News from our November 2012 Fine Art Sale....
The lithograph above (Rain, Lake Zillebeke) by Paul Nash was from an 1918 exhibition called “The Void of War”. Nash had been a war artist in France and like many thousands of others, was profoundly affected by his experience. The six lithographs shown in that exhibition are widely considered to be his best prints. The print was part of a large collection put together by Julian Andrews, an arts envoy for the British Council.
Although based in Wales, the executors chose David Lay to sell the Andrews estate. This print sold for £18,000. The collection also included works by Graham Sutherland, Richard Long, John Piper & Andy Goldsworthy. It was a sale of collections, with a number of significant consignments, all achieving excellent results.
A sharp contrast in style to the Nash, these three heads in computer collage and acrylic by the singer David Bowie sold individually, but made a staggering total of £6,500.
Successes from our October 2012 Antiques & Selected Items Sale....
The remnants of this Edward East, 17th century bracket clock, with verge escapement, seven pillar movement, the dial engraved with masks and scrolling foliage and signed to the backplate "Eduardus East Londini", realised a fantastic £27,000.
Also, an 18th century Highland Militiaman's American & Canadian, engraved New York map powder horn, depicting a map of forts, settlements and rivers of strategic importance during the early stages of the French Indian War, circa 1756 sold for £7,000
A collection of paintings notable for its rare provenance, and reflecting an Exeter solicitor’s infatuation with the St.Ives art scene, will come under the hammer at The Penzance Auction House on Thursday 12 April.
The 14 works, by artists including Jack Pender, Tony O’Malley and Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, were collected by Henry “Harry” Stamp between the early 1960s and his death in 1989.
His daughter Judith Venning, now living in Hayle, recalled: “After he had begun visiting St.Ives, he soon became captivated by the ‘modern art’ scene and spent long hours visiting the galleries in the town.
“He would leave Mum and the three children on the beach to play while he toured the galleries and met the artists in their workshops, endlessly discussing colour and form.”
Auctioneer David Lay commented: “The collection for sale is just 14 lots, but it is wholly exceptional in that the pictures come with notes and some original receipts. Today such provenance is very rare and greatly appreciated by collectors.”
Judith Venning added: “Once my father’s pattern of regular visits to St.Ives had been established, the traditional art on the walls of his home was quickly replaced by the work of artists from the St.Ives galleries.
“He was soon visiting St.Ives so often that he bought a small cottage at Trencrom and his family believed that but for his death at the relatively early age of 68 he would have moved to Cornwall to live permanently and immerse himself in the local art scene.”
As he was not a gifted painter himself, Mr Stamp offered his legal services wherever he could and was pivotal in helping set up the Spacex Art Gallery in Exeter.
His collection is being offered for sale on behalf of the estate of his widow, Pauline Stamp, and is expected to fetch in the region of £20,000.
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Judith Venning and David Lay discussing Mr Stamp’s paintings
Top Sellers from the March Collectors Sale
Rhodesia - The Double Head Issues. Rhodesia - The Admiral
SOLD £9,000 Head Issue.
1893 gold and silver proof set. 1937 coin set.
SOLD £8,800 SOLD £3,600
Straits Settlements. Straits Settlements. Straits Settlements.
SOLD £3,600 East India overprinted 1879 surcharges
SOLD £2,200 £1,900
Top Sellers from the February Antiques Sale
A Chinese Ming period A group of four Chinese carved ivory Two 22ct. gold Lord Baden
bronze figure of figures. Powell commemorative medals
Kuan Ti. SOLD £3,700 by Johnson Matthey & Co.
SOLD £5,500 SOLD £2,800
Two Battle of Britain, 22ct. gold A Victorian, 15ct gold collar. An enamelled portrait of
commemorative medals by SOLD £2,700 Napoleon by Henry Pierce
Toye, Kenning & Spencer Ltd. Bone.
SOLD £2,800 SOLD £1,800
A Rene Lalique "Faucon" An Art Deco style ceiling light. A Napoleon III ormolu and
glass car mascot. SOLD £1,500 porcelain casket by Tahan
SOLD £1,700 Paris. SOLD £1,500
A mid Victorian tea and A Japanese Musashiya A set of Royal Copenhagen botanical
coffee service. Yokohama dragon bowl. side plates.
SOLD £1,425 SOLD £1,200 SOLD £1,500
A 18th century oak low dresser. An early 18th century walnut veneered
SOLD £1,350 cabinet. SOLD 1,300
Top Sellers from the January Art Sale
Lot 290. Sir Terry Frost R.A. Lot 308. Paul Feiler. Lot 132. Howard Hodgkin.
SOLD £9,950 SOLD £4,500 SOLD 4,500
Lot 268. Ben Nicholson. Lot 373. Patrick Heron. Lot 193. Patrick Heron.
SOLD £2,700 SOLD £2,500 SOLD £2,400
Lot 68. Hector Caffieri. Lot 258. Barbara Hepworth. Lot 257. Barbara Hepworth.
SOLD £2,000 SOLD £1,600 SOLD £1,600
Lot 354. Samuel John Lamorna Birch. Lot 203. william Heaton Cooper.
SOLD £1,400 SOLD £1,300
Lot 112. Simeon Stafford.
Top Sellers from the December Antiques Sale
A South Devon Railway A 19th century Chinese A British Railways poster after Frank
brass hand lamp. cloisonne bowl. Sherwin.
SOLD £2,300 SOLD £1,100 SOLD £800
A Nicole Freres cylinder music box. An advertising tableau by Sutton & Sons, Reading.
SOLD £800 SOLD £700
A British Rail Western Region A British Railways poster after A British Railways poster after
St. Ives travel poster. Frank Mason. Frank Mason.
