Monthly Archives - March 2017

Furniture dealer Rolleston sells William and Mary marquetry cabinet to international museum

Kensington Church Street dealer Rolleston recently sold a William and Mary cabinet to an international museum for a mid-six-figure sum. The c. 1690 oyster veneered olive wood cabinet features fine walnut marquetry and the gallery’s Camilla Rolleston Pinsent said of the piece: “It is important because of the exceptional craftsmanship of the marquetry, the vibrancy of the colours and the wonderful condition of the piece which retains its original stand. “The piece is certainly the equal to any of the finest examples of late 17th century marquetry furniture in private or public hands around the world.” Cabinet sales   The sale coincided with BADA 2017, where Rolleston took a stand, though the sale was not connected with the fair. However, another cabinet that was sold at the fair was a George I japanned bureau cabinet, which also went for a six-figure sum, at the stand of Godson & Coles. The George I period double domed cabinet is dated to c. 1720 and is attributed to John Belchier. It is lavishly decorated in scarlet and gilt with scenes of figures, foliage and birds and a similar example can be seen at Erddig, now owned by the National Trust.

Painting by Russian artist Pokhitonov among auction lots from private London club

This 1885 Ivan Pokhitonov, 6 x 10in (15 x 25cm), called ‘Duck Hunters on a Lake’ will be offered by Harry Moore-Gwyn at 25 Blythe Road’s British and Continental Pictures auction on April 5. It carries an estimate of £60,000-£80,000. A private members’ club in London is selling a collection of paintings that once hung on the walls of its grand dining room, drawing room and corridors. The 140 pictures will be offered for sale by Harry Moore-Gwyn at 25 Blythe Road’s British and Continental Pictures auction on April 5. The collection comprises a range of Victorian pictures by artists including Charles Napier Hemy and Sir Joseph Noel Paton. However the highlight of the sale is a work by Russian artist Ivan Pavlovich Pokhitonov (1851-1924), carrying an estimate of £60,000-£80,000. Pokhitonov’s Duck Hunters on a Lake (1885) is typical of the hunting and shooting scenes that the artist is known for. Pokhitonov expert Olivier Bertrand has confirmed the authenticity of this work and its inclusion in his catalogue raisonné. A significant number of the paintings from the club feature animals, in keeping with the traditional pursuits of the gentleman’s club members of hunting and shooting. The sale includes around 25 pictures of dogs, more than 10 equestrian pictures and a number of 19th century oil paintings of rabbits, foxes and stags.