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Auction Life Autumn 2019


2019 Auction Dates Saturday 5th January January Sale

Saturday 18th May Centuries of Glass

Saturday 5th October Decades of Design

Saturday 2nd February February Sale

Saturday 8th June The June Sale

Saturday 26th October The October Sale

Saturday 2nd March March Sale

Saturday 6th July Mantiques

Saturday 16th November The November Sale

Saturday 30th March Decades of Design

Saturday 3rd August The August Sale

Saturday 27th April April Sale

Saturday 7th September The September Sale

Saturday 7th December The Christmas Silver and Jewellery Sale

Contact us‌ Nick Davies Director Silver, Jewellery and Collectables nick@fieldingsauctioneers.co.uk

Alison Snowdon Valuer and Auctioneer Ceramics and Textiles alison@fieldingsauctioneers.co.uk

Will Farmer Director Ceramics, Glass and Decorative Arts will@fieldingsauctioneers.co.uk

William Lacey Picture Consultant bill@fieldingsauctioneers.co.uk

Mark Hannam Senior Valuer and Auctioneer Collectables and Furniture mark@fieldingsauctioneers.co.uk Andrew Mayall Valuer and Auctioneer Collectables and Furniture andrew@fieldingsauctioneers.co.uk

Auction previews Thursday prior to each sale 10am-4pm Friday prior 10am-7pm Morning of each sale 8am-9.30am Auction times Auctions commence at 9.30am unless otherwise stated

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Kayleigh Davies Valuer and Auctioneer Toys and General kayleigh@fieldingsauctioneers.co.uk Rachel Houston-Holland Valuer and Auctioneer Asian Art rachel@fieldingsauctioneers.co.uk

Judith Woolgar Accounts Manager judith@fieldingsauctioneers.co.uk Ellie Bertram Administrative Assistant ellie@fieldingsauctioneers.co.uk June Emery Receptionist june@fieldingsauctioneers.co.uk Lee Coldrick Head Porter and Saleroom Assistant Jay Tristram Photographer and Porter

Auction location All auctions are held at our premises at Mill Race Lane, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY8 1JN Auction contacts info@fieldingsauctioneers.co.uk 01384 444140 fieldings.co.uk


What is Auction Life? Fieldings Auctioneers are based at Mill Race Lane in Stourbridge. We have been here for 18 years and are well known as the Approachable Auctioneers. We are happy to give your advice for auction, probate or insurance purposes. Twice a year we produce our company magazine ‘Auction Life’ which tells our clients and potential clients about the exciting lots we have sold and intend to sell in the forthcoming months. Please read on to see who we are and what we do.


What’s New? Doves for peace Auction in aid of UNICEF Since 1999 Dorothy Claxton, organiser and founder of Doves for Peace, has been working in conjunction with UNICEF. She was moved to do her part in response to the plight of innocent children caught up in violent conflicts and fleeing from war torn countries around the world. Working most of her life in the West Midlands in Art education, Dorothy turned to what she knew best, art! Her concept was to contact public figures, celebrities, actors, sporting heroes, musicians and politicians and ask them to do a spontaneous drawing of a dove (the international symbol of peace). Twenty years later Dorothy and Fieldings have teamed up to auction these wonderful and unique pieces of artwork with all funds raised being donated to UNICEF. Artists include David Bowie, Tim Peake, Andy Murray, Antony Gormley, Barbera Rae RA, Stephen Fry, Teresa May and many, many, more. The auction will be on view Thursday 17th October 10am - 4pm All welcome Private invitation only view 5pm - 7pm To receive your personal invite, please contact info@fieldingsauctioneers.co.uk Auction starts 17th October 7pm All welcome

Contemporary glass society sell works through Fieldings The contemporary glass society have enlisted Fieldings Auctioneers to help them raise funds to renovate their website. This is a great opportunity to support CGS and buy a unique piece of Glass from an array of their best- known makers. To date the works consigned are by artists Colin Reid, Angela Jarman, Laura Hart, Carrie Fertig, Heike Brachlow, David Reekie, Keith Cummings, Philip and Monica Guggisberg and many more. All works will be sold in the Decades of Design Auction on 5th October.

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Whatsapp It’s never been easier to get a free valuation from us. We have added a new feature to our website that allows our clients to send images to us via the Whatsapp application. If you would like a valuation via our Whatsapp service please send images and details to 07395 171929 or visit our website www.fieldingsauctioneers.co.uk and click on the whatsapp logo.


