Bumper two-day sale - 24th & 25th May 2011

Dreweatts is offering a bumper two day sale of Old Master and 19th Century Paintings, Antique Furniture, Works of art, Clocks and Sporting Guns on 24th/25th May. The overall quality is high, a very large proportion is fresh to the market and the estimates are fair, three vital ingredients for a successful sale.

The focal point amongst the paintings is undoubtedly, Fishing, the Nymph of the Stream by Sir Edward John Poynter, President of the Royal Academy and regarded as the last of the great Victorian classical painters.

Archie Parker, Dreweatts’ Paintings Specialist said, ‘This is a fantastic piece in excellent condition and unseen on the market - I’m sure it will do well!’ Signed with a monogram and dated 1913, it has a conservative estimate of £6,000-9,000.

Paintings of La Serenissima (Venice) are always sought after. The soft muted colours, magnificent architecture and busy canal scenes of merchants going about their daily business have changed little, the paintings are timeless and extremely decorative. A particularly striking, moody oil on canvas (lot 55A) of San Giorgio Maggiore with the Doge’s Palace in the distance, is from the Circle of Michele Marieschi and is estimated £20,000-30,000.

A beautiful Venetian School sunny view of the unmistakeable Doge’s Palace and the Piazzetta (lot 56) is expected to reach £15,000-20,000. A pair of small, charming bustling views of Venice, Santa Maria Della Salute and the Grand Canal signed H Carnier (Karl Kaufmann) are offered at £2,000-3,000 (lot 81).

The pair have an interesting provenance as they come from an Italian noblewoman who spied for the Americans in the Second World War. She led people to safety skiing across the Alps into Switzerland and her perfect German meant that she could enter German headquarters to photograph sensitive material for the Allies. Captured and imprisoned by the Nazis she managed to bribe her way out and after the War, she married an Englishman.

Lot 95 has the same provenance and is an elegant historical interior scene typical of the Spanish artist Salvador Sanchez Barbudo, it depicts a sumptuous interior with chandeliers, statues, wall paintings and mirrors with beautiful young women being presented to a Cardinal (estimate £4,000-6,000).

Fruitwood tea caddies in the shape of fruit are fashionable at the moment, and Dreweatts is offering four examples (a pear, an apple and two melons) estimated £500-700 (lots 224-227). The sale also has a section of handsome guns, lighting, clocks and scientific instruments, but the next major group is the Oliphant Collection of Early English Oak Furniture. Lovingly put together over the years, the collection boasts eight 17th century oak panel back armchairs which are known and published; as Emma Terry, a furniture specialist at Dreweatts remarked, ‘It is rare to see a private collection of oak furniture of this calibre on the market.’

Also in the Oliphant Collection is an eyecatching selection of George II, III and IV Staffordshire pottery such as the brightly coloured pearlware ‘Bull-Baiting’group of Obadiah Sherratt type (lot 393), typically modelled on a titled table base (estimate £4,000-6,000).

The William III delft blue-dash charger from circa 1700 probably from Bristol painted with stylized tulips in blues, green, ochre and manganese is expected to fetch £2,000-3,000.

Another beautiful piece from this quintessentially English collection is a Charles II embroidered and stumpwork picture circa 1680 (lot 406) depicting a kneeling gentleman and three female attendants in a landscape, with trees and a castle in the background (estimate £1,500-2,500).

Although not part of the collection, is a privately owned George III mahogany framed and tapestry upholstered ‘Gainsborough’ chair (lot 526) with the unmistakeable characteristics of Giles Grendley, such as carving to the arm supports headed by a stylized flowerhead and carving to the knees and brackets of the legs (estimate £4,000-6,000). This chair comes from the home of Sir William and Lady Forbes, whose brother Stanhope Alexander Forbes RA was an artist and member of the influential Newlyn School of painters.

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For further information on the sale, please call Dreweatts’ Donnington Priory Salerooms on 01635 553553 or email donnington@dnfa.com

Dreweatts - 13 May 2011