Freeman’s- Sets world auction records for American woman artists

Freeman’s- Sets world auction records for American woman artists

Exemplary works by women artists once again yielded strong results in Freeman’s June 6 American Art and Pennsylvania Impressionists auction. Totaling $2.64M and attracting an impressive number of new buyers (40% of total), the sale reconfirmed the auction house’s ability to steward fresh-to-market works with strong provenance to successfully satisfy market demand.


The sale was led by Winter Decoration—a large-scale view of Lambertville by celebrated Pennsylvania Impressionist Fern Isabel Coppedge (1883-1951)that more than doubled its pre-sale low estimate of $100,000 to achieve $252,000. New world auction records were set for both Philadelphia Illustration Artist Sarah S. Stilwell Weber (1878-1939) and Emma Fordyce MacRae (1887-1974), a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and member of the Philadelphia Ten. Weber’s Three of Us (Saturday Evening Post Cover) elicited spirited competition and exceeded expectations, shattering the existing world auction record of $52,000 to realize $119,700 against an estimate of $30,000-50,000. MacRae’s Melina in Green sparked a lengthy bidding war that ultimately saw the striking portrait achieve $63,000easily surpassing its $8,000-12,000 estimate as well as the 2008 world auction record of $23,750. 

1938 Vauxhall 12hp Supercharged Trials Special


The sale also garnered strong interest for works by 19th century artists that were fittingly exhibited salon-style in the gallery. Highlights from this collecting category included Still Life with New York Tribune, Beer Stein, Pipe and Tobacco by William Michael Harnett (1848-1892) and Near the Outlet of the Waccasassa River, Florida by Hermann Herzog (1832-1932), which sold for $69,300 and $40,950, respectively.

Freeman’s June 7 Collect: American Art Sale was led by a new world auction record for William Formby Halsall (1841-1919); Gay Head in Winter soared past its $2,000-3,000 estimate to realize $37,500. A similarly strong result was achieved for Manuel Azadigian (1901-1924), whose Spring in the Valley sold for $15,120over five times its pre-sale low estimate of $3,000. The sale marked a rare auction appearance for the Armenian-American artist, who had a short career on account of his untimely death. 

“These back-to-back sales once again proved our long-held belief that works most often sell best where they were made, and we are proud to extend the list of Philadelphia artists for whom we hold the auction record,” remarked Chairman Alasdair Nichol. “Collectors’ tastes are diversifying, and we are excited by the continuing opportunity to usher formerly overlooked artists into the spotlight.”




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H&H Classics- 1938 Vauxhall 12hp Supercharged Trials Special

H&H Classics- 1938 Vauxhall 12hp Supercharged Trials Special

1938 Vauxhall 12hp Supercharged Trials Special



1938 Vauxhall 12hp Supercharged Trials Special Has Had Three Lives

A race winning Vauxhall trials car estimated to sell for £11,000 £13,000, with H&H Classics, started life as a humble butcher’s van, was then commandeered for active service during WW2 and then transformed into a race winning trials car. That is some serious shape shifting. The car will be offered for sale at the nextH&H Classics auction at the Imperial War Museum Duxford on September 8th.


It was converted into a Trials Special by Cyril Crosby, foreman of Vauxhall’s Experimental Engine Test Department, during the 1940s, and uprated with a 1500cc, 12hp engine in 1948 which was then supercharged and it went on to win multiple class awards from 1947-1955.

Race Winning 1938 Vauxhall 12hp Supercharged Trials Special


Starting life as a Bedford HC 10hp 5 cwt butcher’s van, this very successful trials special has a fascinating history which the vendor has been able to unearth since acquiring it in 1965. 

When war was declared in 1939 the van was commandeered by the Government for active service. In 1942 it was returned to the baker with 20,000 miles recorded resplendent in a khaki colour scheme. It was subsequently acquired by Cyril Crosby, a Vauxhall employee (foreman of the Experimental Engine Test Department) who had competed in motorcycle events since 1925 and was looking for a suitable donor in order to create a special that would be able to compete with Morgans and MGs in trials. 

In competition trim the car weighed in at 1800lbs which was about equal to the MG T Type two-seaters it regularly competed against. Between 1947 and 1955 it was entered in numerous events and was extremely successful gaining many class awards and outright first places including: 1st 1948 MCC Exeter Trial, 1st 1949 MCC Land’s End Trial, Triple Award 1950 Land’s End Trial, 1st 1952 Land’s End Trial, 1st 1952 1-hour Silverstone, 1st 1953 Land’s End Trial etc. A detailed list of its awards is contained in the accompanying history file.

The chassis sidemembers were modified and a crossmember installed that allowed the engine to be moved back some seven inches. A strong tubular crossmember was added to the rear to cope with the twin-mounted spare wheels. The brakes remained standard although an MG fly-off handbrake was modified and fitted as well as a remote-control gear change. 

At first, the original engine of 1203cc was retained but after being damaged in 1948 on a difficult trial stage it was replaced by a 1442cc 12hp unit bored out to 1489cc to get as close as possible to the 1500cc maximum permitted.

Mr Crosby eventually sold the car in the mid-1950s and the vendor purchased it from a lady in Luton in 1965. On passing her driving test she had asked her husband for a sportscar and was said to be somewhat in awe of the available performance! By now the car had deteriorated and a considerable amount of work was needed to restore it properly although this was mainly mechanical as the body had remained in good order. 

Before work commenced Mr Crosby got in touch having heard about the project and some of the gaps in its story were filled. Upon completion of the mechanical side the body colour was changed from red to white, the seats welded in and refurbished, and the chrome work replaced. No longer campaigned in trials, it was enjoyed on the road and became a regular on the Kent vintage rally circuit.




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H&H Classics- Oscar Winner Rex Harrison’s 1943 Ford GPW Jeep

H&H Classics- Oscar Winner Rex Harrison’s 1943 Ford GPW Jeep

H&H Classics- Oscar Winner Rex Harrison's 1943 Ford GPW Jeep side view



This WW2 survivor, formerly the property of Oscar-winning actor Rex Harrison. still retains many genuine WW2 parts. It comes up for sale for an estimate of £25,000 to £30,000 with H&H Classics at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford, on September 8th.

It is understood to have served with the 6th US Armoured Division in World War 2and finished its war in Italy. It subsequently became the property of Rex Harrison, the Oscar-winning film star who played Professor Henry Higgins in ‘My Fair Lady’ (Lerner and Loewe’s great musical masterpiece) and Dr John Doolittle in ‘Doctor Do Little’. Copies of Italian paperwork and a logbook relating to Rex Harrison’s ownership, two images with Rex Harrison in the Jeep including one depicting himself and Rita Hayworth accompanies the vehicle.

Oscar Winner Rex Harrison and Rita Hayworth in his 1943 Ford GPW Jeep


Paul Cheetham of H&H Classics comments: “We are delighted to offer such an iconic WW2 Jeep with its links to the film world. Professor Henry Higgins it seems had an appreciation for tough and robust qualities, be it in vehicles like this Jeep,or indeed the Cockney character of Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady.”

It has been subject to a full service and mechanical fettling in July 2021.

Arguably more iconic than a Sherman Tank or P-51 Mustang, the Jeep is for many the definitive WW2 vehicle. Equipped with a torquey L-headed 2.2-litre engine driving all four wheels via a three-speed manual box and two-speed transfer case, the tough, go-anywhere four-seater did its job exceptionally well. By the end of the war, 647,870 Jeeps had been produced – 281,448 of which were manufactured by Ford.

This 1943 example of the Ford GPW is thought to have ended its war in Italy after the end of hostilities, being registered ‘GE 62652’. The Jeep is subsequently understood to have been painted in Green over the original paintwork, which is being carefully removed in areas and revealing the original wartime painted decals. 

The Ford GPW still retains many of its genuine WW2 features including the body-tub, front bumper, early bonnet, combat wheels shod with Firestone Bargrip tyres, very scarce lubrication bags, rare USA shovel and the canvas and frame are thought to be original too. Fitted with a period Willys MB unit (with engines commonly changed during WW2), the GPW has been subject to a 12-volt conversion. 


Incorrectly declared as manufactured in 1947 by the DVLA, ‘XBV 227’ will be supplied with a letter from the IMPS (Invicta Military Preservation Society) and MVT (Military Vehicle Trust) stating the correct date of manufacture as 1943 for the DVLA rectification.

Imported into the UK in 2015, the Ford GPW will have  UK-plates in time for the sale. and a current V5C. It has been the subject of much mechanical fettling in July 2021 including engine and ignition system service, a new master cylinder, fuel system flush and new points, plugs and condenser.



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World’s First Public Tender of Rare Australian Pink Diamonds

World’s First Public Tender of Rare Australian Pink Diamonds

Chinese carved and underglaze red “Dragons and Waves” vase (Lot 12, $150,000-250,000) Freeman's Auction

A fine Argyle Diamond Mine certified pink oval cut diamond of 4PP colour weighing 0.54 carats estimated to fetch AUD$200,000 – 270,000 at the Public Tender., an Australian technology start-up in the diamond sector, founded by Tim Goodman, a former Executive Chairman of Sotheby’s Australia, has been asked to sell a collection of rare pink diamonds by an Australian finance corporation as mortgagee in possession. will offer the first ever Public Tender for Australian pink diamonds strictly from 21 June – 01 July 2021, by Order of a Mortgagee in Possession and the Property of Various Private Collectors and Investors.

The five pink diamonds ranging from 0.40 carat to 1.01 carat, originally sourced from the world-famous Argyle Diamond Mine, are expected to fetch over US$1million. The request to sell the gems inspired Tim to expand the sale to include other pink diamonds originally from the Argyle mine.

With the closure of the Argyle Mine in November 2020 after 40 years of producing 90% of the world’s pink diamonds the Public Tender is expected to attract attention from regional and overseas bidders.

The catalogue will be capped at just 30 pink diamonds. The final accumulated collection will be the subject of a high security travelling road show around the Australian capital cities. The sealed Tender Bids will be opened at 10.00am in Sydney on Friday 02 July in the presence of a Partner at international accountants, Grant Thornton. launched with a global campaign announced on its new website to invite consignments of additional pink diamonds from private and trade sellers. .

The trade asking prices for Australian pinks from the Argyle mine are said to have increased by more than 10% per annum in a blaze of publicity over many years. However there is no secondary market, so selling a pre-owned pink diamond can be problematic for the end private consumer.

“We are creating a secondary market. The primary market is strong and the timing is perfect for sellers.  Subject to the success of this first project we intend to conduct a Public Tender of Australian pink diamonds twice a year. We may extend the scope to include diamonds of other colours originally sourced from the Argyle Mine,” Tim Goodman said.

Pink diamonds have been all the talk in the auction room after Christies recently sold a 2.17ct fancy pink for $3.5million and will offer another exceptional pink stone estimated to fetch $38million on 23 May.




Freeman’s- Rare Chinese Porcelain & Celadon Lead Asian Art Sale

Freeman’s- Rare Chinese Porcelain & Celadon Lead Asian Art Sale

Chinese carved and underglaze red “Dragons and Waves” vase (Lot 12, $150,000-250,000) Freeman's Auction




Freeman’s will hold its Asian Arts auction on April 8, the sale will showcase a rare example of Chinese Porcelain, a carved twelve-panel “Coromandel” folding screen, and a hanging scroll attributed to the Empress Dowager Cixi.


The sale provides an excellent opportunity for collectors to browse a fine selection of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indian, and Southeast Asian ceramics, jades, lacquer, sculpture, furniture, and works of art from a range of centuries and dynasties.



The highlight of the auction is a Chinese carved and underglaze red “Dragons and Waves” vase (Lot 12, $150,000-250,000), a rare example of a small group of wares made for the Yongzheng court. The work features reserved dragons carved in low relief against a ground of crashing waves executed in a red underglaze.



Also on offer is a Chinese Longquan incised celadon-glazed bottle vase (Lot 2, $20,000-30,000), potentially among a body of works made for Chinese imperial use during the early 15th century reigns of the Yongle and Xuande emperors; A Chinese carved twelve-panel “Coromandel” folding screen (Lot 81, $20,000-30,000), a fine example of popular 17th & 18th century interior screens; and a hanging scroll attributed to the Empress Dowager of China, Cixi, titled Jiutian Chuilu (Grapes) (Lot 84, $15,000-25,000) A diplomatic gift to Congressman and Mrs. Edwin H. Conger, survivors of the Boxer Rebellion.




April 8th, 2021 | 10AM EDT



Ben Farina | Head of Sale

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Freeman’s- Auction World Record Set For Carl Moll at $4.75M

Freeman’s- Auction World Record Set For Carl Moll at $4.75M

First Edition Champlain Book, Freeman's Auction Lot 3



Freeman’s is delighted to announce the results of its February 23 European Art & Old Masters auction, which realized over $6.4M—the best Fine Art sale total that Freeman’s has ever recorded. With spirited bidding throughout the sale from bidders both online and on the telephone, the 67-lot auction achieved an impressive 90% sell-through rate and nearly quadrupled its pre-sale high estimate.



The undoubted highlight of the sale was the stellar result achieved for Carl Moll’s White Interior (Lot 56). After extensive, competitive bidding both online and from a dozen telephone bidders located around the world, the work shattered the previous world auction record of $385,653 and ultimately sold to a private American collector for $4,756,000—more than 8 times its pre-sale high estimate. It is believed the buyer has the intention to exhibit the painting at The Neue Galerie in New York in the future. The significant painting is Freeman’s highest selling lot to date, surpassing the house’s 2011 record of $3.1m achieved by an important Imperial white jade seal from the Qianlong period.


Said Head of Sale, David Weiss:

“Today’s sale set a new house record for Freeman’s with the sale of a stunning painting by the Austrian artist Carl Moll which fetched nearly $4.8m. It was a privilege to have been entrusted with such an exceptional work which had been in the same family for over a hundred years. The consignors are understandably thrilled. ”


Said Chairman, Alasdair Nichol:

“I couldn’t be more delighted with the results of today’s European Art sale particularly as it was hot on the heels of our best American Art auction yet held last December totaling $5.2m. In spite of all the challenges of the past year, Freeman’s continues to have an extraordinarily successful year which is truly a testimony to the efforts of our outstanding team.”



There was great interest in fresh-to-market works from private and institutional collections, including The Calm Sea, Nocturne (Lot 40) by Jacob Schikaneder, which more than doubled its pre-sale high estimate to realize $346,500. Similarly, Roses (Lot 58) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, which was deaccessioned by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia, realized over triple its pre-sale high estimate, selling for $302,400 after a lengthy battle among nineteen telephone bidders.



Other notable highlights included the sale of: Yuri (Georgiy) Ivanovich Pimenov’s The Lemonade Stand

(Lot 67) which sold for $91,700, more than 6-times its pre-sale high estimate; Gustav Klimt’s, Dame Wittgenstein (Study for Bildnis Margaret Stonborough-Wittgenstein) (Lot 55), which surpassed its pre-sale high estimate, achieving $88,200; Étude pour Le Martyre de Saint Procès et Saint Martinien by Valentin de Boulogne (Lot 16)a recently authenticated bozzetto and the first and only one to ever come on the market, realized $78,750, more than doubling its pre-sale high estimate; Venus at the Forge of Vulcan (Lot 6) a work from the Neapolitan School (17th century), which was once a part of the Getty Museum’s collection, sold for $47,250, more than 6-times its pre-sale high estimate; La Sympathie (Lot 61) by Hippolyte Petitjean which sold for $44,100, surpassing its pre-sale high estimate; and Un Témoin Muet (Lot 51) by Evariste Carpentier which realized $30,240, far exceeding its pre-sale estimate of $6,000-10,000.




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Freeman’s- First Edition Champlain Book Sold for $200k+

Freeman’s- First Edition Champlain Book Sold for $200k+

First Edition Champlain Book, Freeman's Auction Lot 3

Freeman’s is delighted to announce the results of its February 18 Books and Manuscripts auction, which realized over $445k. With spirited bidding throughout the sale from bidders both online and on the telephone, the 166-lot auction achieved an impressive 91% sell-through rate and surpassed its pre-sale high estimate.


The undoubted highlight of the sale was the stellar result achieved for Samuel de Champlains’s Les Voyages du Sieur de Champlain, Paris, 1613 (Lot 3). After competitive bidding, the first edition of the French Explorer’s second books sold for $201,600—more than tripling its pre-sale high estimate.



Other notable highlights included the sale of: Vladimir Nabokov’s Ada or Ardor: A Family Chronicle

(Lot 99) which sold for $15,120, more than three times its pre-sale high estimate; Thomas Birch and J.H. Seymour’s, The Geographical Pastime, or the Complete Tour of Europe (Lot 48), which achieved $13,100, more than five times its pre-sale high estimate; Evening Clouds, East Side of the Sierra Nevada, California, a photograph by Ansel Adams (Lot 124), realized $10,710; and a complete deck of Harlequin Playing Cards from Chas E. Carryl (Lot 49), which sold for $8,820, more than seven times its pre-sale high estimate.





Darren Winston | Head of Sale

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Roseberys- Yayoi Kusama Pumpkins Lead Print Auction

Roseberys- Yayoi Kusama Pumpkins Lead Print Auction

Roseberys London: The first Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples auction of the year at Roseberys will take place on Tuesday 9 March, starting at 11am. This sale has a strong focus in particular on collectible works that are on trend, including works by the Connor Brothers, David Shrigley, Banksy and Takashi Murakami. This sale is ideal for young collectors starting out, as it boasts a large number of high impact and recognisable works from artists such as Andy Warhol, Yayoi Kusama, Terry Frost and David Hockney.

Elizabeth Wormald, Junior Specialist who assisted in curating of the auction comments ‘Running themes throughout the sale includes a large selection of prints by pioneering female artist Dame Laura Knight, which are rare to find on the market. They are all beautiful examples of her etching skills, with the majority of the works portraying women from a women’s eye. Elsewhere within the sale, another reoccurring work from the same artist are a wide selection of prints (lots 192-202) by the prolific English Pop Artist Peter Blake. Lots 262 – 268 is a group focused around YBA women such as Tracey Emin. And as always, we have a solid selection of works by Japanese artist Takashi Murakami on offer.’ Yayoi

Yayoi Kusama Pumpkin up for bid at Roseberys auction
Yayoi Kusama Pumpkin up for bid at Roseberys auction

Leading the sale are two high covetable pumpkin prints by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. A Pumpkin BB-C [Kusama 329’] in blue and A Pumpkin GB-D [Kusama 332] ‘in green. Both screenprint in colour on arches wove were produced in 2004 and come with a provenance purchased from the publisher, Okabe Hanga Shuppan, Kanagawa, Japan. They both come with an estimate of £12,000- £18,000. Yayoi Kusama has consolidated a name for herself for her genius and innovative work. To date she is one of the most highly sought-after artists of her generation. Her aesthetic is perhaps best typified by her pumpkin art such as the lots on offer at Roseberys. 

Estimated to make £15,000- £20,000 is this work by elusive British artist Banksy. Titled Police Riot Van (Dismaland Gift Print), the digital print in colours with hand finish on wove, created in 2015 was a one of 52 prints given to employees from Banksy at Dismaland, the temporary art project organised by the street artist in the seaside resort of Weston-super-Mare. The print is accompanied by a Dismaland hi-vis jacket and tin can lid Mickey Mouse ears, worn by the employee during their time working at the park. It also comes accompanied by a bank statement and payslip issued by BM Dismaland Ltd. Elizabeth Wormald, Junior Specialist comments, ‘Banksy gifted works rarely come up to auction, so it’s great to see this Dismaland print on offer.’ 

Offered at £2,500- £3,500 is lot 20, the complete suite of five lithographs in colours by British artist Henry Moore OM CH FBA RBS, 1898-1986. Titled Helmet Head Lithographs [Cramer 356-360], the complete folio was published by Gerald Cramer, Geneva, in 1974-75. Moore is one of the most significant British artists of the twentieth century best known for his semi-abstract monumental bronze sculptures which are located around the world as public works of art. As well as sculpture, Moore also produced many drawings, along with other graphic works on paper such as the lots on offer. 

Unique work by The Connor Brothers, titled The Preceding Accumulation of Emotional Distress created in 2020 for their lockdown series; is offered at £2,500- £3,500 within the auction. The unique mixed media collage, digital print, crayon and hand-finished acrylic on wove comes with a provenance from the Artistan Gallery, 2020. The Connor Brothers are best known for their paintings and prints featuring vintage pin-up beauties and Old Hollywood starlets such as the lot on offer. The Connor Brothers—a pseudonym for the British artists Mike Snelle and James Golding—initially retained anonymity under their fictional guise. They posed as fictional twin brothers Franklyn and Brendan Connor, who had escaped from a California cult (called “The Family”) by running away to Brooklyn at age 16 to become artists. Today, Snelling and Golding have shed their guise, and align their work with social causes such as the European refugee crisis. 

Offering to the market at £2,000- £3,000 is work by British artist Tracey Emin CBE RA. Titled Hades Hades Hades, the screenprint on cotton, stitched onto floral fabric published by Counter Editions, London in 2009 shows her love of using texture and fabric in her works. Tracey Emin is a notable and prolific artist recognized for her place in the Young British Artists movement of the 1990s, and in particular for her provocative and controversial works. As illustrated in this artwork, Tracey Emin explores very personal and turbulent childhood experiences alongside sexual history, which is often described as confessional. The repeated text Hades on this left-hand screen print evokes the underworld in Greek mythology, a word which later became synonymous in Christianity with hell. For Emin Hades has a further, more personal meaning as it was the name of a night club in Margate, and a place where she experienced some of her best and darkest teenage memories. The right-hand side of the print shows a sketchily drawn figure on her knees who appears to be holding a hammer in one hand. 

