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The Autumn Fine Sale Preview

14th October 2020.

A pair of rare Verre Eglomisé pictures are to be sold in Tennants Auctioneers’ Autumn Fine Sale on 14th November. Made by Jonas Zeuner in 1786, the pictures depict a townscape with frozen river and figures skating and sledging, and an ice-bound landscape with fur-clad figures, a dog sled and bears (estimate: £6,000-8,000 plus buyer’s premium).

Verre Eglomisé is an ancient technique in which gold and silver leaf were applied to the reverse of glass, which was then engraved to create a detailed design; sometimes paint was added to give colour and depth. German-born Jonas Zeuner (1722-1814) is regarded as one of its foremost practitioners, mostly depicting views around his home in Amsterdam, as well as Haarlem, Groningen and Utrecht or canals and country houses. Winter scenes appear rarely in his oeuvre, but he was perhaps inspired to create these works by the exceptionally cold winters of 1785 and 1786. Arctic scenes appear to be much scarcer.

A Façon de Venise Opal Glass Goblet, probably made in the late 16th Century, is to be offered with an estimate of £500-700. The hollow stem of the glass is moulded with two lion masks and florets hung with swags; similar examples are held in the Veste Coburg Art Collection in Germany. Also of interest are a Pair of Limewood Figural Candlesticks, by the Circle of Tilman Riemenschneider, circa 1460-1531. Modelled as kneeling attendants in flowing robes bearing the candleholders, the carvings are estimated at £2,000-3,000.

Two Private Collections of Royal Worcester contribute nearly thirty lots to the sale. Highlights include a Large Royal Worcester Porcelain Vase by Paul English from the late 20th Century (estimate: £2,000-3,000), and a Royal Worcester Porcelain Vase and Cover by William Rickets, made in 1922 (estimate: £700-1,000), both of which are decorated with fruit on a mossy bank.

A good offering of furniture is headed by an impressive George III Mahogany Library Breakfront Bookcase, labelled George Allen, a furniture maker operating out of Fenchurch Street, London (estimate: £6,000-8,000). A Swedish Kingwood and Fruitwood Crossbanded and Parquetry Decorated Bombé Shaped Commode made circa 1750 in the Louis XV style is offered with an estimate of £6,000-8,000.

With provenance from Delamere House, Cheshire, which was demolished after the Second World War, are a pair of Regency Mahogany Uxbridge Library Reading Chairs, possibly by Gillows (estimate: £5,000-7,000). The chairs, which have reeded frames, are of a style formerly described by Gillows as ‘Ashburnham chairs’; however, by 1807 they were referred to as Uxbridge chairs, named after one supplied to Henry Bayly, 1st Earl of Uxbridge. Also of note is a Louis XV Style Giltwood and Aubusson Salon Suite, late 19th Century, comprising a three-seater canapé and four fauteuils (estimate: £4,000-6,000).

A Fine Late 17th Century Walnut and Marquetry Month Going Longcase Clock signed John Barnett, London, circa 1690 is estimated at £5,000-7,000. John Barnett was apprenticed to John Ebsworth, and later worked in Lothbury, London.  Amongst a good selection of clocks and chronometers are a circa 1760 George III Striking Table Clock signed NathL Style, London (estimate: £2,000-3,000), an unusual 19th Century Mahogany Night Watchman’s Wall Timepiece (estimate: £700-900), and a circa 1860 Rosewood Two Day Marine Chronometer, signed T.J. Williams, Cardiff (estimate: £800-1,200).

Rugs are on offer in the sale too, highlights of which include a good Ghom Silk Carpet, made in Central Iran circa 1980 (estimate: £3,000-5,000), an unusual Kashan Carpet, made in Central Iran circa 1950 (estimate: £1,500-2,500), and a fine large Kashan Carpet, again made in Central Iran circa 1930, which is knotted with fine, lustrous wool (estimate: £3,000-5,000).

The Autumn Fine Sale is accompanied by the Traditional Pictures Sale, and the Fine Jewellery, Watches and Silver Sale, which all take place on the same day.

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