Goff London watercolours capture bidders interest

Goff London watercolour of Tower BridgeA trio of atmospheric watercolour paintings of London scenes from more than a century ago captured the interest of buyers in a recent London saleroom.

The paintings sold in Hansons London July auction depicted Tower Bridge, boats on the Thames below London Bridge and Westminster in the late 1800s.

The works were by Frederick E. J. Goff, a London topographical painter who painted mainly in watercolour and lived from 1855 to 1931. Goff exhibited at the Royal Academy, the New Watercolour Society, the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour and the Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts and the paintings in the sale were on public display between 1891 and 1900.

He is best known for his small watercolour views of London which capture the mood of the late Victorian city.

With magnifying glass in hand, the artist painted some of London’s most iconic views, including colourful Thames life with its eclectic mix of boats and impressive architectural landmarks. The three paintings sold for £1,200 from an estimate of £300-£500.

Charles Hanson of Hansons London, said: “Our Teddington saleroom was packed. There was a wonderful atmosphere and plenty of keen bidding. Many lots exceeded their estimates.”

Other star lots the sale included:

  • Clarice Cliff for Newport Pottery Red Carpet beehive honey potA Tibetan carved and pierced ivory panel of Mahakala, possibly 15th century. The teardrop-shaped panel had at its centre a three-eyed dwarfish god holding the ‘Gandhi of Emanation’ and standing on a corpse, within a surround of 19 panels depicting Tibetan characters. The reverse bore the engraved mark of Chengua (1465-1487). Sold for £1,700 from an estimate of £500.
  • A full size French Caussin violin with the label ‘Copie de Antonius Stradivarious Cremon en fis Facieat anno 1721’ plus German bow branded Grimm, in a faux crocodile skin case. Sold for £1,100 from an estimate of £200-£400.
  • A Clarice Cliff for Newport Pottery May Avenue beehive honey pot, with Bizarre marks, sold for £1,500.
  • Clarice Cliff for Newport Pottery Red Carpet beehive honey pot, with Bizarre marks, sold for £2,200.
  • A set of four 19th century Meissen four seasons figures, circa 1860, sold for £1,000.

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