Libby January: An Artists Studio sale

On 5th October 2019, Fieldings Auctioneers will be hosting the ‘Artist’s Studio’ sale of Artworks by the late Libby January. Fieldings are honoured to be hosting this auction, which will be an integral part of the Decades of Design Auction and will take place in our Stourbridge saleroom on 5th October. All proceeds raised will be donated to Myton Hospice in support of their amazing work. Libby was also a personal family friend of Will Farmer (Director) who says: ‘There will never be another Libby’.

Libby January – Off the wall by Will Farmer

I first met Libby over 20 years ago at a friend’s house one warm summers evening. I was young, a little wet behind the ears and remember being introduced to Libby and her husband Tibor! Tibor was larger than life, loud, funny, always laughing…..in contrast there was Libby, cool, smiling and radiating with a calm confidence I had never experienced before! My youth and inexperience seemed amplified in Libby’s company, here was a lady who clearly had nothing to prove nor did she need anyone’s approval! She was a remarkable lady who seemed to notice and understand everything in the world and was as a result, in my opinion, a very good judge of character! Once you were in, you were in! Interestingly this confidence, self-awareness even mindfulness resonated through Libby’s work which over the 20 or so years since I first met her has grown, developed and matured! Libby January was born in Cambridge and initially trained and worked as an infant/junior teacher. Married and with 2 grown-up children Libby & Tibor moved to Warwickshire, a place she would call home for the rest of her life. About 30 years ago she made a major change of direction when she returned to college in order to develop her lifelong interest in art. Over 4 years she attended two courses and subsequently gained diplomas in Fine Art and Printmaking. After leaving college, Libby began working from her new studio at the top of her garden experimenting with different media. The resulting work gained her wide acclaim and over her career she was included in a large number of exhibition events and competitions, both regionally and nationally. At the beginning, she had a significant break-through when one of her large pastel abstracts was chosen to hang in the summer exhibition at the Royal Academy in London. This exhibition, acknowledged as one of the major international art events, gave Libby the opportunity to be noticed by a larger audience. This included fine art publishers, gallery administrators, agencies and of course the general public. The subsequent interest shown by the “art world” became Libby’s springboard to her career as a full time professional artist. She took part in many art events across the UK and had a number of solo exhibitions with her work included in limited edition fine art print catalogues. Her work has been exhibited nationally through Open exhibitions, including The Mall Galleries and via other commercial galleries. On the whole Libby used pastels as her preferred medium but was quite prepared to use anything that would make a mark whether it was pencils, crayons, charcoal, felt-tips or acrylic, water and fixative to get a more painterly, brushy feel. She usually worked on paper but occasionally on canvas. Libby always liked to work directly onto the canvas or paper without preliminary sketching, to build up a history of meaning. She liked to work on more than one piece at a time and on different sizes to sustain spontaneity and freshness to prevent getting too comfortable and reverting to clichés.

Libby invariably worked standing up too, primarily to keep an immediate physical connection with the subject and the image. Sadly, Libby passed away earlier this year on the 11th of March after a short battle with cancer. While we had not seen each other for some time there was still that connection with Libby and Tibor through friends and online which following Libby’s death has bought us all back together. I was so honoured when Tibor asked if I would help him and their son Jody look after Libby’s studio and work. Tibor and Jody knew exactly what to do, exactly what Libby would have wanted them to do, offer the whole studio, Libby’s remaining body of work in support of Myton Hospice, the hospice who cared for Libby at the end of her life. So here we are, with an amazing selection of work from not only a remarkable lady but a hugely talented and respected artist! This sale offers a chance to own a piece of Libby’s work and support the amazing work of Myton Hospice! Ever since that first phone call I’ve thought of Libby often and wondered what she would think about all this... I think she’d be sat back, watching us all run around with a wry smile on her face! Approximately 100 various works by Libby January will be offered as an integral part of the Decades of Design sale on Saturday 5th October. For more information please contact Will Farmer, will@fieldingsauctioneers.co.uk

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Spring & Summer highlights

April sale 2019 A 1967 stainless steel Rolex Oyster Perpetual meters first Submariner Sold for £14,500

June sale 2019 A Japanese bronze figure of a macaque monkey, Meiji Period (1868-1912) Sold for £4,900

July sale 2019 ‘Mantiques’ A fully signed copy of Led Zeppelin IV LP, signed to the front in blue ink, by John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Bonham Sold for £9,800

