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Results: Summer British, European & Sporting Pictures Sale

19th July 2021.

Tennants Auctioneers’ British, European and Sporting Pictures Sale on 17th July saw confident bidding and strong prices being achieved for a host of Old Masters, 19th Century landscapes, and Sporting Art, and the sale achieved an impressive 90% sold rate.

The sale opened with a selection of works on paper, the highlight of which was an ethereal example of the work of John Anster Fitzgerald (1832-1906), one of the most highly regarded of the Victorian ‘Fairy Painters’. His highly imaginative ‘The Fairies Around The Chained Dog’ sold for £4,500 (plus buyer’s premium). A good offering of still lifes in the sale was topped by ‘Summer Arrangement’ by Cecil Kennedy (1905-1997), which sold for £5,000.

19th century oil paintings generated much enthusiasm amongst buyers, with strong prices seen for the likes of ‘The Trossachs’ and ‘Loch Lomond’, a pair of works by Alfred de Breanski (1852-1928) that sold for £5,200, and ‘Near Stanachlacher’ by the same hand that sold for £4,200.  Also of interest in the section were ‘Returning with the catch’ by Robert Edward Smythe (1810-1899) that sold for £3,200, ‘The Old Barge Berth on the River Colne’ by the Circle of John Constable (1776-1837) that sold for £3,200, and ‘On the Lowther, Westmoreland’ by James Peel (1811-1906) that sold for £2,500. A vibrant and engaging work, ‘Goatherders at rest before a rustic cottage’ by Croatian artist Nicola Masic (1852-1902) attracted high levels of interest and finally sold for £9,500.

Highlights of the Old Master section of the sale included ‘The Fish Market’ by the Circle of Hendrik Maertensz. Sorgh (1611-1670); being sold with provenance from the Houstoun Boswall Collection via descent from Houstoun Boswall baronets), the painting sold for £9,000 against an estimate of £3,000-5,000. Also of note was ‘Winter village scene with figures skating on a frozen river’, Attributed to Frans de Momper (1603-1660) that sold for £9,000.

Sporting and rustic pictures also performed well in the sale, with the section providing the top two lots of the sale. Selling for £12,000 was ‘Calves feeding beside a thatches stable’ by Walter Hunt (1861-1941), and ‘Huntsman and the Belvoir Hounds’, a fine and dynamic example of the work of Wright Barker (1864-1941) sold for £11,000.

Further highlights of Sporting Art included ‘Cattle in Highlands’ by Louis Bosworth Hurt (1856-1929) (sold for £8,000), an arresting composition by the European School of a barn owl with prey (sold for £6,500), and an atmospheric painting of pink-footed geese over Solway by Sir Peter Scott (1909-1989) (sold for £7,500).

The sale achieved a total hammer price of £219,950 with a 90% sold rate for 156 lots.

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