Sporting Art was in demand at Tennants Auctioneers in the sale on 19th September, when strong prices were achieved across the board for both period and contemporary pieces, with a high percentage of private buyers.
This was exemplified by the two top lots of the sale, one traditional and one modern, which each realised a hammer price of £7,000 (all prices quoted exclude buyer’s premium). ‘The Middleton Hunt’ by John Ferneley Jr (1815-1862) depicting the famed hunt near Birdsall in East Yorkshire, being led by MFH Mr T Carter and accompanied by Sir Tatton Sykes of nearby Sledmere. The son of famed sporting artist John Ferneley Snr, Ferneley Jr moved to Yorkshire in 1839, presumably due to the large number of patrons in good hunting country. The painting was purchased at Christie’s in London in 1952 for 178.10.0 gns. The Ferneley was joined at the top of the results table by a bronze by Martin Hayward-Harris (b.1959) of a Diving Otter. Both works were sold to private buyers.