March sale 2019 ‘Decades of Design’ Two Alessandro Pianon for Vistosi Pulcini glass birds, collectively Sold for £13,900

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August sale 2019 A 1969 Morris Minor 1000 two door saloon motor vehicle Sold for £2,500

March sale 2019 FOLLOWER OF JACOPI AMIGONI (1682-1752) - The Annunciation Sold for £2,500

February sale 2019 PABLO PICASSO (1881-1973) - ‘Raphael and the Fornarina XIX’, etching Sold for £2,300

May sale 2019 ‘Centuries of Glass’ A pint serving jug with mould-blown, trailed and pincered decoration, probably England, possibly Savoy Glasshouse, possibly George Ravenscroft, circa 1675 to 1685 Sold for £12,500

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The Decades of Design Sale: 20th Century Design Our auction on 5th October will not disappoint... The auction will include items from early to late 20th Century, and consist of glass, ceramics, furniture, silver and contemporary art, and posters with prices ranging anywhere between £50 - £10,000.

October sale 2015 Attributed to Epstein An Art Deco burr walnut dining table and chairs Sold for £3,800

Exploring 20th Century Design

April sale 2018 Armand Lemo A 1930s Art Deco bronze figure of a stretching Borzoi Sold for £800

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October sale 2018 Georges Leonnec (1881-1940) ‘Rapture’, An Art Deco watercolour illustration for ‘La Vive Parisienne’ Sold for £650


December sale 2018 A platinum Art Deco diamond and jadite brooch Sold for £4,200

June sale 2018 A 1920s pictorial cardboard advertising shop display sign for North British ‘Clincher’ Motor Tyres Sold for £850

Art Deco Roaring 1920s, Geometric character, shape and form October sale 2017 Clarice Cliff Applique Lucerne (Orange), A dish form plate Sold for £1,950

April sale 2015 D.H Chiparus Egyptian Dancer Sold for £10,800

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Art Nouveau Naturalistic, Whiplash lines, foliate scrolls

December sale 2014 A French Art Nouveau pendant designed as an entwined snake Sold for £10,000

November sale 2012 A late 19th Century Continental Art Nouveau table lamp Sold for £1,550

October sale 2012 Loetz - A pair of early 20th Century Art Nouveau silver overlay vases Sold for £2,200

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March sale 2014 An early 20th Century Stevens & Williams Art Nouveau vase designed by Joshua Hodgetts Sold for £3,800

April sale 2019 An Art Nouveau marquetry and brass line inlaid mahogany side display cabinet Sold for £550


October sale 2018 Robert Wallace Martin - Martin Brothers - A late 19th Century stoneware bird jar and cover, Sold for £4,100

April sale 2013 William Moorcroft - Flambe Dawn pattern vase Sold for £3,600

June sale 2016 A pair of early 20th Century Arts and Crafts Heals circular centre tables Sold for £1,350

October sale 2013 William de Morgan - A large early 20th Century Arts and Crafts charger Sold for £1,700

December sale 2016 An Arts and Crafts hallmarked silver caddy spoon by Omar Ramsden Sold for £3,200

Arts & Crafts March sale 2019 Ruskin Pottery - A large twin handled high fired vase, Sold for £2,500

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October sale 2012 Aldo Londi - Bitossi - A large Post War ceramic model of a stylised cat Sold for £420

October sale 2018 Vicke Lindstrand - Kosta - A Winter vase circa 1950s Sold for £3,800 October sale 2018 Lucie Rie - A 1980s footed manganese bowl Sold for £10,600

March sale 2017 Fulvio Bianconi - Venini - A post war ‘Pezzato’ vase Sold for £1,600

Post War

Scandinavian, graphic art, modernism April sale 2013 Arne Jacobsen - Fritz Hansen- Six ‘Series 7’ stackable dining Sold £480

April sale 2014 Victor Pasmore (1908 - 1998) - ‘11 Points of Contact’, screenprint Sold for £950

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October sale 2017 Ray and Charles Eames for Herman Miller - A 670 Lounge chair Sold for £1,300


