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In our February 20th & 21st Antiques Auction
Another exciting item from the Aspinall Estate. A large finely carved Egyptian figure in the style of the 12th dynasty, with a parayer to Osiris in hieroglyphs on the back pillar. This will be sold with other antiquities from this interesting estate which has already yeilded many valuable and unusual items, including the Liverpool Spring Cup in our December antiques sale and lots 364 and 365 in the Fine Art (see below.) Sold for £9,500
16th January Fine Art Sale
An unusual work by Maxwell Ashby Armfield which generated a lot of interest, all our telephone lines were booked. After intense bidding this sold for £13,000.
By Algernon Cecil Newton. Although known for his London scenes, Newton has strong West Country connections. His son, the actor Robert Newton lived and was schooled in Lamorna. Again, all lines were booked for this painting and the bidding was fierce. It eventually sold to a London dealer for £14,000.
One of the most unusual items in our fine art sale was a table and settle that came from the house at Lambe Creek rented by Roland Penrose & Lee Miller in 1937. The summer holiday that they shared there with Man Ray, Max Ernst, Leonora Carrington, Paul Eluard, Henry Moore and many other artistic luminaries is now known as "The Surrealists in Cornwall." It's history continued as it was moved to Killiow, the family home of Annie & Beacus Penrose where it served many more noteable names, Betjeman, Du Maurier, Robert Newton, amongst many others. This also generated a huge amount of media interest and sold to a telephone bidder.
Sold for £3,200
We also had an impressive collection of sculptures by Frederick Leslie Kenett, the highly acclaimed photographer-turned-sculptor who died in 2012.
Recently, in our December 12th & 13th
A Record Player that belonged to Elvis Presley...
A wonderful piece of popular music heritage, the ‘Perpetuum Ebner Musical 5v Luxus’ was owned by Presley during the early part of his army service in Germany.
Sold for £4,400
Also in the sale: The Hickman Collection
An extraordinary collection of Blue and White which numbered over 500 pieces and some fascinating rarieties. Pictured above is one of the rarest, a simple Swansea-made mug, depicting St Michael's Mount.
A fabulous piece of Equestian History
Standing at an imposing 70cm tall (that’s over two feet!) and made entirely from silver, this impressive trophy was presented to the winner of the Liverpool Spring Cup in 1903. This was a flat race, run during the three-day spring meet at Aintree, which included the Grand National. The winners name, engraved on the cup was ‘Fighting Furley’ owned by the wealthy Lancashire landowner, Sir John Ormerod Scarlet Thursby Bt.
Sold for £6,200
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From the Pendarves Archive Auction Part II This beautiful sketch book by Luttrell Wynne soared from the opening bid of £2,000 to finally sell for a staggering £23,000 in our June auction of papers & manuscripts from the Pendarves Estate of Camborne.
Ram Kumar 'The City'
This wonderful, major work from one of India's most celebrated artists was brought in to David Lay's by a Devon dealer. Painted in the 1950's, it had lain undiscovered in Devon for many years. After a well publicised viewing at a specialist London dealers during Asian Art Week, it was auctioned in our 2010 July Art Sale. Hectic bidding on 14 telephone lines saw the painting finally sell for a staggering £170,000.
This altar piece, in the form of a Tibetan Stupa sold for an incredible £25,000 in our 2011 December Antiques Sale.
It was sold on behalf of a mid-Cornwall vendor and was being used as part of a table lamp! Clearly damaged and incomplete, an estimate was given of £400 - 600.
With frantic bidding online and on the telephones, the piece eventually sold to a specialist, London based dealer.