Show-stopping auctions at John Nicholsons in Fernhurst

A portrait by Helen Allingham (1848-1926) SUS-140809-174243001
A portrait by Helen Allingham (1848-1926) SUS-140809-174243001

JOHN Nicholson’s in Fernhurst will this month be hosting two show-stopping auctions.

A watercolour by a renowned Surrey artist is among the key works featured at the forthcoming fine paintings auction.

'The Six Bells' by Helen Allingham (1848-1926) SUS-140809-174232001

'The Six Bells' by Helen Allingham (1848-1926) SUS-140809-174232001

It is the second painting by the Victorian artist, Helen Allingham, being presented for sale by John Nicholson’s and is unusual in that it marks a departure from her well-known landscapes of her beloved Surrey countryside. The Six Bells, Bearsted features a timbered village inn set in picturesque Kentish countryside.

John Nicholson’s recently sold Allingham’s A Portrait of a Young Girl – another rare work as it one of very few portraits by the artist, who was the first woman accepted into the Royal Watercolour Society in 1890.

The estimate price of the painting is from £10,000-£15,000.

The fine paintings sale will be held on September 24.

Also this month, the ancient East will meet medieval Europe at an eclectic three-day auction where enthusiasts will be able to bid, buy and collect from a vast range of European and Oriental decorative art, antiques and furniture over three consecutive days at the Fernhurst showroom.

Featuring a range of pieces from ancient south-east Asia and the Far East, the two-day Oriental sale from September 
17-18 will launch the three-day run.

It will culminate in a fine antiques sale on September 19 that includes a collection from the estate of the Swedish explorer and pioneer aviator, Count Eric Von Rosen and the estate of a Spanish ambassador to the Philippines.

The show-stoppers of the Oriental collection are three gilt bronze figures of a Shakyamuni Buddha and the deities Tara and Jambhala.

The 16th-century Tibetan or Nepalese gilt bronze Shakyamuni Buddha is estimated at £20,000-£30,000 while the stunning white Tara with indigo blue stones is estimated at £10,000-£15,000.

For Chinese collectors there will be a mixture of ancient artefacts, pottery and furniture.

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