Auction Focus Clarice Cliff at Fieldings Auctioneers

Clarice Cliff is one of the most instantly recognisable ceramic designers of the 20th century. Love her or hate her one thing that Clarice Cliff is still able to do after all these years is provoke a reaction. Her brightly coloured pottery epitomises a brief period of 20th century domestic culture with its brash colour palette and strong patterns decorating equally bold forms. My love of Clarice began back in 1984 when I stumbled upon my first piece at an antique fair, a Conical cup and saucer which I bought for £15-00 and which I still own today! This started a life long passion for her work, something that I myself have collected and researched over the last 35 years! Today Fieldings are the leading auction house in the world for the sale of her work. Annually selling more Clarice than any other saleroom around the globe. We have been fortunate enough to handle collections from all over the UK and as far away as Washington DC and New York. This sale promises to be one of the more memorable with some stunning and rare examples of her sensational output on offer…..but why does Clarice remain so popular with collectors? Hers was a true rags to riches success story founded on hard work, determination and an unwavering clear vision. A modern and fashionable woman of her time who showed she had the skill to be a successful business woman. Clarice was born in 1899 in Tunstall, Stokeon-Trent and grew up in a typical Potteries working class family. As one of eight children she was expected to go out to work at the earliest opportunity. Clarice’s career like many others was to be found in the workshop of one of the local potteries around her. In 1916 Clarice found herself settled at the A.J.Wilkinson pottery works and it was here that she was to stay and flourish under the guidance of the Managing Director Colley Shorter. Clarice’s work had been brought to the attention of Colley in 1920 by the paint

shop director and it was decided that she should be allowed to develop her ideas and develop she did. Over the coming few years Clarice was challenged to prove herself and she grasped the opportunity with both hands, proving all too quickly that she was a talent to be reckoned with. Together with a small team of paintresses she sparked a new mood in ceramic art. Gone were the old fashioned floral prints replaced with bold geometric patterns unashamedly abstract and quite obviously individual. All that remained was an identity; on reflection Clarice announced that her work would be “Bizarre” not only in design but name also.

It became clear that Clarice’s vast legacy of pattern and form were to illuminate her as one of the most important ceramic designers of the 20th century. In 1931, the Pottery Gazette had hailed Clarice as “a pioneer of advanced thought” and assured buyers that her work represented heirlooms of the future. Today salerooms across the world have seen pieces of her work realize figures not only in the thousands but into the tens of thousands, it would appear that the Pottery Gazette were indeed correct!

Brilliantly Bizarre and Fabulously Fantasque By the start of 1930 the kilns were manned 24 hours a day and by 1931 the Bizarre team had grown to 150. The early 1930’s saw her fame rocket along with the fortunes of the firm. Throughout this period Clarice continued to expand the design books creating numerous landscape scenes with her whimsical cottages, large blousy florals and of course her most striking wares the Abstracts. On reflection today we can see how Clarice was inspired by the high art movements which she saw on her travels and in fashionable journals. Her wares perfectly display the transference of abstract movements’ ideas into everyday household items for the design conscious consumer of the day. Such was the demand for Clarice’s work that at its peak her wares were being exported around the globe as far away as the Americas and Australia. During her life time Clarice was never truly acknowledged by her peers; it was only after her death that she began to receive the recognition so duly deserved. Over the following years Clarice’s work began to re-appear on the market creating a new following of collectors and enthusiasts.

This sale will feature some fantastic examples with estimates ranging from £50 up to £5000 including the Betty Scott Collection. Betty was one of the early pioneers in the Clarice world being present at all the early Christies sales.

Will Farmer Ceramics, Glass & Decorative arts

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No 1 - The 18” ribbed charger in Bowling Ball – This is an exceptional find having not been on the market since it was purchased new in 1929 by the vendors aunt who lived in The Potteries. The family remembered her as a stylish and independent lady and this piece was always present in her home being kept in pride of place on the centre of a table. The discovery of this piece is incredibly exciting as Bowling Ball is a very rare pattern in the first place however to date it has never been found on an 18” ribbed charger making this doubly exciting! Est £5,000 to £8,000

Clarice Cliff Will Farmer’s Clarice Cliff highlights for the next auction on 5th October

No 2 – Large conical jug in Applique Lugano – This is a very early and very rare large example of Clarice’s Applique Lugano pattern. The scale of this conical jug made them prohibitive to make and sell as they were often subject to firing problems. This jug is also a very early interpretation of the pattern dating from circa 1930 as seen by the unusual use of black outlining to certain elements of the pattern which were later dropped in favour of a more fluid decoration. The applique range was itself a very inventive use of the decorators skills as the design was predominantly applied by use of a fine pen and Indian ink with the colours washed up to the lines. In the firing process the Indian ink would then burn away and the colours would seamlessly flow together giving the appearance of applique embroidery. Est £2,000 to £3,000

