Tuesday 22nd July, 2014
"One of the UK's principal Fine Art Auctioneers, with General Sales, 
Fine Art Sales, Collectors Sales and Sporting Sales"

July Fine Art Catalogue Now On Line...

Our July Fine Art catalogue may be viewed by selecting the red link 'View Complete Catalogue' on our homepage. You can also view and download a PDF copy of the catalogue by selecting the 'View Interactive Catalogue' link. 

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Friday 4th July 2014 - 9.00am - 4.30pm
Saturday 5th July 2014 - 9.30am - 1.00pm
Monday 7th July 2014 - 9.00am - 4.30pm
Tuesday 8th July 2014 - 9.00am - 7.00pm
Wednesday 9th July 2014 - 9.00am - 4.30pm
Thursday 10th July 2014 - 9.00am - 4.30pm
Friday 11th July 2014 - 9.00am - 10.00am


Monday 21st July 2014 - 9.00am - 4.30pm
Tuesday 22nd July 2014 - 9.00am - 7.00pm
Wednesday 23rd July 2014 - 9.00am - 4.30pm
Thursday 24th July 2014 - 9.00am - 4.30pm
Friday 25th July 2014 - 9.00am - 10.00am



Lawrences week of Summer Auctions in Crewkerne got underway on July 8th with 820 lots of silver and vertu. As usual, the vast variety of lots on offer ensured busy viewing and considerable interest in certain lots from buyers in the room, on the telephone, on the internet and by commission bid.

An early surprise was the quadruple estimate paid for a small Edwardian caddy spoon by Liberty & Co, just under ½ an ounce in weight, but snapped up for £650. A larger selection of cutlery by celebrated Danish silversmith Georg Jensen took £3100 whilst a modern fox mask stirrup cup was hunted down at £1370. A small early 19th Century Russian silvergilt vodka cup (or `charka`) was competed to £2500; and a pair of Edwardian candlesticks in Art Nouveau style by James Dixon & Sons were bought for £2500. A more elaborate matched set of four figural candlesticks (all similar enough to be a set but ranging in date from 1770 to 1909) made £13740. Another set of four George II candlesticks by Edward Wakelin, 1751, made £6330.

A good mid-18th Century fan depicting a military encampment made £2500; a fine quality portrait miniature of Grace Francklyn ascribed to Abraham Daniell of Bath made £3580; and two ivory, silver and jewelled figures of gardeners were thought be Austrian, c.1900. They were bought for £6330.

Animals subjects were in demand and a veritable menagerie was available to those who wished to start a `silver zoo`: a modern cheetah, 15cm long (£400-500), a monkey walking stick handle (£270), squirrel-shaped pepperettes (£150-170), plated stags (£310), a milk jug or creamer in the shape of a horse (£710), a small Jack Russell terrier (£220), a cast sheep model by Garrard & Co Ltd (£620), a finely modelled grouse (£1000-1200), a pair of Shetland ponies (£660), a plated vesta case in the form of a frog (£170), a fish-shaped vesta case (£220), a cast hippopotamus (£1490) and no fewer than two unusual camels (a pincushion at £890 and one in the form of  a small box and cover at £330).


On July 8th, 820 lots of silver and vertu includes a matched set of four cast candlesticks from 1770-1909 (£12000-15000).  

A top price in the 500-lot jewellery sale on July 10th will be a Victorian diamond and enamel necklace and pendant (£6000-8000).

Later that day, a selection of Decorative Arts will include a charming bronze and ivory figure by Hans Keck (£1200-1500) and the Ceramics section will include a fine collection of Oriental works of art. A Chinese famille rose revolving vase of the Qianlong period is guided at £6000-7000.

On July 11th, a distinctive spin painting of a skull by Damien Hirst is expected to make £5000-8000.  There follows over 500 lots of clocks, furniture and works of art including a George III giltwood settee (£3000-4000).

Nearly 500 lots of books, manuscripts, maps and photographs follows on July 25th. £6000-8000 is expected for a rare early copy of Beatrix Potter’s `Tale of Peter Rabbit` and a fine album of 28 architectural drawings by Antonio Maria Visentini (1688-1782) is valued at £12000-18000.

In addition to the weekly general sales of 600-800 lots, there will be an auction of about 800 lots of decorative antiques in the £50-300 range on July 9th, so over 7000 lots will be on offer in the month of July. See our website www.lawrences.co.uk or us for more details on (01460) 73041.


We will be holding one of their largest ever seasonal sales in July, offering over 3000 lots across four full days of auctions between July 8th and 25th.

We will be hoping for a good following wind on July 11th when a selection of marine pictures go under the hammer. In addition to 20 lots of etchings by W. L. Wyllie (estimates from £100-500), there will be affordable maritime watercolours by artists such as G. S. Walters, W. F. Mitchell, E. A. Goodall and Wyllie (estimates from £120-900) and a broad-based selection of oils divided into 27 lots. “Some have come from the collection of a gentleman in Devon,” says specialist, Richard Kay. “He bought what he liked and enjoyed well-painted works by inexpensive artists just as much as he admired the masters. Examples range from modern oils for a few hundred pounds up to fine paintings by Henry Redmore (£3000-4000), James Brereton (£1500-2000) and Hermanus Koekkoek (£1500-2500). One of the sale’s top lots will be a depiction of the Battle of the Dogger Bank from August 1781 by Thomas Luny (£8000-12000). Other fine works by the Chinese artist Lai Fong (£2000-3000), W. L. Wyllie (a Royal Academy exhibit from 1887 at £6000-8000) and eight lots by the highly skilled but rare 20th Century artist Denzil Smith (from £600-900 per lot) contribute to a fascinating overview of marine art across three centuries.” Further highlights within the picture section include a Picasso lithograph (£3000-5000), a watercolour by Damien Hirst (£5000-8000) and a recently discovered oil sketch by Horace Vernet (£2000-3000).

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MONDAY - 9.30am - 12.30pm - CREWKERNE, Head Office and Salerooms

FRIDAY - 9.00am - 11.30am - TAUNTON, The Castle Hotel




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First TUESDAY of every month - 9.30am - 12.00noon - POUNDBURY, Symonds & Sampson


First TUESDAY of every month - 9.30am - 12.00noon - SHAFTESBURY, Grosvenor Arms Hotel

First THURSDAY of every month - 9.30am - 12.00noon - SHERBORNE, The Eastbury Hotel



Last THURSDAY of every month - Home Visits - MINEHEAD






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9.30am - 12.00noon - WELLS, Roderick Thomas Estate Agents