Lot 14 is a great example of a linocut on offer within the auction by Cyril Edward Power, (1872-1951). Cyril Edward Power was an English artist best known for his mastery of linocut prints, long-standing artistic partnership with artist Sybil Andrews and for co-founding the Grosvenor School of Modern Art in London in 1925. He was also a successful architect and teacher. Today Power’s work is held in collections worldwide, including the British Museum, National Gallery of Australia, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. A similar version to the work on offer at Roseberys can be found within the V&A collection. This exquisite example of Power’s linoprint work at Roseberys comes with an estimate of £2,000- £3,000. 

The complete portfolio of 50 screenprints and photolithographs in colours on wove by Scottish artist Sir Eduardo Paolozzi CBE RA, (1924–2005) titled General Dynamic F.U.N., 1967-70, published by Alecto Studios has been entered into the sale at £1,500- £2,000. Paolozzi was one of the pioneers of the pop art movement in the UK and was admired for his mechanistic sculptures and his kaleidoscopic print projects. Within these series of screenprints Paolozzi explored familiar household names of advertising, high fashion and Hollywood. Between Tuesday 12 November 2019 – Saturday 4 January 2020, the work was on view at the Hayward Gallery at the Southbank Centre in London. The artist’s friend and occasional collaborator, J.G. Ballard, described the General Dynamic F.U.N as a ‘unique guidebook to the electric garden of our minds.’ 

Coming with an estimate of £1,500- £2,000 is an etching with aquatint in colours on Magnani wove titled Stromboli’ by British artist, Victor Pasmore CH CBE (1908-1998). Stromboli was one of a series of etchings made at the 2RC studio in Rome, for which Pasmore used a very direct method of working on the plate to produce large and fluid areas of colour aquatint. Aquatint is a printmaking technique that produces tonal effects by using acid to eat into the printing plate creating sunken areas which hold the ink. To produce this work, he poured a solvent onto the varnished copper plate, while controlling the run and spread of the liquid. The area thus bared for aquatinting and etching was then modified and augmented to complete the image. Pasmore is famous for pioneering the development of abstract art in Britain in the 1940s and 1950s. The work on offer at Roseberys is a wonderful example of his work. 

The complete suite of seven screen-prints in white on black wove, together with accompanying book is being offered at £1,000- £1,500 within the auction by Italian contemporary artist Maurizio Nannucci. Living and working in Lives and works in Florence and South Baden, Germany, Nannucci’s work portfolio includes photography, video, neon installations, sound installation, artist’s books, and editions. A large focus within his work has been exploring the relationships between art, language and image since the 1960s with the creation of “Dactilograms” – a more diverse dimension of meaning and a new perception of space. The work on offer at Roseberys is a prime example of Nanucci’s use of language as an artform. 

The final highlight within the auction comes from the legendary king of Pop Art, Andy Warhol. Included within the sale are three prints by the renowned American artist, with lot 208 print from ‘The American Indian series (Red)’ being the highlight of the group. By the mid-1970s, Andy Warhol was veering away from his earlier focus on mainstream celebrities and toward more eclectic subjects. The image featured on this poster is a painting created by Warhol of Native American civil rights activist Russell Means, who he produced a series on in 1976. Within the artwork Warhol presents Means with exaggerated, glamorized features; that are similar to the series from the mechanical approach of Warhol’s earlier celebrity portraits. Through a combination of mass technology and ornamental technique, Warhol transforms a commonplace image, such as the lot on offer, into a dignified and majestic portrait that pays tribute to both an individual and his people. The offset lithographic poster in colours on thin wove comes with an estimate of £1,000 – £1,500. 

Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples: Live online only auction Tuesday 9 March, 11am 

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Roseberys- Private Collection of Silver & Judaica

Roseberys- Private Collection of Silver & Judaica

 Roseberys London are proud to a bring a Private Collection of Silver & Judaica to the market on Wednesday 17 March, starting at 11am. The size and quality of this collection of scrolls and Judaica make this auction a very special event. The varied and impressive collection features an illuminated Book of Ecclesiastes scroll, several highly collectable Esther scroll cases by the Bezalel School, and numerous examples from across Europe, Israel and the former Ottoman Empire. There are also some lovely examples of contemporary Judaica silver including several pieces by Mila Tanya Griebel, whose work has been exhibited widely in Britain and the US, with a number of museums buying work for their permanent collections, a number of pieces by Hazorfim, and a large silver rose bowl by Graham K Arthur. 

Peter Greenway, Director at Roseberys comments ‘We are thrilled to be selling this collection. It is one of the largest single owner collections of Judaica sold in the UK in the last few decades. It is unusual to see such a wide spectrum of Judaica in a single owner sale. The sale is split into categories including silver, scrolls, works of art, jewellery and watches, all ranging in prices. Another highlight within the sale is a collection of rare modern silver, made in the late 20th century. There is a growing market for all Judaica, so we are excited to see the results of this auction.’

Lot 2: William Tillyer, British b.1938- Untitled, 1980

The highlight of the sale is lot 311, a miniature illuminated Megillat Kohelet [Book of Ecclesiastes Scroll], early 20th century. Estimated to make £2,000- £5,000, this scroll is written in a handsome Hebrew scribal hand in tiny lettering bordered by colourfully painted polychrome birds, fruit, lions within roundels and architecture on a yellow ground. Book of Ecclesiastes scrolls are far rarer than Esther scrolls, and the beautiful illumination on this example makes it even more special. It is in good condition commensurate with age. 

Estimated to sell for £1,000 – £2,000 is a HaMelech Esther scroll, megillah, in a silver case and original olive wood box, by the Bezalel School, Jerusalem, c.1925. Both the case and box are signed in Hebrew ‘Bezalel Jerusalem’. The scroll case is beautifully chased with panels depicting scenes from the Book of Esther including Mordecai beseeching Queen Esther on behalf of their people, Esther beseeching her husband, King Ahasuerus, and Mordecai being led in triumph on a horse by Haman. This type of scroll is known as a ha-melech scroll because most of the columns, written in Hebrew, begin with the word ha-melech (the king). Pieces by the Bezalel School of Art and Design have become highly collectible. Established in 1906 by artist Boris Schatz as the “Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts”. Bezalel has evolved into one of the world’s most prestigious art schools. 

A fine example of a scroll case included within the auction is lot 312. The small jewelled Israeli HaMelech Esther scroll case, unmarked, assumed gold, c.1960 is attributed to Licica Smilovici. The case of hexagonal form with panelled sides is decorated with vertical bands of geometric scrollwork set with rubies and emeralds, the crown finial centred by a rampant lion. The scroll case has been entered into the market with an estimate of £4,000- £8,000. A very similar scroll sold within Sothebys auction titled ‘ A Treasured Legacy : The Michael and Judy Steinhardt Judaica Collection’ in 2013 made over £9,000. 

Lot 334 on offer is a silver travelling Hanukkah lamp in the form of a book, possibly Polish, made in the mid-19th century. The lamp that comes with an estimate of £800- £1,200 is engraved on the cover in large Hebrew characters ‘Shaddai’ (The Almighty), and the base is engraved with the Star of David, beside a maker’s mark LC/T in a shield-shaped punch. The interior has eight square compartments, the front four hinged and opening to form a straight line of eight, which conceals along the front a Hebrew inscription including the word Hanukkah. On the first night of Hanukkah, the first light is lit using the shamash. On each subsequent night, an additional light is ignited until on the final night, all the lights burn. This lamp would be great for anybody travelling or needing a compact, foldable lamp for the home. 

Coming with an attractive estimate of £200- £300 is a highly collectable early 20th century (1931) 9ct gold jump hour digital wristwatch. The wristwatch comes with Glasgow hallmarks, 1931, and later leather straps. This style of watch coined the term ‘digital watch’. Although the movement is mechanical, the hours, minutes and seconds are read through small apertures in the case. The time is displayed using ‘digits’ – hence the name digital. These early mechanical digital watches are the predecessors of modern digital watches. While electronic digital wristwatches first appeared in the 70s, the very first digital wristwatches actually came onto the scene in the 1920s. 

Lot 320, estimated at £2,000-4,000 is a silver filigree spice tower of architectural form, by the Bezalel school, Jerusalem, c.1920. This highly collectable piece has five domed turrets and a flag engraved ‘Jerusalem’ in Hebrew to hinged cover, the square foot applied on one side with Hebrew words reading ‘Bezalel Jerusalem’. It is also stamped with an Austrian import mark for 1901-21, and mounted on a hardstone base. Many Jewish families will use a Spice Tower (besamim) at the end of Shabbat. Strong, sweet spices such as cinnamon sticks, cloves and nutmeg are placed inside it. The sweetness of the spices symbolizes the Jews’ collective hope that sweetness will prevail beyond the actual holiday–during the coming weeks, months and years. Although the tradition of using besamim boxes dates back to the mid-1500s, few early examples have survived. The oldest ones still in existence are from the mid-1800s, according to Jay Weinstein, author of “A Collectors’ Guide to Judaica” (Thames and Hudson, out of print). Spice boxes are rarer than other ceremonial objects. As a result, the best older examples are more sought after, and their value is expected to remain strong and increase. 

Offered with an estimate of £400- £600 is a pair of late 19th century Polish silver Tefillin cases (phylacteries) Warsaw, maker’s mark Pogorzelski. These cases also have a later Russian duty mark for 1908-17, both engraved with foliate decoration and Hebrew inscriptions reading ‘for hand’ and ‘for head’ respectively to the front. They are beautifully engraved with foliate decoration and Hebrew inscriptions reading ‘for hand’ and ‘for head’ respectively to the front. They are exceptional examples of Tefillin’s, the silver boxes worn by Orthodox Jewish men on their head and arm during weekday morning prayer. The Tefillins’ also come complete with pale blue velvet linings. 

Lot 181 is a rare relic of the roaring twenties – the golden era of tobacco. The pagoda-shaped silver cigarette holder by Asprey comes with an estimate of £400- £600. This is not your average cigarette box. Chinoiserie enjoyed a revival in the 1920s-1930s and Asprey, always at the forefront of stylish, innovative design responded with creations of this sort. The lovely, unusual piece has an opening with a twist of the finial to reveal three wooden triangular compartments for cigarettes. 

Lot 316 is a fine example of a miniature Sefer Torah mounted on ivory capped wooden rollers, probably 18th century, from Germany or Poland, estimated to make £5,000- £10,000. The text is arranged according to the vavei ha‘amudim format, 42 lines to a column, the black velvet mantle embroidered in gold thread with a Star of David and thread border. The Torah (or Pentateuch) is commonly acknowledged to be the oldest section of the Hebrew Old Testament, containing the five books of Moses. The process of writing a Torah is an extremely long one – it can take up to a year. Every Torah is written entirely by hand, with each of the 304,805 letters inscribed with a quill and specially prepared ink. 

At £1,000- £2,000 is this large Austro-Hungarian menorah, mid-19th century, stamped only with 13 standard mark. The menorah is stunningly designed with finial of a lion rampant supporting a vacant shield, the central column with applied lion masks from which issue the rounded wire branches, each with chains dependant. The Lion of Judah is traditionally regarded as the symbol of the Israelite tribe of Judah. The cylindrical base of stem is applied with cut-out deer in forest setting and the large oval base is finished off with applied with grotesque mask feet. This is a lovely, impressive example of a menorah – the traditional Jewish symbol of light. 

Estimated to make £400- £600 is a 19th century Russian provincial silver Torah pointer, yad, from Vilnius, c.1860. The maker A. Magat, assay master Alexander Myanovsky, decorated the midsection with an applied lion mask and the squared handle is set with a small tear-shaped coral cabochon to spherical finial engraved with two Hebrew letters beneath a single hoop. Now in Lithuania, in 1860 Vilnius where the Torah pointer was made was part of the Russian Empire. During the second half of the 19th century, the Jewish community in Vilnius thrived and the city became known as the capital of Torah studies, or “the Jerusalem of Lithuania” among world Jewish communities. 

An interesting silver menorah formerly presented to Margaret Thatcher, stamped ‘925 sterling’ comes with an estimate of £2,000 – 3,000 (lot 416 ). The menorah complete with eight branches, comes with an auxiliary miniature oil jug and is decorated in floral patterns. An engraving to base reading ‘Presented to the Prime Minister The Rt. Hon Margaret Thatcher FRS MP, With very best wishes from the Lubavitch Foundation UK, July 1989’. The provenance of the menorah was that it is was presented to Margaret Thatcher by the Lubavitch Foundation in July 1989. A photo of Thatcher and the menorah-flanked by Rabbi Aron Dov Sufrin and several others-hung on the wall of Rabbi Aron Dov Sufrin (Director of Education of Lubavitch schools in London) until his death in 1997. Passed on to his son, the photo is now said to hang in the Chabad House office. 

A Private Collection of Silver & Judaica: Live online only auction Wednesday 17 March, 11am 

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Please note that Roseberys cannot guarantee that any of the scrolls offered in this auction are kosher. 

Lots 1-413 are part of a private collection being sold on behalf of a charity. 

There is no in person viewing for this auction. 

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Golding Young- Historic Newbold Pacey Hall Auction

Golding Young- Historic Newbold Pacey Hall Auction

On Wednesday the 27th  and Thursday the 28th of January, Golding Young Auctioneers & Valuers will be presenting a 2-day auction for the contents of the historic, Newbold Pacey Hall.


Situated in the heart of Warwickshire, sits a mansion, surrounded by a parkland setting. It has been in the same family since it was built by William Little in 1780 – 1790. Much of the contents in the sale belonged to, or was gifted to the family throughout the decades in which they resided in the house, (which is now being sold alongside its contents).

A set of early 19thC 'Grand Tour' Parthenon Frieze plaster plaques
A rare 17thC Venetian glass campana shaped flask


As with any estate contents sale, the auction is packed full of curios and collectables, alongside bold pieces of furniture and large scale paintings purchased for a period property of this size and stature. Many of these wonderful treasures would have been acquired by members of the family who went out on ‘Grand Tours’ to bring them back for use as display pieces, to show off to guests visiting the house, or even for entertainment after a long dinner. These pieces are described as such in the auction catalogue and are highlighted by lot 285, a set of early 19th C ‘Grand Tour’ Parthenon Frieze plaster plaques, estimated at £500-800.


Richard Plant, Auctioneer and Valuation consultant, commented on the process of unveiling the contents, much of which had been hidden away in cupboards for decades:


“It’s always a privilege and a pleasure to go into a property of this kind to value and prepare the assets for auction; every drawer you find and cupboard you open holds new and untold treasures, which tell the story of the house and its inhabitants. The house clearly belonged to an extremely well connected family and it is now time for these unique and exceptional items to find a new home. It was an honour to spend time at Newbold Pacey and to find items that had been beautifully preserved, wrapped in newspaper and untouched since the turn of the 20th century. Some of the items we found were extremely rare and include a favourite of mine, lot 368, a 17th century  or earlier Venetian glass flask the likes of which I have never seen before in my many years of working in the profession. It’s a museum quality piece and a rare treat to find.”


The item is estimated to sell for £300-500.

A large 17thC carved poker work walnut coffer
A fine pair of George IV rosewood chaise longues


Aside from a stunning selection of glassware, the auction contains everything you would expect to find in a country house from this period, with an assortment of furniture to suite all pockets and all home sizes, as well as collectors’ pieces and antiquarian books for buyers who love the intrigue and provenance of this family home.


Amongst the array of furniture, is lot 38, a beautifully carved 17thC poker work walnut coffer, which may be in need of a little restoration, yet has still been well preserved. Thought to have been transported to the UK from Portugal, this piece would serve as a stunning and uniquely chic addition to any country house. The price reflects the age and rarity of the coffer, and once restored, it could be a useable household storage chest that would also look marvellous alongside lot 224, a fine pair of George IV rosewood chaise longues, estimated at £1,500-£2,500.

Jacob More (British 1740-1793). The Falls of Tivoli
Jacob More (British 1740-1793). The Roman Campagna


Two large scale paintings by the Scottish artist Jacob More are without doubt the most impressive pieces in the paintings section of the sale. These two are complemented by a beautiful range of smaller pictures, including a selection of good quality watercolours, portraits and sketches undertaken by members of the family.


Entitled ‘The Falls of Tivoli and The Roman Campagna,’ two imposing oil on canvas works depict classical Roman scenes typical of the artist, who lived and worked in Rome throughout the 18th century. These two paintings are likely to have been purchased by a family member on a ‘Grand Tour’ who would have rolled the canvases up before transporting them back to the UK to be mounted in gesso frames.  As the most expensive lots in the auction, lots 1306 and 1307 boast high estimates of £20,000-30,000 which reflect the large scale nature of the works themselves.

A rare and important collection of Royal hair lockets, together with an account of the opening of the coffin of King Charles I in 1813, the seven hinged gold (unmarked) and glass lockets each bearing a name tab and a locket of hair for: Edward IIII, George II, George III, Queen Charlotte, Ernest King of Hanover, George IIII, William IIII and The Duke of Wellington
A George III silk pin cushion from the Royal household


Perhaps the most intriguing items in the auction however, are those with royal provenance and connections to prominent figures of the 18th and 19th centuries such as Lord Nelson and The Duke of Wellington. It is known that a family member lived and worked at Windsor Castle, which supports the connection to how a number of such items ended up at Newbold Pacey to begin with. These include lot 1418, a rare and important collection of Royal hair lockets, together with an account of the opening of the coffin of King Charles I in 1813. The seven hinged gold and glass lockets each bear a name tab and a locket of hair for: Edward IIII, George II, George III, Queen Charlotte, Ernest King of Hanover, George IIII, William IIII and The Duke of Wellington. The lot is estimated at £1,500-2,500.

Similarly, lot 1414, an exceptional piece of historical significance, makes reference to the madness of King George III. The George III silk pin cushion from the Royal household comes complete with a hand written note stating that it was ‘at a Royal residence and thrown by George III at one of the family during a fit of madness,’ where the King shouted at this family member to “take this and get out of the room!” This fascinating piece is estimated to sell for £200-300.

Thomas Bardwell (1704-1767). Portrait of Mary Suckling, wife of Roger Howman and Aunt of Lord Nelson
An engraved permit to the funeral of the late Vice Admiral Horatio Viscount Nelson (January 1806)


Lots 1303 and 1353 hold particular significance for collectors of items relating to Lord Nelson. The first is a stunning portrait of Mary Suckling, the Aunt of Lord Nelson, by Thomas Bardwell, estimated at £2,500-3,500. The second is an engraved permit to the funeral of the late Vice Admiral Horatio Viscount Nelson (January 1806), admitting William Little Esq (handwritten) into the procession from the admiralty to St Paul’s Cathedral, signed by Issac Head (the Garter King at Arms), and numbered 117. Although it is not known if Lord Nelson ever visited the house, he was certainly known well enough to the Little family for them to have been invited to his funeral. The lots is estimated at £800-1,200.

Elsewhere in the sale, are a selection of British and Oriental ceramics, including pieces from China and Japan, an extensive library of  books, a good selection of silverware and a small collection of fishing and shooting-related items.


The catalogue for the auction is laid out by category and the auctioneer has provided a remote video viewing showcasing the contents of the house as it is laid out in the auction room to recreate the experience and excitement of a viewing as if you were there in the room!


For local history lovers, collectors and enthusiasts alike, this auction has a plethora of items to browse through, bid on and buy. You can view the catalogue online, at to leave bids online ahead of the sale, and place bids live in the auction, as it takes place.




27-28 January | 10am GMT



Richard Plant | Consultant Auctioneer & Valuer

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Prop Store- Obi Wan Kenobi Lightsaber Sells for $201,000

Prop Store- Obi Wan Kenobi Lightsaber Sells for $201,000

Rare & Iconic Film & TV Memorabilia Auctioned On 02 December In The UK

Over 900 Lots Sold For An Incredible £4.3M ($5.8M) At Prop Store’s Auction.


 Prop Store – one of the world’s leading film and TV memorabilia companies has today announced the results from the largest annual live auction of film and TV memorabilia in the UK, with items on offer fetching in excess of £4.3m ($5.8m).


Prop Store’s unique Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction was held over two days (Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd December 2020) at their UK headquarters in Hertfordshire.


Hundreds of bidders from around the world gathered at the Prop Store’s live auction, which achieved outstanding results over 20 hours of exciting and intensive bidding. Over 900 rare and iconic lots were sold during Prop Store’s Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction.

Lot 2: William Tillyer, British b.1938- Untitled, 1980

Notable sales included (sale prices are inclusive of buyer’s premium):

1. Obi-Wan Kenobi’s (Ewan McGregor) Hero Lightsaber from STAR WARS: REVENGE OF THE SITH (2005) sold for £150,000 ($201,000)

2. R. Giger-designed Special Effects Mechanical Alien Head from ALIEN (1979) sold for £62,500 ($83,750)

3. Joker’s (Jack Nicholson) Fedora from BATMAN (1989) sold for £37,500 ($50,250)

4. James Bond’s (Daniel Craig) MI6 Training Suit from JAMES BOND: SKYFALL (2012) sold for £18,750 ($25,125)

5. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell’s (Tom Cruise) Bomber Jacket from TOP GUN (1986) sold for £50,000 ($67,000)

6. Jareth’s (David Bowie) Crystal Ball, Autographed Photos, Tickets and Card from LABYRINTH (1986) sold for £20,000 ($26,800)

7. Buck Russell’s (John Candy) Bowling Ball from UNCLE BUCK (1989) sold for £28,125 ($37,688)

8. Light-Up Remote-control R2-S8 Droid from STAR WARS: SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (2018) sold for £150,000 ($201,000)

9. Neo’s (Keanu Reeves) Complete Costume from THE MATRIX RELOADED (2003) sold for £62,500 ($83,750)

10. Vivian Ward’s (Julia Roberts) Boots from PRETTY WOMAN (1990) sold for £31,250 ($41,875)

11. Tyler Durden’s (Brad Pitt) Photo-Matched Red Leather Jacket from FIGHT CLUB (1999) sold for £40,625 ($54,437)

12. Captain Jack Sparrow’s (Johnny Depp) Pirate Hat from PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES (2011) sold for £20,000 ($26,800)

13. Captain Miller’s (Tom Hanks) Cast-autographed Hero Helmet from SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (1998) sold for £20,000 ($26,800)

14. Marty McFly’s (Michael J. Fox) 2015 Jacket from BACK TO THE FUTURE PART II (1989) sold for £23,750 ($31,825)

15. Maximus’ (Russell Crowe) Stunt Arena Shield from GLADIATOR (2000) sold for £8,750 ($11,725)

16. David Dunn’s (Bruce Willis) FSU Security Costume from UNBREAKABLE (2000) sold for £11,875 ($15,913)

17. Joker’s (Heath Ledger) Neck Tie from THE DARK KNIGHT (2008) sold for £16,250 ($21,775)

18. Katniss Everdeen’s (Jennifer Lawrence) Combat Costume and Disguise Cloak from THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 2 (2015) sold for £6,250 ($8,375)

19. Peter Banning’s (Robin Williams) Pan Costume from HOOK (1991) sold for £15,000 ($20,100)

20. Hero Dagger of Megiddo from THE OMEN (1976) sold for £68,750 ($92,125)

21. Eva Perón’s (Madonna) Hat from EVITA (1996) sold for £2,500 ($3,350)

22. Ramirez’s (Sean Connery) Katana from HIGHLANDER (1986) sold for £50,000 ($67,000)


Some of the least expensive lots in the auction included a set of Christopher Lee On-set Photographs from James Bond classic,  THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN (1974) which sold for £500 ($670), and a Combined Continuity Script from ROCKY (1976) sold for £563 ($754).