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No 3 – Delecia Poppy Liner Vase – The rarity of this piece is the shape over the pattern. This complex vase was originally designed to be decorated in the form of an ocean liner at sea however for some reason, either complexity of decoration or poor sales only a number were ever completed in the original conceptual idea. This appears to have left a stock of undecorated blanks in the factory store which were then over painted with all manner of designs including landscapes and florals like this example in Delecia Poppy. A rare shape, they still prove popular with collectors keen to own this most daring and bold design from circa 1930. Est £800 to £1,200

This sale will feature some fantastic examples with estimates ranging from £50 up to £5000 including the Betty Scott Collection. Betty was one of the early pioneers in the Clarice world being present at all the early Christies sales. Betty bought her first piece of Clarice Cliff in the early 1970’s (a conical crocus pepper pot) , this was the start of a lifelong passion . No 4 – House & Bridge 358 vase – The classic combination of one of her most iconic and classic landscapes, House & Bridge. This example is just so beautifully painted and is the epitome of Clarice at her absolute best! Est £800 to £1,200

At one time she owned a large collection and had some very desirable pieces , but unfortunately circumstances made it necessary for her to sell some of the best pieces. She was a well known collector and was very friendly with Len Griffin of the Clarice Cliff Club and he used some of her pieces in his books . Her knowledge of all kinds of Decorative Arts was extensive but Clarice was her forte. She lived until the ripe old age of 95 and retained her love of Clarice Cliff until the end of her life.

No 5 – Bon Jour double candlestick in Blue Japan – These candlesticks are rare owing to the production problems Clarice encountered when making them. The shape and form meant issues in the firing resulting in buckling and bowing of the shape. These candlesticks are always beautifully painted with a double image as they were intended to sit on a dining table and be viewed from both sides. Here the Blue Japan pattern has been used with typical Clarice traits of an idyllic landscape with summerhouse and tree. They rarely turn up for sale so to see one so beautifully painted makes it an exciting find. Est £800 to £1,200

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Further Highlights in the Decades of Design Sale Collecting Dr. Christopher Dresser As classic examples from Dr Christopher Dresser’s immense output go up for auction we look at the designer what made him such a force to be reckoned with! Among the first of the independent industrial designers, Christopher Dresser championed design reform in 19th century Britain while embracing modern manufacturing in the development of wallpaper, textiles, ceramics, glass, furniture and metalware. To say he was ahead of time is something of an understatement. His radical designs were a breath of fresh air in the weighty and sombre world of late Victorian style. Considered an early pioneer of what would become the 20th Century style his work is greatly admired and collected all over the world.

The Original Industrial Designer! By the end of the 19th Century Dr Christopher Dresser was a household name, who was famed for his extensive array of industrial designs used for furnishing ordinary people with well-made, efficient and engaging goods. Over his career he designed literally hundreds of objects including textiles, wall coverings, ceramics, glassware and metalware. His commercial success is all the more remarkable as Dresser also pioneered what we now recognise as the simple modern aesthetic. Radical for the time, some of Dresser’s products, notably his 1880s metal toast racks, are still in production today. Much of Dresser’s most influential work was produced from the late 1870s when he worked increasingly as an adviser and designer to smaller firms which allowed him greater control over a range of products. While he still provided designs anonymously, his stature was so great that many manufacturers now used Dresser’s name as a marketing ploy. The ceramics he designed for the Linthorpe Art Pottery had a facsimile signature impressed on the base. Some of his electro-plate designs for Hukin and Heath bore the mark Designed by Dr C. Dresser and the modest tin wares produced by Richard Perry, Son & Co., were marked Dr Dresser’s design. Dresser’s designs were radical in the context of a period when many designs combined a heady mix of cultures and periods with the highly decorative Rococo revival style dominating silverware. His reduced, geometric forms revealed the influence of Japanese and Islamic silverware and a desire to be economic with the use of costly materials. Maintaining an acute awareness of function, Dresser also became adept at utilising standardised components for handles and lids to reduce costs for manufacturers. Although he never regained the renown of the early 1880s, Dresser continued to run his studio and produced designs for another twenty years until his death in 1904. His achievements were great – not only in his fresh and exciting body of work, but also in his total commitment to and understanding of machine manufacturing. Christopher Dresser strove to produce the best design he could using industrial processes and this confidence in new technology led the way for future designers. Fieldings are to offer a single owner collection of Christopher Dresser ceramics in the forthcoming Decades of Design sale on 5th October.


