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Fine Art | 5 December | Results Highlights

Dreweatts Fine Art sale held on 5 December saw competitive bidding for works across the spectrum of old master, 18th, 19th and 20th works offered for sale.

Dutch School (late 17thc. / early 18thc.), Portrait of a lady with pearls,
oil on canvas, est. £700-900, sold for £1,875

Attributed to Mather Brown (American 1761-1831), Portrait of William Leybourne
oil on canvas, est. £7,000-10,000,
sold for £15,000

Amongst the more traditional pictures, a stunning portrait of William Leyborne attributed to Mather Brown, left, had until 1985 resided at Littlecote House, near Hungerford; it performed particularly well realising an aggregate price of £15,000 against pre-sale estimates of £7,000-10,000.

A sympathetic and declicate late 17th century / early 18th century Dutch School oil, Portrait of a lady with pearls, above, achieved £1,875.

Landscape with a Waterfall, Cottage and Bridge by Dutch artist Jacob van Ruisdael (1628-1682), right, also sold successfully at £62,500.


Country road with cottage and figures by Frederick Waters Watts (British 1800-1862), left, sold for £3,750 well above its estimates of £1,000-1,500.

This beautiful work, right, by French artist Emile Antoine Bayard (1837-1891) of a nude draped in blue cloth, The Blue Lady, reached £10,000 versus pre-sale estimates of £4,000-6,000.

Sir Jacob Epstein (American/British 1880-1959), Portrait of Rabindranath Tagore,
bronze with a brown patina,
signed and numbered II lower right, est. £8,000-12,000,
sold for £16,250

From the modern section a group of five paintings by Scottish artist, Jack Vettriano, proved very popular and were heavily contested with the works collectively achieving £208,750.

Notable prices were also achieved for a compelling sculpture in bronze, right, by Sir Jacob Epstein (American/British 1880-1959) of Indian poet and musician, Rabindranath Tagore, the work was conceived in 1926; enthusiastically contested, it sold for £16,250.

An intricately worked oil on panel by Maxwell Ashby Armfield (British 1882-1972), All Washed and Ready, also saw competitive bidding, to £4,375, with pre-sale estimates of £1,500-2,000.

The impressive oil, Still life with lemons and wool, above, by Italian artist, Oscar Ghiglia (Italian 1876-1945) sold for £20,000.

Paul Citroen (Dutch 1896-1983), Portrait, oil on canvas board,
signed, titled and dated 1923 verso, est. £10,000-15,000,
sold for £26,250

We are now accepting consignments for our series of Spring sales taking place next year:

3rd April 2019 – Old Master, British & European Art including Sporting Pictures

3rd April 2019 – Modern & Contemporary Art

Please contact us to discuss consigning to these auctions: pictures@dreweatts.com | +44 (0)1635 553 553