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Results: British, European & Sporting Art Sale, 16th March

19th March 2024.

In a buoyant British, European and Sporting Art Sale at Tennants Auctioneers on 16th March, which achieved an impressive 91% sold rate, works on paper performed notably well. This section of the sale was led by two monochromatic pencil and watercolour works of Indian views, one by Thomas Daniell (1749-1840), and the other by William Daniell, which sold for £13,000 (all figures exclude buyer’s premium) following high levels of interest. Thomas and his nephew William spent seven years working in India, and the pictures were sold with provenance from Thomas Agnew & Sons Ltd.

Selling well, too, were the watercolours “Old Cottages, Lincoln” by Peter de Wint (1784-1849), which sold for £4,800 with provenance from Thomas Agnew & Sons, and Dutton Manor, Lancashire, and “Café de la Place, Rouen” by Samuel Prout (1783-1852), which sold for £2,800. The sale also featured a good Private Collection of works on paper, which included notable lots such as ‘Ariel view of the bridge at Whitby’ by George Weatherill (1810-1890) (sold for £1,500), ‘Rescuing a ship from a storm’ by Joseph Richard Bagshaw (1870-1909) (sold for £1,900), and ‘Figures looking out to sea’ and ‘A fishing pot maker’ by Frederick William Jackson (1859-1918) which sold for £3,200 and £1,700 respectively.

Further significant results in the sale were achieved by two still lifes; ‘Still life with canisters’ by Henk Helmantel (b.1945) sold for £15,000, and ‘Still life of a peach, black grapes and cobnuts on a marble shelf’ by Emilie Preyer (1849-1930) sold for £13,000. “Porte de Saint-Denis” by Edouard Leon Cortes (1882-1969) sold for £11,000, and a pair of genre interior scenes by Eugenio Zampighi (1859-1944) sold for £8,000. The sale also included works by Adolphe Valette (1876-1942), a French Impressionist artist who spent most of his career in the North of England. Whilst he is best remembered today as being the highly influential tutor to L.S. Lowry, Valette created a significant body of work in oils, watercolours and drawing media. The works, which sold with provenance from The Perera Collection, were “Rocher Corneille, Le Puy” (sold for £9,000), and ‘A Lively Beach Scene, possibly Wales’ (sold for £8,000).

The sale also included the final selection of works by botanical artist and illustrator Raymond Booth (1929-2015), following on from the first part of the West Yorkshire artist’s estate, which was sold in a ‘white glove’ single owner sale at Tennants in October 2023. Highlights from the present sale included “Hemerocallis Dumortierie” (sold for £650), “Rhododendron Maculiferum Anwheiense” (sold for £600), “Morning at the End of Winter” (sold for £550), and “Black Headed Gull” (sold for £480). Finally, with provenance from Dutton Manor, Lancashire, was the top lot of the Sporting Section of the sale ‘Adam and Amy Agnes Dugdale in Griffin Park, Blackburn, Lancashire…’, which sold for £3,500 against an estimate of £700-1,000.

The sale achieved a total hammer price of £285,160 with a 91% sold rate for 178 lots.


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