One of the items to feature in Sworders ‘Modern British and 20th Century Art’ auction on November 21st is a bronze sculpture by 20th Century sculptor, Eduardo Paolozzi. Standing 85cm high, the piece – entitled ‘Self Portrait with a Strange Machine’ – bears a resemblance to the full-sized plaster and polystyrene version that Paolozzi donated to the National Portrait Gallery in 1990.
Sir Eduardo Luigi Paolozzi RA (1924-2005)
‘SELF-PORTRAIT WITH A STRANGE MACHINE’
Bronze, with ‘Morris Singer Foundry London’ stamp on back of right foot
Fine art auctioneers Sworders have a stunning Josef Lorenzl Art Deco figure coming up for sale as part of their 20th Century Decorative Art & Design Sale which takes place on Tuesday 10th October. The 45cm high figure, titled ‘Harem Dancer’, is signed to one foot, and stands on an onyx stand. The lot is estimated to fetch in the region of £5000-7000.
As part of their much-anticipated Guitar Event on September 14th, Gardiner Houlgate will be featuring a sale of rare rock and pop memorabilia – including the first guitar played in the UK by Jimi Hendrix! The sale will feature around 50 lots of items relating to the classic period of rock and roll. Amongst the photographs on offer, collectors and fans will have the chance to bid for be a full set of Beatles autographs on an early 1960s postcard.
Also on offer is a collection of Buddy Holly memorabilia from a local deceased estate. The 11 lots include a Lubbock high school handwritten English test, penned by the man himself, a 1958 UK tour souvenir programme and an original piece of the famous Surf Ballroom carpet!
John Nicholson’s forthcoming auction of Fine paintings on 28th June will include this George Augustus Williams (1814-1901) British. “Summer Showers, Rochester”, a very atmospheric Beach Scene with a Girl and her Dog, Figures Loading Hay onto a Boat, with Rochester Harbour in the Distance, Oil on Canvas, Signed with Initials and Dated 1861, 34″ x 60″. Provenance; Frost and Reed, No. 32474. The estimated value is £6,000-£8,000. To find out more about this painting and other lots for sale, please view www.johnnicholson.com.
An unusual Hermes Taurillon Clemence two coloured shoulder bag, with shoulder strap is available for sale at Golding & Young’s Grantham Collective Sale on 7th June. The bag is 26cm wide and is sold with an outer box, outer pouch and bag, complete with inlay card and further paperwork. The estimated value is £3,500 – £4,500. To find out more about this item and any other forthcoming auctions, please visit www.goldingyoung.com/calendar-sales.
An important Pilkington’s Lancastrian vase by Gordon Forsyth, dated 1913, possibly made for an exhibition, is available to buy at Woolley & Wallis’s Arts & Crafts Auction on 21 June, with an estimated value of between £3,000 and £5,000. It is thought that the vase was originally commissioned by Charles Pilkington, (founder of the Pilkington Company) and given to his son Edward Fielden Pilkington.
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Success at the recent watch auction at Gardiner Houlgate made news in the Daily Mail when a rare Rolex sold for £135,000. The 3-6-9 Explorer was produced in small numbers in the 1950’s and 1960’s and was worth £1,200 in 1989. Gardiner Houlgate are proud to confirm that they have sold four of these rare watches in the past 12 months following sales publicity within the specialist watch auctions.
An exceptionally rare Chinese Imperial Turquoise Glass Bottle Vase – Qianlong dated 1757.
This very rare, turquoise glass vase is being exhibited at the Asian Art Auction at Woolley & Wallis on 16th May with an estimated value of £100,000 – £150,000. It has two poems inscribed on either side.
One poem reads: ‘The clouds loom after the snow; among ten thousand miles of silence, a loud noise hits the ground. I can hear the female deity pushing the vehicle of thunder, and the rain starts pouring down’.
The other poem reads: ‘Fan Li (a Chinese merchant who later became the advisor to the King of Yue) travels on lake Tai. The snow covers the bank; the sky is clear and the lake tranquil. The three scholars (Yang Weizheng, Lu Juren and Qian Weishan of the Yan dynasty) are no longer present and the senior official is wise and reliable’ (the senior official probably refers to Qu Yuan, a poet and minister during the Warring States period).
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