5/06/2020 News Stories & Press Release
For me it would be lot 17 that sold in the 20th Century Decorative Arts sale on 23rd Jan 2018. A William De Morgan (1839-1917), a ‘Marlborough’ pattern ceramic single ‘eight-inch’ tile 1888-1897. Great design and rich colours!
We sold this in November 2011, and out of all the objects we have ever offered, I've coveted this the most! A fine porcelain yellow glazed scholar’s brush rest and water pot, Qianlong period, modelled as the poet Li T’ai Po seated holding a book beside a lobed pot, on fitted hardwood stand, with Oriental Ceramic Society 1947 Exhibition label. Provenance: Exhibited at the Oriental Ceramic Society Chinese Ceramic Figures April 8th-June 21st 1947, no.122, Ex. D.W.Rudorff Collection. Est. £1,000-£2,000. It ended up selling for £3,750.
To be honest I would like to have bought that little Constable painting would have sat perfectly above the bureau I bought! The John Constable RA, British 1776-1837- View from the back of a terrace of houses, with elder tree. c.1821-2; oil on board sold for £305,000 in the Pictures 1500 – 1900 auction back in 2018.
I would love to own the terracotta Mary Magdalene in today's Fine & Decorative sale (Friday 5 June 2020). No idea where I'd put it or have it, but short of robbing the V&A, it's the closest thing to the art I spent years researching that I could actually own! This painted terracotta figure depicts Mary Magdalene and was made by the Bolognese School in the late 15th or early 16th century. Probably from a Lamentation figure group, it bears a similarity to the work of the Renaissance Italian sculptor Guido Mazzoni (circa 1445-1518) in particular the Mary Magdalene figure from the group at the church of S. Anna dei Lombardi in Naples. It sold for £3,000.
I would like to own the Yue Minjun, You're so Manet, 2001; screenprint in colours on wove. It’s coming up in the Prints & Multiples auction on Tuesday 7 July - fingers crossed!
Such a tricky question as I would love to own so many of the lots sold at Roseberys, the Kusama pumpkin print, one of the many Cartier watches, the Marie Raymond oil. However, I think the Michael Ducaroy (1925-2009), a 'Togo' leather sofa suite from the design sale past was probably the highest lot on my wish list. I will keep my eyes peeled for another one in the future!
I would love to own Lot 104, which is a a papier mache table lamp base by Ganemede, Srinigar, India, late 19th century. Also lot 50, two silver and brass-inlaid alloy bidri jardinieres, India, late 18th century. Both up for auction in the upcoming the Arts of India sale. A beautiful bouquet of lily’s would sit nicely in the jardinieres.
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