November Fine Art & Antiques Auction Highlights
November 2018 saw Bellmans host their most successful series of auctions this year. The week showcased pieces from specialist departments, including pictures, furniture, jewellery, clocks and sculpture, attracting audiences to the saleroom and via online bidding.
The sale highlight Edward Seago’s, Harvest in Norfolk, oil on board, selling to a UK buyer at £34,128 (Estimate £25,000-35,000). The delightful watercolour of two horses by Sir Alfred Munnings, Summer Meadows, realised £10,112 (Estimate £8,000-12,000) and the colourful and joyful oil painting The Fair Toxophilite, by Van Jones, which sold for £8,595 (Estimate £500-800).
The top lot was closely followed by Lucio Fontana’s bronze Concetto Spaziale Natura Sculpture, circa 1967. The limited edition bronze cast by Berrocal realised £30,336 (Estimate £8,000-12,000).
The furniture auction attracted a busy room especially with the sale of the rare maple plywood chaise longue by Marcel Breuer for Isokon and retailed by Heal & Son Ltd, selling for £25,280 against its estimate of £6,000-8,000. The 1930s chaise longue was the property from the collection of the late Prudence and Marius Goring, CBE. Other highlights included the Mark Stoddart, 20th century bronze and glass hippo coffee table, 'Walk On The Wildside', realising £4,171.20 (Estimate £3,000-5,000) and an exhibition quality Victorian floral marquetry gilt metal mounted figured walnut and amboyna side cabinet realising £5,308 (Estimate £2,000-3,000).
The clock sale brought in a full room of bidders. Included were a wide range of marine chronometers, led by the John Roger Arnold, No. 393, a Regency mahogany brass-mounted eight-day marine chronometer, circa 1812, selling for £8,089 (Estimate £5,000-8,000). The Asian sale also saw some surprising results, to include a Chinese celadon jade brush rest, carved as a group of pierced rocks, 11.5cm. wide, which sold for £6,825, against the estimate of £200 - £300.
Philip Belcher, Bellmans Managing Director, commented: ‘Bellmans this week hosted six sales attracting a wide audience from the UK and Europe with over 1,300 online bidders. As the largest saleroom in the South, the auction gallery was filled with a fine selection of works dating from the elegance of the mid 18th century right up to the minimalism of the 20th century, our clients reacted with great enthusiasm at the views and this continued through to the auctions with an overall sold total of £916,000 and a sell through rate of 85%. We look forward to our next sale at Bellmans Winchester on the 21stand 22nd November.’
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(Please note estimates do not include buyers premium. All sale results include Buyers Premium & VAT)