Works of Art
Bellmans includes Works of Art in their monthly Interiors Auction. It's the largest department and covers a huge variety of specialist areas including Portrait Miniatures; Sculptures; Metalware and Works of Art; Tribal Art & Ethnographica; Boxes & Tea Caddies; 20th Century Art & Design and Lighting; but also Motoring & Automobilia; Railwayana; Maritime; Arms, Armour & Militaria; Fishing & Sporting Memorabilia; Natural History & Taxidermy; Scientific & Medical Instruments & Music Memorabilia; Handbags, Fashion & Luxury Accessories; Toys and Collectables.
Recent highlights include a signed bronze bust by Jacob Epstein (1881-1959) from around 1921 - the first portrait of Kathleen, his muse and mother of his children, which sold for £6,600. A rare portrait on vellum by Wenceslaus Hollar (1607-1677) of Henry Fitzalan, 12th Earl of Arundel (1512-1580) £5,000, while an early 19th century Indian gold inlaid Tulwar sword, with curved Damascened blade made £10,000.
A single-owner collection of cars and motorcycles, which included classic motorbikes dating from 1920 to 1980, saw a 1926 Douglas EW 350 motorcycle selling for £6,500 and a Hardy Bros 9" big game fishing reel, stamped 'Hardy Bros Ltd No 1536', also made £6,500. A 19th century West Indies shellwork sailor's valentine reading 'A present from Barbados' sold recently for £1,700. A Gebruder Marklin & Co tinplate toy castle, dating from circa 1905, achieved a price of £8,800. A collection of six Goyard and Louis Vuitton travelling trunks and cases were recently sold in our rooms for more than £16,500.
Valuations take place both in our Sussex Saleroom and our London office on Brook Street, Mayfair, as well as 'pop-up' valuation days across the country. Preliminary estimates can also be provided via our website and we are delighted to arrange home visits.
- Works of Art