Dreweatts' Fine Art sale held on 5 December saw competitive bidding for works across the whole spectrum of Old Master, 18th, 19th and 20th century works offered for sale.
A portrait of William Leyborne
Amongst the more traditional pictures, a stunning portrait of William Leyborne attributed to Mather Brown, had until 1985 resided at Littlecote House, near Hungerford and close to Donnington Priory. It performed particularly well, realising an aggregate price of £15,000 against pre-sale estimates of £7,000-10,000.
Attributed to Mather Brown (American 1761-1831), Portrait of William Leybourne, oil on canvas; est. £7,000-10,000, sold for £15,000
Dutch School oil on canvas
A sympathetic and declicate late 17th century / early 18th century Dutch School oil on canvas, titled: Portrait of a lady with pearls, achieved £1,875.
Dutch School (late 17thc. / early 18thc.), Portrait of a lady with pearls, oil on canvas, est. £700-900, sold for £1,875
Landscape by Jacob van Ruisdael
Landscape with a Waterfall, Cottage and Bridge by Dutch artist Jacob van Ruisdael (1628-1682), also sold successfully at £62,500.
A country scene
Country road with cottage and figures by Frederick Waters Watts (British 1800-1862), sold for £3,750 well above its pre-sale estimates of £1,000-1,500.
The Blue Lady
This beautiful and vibrant work, by French artist Emile Antoine Bayard (1837-1891) of a nude draped in blue cloth, The Blue Lady, reached £10,000, it was estimated at £4,000-6,000.
From the modern section in the auction a group of five paintings by the 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, by Sir Jacob Epstein (American/British 1880-1959) of Indian poet and musician, Rabindranath Tagore, the work was conceived in 1926; it was enthusiastically contested and sold for £16,250.
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
Intricately worked oil on panel
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.
Still life with lemons and wool
The impressive and bold oil, Still life with lemons and wool, by Italian artist, Oscar Ghiglia (Italian 1876-1945) sold for £20,000.
We are now accepting consignments for our series of Fine Art sales taking place in Spring 2019:
3 April 2019 - Old Master, British & European Art including Sporting Pictures
3 April 2019 - Modern & Contemporary Art
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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