The successful results of The Winter Collection were a fitting tribute to the late John Winter’s remarkable taste and connoisseurship, with nearly all lots sold and many surpassing their pre-sale estimate. Among the top lots were two exquisite dishes from the Doccia factory, which sold for £68,750 each, and the Doccia porcelain group of Apollo and Daphne, which achieved £149,000. Strong results were also seen across the Old Master Sculpture and Drawings offered, with a terracotta relief by Girolamo Ticciati and an exquisite watercolour by Carmontelle selling for £87,500 and £77,500 respectively.
The Winter Collection is a testament to the eye of one of the art world’s great connoisseurs. John Winter’s eclectic and scholarly taste is reflected in the diverse range of quality objects offered in this unique and beautiful sale, from Renaissance bronzes to important Doccia porcelain and an extraordinary assemblage of drawings by the great 18th-century Roman designer Luigi Valadier. Highlights include two Florentine Baroque reliefs by Girolamo Ticciati, a superb Doccia group of Apollo and Daphne after Soldani, and drawings by the likes of Jacob Jordaens. These are joined by 19th-century ceramics, and terracotta, wax and pencil sketches by the leading lights of 19th-century sculpture.
All lots estimated at £3,000 or below, marked with a square symbol, are sold without reserve.