Fine Paintings and Antiques from an Essex Estate steal the show in Tennants Autumn Fine Art Sale

Tennants Auctioneer’s Autumn Fine Art Sale on 18th November opened to a packed saleroom; with nearly 1000 lots to sell in one day the excited and charged atmosphere in the Leyburn Auction House helped the sale to achieve a total hammer price of £1,597,180.

A fine Private Collection of paintings, ceramics, works of art and furniture from Le Pavilion, formerly part of the Shortgrove Estate in Essex provided some of the top lots in the sale. The highlight of the collection was a panel painting depicting the Madonna and Child in the Manner of Filippo (Filippino) Lippi (c.1406-1469). The panel, which was in extraordinarily good condition, was sold to a telephone bidder after a heated battle for £135,000. 

Traditional paintings from other vendors provided good results too, with two Lakeland landscapes by William Heaton Cooper (1903-1995) selling for £2,500 and £3,600 and a view of The Langdale Pikes Overlooking Ellerwater by Samuel Smith (fl.1830-1857) selling for £6,000. Two Orientalist paintings by Hungarian artist Svetislav Ivanowich (19th century) attracted interest from overseas, and sold for £8,000 against an estimate of £1,200-1,800, and an interesting genre scene depicting a donkey cart shedding its load in front of a shooting party sold for £10,000.

The silver and objects of vertu section of the sale performed strongly, with the top lot going to an unmarked Continental Enamelled Gold Snuff box, in the manner of Jean Ducrollay. With a deep blue enamelling and finely painted panels after Francois Boucher, this snuff box more than doubled the £5,000-7,000 estimate to achieve a hammer price of £12,000. Elsewhere, canteens of silver flatware sold well, as did an Irish Cream Jug from c.1730/40 made by John Hamilton of Dublin. The little jug had a very unusual handle, naturalistically modelled in the form of a swan’s neck and sold for £6,500. An impressive Victorian silver candelabrum depicting a fox hunting scene with huntsmen, horses and hounds surrounding a naturalistic oak tree is attracted much interest too. Made by Robert Hennell of London in 1853, the candelabrum was presented to keen huntsman John Stapylton Sutton Esq, of Elton Hall Co. Durham, by the members of the Hurworth and Durham County hunts - it sold for £7,500. Also selling particularly well from the estate was a pair of George II Provincial Silver Sauceboats (marked James Kirkup, Newcastle, 1747) emblazoned with the Dent family armourial crest, which sold for £7,400.

Good prices were seen amongst a small selection of clocks and barometers, a market that has slowed of late. A Mahogany Three Month Duration Longcase Regulator, signed Taffinder, Rotherham which reputedly was on exhibition at Crystal Palace in 1851, sold for £3,800. However, the star lot was a very rare George III angle barometer with perpetual calendar dial, signed H Pyefinch, London, circa 1765. The angled mercury tube is fitted to a pediment-topped casing and the rarity of this item helped the lot to exceed the £2,000-3,000 estimate to sell for £9,000.

Works of Art and Ceramics provided some very strong lots too, in particular a a wide brass dog collar which once belonged to Lord Byron’s favourite Newfoundland dog, Boatswain, who died in 1808 of rabies after being bitten by another dog in Mansfield; the grief-stricken Byron erected a monument at Newstead Abbey and composed the famous ‘Epitaph to a Dog’. The collar was sold in the room for £14,000 against an estimate of £3,000-5,000. A small but beautiful pair of early 19th century Roman Micro-Mosaic Circular Plaques caused a stir in the saleroom when they sold for £6,000 against an estimate of £800-1,200. From the Le Pavilion estate was a Chelsea Twin-Handled Urn Shape Porcelain Vase and Cover, c1765, which sold for £8,000.

The top lots of furniture section again came from the Le Pavilion Estate in Essex; a Charles X Maplewood Table-de-Milleu from the early 19th Century sold for a staggering £28,000 and a Pair of Napoleon III Ebony Veneered and Parcel Gilt Meubles d’EntrĂ©e Deux which sold for an impressive £8,500. Elsewhere in the sale A 19th Century Tulipwood, Rosewood and Ormolu Mounted Breakfront Cabinet sold for £12,000. 

A glittering Royal love token given by Queen Victoria to her favourite daughter, Beatrice, on her 14th birthday sold for £7,500. The gold, diamond and turquoise brooch once belonged to Victoria, Duchess of Kent (formerly Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld), who had left all her jewellery to her daughter Queen Victoria on her death in 1861. The brooch was then gifted by Queen Victoria to her youngest daughter, Princess Beatrice. Inscribed on the back of the brooch is: ‘Had belonged to dear grandmamma V. From Mama V.R. 14th April 1871. To Beatrice’. Other lots of note in the jewellery section included an unusual Victorian Banded Agate Suite comprising necklace, bracelet, brooch and earrings. With perfectly matched banding, the suite sold for £4,000.

Tennants are currently accepting lots for the Spring Fine Art Sale on 17th March 2018, please contact the Salerooms on 01969 623780 or for details.

Manner of Filippo Lippi (c1406-1469) The Madonna and Child – Sold for £135,000
(top left) An Irish Cream Jug, c1730/40 made by John Hamilton of Dublin – Sold for £6,500