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Spring Fine Art and Antique Sale Report

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A Chip off the old vase

The highlight of Thomas R. Callan’s spring Fine Art and Antique sale was a damaged 19th Century Chinese Ducal vase of baluster form. The vase had sat on the floor of a local hotel lobby and was used for years as an umbrella stand. This resulted in a succession of chips and cracks, particularly round the flared rim and applied bamboo shaped handles.

However, standing at 59cm high the vase possessed good proportions and appealing decorations of Buddhist emblems. As soon as Callan’s posted the lot on the internet there was huge interest. The vibrant Chinese economy is still growing along with its wealth which in turn creates an appetite for quality Chinese ceramics and antiquities. The Chinese are buying back their 18th 19th and 20th Century ceramics many of which were made for the Western market. Estimated at £2,000 – £3,000, protracted bidding between internet buyers and Callan’s six telephone bidders resulted in the hammer falling at £10,000.

This was followed by a small pair of 20th Century Chinese vases which secured £1700 and a damaged 20th Century blue and white Chinese vase realised £1,400.

There was a diverse range of Art work on offer and included four wonderful works by John Bellamy RSA (Scottish 1942-2013). Born in Port Seton, John was a grandson of a fisherman. He trained at Edinburgh College of Art 1965-68. John Bellamy’s monumental paintings of the 1960’s are amongst the most powerful and recognisable Scottish works of the post war period which assured his reputations beyond his homeland. A study of Newlyn Harbour, Cornwall sold for £10,000. An interior scene of Milne’s Bar, Edinburgh secured £10,000 and the smaller oil paintings of harbour scenes by Bellamy sold for £3,600 and £4,000.

Milnes Bar

Milnes Bar by John Bellany

Newlyn Harbour

Newlyn Harbour by John Bellany,

Harbour scene by John Bellany

Harbour scene by John Bellany
































































Other notable sales results included a pair of Second World War German 8 x 60 field glasses in the Militaria section realised £2,800. A 19th Century Calcutta Silver tea caddy in the silver section sold to a UK collector for £950. A small Royal Worcester vase, decorated with black faced sheep in an upland landscape signed Harry Davis, date coded 1912 secured £1,100 in the ceramics. A loose oval cut blue sapphire sold for £1,000 in the jewelry section. A small Japanese carved ivory Okimono of a family round a spinning wheel, in the ivory section made £2,000, and in the furniture a large breakfront bookcase sold for £2,800.

Pair German Field Glasses

Pair German Field Glasses

Japanese Ivory Okimono

Japanese Ivory Okimono


Next Fine Art and Antique Sale is scheduled for September 2014.
Goods are currently being accepted.

For a Free valuation or home visit, please contact Michael Callan on 01292 267681

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