Stephen Lane, Prop Store CEO commented on the auction: “After what has been an uncertain and unpredictable year, we are absolutely thrilled with the results of our seventh annual London Live Auction. It is clear that the love for the classic films has not diminished and we saw some spectacular results across both days. We are looking forward to seeing what our next event in Los Angeles next Spring will bring.”



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Roseberys- Impressionist, Modern, Post War & Contemporary Art

Roseberys- Impressionist, Modern, Post War & Contemporary Art

 Roseberys are proud to present the Impressionist, Modern, Post War & Contemporary Art auction, which will be the final specialist sale of the year for Roseberys, on Wednesday 9 December, starting at 1pm. 

Tess O’Brien, Head of the department comments ‘Within the highly anticipated sale we have a lot of very interesting contemporary pieces from all around the world, from South Korea including work by Michael Joo to America including work from Brian Calvin. There are also some rare treasurers in the Post War section, including the Paul Jenkins and Claude Venard pieces. I am also pleased, being Australian, to once again have a lovely collection of Australian works of art with interesting provenance. The sale is small comprising of 170 lots in total, however it is full with good quality works of art by important artists. 

Lot 2: William Tillyer, British b.1938- Untitled, 1980

Estimated to make £18,000- £22,000 is Lot 23 by American abstract expressionist painter Paul Jenkins, 1923-2012. Titled Cape of Good Hope created in 1958, the oil on canvas comes with an impressive provenance. This painting is a typical example of Jenkins’s style, achieved through his eschewing of the paintbrush, which left the paint to seep, pool and drip across the canvas. Jenkins’s work, inspired by artists such as Jackson Pollock and his close friend Mark Rothko, can be firmly located in the abstract impressionist movement which shaped subsequent American art. Jenkins’s work is on display in locations throughout the USA and across the world, including in the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Tate in London, and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. Lot 22 in the sale is also an oil on canvas by Jenkins, titled Eye of the Doie, Paris, created a year later in1959. This lot has been estimated to make a lower price of £4,000- £6,000. 

Following shortly after is the other leading highlight in the sale, an oil on canvas (Lot 24) by Irish / British artist Hughie O’Donoghue, b.1953. Titled The Owl Run, created in 2013, it has been entered into the auction at £25,000- £30,000. This work is part of a major series by the British artist Hughie O’Donoghue, ‘Owl Run’, which was exhibited at Marlborough Fine Arts in 2013 where the vendor bought it from. The exhibition and the works within were curated around the concept of place, time, and memory. The interconnectedness of the three has been a central theme of the artist throughout his career. In this series, O’Donoghue uses the painted image to explore the individual’s connection with the past, and the places associated with it. He does this through his depictions of ‘Owl Run’, the place in Ireland where his mother grew up and which O’Donoghue himself visited regularly as a child. It is through the application of broad swathes of bold pigments that O’Donoghue seeks to convey the indelible impressions which familiar places make on an individual, particularly in childhood, and the powerful emotions which these remembered places continue to evoke throughout our lives. 

Lot 12, an oil on canvas by French post-Cubist and still life painter Claude Venard,1913 – 1999 titled Nature Morte au Sacré Coeur, executed in 1991, has been estimated at £18,000- £22,000 at auction. The artwork comes with provenance from The Estate of Madame Venard; Galerie Michel Perrier, Avignon; Alon Zakaim, London, where purchased by the present owner. Venard’s thick impasto, which was achieved through the application of paint directly with a palette knife, is a typical feature of his paintings, and can be seen clearly in this piece. The substantial influence of Cubism on Venard’s work is evident from his bold, abstract depiction of space, a flattening of objects, and a focus on the representation of contrasting and interconnected shapes. In this context, this piece is a classic example of Venard’s style, including its still-life subject matter. Examples of Venard’s work are held around the world in places such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Musee d’Art Moderne in Paris, the Tate in London, and the Tokyo Museum. 

Lot 35 by American artist Brian Calvin, b.1969 is estimated to make £15,000- £20,000. Titled Thing (II), created using acrylic on canvas in 2007; this work came from the Casey Kaplan Gallery, New York, where purchased by the present owner while it was being exhibited in the ‘Good Morning, Midnight’ show 22 June 2007 to 31 July 2007. Since the 1990s, Brian Calvin has developed a body of highly stylised large, colourful, flattened paintings, rendering his figures in light-soaked portraits that retain a lifelike quality. He is well known for his paintings which depict youthful figures, based on the people he observes in his home state of California. These paintings are therefore imbued with a strong sense of Calvin’s own identity, and his strong connection with the Californian landscape and people. Calvin utilises an extreme contrast of bright colours and close-up representation of features to create an element of abstraction in his work. This also creates a sense of flatness and temporal dislocation which makes these paintings particularly impactful, and has seen Calvin likened to artists such as David Hockney and Alex Katz. This painting is a typical example of Calvin’s bold, larger-than-life depiction of a female face, her uncertain gaze engaging us in a consideration of that which we can never know: her thoughts and feelings. 


Lots 37 and 38 are by the Korean-American contemporary artist Michael Joo, b.1966. Lot 37 titled Divided/Echoed, is created using four shields, aluminized low-iron glass and estimated to make £5,000- £8,000. Lot 38 is titled Bodata, uses aluminized low-iron glass as the canvas also but with enamel paint applied to the surface. This artwork comes with a lower estimate of £2,000 – £4,000. Both artworks were created in the year of 2012. Joo’s multidisciplinary approach is reflected in the unusual medium of these two artworks, which takes the form of riot shields constructed from glass. Like much of Joo’s output, these works on offer engages with contemporary, social and political concerns. In this instance, Joo’s provocative artworks are dealing with the issue of the strained and fragile relationship between the police and the civilian population in modern states. In considering the relationship between the authorities and the individual, these artworks express themes of identity within a wider cultural context which recur throughout the artist’s work. His works are held globally in institutes such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, and the Samsung Centre for Art and Culture in Seoul. 

Carrying an estimate of £4,000 – £6,000 is lot 17 by Dutch artist Karel Appel, 1921-2006. Titled Single Figure, 11; the mixed media on paper, laid down on canvas, comes with a respectable provenance, hailing from The Redfern Gallery, in London. This piece is a typical work by the Dutch-born artist Karel Appel (1921-2006), distinguished, among other things, by its bright primary colours, used alongside thick lines of black paint. This work resembles much of Appel’s output through its depiction of abstract figurative forms through bold brushstrokes, which imbues the artwork with an arresting sense of energy and dynamism. This work demonstrates the freedom of expression which is a constant feature of Appel’s practice, and which has seen the artist associated with the abstract expressionist group of contemporary New York. Mixed-media artworks, like this piece, form some of Appel’s most recognisable images, and have been the subject of a number of exhibitions. They can be seen in an exhibition of Appel’s works on paper at the Galerie Charles Lienhard in Zurich in 1962, and the Redfern Gallery where this painting came from. 

Lot 31 by contemporary American artist Elliott Hundley b.1975, titled Exit Dionysus is estimated to make £5,000- £8,000, which is an attractive price for this piece. This work on offer comes from a private collection in London and was created in 2010 using a range of mediums including soundboard, ink jet on kitikata, paper, photographs, pins, wire and found paintings, lending the work on offer an element of collage. The use of mix media, collage style painting is synonymous with Hundley’s artistic output. The detailed construction within his works such as lot 31 on offer, show that his artworks continue to grow and change throughout their existence. Hundley’s incongruous combination of materials and images adds an extra element of unreality to the dreamlike fantasy of their subject matter. His work is in collections around the USA, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and his works have been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Andrea Rosen Gallery in New York and at the UCLA Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, among others. 

Lot 30 and 32 in the sale are both by American painter Julie Hefferman, whose work has been described by the writer Rebecca Solnit as “a new kind of history painting” and by The New Yorker as “ironic rococo surrealism with a social-satirical twist. Her pieces of artwork, like the works on offer at Roseberys have a fantasy like feeling but has a metephorical meaning behind them talking about issues that are happening around the world during her time she is creating the piece of artwork. Lot 30 an oil on canvas on offer is titled Study for Self Portrait as Fabulous Droppings V, 2008; with an estimate of £3,000 – £5,000. Lot 32 is also an oil on canvas, titled Study for Self-Portrait in Need of Perpetual Help and comes with a higher estimate of £4,000 – £6,000. Both artworks were painted in 2008 and were purchased by the current owner from the Pilkington Olsoff Fine Arts, in New York. 


There are two pieces in the sale (lot 20 and 21) by Aubrey Williams, a twentieth-century British-Guyanan artist who was a major force in the post-war avant-garde movement in 1950s London. The highlight out of the two being lot 20, an oil on canvas titled Tacuma, painted in 1964 carrying an estimate of £3,000- £5,000. Along with his own paintings there are also a few works within the auction that are originally from his estate (lots 73- 76). This collection of work by Williams’s contemporaries is a fantastic example of the connections and interactions between artists at the forefront of a new movement. The paintings by Hill and Spiess, in particular, demonstrate a mid-twentieth-century approach to art which pushed the limits of abstraction, whilst each piece serves as an exploration of the power and properties of the artist’s materials. These pictures are of great significance, with the work of these artists undoubtedly shaping the approach of Williams himself in turn. 

Elsewhere within the sale we have an exciting collection of Australian artworks. These works all date from Post War Britain when the Australian artists emigrated to London. Included amongst the collection are works from the estate of Sidney Nolan, 1917-1992, lots 41-44. Lot 41 is the highlight, James Bentley, from the Eureka Stockade series, an ink and ripolin on glass created in 1949 which has been estimated to fetch £7,000 – £9,000. James Bentley, the subject of Nolans painting was an convicted forger, and was accused of murder, when the Eureka Hotel he built burnt down and killed a Scottish miner. Nolan often depicted key figures from Australian history, such as the work on offer. This artwork is an example of one of the many artworks which Nolan painted on glass, as part of his Eureka Stockade series, the most significant of these works being the Eureka Stockade mural which was commissioned by the Reserve Bank of Australia in 1962. This series further illustrates Nolan’s preoccupation with Australian history, referring as it does to the Eureka Rebellion of 1854, which many regard as a crucial point in the establishment of democracy in Australia. 

Also on offer by an Australian artist are two pieces by Arthur Boyd (lots 4445 ) from the art historian and publisher Tom Rosenthal, thence by descent. Tom Rosenthal was one of the first critics to shed light on the Australian artists in London at the time. Arthur Merric Bloomfield Boyd AC OBE was a leading Australian painter of the middle to late 20th century. Boyd’s work ranges from impressionist renderings of Australian landscape to starkly expressionist figuration reflected in the works on offer. Furthermore, there is also a collection of David and Hermia Boyd pottery – lots 4748. The Boyd name is synonymous with Australian art. The pottery of David and Hermia Boyd have made a major contribution to the world of ceramics. David and Hermia Boyd’s works are often quirky and unusual and they were influenced by French provincial pottery and medieval imagery. 

A private collection of Russian pieces within the sale include rare works on paper and small paintings from Sergej Aleksandrovic Luciskin, ranging in estimates starting at £200 up to £600. 

Other outstanding works of art by Russian artists on offer within the sale also include an pencil and oil on canvas board, lot 2 by Leon Gaspard, 1882-1964, titled Village church in early spring, estimated to make £8,000- £12,000. Gaspard was known for his paintings of indigenous cultures and folk traditions. He tended to paint scenes with throngs of people, and his favourite locations were in small towns, demonstrated beautifully in the work on offer. He spent his youth in Russia and later studied in Paris, where he became a well-respected painter. 

Ending the highlights on offer in the sale is an abstract watercolour by Natalie Gontcharova, 1881-1962, estimated at £4,000- £6,000. The abstract composition, created circa 1950 comes with an impressive history of provenance. This work is part of a series which deals with the concept of space and the cosmos, and was influenced by the launch of Sputnik and the development of the Space Race between the USSR and the USA in the 1950s. Gontcharova was interested not only in the mechanics of space exploration, but also in the consideration of the separation between the material and the spiritual which the idea of space was encouraged.

Impressionist, Modern, Post War & Contemporary Art: Live online only auction Wednesday 9 December 1.00 pm 


Roseberys is pleased to facilitate condition reports, extra images and video viewing. Please contact Tess Obrien at [email protected]  


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Freeman’s- Rare Tiffany Windows Soars Above $705,000

Freeman’s- Rare Tiffany Windows Soars Above $705,000

Freeman’s is delighted to announce the results of the single-owner sale of Angels Representing Seven Churches: A Rediscovered Set of Windows by Tiffany Studios. The single-lot sale achieved an impressive $705,000: effortlessly doubling its pre-sale high estimate.


After competitive online and phone bidding the windows were sold to a philanthropic Philadelphian who plans to place them with a museum. Said Head of Sale, Tim Andreadis:We were elated to see this rare surviving set of windows achieve a world-class price, befitting both their artistic splendor and religious significance. The success of this niche sale is testament to Freeman’s ability to market one-off, unusual and high quality objects and collections.

Freeman's Auction Bronzes of Beethoven Ludwig Van Antoine Bourdelle




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Freeman’s- Bronzes of Beethoven by Antoine Bourdelle

Freeman’s- Bronzes of Beethoven by Antoine Bourdelle

On October 21st, Freeman’s will celebrate Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday by offering a collection of 12 portrait bronzes of the composer by French sculptor Antoine Bourdelle, one of the most talented pupils of Auguste Rodin. This one-of-a-kind collection traces his evolution as an artist.


“What better way to celebrate Beethoven’s legacy than through the sculptures of Antoine Bourdelle,” says Freeman’s chairman Alasdair Nichol, “one of the artists who was the most influenced by the music, and overall persona, of the composer.”

Freeman's Auction Bronzes of Beethoven Ludwig Van Antoine Bourdelle



Freeman’s is honored to present these bronzes, which have never been on the market before. Collector Robert A. Becker began acquiring them in the early 1970s when he met the artist’s daughter, Rhodia Dufet-Bourdelle, in Paris. She sold Becker and his wife one or two bronzes every year after.


This culminated in the impressive collection Freeman’s is now proud to offer at auction for the first time. Among the sale’s highlights is Beethoven à Deux Mains (Lot 9, $80,000-120,000). The piece portrays Beethoven as the image of a true tormented genius. Seven other bronze casts of this work were made, as well as one granite version, which is in the collection of the Musée Bourdelle in Paris.

Freeman's Auction Bronzes of Beethoven Ludwig Van Antoine Bourdelle
Freeman's Auction Bronzes of Beethoven Ludwig Van Antoine Bourdelle



Beethoven dit Métropolitain (Lot 7, $20,000-30,000) is another featured bronze. Standing an impressive forty inches high, the sculpture is one of Bourdelle’s most accomplished portraits of Beethoven. This was also the first one ever purchased by the French government (it is now in the Musée D’Orsay).


Meanwhile, both Beethoven, La Joue Appuyée sur une Main (Lot 1, $20,000-30,000) and Beethoven aux Grands Cheveux (Lot 5, $20,000-30,000) emphasize Beethoven’s infamously wild hair. They also remind viewers how influential Bourdelle was in constructing the mythos of Beethoven.



Several works inspired by Beethoven’s original life mask are featured in the sale  (see Lot 2, $6,000-10,000; Lot 3, $4,000-6,000; Lot 4, $10,000-15,000). Also of note is La Pathétique (Lot 12, $5,000-8,000). Made in 1929, the year of Bourdelle’s death, it is the very last bronze the artist produced of Beethoven.




October 21 | 10am EDT



Raphaël Chatroux | Head of Sale

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Freeman’s- Jackson Pollock Painting Once Thought To Be Lost

Freeman’s- Jackson Pollock Painting Once Thought To Be Lost

On October 5th, 2020, Freeman’s will hold its single-owner auction of the Collection of Dr. Henry & Mrs. Fannie Levine. This special sale honors the legacy of these prominent Philadelphia collectors. It is also a rare opportunity for discerning buyers seeking blue-chip material offered for the first time in decades.


Considered lost for many years, Jackson Pollock’s Pennsylvania Landscape returns to the art market with this event. Collectors will also find a diverse offering of work by Karel Appel and Paul Jenkins, as well as a 1949 still life by Bernard Buffet.



Curiosity and love of learning connected all of the Levines’ endeavors, from their careers in medicine to their passion for travel, music, and art collecting. They frequented museums and galleries, both in Philadelphia and around the world. They brought home carefully-wrapped treasures in their suitcases whenever they returned from holiday. Over the years, this grew into a collection that is both deeply personal and historically significant.

Henry Levine’s voracious appetite for art and its makers led him to collect certain artists in great depth, tracing their development over time. He was particularly interested in how artists explored different techniques and materials and the auction includes work across a variety of media by artists such as Asger Jorn, Karel Appel, and Paul Jenkins, alongside excellent examples by Bernard Buffet, Raoul Dufy, Jackson Pollock and Jean Dubuffet.


The Robert J. Morrison Collection auction, another recent single-owner event from Freeman’s, finished with a near-perfect 99% sell-through rate. The final sale total was $1,485,837, outperforming the pre-sale high estimate by over $400,000.

Meanwhile, Freeman’s most recent auction of Modern & Contemporary Art achieved over $1 million, just shy of its pre-sale high estimate. It also attained an impressive 95% sell-through rate. This is the latest in a long string of successes for the department, which has maintained an average sell-through rate of 92% in the last year.



The undoubted highlight of the sale is a 1936 painting by Jackson Pollock, depicting the rolling hills and charming farmhouse of a familiar Pennsylvania country scene. Pollock’s Pennsylvania Landscape is an exciting discovery, both for the art market and the academic community. Freeman’s is delighted to bring this treasure back to the market for the first time in nearly fifty years.

Helen Harrison, Director of the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, recently described it as a “gem,” painted while the artist was employed by the Works Progress Administration’s Federal Art Project. According to Harrison, Pollock kept Pennsylvania Landscape for himself and brought it to Kansas City to show his influential teacher, Thomas Hart Benton.

Beyond the superlative Pollock painting, The Levine Collection has a significant number of works by two artists: Dutch CoBrA artist Karel Appel and American mid-century abstract artist Paul Jenkins.

Karel Appel was a leading figure and founding member of the mid-century CoBrA art movement. In “Big Boy Blue” (estimate: $50,000 – 80,000), a single, central figure is scrawled in lines over stark background planes of yellow, white, and black. Another canvas from 1967, “Untitled (Two Heads)” (estimate: $40,000 – 60,000), depicts two visages composed of myriad strokes of pure reds, blues, oranges, and greens.

Paul Jenkins’ paintings in this collection show the depth and diversity of the American artist’s work. This includes numerous pieces from the artist’s best-known, mature style of works. These “Phenomena” pieces represent the artist’s interest in color field painting. “Phenomena Saracen Shadows” (estimate: $12,000-$18,000) is among the captivating examples.

Though Jenkins is best known for this “Phenomena” style, the Levines also valued his earlier work, which portrayed a somewhat psychedelic abstraction rendered in heavily-applied pigments. “Medusa” ($12,000-$18,000) shows the distinct contrast between these two styles.


This year’s Modern & Contemporary Art auction, to be held on November 17th, is still open for consignment. If you have a piece that would make an exemplary addition to the event, please contact Dunham E. Townend at [email protected] with more information about your property.


October 5 | 12pm EDT



Dunham Townend | Head of Sale

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Roseberys- Stunning Family Portraits lead Old Master Sale

Roseberys- Stunning Family Portraits lead Old Master Sale

 A grand selection of stunning family portraits are primed to whip up some excitement in the sale of Old Master, 18th & 19th Century Pictures at Roseberys London. The collection of astounding portraits that have spent their history being handed down a family tree will be presented to the market for the first time on Wednesday 23 September. The portraits in question are from lots 1 – 12 and are from the same UK private collection. The overall sale compromises of 315 lots in total, ranging in prices, styles, genres and mediums, spanning decades by various old masters from around the globe. 

Marcus Grey, Head of the Pictures Department comments on the upcoming auction ‘With our expanding interest and specialisation in 16th and 17th Century European Portraiture we are very pleased to be offering a collection of 13 portraits from a private collection, all being newly presented to the market, having been passed down from generation to generation since their conception. Following on from our successful sale of 17th – 19th century paintings in our last auction in June we have seen an influx of high-quality portraiture over the last few months which will be presented on the 23rd September. The strong presence of portraiture in this auction also coincides with the sale of the private collection of John Abbott, the nephew of Roger Abbott, who with Eric Holder founded the partnership of Abbott & Holder, now Abbott & Holder Ltd., the well-known London gallery. The works being sold in this collection give every buyer the opportunity to invest in works on paper by renowned 18th and 19th century artists, all with excellent provenance. We are also very excited to be offering a newly discovered landscape by Alexander Nasmyth, previously unidentified, but now confirmed by Lady Poppy Cooksey.’ 


