Specialists' Picks: Fine Interiors

 

Prior to the auction on Tuesday 25 & Wednesday 26 June, members of the Fine Interiors Team talk to us about their personal favourites from the sale.

 

James Pickup

 

Limiting myself to two favourite lots is no easy task with such a great range of items; particular favourites include, Lot 553 - A William Bullock Gueridon Centre table. It is a fantastically elegant piece of furniture and the combination of materials, marble, cast iron and oak provide a pleasing visual texture. It looks as fresh a design today as the day it was made proving that well drawn furniture rarely goes out of fashion.

A Regency oak, iron and marble-topped guéridon

Lot 553

 

For charm, Lot 165, ticks all the boxes, A 19th Century naive cork picture of Windsor castle, in original condition it’s a real gem and is something I would happily hang on the wall at home.

A cork picture of Windsor Castle

Lot 165

 

Sylvia Ewen

 

Lot 366 - Herbert Thomas Dicksee RE (1862-1942) THE WATCHER ON THE HILL, A TIGER

This Dicksee etching is a favourite for me because I love animals, especially big cats and this a very magnificent, stand out image. It’s also nicely framed in a contemporary style and would be a very good addition in my living room.

Herbert Thomas Dicksee RE (1862-1942) THE WATCHER ON THE HILL, A TIGER

Lot 366

 

Lot 410 - Adolphe-Felix Cals (French, 1810-1880) 'LA RUE MONTAVILLE Á ORRONY, OISE'

A lovely minimalist landscape by Adolphe-Felix Cals, I like the colour palette of blues and greys, which give the image a muted and calm feeling. The contrast of the blue of the sky is especially strong against the muted colours of the landscape.

Adolphe-Felix Cals (French, 1810-1880) 'LA RUE MONTAVILLE Á ORRONY, OISE'

Lot 410

 

Lot 456A - Katherine Cameron RWS (1874-1965) NASTURTIUMS AND WILD BEES

I love the little bees in this image, they are beautifully painted and the small size of this piece makes it extremely versatile as it could easily fit into any room.

Katherine Cameron RWS (1874-1965) NASTURTIUMS AND WILD BEES

Lot 456A

 

Alex Hallett

 

Lot 115 - A silver and tortoiseshell eight-day timepiece, by William Comyns

This very pretty silver and tortoiseshell timepiece was made by the firm of the London silversmith William Comyns in 1913, and was retailed by Mappin & Webb of Oxford Street. It is a superb example of pique work, the technique by which tortoiseshell is inlaid with silver, and I love the way in which the scrolling foliate decoration is juxtaposed with its simple architectural form. Another part of its charm is its small size, and it would sit well on any mantel piece or bedside table!

A silver and tortoiseshell eight-day timepiece, by William Comyns,

Lot 115

 

Lot 698 - An Austrian Painted Pine Wardrobe

This bold and colourful armoire is a real statement piece! The areas of age related wear combined with the painted floral decoration give it a wonderful sense of alpine rusticity, yet the clean lines and good proportions keep it elegant. I think this would fit perfectly within either a traditional or a contemporary setting, and I would be very pleased to own it!

An Austrian painted pine wardrobe

Lot 698

 

Our Fine Interiors Auction takes place on Tuesday 25 & Wednesday 26 June. To find out more about the forthcoming sale, or to discuss a future consignment, please get in touch:

auctions@sworder.co.uk | 01279 817778

 

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