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In our July 31st Fine Art Sale

Lot 206 The Moroccan Bride by Alethea Garstin

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Lot 510 Oil sketch for 'On Paul Hill' by Stanhope Forbes

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Also in this sale...


Lot 85 & 86. Two works by Archibald Thorburn. These paintings were part of a consignment we received from Australia. A family from North Cornwall were so impressed with our service that when their Australian relations had silver & art to sell, they shipped the items to us in Cornwall rather than use an Antipodean auctioneers.


Recently in our July 10th & 11th Antiques Auction.

Despite their diminutive size four Royal Doulton stoneware figures made large sums. Two were of cheerful, salt-glazed ‘Merry Musicians’, but the most interesting of the four was a model of Henry VIII by George Tinworth, the most accomplished and thus the most collectable of Royal Doulton’s designers. Each figure measured only 10cm high, but the four combined went on to fetch over £6,000.

Another pleasing result which shows how strong the Chinese market still is, was lot 532, the pair of famille rose ‘butterfly vases’ above. Despite severe damage to the neck of each vase, they sold for £4,600 - way over their £800-1,200 estimate.


Recently in our April 3rd Fine Art Sale:

Lot 95. Vilmos Aba-Novak( Hungarian1894-1941)

Not a household name, but in Hungary he is big. This picture was delivered to our household sale with some old beds. The owners had no knowledge of its considerable value. We spotted it, gave it international publicity and sold it for £13,000.

To hear more about the exciting sale of this unusual discovery and the buzz of the auction room, log onto our blog


Lot 509. A wonderful archive of letters and Christmas cards sent by Dame Laura Knight to Charles & Ella Naper of Lamorna. Also lot 510, six letters from Harold Knight to Ella Naper. Spanning nearly 50 years of friendship, these wonderful letters, many of which are illustrated, give a fantastic insight into the lives of these extraordinary characters. Sold for £4,000



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



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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.