Lot 2: William Tillyer, British b.1938- Untitled, 1980

Leading the portraits in the auction coming from the private collection is lot 4 estimated to make £8,000-12,000. Lot 4 includes two oils, one on canvas and one on oak panel, by Dutch artist Jacob Frans van der Merck, c.1610-1664. The sitters of the portraits Ludwig Ziegler (1608-1681) and Elizabetha Margaretha Spina (1626-1702) are believed to have been married, with three sons and four daughters. Born in ‘S-Gravendeel around 1610, the artist Jacob Frans van der Merck was apprenticed in Delft, and subsequently worked in The Hague and Leiden, producing works spread across multiple genres, including portraiture, still life and genre scenes, all completed in the distinctive Dutch manner of the period. The present paintings, although similar in composition and technique, were likely to have been produced at different times during the artist’s career due to one being completed on panel and the other on canvas. According to records van der Merck was a member of the painters’ guild in Dordrecht from 1640 to 1649, so around the time these portraits were painted. These engaging portraits display his highly accomplished and realistic technique much sought after during the period. 


Richard Smith CBE, British 1931-2016- Bucklee, 1972

Coming from the same private collection of portraits is Lot 2 . The German School oil on canvas late 16th century portrait of Christoff zum Lamm is estimated to sell for £2000-4000. The zum Lamm family are known to have been a noble family living in Speyer, Germany, during the 15th and 16th centuries. Records state that Christoff zum Lamm born c. 1560 worked for the Reichskammergericht in Speyer (the Imperial Chamber Court); the highest court of the German Empire of the period. Katharina’s grandfather, Markus, and great uncle Dr. Heironymus zum Lamm (depicted in the other German School portrait lot 1 included in this sale) had also worked for the Reichskammergericht in Speyer with their professions being lawyers and counsellors to the court. 


Charles Henry Sims RA RWS, British 1873-1928- Pastorale

Estimated to make £3,000-4,000 is lot 133 the ‘Rear view of John Wilson’s new house, Elleray’, oil on canvas by Scottish artist Alexander Nasmyth, RBA. As well as being an artist, Alexander Nasmyth was frequently asked to view his patron’s landscapes, and ask for help to improve them, or to build a new property or extend an existing one. 

Sir Stanley Spencer CBE RA, British 1891-1959- Portrait of a girl



Another artwork coming from a Scottish artist and peer of Alexander Nasmyth is lot 134 by George Watson PPRSA,1767-1837. Portrait of Janet (Jessie) Ruskin, c. 1805 pictured above is thought to depict the leading English art critic John Ruskin’s aunt, Janet Ruskin (1783-1828). The present portrait is likely to have been executed around a similar time to Watson’s portrait of John James Ruskin; the brother to the sitter and father to John Ruskin, held by The Brantwood Trust, Coniston. Watson was initially based in Edinburgh where he was introduced to fellow Scottish artist Alexander Nasmyth, however at 18 years old he decided to relocate to London where he was received as a pupil of Sir Joshua Reynolds. After two informative years in Reynold’s studio he returned to Edinburgh and established himself as a portrait painter by the end of the 1780s. Watson eventually went on to be one of the founding members of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1826 and its’ first president. The exquisite oil on canvas is estimated to make £4000-6000 at auction. 


The pair of oils on canvas (lot 144) depicting wooded landscape with figures, cattle, cottages and distant hills attributed to Flemish artist Jan Baptiste de Jonghe, 1785-1844 are estimated to make between £3,000-5,000. Jan Baptiste de Jonghe was a painter, draughtsman, etcher and lithographer, but was predominantly known for his Romantic landscapes and city views. Following similar formats to Dutch 17th Century landscape painting, de Jonghe’s early compositions were mostly taken up by sky, and were comparable to the works by Jan van Goyen (1596-1656). It is possible that de Jonghe would have completed the landscapes of these two paintings before entrusting Eugène Joseph Verboeckhoven (Flemish 1798-1881) to paint the staffage, a common practice he employed in his artistic career. Verboeckhoven was an accomplished painter of animals and appears to have been one of the last artists of a tradition that begun in the 17th century which linked observation of nature, studied composition, and idealised reproduction of reality. 


Therese Oulton, British b.1953- Heresies No.1, Opus316


Among the other highlights on sale is this portrait of a women’s head by British artist Henry Holiday, 1839-1927. The soft pencil on paper is estimated to sell for £2000-3000. The present work is part of a much larger private collection owned by John Abbott, which is being offered in the sale. The majority of these works from John Abbott’s collection are on paper and are by largely prominent British artists of the 18th and 19th centuries. This elegantly drawn portrait is one of the highlights of this collection, presenting the opportunity to own a drawing linked to the renowned Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Through his friendship with Albert Moore and Simeon Solomon, Holiday was introduced to the artists Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris. These artists were to be pivotal in his future artistic career, and after spending considerable amounts of time in the studios of Burne-Jones the influence of his work can be seen in Holiday’s drawing and paintings. 


The oil on panel pictured above ( lot 143 ) depicting the outskirts of a Dutch town, is by Dutch artist Fredericus Theodorus Renard, c.1800. Fredericus Theodorus Renard was a topographical artist from Amsterdam who painted in the style of Hendrik Keun (1738-1787), Jacob Cats (1741-1799) and Isaac Ouwater (1750-1793). These Dutch landscape painters from the late 18th century painted mainly after prints by Jan de Beyer (1703-c. 1785), Pieter van Liender (1727-1779) and Hermanus Pieter Schouten (1747-1822). This particular work is possibly an early work by the artist displaying a closely cropped scene of a town in a woodland. The artist’s work ranges from romanticised rural landscape to topographical compositions, often set in Amsterdam or its environs. The detailed depiction of the houses in this work indicate the portrayal of a specific location. It is entered into the market at £3000-5000. 




Lot 226, Study of men, by Hungarian artist Mihály Munkácsy, 1844-1909, in pencil is estimated to sell for £800-1200. Munkácsy today is considered to be the main contributor towards the rise of Hungarian art, and a significant member of the development of 19th century European art. He earned international reputation with his genre pictures and large-scale biblical paintings. In 1865, Munkácsy studied at the Academy of Vienna under Karl Rahl, before studying at the Munich Academy in 1866. In 1868 he moved to the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf to study with the popular genre painter Ludwig Knaus. This sketch is typical of the artist’s style. 


The Old Master, 18th & 19th Century Pictures Auction will take place on the 23rd of September starting at 11.00 AM BST. To see more about the auction or to register please click here.


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Freeman’s- Auction To Feature Leaf From Gutenberg Bible

Freeman’s- Auction To Feature Leaf From Gutenberg Bible

Freeman’s is pleased to announce its inaugural Ritual and Culture auction, to take place in Philadelphia on Wednesday, September 23 at 10:00 AM EDT. Celebrating the richness and diversity of global cultures, this sale includes objects and works of art from Africa, Asia, medieval Europe, and the Americas, with some pieces dating back to antiquity.


Works were hand-selected across categories by Freeman’s specialists. Together, they explore the human desire to understand the universe through religious expression and artistic creation. This eclectic event encourages both lifelong and emerging collectors to adopt a more fluid and personal approach to how they add new pieces.


With an emphasis on traditions and ceremonies, Freeman’s will present objects, artifacts, texts, and codices relating to deities, hagiography, storytelling, bodily practices, cultural transmission, and our relationship to animals and nature.



French and Burgundian Gothic sculptures from a private New York City collection are among the event’s highlights. These pieces were privately evaluated in 2011 by the late Théo-Antoine Hermanès, the noted Swiss medievalist and conservator.

Coming from that collection is a large, 15th century Burgundian carved limestone portal or funerary figure, which likely represents Saint Catherine of Alexandria (Lot 7, $10,000-15,000). This piece was once believed to depict the “Pregnant Virgin,” likely due to the low-slung, protruding belly.

Also notable from the collection is a life-size limestone bust of a kneeling man, possibly Nicodemus or Joseph of Arimathea from the late 15th/early 16th century (Lot 10, $8,000-12,000). It is carved from the iron-veined limestone of the Strasbourg region and crafted in the manner of the master of Strasbourg Cathedral, Hans Hammer.

From the same collector also comes a life-size Egyptian Late Period bronze figure of a seated cat, circa 664-332 B.C.E. (Lot 3, $30,000-50,000). In Ancient Egypt, cats were associated with the goddess of pregnancy and childbirth, Bastet. This piece has not been to market since it was acquired at Sotheby’s New York nearly 40 years ago.



Fifteen incunabula, or books printed before 1500, will also be featured. This is headed by a leaf from the first printed book in the West, the Gutenberg Bible, circa 1450-55 (Lot 26, $40,000-60,000). This leaf was part of a defective copy from the Munich Royal Library’s collection. In 1832, English diplomat Robert Curzon purchased it, and bookseller Gabriel Wells broke it up to sell as individual leaves in 1920.

Also included in this auction will be a Great Plains pictographic War Record from the Lakota or Kiowa from circa 1880 (Lot 46, $30,000-50,000). This artifact was purportedly collected by First Lieutenant Harry Gibbons Cavenaugh (1843-1919) of the 13th Regiment U.S. Infantry at Fort Robinson, Nebraska in the 1880’s.



Freeman’s is especially pleased to offer as part of this sale The Collection of Thomas McNemar, which features nearly fifty lots of African masks and artifacts of ritual significance, as well as a larger group of highly decorative works.

Thomas McNemar was a prominent collector and gallerist, specializing in the arts of West and Central Africa. After building his own collection, he established the McNemar Gallery on East 50th Street in New York, and, later, another in San Francisco. He also acted as a consultant for major sales, including the seminal Helena Rubinstein sale at Sotheby’s Parke-Bernet in 1966.

Highlights from the McNemar Collection include a carved wood and kaolin Mbole Yela mask from the Democratic Republic of Congo (Lot 138, $3,000-5,000) and a large collection of carved wood Guro, Jimini, Senufo, and Baule heddle pulleys from Côte d’Ivoire (Lot 109, $3,000-5,000).


The Ritual and Culture sale is the latest in Freeman’s new themed auctions. These invite collectors to consider how an idea, concept, or passion manifests itself across different art categories. Other upcoming themed auctions include  Age of Exploration: Travel & Discovery on October 14th and ELEMENTS: Earth & Fire on October 21st.


This year’s Pennsylvania Sale is still open for consignment. If you have a piece that would make an exemplary addition to the event, please contact Tim Andreadis at [email protected] with more information about your property.



September 23 | 10 am EDT


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H&H Classics- Iggy Pop’s Rare Chiaro Blue Ferrari

H&H Classics- Iggy Pop’s Rare Chiaro Blue Ferrari

Iggy Pop's Ferrar H & H Classics Auction

The next H&H Classics Live Auction Online on September 16th includes a rare Chiaro Blue 1984 Ferrari 308 GTS QV, the history file for which suggests that it was owned between 1998 and 2002 by Iggy Pop – the famous American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and actor. Estimated at £20,000 to £30,000, the two-seater is believed but not warranted to have covered some 61,800 miles from new.

James Newell Osterberg Jr, better known as Iggy Pop, was designated the “Godfather of Punk”. He was the vocalist and lyricist of influential proto-punk band the Stooges, who were formed in 1967 and have disbanded and reunited multiple times since.


As an aside, Tim Stanford learnt his craft from Richard Cressman who was not only a founder member of Ferrari’s North American Racing Team (NART) but also responsible for opening Florida’s first Ferrari dealership, Cressman Foreign Cars Inc.

Fitted with a reconditioned steering rack at an indicated 44,217 miles during August 2003, the two-seater was treated to a new air-conditioning blower and cambelts the following year. The interior was refreshed by Peppy’s Auto Trim & Upholstery Inc of Naples, Florida at a cost of $4,770 in January 2010 and the cambelts reportedly changed again the next year at c.50,000 recorded miles. Mr Linardakis sold the Ferrari to Georgia-based lawyer Norman ‘Chip’ Gerry who had it maintained by Sports Car Service of Snellville.

Rare Chiaro Blue Ferrari 308 Gts QV

New oil hoses costing $1,052.84 were installed in November 2011, while work undertaken during 2012 encompassed: new water pump and cambelt tensioner bearings; a new hose between the fuel tanks, new Koni shock absorbers all round, fresh rear anti-roll bar bushings, replacement front ball joints (x4) plus a new Sanden 508 air-conditioning compressor (one of the associated bills totals $6,661.90 and quotes a recorded mileage of 55,638).

Benefiting from a new distributor oil seal and refurbished alternator in 2013, 2014 saw the 308 gain new stainless steel brake lines, fresh brake pads and overhauled brake callipers all round (the corroborating invoice totals $3,479.21 and lists the indicated mileage as 59,995). The last American bill on file is for two new Bridgestone tyres and a four-wheel alignment. Purchased from America by the vendor in 2016, the two-seater was UK road registered as ‘B762 HFE’ the following year. Interestingly, the V5C Registration Document gives the date of first registration as 01/01/1985 (January 1st is often chosen when an imported vehicle’s exact first date of registration is unclear). Regularly MOT tested during the current ownership but sparingly driven, the Ferrari’s odometer now shows some 61,800 miles.


Damian Jones of H&H Classics says:

“The car started readily upon inspection and remained untemperamental during our recent photography session. The Ferrari is now overdue a cambelt change and would doubtless respond to further fettling. There are imperfections to the paintwork but the car’s overall appearance is presentable. A decidedly inexpensive entry to Ferrari ownership with a fascinating back story. What’s not to love especially if you have a ‘Lust for Life’?”



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H&H Classics- German & Japanese Speed Machines Sale

H&H Classics- German & Japanese Speed Machines Sale

German classic speed machine 1983 Audi Quattro 10v

If it’s the speed you are after but you also want a classic to enjoy, H&H Classics have two iconic cars to choose from on August 19th, one from Germany and one from Japan in their next Live Auction Online.

The German entry is this 1983 Audi Quattro 10v. A rare UK-supplied, analogue dashboard model, it is estimated to sell for £35,000 – £40,000.

Supplied new by Massingbred Ltd of Harrogate to Peter Djal Ltd and resident in Northern Ireland for two decades, ‘A58 JYG’ was entrusted to MC Autos of Stockport, near Manchester during August 2018 for a thorough service / recommissioning.

As well as attention to its suspension and brakes, the Coupe was treated to a new ignition amp, second hand ‘dizzy’ unit, reconditioned metering head and five new injectors etc. Returning to MC Autos two months later, the Audi benefited from a new timing belt and auxiliary belts not to mention repairs to its original and notably well-preserved Brown and Green cloth upholstery, new bulbs and fresh Toyo Proxes 225/50R15 tyres. The work cost over £4,200 and was completed a few hundred miles ago. More recently the Quattro’s cosmetic appearance has been enhanced via sundry detail paintwork/graphics, refurbished alloys and new carpets (all of which is estimated to have cost an additional £4,000).

Starting readily upon inspection, the rally-bred icon is accompanied by its original stamped service book, MOTs back to 1987, service invoices back to 1988 and a fresh MOT certificate.

Introduced at the March 1980 Geneva Motor Show, the Audi Quattro Turbo was destined to revolutionise the faces of both international rallying and high-speed motoring. Based around a two-door monocoque bodyshell equipped with all-round independent suspension, four-wheel disc brakes and rack and pinion steering, its permanent all-wheel-drive system was famously derived from that of the VW Iltis utility vehicle. Powered by a turbocharged five-cylinder engine, the model’s speed, poise and agility netted Audi two drivers’ (1982, 1984) and two constructors’ titles (1983, 1984) in the World Rally Championship. Progressively enhanced during an eleven-year production life, the Quattro Turbo merited its own dedicated production line in Hall N2 of Audi’s Ingolstadt plant (each hand-built car undergoing a gruelling multi-point inspection before being signed off). Phased-in during October 1982, the first right-hand drive cars boasted a ‘WR’ code DOHC 2144cc powerplant that developed some 200bhp and 210lbft of torque. Sporting single-lens Cibie headlamps, they were reputedly capable of 0-60mph in 6.5 seconds and 137mph. Rarer and more expensive than subsequent rally champions such as the Lancia Delta Integrale and Subaru Impreza WRX, just 11,452 examples of the original (or ‘Ur’) Quattro Turbo were made.


The Japanese classic speed machine is this elegant 1991 Nissan 300 ZX Twin Turbo with just 34,000 miles which are estimated to sell for £26,000 to £30,000.

The best Z32 we have encountered, ‘H354 UKW’ has had just one registered keeper and covered a mere 34,500 miles from new. The accompanying vehicle order form shows that supplying dealer, D.C. Cook of Worksop, took a 1988 Porsche 944 Lux in part exchange against the Nissan’s £26,500 list price. Fitted with a quad tailpipe sports exhaust very early on, the 300 ZX is otherwise thought to be to standard specification throughout. Pleasingly retaining its original titanium ignition key, the 2+2-seater also comes with its factory tools and Targa roof panel stowage covers. 

Japanese classic speed machine is this elegant 1991 Nissan 300 ZX Twin Turbo

As a garage owner, the registered keeper performed most of the maintenance work on ‘H354 UKW’ himself. Though, he did entrust Nissan dealer Dixon Motor Holdings Ltd of Grimsby with changing the cambelt circa 1,500 miles ago. More recent invoices on file from 2011 reveal that the Z32 has also benefited from a fresh clutch and flywheel plus replacement Brembo disc brakes (x4). Kept garaged and babied throughout its life, a handwritten note on a bill from when the 300ZX was a few months’ old is telling: ‘my father scratched left-hand front wing (p.s. I feel sick!)’. According to, there are just 109 1991 Nissan 300ZX Turbos currently known to the DVLA. We would be surprised if any were as well preserved as ‘H354 UKW’

Model Background:

Introduced in 1989, the Z32 version of Nissan’s 300 ZX sportscar was among the first production machines to be designed with the assistance of a Cray-2 supercomputer. Altogether faster and more capable than its Z31 predecessor, the newcomer was equipped with all-round independent suspension, power-assisted rack and pinion steering and vented disc brakes. Powered by a 2960cc DOHC V6 engine with variable valve timing in either normally aspirated or turbocharged guises, the Z32 could also be had with a choice of five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. The range-topping twin-turbo model was credited with developing 276bhp and 274lbft of torque. Reputedly capable of 0-60mph in 5.6 seconds and 155mph, it also boasted dual-mode adjustable suspension and four-wheel steering. Praised by the contemporary motoring press for its supercar-baiting performance and handling, the force-fed Nissan appeared in Car and Driver magazine’s ‘Ten Best’ list for seven years straight and was listed by GQ magazine as one of the most stylish cars of the last fifty years in 2010. Although in production for eleven years (1989-2000), the Z32 was only officially imported to Great Britain from 1990-1994. As such, it is now easier to find a Japanese import than the UK supplied example. Long a favourite with the tuning fraternity, the number of unmodified 300ZXs has similarly dwindled in recent years.



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Roseberys- Successful Modern British Art Auction

Roseberys- Successful Modern British Art Auction

 Bidders were out in force for Roseberys Modern & Contemporary British Art auction on Tuesday 11 August, absorbing 80% of the lots on offer. Containing a wealth of high-quality art by celebrated British artists, the auction that took place on a scorching hot day generated spirited bidding throughout with a number of lots exceeding expectations. 

Vicki Wonfor, Joint Managing Director commented ‘I was delighted to see a strong sold rate of 80% across the board in the sale. We are operating an appointment system for viewings which has been well received by clients as they get to enjoy the view safely and our specialists can ensure they can spend time with the clients assisting them. 95% of bidding took place online with the remainder on the telephone, it is great to see the clients have the confidence in the options that are available to them including video viewing pre-auction as an alternative to attending. The sale had a stronger focus on the third to fourth quarters of the 20th century on this occasion, but it was good to see the popularity of the earlier works was still evident with pieces from Stanley Spencer, Walter Sickert and Sir Jacob Epstein selling well.’ 

Lot 2: William Tillyer, British b.1938- Untitled, 1980

Opening the sale off to an exciting start was lot 2, by British artist William Tillyer. Rarely does his work on mesh come onto the market, especially in such great condition, so this artwork proved to be extremely popular amongst bidders on the day. Entered into the auction at £5,000- £8,000, the work exceeded its estimate to make £13,750. The artwork was purchased from Bernard Jacobson Gallery London in 1980s by the current owner’s father, where it was exhibited at in 1980. Tillyer studied at Middlesbrough College of Art (1956-1959) and the Slade School of Art in London (1960-1962). In 1978, he moved to Wiltshire, where he first began to paint on wire mesh, such as this piece. 


Richard Smith CBE, British 1931-2016- Bucklee, 1972
Sir Jacob Epstein, British 1880-1959- Peonies

Following incredible sale results from Richard Smith CBE in the previous sale, Roseberys were delighted to be able to offer multiple works by the artist once again. Lot 7 was the highlight sale from the collection by the renowned artist making £12,500. The artwork named ‘Bucklee’ is a pun on the name Stephen Buckley, a close friend of Richard Smiths who owned works by the fellow Pop artist. The artwork was bought from Christie’s in 2013 and purchased by the present owner from the Roger Hilton Gallery. 

Among the other highlight sales from the auction was work by Sir Jacob Epstein, titled ‘Peonies’. Jacob Epstein made his name as a sculptor of monuments and portraits, as well as working as a painter and illustrator. The watercolour on paper (lot 35) that was estimated to sell for £1,000 – £1,500 eventually made over double its top estimate selling for £4,500. 

