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Cheffins Summer Fine Art Sale Report

Cheffins Summer Fine Art Sale saw good prices throughout this two day auction. English pottery began the sale – lot 5 a late C19th Doulton ‘Pure Milk’ bucket, 41.5cm diameter finally made £1,900. A large collection of Staffordshire also attracted much attention and made very good prices throughout, with an early C19th Staffordshire pottery group of ‘Dr Syntax seated at cards..’ making £1,400. Oriental Pottery was also popular an early C20th Chinese famille rose vase, 31,5cm high made £3,600.

Coins & Medals also drew attention with lot 240 the RAF Conspicuous Gallantry Medal Group – with only a total of 104 CGM’s ever awarded Sergeant D R Bowers medal had an estimate of £7,000-10,000 and after keen bidding both on the phones and in the room made £16,000 to a private collector.

Day Two started the day with paintings, prints & drawings, with good prices throughout. British artists were especially attracting attention – ‘Cornish Cliffs’, by Arthur Reginald Smith, 133 x 98cm made £4,200 from an estimate of £2,000-3,000. A wonderful group of Miles Birket Foster’s also drew much admiration, with the total for the five lots finally making just over £30,000. Remaining with British artists a wonderful ‘Study of a Gloucester Old Spot Pig’, 30 x 25cm by Richard Henry Brock made £1,100. Finally Waller Hugh Paton (British 1828-1895) ‘A view of Guardbridge, Fife’ made £6,800. Moving away from British artists Jan Peter Verdusson, ‘The Siege of Fontenoy..’ 120 x 150cm made £24,000 whilst the ‘Portrait of a Spanish Dancer…’ by Raimundo de Madrazo y Garretta drew bids from both trade and private and finally made £8,500.

The sale ended with the Furniture section which made consistently good results throughout. Of particular note were selected items from Freston Lodge, Ipswich. Bidders both trade and private, phones and saleroom, national and international were keenly interested in these lots. Amongst the furniture, lot 823 a George III ‘plum pudding’ mahogany pedestal dining table, circa 1790, made £3,400, a wonderful Regency mahogany and parcel gilt cellarette, circa 1810 made £3,000, also a George III mahogany serpentine sideboard, circa 1780 made £14,500. Of great interest to many were a stunning collection of mirrors, which all fetched excellent prices. Some of the highlights included a pair of C19th gilt gesso framed oval wall mirrors, 180cm x 150cm, made £17,000 and a Queen Anne style black lacquer cushion framed wall mirror, circa 1760, decorated with Chinoiseries, 140cm x 95cm finally made £6,500.