SOLD £650 SOLD £600 SOLD £480
A Bernard Leach fireplace. A Kangxi fluted, A Chinese Kangxi
SOLD £1,500 baluster lidded lidded baluster vase.
vase in Dutch taste. SOLD £720 SOLD £600
A Harvey & Gore diamond & An S.J. Phillips A pair of S.J. Phillips A Wartski emerald &
emerald en tremblant diamond & emerald & diamond diamond ring.
butterfly brooch. emerald cluster set pendant earrings. SOLD £4,200
SOLD £8,800 pendant. SOLD £5,400
A Newlyn silver and A Wartski diamond and opal brooch. A Wartski lady's
enamel necklace. SOLD £ 1,900 diamond set cocktail
SOLD £2,000 watch.
A pair of 19th century boulle cabinets. A rosewood table by Gillows, Lancaster.
SOLD £3,600 SOLD £2,400
A 19th century Black Forest A George III oak Welsh dresser. A George I walnut veneered
tin plate model of a SOLD £2,400 chest on stand.
timepiece. SOLD £1,500
Top Sellers from the October Art Sale
Lot 312. Sandra Blow. Lot 441. Alfred Wallis. Schooner in heavy seas off
SOLD £14,000 the end of Smeaton's Pier, St. Ives. SOLD £5,800
Lot 69. Dame Laura Knight. Lot 313. William Watson.
Mousehole. Early morning, sheep on the coast of Canarvon.
SOLD £5,500 SOLD £5,000
Lot 422. Walter Langley. Lot 506. Joan Gillchrest.
A portrait of the Newlyn artist's model Winter's day.
Kate Jeffrey. SOLD £3,000
Lot 453. Lot 528. Fred Yates. Lot 505. Joan Gillchrest.
Elizabeth Adela Forbes The Market House, Penzance. Seagulls at St. Ives.
Head of a girl. SOLD £2,300 SOLD £1,600
Lot 85. Reuben Chappell. Lot 416. Sir Terry Frost R.A.
A ship portrait, Mary Barrow of Barrow. Black ink.
SOLD £1,300 SOLD £1,000
Lot 173. Fred Yates. Lot 67. Denys Law. Lot 566. Chris Insoll.
The Harbour Wall Fishing boats, Newlyn Harbour. Poppies still life.
SOLD £900 SOLD £850 SOLD £820
Top Sellers from the October Antiques Sale
A late 17th century brass horary Gunter's quadrant. Four Clarice Cliff octagonal tea plates.
SOLD £4,200 SOLD £1,250
A Black Forest hall bench. A Sheraton period, pen & ivory
SOLD £4,300 mounted tripod table.
A Goldscheider lamp base An English guitar by Panormo, A 19th century Bohemian, blue
after a model by Otto Petri. London 1832. glass jug and goblets.
SOLD £1,100 SOLD £1,000 SOLD £1,050
A Qianlong tureen and cover. A late Victorian fruit basket by Daniel &
SOLD £950 John Welby.
A rare Troika, St. Ives, A belle epoch continental diamond A 1920's/30's Crysede linen
River Thames plaque. and enamelled brooch. beach jacket.
SOLD £900 SOLD £800 SOLD £720
A French Empire secretaire abattant. A set of eight George III country chairs in
SOLD £1,200 Regency style.
Top Sellers from the August Collectors Sale
A DFM group of five. A DFM group of six.
SOLD £2,400 SOLD £2,100
A DFC group of five. A DFM group of five.
SOLD £2,000 SOLD £1,800
"A Handful of Dust" first edition. "Reubens Rambles Travels Samuel Crumpe.
SOLD £1,400 Through the Counties of "An Inquiry into the
England." Nature & Properties
SOLD £1,250 of Opium."
Top Sellers from the July Art Sale
Lot 534. Lot 379. Bryan Pearce. Lot 528. Alfred Wallis.
Dame Barbara SOLD £9,000 SOLD £7,000
Lot 298. Wilhelmina Barnes Graham. Lot 504. Breon O'Casey.
Nocturne. Waterfall II
SOLD £4,000 SOLD £3,000
Lot 131. Lot 401. Ben Nicholson. Lot 346. Mary Feddon.
Archibald Thorburn. Sienna. Landscape.
Mallard rising. SOLD £2,300 SOLD £2,000
Lot 363. John Wells. Lot 172. Fred Yates. Mousehole harbour.
SOLD £6,000 SOLD £2,000
Lot 141. George Hackett. Lot 230. Lot 531. George B. P. Lillington.
Pompeii plates, circa 1794. Augustus Morton Hely-Smith. SOLD £1,500
SOLD £1,900 Whither away.
Top Sellers from the July Antiques Sale
A Japanese sword katana. An early 19th century A Victorian penny farthing .
SOLD £2,600 English tortoiseshell SOLD £1,800
veneered tea chest.
A Fijian kinikini or club, with carved blade. An Istoriato Italian majolica
SOLD £2,500 dish in Renaissance style.
A large Janet Leach stoneware A Dame Lucie Rie porcelain bowl. A Keith Murray, Stevens
globular vase. SOLD £980 & Williams, Royal Brierley
SOLD £1,150 oviod glass vase.
A Leach stoneware tile An American 14k full hunter A gentleman's 18ct gold-
SOLD £810 pocket watch by Waltham. cased Minerva chronometer.
SOLD £1,200 £1,000
A 19th century mahogany double sided desk. An Anglo-Indian carved teak
SOLD £1,500 occasional table.
An eight day rosewood An 18th century armoir.
long case clock. SOLD £800