Traditional mixed art and antiques redolent of the ‘Country House’ style continue to excite buyers in Tennants Auctioneer’s Country House Sale on 28th April.
From impressive Mahogany Serving Tables (£2,600 plus buyer’s premium) to a Jaques Staunton Pattern Chess Set (£1,600 plus buyer’s premium) – the demand for good furnishing pieces and decorative antiques was evident.
One of the most notable successes of the sale was Victorian and early 20th
century garden furniture; a pair of 20th
Century Cast Iron Fern and Berry Garden Benches sold for £2,100 (plus buyer’s premium) against an estimate of £600-800, a Victorian Cast Iron Lily of the Valley Pattern Garden Bench by CB Dale Co. sold for £1,600 (plus buyer’s premium), and a Colebrookdale Gothic Pattern Cast Iron Seat by CB Dale Co. sold for £1,550 (plus buyer’s premium) against an estimate of £300-500.
Also much in demand were charming ‘naïve’ animal paintings, such as a 19th
Century English School ‘Portrait of a Prize Cow Standing in a Barn’, which sold for £2,500 (plus buyer’s premium). Also selling well were a group of engravings of prize cows, including ‘The Unrivalled Lincolnshire Heifer – Fed by Tho’s Willoughby of Orby, near Burgh’ by William Ward after Thomas Weaver. The lot sold for £1,800 (plus buyer’s premium).
Other items of note in the sale were a Carved Polychrome and Giltwood Group of the Holy Family, in 17th
Century Style and a Bronze Figure of a Monk that sold for £4,500 (plus buyer’s premium), which were sold with provenance from The Bar Convent, York, founded in 1686 as a school for girls. An Old Cut Solitaire Diamond Dress Stud sold for £2,700 (plus buyer’s premium) and a Chinese Jade Carving from the late 19th
Century sold for £2,400 plus buyer’s premium.
One of the top lots of the sale was a painting by Frank Bramley, who had been one of the leading lights of the Newlyn School in Cornwall. The painting, ‘Figure sitting beneath a red parasol on the banks of Grasmere’ was painted after the artist and his Lake District born wife had settled back in the area; the painting sold for £4,200 (plus buyer’s premium) against an estimate of £400-600.
The sale achieved a total hammer price of £375,045 with 84% of the 1278 lots selling.
Tennants are currently accepting lots for the next Country House Sale on 22nd
September, please contact the saleroom on 01969 623780 or email@example.com