During recent years we have noticed a considerable increase in the popularity and demand for mid 20th Century furniture, against their more traditional counterparts. When it comes to furniture, the clean and simple lines of Scandinavian design or for example, the work of British designer Robert Heritage, are bang on trend at the moment, but it is not just the fashionable aesthetics of these pieces that is making them so popular. With the size of the average British home currently the smallest that it has been since the mid 1930s, people are re-thinking the way that they are furnishing their homes. Practicality and function of furniture is key, coupled of course with its proportions. The room lay-out and floor plan of newly built or converted homes has changed significantly, therefore affecting the way that these living areas are furnished. There are two types of mid century furniture that illustrate this point really well. Take for example the sideboard. Where traditional 19th Century models are struggling to sell due to their size and are no longer offering the practical function that they used to (we all have fitted kitchens today), the long low-slung proportions of their mid 20th Century counterparts offer a much more versatile function. A Robert Heritage “Hamilton” sideboard, designed in the late 1950s, or a G-Plan model 4058 sideboard of the mid 1960s designed by Victor B. Wilkins or a Danish Dyrlund sideboard designed by Poul Cadovius, can be used as a room space divider in an open plan living room, or placed against a wall beneath a large screen TV to offer practical storage space.

Auction Focus The Boom & Popularity Of Mid 20th Century Furniture

The other example would be the Staples “Ladderax” modular system designed by Robert Heal. Available in a number of different finishes, these fully adjustable modular systems can be arranged in a large run or split into sections to suit the room. Examples of these designs can be found amongst others in our regular Decades of Design auction sales. These sales always include an interesting Post War design section, from furniture to works of art, sculpture, ceramics and glassware. For more information or to consign your items to a forthcoming DECADES OF DESIGN AUCTION please contact andrew@fieldingsauctioneers.co.uk

Andrew Mayall Furniture Specialist

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Auction Focus The Best of British

Mary Fedden RA (1915-2012) ‘Eggs on a dish’ Est £7,000-10,000

The annual Decades of Design Auction to be held on 5th October offers collectors an exciting selection of works by some of the 20th century’s most iconic artists. Fresh to the market is an early work by intriguing British artist Mary Fedden. The painting created in 1965, depicts a typically stylised still life in her characteristic tonal colour and will be offered for sale on 5th October with a pre-sale estimate of £7,000-10,000. John Piper (1903-1992) is regarded as one of Britain’s greatest modern landscape painters. Fieldings have four lithographs by Piper on offer. All are signed and depict his characteristic dramatic landscapes often with an architectural detail to set the scale. Prices range between £500 and £1,000 for the prints. The watercolour ‘Quarry at Pengwern, Llanrwst III’ by Edward Bawden is estimated at between £4,000 and £6,000. Bawden (1903-1989), an official War Artist, painted this stylized watercolour circa 1950. It was exhibited at The Fine Art Society in London in 1978. The swinging Sixties and the Pop Artists of this period are well represented in the auction too. A screen print by Sir Peter Blake titled ‘Costume Life Drawing’, signed by the artist, is offered for £200-300. Works by other famous names include Joe Tilson, Sandra Blow and Richard Smith. I think 20th century prints offer a great opportunity for collectors. Whilst an original piece may be tens of thousands of pounds, a print can be bought for a relatively 18

William Lacey Picture Consultant

modest sum – all the prints in this auction are estimated at £1,000 or less. Good value when one considers the amount of work, thought, perhaps even tears involved in the print making process. Followers of the Decades of Design auction will know that we have sold some stunning works by Yorkshire born artist Albert Wainwright (1898-1943) in recent sales. This auction is no exception. Wainwright, a childhood friend of Henry Moore, has been somewhat neglected in the past but Fieldings have certainly helped the artist’s works gain greater recognition. His stylized portraits and landscapes from the 1930s and ‘40s are keenly collected. The October auction includes large scale stage designs, wonderful ink drawings and portraits which should attract international interest.