Charles Henry Sims RA RWS, British 1873-1928- Pastorale

Entered into the market at £400 – £600, lot 48 by Charles Henry Sims RA RWS, exceeded its top estimate to make £1,625. The oil on board titled ‘Pastorale’, is a beautiful example of the unique style that he adopted later in his career. An expert at portraying sunlit landscapes, Sims specialised in society portraits and neo-classical fantasies, typically idealised scenes of women, children or fairies in outdoor settings. Later in life, his artworks became a lot more modernist in style, termed “Spirituals” like the artwork sold at Roseberys. 

Sir Stanley Spencer CBE RA, British 1891-1959- Portrait of a girl
Claud Lovat Fraser, British 1890-1921- Kitchener's Army
Quentin Blake OBE, British b.1932- Cockatoos

Following shortly after this highlight was an artwork by British artist, Sir Stanley Spencer CBE RA that sold for £5,750, exceeding its top estimate of £3,000. Titled ‘Portrait of a girl’, this particular drawing would have been executed over a year before the artist’s death on 14th December 1959. Spencer was frequently commissioned to complete portrait drawings – referred to as ‘heads’ – until the end of his career. The fine lines and precision of the drawing shows the influence of his time at the Slade under the tutelage of Henry Tonks between 1908 and 1912. 

The Illustrations within the auction did very well, including works by Claud Lovat Fraser, Quentin Blake and Louis Wain. Entered into the auction at £150 – £200, titled Kitchener’s Army’, Claud Lovat Fraser’s work finally realised £2,500. The black ink and wash and watercolour on buff coloured paper are from an album of twenty-two studies entitled ‘The Costumes and Uniforms of the British Army’. The work by the illustrator and costume designer has previously been exhibited at Leicester Galleries, London, Exhibition of Works by C. Lovat Fraser in December 1921, the RWS Galleries in London for their Fifty Years Ago Exhibition in June 1965 and examples from the same series have also been displayed at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. 

Estimated to make £800 – £1,200, the illustration in pen, ink and watercolour by the popular illustrator Quentin Blake OBE, titled Cockatoos’ made £5,750. The provenance of this work comes from Chris Beetles Ltd., in London, where it was also exhibited in 2000. The illustration was created for the cover of his classic book series, about a group of troublesome cockatoos on the run from their owner, first published in 1992. 

Estimated to make £300 – £500, the signed, pen, ink and watercolour illustration by the hugely prolific British artist Louis Wain titled It Rained Very Hard made £3,000. Louis Wain was one of the most popular commercial illustrators in the history of England. Born in 1860, his anthropomorphic portrayals of cats captured the imagination of the Edwardian era and his work helped to raise the profile and popularity of felines to unprecedented heights. Before Wain, cats in England were often thought of with disdain but his work humanised them and helped to show them as something to be liked, admired and eventually loved. 

Therese Oulton, British b.1953- Heresies No.1, Opus316
Therese Oulton, British b.1953- Heresies No.2, May 1986


Both coming with fantastic gallery provenance were lots 109 and 110 by former Turner Prize nominee Therese Oulton. The two oils gained great interest from both the UK and the US to achieve results beyond their original estimates. Lot 109, titled ‘Heresies No.1, Opus316’, was entered into the auction at £400 – £600, selling for £2,125. Following swiftly after lot 110 titled ‘Heresies No.2’, also estimated at the same value, sold for £3,250. 

Lot 172, by artist Stephen Cox RA, proved to be the highlight of the auction. The work on offer titled ‘Ecstasy’, made from red verona marble is a very significant work to have come onto the market by this artist. It comes from a private collection and was previously on display at the Tate, so comes with great exhibition history. The result signals a new auction record for the artist. Roseberys has had previous outstanding results for the artist in past Modern & Contemporary British Art auctions. Estimated to sell for £3,000 – £5,000, the bidding was between a phone and internet bidder, finally selling to a UK bidder for £15,000. 

Ending the highlights from the sale is lot 267 by artist duo Boyd & Evans. Roseberys are delighted to have offered work by the artists again following the collection for sale in September 2019, alongside an event featuring a talk by the artists about their work to date. The acrylic on canvas titled Point of View created in 1972 coming from the Flowers Gallery in London was estimated to make between £800 – £1,200, finally realising a price of £4,250. 


The next Modern & Contemporary British Art auction will take place on Wednesday 4 November. Now welcoming consignments for this auction. To request a valuation please contact [email protected] 


For further information please contact Peigi Mackillop [email protected] +44 (0) 20 8761 2522 


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H&H Classics- Captain Tom Moore Loves Motorcycles

H&H Classics- Captain Tom Moore Loves Motorcycles

Captain Tom Moore and the Royal Enfield Model 200

If one man represents the best of Britain during this global pandemic it is Captain Tom Moore who stole the nation’s heart by walking 100 laps around his garden before his 100th birthday to raise money for the NHS, achieving a total of £32m by the time he had finished.


Captain Tom pledged to complete the 2.5km (1.6 miles), the 100-lap garden challenge at his home in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire by his 100th birthday on 30 April. He was knighted for his efforts.


Now an ITV documentary has been filmed about Sir Tom’s love of motorcycles. It was produced by North One and was broadcast on ITV 1, yesterday August 13th.

Mark Bryan of H&H Classics with Captain Tom


For the film shoot, Mark Bryan of H&H Classics provided a 1920’s Royal Enfield Model 200, supplied by Hitchcocks Motorcycles in Solihull. It was one of the first bikes that Sir Tom restored after discovering it as a barn-find, and which he rode around in his garden as a very young man.


Mark comments: “It was an absolute honour to be able to help out, even in such a small way. Sir Tom’s infectious enthusiasm and knowledge of motorcycling is quite amazing”


Two other motorbikes featured in the documentary, an Excelsior Manxman and a Scott two speed. Both are bikes Sir Tom remembers fondly from his youth.


He was described as being: “a beacon of light through the fog of coronavirus”, and for his shining example, Captain Tom Moore was awarded a knighthood.



Fundraising for ‘NHS Charities Together’, the then 99-year-old said he was doing it “for the sake of the nurses and the NHS”. Born in Keighley, Yorkshire, and a veteran of World War Two, Captain Tom Moore was inspired to help the NHS after receiving treatment for skin cancer and a broken hip after a fall in 2018.

The money he raised by his sponsored walk round his garden is being used to help comfort and care for NHS workers through these turbulent times. After completing his 100 laps, he had a message for the British public in the midst of the pandemic. “To all those people who are finding it difficult at the moment… the sun will shine on you again, and the clouds will go away.”




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Freeman’s- The Pennsylvania Sale Returns with Esherick

Freeman’s- The Pennsylvania Sale Returns with Esherick

On Wednesday, October 28th, Freeman’s will hold its renowned Pennsylvania Sale. This returning event showcases the development of craftsmanship in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Wharton Esherick furniture from the Hedgerow Theatre Collection will highlight the sale, along with works by George Nakashima and a collection of folk portraits by Joseph Maentel.


Launched in 2005 to coincide with Freeman’s bicentennial, the sale is a tribute to Pennsylvania’s long-standing legacy as a major and influential artistic region. From the portraits of Thomas Sully to the woodwork of George Nakashima, this year’s sale is once again poised to represent the state’s prolific artists across generations.


Building on Freeman’s long-term success selling items from its native state, The Pennsylvania Sale is a tribute to the entire region—its history, people, and the art and objects they made, used, and cherished.


Connecting works with collectors in Europe and Asia, in addition to the robust American market, Freeman’s has helped build the global art market’s appreciation of Post-War craft and design from Pennsylvania.



The previous Pennsylvania Sale and the American Furniture, Folk, & Decorative Arts auction held the following day brought in a combined $1.7 million in sales. Bidders around the world competed for some of Pennsylvania’s finest 20th-century design, fine silver, furniture, folk art, and early American portraiture.


“We were thrilled with the results for the 20th Century Design section of The Pennsylvania Sale and equally delighted with the results achieved by exceptional examples of Americana,” said Vice President of Freeman’s, Lynda Cain, at the time.



As part of this year’s Pennsylvania Sale, Freeman’s is proud to present Wharton Esherick furniture made for the Hedgerow Theatre in Rose Valley, Pennsylvania. It is one of the most historically significant collections of the artist’s work.


In 1923, Esherick began designing for the Hedgerow Theatre in exchange for his daughter’s acting lessons. He built sets, woodblock posters, furniture, and other pieces for the theatre’s use. Eventually, its Green Room even became an unofficial gallery for Esherick’s work.



The sale will feature a rich selection of works by George Nakashima. Vintage pieces from the 1950s through the 1980s by the famed New Hope, Pennsylvania woodworker will be made available. Joining Nakashima is work by 20th-century designers Phillip Lloyd Powell, Paul Evans, and Samuel Yellin, including pieces from the latter’s estate.


Pennsylvania portraiture ranges from the formal work of Thomas Sully (1763-1872) to five folk portraits by Jacob Maentel (1778-1863). Consignments from three East Coast private collections include a selection of fraktur, redware, Chester County needlework, and an extremely fine polychrome carving of a fantail rooster.


Queen Anne, Chippendale, Federal, and Classical furniture and timepieces from Philadelphia and several counties will also be available. Of special note is a group of Federal furnishings: chairs, pier table, pair of chests, and a secretary bookcase attributed to the workshop of Ephraim Haines (1775-1837) and Henry Connelly (active 1793-1824).


This year’s Pennsylvania Sale is still open for consignment. If you have a piece that would make an exemplary addition to the event, please contact Tim Andreadis at [email protected] with more information about your property.


October 28 | 10 am EST


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H&H Classics- 1915 Hupmobile for Bid in Online Auction

H&H Classics- 1915 Hupmobile for Bid in Online Auction

1915 Hupmobile Owned by Irish Family for 105 years 

Not many cars can claim to have been owned by just one family for 105 years like this stunning 1915 Hupmobile Model HA Tourer for sale with H&H Classics on August 19th in an Auction Online sale.

Currently located in Londonderry it has been owned from new by the MacFlynn family from Magherafelt, Northern Ireland.

The car comes with its original sales invoice and is offered with all its early history.

Damian Jones, Head of Sales for H&H Classics says of the car: “This is a rare opportunity.”


This remarkable 1915 Hupmobile Model HA was first registered with on the 20th of April 1915. After seeing a listing in a June edition of the Irish Times in 1914 “The Hup” was later ordered by Mr MacFlynn a Spirit Merchant from Magherafelt, Northern Ireland. It was ordered in early 1915 through The Dublin Motor Company via McStay and Colgan, an Automobile Engineering Company in Belfast, with an optional Westinghouse Electric Starter, Westinghouse Dynamo, Five Electric Lamps and 815×105 Dunlop Tyres (Including Spare).

The Hupmobile itself was imported from the USA to London and was then shipped to Dublin in May 1915 where it was then duly delivered to Mr MacFlynn who would become the second owner of a Motorcar in Magherafelt.


This Hupmobile was in regular and daily use by him and his family from delivery until approximately 1936 when it was eventually decommissioned and was placed in one of sheds only to be seen occasionally by family members as they explored the shed. In 1966 the Hupmobile was passed on to William’s Son Charles, who in the late 1970s, pulled it out of the shed and began a partial/light restoration. After this, Charles used the Hupmobile regularly to attend local Vintage Rallies and Car Shows between 1980 and 2000.

In 2000 the Hupmobile was eventually passed onto its current Owner, Mr L MacFlynn who is the late Charles MacFlynn’s Nephew and the late William James MacFlynn’s Grandson.


Now a third-generation custodian of OI 3389, the Hupmobile was used locally until 2009/2010 when it was then put back into storage – then in 2016 they set about beginning the full restoration of the Hupmobile which consisted of a full overhaul of the complete car to bring it back to its former glory as it was in 1915 which took roughly two years and was completed in 2018 to an extremely high standard. The coachwork and overall condition of this Hupmobile is in excellent order and the car still retains its matching numbers as it was when it was new – it is also accompanied by a folder full of paperwork showcasing its history.

Unfortunately, post restoration – the car has not received the use that it deserves, and it is with a heavy heart that the MacFlynn family have decided collectively that it is time for this 105-year old 3rd generation family owned Model HA to be passed onto a new custodian who can give “The Hup” the spotlight it really deserves.

Henry Ford paid the ‘Hupp’ 20 the ultimate compliment. “I recall looking at Bobby Hupp’s roadster at the first show where it was exhibited and wondering whether we could ever build as good a small car for as little money.”

Hupmobiles were built from 1909 through 1939 by the Hupp Motor Car Company. The prototype was developed in 1908 and had its first successful run on November 8 with investors aboard for champagne at the Tuller Hotel a few blocks away. The company was incorporated in November of that year. The first Hupmobile model, the Hupp 20, was introduced at the 1909 Detroit Automobile Show. It was an instant success.



Found in Lincolnshire, this 1951 Lagonda 2.6 Litre Saloon sleeping beauty, is going to make someone a fantastic restoration project.  H&H Classics estimate that it will sell for £8,000 – £10,000.

The Lagonda is described by Damian Jones of H&H Classics as “A seemingly complete, original and unmolested barn find that has been in the present family ownership since the 1950s. It was laid up in 1961 due to a carburettor fault and has been unused since.”

“The chassis is reportedly “sound”. Sadly the logbook has been mislaid but may be found by the time of the auction. This is an exciting restoration project or special builder’s dream!”



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H&H Classics-1965 Alvis Drophead sold for £51,750

H&H Classics-1965 Alvis Drophead sold for £51,750

This charming 1937 Fiat 500 Topolino or ‘Little Mouse’ consigned by David Mitchell, a 92-year-old classic car enthusiast from Lewes, East Sussex sold for £19,550, three times its estimate, at the latest H&H Classics sale on July 22.

The little car is just like the one which featured strongly in that superb 1953 film ‘Roman Holiday’ with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. It was estimated to sell for £5,000 to £7,000 but after some fierce bidding made £19,550.

“The sight of a six foot plus Gregory Peck endeavouring to get into the back of a Topolino was a great sequence,” says John Markey of H&H Classics.

In the film, Audrey Hepburn is a bored and sheltered princess who escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman, Gregory Peck in Rome. The little Fiat adds greatly to the charm of this story.

The Topolino was one of the smallest cars in the world at the time of its production. Launched in 1936, three models were produced until 1955. It was equipped with a 569cc four-cylinder, side-valve, water-cooled engine mounted in front of the front axle, later an overhead valve motor.

Owners frequently squeezed four or five people into the nominal two-seater car, and in later models, the chassis was extended at the rear to allow for more robust semi-elliptic springs. With horsepower of about 13 bhp, its top speed was around 53 mph (85 km/h), and it could achieve about 47.1 mpg. Nearly 520,000 were sold.​


1965 Alvis TE21 Drophead Coupe sold for £51,750.

This superb car is one of only 18 automatic examples known to have survived worldwide. It sold for £51,750.

It was illustrated in Kenneth Day’s definitive work ‘Alvis, The Story of the Red Triangle’ and in ‘The Complete Encyclopaedia of Sports Cars Classic Era’ by Rob de la Rive Box.

It had had new sills, rear springs, leather upholstery, hood bag fitted by the previous owner who also had the car rolling road tuned and given halogen headlights.


It came from a collection of four cars owned by Louis Gendebien In Belgium, a cousin of Olivier Gendebien who drove for Ferrari in the late fifties early sixties and was brilliant in Sports Ferrari’s.

Former British race driver, John Markey of H&H Classics, who sourced the four car consignment from Belgium said: “By happy coincidence when Olivier won Le Mans in 1958 I was standing over his pit at La Sarthe.”

“His cousin, Louis whose collection this was has written a book about his illustrious cousin. His decision to sell through H&H Classics is once more an indication of the international appeal of H&H Classics.”


1991 Peugeot 205 GTi 1.6 sold for £24,150

This Peugeot 205 GTi 1.6 is the most original and best-preserved 1.6 GTi H&H Classics have encountered. It sold for £24,150.

Supplied new by Dixon Motor Holdings Ltd of Morecambe to Mr Waterhouse on 2nd January 1991, this exceptionally original 205 1.6 GTi has covered just 49,800 miles. Self-evidently cherished over the past twenty-nine years, with paperwork on file to substantiate the mileage, it comes with an assortment of MOT certificates (dating back to 1994 at 14,569 miles) and stamps in its original service book up to 48,587 miles. Entrusted to Colehill Garage of Wimborne in more recent years, accompanying bills from them describe ‘H142 XEC’ as ‘probably the best 205 GTi 1.6 in Dorset’ and encompass one issued on 2nd July 2015 for £2,359.72.


Model Background:

Introduced in 1984, the Peugeot 205 1.6 GTi has long enjoyed a reputation as one of the best ‘hot hatches’ ever made. Despite impressive performance figures (0-60mph in 8.6 seconds and 121mph), it was the model’s handling that won over the contemporary motoring press. Weighing in at just 880kg, the 205 1.6 GTi possessed a nimbleness and delicacy of feel sadly lacking from its modern equivalents and indeed is considered by many to offer a purer driving experience than its heavier albeit faster 1.9 sibling.


1954 Sunbeam Alpine MKI£18,400

Found in a Staffordshire barn, this wonderful discovery is going to make a fabulous restoration project for the bidder lucky enough to have secured it at the H&H Classics auction

One just like this Sunbeam Alpine found fame at the hands of Works drivers Stirling Moss and Sheila Van Damm and also starred in the 1955 film ‘To Catch A Thief’, featuring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly.

This rare car is one of just 200 known survivors and was offered as a ‘barn find’. It has been dry stored since retiring from historic rallying. Its engine is in running order and it appears to be substantially complete. Its history file includes the original buff logbook and FIA HVIF papers.



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Roseberys- Highly Successful Asian Art Sale Realises £1.14m

Roseberys- Highly Successful Asian Art Sale Realises £1.14m

Results: Chinese, Japanese & South East Asian Art 

Highly successful Asian sale realises £1.14m 

“Undoubtedly, we were vindicated in our decision to postpone May’s sale until July, as it allowed prospective buyers to attend our viewing days by appointment, and handle objects in the flesh. This enabled us to offer some of the very finest and rarest objects from China and Southeast Asia and achieve the best possible results.”

“It was a tremendous privilege to sell this pair of porcelain wall pockets made in the imperial kilns during the reign of Emperor Qianlong. Emperor Qianlong was arguably one of the greatest collectors of art and these vases, likely to have been commissioned by him, reflect this through their complex potting, impeccably painted decoration in enamels, and the inscription of an ancient poem.”

Bill Forrest, Head of the Chinese, Japanese & South East Asian Art Department


LONDON: An exquisite pair of Chinese imperially inscribed wall vases realised a staggering £324,500 at Roseberys £1.14m sale of art and antiques from China, Japan and South-East Asia. 

Chased by nine determined bidders including one who added £80,000 in a single bid, the pair soared above the pre-sale estimate of £20,000-30,000 in the auction held on July 28. They eventually sold to a Chinese agent in the room on behalf of a Chinese collector after 15 minutes of bidding. 

“The couple who consigned the vases were, of course, delighted when they heard the result. They were so pleased that we spotted the vases among the contents of their house as they were in the process of downsizing and disposing of most of their possessions and had never looked at them closely enough to appreciate their true worth. I was told that they had been furnishing a mantelpiece for many years and may or may not have made the cut to be moved to their new house. Like many inherited objects, one attaches a certain degree of sentimental value but may not appreciate their true value. We have been truly privileged to be custodians of these wonderful objects, and thanks to a hugely successful sale, we have found them a new home.” 

Bill Forrest, Head of Chinese, Japanese & South East Asian Art auction 

The imperially inscribed Qianlong mark and period porcelain wall vases were inherited in c.1950 and came from a private West London address. The Imperial poem inscribed on each was composed by the Emperor Qianlong apparently to express his delight in seeing a wall vase filled with a flower hanging inside of his sedan chair on the way to a hunting trip. Of the 300 or so Qianlong wall vases recorded in the collection of the Palace Museum in Beijing, only half are inscribed with poems by the emperor. 

Wall vases, also known as wall pockets or sedan chair vases, became one of the Qianlong Emperor’s favourite types and developed significantly during his reign. Pairs are seldom offered on the market. 

Enhancing their rarity further was the yangcai decoration, introduced by European Jesuit craftsmen to the Qing court around 1685. Developed in the Jingdezhen imperial workshops under the patronage of the Qianlong Emperor, it is representative of the superb quality of porcelain production achieved during the Qianlong reign. (Lot 87)

Other prized rarities in the 630-lot sale included lot 45, a Chinese porcelain monochrome blue-glazed teapot with a period Yongzheng mark, which raced away to £52,500 and lot 86, a fine Chinese imperial porcelain doucai marriage bowl, spotted in a kitchen cabinet five minutes from Roseberys, making £37,500. The latter was delicately detailed with mandarin ducks swimming amidst large lotus blooms and was notable for its period Jiaqing mark (most examples bear a later Daoguang mark).

 A multi-estimate bid of £26,250 secured a mid-20th century Chinese porcelain garlic-head vase with a label for Peter Wain, the respected Shropshire dealer in oriental ceramics. It was finely painted to the bulbous body with a father and son repairing a railroad in a winter landscape and bore a Jingdezhen factory seal mark to the base. 

A rare 17th/18th century Chinese carved chenxiangmu (aloeswood) brush pot, finely carved with bamboo and pine trees, soared above estimate to sell for £27,500. The cup came from a private West Country collection and had been inherited from the grandparents of the vendor in the 1960s.

A Chinese porcelain powder blue ground Kangxi period bottle vase, noted for its large size and rare underglaze of blue and copper red, smashed its estimate of £5,000-7,000 to sell for £23,700. The 41cm high piece, featuring a dragon to the slender neck and two mythical beasts to the body, came from a private collection in Germany and was acquired by the vendor’s family prior to 1920.

