Tennants Auctioneers’ Country House Sale on 14th October proved as enticing as ever. With an eclectic mix of fine art, antiques and affordable period furniture - much of which had been sourced from good Private Estates - buyers’ flocked to the Leyburn salerooms.
Paintings proved particularly popular, and the department provided some of the highest prices of the day. Of particular note were a set of three watercolours by Irish artist William Percy French (1854-1920), which piqued the interest of bidders in the artist’s homeland. Entered into sale with a modest estimate of £300-500, the trio of landscapes finally sold for £2,900 (plus Buyers’ Premium). Another trio of watercolours, this time by Cumbrian artist Edward H Thompson (1866-1945) depicting Lakeland views, attracted strong bidding too. Achieving a hammer price of £2,500 (plus Buyers’ Premium), it was perhaps the rare inclusion by the artist of figures skating on the frozen lake in one of the paintings which helped reach such a high price.
Elsewhere in the sale, one of the top lots was a Persian copper and white metal inlaid brass tray, dating from c.1900. Heavily tarnished but highly decorated, the 68cm wide tray attracted competitive bidding in the room to sell for £3,800 (plus BP) – well over the bottom estimate. One of the prettiest lots in the sale was an early 20th century gilt-metal and enamel singing bird box. Attributed to Karl Greisbaum and decorated with pastoral scenes, this little gem sold for £2,400.
A number of collections from good private estates in the North East, and a new format catalogue resulted in a very strong total hammer price for the sale of £301,440, with 89% of the 853 lots sold.
Tennants are currently accepting lots for the next Country House Sale on 20th January 2018, please contact the saleroom on 01969 623780 or email@example.com for details.
(top left) A Gilt-Metal and Enamel Singing Bird Box – Sold for £2,400
Edward H Thompson ‘Skaters on a frozen lake in the Lake District’ (one of a trio) – Sold for £2,500