Derbyshire auction house Hansons had a successful recent three-day Spring Fine Art sale, including numerous fresh to the market items from the Grade II listed Tudor manor house, The Old Castle at Studley, near Henley In Arden, Warwickshire.
The first day of the sale included fine jewellery and watches, with highlights including a 2.9 carat diamond solitaire ring, which sold for £6,000 against top expectations of £5,000. Another diamond solitaire ring, weighing a 3.98 carat, sold for £17,600, some £7,000 above the top estimate.Fine and vintage watches continued to perform well, with exclusive makes such as Rolex, Jaeger Le Coultre, Omega, Tag Heuer and Breitling on offer. Highest price achieved was £4,000 for a 1970’s vintage Tudor Rolex Submariner steel wristwatch which had been discovered on a valuation day in Stratford On Avon.The second day of the sale featured silver, European and Asian ceramics and works of art. In the silver section, a Queen Anne silver chocolate pot, hallmarked for London 1705, which had been discovered on a valuation day in Kenilworth, soared past the £1,500 top estimate to bring £5,200.Demand for Asian art remained strong at the sale, particularly for a fine collection of Japanese Meiji period and 19th century Chinese ivory okimonos and other works consigned by a Derbyshire vendor. Highlights included a Meiji period ivory carving of a female deity with illustrious Tomkinson Collection provenance at £5,000. Elsewhere, a carving of Shoki challenging a sea dragon fetched £5,000, while the highest single price was for an exceptional pair of ivory tusk vases depicting Oni discharging thunder to a crowd below at £7,000.In the ceramics section of the sale there was over 100 Lots of early English and European ceramics on offer such as Liverpool, Bow, Sevres and Vincennes. A very rare small London Vauxhall delft teapot dating from circa 1720 led the say to reach £5,500.The fine gallery paintings and Derbyshire art section on day three saw some exceptional works, such as a study in oils after Bernadino Luini by Lebanese Artist Khalil Saleeby (1870-1928) sold to a London buyer for £7,000. A Highland landscape study by the highly respected Sidney Richard Percy (1821-1886) brought £12,000.Much of the furniture came from The Old Castle at Studley and all sold very well, with highlights including a George III and later tester bed with drapery selling to a private buyer in the room for £1,900.