Coming up we have our two-day Interiors auction. Featuring a wide array of antiques and decorative objects, Day Two of the auction comprises over 350 lots with everything from furniture and works of art to pictures and lighting, to help you decorate your home. Here Ashley Matthews, Head of Sale, picks out some of his favourite pieces from the auction.
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Antonio Canova's Sleeping Lions
Continuing the grand-tour theme of recent Interiors and Fine Furniture auctions, this Interiors sale includes items of a similar nature, with reproductions of the Dancing Fawn and the celebrated Warwick Vase. Also included are interpretations of Antonio Canova's celebrated models of sleeping lions.
Lot 409: After Antonio Canova (Venetian 1757-1822), A bronze model of a recumbent lion, 19th century | Est. £300-500 (+ fees)
On his death in 1769 Pope Clement XIII was laid to rest in the Vatican, but Senator Abbondio Rezzonico (the nephew of the late pontiff) commissioned Canova to create a more fitting tomb for him in St Peter's. The work which includes Canova's lions in marble was completed in 1792, when the late pope's remains were removed to the new tomb.
Lot 409 is reproduced in bronze, resting in an integral bronze plinth, whilst Lot 440 is sculpted from the decorative stone, serpentine.
Lot 440: After Antonio Canova (Venetian 1757-1822), a sculpted serpentine model of a recumbent lion | Est. £200-300 (+ fees)
Oval Wall Mirror after the Manner of Robert Adam
Looking at the wonderful selection of antique furniture, we have Lot 444, this intricate giltwood and composition wall mirror. Designed after the manner of Robert Adam, with the oval plate surrounded with delicate scrollwork and flanked with winged sphinges, it is early 19th century in style, but 20th century in manufacture. In the catalogue, we have presented it in a dining room spread, but it could just as easily dress a drawing room or grand hall.
Lot 444: A giltwood and composition oval wall mirror, 20th century, after the manner of Robert Adam | Est. £1,000-1,500 (+ fees)
Napoleon III 'Boule' Card Tables
We then have Lot 459, a near pair of 'Boule' card tables, typically decorated with tortoiseshell and gilt brass. Dating from the reign of Napoleon III, one features the technique of premiere partie, whilst the other in contre-partie - this refers to the proportion of inlay compared to the ground and it is nice to have an example of each technique present in this lot.
Lot 459: Y Two similar Napoleon III 'Boule' card tables, circa 1870 | Est. £1,200-1,800 (+ fees)
The auction then includes several pole-screens, dating from a mid George III example (Lot 477A), through to a pair of Victorian giltwood examples (Lot 350). A particularly striking example is Lot 605. Dating to circa 1800, this is in the manner of work by Thomas Hepplewhite and contains specimen hardwoods. It was sold by Spink & Son in January 1971 for £325. A very similar example was illustrated and briefly described in Ralph Edwards's Shorter Dictionary of English Furniture.
Lot 605: A George III specimen hardwood pole-screen, in Hepplewhite taste, circa 1800 | Est. £300-500 (+ fees)
A Specimen Marble Topped Occasional Table
Finally, we take a look at Lot 660, a cast iron and specimens marble topped occasional table. This would suit an orangery, conservatory or hall, with its decorative marble top, featuring a central star motif and radial inlays. This table along with several other pieces in the sale come from the private collection of Manchester racehorse betting tycoon Selwyn Demmy (1932-2020).
A specimen marble topped occasional table, late 19th century | Est. £800-1,200 (+ fees)
Tuesday 26 & Wednesday 27 October | 10.30am BST
Donnington Priory, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 2JE
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