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The Summer Fine Art Sale Preview

20th June 2019.

Tennants Auctioneers’ Summer Fine Art Sale on the 13th July is set to include fine art and antiques from the Estate of Mary, Countess of Gainsborough, amongst which is a very good family collection of portrait miniatures dating from the 16th to early 20th centuries. Miniatures are perhaps the most beguiling form of portraiture, given as love tokens or worn as a sign of allegiance at Court, they were designed to be worn and held close to the heart. Highlights of the collection include ‘Portrait of a Bearded Man’ by a Follower of François Clouet (French 1522-1572), estimated at £3,000-5,000 (plus buyer’s premium), ‘Portrait of a Lady Wearing a Blue Dress’ by Peter Cross (c.1650-1724), estimated at £2,000-3,000 (plus buyer’s premium), and ‘Portrait of Mr Lear’ by Christian Richter (1678-1732) estimated at £3,000-5,000 (plus buyer’s premium).

Further highlights from the collection include good family portraits, such as ‘Portrait of the Hon. Penelope Noel’, attributed to Cornelius Johnson (1593-1661) (estimate: £5.000-7,000 plus buyer’s premium), ‘Portrait of the Hon. Martha Penelope Noel, by Circle of Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680) (estimate: £5,000-7,000 plus buyer’s premium), and ‘Portrait of a Lady in a Yellow Dress with Page’, by Circle of Francis Cotes (1726-1770) (estimate: £4,000-6,000 plus buyer’s premium). Also up for sale from the Estate is a late 17th century brass striking lantern clock by John Knibb of Oxford, one of the foremost clockmakers of his day (estimate: £3,000-5,000 plus buyer’s premium). Fine furniture from the estate includes a late 18th century Louis XV bombé commode (estimate: £3,000-4,000 plus buyer’s premium) and a George III serpentine commode (estimate: £1,200-1,800 plus buyer’s premium).

From other vendors come a good offering of paintings including sporting art led by an impressive hunting scene ‘Master of the Hounds’ by Heywood Hardy (estimate: £15,000-20,000 plus buyer’s premium). A Dutch canal scene by Jan Hendrik Verheyden (1778-1846) is entered with an estimate of £8,000-12,000 (plus buyer’s premium), and ‘Two girls paddling in a stream’ by the American John George Brown (1831-1913) is offered with an estimate of £10,000-15,000 (plus buyer’s premium). Portraits of note include ‘Portrait of Sir John Boys’ attributed to William Dobson (1611-1646) (estimate: £3,000-5,000 plus buyer’s premium), an early 16th century English School ‘Portrait of a Gentleman in a black coat and hat’ (estimate: £10,000-15,000 plus buyer’s premium) and a Studio of Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641) ‘Portrait of Johann the Younger, Count of Nassau Siegen’ (estimate: £8,000-12,000 plus buyer’s premium).

The sale also includes a strong selection of silver, including a George II silver mazarine (serving dish liner) by Paul de Lamerie, London 1745, engraved with the arms of the Duncombe and Campbell families (estimate: £1,500-2,000 plus buyer’s premium). Paul de Lamerie (1688-1751) was the greatest silversmith of his age and created some of the most spectacular and creative silverware of the 18th century. Also of note are a William and Mary silver tankard by Anthony Nelme, London 1693 (estimate £2,000-3,000 plus buyer’s premium), and an impressive twin-handled silver wine cistern, made by James Robinson of New York in the mid-20th century in an 18th century style. Weighing in at close to 500 troy ounces, it is on offer with an estimate of £18,000-25,000 (plus buyer’s premium).

Fine furniture in the sale includes a rare Irish Killarney yewwood and arbitus breakfast table, c. 1840, estimated at £4,000-6,000 (plus buyer’s premium), and a walnut and crossbanded chest-on-chest, c. 1740, estimated at £3,000-4,000 (plus buyer’s premium), and a George III carved pine late 18th century Palladian chimney piece, attributed to John Carr of York, estimated at £1,000-1,500 (plus buyer’s premium).

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