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Angus’ Highlights | May 2022


An auction highlight includes Lot 233, a pair of maritime oil paintings by Antonio Jacobsen (American, 1850 – 1921), sometimes known as the Audubon of maritime American art, the canvas of The Charles H Marshall is signed and dated A Jacobsen 1918. The ship is named after a prominent American ‘Gilded Age’ businessmen and philanthropist. He was on board the RMS Carpathia when it came to the rescue of RMS Titanic, on which three of his nieces were on board.  The Governor Goodwin was a three masted sailing ship, the canvas is signed and dated Antonio Jacobsen, 1916, in the distance a large passenger liner of the White Star Line period.

Gods, Goddesses and a multitude of other interesting characters appear in our Spring auction. Gracefully surrounding a wonderful Classical frieze Apollo, Mercury, Venus and Aphrodite and other well known Greek deities compete for our attention. Lot 114 may have a high aesthetic appeal…but it has a rather more mundane and practical purpose, a place to keep the Chocolate Ginger Biscuits! Such treasure and available for as little as £80.

The joy of a local auction is such wonderful artworks and useful household objects can be found for generally very competitive prices. A lovely example to grace any household table is lot 128, A fine Sunderland Lustre bowl, made by Dixon & Co, and wonderfully decorated with transfer printed vignettes depicting a fine ship, The HMS Northumberland, and ‘The Mariners Compass’ amongst other maritime imagery. The bowl has a well patinated pink lustre and priced at £60-80 should sail away to a new home.

‘There be Dragons’….and this month Chinese Dragons fit for an Emperor. Traditionally decorated wares with five clawed beasts was reserved for the Imperial court. Lot 113 includes a very fine example of late Qing Dynasty cinnabar lacquer. The Chinese art of lacquering carved wood in this fashion has existed for centuries. The lot includes a lovely pair of covered baluster jars, and they are highly decorated with Dragons parading proudly around the body of each piece. The layers of lacquer on these ware can sometimes take as many as 300 coats to complete! Clearly made for export, probably in the very early 20th century, these also include a matching pair of ash trays and a small cigarette box. All in excellent condition and hopefully they will appeal to an International audience.

Furniture this month is a useful mix of both garden and household seating, a personal favourite being lot 286. A pair of his and hers Windsor armchairs, circa 1900. The design is a little unusual, with very slender spreading spindles, and while generally following a Victorian style appear to have arrived from further afield. The high backs and simplicity of design suggest these may be American in origin. The valuer looks forward to hearing others opinion on these unusual seats.

Soon we will be beginning the months of Summer Weddings…so if you are planning a quick engagement, we can recommend Lot 115. An excellent traditional diamond solitaire engagement ring. The central brilliant cut round diamond weighs over one carat and has a lovely clear and bright stone. Set in platinum it makes the perfect statement of intent.

The sale as always is available both online and Live in the auction room. Bidders can bid online now, leave commission bids with the auction room, or where appropriate book a telephone to bid live on the day.

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