Trio of sales for North Yorkshire auctioneer

A North Yorkshire auction house has lined up a trio of sales for the New Year that cover sporting art, jewellery, watches, silver and traditional furniture and antiques.

Portrait of Sir Francis Grant by John Ferneley Snr
Portrait of Sir Francis Grant by John Ferneley Snr

Tennants Auctioneers will host their ‘sporting art sale’, ‘jewellery, watches & silver sale’ and ‘country house sale’ on January 11, with over 1,000 lots going under the hammer.

The auction house’s inaugural ‘sporting art sale’ will offer a broad range of period and modern sporting art from many of the leading names in the genre. Highlights include:

  • Home for the holidays by Sir Francis Grant (1803-1878), in which Grant, the most fashionable portrait painter of his day, depicts his son on horseback at the family’s home of Kilgraston, Perthshire. The painting carries an estimate of £30,000-£50,000.
  • A portrait of Sir Francis Grant himself, by John Ferneley Snr (1782-1860), mounted on his horse Grindal, carrying an estimate of £15,000-£20,000.
  • Animal bronzes from the Estate of Sally Arnup. Sally Arnup (1930-2015) was one of the finest figurative bronze sculptors of her age and had a well-earned reputation both nationally and internationally for her life-like animal sculptures. On offer will be her impressive half life-size bronze of ‘Arab Horse Aslan’ (estimate: £10,000-£15,000). Many of Arnup’s commissions were for dogs, such as ‘Seated Bloodhound’ (estimate: £2,500-£4,000), and ‘Norfolk Terrier’ (estimate: £1,000-£1,500).

Also on offer are works of sporting and wildlife subjects by the likes of Francis Sartorius, John George Brown, Maud Earl, John Cyril Harrison, Henry Thomas Alken and Arthur Wardle.

In the ‘jewellery, watches & silver sale’, a range of period and modern pieces will be offered across three sections. Some of the highlights include:

  • A collection of contemporary Jet jewellery, a diamond and enamel mourning ring, with an estimate of £400-£600
  • Various period pocket, vintage and collectable modern watches led by a 1968 Omega Seamaster, carrying an estimate of £500-£700; a 1987 Rolex Oyster Perpetual Superlative Chronometer, estimated at £500-£800; and a Repousse Pair Cased Verge Pocket Watch, signed Jno Sterland, Nottingham, circa 1770, with an estimate of £300-£400.

The silver section of the sale includes a good selection of novelty pincushions in the shape of animals, and a Continental Gold Lady’s Purse, with English import marks for Cohen and Charles, London, 1919, carrying an estimate of £2,000-£3,000.

The ‘country house sale’ has a wide range of period furniture, rugs, works or art and ceramics. Some of the highlights of this section include:

  • A Kirman Carpet made in Southern Iran circa 1950, with an estimate of £800-£1,200
  • Clocks from The Eric Morton Collection, including a Mahogany Eight Day Longcase Clock with Unusual Calendar and Zodiac Displays, made in the 18th century by ‘Jno Wilson’ of Newcastle, estimated at £500-£700
  • A late 18th-century ash stick-back armchair from the Thames Valley, with an estimate of £600-£800
  • A Meiji period Japanese ivory figure of a fisherman, estimated at £700-£1,000

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