2/08/2022 Works of Art, Sculpture & Clocks
On Wednesday the 20th of July, Roseberys were pleased to present The Connoisseurs Eye an auction of the collections of Sir Nicholas Goodison and Michael Sim. Selling at 94%, the two private collections achieved wonderful prices for objects across each category including fine art, furniture, silverware, and ceramics. The two collections were united by a shared scholarly eye, and the 385-lot sale saw competitive bidding, particularly for the extensive array of barometers, clocks, and portrait medallions. The sale was enthusiastically received by clients both in the UK and abroad, reflecting an appetite for well-researched items coming fresh to the market.
The first highlight from this sale is Lot 44. The George III mahogany breakfront bookcase realised £5,500 against the £2,000 - £4,000 estimate. The piece – which contained five adjustable shelves and eight drawers - dated from the 18th Century and was originally manufactured by I.W. Crompton Birmingham (which was also inscribed in ink on most sections of the bookcase).
Lot 44: George III mahogany breakfront bookcase, late 18th century
Lot 82 also achieved higher than its estimate, reaching £5,125 against £2,500 - £3,500. The George II brass-mounted walnut angle barometer was made by Charles Orme in Ashley-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire in 1736. Sir Nicholas Goodison noted that this was the earliest-known example of Orme’s angle barometers. It is rare for angle or sign-post barometers to come on the market and this was a particularly exciting piece, still containing liquid mercury.
Lot 82: A George II brass-mounted walnut angle barometer, by Charles Orme, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, dated 1736
Lot 173 was an ebonised balloon bracket clock, complete with urn finial, twin single handles, pierced scrolling floral fretwork panel, and dial and backplate signed by Payne, 163 New Bond Street. The elegant clock - which realised £3,750 against a £1,000 - £1,500 estimate – had provenance to Mrs Maxwell Scott, the last known person to see Lord Lucan on the night of Sandra Rivett’s murder.
Lot 173: An ebonised balloon bracket clock, by William Payne, first half 19th century
Sir Nicholas Goodison commissioned several pieces of furniture from Alan Peters (a leading figure in the British Craft Revival of the 1970s) while he was the TSB Group chairman. Lot 38 is one of Goodison’s pieces from Peters – a Devon walnut and rosewood desk, dated 1989. The desk realised £3,500 against an £800 - £1,200 estimate.
Lot 38: Alan Peters (1933-2009), a Devon walnut and rosewood desk, 1989
One of the fine examples of globes in this sale, Lot 182 – a George III 12-inch celestial table globe by Wright and Bardin – was another highlight. The globe dates to the late 18th Century, when William Bardin first stated globe publishing. Bardin and Gabriel Wright published a number of globes together after 1780, mostly between 9 and 12 inches in diameter. Several Wright and Bardin globes were made for Harrison & Co. The Lot realised £3,250 against a £1,000 to £1,500 estimate.
Lot 182: A George III 12-inch celestial table globe, by Wright and Bardin, late 18th century
A marble bust of a young woman by Sir John Robert Steell dated 1856 was also a highlight, achieving £2,750 against a £600 - £1,000 estimate. Another lot which outdid its estimate was Lot 73, a William and Mary silver pair cased verge watch. The watch was made by Thomas Wood (who was born in 1668 and apprenticed to Robert Nemes during the 1680s) in Chichester and reached £2,375 against an £800 to £1,200 estimate.
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