Porcelain Retrieved from 1690 Chinese Shipwreck to Highlight Auction
Chinese blue and white kangxi porcelain finger bowl with blue banding on interior, exterior with landscape with buildings and rocks, was purportedly recovered from the Vung Tau, a ship that sank off the coast of Vietnam in the late 17th century. Despite its history, it has a modest auction estimate, as it is expected to fetch between $100 and $200 at a multi-estate auction to be hosted by Ahlers & Ogletree’s on June 6-8.
ATLANTA – Porcelain pieces retrieved from a Chinese shipwreck in 1690, as well as important paintings by noted British artists John Frederick Herring, Sr. and George Lambert, will highlight a multi-estate auction to be hosted by Ahlers & Ogletree’s on June 6-8.
The June 6 evening sale will feature more than 250 lots, including more than 30 pieces of blue and white Kangxi porcelain recovered from the Vung Tau, a Chinese trading junk ship that sank off the southern coast of Vietnam in the late 17th century. Among the cargo on board was large amounts of valuable Ching Dynasty porcelain. Some of these items being sold on this night were previously sold by Christie’s in Amsterdam in 1992.
The two British paintings up for auction have been in private hands for decades in a collection located in Suwanee, Ga. The strong equestrian racing oil on canvas painting by John Frederick Herring, Sr. (1795-1865) was executed in 1851 and depicts (as its title bolsters), “The Great Match, York-Spring Meeting Day.” This famous race featured two of the most well-regarded British thoroughbred horses of the 19th century, Voltigeur and The Flying Dutchman. On May 31, 1851, they competed for the prize with The Flying Dutchman winning by a length. Herring’s signed and dated work up for auction measures 25 inches by 36 inches (framed, 29 ½ inches by 40 ½ inches). Importantly, this painting offers another perspective on the subject of The Great Match in York as Herring’s most noted paintings document this very event where these two notable horses competed. The painting is estimated to bring $90,000 to $120,000.
This oil on canvas painting titled “The Great Match, York-Spring Meeting Day” by John Frederick Herring, Sr., depicts the famous horse race between two of the most well-regarded British thoroughbred horses of the 19th century, Voltigeur and The Flying Dutchman.
“Classical Landscape with Figures Strolling on a Path” by George Lambert (1700-1765) fits within the artist’s signature style and subject. The painting clearly highlights Lambert’s skilled use of perspective, atmosphere, and handling. The work, while apparently unsigned, features a F.R. label on verso with registry number and information pertaining to the piece. Unframed, it measures 28 inches by 41 inches; framed, it is 34 inches by 47 inches. The estimate for the 18th-century painting is $25,000 to $40,000.
Saturday and Sunday’s portion of the sale (June 7-8) will feature significant period sterling silver serving pieces by noted makers, including two George III oval platters by the renowned British silversmith Paul Storr, both made in the early 19th century. Both are meat serving platters with shell and leaf decorations. One is 89.2 troy ounces (est. $5,000-$7,000), the smaller is 53.1 troy ounces (est. $4,000-$6,000).
This George III period sterling silver lidded tureen by Rebecca Emes and Edward Barnard I of London, circa 1809, should fetch between $8,000 and $12,000.
Other sterling silver lots of note include a large oval tea tray with two scrolled foliate bracket handles by the American silversmith William Adams (N.Y., circa 1850), 141 troy ounces (est. $3,000-$5,000); a very fine George III lidded tureen by Rebecca Ames and Edward Barnard I (London, circa 1809), about 112 troy ounces (est. $8,000-$12,000); and a pair of George III vegetable dishes by Robert Garrard (London, circa 1811), 104 troy ounces (est. $6,000-$8,000).
The auction gallery will be open for preview Wednesday through Friday (June 4-6), from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. all three days. A wine and cheese reception and evening preview will be held on Thursday, June 5, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. A buyer’s premium (on a sliding scale, depending how an item is bid on and paid for) will be applied to all purchases.
For more information about this auction or to inquire about consignments for future auctions, call 404.869.2478, email to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Ahlers & Ogletree website.
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