make £1200-1800. Hung side by side, they offer a fascinating glimpse into a turbulent period in British history for Charles I has the  look of quiet confidence that was to be his eventual downfall whilst his son has the troubled appearance of a prince forced into exile by a rebellious army.” The pictures will be sold on the 18th October 2013.


Lawrences’ forthcoming Autumn Fine Art auction in Crewkerne will comprise over 2200 lots, sold across three days (October 15th-18th). In addition, there will be about 800 lots in the weekly general sale on Wednesday.

“It has been a very busy summer for us all,” comments Lawrences’ director, Anthony Kilroy. “Since our main Summer auction in early July, we have had a successful book auction of 300 lots, an auction of a private collection of 330 pictures by three artists and a run of weekly sales that have seen the salerooms filled to overflowing with goods for sale. This selection for October comprises lots from across the world with a vast variety of collectable antiques for every pocket and estimates start at as little as £50. The first day alone runs to over 830 lots, so we expect to be busy throughout the week. These catalogues have proved to be a very popular format for vendors and buyers alike and already the shelves are filling up for our first auctions of 2014.”

Highlights of the October week will be a Victorian silver racing trophy of a knight on horseback, standing nearly 23 inches high (£5000-7000); a rare 18th century German quartz snuff box (£6000-8000); a magnificent sapphire and diamond pendant with a 17-carat sapphire (£8000-10000); an Art Deco jade and diamond ring (£6000-7000); and a pair of ruby and diamond earrings (£4000-6000).

There is a small Peking glass vase from the Qianlong era (late 18th century) is decorated with pink glass overlaying white glass (£500-600); a Doucai cup stand from the Chengua era (late 15th century) at £1500-1800; and collections of fans and vinaigrettes with estimates from £50 upwards. In the selection of 300 pictures on Friday, there are etchings by Whistler (£200-1200 each) and a rediscovered oil by Edmund Blair Leighton from 1920 (£15000-25000). Finishing off the sale, there is a fine stumpwork looking glass from the late 17th Century (£2000-3000), a very decorative pair of Irish card tables (£15000-20000) and a set of four Louis XV ormolu wall lights (£6000-8000).  The sale is on view from Friday October 11th and can be viewed online at


Two lots from Dorset vendors in Lawrences' Autumn Fine Art auction in Crewkerne are expected to attract keen interest from collectors.

A late 17th Century looking glass depicts King Charles II and his Queen, Catherine of Braganza, but the more interesting detail is the elaborate stumpwork decoration that surrounds them. Within the faded but carefully worked motifs are a  `three-dimensional` lion and leopard, birds and a palace amidst scrolling foliage. The upper part depicts an elaborate palace, with windows fashioned from tiny pieces of mica, within a faux bamboo moulding. The gilded cresting is painted with a castle flanked by fruiting flowers and the arch has putti decoration. The looking glass is 98cm by 56cm overall (38 x 22in) and is expected to make £2000-3000.

Another lot with unusual decoration is a pair of George III card tables made of harewood and satinwood. These originated at St. Catherine's Park in Leixlip, Co. Kildare and have come from a house in central Dorset. The semi-circular top of each table is inlaid with a cartouche of playing cards set in an urn and flanked by scrolling foliage. Elsewhere, the tables have tulipwood crossbanding and simulated fluting. Each is 95cm (37 in) wide. The pair is expected to make £15000-20000.


Lawrences' forthcoming Autumn Fine Art sale in Crewkerne will comprise 300 lots of pictures and prints amongst the 2200 lots on offer (October 15th-18th).

In the print section alone, there are examples from six centuries. "We are lucky to have a good variety of styles and subject matter on offer," says specialist Richard Kay. "The finest printmaker of the 16th Century is represented by a woodcut by Albrecht Durer from his `Life of the Virgin` series of 1504, estimated at £250-350. From the 17th Century, we are offering views of Constantinople and Paris by Matthaus Merian, published in 1635 and estimated at £600-900 for the two. The skills of a great British artist, George Stubbs, are shown in the mezzotint of the horse `Eclipse`, published in 1773 and estimated at £300-400. From the 19th Century, we have no fewer than eight etchings by James Whistler, including his magnificent `Rotherhithe` of 1860, capturing the life and character of the Thames, guided at £800-1200. In addition, Burne-Jones's `Le Chant d'Amour` of 1896 is a fine etching on vellum, signed by the artist. This is expected to make £500-700. From the 20th Century, we have five etchings by the collectable modern Pakistani artist Muhammad Abdur Rahman Chughtai (1897-1975), estimated from £500 to £5000 each. His `Mughal Princess` is priced at £3000-5000. Coming right up to date, a signed offset lithograph by the popular Scottish artist Jack Vettriano, entitled `Dancer in Emerald` and published in 2009, may be bought for £200-300".

In addition, there are prints by Sir Joshua Reynolds, Goya, Patrick Procktor, Salvador Dali, Graham Sutherland and even a large wool tapestry by Dame Elisabeth Frink, many with estimates from just £200. Further details from the auctioneers on (01460) 73041 or see it all online from 1st October at


A selection of precious and semi-precious stones from across the world are expected to shine in Lawrences' auction in Crewkerne on October 17th. The firm is offering over 2000 lots across three days of Fine Art sales (with a further 800 in their general sale on October 16th).

From the Western World, an ancient amber necklace is expected to follow in the tradition of recent high prices for amber at Lawrences. Formed from no fewer than forty eight sections of warm yellow/orange amber mined at the La Toca mine in the Dominican Republic, there are insects embedded within it from time immemorial (£6000-8000). Another amber necklace, formed from five sections of the stone, carries an estimate of £600-800.

From the Eastern world, an Art Deco jade and diamond ring carries an excellent example of the lustrous Chinese stone and is said to be `Imperial Jade'. For the more traditional lover of fine jewels, an Art Deco emerald and diamond clip is expected to make £4000-6000, an Edwardian emerald and diamond pendant should make £6000-8000 and a modern pair of ruby and diamond earrings from the 1950's are guided at £4000-6000. There are over 400 lots of jewellery and watches on offer with estimates from as little as £80. See it all online from about October 1st at or call the auctioneers for further details on (01460) 73041.