[Lot 90] [Lot 296] [Lot 37] 

Bidders also clamoured to own a pair of early Chinese black lacquer and inlaid cabinets dating to the late Qing dynasty. Each door was set with semi-precious stones and decorated with figures in landscapes. Estimated at £300-500, it went on to sell for £22,500. [Lot 353] 


A bid of £12,500 secured a Chinese painted enamel ‘dragon and bats’ dish similar to an example found in the British Museum. From the Qianlong period, it was decorated to the central reserve with a forward-facing dragon amidst clouds and flames. [Lot 343] 

Further highlights include a rare Chinese porcelain ‘three friends of winter’ wine cup from the collection of the late Jonas G Gadelius and his wife Gabita, which took £15,000. It had a period Jiajing mark and was painted in underglaze blue and yellow enamel with pine, prunus, and bamboo to the exterior. An 18th century Sino-Tibetan gilt-bronze figure of Tara that had been acquired in 1970 in Kathmandu improved upon presale hopes to sell for £8,125. [Lot 84] [Lot 490] 


The next Chinese, Japanese & South East Asian auction will take place on Wednesday 11 November, and the department is now welcoming consignments.

For further information please contact Peigi Mackillop [email protected] +44 (0) 20 8761 2522 


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Roseberys- International Buyers Dominate Post-War Sale

Roseberys- International Buyers Dominate Post-War Sale

Roseberys London: International buyers were out in force for Roseberys sale of Impressionist, Modern, Post War & Contemporary Art, securing over 80% of the lots sold and competing fiercely for the best works on offer. Despite the obstacles of the current ongoing pandemic and the auction that took place on Wednesday 15 July 2020 ended with an array of outstanding results, with strong results being seen throughout the 125 lot sale. 

Tess O’Brien, Head of Sale commented: The sale which was once again on a smaller scale, was a carefully curated selection of works spanning from Impressionism to contemporary, suiting a diverse collecting audience. With the current situation, we were concerned about the interest for the pieces, however it proved not to be an issue. The sale ended with an 80% selling rate, with most pieces selling above their high estimate, so we were delighted. It seems bidders are more ready to use the internet during this period, and have time to search for artworks. As a result, we had registrations worldwide, 90% of the buyers were overseas, and more people were actively bidding online, rather than leaving absentee bids. Once again, the école de Paris was the strongest section in the sale, we saw many of the post-impressionist paintings selling for well above their high estimate. Also, the post war pieces were of interest, in particular the collection of Claude Venards, which were fresh to the market. Being Australian, I was delighted to see the Sidney Nolan, Ned Kelly piece sell for £12,500, particularly when some similar pieces had gone unsold in Australia at similar prices. 

Of early interest was lot 2, an early gouache by the renowned Russian artist, Boris Grigoriev, titled ‘At the Tent’. This painting originally came from the pre-revolutionary St. Petersburg collection of Alexander Evgenievich Burtsev and remained with him until 1917. Burtsev was a Russian bibliophile, bibliographer, publisher, art collector, author of ethnographic works, and merchant of the first guild. As an honorary citizen of St. Petersburg, he gathered a large library of rare books and acquired a significant collection of autographs. On top of curating the library, he also arranged exhibitions of his collections and had ambitions to create a museum dedicated to new and innovative Russian art. Burtsev published journals on his collection including; ‘My Journal for the Few’, and it was for volume 9, issue 12 that this particular artwork was executed by Grigoriev. The consigner of this lot previously purchased the gouache many years previously within a mixed group lot at another auction house. Unbeknown of its real value or knowledge of the artist behind the work, the consigner was pleasantly surprised when Roseberys specialist Tess O’Brien revealed it to be a rare work by Russian artist Boris Grigoriev after a valuation request. ‘At the Tent’ sold for a final price of £45,000. 

Attracting special attention was a selection of bronzes by the Czechoslovakian artist Otto Gutfreund. The lots from 13 to 16 went very well, altogether making a total of £19,250. Lot 14 in particular realised an outstanding result of £8,750, a significant mark up from its top estimate of £3,000. The collection originated from the estate of Abe Gottlieb (died 1976), who was President of Liberty Fabrics of New York-based at 105 Madison Avenue, New York. 

Following this highlight, came an outstanding result for a work of art by Mela Muter – the pseudonym of Maria Melania Mutermilch, who was one of the most significant Polish/Jewish female painters in Paris in the early 20th century. She studied at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière and the Académie Colarossi under Etienne Tournés. In Paris, Muter swiftly built a reputation as a portrait painter and exhibited her work regularly, first at the Paris Salon in 1902, and subsequently at the Salon des Indépendants, the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, the Salon des Tuileries as well as the Salon des Femmes Artistes Modernes. During the Second World War, Muter went into hiding in the South of France, from this point on she created Fauvist landscapes of the area, such as Lot 23 presented in this auction. ‘Landschaft’ which was entered at a price of £5,000-7,000, ended up making £25,000. Tess O’Brien, commented ‘I was really pleased with the result of this painting as there were restoration issues but the oil is an exquisite work from her early period’. 

Estimated to make £7,000 – £9,000, lot 29 by French artist Claude Venard realised £15,000. The 1955 oil on canvas titled ‘Nature Morte à la Cruche’ alongside lots by Vernard 24 – 30 were acquired directly from Arthur Tooths & Sons Ltd., London, and have remained in the same collection since this sale. Venard has become a highly celebrated artist having featured in exhibitions globally since 1935. He held numerous successful one-man shows around the world in establishments such as Romanet-Vercel, Bernheim-Jeune, Romanet Gallery, Kleeman Gallery, The Fine Arts Association, the Knoedler Gallery, the Lefevre Gallery and at Arthur Tooth & Sons, from where this collection of works originates. 

Lot 94 was a personal highlight for the Head of Sale, who like the artist hails from Australia. The work by Sir Sidney Nolan OM AC RA, titled ‘Ned Kelly’ created in 1952; with a mixed technique on paper was gifted from Sidney Nolan’s wife to the consigner. Estimated at £3,000 – £5,000, this artwork ended up making over double its top estimate for £12,500. The artwork depicting the iconic bushranger Ned Kelly was sold to a private collector in Australia. Sidney Nolan’s paintings on the theme of the 19th-century bushranger Ned Kelly are one of the greatest series of Australian paintings of the 20th century. Highlighting these works makes the point that Australian art is part of the world, with its own stories to tell. This dual emphasis on connectedness and distinctiveness in relation to culture and place is integral to Nolan’s work depicting Ned Kelly. 

Lot 97, A stunning abstract work of art by Guyanan, British artist Aubrey Sendall Williams, titled ‘Nuno’ made £6,250. Estimated to sell at £2,000 -£3,000 the mixed technique on board created in 1976 came from a private collection. Roseberys had previous success within December 2019 with another abstract from the same artist selling for £4,000. The artist’s prices have been on the rise over the last couple of years with works coming up at salerooms across the country, lot 97 achieving a record-breaking price of £6,250, making it the most successful recorded sale at auction to date. 

Impressionism and Post-Impressionism works of art were a strong focus throughout the auction. In particular, the French Post-Impressionist paintings sold very well on the sale day. A highlight within the genre came from Henri Le Fauconnier. His artwork titled Paysage avec un pont (landscape with a bridge), circa 1915; estimated at £150-250, sold for £4,750. Furthermore, an oil by Henri Hayden, titled Hameau dans la vallée, sold for £5,500. Making £2,500 more than its top estimate. 


For more information about the sale please contact Marketing & PR Project Manager Peigi Mackilop : [email protected] +44 (0) 20 8761 2522 

We are now welcoming consignments for the inclusion of the Impressionist, Modern, Post War & Contemporary auction on Thursday 3 December 2020. 

To request a free valuation please contact our pictures department [email protected] 

Roseberys- Modern & Contemporary Prints Results

Roseberys- Modern & Contemporary Prints Results

Roseberys London: The Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples auction that took place on 7 July proved to be another stellar sale of outstanding results. 

Shane Xu, Head of Department commented: We are very pleased that the sale achieved an overall great result. Once again, the Prints department carried on the tradition of breaking the record of our previous sale total. It is very nice to know that the market demand is still there during this uncertain time. The Modern British section was strong as usual, as most works are collected by private buyers for their own enjoyment. We had two special sections by Stanley Hayter and Taskashi Murakami, with all the work by both artists selling out. Outstanding highlights came from works by wide-ranging artists such as Frank Auerbach and Yoshitomo Nara, which again proves our ability to present works which can be either academic or commercially popular amongst our clients. We are pleased to continue to offer a great selection of prints by prestigious artists for the general public and help everyone to start their collection.  

To begin the highlights within the start of the sale was the artworks created in 1977, by British artist and architect Victor Pasmore CH CBE, titled, The Image In Search of Itself, (lot 81). The complete portfolio of eleven screenprints were estimated to sell for £3,500 – £5,000. The work by the artist who pioneered the development of abstract art in Britain in the 40s and 50s, ended up achieving a price higher than its estimate, selling for £8,125. 

Estimated to sell for £6,000 – £10,000, (lot 180) the Portrait of Jacqueline by Pablo Picasso sold for £15,000. The offset lithograph in colours on wove made in 1956 depicts Picasso’s muse and second wife Jacqueline. Their marriage lasted 11 years until his death, during which time he created over 400 portraits of her, more than any of Picasso’s other loves. The original of this print can be found in the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia. 

The highest value lot of the auction was sold within the middle of the sale. Estimated to sell for £8,000 – £12,000, (lot 295) Frank Auerbach’s, complete set of six etchings on Arches wove titled, Six Etchings of Heads, sold for £18,750. Title’s and subjects within the etchings comprise of fellow famous artists and friends including Joe Tilson, R.B. Kitaj, Leon Kossoff, Lucian Freud and Gerda Boehm, who are regular sitters for Auerbach. 

Work by British/American artist Susan Hiller was estimated to sell for £6,000 – 8,000, eventually realising the price of £12,500. The work titled The Storm (Addenda 3 to “Dedicated to the Unknown Artists”) was created in 1978. The collection involves three original sea charts, typed and typeset and eighteen vintage postcards mounted on seven boards. Beginning her artistic practice in the early 1970s, Hiller was influenced by the visual language of Minimalism and Conceptual art[ and later cited Minimalism, Fluxus, Surrealism and her study of anthropology as major influences on her work. Her art practice included installation, video, photography, performance and writing. 

Within the Japanese contemporary works of art section of the sale, lot 428 by artist Yoshitomo Nara realised the highest price of £15,000. The work titled Cosmic Girl: Eyes Open/ Eyes Closed was estimated to make £5,000 – £7,000, finally achieving a price over double its top estimate. Nara is a contemporary of Takashi Murakami, whose artworks would follow swiftly after in the sale. Similar to Murakami her work has been influenced by pop culture in both the East and West. 

At the end of the sale, a collection of twenty lots of artwork by Takashi Murakami had a 100% sell-through rate. One of the most acclaimed artists to emerge from post-war Asia, Takashi Murakami—“the Warhol of Japan”—is known for his contemporary Pop synthesis of fine art and pop culture, particularly his use of a boldly graphic and colourful anime and manga cartoon style, which the lots within the sale demonstrated perfectly. Overall, the works by the Japanese artist sold for £41,190, with the highlight from the collection being five offset lithographs in colours on wove (lot 441), titled Flowers Blooming in This World and the Land of Nirvana, 2013; selling for £6,000. 


The next Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples auction will take place on Tuesday 6 October. 

Now welcoming consignments for this auction. To request a valuation please contact [email protected] 

​For any press related enquires please contact Marketing & PR Project Manager, Peigi Mackillop: [email protected] 

Roseberys- June Jewellery & Watches Auction Results

Roseberys- June Jewellery & Watches Auction Results

The third sale to take place since lockdown restrictions relaxed last month was the Jewellery & Watches auction on Tuesday 23 June. Similar to the other two auctions that took place before it, the sale was a great success. Despite the postponement and not allowing bidding within the room, the sale produced some outstanding results, with a selling rate of 84%. 

Mark Bowis, Head of the Jewellery & Watches department commented on the sale:

“Having been postponed from March there was a lot of tense anticipation for this live sale and given the difficult times at present, efforts were made to allow potential buyers to view the sale, acquire information, register bids and bid live online and on the phone as easily and comfortably as possible. On a hot day, the sale was extremely busy with a pattern of very prompt and enthusiastic bidding. The fact that there were only seven lots remaining unsold in the first 100 lots was very encouraging. At the end of the session, the sale showed an 84% sold rate. Lots with heavy gold emphasis including pocket watches benefited somewhat by the buoyant uplift in the current bullion price. However antique and esoteric items also sold strongly, this included a group of early rings. Lot 38 with an attractively placed estimate of £500-700 realised £5,250 an Edwardian coral and diamond bangle in original fitted case realised £1,250 and an early 20th-century gold-mounted butterfly wing brooch in original fitted case realised £1,750. A small group of Indian jewels also attracted swift bidding, showing that Indian pieces with age are always popular. Results for diamonds were also solid. High-value diamond lots included lot 324 a 2.30 carat round brilliant-cut diamond of good colour sold at £6,250. While lot 54 an attractive flexible, diamond bracelet realised £3,500. The icing on the cake was lot 133 a very speculated large rose-cut diamond ring with rose-cut diamond shoulders estimate £4000-6000 realised an impressive £40,000. Designer jewels such as pieces by Grima and Elisabeth gage generated traditional interest including an early garnet and diamond ring by Grima, featured on the back cover of the catalogue realised £2,750. We were pleased that the more traditional jewellery from the eminent jewel houses such as Cartier, Boucheron, Bulgari, Tiffany & Van Cleef & Arpels, often the main backbone of a jewellery sale is still consistently achieving strong results. The selection of high-end wristwatches with examples by Patek Philippe, Rolex, Cartier and Vacheron & Constatine did extremely well, with only three unsold lots out of the twenty-nine offered. A small selection of modestly priced pens by Mont Blanc did exceptionally well also. “

The highest value lot of the sale was Lot 133, a rose-cut diamond three stone ring in a gypsy style setting. The central rose-cut diamond was a large stone measuring 12.8mm in diameter. Rose diamonds of this size are quite rare and could have originated from the alluvial areas of India making it ‘an old stone’. These factors and the reasonable colour obviously attracted a lot of interest; speculative stones are always exciting. The low estimate was £4,000-6000 and this sale closed at £40,000. 

Another highlight within the sale was Lot 311, a diamond, ruby, and sapphire bracelet. This was designed in the style of the Art Deco jewellery produced by the great names of Cartier, Boucheron and Van Cleef & Arpels. Although this bracelet is a more recent copy, the quality is outstanding with attractive Indian carved rubies and vibrant diamonds. Estimated £8000-10,000, this bracelet realised £10,625. 

(Lot 201) Estimated at £3000-4000, this nice clean and typical high-quality platinum-set ring by Cartier, set with a classic top colour 1.00-carat diamond, realised the price of £5,250. Retailed by Cartier London and produced in the 1970s, this gave the ring an added vintage charm and was fiercely fought for on the sale day. 

Continuing with highlights from the Cartier section in the sale was a very fine and attractive emerald and diamond ring. Set in 18ct gold, the strong coloured emerald was flanked by two top colour diamonds typical of Cartier’s timeless three stone designs. The ring was in great condition complete with makers case. Estimated to sell for £2000-3000, this ring (Lot 198) realised a price of £3,750.

(Lot 196) Another small but charming item by Cartier was a 9ct gold circular pillbox of recognizable 40s design. Vintage items by Cartier appear less often on the market now. With an estimate of £400-600, this item realised over double its top estimate, selling for £1,625, proving the popularity of these collectable pieces.

Lot 159 This early 20th-century diamond and sapphire brooch was closely followed, with many eager bidders registering ahead of the sale to secure this lot. Although not desperately sought after as a brooch, old pieces such as this are often set with old un-heated gemstones from sought after regions such as Burma. This brooch was set with an attractively saturated sapphire and probably had no heat treatment to improve its colour. Estimate £1000-1500, this stunning brooch sold for £4,250 to the lucky bidder. 

Lot 269, an 18ct. gold citrine, hematite, and cultured pearl ‘kiss pin’ by Elizabeth Gage realised £2,000. Pieces of ‘Art Jewellery’ by this designer and goldsmith are highly collectable and measuring 6.1cm wide this piece is quite a statement and complete with maker’s case, making it highly attainable. 

With an estimated price of £800-1200, Lot 268, a pair of diamond brooches by Vedura realised £3,500. Typical of Vedura’s high standard in the manufacture and charming design of pine cones, these were a very appealing purchase. 

Estimated to sell for £1500 – 2000, Lot 274 an early 18ct gold, garnet, and diamond ring by Anglo-Italian designer Andrew Grima realised £2,200. Early rings by Grima are scarce and although the design seemed quite simple, the abstract decoration to the mount and gallery showed the early signs of Grima’s flare for the unusual. Coming from his father in laws workshop with the mark HJCO, it was signed by Grima. 

To view all the results from the Jewellery & Watches auction click here. The next Jewellery & Watches auction will take place on Tuesday 22 September.

For any further enquiries in regards to the Jewellery & Watches department please contact the Head of Department, Mark Bowis: [email protected]


For any press related enquires please contact Marketing & PR Project Manager, Peigi Mackillop: [email protected] 

Roseberys- Islamic & Indian Art Online Auction Results

Roseberys- Islamic & Indian Art Online Auction Results

International buyers embraced remote bidding at rescheduled auctions of Islamic and Indian Art at Roseberys London.

Portrait of ‘The Messalina of the Punjab’ who fought British rule was among the top-selling lots.


A posthumous portrait of Maharani Jind Kaur – the fearless Sikh queen of Lahore who became a serious obstacle to British rule in India – was a star lot in Roseberys rescheduled Indian and Islamic art sales. 

The oil on canvas came from a private collection in Copenhagen and was painted in c.1905 by the Danish artist Hugo Vilfred Pedersen (1870-1959), a leading painter in the British Indian colonies during the early 20th century. Estimated at £3,000-5,000 in the Arts of India auction on June 17, it attracted fierce competition and eventually sold for £23,750. 

Jind Kaur, popularly known as Rani Jindan, was the youngest wife of Ranjit Singh, the Maharaja of Punjab. Her revolt began when her husband died of a stroke in 1839 and the British tried to wrest the kingdom from Duleep Singh, her infant son, and heir. 

Renowned for her beauty, energy, and strength of purpose, Jindan is chiefly remembered for the fear she engendered in the British in India. In a smear campaign, she was derisively labeled the ‘Messalina of the Punjab’, a salacious seductress too rebellious to be controlled. During her rule as regent, she waged two disastrous wars against the British that led to the annexation of Punjab. Her life was the subject of the 2009 film Rebel Queen. (Lot 79)

With social-distancing restrictions in place, Roseberys rescheduled sales of Islamic and Indian art saw a huge increase in international bidding across online platforms and on the phones. The June sales, originally planned for April and containing a wide range of artefacts from the Islamic and Indian Worlds, was particularly strong on Islamic manuscripts. 

A manuscript of the Qasida al-Burda (Poem of the Mantle) – a celebrated ode to the Prophet Muhammad – sold for £23,750 in the Islamic Art & Manuscripts sale on June 16. The Arabic manuscript was copied and signed by Sadiq bin Yusuf of Sian, China, in 1010AH (1601-02) and contained interlinear translation and copious notes throughout. Online and commission bidders competed before it was eventually won by an international online bidder on (Lot 66)

A £18,750 bid secured a fine and rare Timurid copy of Rumi’s Mathnawi Ma’nawi made in Iran in c.1480 and sourced from a private collection in London. The polychrome frontispiece was particularly admired, with its rigorous and complex pattern of interlacing split-palmettes, flowering vines and stellar motifs. (Lot 134)

Eagerly contested elsewhere was an attractive and colourful Persian manuscript bound in concertina-form and containing ten calligraphic panels set against intricate patterns of weaving gold flowers on coloured paper. This Qajar muraqqa, signed by Ali Raza Abbasi and dated 1007AH (1598), drew fierce bidding across the online platforms Roseberys Live, Invaluable and before it was knocked down at £17,500. (Lot 100)

Two large Qajar pottery tiles from a distinguished Italian collection were much admired in the sale. The first was a c.1890 example finely painted with two princely figures on horseback hunting wild boar and was bid to £8,750. The second, a c.1880 piece, depicted the founder of the great Safavid dynasty, Shah Ismail, herding wild animals with his courtiers against a vivid cobalt background. Bidding took place between the telephone and online, eventually going to an online bidder for £5,500. (Lot 248) (Lot 249) 

Further highlights included a dozen ancient black Etruscan bucchero vessels from a private collection in New Mexico that sold together at £5,750 and a large Indo-Persian brass celestial globe signed by Amal Nasir al-Din Tusi in 1305AH (1887-88AD) and extensively engraved with markings, figures, astrological symbols and pictorial representations of the constellations. This was secured by a bidder on Roseberys Live for £3,750. (Lot 14) (Lot 262) 

Bids also emerged for Indian miniatures with distinguished provenance. The scene of a princess lamenting her lover’s departure painted on a miniature from Kangra in North India sold to a telephone bidder for £7,500. The early 19th-century work came from the collection of Dr. WB Manley, a great collector of Indian paintings who had served in the Indian Police in the Bombay Presidency from 1905-24. He exhibited works from his collection on a number of occasions, including in the Royal Academy Exhibition The Art of India and Pakistan (1947-48). (Lot 166)

Also from Kangra was an illustration of Vipralabdha – the so-called ‘disappointed mistress’ and one of the eight ‘nayikas’ who is deceived into waiting all night for a lover who never comes. Another miniature with excellent provenance, it was acquired by Robert Henry Wallace Dunlop (1823-1887) and thence by descent. 

