10/12/2020 News Stories & Press Release, Furniture & Rugs , Silver, Works of Art, Sculpture & Clocks
Roseberys final Fine & Decorative auction of the year played host to numerous exciting highlight results throughout the five-hundred and thirty-two lot auction on Wednesday 25 November.
Anna Evans, Head of the Fine & Decorative Department commented ‘The last Fine & Decorative sale of 2020 flew out the blocks with a 95% sold section of silver. The sale continued with competitive bidding across all categories from online bidders, especially through Roseberys Live and telephone bidding resulting in an overall selling rate of 81%. The lockdown restrictions prevented viewing but the appetite for the lots was strong and our team was able to send out video condition reports alongside our normal photos and reports to help bidders which proved very popular. We look forward to our next Fine & Decorative sale in March 2021 and are welcoming consignments until February.’
Leading the sale was lot 321, a Louis Vuitton suitcase together with a small trunk, both covered in LV monogrammed fabric, bound in leather and brass. Also included inside the small trunk were three riding hats, a pith helmet and a Louis Vuitton monogram canvas hat box. Estimated to make £1000-1500, the items went on to make £9,375 at auction. The luxury brand always attracts interest within the Fine & Decorative auctions due to the quality of the products and the prestige of the name. This group lot especially attracted a huge amount of pre-sale interest due to its good condition and classical design.
Lot 305, a pair of 19th century Louis XVI style gilt-bronze mounted breccia violette marble urns was another eye-catching highlight from the sale. The pair of urns that came together with variegated fluted marble pedestal columns showcased the best of 19th century craftsmanship. This stylish lot that will make an eye-catching focal point to its new interior made £7,500.
A set of sixteen Regency mahogany dining chairs
A set of sixteen Regency mahogany dining chairs estimated to make £2,500 - £4,000, was bid up to the price of £6,875. It is unusual to have such a long set of dining chairs in this classic design, furthermore in ready to use condition, which no doubt contributed to the group of chairs’ admirations on the day.
Estimated to make £1,000 – 1,500 at auction, a pair of Queen Anne Britannia silver candlesticks created in London in 1709 by Thomas Merry went on to make £5,750. Considering these candlesticks are over 300 years old, they are in very good condition and are lovely pieces of tableware. Also contributing to the attention of these candlesticks was the fact that they are made using Britannia silver, which has a higher purity (958) than sterling silver.
An Eastern Netherlandish polychrome walnut model of an unknown female saint, second half fifteenth century, with gilt highlights, on later wood base
A Southern Netherlandish polychrome oak figural group depicting the Virgin and Child, possibly from Brabant, c.1500, on a modern metal stand, the Virgin
Two lovely examples of 15th century carving on a large scale that sold well in the Fine & Decorative auction were lots 270 and 271, both coming from a private collection in Belgium. Lot 270 which was an Eastern Netherlandish polychrome walnut model of an unknown female saint sold for £5,000. Swiftly after lot 271 a Southern Netherlandish polychrome oak figural group depicting the Virgin and Child sold for £4,000.
Lots 289 – 291 which were a collection of three beautiful 17th century stumpwork pictures, collectively made £5,500. Stumpwork was fashionable from c.1630 to the late 1680s and was seen as the most difficult embroidery technique to master by young women. It gained its name in later years, after the wooden padding sometimes used. Its raised and padded style was an extension of the method used especially in Germany and Hungary to sew heraldic and church vestments. The examples sold at Roseberys demonstrated the best of English embroidery of the 17th century. All three stumpworks attracted significant pre-sale interest which translated into competitive bidding from the trade and private collectors. The top lot was 289, a Charles II stumpwork and silk-embroidered picture, c.1660-80, which depicted an unusual scene with figures in a landscape making £2,125.
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