The Under the Hammer column with Hartleys Auctioneers

An oil by Peter Brook sold for �6,800.
An oil by Peter Brook sold for �6,800.

Hartleys first quarterly Fine Sale of 2019 sprung into life on Wednesday, March 20 with an interesting and varied Sale with high spots throughout the day.

Among the watercolours were a pen, ink and wash study of an Arabian Scholar by Edward Bawden inscribed “Iraq 1944” selling at £2,400 and a Cumbrian Scene by William Heaton Cooper at £1,300.

This mid 18th Century bracket clock by J Herring of London sold for �3,800.

This mid 18th Century bracket clock by J Herring of London sold for �3,800.

Within the oil paintings, a pair of Street Scenes by Johannes Spohler sold for £1,850, a very stylish portrait of an Edwardian lady by Richard Jack reached £1,900, and another female portrait described as being a follower of Sir Peter Lely defied the estimate to sell for £5,200.

The Yorkshire picture section produced another eight four figure prices with two names standing out.

The first was Peter Brook with three examples peaking with a typical bleak snow scene selling generously at £6,800.

The other artist was Brian Shields or “Braaq” who often included “Ann” within his signature, the sister who died at an early age.

This Oriental cloisonn� vase sold for �6,000.

This Oriental cloisonn� vase sold for �6,000.

Doubtless this was the reason for keen private interest in the painting on offer, being a portrait of Ann entitled “Me Mam’s Slingbacks”, an essential addition to any serious collection of his works. This sold after a battle between phone and internet at £12,000, which as the lot only measured 10” by 8” must be some kind of record calculated per square inch.

Our ceramics section included a massive Chinese porcelain jardinière selling at £1,600, a rural English slipware dish at £1,250, and a beautifully painted KPM porcelain plaque of the Madonna and Child with St Sebastian which deserved its final bid of £2,200.

Watches continue as a subject to follow, and high profile names reacted as expected with two Rolex watches reaching £1,900 and £1,950, a gent’s Raymond Weil “Collection Parsifal” chronograph £1,600, and a lady’s Chopard “Happy Diamonds” wristwatch £3,600.

Four items particularly stood out within the jewellery, a typical three stone diamond ring of around 2.8cts £3,800, an eye-catching sapphire and diamond cluster ring of good pale colour £2,200, a most unusual diamond ring with wide pave cut shoulders £3,400, and a Chopard “floating diamond” heart shaped pendant £3,600.

The works of art section included a surprise result with a modest looking Oriental cloisonné vase decorated with birds and insects amongst flowers which defied its estimate of £100-£150 to achieve £6,000.

The final part of the sale was devoted to clocks and furniture included a handsome ebonised bracket clock by J. Herring, London £3,800, an Art Deco Macassar ebony dining table and six chairs achieved £3,000.

Finally, a totally traditional panelled pine lambing chair, its worn down rockers showing how many decades it must have rocked on a hard stone floor, easily exceeded its estimate to find £900.