John Piper (1903-1992) ‘Castle Keep’ Est £600-800

Albert Wainwright (1898-1943) ‘Sleeping Youths’ Est £300-500

Bruce Mclean (b.1944) ‘Vertical Dusk’ Est £300-500

Bruce Mclean (b.1944) ‘Horizontal Dawn’ Est £300-500

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The Christmas sale at Fieldings is the highlight of the auction year, with all lots specially consigned and hand selected by Director and Jewellery specialist Nick Davies. The sale will include approximately 600-800 lots of jewellery, wristwatches, Georgian, Victorian and contemporary silver, coins and bijouterie with prices ranging from £50 to £50,000.

Auction Focus The Christmas Sale A 1960’s Rolex Submariner Est £6,000 - £8,000

A Cartier Santos est £1000 - £1500

A Tag Heuer Monaco Est £1,000 - £1,500

A 1960’s Omega Constellation Est £300 - £400

A Cartier Santos Est £1,000 - £1,500

Jewellery, Wristwatches, Bijouterie So if you are looking for that perfect Christmas present, treating yourself, investing in a special piece, adding to your collection or proposing to your partner. Our Christmas Auction has something for every budget or circumstance. An 18ct Rolex submariner Est £12,000 - £15, 000

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Watches It’s time to buy by Nick Davies Watches evolved from portable springdriven clocks. Towards the end of the 19th Century wristwatches were predominantly worn by women and marketed as bracelets. The pocket watch however remained in men’s waistcoats until the early 20th century. Wristwatches were first worn by the military towards the end of the nineteenth century, when the importance of synchronizing manoeuvres during war without potentially revealing the plan to the enemy through signalling was increasingly recognised. It was clear that using pocket watches while in the heat of battle or while mounted on a horse was impractical, so officers began to strap the watches to their wrist. This led to the design of wrist as we know today. By the 1930s the use of wristwatches completely overtook the use of pocket watches and by the 1950s the first generation of the electric powered watch came to the open market symbolising the new generation of watch technology. The 1960s saw the introduction of the revolutionary quartz movement. With this came more accuracy, more shock resistance and of course durability. Auction has become the place to buy and sell wristwatches. Their beauty and manufacturing qualities akin to an old masters painting or an exquisite piece of porcelain. As the auction world shifts and changes so does the market for the sale of watches. The record auction price for a wristwatch was Paul Newman’s personal Rolex Daytona, which hammered for an astonishing $17.75 million, in 2017. Our watch department at Fieldings has sold watches from both local and international clients. We have an enviable reputation in the business and the department continues to grow from strength to strength.

The 7th December will mark the 12th year for our Christmas Auction and is set to be one of our best! The sale is quickly filling up, with lots being consigned throughout the year. If you have a piece you would like to talk about and possibly consign please contact Nick on 01383 444140 or e-mail nick@fieldingsauctioneers.co.uk closing date for entries is 4th November.

Nick Davies Silver, Jewellery & Collectables

Why sell your watches through auction? •

A vast majority of our clients are beneficiaries of these fabulous watches. If a valuable timepiece is left to an estate it is almost impossible to distribute a single timepiece through a family. Hence auction can be a very easy option to realise the funds.

On the flip side if a watch owner has a very valuable timepiece, but two or more potential beneficiaries they want to leave it to. This can be a difficult task, so the watch is sold.

Most people sell a watch, because they require a change, wish to upgrade, or the watch has simply become too valuable to wear or insure. Selling at auction can be a quick and efficient way to place your item on the open market and gain the best price swiftly.

Why buy a watch through auction? •

Each watch comes with a story, some of the watches we offer are rare one offs, that have never gone in to production, been owned previously by someone of importance, etc.

By buying at auction you are affectively buying from source at a fraction of the retail cost.

We sell Art Deco ladies cocktail watches from the 1920s to a contemporary Rolex that is less than 12 months old. Where else can you have such a unique buying experience?

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A hallmarked silver Robert Welsh Coffee pot and teapot Est £400 - £600 each

A 18ct white gold diamond set flexible bracelet Est £5,000 - £6,000

A collection of Russian Imperial enamelled silver items, prices ranging from £50-500 individually

Jewellery & Silver Lets not forget about the Jewellery and silver... Nick Davies selects his favourite lots in the forthcoming Christmas sale on 7th December 2019. A hallmarked silver study of The Warwick Vase, London 1902 Barnard Bros Est £3,000 - £5,000

A Wendy Ramshaw moonstone three section tower ring Est £700 - £900

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A 19th Century sapphire, diamond and seed pearl enamel decorated pendant Est £400 - £600


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