Five centuries of Fine Art to be auctioned in Tennants’ Spring Sale

From an Italian Renaissance sculpture to an important installation by Sir Terry Frost, Tennants’ Spring Fine Art Sale on the 24th and 25th March brings together an exciting array of works of art spanning five centuries. This multi-discipline sale incorporates fine lots of glass, ceramics, Oriental art, watches, jewellery, silver, decorative art and modern design, pictures, rugs, clocks, works of art and furniture.

One of the oldest lots in the sale is a beautifully carved Renaissance sculpture, an ivory figure of Christ Crucified dated 1613. The monogrammed sculpture was made by Giovanni Antonio Gualterio, who was active in Rome from c1582-1620. Gualterio specialised in carving ivory crucifixes, and produced works for a distinguished Roman clientele that included Cardinal Ferdinando de’Medici. This has been consigned to sale by a private vendor, and is being offered at an estimate of £4000-6000.

In a strong Ceramics section, of particular note is a Chinese porcelain “Hong” punch bowl c.1790, estimated at £15,000-20,000. Painted in famille rose enamels, the bowl depicts the European and American Hongs or warehouses where merchants traded for highly desirable teas, silks and porcelains. Each Hong is depicted flying a national flag. 
A fine George IV calamander and marquetry inlaid breakfast table (estimate £2,000-3,000) is one of a number items in the sale from a private collection at Pepper Arden Hall, Northallerton. The collection came by descent, reputedly, from the contents of Newstead Abbey; the Abbey was purchased in 1861 by William Frederick Webb from Col. Thomas Wildman, who in turn had purchased the estate and its contents from his school friend Lord Byron in 1818. 
The Art Deco era is well represented in the Decorative Arts section, with a fine collection of bronze and ivory sculptures. Consigned by a private vendor, the collection comprises twenty-two figures by leading Art Deco sculptors, including works by the renowned Demetre H Chiparus and Johann Philipp Ferdinand Preiss.  Also up for sale is a good selection of Art Deco glass by Parisian makers Lalique, Sabino and Etling.

The Picture Department offer a strong section of both traditional and modern pictures from several carefully curated private collections and artists’ estates. A good collection of 19th century pictures depicting Whitby and its environs includes sought after artists such as George Weatherill (and family), Rowland Henry Hill and Albert Goodwin. A group of ten prints, watercolours and oil paintings from the estate of Charles Frederick Tunnicliffe are offered for sale, and works by artists from the Grosvenor School of Art that form part of the estate of Edith Lawrence are expected to garner much interest. A significant private collection of Modern British art comprising works by the likes of Graham Sutherland, Michael Ayrton, John Lowrie Morrison ‘Jolomo’, Markey Robinson and William Gear, also includes several works by Sir Terry Frost - the renowned English abstract artist. An impressive assemblage installation by Frost, consisting of thirty-one canvases and eight painted blocks in contrasting red, white and black leads the collection with an estimate of £40,000-60,000.
Fine Jewellery and Watches are always in demand, and this sale has a particularly strong representation of vintage and modern diamond rings, with examples by Cartier and Boodles expected to attract the bidders. Watches from leading makers feature strongly in the sale too, and of note is a fine 18 carat gold Automatic Annual Calendar Centre Seconds watch by Patek Philippe, estimated at £8,000-10,000.
The sale will be on view from Sunday 19th March to Thursday 23rd March.