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What's in demand at auction? These were the stars of Hansons' Spring Fine Art sale

Posted on 03/04/2018 in Press Coverage

Here, Adrian Rathbone, associate director of Derbyshire's Hansons Auctioneers, reveals the highlights of Hansons' Spring Fine Art Auction.

After the resounding success of Hansons' Christmas Fine Art auction, the Spring equivalent followed suit with a fine selection of privately entered lots sourced from across the many UK regions where Hansons now flourishes.

On Thursday, March 22, the evening jewellery and watches showcase dazzled.With canapes and wine flowing getting everyone in the mood, there were some delicious highlights with a notable Asian influence.

Lot 11, an early 20th Century Asian style green beryl/aquamarine single stone with a total weight of approximately 80 carats was a substantial piece which sold to an internet bidder for £2,000.There were plenty of diamond set jewels on offer and Lot 43, a Victorian diamond flower head brooch with 5.0 carats in total brought £2,600.


The highlight of the section was Lot 50, an unusual Middle Eastern jade plaque set with numerous rubies and emeralds to form a stylised floral design.Thought to have originally been inset into a cabinet, it had been discovered among contents consigned from the cellars of a grand country house near Lichfield, Staffordshire. After intense bidding on the phones and internet, the gavel eventually fell to a London buyer at £6,600.

In the watches section, there were luxury watch brands such as Cartier, Rolex, Jaeger Le Coultre and Omega to name a few.Lot 65, a Cartier Art Deco 18ct gold travel timepiece found favour at £1,100 and Lot 75, a 1990s Rolex gent’s Oyster Perpetual Air King wristwatch fully boxed with papers was purchased by a phone bidder for £1,700.Lot 71, was an unusual circa 1920s silver triangular Masonic pocket watch with the inscription’ Love your Fellow Man, Lend him a Helping Hand’.It sold for £900.

Day two, (March 23) began with a stunning 200 Lot silver section with key consignments from a noble Leicestershire family and a Derbyshire private collection.Highlights included Lot 122, a Nathaniel Mills silver gilt ‘castle top’ card cased hallmarked for 1845 with an image in relief of Melrose Abbey at £1,850.Lot 206, a beautiful quality Asprey coromandel dressing case with the desirable cantilever action sold over estimate at £2,900 to a UK private buyer.Lot 136, an important George III London silver soup tureen by William Bennett, 1812, with the heraldry of Cholmeley and Harrison sold for £4,000.


The ceramics section included ‘Connoisseur Ceramics’ and highlights included Lot 387, a Meissen ‘Four Continents’ figure representing America which flew past the £800 upper estimate to bring £2,900.Lot 391, a large and impressive 1920s Ruskin high-fired vase of simple form -discovered at a valuation day in Solihull, West Midlands -sold for £3,200.

Highlights of the Asian ceramics and works of art section included Lot 520, a Chinese Kangxi period famille verte Rouleau vase (from the second batch of Chinese porcelain from the £62,000 Lichfield collection offered in December) which was contested to £2,800.Elsewhere, Lot 526, a Chinese Ming blue and white small vessel brought £4,200.

Day three (March 26) included European works of art, paintings, Derbyshire art and furniture.Here Lot 628, a Franz Bergmann Austrian bronze of an Arab trader shrouding a nude female sold for £1,500.


In the paintings section, Lot 718 was a small, highly desirable oil by County Durham artist Norman Stansfield Cornish (1919-2014).Typical of his work representing the everyday man, it showed a line of miners crossing a bridge to work with their protector lamps lit.With solid provenance, two determined phone bidders battled for it with it eventually selling for £6,000.

From small to large, Lot 740 was a vast and complex depiction of The Pytchley Hunt by John Charlton R.B.A (1849-1917).Discovered in a Staffordshire country house, the on-trend subject matter helped it sell for £7,500.

Furniture sold well too and with plenty of 17th to 19th Century furniture in oak and mahogany on offer, there some real showstoppers.Lot 775, a late 19th Century French rosewood and amboyna side cabinet with inset Sevres style plaques created a bidding battle with buyers in on the Continent who took it to £2,100.Generating much pre-sale interest was Lot 784, an interesting George II Irish wing back armchair.



Admired for its handsome presence and lack of upholstery, this enabled potential buyers to examine the all-important frame.With later alterations and repairs as expected, it was sure to restore well.Four phone bidders took it on with it selling to an Irish buyer for £5,900.

We are now inviting entries for our Summer Jewellery, Watches, Silver & Fine Art Auction, which runs from June 28-30 and on July 2. Entries close June 8.Items already consigned include a £150,000 Scottish impressionist oil painting, Japanese shibayma and a scholarly collection of 19th Century ironstone china.

Note: All figures quoted exclude buyer premium of 24% inclusive and any other additional fees

For further information, please contact Adrian Rathbone, Hansons Auctioneers associate director, on 01283 733988 or email [email protected]. Hansons Auctioneers is based in Heage Lane, Etwall, Derbsyhire.