Dunlop was born in Madras and held the position of district officer of the Meerut District during the Indian Mutiny of 1857. He penned the books Service and Adventure with the Khakee Ressalah (1858) and Hunting in the Himalaya (1860). The lot went to a telephone bidder for £3,000. (Lot 162)

The trend for strong sales continued in the jewellery section where a 19th-century emerald inscribed with Quranic verses and set in a European gold mount sold to a commission bidder for £4,750. (Lot 92)

A 19th-century sword with an undulating blade, gold overlaid hilt and an inscription to the inside of the knuckle guard was won by a telephone bidder who paid a multi-estimate £3,250 among a select offering of arms and armour. (Lot 76)



For further information please contact:

Peigi Mackillop

[email protected]

+44 (0) 20 8761 2522 


Freeman’s- Ongoing Success of Online Art + Design Auctions

Freeman’s- Ongoing Success of Online Art + Design Auctions

Following its highly successful online Design and Modern & Contemporary Art auctions this Spring, Freeman’s is pleased to announce another stellar result. Its inaugural June 26 Art + Design auction achieved a 95% sell-through rate and totaled just shy of $500,000, comfortably surpassing its pre-sale high estimate.


With works offered at more accessible price points by world-class artists and designers such as George Nakashima, Samuel Yellin, Josef Albers, Robert Motherwell, and Pablo Picasso, the 94-lot auction welcomed a host of new online bidders. Accounting for 40% of successful buyers, the influx of new bidders confirms Freeman’s continued success in attracting new online buyers.

“Not only am I thrilled by the competitive bidding and strong prices achieved throughout our Art + Design sale, but I’m also highly encouraged by the robust presence of new collectors attracted to the sale by its diversity of material and approachable price points,” remarked Head of Sale Shannon Jeffers, “As the art market continues to shift towards a predominantly virtual format, Freeman’s continues to create new and exciting opportunities for first-time, online buyers to join our community of art lovers. We are harnessing the momentum generated by this first Art + Design auction by offering similar sales this fall, including another Art + Design auction as well as a dedicated, online Prints and Multiples auction.”

Last Friday’s auction was led by a Rare Four-door “Chan” Cabinet, New York, circa 1970s by Philip and Kelvin LaVerne (Lot 15), which surpassed its pre-sale high estimate to sell for $43,750.



Other Design works that exceeded expectations include a Special “Triple Cabinet with Sliding Doors”, 1971 by George Nakashima (Lot 70), which sold for $27,500 and a Two-door Gate for the Miles F. Goodman Residence, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 1924 by Samuel Yellin (Lot 77), which realized $27,500.

A light-switch cover made by Yellin for the same residence (Lot 78) sparked a lengthy bidding war that saw the piece soar past its pre-sale estimate of $400-600, bringing $16,250.

Prints, multiples, and sculptures by well-known artists from around the world elicited spirited competition, resulting in numerous strong prices. A particular highlight was New York, N.Y. 10008 by Chilean artist Nemesio Antunez (Lot 40), which realized $19,500, far exceeding its pre-sale estimate of $800-1,200.

The Untitled sculpture by Mexican artist Pedro Friedeberg (Lot 12) also performed well, nearly doubling its pre-sale high estimate, realizing $5,938.

Works on paper by blue-chip artists such as Adolph Gottlieb (Lot 36); Patrick Heron (Lot 35); Josef Albers (Lot 31); and Paul Jenkins (Lot 94) also achieved prices above their estimates.


The Art + Design auction is the first of its kind at Freeman’s. It presents art and objects from the Modern & Contemporary and Design departments in compelling ways, appealing to a new generation of buyers who collect across categories. A number of similar auctions are planned for Freeman’s Fall/Winter 2020 auction season.


Shannon Jeffers | [email protected]



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Roseberys- Portraits Proving Popular at Old Master Auction

Roseberys- Portraits Proving Popular at Old Master Auction

Roseberys London: The highly anticipated Old Master, 18th & 19th Century Pictures auction, on Thursday 4 June was the first sale to take place since the lockdown began. Despite the postponement and obstacles due to Covid-19, the auction was a great success, producing fantastic results throughout. With highlights including a Hunting scene, painted by French artist René Princeteau and a portrait of a lady in the manner of Italian artist Pierfrancesco Cittadini, both selling both for £30,000 each. 

On the overall sale, Marcus Grey, Head of Department, commented: Last Thursday’s auction showed some fantastic results for Roseberys with early portraiture dominating the highlights. A beautiful mid-17th century portrait attributed to the circle of Pierfrancesco Cittadini made a result of £30,000, whilst a unique portrait by Lavinia Fontana made £7,500. Also, our private collection of Portrait miniatures proved to be very popular, with Lot 4 selling for £6,875 and lot 20, a Portrait miniature of a high-ranking Napoleonic officer by Louis-Marie Sicardi- selling for £5,500. The results of the René Princeteau’s also showed that the market for this artist continues to be strong with many selling for the above estimate. 

Before the sale began, the internet clerks were briefed and ready to expect a busy day of sales. Expectations were set high due to the number of pre-registered bidders which exceeded 800, poised, and ready to compete for their lots throughout the day. 

The beginning of the sale saw a collection of 67 miniatures realise excellent results, with many achieving prices higher than their estimates. One being lot 4, circle of English artist Isaac Oliver. The portrait miniature of a lady in a glazed oval silver frame, sold for £6,875, over double its expected estimated value. 


Estimated to sell for £6,000 – £8,000, lot 72 was fiercely bid up to a successful sale price of £30,000. The Portrait of a lady, wearing a red Italo-Hispanic dress, holding a rose is circle of Italian artist Pierfrancesco Cittadini, 1616–1681. Born in Milan, Cittadini initially became a pupil of Daniele Crespi before heading to Bologna in the 1630s to establish himself as an artist in the workshop of Guido Reni, later rivaling his former master for altarpiece commissions within the city. The Portrait of a lady is typical of the artist’s style. Known for his attention to detail in the portraits of female sitters, the present oil on canvas characteristically displays the attention to the elaborate costume of the sitter and the rose she holds in her hand. 


Another work that sailed high above its estimate to £23,750 was lot 75. The oil on canvas depicting choppy waters with a whale and a sea-monster, is circle of Dutch artist Hendrick Cornelisz Vroom, 1562-1640. Hendrik Cornelisz Vroom was a Dutch Golden Age painter credited with being the founder of Dutch marine art or seascape painting. His work can be seen in the Rijksmuseum, Frans Hals Museum, and Westfriesmuseum. 


Previously sold at Sotheby’s London in 1993, lot 103, was successfully bid up to a final selling price of £8,125, from its original estimate of £2,000 – £3,000. The oil on canvas, titled Esther Before Ahasuerus, hails from the Genoese School, 17th century. 


Realising a price of £7,500, lot 96 is a beautiful self-portrait, with strong provenance by Italian artist Lavinia Fontana, 1552-1614. The, signed, inscribed, and dated oil on canvas self-portrait of the artist as St. Catherine of Alexandria, was painted in 1595. St. Catherine is portrayed with her traditional attributes gazing up to the heavens in Fontana’s typically Mannerist style. The detail and colour is employed vibrantly, reminiscent of the work of Sofonisba Anguissola, another female northern Italian Renaissance painter.


Titled Il Guercino, lot 109, study of a woman half-length with arm outstretched in red chalk on laid paper sold for £6,875. The Italian picture that was likely to be created around the period of 1591-1666, is from the workshop of Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, proving that there is still some market demand for good quality works on paper, a market that has suffered greatly over the last ten years. 


A collection of star lots within the auction came toward the end of the sale, with multiple bidders competing from Belgium, France, and the US. All the works by French artist René Charles Pierre Princeteau, 1843-1919, came from a private collection. A master in the depiction of equestrian subject matter, René Princeteau is considered to be one of the most highly sought-after academic French artists of the late 19th century. Lot 364, Early morning, bringing out hounds with huntsmen in attendance; oil on canvas, was the hotly contested work that soared up to £30,000. The work is considered to be a fine example of the artist’s carefully conceived hunting scenes. This painting will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné on René Princeteau compiled by Louis Cuvreau and Hubert de Watrigant. 



Other sale highlights coming from the private collection of Princeteau’s works, were lot 358, Veneur pendant un débuché, selling for £13,750, lot 359, La Chasses Basque selling for £12,500 and lot 360, Piqueur Foulant selling for £11,500. In total, the collection of seven works by Princeteau sold for, £90,125. 


For further information please contact

Head of Department Marcus Grey [email protected] 

Please note all the prices quoted include Buyer’s Premium of 25% 

Freeman’s – Impressive Chinese Imperial Porcelains

Freeman’s – Impressive Chinese Imperial Porcelains

PHILADELPHIA, PA— On Friday, June 19, Freeman’s will offer over 200 carefully selected lots in its Asian Arts auction.  Spanning centuries and countries, the sale is a compelling offering of furniture, porcelains, jades, textiles, sculpture and fine art from across the Far East, including a group of ancient Chinese bronzes from a private Main Line collection and a selection of mark and period Chinese porcelains of the Qing dynasty.


The sale includes a fine selection of elegant imperial Chinese porcelains from the 18th and 19th centuries.  The highlight is a rare and refined blue and white-decorated porcelain lobed bowl, Qianlong mark, and period (Lot 58, $30,000-50,000).  When acquired by the present owner in 2011, only one other known example, with a yellow enamel ground, was noted.



A strong section of the sale is composed of Buddhist figural arts, including examples rarely encountered on the market.  For sheer elegance of execution, the 15th century Nepalese or Tibetan gilt copper alloy figure of a bodhisattva (Lot 31, $20,000-30,000) is unequaled among the sculptures.  With finely cast and finished details and a rich gilded surface suitably-worn by centuries of adoration, the bodhisattva is an example of the fine workmanship, likely Newari, which so influenced the exquisite gilt bronzes of the early Ming dynasty.

Of particular note is a small, gold repoussé Southeast Asian figure of a seated Buddha from the 12th-14th century (Lot 26, $10,000-15,000).  Acquired by the husband of the present owner from noted New York dealer Doris Wiener, the Buddha is a rare survivor in precious metal, with a lively expression and large presence belying its 2 ¼ inch height.  It is joined in the sale by a number of additional Chinese, Japanese, and Burmese figures of Buddhas and bodhisattvas, which differ in size and are made of varying elements including wood, sandstone, copper, and bronze.

This piece is joined by a small group of monochrome red bowls and dishes (Lots 59-62) given to the present owner’s mother by her longtime friend, Joseph Paul Gardner — an architect and dancer who served as one of the Monuments Men in World War II and as first Director (1933-1953) of what is now the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, MO.

Lot 31: A Nepalese or Tibetan gilt copper alloy figure of a bodhisattva

15th century

Estimate $20,000-30,000

Lot 194: Waterfall, Tani Buncho (1763-1840)

H: 130 1/2, W: 55 3/4 in.

Estimate $6,000 – 8,000

Lot 189: A rare and impressive Japanese patinated bronze censer and cover with original wood stand, Miyao.

Meiji period, late 19th century.

Estimate $25,000 – $35,000



California collector Betty Borman assembled a fine group of Japanese ink paintings and calligraphy, including works by some of the most noted artists of their time.  Of particular note is the grandly-scaled “Waterfall” by Tani Buncho (1763-1840) (Lot 194, $6,000-8,000), which may be the artist’s largest extant work, and a six-panel folding screen, “Dragon Vanishing into Clouds,” by famed lacquer artist Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891) (Lot 195, $10,000-15,000).



June 19 | 10am



Ben Farina, [email protected]


Madeline Hill, [email protected]


Freeman’s – Modern Art Auction Achieves Over $1M

Freeman’s – Modern Art Auction Achieves Over $1M

PHILADELPHIA, PAFreeman’s is delighted to announce the results of its highly successful Modern & Contemporary Art Auction—their first online fine art sale of 2020. With an impressive sell-through rate of 95%, the 58-lot sale achieved over $1 million, just shy of its pre-sale high estimate. Strong prices were achieved for Latin American, English, and iconic American Pop artists. With many consignments from private New York collectors, the auction included notable works by Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Diego Rivera, and Andy Warhol.

“We were delighted to see that the market remains competitive for top works by blue-chip artists, and to achieve an enviable sell-through rate in our first online fine art sale,” said Dunham Townend, Head of Freeman’s Modern & Contemporary Art Department. With this most recent success, Freeman’s raises its average sell-through rate for its 2020 fine auctions to 93.5%.



The sale was led by Chanel, an iconic print from Andy Warhol’s, Ads series, which sold for $175,000—nearly the high end of its pre-sale estimate. This price is the second-highest ever fetched at auction for this important screenprint.  Robust pre-sale interest and spirited bidding from the East and West Coasts, as well as from Europe, culminated in one of the highest auction prices ever achieved for this iconic Pop image.



Skoob Assemblage by British Modernist John Latham was a runaway success.  Bidders from the United Kingdom, Europe, and America competed vigorously for this fresh-to-market assemblage by one of England’s most celebrated Conceptual artists. The work more than quintupled its pre-sale low estimate, realizing $27,500.

Similar-spirited bidding drove Lynn Chadwick’s Pair of Cloaked Figures to sell for $43,750. This quintessential example by the revered British sculptor had been in a private New York collection since 1978.

These robust results continue Freeman’s long-established history of success with Modern British artists including William Scott, Henry Moore, and John Hoyland.

Lot 44: Skoob AssemblageJohn Latham (British, 1921-2006)

Sold for: $27,500 (buyer’s premium included)


Lot 30: Yellow RoadAlex Katz (American, born 1927)

Sold for: $46,875 (buyer’s premium included)


Lot 2: Soldat Marocain et Hamido, Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954)

Sold for: $18,750 (buyer’s premium included)



Strong prices were also achieved for works by many other internationally renowned and sought after artists. Other notable results include $46,875 for Pablo Picasso’s Face with Black Nose and Alex Katz’s Yellow Road; $32,500 for Diego Rivera’s Seated Woman; $25,000 for George Rodrigue’s Blue Over You; and $18,750 for Henri Matisse’s Soldat Marocain et Hamido.




Dunham Townend  [email protected]



Madeline Hill, [email protected]

Freeman’s – Significant Art By Redfield & Garber

Freeman’s – Significant Art By Redfield & Garber

PHILADELPHIA, PA—On Sunday, June 7, Freeman’s will hold its much anticipated, bi-annual auction of American Art & Pennsylvania Impressionists. The sale will include a number of works by marquee names in the field, such as Robert Henri(1865-1929), William Macgregor Paxton (1869-1941), Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975) and Jessie Willcox Smith (1863-1935). This season, a particularly heavy focus will be made on the New Hope School through high-level pieces coming from the private Collection of Heidi Bingham Stott, granddaughter of the illustrious Hiram Bingham who notably rediscovered the archeological site of Machu Pichu in 1911.



Spring at Point Pleasant on the Delaware River by Edward Redfield (1869-1965) is one of the anticipated highlights of the Stott Collection (Lot 40, estimate: $300,000-500,000). Executed en plein-air on May Day of 1926, the painting depicts, in thick and short brushstrokes, a plunging view of the Delaware River from the artist’s studio in Point Pleasant. The subject was one of Redfield’s favorites, and he continuously returned to the location to paint similar vistas, as exemplified by The Peaceful Valley (Lot 57, estimate: $200,000-300,000) another view of the celebrated locale from a different private collection, which Redfield executed in a more modern fashion almost a decade later.

Among the other highlights of the Stott Collection are three oils by Daniel Garber (1880-1958), including Rodger’s Meadow (Lot 44, estimate: $200,000-300,000),  an important canvas that illustrates a shift in the artist’s career. Executed in 1922, the work faithfully records the local geography and the daily life of Bucks County, where Garber and his family moved at the turn of the century.

The Stott Collection also includes two quintessential nocturne scenes by George Sotter (1883-1951) (Lots 41& 42), as well as a rare Italian canvas by Fern Coppedge (1883-1951), which the artist completed after her return from Florence in 1926 (Lot 43).


Philadelphia and other Pennsylvania artists will be well-represented in the June sale, starting with The Converted Barn, an early painting by N.C. Wyeth (1853-1890), which depicts the studio where the artist would paint Treasure Island several years later (Lot 26, estimate: $50,000-80,000). Executed in 1908 (the year N.C. and his wife Carolyn moved from Delaware to Chadds Ford), the work shows Wyeth’s affinity for landscape painting and more specifically, his appreciation of the lush Brandywine River Valley.


Lot 57: The Peaceful Valley, Edward Redfield (1869-1965)

Estimate $200,000-300,000


Lot 44: Rodger’s Meadow, Daniel Garber (1880-1958)

Estimate $200,000-300,000


Lot 41: 1 of 2 quintessential nocturne scenes, George Sotter (1883-1951)

Estimate: $50,000-80,000


Lot 42: 1 of 2 quintessential nocturne scenes, George Sotter (1883-1951)

Estimate: $40,000-60,000


Lot 43: A rare Italian canvas by Fern Coppedge (1883-1951) in 1926.

Estimate: $25,000-40,000


Lot 26: The Converted Barn, N.C. Wyeth (1853-1890)

Estimate $50,000-80,000


Four pieces by Philadelphia native Arthur B. Carles (1882-1952) will also be included in the sale, starting with a 1908 portrait of his then-fiancée Mercedes de Cordoba (Lot 29, estimate: $15,000-25,000). Shown seated in front of a window pane in which one can spot the reflection of the artist himself, Mlle de C. owes a great debt to the art of Henri Matisse, whom Carles revered and met in Paris. In contrast, Abstract Still Life with Drape (Lot 32, estimate: $15,000-25,000) shows the strong influence that Cubism and Georges Braque had on Carles in the 1930s, a moment when the artist tried to synthesize his exploration of shapes with his love of color.



Among the several 19th century pieces on offer are two oils by Theodore Robinson (1852-1896), both kept in the family of the artist since his death in 1896. Respectively executed in Giverny and at his return to the United States, Moyen-Age (Lot 10, estimate: $7,000-10,000) and Vermont Hillside (Lot 9, estimate: $20,000-30,000) illustrate the influence of French painting, and of Impressionist Master Claude Monet, on the artist. The rest of the sale includes the recently rediscovered Signing of the Compact in the Cabin of the Mayflower by Edwin White (1842-1946), which is considered one of the greatest pieces the artist ever made (Lot 4, estimate: $10,000-15,000); three French canvases by Theodore Earl Butler (1861-1936) with stellar provenance (Lots 17-19, estimates: range from $15,000 to 40,000); as well as two watercolors by Stephen Scott Young (born 1957), including one directly bought from the artist (Lot 37, estimate: $10,000-15,000 & Lot 38, estimate: $12,000-18,000)



June 7 | 2pm


Alasdair Nichol, [email protected]


Madeline Hill, [email protected]

Julien’s – ‘Sports Legends’ With Iconic Kobe Bryant Pieces

Julien’s – ‘Sports Legends’ With Iconic Kobe Bryant Pieces

Los Angeles, California -Julien’s Auctions announced the new date for SPORTS LEGENDS will be May 21 2020, live online at with over 300 historic sports artifacts atop the auction podium in a winners’ circle of uniforms, medals, shoes, memorabilia, sports equipment and more from the worlds of basketball, soccer, baseball, and beyond.

Among the highlights announced is a collection of items from Kobe Bryant, the basketball legend and 18-time All-Star who won five NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Items include: Bryant’s full Los Angeles Lakers number “8” home uniform, game-worn during the 1999-2000 NBA Finals and embroidered with an official NBA logo under a black armband worn in remembrance of Wilt Chamberlain (estimate: $10,000-$20,000); Bryant’s 2011 handprints in cement from Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood where the NBA legend became the first athlete to cast prints at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre (estimate: $4,000-$6,000) and Bryant’s Los Angeles Lakers home number “24” jersey game worn during the 2006-2007 season (estimate: $4,000-$6,000); a pair of black and white Adidas brand basketball shoes game-worn and signed by Bryant and inscribed with his jersey number “8” (estimate: $2,000-$4,000).


The highlights also include a Spalding NBA All-Conference basketball signed by the members of the 2009-2010 Los Angeles Lakers including, Bryant, Ron Artest, Shannon Brown, Andrew Bynum, Jordan Farmar, Derek Fisher, Pau Gasol, Didier Ilunga-Mbenga, Adam Morrison, Lamar Odom, Josh Powell, Sasha Vujacic, and Luke Walton (estimate:$2,000-$4,000).

Born on August 23, 1978, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Kobe Bean Bryant was the son of Joe Bryant, a professional basketball player in Italy where Bryant and his family lived for eight years and where Bryant learned to speak Italian fluently. In 1996 after graduating from high school at the age of 18, Bryant became the youngest player at the time in NBA history when he joined the Los Angeles Lakers, the team he would play for throughout his entire professional career. In his spectacular 20-year basketball career, Bryant would elevate the sport to new heights and achieved other unprecedented feats and honors including 18 NBA All-Star titles, five NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers, two NBA Finals Most Valuable Player awards, four NBA All-Star Game MVP awards, two Olympic gold medals for men’s basketball and ranking as the fourth-highest scorer in NBA history.

On April 13, 2016 in his final NBA game before retiring, Bryant scored an astounding 60 points for the Lakers who defeated the Utah Jazz 101-96. In 2017, the Lakers retired Bryant’s jersey numbers No. 8 and No. 24. Bryant also won a Sports Emmy and Academy Award for the 2018 Best Animated Short Film, Dear Basketball.

On January 26, 2020, Bryant’s tragic death, at the age of 41 in a helicopter crash with eight other people including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, sent shock waves across the globe. Before his death, Bryant was named one of the eight finalists for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this year.

“As one of the millions of fans mourning around the world, we were deeply saddened and shocked to learn of Kobe Bryant’s passing while we were preparing for our annual Sports Legends auction a few weeks ago”, said Darren Julien, President/Chief Executive Officer of Julien’s Auctions. “We are honored to include this collection of his items and pay tribute to this giant who was an inspiration not only to basketball fans but to the entire world.

