A Few of Our Favourite Things...

A Few of Our Favourite Things...

Spring Auction - 17th March 10am

Our team of specialists have picked their favourite lots of our forthcoming Spring Fine Art Auction on Wednesday 17th March.



Alexander Clement

Senior Valuer and Asian Art Specialist

Contact: alexander@hallsgb.com


Choosing a favourite lot in our Spring Fine Art auction is really hard given the genuinely terrific range of lovely items.  One object I would definitely give house room to is lot 305, a beautiful Chinese yellow enamel dish from the Gunagxu period (1875-1908).  The colour is really vibrant but the decoration is fantastic, delicately incised, both inside and out, with dragons chasing flaming pearls.  You really have to look at it closely as it’s quite subtle but all the better for it.  When you turn it over, you are rewarded with a beautifully written six-character reign mark.  This dish is definitely one for my fantasy Chinese porcelain collection.


A beautiful Chinese yellow enamel dish from the Gunagxu period Halls Fine Art  

A beautiful Chinese yellow enamel dish from the Gunagxu period detail Halls Fine Art

 Lot 305:
A Chinese yellow enamelled and incised dish,
Guangxu six-character mark and of the period
Of rounded form with shallow foot ring,
incised to the inside with a dragon chasing a flaming pearl amid clouds,
to the outside with two further dragons chasing flaming pearls amid clouds.
27cm dia.
Estimate: £1,500 - £2,000


Maryanne Lineker-Mobberley

Jewellery and Silver Specialist

Contact: maryanne@hallsgb.com

My favourite lot in the auction has to be these stunning Victorian drop earrings. They are so simple in their design and the fact that you could mistake them for a piece of jewellery made only yesterday is a testament to the their timeless style. They are understated in their adornment meaning they wouldn’t look out of place worn at the supermarket, but would also complement an evening dress beautifully- truly pieces for any occasion!

 Victorian drop earrings

Lot 46:
A pair of Victorian drop ear pendants,
each designed as a tapering drop with coronet and rope twist decoration,
with hook fittings, 32mm high (excluding hooks), weight approx 5.4g
Estimate: £200 - £400

Abigail Molenaar

Modern and Contemporary Art Specialist

Contact: abigailm@hallsgb.com


I love this painting because it depicts a group of friends frolicking and enjoying each other’s company spread out beneath a tree next to a stream. You can see how relaxed everyone is, sat chatting and relaxing, having thrown their kit down on the grass. There’s a gentleman tapping a drum, another sketching the landscape with his companion giving him tips and another completely spread out smoking a pipe on the floor. We are all looking forward with hope for the summer that we might be reunited with friends and family and hopefully planning picnics and gatherings again after a difficult year. I have fondly been looking at this painting over the last months and imagining the day when we can do these things again.


British School, 19th century, A party beneath a tree

Lot 107:
British School, 19th century,
A party beneath a tree, with Europeans and Middle-Eastern,
possibly Turkish, gentlemen,
tethered horses in the middle distance and a city in the distance with minarets and a mosque,

swing tag verso inscribed '2465, Joseph Rubens Powell, Constantinople,
exhibited 1835-71, 33 paintings', oil on canvas, 27.5cm x 38cm
Estimate: £300 - £500


Caroline Dennard

Militaria Specialist

Contact: carolined@hallsgb.com

My favourite lot of the sale is Lot 235 because not only are they a matching pair, but they have lovely ornate Damascus barrels and delightfully rich figuring to the walnut grips. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, many private citizens carried weaponry as a form of self-defence and it is not difficult to imagine such a pair of pistols being carried by a traveller of considerable means – and perhaps even being angrily waved at a so-called ‘Gentleman of the Road’ highway robber, who would otherwise seek to relieve them of their personal belongings.

A pair of 19th-century percussion pocket pistols Halls Fine Art

Lot 235:
A pair of percussion pocket pistols, 19th century
with 6cm rifled Damascus barrels, concealed triggers, foliate engraved frames and walnut butts, the underside of barrels stamped "G",
overall length 17cm, together with one brown leather holster (3)
Sold as an exempt item under Section 58 (2) of the 1968 Firearms Act, to be held as a curiosity or ornament.
Estimate: £300 - £400


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Spring Fine Art Auction
Wednesday 17th March 10:00

Spring Fine Art Auction 17th March 2021 Halls Fine Art





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