Horses, Rum and a rare Diamond Ring

Posted in: News on April 29, 2018.

Dawson’s April monthly auction achieved excellent results across all departments. The team work very hard to source our worldwide buyers, quality, fresh-to-market art and antiques from private vendors. Including the contents of a number of Central London town houses and Berkshire country properties, the sale of over 700 lots was well received at the very busy pre-sale viewing day and ensured that there was plenty to catch the eye and bid on.

The first lot of the April sale was a perennial Auction House favourite. A large Victorian style rocking horse with leather harness and saddle achieved £420 plus buyer’s premium.

Next up was a very rare Robert Thompson Mouseman carved oak standard lamp. In excellent condition, a determined telephone bidder secured it for £500 plus buyers premium. Later that same afternoon, having driven a considerable distance to the saleroom to collect it, the delighted buyer revealed they had been searching for one for many years for their sitting room.

Pre-sale interest in a magnificent George III mahogany chest on chest was strong. Although some antique furniture remains out of favour, quality pieces in original, good condition like this will always find a new home. It sold for £600 plus buyer’s premium to a local family, who had spent time seeking expert advice and viewing the piece at the pre-sale viewing the day before. This highlights that now is a better time than ever to be buying antique furniture.

There was plenty of Fine Art on offer with over 90 lots going under the hammer. A favourite of the valuation team, who had the pleasure of her company for a couple of weeks, was a three quarter length portrait of early 20th century actress Miss Winifred Barnes. Painted by Ambrose McEvoy, this beautiful oil painting was sold over the telephone for £3,000 plus buyer’s premium.

The works of British impressionist artist Sir Matthew Smith, who studied under Henri Matisse in Paris, are highly sought after. This was confirmed by the winning telephone bid of £16,000 plus buyer’s premium for his ‘Reclining Nude’.

Online bidders fought with four pre-booked telephones to secure an Edmund George Warren watercolour. The pretty woodland scene with sheep eventually selling for £1,400 plus buyers premium.

Sporting Pictures

There were a number of 19th century oil paintings of horses from a single private collection, all with excellent provenance.

On the front cover of our April catalogue was this vibrant oil painting by Wright Barker. Depicting ‘Harry Land’, Huntsman for Col. Lord Barnby and the Blankney Hounds (1919-1931) it received considerable interest from the USA and the UK, selling for £2,000 plus buyer’s premium.

James Clark’s striking study of a dark bay race horse, oil on canvas, with the picture’s silvered border detailing prizes won from 1898 to 1901 was titled ‘New Fashion’. Determined online bidders from Preston, England and the USA were eventually pipped to the post by a telephone bid for £1,000 plus buyer’s premium.

From the English countryside to a quick visit to China, for an example of the Asian Art department’s success in April. The level of detail in this late 19th Century Chinese Canton carved pocket watch stand, carved with figures, pagodas, trees and flowers, demonstrated its quality. It was sold for £750 plus buyer’s premium.

Another pretty lady was depicted in this Art Deco spelter and green onyx smokers companion. The vendor was delighted that it found a new home, also for £750 plus buyer’s premium.

There were so many good results, here are a few other highlights before the Rum and the Diamond.

A charming 19th century Meissen porcelain cherub mantel clock sold to an online bidder in Germany for £650 plus buyer’s premium.

A Minton Aesthetic movement porcelain pen pot proved highly collectable selling for £1,200 plus buyer’s premium.

If the weight of an item is directly related to its quality, then a Cesare Lapini 19th century carved white marble cherub on a conch shell, was definitely in that category. With multiple phone lines and internet bidders it eventually sold to a happy collector in the room for £2,900 plus buyer’s premium. He went away to ‘discuss options’ with his shippers.

From an Italian classic to a pair of grotesque brass candlesticks. Dating to the late 19th century and modelled as ‘devil’ figures, standing on a single ‘stylised chicken foot’, a determined telephone bidder eventually let a buyer on the internet secure them for a strong £1,500 plus buyers premium.

Now to the Rum. Single bottles of Wray & Nephew Jamaica rum, produced to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Island’s Independence are extremely rare. They were produced in limited numbers and were only given to the distillery staff. Consigned by a local private client, we had FOUR on offer. The entire team were thrilled for her when they sold to a telephone bidder for £11,600 plus buyer’s premium.

Consigned at one of our walk in valuation days, at just 6.5 cm high this exquisite late 19th century French miniature brass and enamel carriage clock proved that quality sells, achieving £1,200 plus buyer’s premium.

Of particular interest within nearly 100 lots of silver was this Edwardian silver picnic set by Drew & Sons of London. Maybe destined for the next London to Brighton Veteran Car Rally, it was in excellent, complete condition, selling to a bidder in the room for £1,250 plus buyer’s premium.

The Jewellery department had an extensive 200 lots on offer. The undoubted star of the show was this impressive 6.8 carat diamond solitaire ring. It’s quality confirmed with by its GIA certificate, it sold for an impressive £26,000 plus buyer’s premium.

We are now accepting consignments for our next monthly auction on Saturday 26th May, with a full days public viewing on Friday 25th. Everyone is welcome and if we can advise or assist you in anyway, please do not hesitate to contact us.


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