Other Sports highlights include: a Jules Rimet replica trophy presented to Marco Antônio Feliciano during the 1970 World Cup with the Brazilian National Soccer Team when Brazil defeated Uruguay 3-1 in the semifinals and crushed Italy 4-1 in the tournament final at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City (estimate: $30,000-$50,000); a Los Angeles 1984 Summer Olympics silver medal (estimate: $6,000-$8,000); a 2002 FIFA World Cup gold winner’s medal awarded to a player from the champion Brazil national football team from the first World Cup to be held in Asia and the first and only World Cup to be jointly hosted by more than one nation, in South Korea and Japan (estimate: $20,000-$40,000); a 1994 FIFA World Cup gold winner’s medal awarded to a member of the champion Brazil national football team during which Brazil defeated Italy 3-2 in a penalty shootout after the game ended 0-0 in extra time, the first World Cup final to be decided on penalties (estimate: $20,000-$40,000); a yellow and green satin sash presented by the Brazilian Football Confederation to commemorate Brazil’s fourth FIFA World Cup victory (estimate: $2,000-$4,000); a gold tone medal awarded to a player from the champion Brazil national football team, winner of the 2005 Confederations Cup during which Brazil won the tournament, defeating Argentina 4-1 in the final at Waldstadion in Frankfurt (estimate: $3,000-$5,000); a 2009 medal awarded to a player from the champion Brazil national football team, the winner of the 2009 South Africa Confederations Cup by defeating the United States 3-2 in the final to retain the Cup trophy the team won in 2005 (estimate: $3,000-$5,000) and more.



Thursday, May 21st, 2020

Session I: 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time

For inquiries, please email [email protected] or call 310-836-1818.



Bryant’s full Los Angeles Lakers number “8” home uniform, game-worn during the 1999-2000 NBA Finals and embroidered with an official NBA logo under a black armband worn in remembrance of Wilt Chamberlain

Estimate: $10,000-$20,000

Freeman’s – Results of P.G. Wodehouse Books & Ephemera

Freeman’s – Results of P.G. Wodehouse Books & Ephemera

PHILADELPHIA, PA— Continuing its success with private collections and single-owner sales, Freeman’s achieved a 96% sell-through rate for its May 7 auction of The P.G. Wodehouse Collection of William Toplis. The house is pleased to add this strong sell-through rate for a single-owner collection to its list of recent single-owner sale successes.


Comprising nearly 200 lots that included first editions, manuscripts, original art, sheet music, libretti, scripts, and much more, the comprehensive, albeit niche, collection elicited interest from Wodehouse aficionados worldwide.



As a result of a robust digital marketing campaign combined with direct outreach to Wodehouse societies and collectors around the globe, 40% of buyers in this auction were new to Freeman’s–a statistic that is consistent with the company’s average for online auctions in 2020.  Aggressive and lengthy bidding wars erupted for many of the collection’s most covetable lots, driving selling prices far past their pre-sale estimates.


Most notably, Lot 177: P.G. Wodehouse’s Pocket Watch, which was elaborately engraved with the author’s monogram, sold for over ten times its high estimate to achieve $4,375. The sale was led by Lot 24: A corrected typescript of Do Butlers Burgle Banks, which featured extensive autographs revisions and annotations in pencil and red and blue ink by Wodehouse himself; the lot exceeded expectations to sell for $8,750.


Selling works from private & corporate collections –whether as stand-alone single-owner sales or featured works within departmental auctions–is considered to be one of Freeman’s strongest areas of achievement.  Recent successes include The Collection of Robert J. Morrison; The Collection of Richard E. Oldenburg; The Collection of Victor Niederhoffer; The Jeff Hunter Collection; and The Collection of Dorrance “Dodo” H. Hamilton.


H&H Classics- 1934 Alvis Speed 20 Sb Vanden Plas Saloon

H&H Classics- 1934 Alvis Speed 20 Sb Vanden Plas Saloon

H&H Classics are proud to offer this magnificent Alvis for sale at their next Live Auction Online on May 27th. 

Charles Follett was a mercurial character who became renowned within the London motor trade for sourcing the very best pre-owned exotica. He would travel anywhere in the UK for the right car, building-up an enviable client base in the process. A member of the Brooklands set, his ‘black book’ comprised society’s elite from racing drivers to celebrities via members of the aristocracy. Given sufficient funding to buy showrooms in the heart of Mayfair, he became the Alvis concessionaire for London and the Home Counties during 1931. 


Seriously impressed by the Coventry firm’s engineering integrity but dismayed at the staidness of its offerings, Follett set about turning the marque into a Lagonda, Sunbeam, Invicta and (later) Bentley rival. Decades before Jaguar came up with its famous ‘Grace . . . Space . . . Pace’ slogan, he was adamant that all three were intrinsic to making a car appeal to wealthy buyers.

Introduced in late 1931, the Alvis Speed 20 SA was the first model which Follett could really sink his teeth into. Based around a low-slung, double-dropped chassis frame, powered by a lusty 2511cc OHV straight-six engine and boasting 90mph performance, it proved an ideal canvas for the coachbuilder’s art. Conscious that Vanden Plas’ order book had thinned considerably due to Rolls-Royce’s acquisition of Bentley and the subsequent hiatus in the latter’s production, he approached the London company with a bold proposal. Follett would order a minimum of 100 bodies from them if they would (a) cut the average cost from £600 to £195 per chassis and (b) devise a range of suitably rakish designs over which he would have sign off. Vanden Plas capitulated and came up with a notably stylish Saloon, Tourer and Drophead Coupe which The Autocar hailed as ‘very attractive special bodies’.

Often at loggerheads with Alvis’ supremo T.G. John and his chief engineer G.T. Smith-Clarke over the ‘unnecessary’ expense of a la mode coachwork, Follett once denied the pair access to their own boardroom while he laid out the £895 required to buy a Speed 20 in one pound and ten shilling notes just so they would better appreciate that looks and amenities were as important as driving dynamics when such sums were involved.

Introduced in late 1931, the Alvis Speed 20 SA was the first model which Follett could really sink his teeth into. Based around a low-slung, double-dropped chassis frame, powered by a lusty 2511cc OHV straight-six engine and boasting 90mph performance, it proved an ideal canvas for the coachbuilder’s art. Conscious that Vanden Plas’ order book had thinned considerably due to Rolls-Royce’s acquisition of Bentley and the subsequent hiatus in the latter’s production, he approached the London company with a bold proposal. Follett would order a minimum of 100 bodies from them if they would (a) cut the average cost from £600 to £195 per chassis and (b) devise a range of suitably rakish designs over which he would have sign off. Vanden Plas capitulated and came up with a notably stylish Saloon, Tourer and Drophead Coupe which The Autocar hailed as ‘very attractive special bodies’.

Often at loggerheads with Alvis’ supremo T.G. John and his chief engineer G.T. Smith-Clarke over the ‘unnecessary’ expense of a la mode coachwork, Follett once denied the pair access to their own boardroom while he laid out the £895 required to buy a Speed 20 in one pound and ten shilling notes just so they would better appreciate that looks and amenities were as important as driving dynamics when such sums were involved.

Embracing the ‘Race on Sunday, Sell on Monday’ ethos, Follett campaigned a series of Alvis cars at Brooklands. Evolving from SA to SB guise in September 1933, the Speed 20 gained a four-speed all-synchromesh gearbox, independent front suspension and adjustable rear dampers. While, stylistically the model was enhanced via a forward sweeping scuttle / bonnet join line, 19-inch wire wheels and larger Lucas P100 headlights. Again tasked by Follett with clothing the Speed 20SB to best effect, Vanden Plas produced a variety of open and enclosed bodies the best looking of which was undoubtedly a two-door saloon cum fixed head coupe known as the ‘Flatback’.


A close-coupled, Four Light design with notably slim A-, B- and C-Pillars, the ‘Flatback’ also sported a distinctive swage line that accentuated its airy glasshouse and ‘letter box’ rear window. A spectacular exemplar of the ‘airline’ styling trend which captivated the automotive industry on both sides of the Atlantic during the mid-1930s, the Speed 20 SB ‘Flatback’ is arguably the best-looking enclosed Alvis ever made. Indeed, for many its desirability is second only to that of the (again) Vanden Plas-bodied 4.3 Litre Short Chassis Tourers. Often finished in two-tone liveries, the four-seater sported extravagantly peaked, full flowing wings as well as a louvred scuttle and external fuel filler neck. Long prized by collectors for being among the most elegant pre-WW2 Saloons, only eight of the thirty-six Speed 20 SB ‘Flatbacks’ made are known to have survived to the present day. Interestingly, the last one to go under the hammer fetched $198,000.

First registered in London on 24th January 1934 (or so its expired ‘AXH 434’ number plate would imply), chassis 11154 had migrated to West Sussex and the care of Frederick James Scott some twenty-one years later. Mr Scott kept the Alvis until Christopher Charles Storrar took possession during July 1970. Acquired by the famous W.O. Bentley dealer Stanley Mann the following November, the Speed 20 SB was sold to New Zealander David Curry shortly thereafter. Treated to an engine overhaul before passing to fellow Antipodean Joe Marsden in 1973, the ‘Flatback’ Saloon was subsequently treated to an extensive restoration that spanned two decades and was not completed until 1990.

Having refurbished the Alvis as a retirement project, Mr Marsden finally relinquished it to the then President of the Alvis Car Club of New Zealand, John St. Julian during 2008. Loaned to a member of the British Bentley Drivers’ Club the next year for a rally, the Speed 20 SB was forced to retire with a broken crankshaft. A new billet replacement was made by a firm in Melbourne and the camshaft reground to the original profile with new bearings being fitted throughout etc. However, with all Mr St Julian’s other commitments and cars, the ‘Flatback’ Saloon was in need of some recommissioning when it entered the current ownership in 2017. A committed Alvis enthusiast, the vendor has gone through the Speed 20 SB and got it running to his liking. As well as refurbishing the cooling system (radiator clean and repair), he has had the magneto rejuvenated and new brake linings installed throughout.

The seller informs us that: “There is a thermostatically- controlled electric fan fitted with a manual override (the model was not specified with a mechanical fan when new). In our hottest summer temperatures ever recorded (37.5 Celsius) the car performed perfectly during the annual Art Deco parade through the town of Napier (Art Deco Capital of The World), driving in 1st gear for 40 minutes without the fan coming on once. I have also converted the accelerator to the right of the brake pedal, as I have been driving for over fifty years and was prompted to do so after a very close call with a fence! The pedal layout can be returned to original configuration in five minutes if you are concerned with absolute authenticity. The trafficators ‘flash’ and there are indicators at all four corners for safety. These are integrated rather than being external additions. All original fittings are present on the car. These include: the built-in jacks front and rear, the Luvax adjustable rear shockers and the one-shot lubrication system. The extensive history file documents the restoration carried out by Joe Marsden as well as the additional work done by John and myself. It further includes the old-style UK buff logbook and registration plates, which are still on the car. The Alvis starts and runs very well and I have no hesitation in driving it anywhere”.



Julian Roup ON +44 (0) 7970 563958

OR email [email protected]


Freeman’s – American Furniture & Arts Results

Freeman’s – American Furniture & Arts Results

PHILADELPHIA, PA—Freeman’s is pleased to announce the results of its April 28 & April 29 online auctions of American Furniture, Folk & Decorative Arts. Together, the back-to-back sales totaled just shy of $975,000. Both sales elicited the participation of a sizable number of new bidders and ultimately exceeded expectations, nearly reaching their pre-sale high estimates.

On April 28, 75 phone bidders competed against nearly 5,000 registered internet bidders resulting in lengthy bidding wars and an 87% sell-through rate. The 160 lot auction realized $886,645, with strong prices achieved for furniture, art, textiles and decorative objects alike.



The sale was led by a Chippendale carved walnut tall case clock with works by Pennsylvania clockmaker Daniel Rose (Lot 23), which realized $62,5000—one of the highest prices achieved for the maker at auction. Fine examples of period furniture performed well throughout the day and oftentimes exceeded their high estimates, discrediting the pessimistic, but popular, opinion that there is little desirability in today’s market for traditional  “brown wood.” Other notable results for furniture included: $25,000 for a Chippendale figured walnut secretary desk made for Jeremiah Wood, by Joseph Kimsey, Deptford, Gloucester County, NJ, 1791 (Lot 19, estimate: $10,000-15,000); $25,000 for an aesthetic rosewood multi-tiered table inlaid with a fly, and spider with web by A. & H. Lejambre (Lot 103, estimate: $8,000-12,000); and $17,500 for a Philadelphia Chippendale carved mahogany dressing table (Lot 41, estimate: $8,000-12,000).

Bidders competed aggressively for fresh-to-market objects that had compelling histories or had descended through prominent American families. A rare historic record of a specific North American time and place: of Western Plains life, exploration, the life and arts of Native peoples, and the transformation of the West, the single-owner Clement Hungerford Pollen Collection (Lot 155) generated considerable interest and ultimately achieved its high estimate of $50,000. A Baltimore painted and stenciled Grecian caned couch (Lot 68) came with an affixed note that said it descended in the Patterson Family of Baltimore, including Elizabeth (Betsy) Patterson Bonaparte (1785-1879), helping it to soar past its $500-800 pre-sale estimate to sell for $16,250. Similarly, a gilt-washed sterling askos claret jug by Gorham Mfg. Co. (Lot 111) that had descended in the Macalester Family and had been owned by Eliza Lytle ‘Lily’ Macalester (1832-1891) and her husband Alfred D. Berghmans (1832-1872), more than tripled its pre-sale high estimate to sell for $18,750. A striking group of ten Masonic charts by artist, miner and engineer George M. Silsbee (1840-1900) of Leadville, CO, sold for fifteen times its low estimate to realize $15,000.


The auction featured a strong selection of maritime art & decorative objects, with many works coming from the Collection of Heidi Bingham Stott. Comprising a number of sailor’s valentines and woolies, the Collection was highlighted by two woolwork pictures: the first, depicting the “Capture of Canton by the Allies, December 28, 1857” (Lot 63), quadrupled its pre-sale low estimate to sell for $13,750; the second, depicting five ships by a coastline in white water (Lot 133), sold for over six times its low estimate, realizing $12,500. Beyond the collection, other nautical items, including ship paintings and Chinese Export porcelain, achieved strong prices: a collection of Chinese Export ‘Tobacco Leaf’ porcelain (Lots 29-39) totaled $57,151; and an American School 19th century painting of White Diamond Line Packet leaving Boston Harbor (Lot 87, estimate: $2,000-3,000) sold for $13,750.

Following suit, the April 29 auction was led by a painting by Alexander Charles Stuart (1831-1898) of an American Naval Engagement (Lot 105), which sold for over seventeen times its high estimate to realize $13,750.


Other highlights in the April 28 sale included an 18th century Boston canvas work picture (Lot 5, $35,000);  a Portrait of Henry Clay (1777-1852) by School of Matthew Harris Jouett (1788-1827) (Lot 69, $32,500); A Mexican War presentation sword to Brevet Major John Frederick Roland, 2nd Regiment U.S. Artillery by Ames Mfg. Co. (Lot 89, $23,750); and a rare and possibly unique painted tinware and zinc Liberty cap with Civil War association to the Pratt Street Riot (Lot 95, $18,750).


Lot 23: Chippendale carved walnut tall case clock with works by Pennsylvania clockmaker Daniel Rose

Sold for: $62,5000

Lot 19: Chippendale figured walnut secretary desk made for Jeremiah Wood, by Joseph Kimsey, Deptford, Gloucester County, NJ, 1791

Sold for: $25,000

Lot 103: Aesthetic rosewood multi-tiered table inlaid with a fly, and spider with web by A. & H. Lejambre

Sold For: $25,000 

Lot 31: Philadelphia Chippendale carved mahogany dressing table

Sold For: $17,500

Lot 155: A rare historic record of a specific North American time and place: of Western Plains life, exploration, the life and arts of Native peoples, and the transformation of the West, the single-owner Clement Hungerford Pollen Collection

Sold for: $50,000

Lot 68: A Baltimore painted and stenciled Grecian caned couch descended in the Patterson Family of Baltimore, including Elizabeth (Betsy) Patterson Bonaparte (1785-1879)

Sold for: $16,250

H&H Classics- Online Only Auction Achieves £600,000

H&H Classics- Online Only Auction Achieves £600,000

The 70% selling rate and £600,000 total achieved at the latest H&H Classics sale on Wednesday 29th April 2020 further embeds the success of the company’s Live Auction Online platform with four successful sales held during the Covid 19 pandemic.

Top Lot in the sale was a very fast Ford – a 1967 Ford Mustang 390 GT Fastback which made £63,250.

Damian Jones, Head of Sales for H&H Classics, comments: “If you are a fan of the model of Mustang immortalised by Steve McQueen’s Lieutenant Frank Bullitt and one of the most memorable car chases in cinema history, then you’ll probably be blown away by ‘YTA 488E’, which is without question the best 390 GT we have ever seen”.


The sale attracted some 387 online bidders with log-ins from as far afield as California and New Zealand. With mouse clickers vying against telephone and commission bidders, plenty of lots sold over top estimate but perhaps more impressively 48 percent of those participating in yesterday’s auction were new to H&H.

Nine cars exceeded their top estimate including an older restored, ex-USA 1970 Jaguar E-Type 4.2 Roadster which had been in the same family for the past 19 years, that sold for £50,600.


A 1996 Ferrari 456GT made £35,650 despite having over 99,000 miles on the clock. One of just 141 RHD manual cars supplied to the UK, it had been first owned by English entrepreneur, Sir Peter de Savary.

By way of complete contrast was a ‘restoration project’ from Derbyshire, a 1933 Invicta 12/45 Saloon which sold for £11,500. This car had stood out in all weathers for 35 years.

A 1999 Jaguar XK8 Convertible with 102,000 miles on the clock surprised by making £7,475. Its rare Metallic Aubergine livery obviously taking the fancy of two determined bidders.




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Freeman’s – Art Auction led by Warhol, Picasso & Katz

Freeman’s – Art Auction led by Warhol, Picasso & Katz

PHILADELPHIA, PA—On Thursday, May 14, Freeman’s will hold its online auction of Modern & Contemporary Art. The 58-lot sale spans myriad artistic periods and features fresh-to-market works by important international artists such as Sam Gilliam, Wolf Kahn, Harry Bertoia, Henri Matisse, and Lynn Chadwick, amongst others.

Says Dunham Townend, Head of Sale: “We are delighted to present this well-curated sale, which offers a wide array of works that will appeal to a broad cross-section of collectors.  With pieces by early Modern masters, Post-War luminaries, and dynamic blue-chip artists still working today, this sale offers something for the new as well as the established collector.”



Leading the auction is Chanel from Ads (Lot 48, $120,000-180,000) by American Pop Art icon Andy Warhol. Chanel is one of ten prints from Andy Warhol’s Ads series, each of which features images that were appropriated from ubiquitous ads or logos of the 1950s-1980s.  Like his famous depictions of celebrities, Warhol’s Ads both reveal and revel in our devotion to the iconography of fame and luxury. Chanel is an excellent example of the themes and techniques that Warhol explored throughout his long and celebrated career.

Other notable international top lots in the sale include: Äpfel (Lot 4; $60,000-100,000) by German Expressionist Max Pechstein and Cavaliers sur la Neige (Lot 32, $60,000-100,000) by French artist André Brasilier.  Äpfel depicts a still life of apples in a compressed and flattened space that seem to fall forward toward the viewer. Painted in 1928, this work reveals the influences of Matisse and Cézanne in Pechstein’s early work.  Brasilier’s Cavaliers sur la Neige is an excellent example of the artist’s lyrical and elegant depictions of horses in the landscape. Both paintings are fresh-to-the market, having been held in private collections for decades.

Notable contemporary works in the auction include Yellow Road (Lot 30, $25,000-40,000) and Forsythia (Lot 31, $20,000-$30,000) by Alex Katz; Behind Sam’s (Putney, VT) (Lot 29, $10,000-15,000) by Wolf Kahn; and Run (Lot 50, $15,000-$20,000)by Sam Gilliam.  Executed in 2011, Run is an exciting recent example by Gilliam, whose market has seen robust growth in recent years.

The sale also includes a grouping of ceramics by Pablo Picasso (Lots 8-11).  Leading them is Face with Black Nose  (Lot 11, $25,000-$40,000), an excellent example of the artist’s exploration of portraiture in his ceramic forms.  Additionally, there is a collection of sculptures by Kiki Smith, Lynda Benglis, David Salle and Richard Tuttle from the noted innovative Art Foundry Editions, Santa Fe, New Mexico (Lots 51-54).



A considerable number of works in the sale are by artists hailing from or working in Central and South America. This sizable representation of Latin American artists contributes to a sale that features blue-chip artists from around the world.

Highlights of this section include The Merchant (Lot 20, $25,000-40,000) and Seated Woman (Lot 21, $25,000-40,000)—two paintings by Mexican painter and muralist Diego Rivera.  Both works have descended in the family of the woman to whom the artist dedicated the works, and come to the market for the first time in decades.

An untitled, mixed media textile (Lot 17, $25,000-40,000) by Brazilian artist Roberto Burle-Marx is included in the sale, as well as four paintings (Lots 13-16) by Venezuelan painter and muralist Oswaldo Vigas, and two works by Mexican artist Francisco Zúñiga (1912-1998), including Madre e Hija Sentadas (Lot 19, $25,000-40,000), a figural onyx sculpture depicting a mother and daughter working in Zuniga’s trademark voluminous style.



With the house’s recent launch of an online only sales format, Freeman’s is increasing its accessibility and ensuring that the buying experience for their international bidders remains as seamless as possible. To that effect, the house launched a new eco-friendly and technology-driven catalogue, encouraging exploration and immersion through the use of different media. The digital format aims to simplify the online buying process while its multi-sensory delivery enhances and enriches the viewing experience. Explore the interactive e-catalogue on Freeman’s website.


AUCTION: May 14 | 12pm



Dunham Townend, [email protected]


Madeline Hill, [email protected]