Rosebery’s December auction attracted high bidding across its 1500 lots, benefitting in part from being one of very few auctions so close to Christmas.
A rare Royal Doulton figure of the Young Mother and Child, early 20th century, depicting a woman, standing full length, holding a small child whilst carrying a bag, standing upon rocky base, bearing marks to base: ‘HN.1301′ and ‘Young Mother & Child’, with Royal Doulton stamp, 36cm high x 11.5cm wide x 11.5cm deep.
Sold for £3,200
The Doulton catalogue describes this figure as the only one of its kind known. At 36cm high, it is very large for a Doulton figure of this type. It was given to the vendor’s mother by her employer. The vendor thought it was worth around £100. Rosebery’s valuers told him it was one of the rarest Doulton figures they had ever seen and placed an estimate of £2,000-£3,000 on it. It was contested mainly by US buyers before being sold to a UK collector.
A Shelley Art Deco female figurine, 20th century, seated, wearing contemporary hat and fur, holding teacup, raised upon rocky base with circular foot, 30cm high.
Sold for £2,800
This figurine, made c. 1926 was used to advertise Shelley as a fashionable and stylish form of china. Because Shelley mainly produced tableware, figures usually command high prices. This one attracted a lot of attention from the USA before being snapped up by a Canadian bidder.
A Belle Époque gold and silver diamond set pendant with central oval pink topaz. Approx. 60mm x 40mm.
Sold for £10,000
This was an excellent quality art nouveau pendant c. 1910. Of a large size, it included a good pink topaz. Bidding was strong amongst UK trade and private buyers and it was eventually secured by a UK private buyer over the telephone.
An important ring, Carolingian. The circular hoop widening at the shoulders, the round bezel incised with a fabulous animal and a cross around which is arranged an inscription and the abbreviated form of ‘Sigillum’ can be deciphered.
Provenance: Sold at Sotheby’s 9th November 1937 Lot 506. With photo copy of catalogue description and letter from Sotheby’s relating to the sale.
Sold for £13,500
This lovely ring was in very good condition with excellent provenance. It was strongly contested by trade buyers from around the world and was eventually sold to one based in the UK.
Harry Clarke RHA, Irish 1889-1931- “Romance”; pen and black ink and wash, signed in pen, titled, signed and inscribed with address in pencil on the reverse, 33 x 44cm
Sold for £9,500
This was published in Nash Magazine in 1924. It was fiercely fought over in the room, on the telephone and on the internet before eventually selling to an international buyer.
Ossip Zadkine, Russian 1890-1967- “Femme allongée” (Lecombre 500); bronze with greenish patina, signed with initials, dated ’58 and numbered 5/5, 16 x 51 x 23cm
Sold for £18,000
This was one of an edition of five and came from a private collection. Two others have previously come up at auction. The last one was in 2007 and it made £15,500, as did the other which came up at auction in 2005. So, this is a record price for an edition of this sculpture.
Henry Scott Tuke RA RWS, British 1858-1929- Portrait of a girl quarter-length in a white and green dress; pastel, signed and dated 1894, in a glazed gilt oak frame with carved sight edge, 34.5x24cm
Sold for £5,800
This was an interesting lot being an atypical subject for the artist who usually painted boys or coastal scenes. It was also, as a pastel, an unusual material for Scott Tuke. An attractive picture, it was in what appeared to be its original gilt oak frame. It came from a private seller and was contested on the telephone, the internet and in the room. It sold to a private buyer in the room.
A Chinese ivory carving of an immortal, late Ming Dynasty, standing full length wearing flowing robes, raised upon circular stepped base, 26 cm high, (a/f).
Sold for £1,500
Despite having some damage, the age of this Ming Dynasty carving guaranteed a good result. The vendor had brought it in to Rosebery’s having no idea of its value. It was hotly contested between a Chinese internet bidder and a bidder in the room before being won by the internet.
A Chinese carved cinnabar lacquer pot and cover, probably Ming Dynasty, overall relief decorated with flower heads and foliage, 6 cm wide.
Sold for £1,900
This pot and cover was tiny but punched above its weight, having both age and quality in its favour. Two telephone bidders vied for it until, in the end, it was won by one based in China.
Etienne-Henri Dumaige (1830-1888), bronze, ‘Unveiling the Princess’, a large exhibition size French Egyptian Revivalist figural group, the princess stands to sinister, adorned with jewellery and wearing diaphanous robes, as the crouching attendant reveals her from behind a tapestry robe, signed H Dumaige to the edge of the robe , 78 cm high.
Two examples sold, one at Eldred’s, USA, in 2006 and at Christies New York in 2002 and both examples had a rouge marble plinth that is lacking here.
Sold for £6,500
This high quality French bronze was discovered by one of Rosebery’s valuers during a home valuation. They come up for sale rarely in the UK and are more often sold in the USA. The casting was exceptionally ‘crisp’ suggesting it was an early cast. It was bought by UK based trade.
A Steiff blond mohair teddy bear, early 20th century, with trademark Steiff pewter button in left ear and with humped back and long limbs, 49 cm high.
Sold for £4,000
This was an early bear, made in c. 1920. It was also quite a large example. However, it is thought its silver colour is the reason it achieved such a high price. Private collectors and UK trade fought over it before it was snapped up by a private collector.
An unusual 1920′s Queen Anne style shagreen and carved silvered gilt bureau, ivory mounted, the fall enclosing a fitted interior of small drawers and pigeon holes above a frieze drawer flanked by lopers, raised on eagle head, scallop shell and acanthus leaf carved base, 111cm high x 68cm wide.
Sold for £6,000
While small pieces of shagreen; card cases or boxes, come through the saleroom relatively frequently, shagreen furniture is very rare. This bureau was discovered during a home valuation. It was fought over between a private collector on the phone and London based trade in the room who eventually won the day.
A mid-19th century Irish Killarney marquetry and yew wood games table, the hinged top centred with a paterae of Muckross abbey flanked by ferns within a band of foliate marquetry and a enclosing backgammon, cribbage and chest boards, within thistle and clover banded reserves, raised on a faceted baluster column, qudrapartite base with claw feet, 74cm high x 78cm wide.
Sold for £5,600
A private vendor brought this in for valuation. It was hotly contested, proving that Irish furniture remains strong. It was, unsurprisingly, bought by an Irish bidder.