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The Summer Sale Preview

16th June 2023.

The Summer Sale at Tennants Auctioneers on 15th July is set to include a fine selection of art and antiques from notable private estates. On offer will be a selection of chattels removed from Aske Hall sold on the instructions of the Trustees of the late 3rd Marquess of Zetland Will Trust, selected items from the Estate of Martin and Felicity Mackintosh of Harrogate, selected items from Nook House, Jesmond Park East, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, The Property of a Lady, and select items from a Property in the Cayman Islands.

Amongst a strong offering of fine 18th and 19th century furniture is a 19th Century Italian Ebony, Satin Birch, Fruitwood, Stained Fruitwood and Parcel-Gilt Centre Table. Further inlaid with ivory and mother-of-pearl, the table is offered with an estimate of £10,000-15,000 (all figures exclude buyer’s premium). Leading the 18th century furniture is a Louis XV Carved Giltwood Console Table dating from the middle of the century, which was purchased from Malletts in 1963, and it is offered with an estimate of £8,000-12,000.

A good George I Figured Walnut and Featherbanded Bureau Cabinet, made in the early 18th century is offered with an estimate of £4,000-6,000, a George II Figured, Featherbanded and Brass Mounted Walnut Cabinet on Chest, second quarter of the 18th century is offered with an estimate of £3,000-5,000, and a George III Carved Mahogany Gainsborough Style Library Armchair is offered with an estimate of £3,500-4,500.

A white marble plaque with a bas-relief portrait of the Maharajah Duleep Singh, the last ruler of the Punjab and great friend of Queen Victoria, will be offered with an estimate of £4,000-6,000 plus buyer’s premium. The portrait likeness was taken from a famous bust of Singh, sculpted in Rome by John Gibson whilst the Maharajah was visiting the city with the Prince of Wales in 1857, during the happiest part of his troubled life.

Amongst good collector’s pieces in the Asian Art and Ceramics section of the sale is a rare Worcester Porcelain ‘Wigornia’ Cream Boat (estimate: £700-1,000). Made circa 1753, the hexagonal jug is moulded with Chinese figures and pagodas and decorated on the interior with blue foliage. This distinctive class of early Worcester cream boats is named after the example in the Museum of Worcester Porcelain, which is marked ‘Wigornia’ in relief on the base, the Latinised word for the city of Worcester. A 19th century Japanese Ivory-Inlaid Painted and Gilt Lacquer Kodansu or Table Cabinet in the manner of Ogawa Haritsu is offered with an estimate of £500-700, and a Flight and Barr Worcester Porcelain Mug painted by John Pennington circa 1795 is offered with an estimate of £500-700. It is believed that John Pennington was the first painter to be engaged by the Flight factory after the Chamberlains left to set up their own factory, and his work includes the famous Hope Service, made in 1792 for the Duke of Clarence. The decoration on this mug is typical of the high-quality figure painting which occurs of a relatively small number of recorded examples.

Elsewhere in the sale, an Indo-Tabriz Carpet is offered with an estimate of £3,000-5,000, and a good Tabriz Carpet made circa 1930 in Iranian Azerbaijan is offered with an estimate of £1,500-2,500. A Jaeger LeCoultre Atmos Atlantis du Millénaire Clock designed by Robert Kohler to celebrate the Millennium (estimate: £4,000-6,000), and a rare Brass Striking and Repeating Giant Carriage Clock made by Arnold & Dent of London circa 1835 (estimate: £3,000-4,000) lead the clock section.


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