Traditional art & antiques sell strongly

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 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