Christie’s announces results from Julians Park and Six Private Collections: Live, realising a total of £4,107,063 across the 275 lots offered on 8 June, exceeding its pre-sale low estimate by 131%. Interest came from 485 bidders, with registrants from 31 countries and buyers from 24 countries across 4 continents.
The sale comprised works of art from Julians Park, Hertfordshire; the Desmond Heyward Collection, from Haseley Court, Oxfordshire; Property from an East Anglian Country House; Works of Art from the Collection of Hugh and Marion Sassoon; Property from Meonstoke House, Hampshire; Works of art from the Collection of Mr and Mrs David Wheeler; and items formerly in the collection of Leontine, Lady Sassoon. The Live sale included an array of fine art including Impressionist Paintings, Old Master Paintings and Modern British Art, in addition to a strong representation of English and European Furniture, Chinese works of art, English and European ceramics, sculpture, objects of virtue, jewellery, silver and gold boxes, photography and books.
Outstanding results include:
Lot 166, A pair of early George III mahogany commodes, attributed to Thomas Chippendale, which realised £275,000, over double the low estimate of £100,000 (illustrated above on page 1); Lot 285, A Chinese Pale Greenish-White Jade ‘Dragon’ Vase and Cover, which realised £181,250 over ten times the low estimate of £15,000, (illustrated below left); Lot 266, A Rediscovered Marlborough Gem, Nathanial Marchant, 18th Century Cornelian Intaglio Ring of Nike, which realised £60,000, twenty times the low estimate of £3,000, (illustrated below centre); Lots 8 & 9, Two Leeds Pearlware Models of Horses, which realised £45,000 and £43,750, each over four times their low estimates of £10,000, (one illustrated below right).
Lot 275, Paul Nash (1889-1946), The Garden at Meadle, which realised £137,500 more than four times the low estimate of £30,000 (illustrated below left); Lot 135, Thomas Gainsborough, R.A., Portrait of Robert Sutton, which realised £100,000, double the low estimate of £50,000); (illustrated below right).
Amelia Walker, Specialist Head of Private & Iconic Collections and Co-Head of Sale comments, ‘We are delighted with the results of the sale, which saw competitive bidding across all categories of each of the seven collections.
Interest before the sale demonstrated that prospective buyers were captivated by the stories of these intriguing collectors and competition was fierce in particular for the rarest objects, including Audrey Pleydell-Bouverie’s Leeds horses, the rediscovered Marlborough gems and the Chinese jade vessels from the collection of Hugh and Marion Sassoon.