Posted on: June 21, 2019

A Picture-Perfect Auction

Trevanion & Dean offered a fascinating collection of 18th century portrait miniatures in their June Fine Art and Antiques auction. The collection of seventeen miniatures had bidders from across the globe battling it out over telephone and online, eventually selling for a total over £9,000. One of the most sought-after examples depicted Daniel Furzer, his son John Furzer and HMS Dover.

Furzer acted as Naval Surveyor to William III and served in action against the Spanish off Cape St Vincent on 9th December 1719. Auctioneer Christina Trevanion commented “The spectacular results for each portrait miniature confirms the markets demand of historically important provenance which documents our history”. 

Also included in the firms June auction was a carefully curated collection of Provincial oak furniture and vernacular treen from a perfectly preserved Farmhouse in depths of North Wales. The one hundred and fifty-two lots formed part of a sale consisting of over nine hundred lots and the unprecedented popularity of the contents was reiterated by the revitalising results of the 16th century and later furniture and once utilitarian but now highly decorative vernacular objects of virtue.

Highlights from Clynog Farmhouse include a 19th century treen sycamore settling bowl which sold for £1,600, a George III Welsh oak housekeepers, selling for £1,800 and a George III Carmarthenshire oak settle which sold for £1,700. Auctioneer Aaron Dean says, “Results as fantastic as this prove that quality items fresh to the market will always command high results at auction”.

The auction also featured a late 17th century portrait of Centenarian Hannah Lowther. Painted by a Follower of Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680), the portrait depicted Miss Lowther who resided in Scotland Yard. She has the honour of being buried in Rutland Chapel at St Georges Chapel, Windsor. The portrait sold for £3,400.

The spectacular mid-summer auction sourced clients from across the globe eventually reaching over one thousand bidders.