Following on from the success of the spring sale, Sotheby’s autumn instalment of Collections did not disappoint, totalling £1,367,030 and demonstrating the enduring appeal of private collections to the market.
We saw incredibly strong results for European porcelain on the day, with a rare Vincennes white group of Venus and Adonis from the Tim Clarke collection achieving £97,500 against an estimate of £8,000-12,000. English porcelain also fared well, and the two Derby dry-edge chinoiserie white groups achieved similarly strong results selling for £81,250 and £65,000 respectively against an estimate of £5,000-7,000 for each.
English and Continental furniture provided the backbone of the sale and performed extremely well, with ‘Property from a Lady’ and ‘Property from the Collection of William and Patricia Redford’ far exceeding expectations, the highlight perhaps being a fantastic pair of mirrors attributed to John Linnell and formerly at Shadwell Park which sold for £143,000 against an estimate of £30,000-50,000.
However, it wasn’t all about the stellar results of the most pre-eminent pieces. Bargains were to be had with almost 17% of the lots sold going for under a £1000, the cheapest being an 18th-century French drawing which fetched a modest £313, highlighting the range of price points the auction had to offer.
This October, Sotheby’s Collections auction offers a wonderful selection of objects and works of art. The sale includes property from esteemed arbiters of taste, the late Mr & Mrs William Redford, the iconic film maker Bryan Forbes and an academic group of porcelain from the collection of the late distinguished expert Tim Clarke, to name but a few.