We are offering a painting attributed to Francois Gerard in their Fine Art, Antiques and Interiors auction on 25th and 26th October. Depicting a female portrait of Liberty – an allegory of the French Revolution, the portrait has been consigned by HSH Prince Donatus of Hohenzollern and was discovered in one of his ancestral homes in the Netherlands. Although like many of Gerard’s portraits it is unsigned, the portrait bears all the hallmarks of Gerard’s style. Francois Gerard (1770-1837) was one of the most notable portrait artists in France during the early to mid 19th century, and was a favourite artist of Napoleon. There are examples of his work in European private and public collections. A particular feature of the painting on offer is the original decorative frame which was produced in Gerard’s workshop. Estimated at £10-15,000, this is one of several pieces consigned for sale by the Prince, who is streamlining his personal collection.
A further offering from the same vendor is an instantly recognisable image. Catalogued as Manner of Rembrandt, ‘The Man with the Golden Helmet’ is another version of one housed in the Gemaldegalerie in Berlin, which has recently been the subject of much academic discussion as to the original attribution to Rembrandt. The picture is estimated at £3,000-5,000.
Following the success of the Lowry print ‘Man on the Wall’ in the auctioneer’s September auction, Andrew Smith and Son are offering a further six Lowry prints, all pencil signed, and with estimates ranging from £2-3,500. The market for Lowry prints is particularly strong at the moment, and these offer a good opportunity for collectors of works by this artist.
Also consigned from private sources are a number of interesting clocks. Of particular note is a George III figured mahogany bracket clock with eight-day twin fusee movement by Josiah Bartholomew of Clerkenwell and dating from 1797. Estimated at £1,000-1,500, this example is one of the maker’s earliest documented clocks, and will be sure to attract interest.
Regular visitors to the saleroom will have noticed the large abstract sculpture that has been a talking point in recent weeks. ‘Chiltern Form’ was designed by Keith McCarter (b 1936), and was unveiled in 1979 to mark the completion of the Thames Industrial Estate by Lovell Developments. Standing at 150 cm high and 170 cm wide, this piece of corporate art would fit well in a large park or garden setting, and is estimated at £4,000-6,000.
On a rather different level are two unusual modes of transport. A scarce AVL Buguinho buggy (or mini Carro Buggy), manufactured 44
years ago in 1972, with a single piece body in silver flecked blue livery and coming with original bill of sale and other documents is hoped to fetch between £300-500. Also dating from the 1970s is a vintage Honda NF75 yellow moped showing only 4,508 miles is a steal at £100-200.
Viewing opens at midday on Thursday 20th October, and the auction takes place on 25th and 26th October, commencing 10am both days, with free parking and sale day café.