14th Feb, 2024 10:00

Antiques & Fine Art

Lot 995


Albert Houthuessen (1903-1973), acrylic on board, clown

Albert Houthuessen (1903-1973), acrylic on board, clown, 54 x 43cm, signed, glazed frame. Provenance: From the Estate of Douglas Wilmer (1920-2016) star of stage and screen, best known for his definitive 1960s B.B.C. portrayal of Sherlock Holmes

Sold for £720


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We are pleased to offer a live online bidding service through our website platform Reeman Dansie Global.*

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Absentee Bidding

For clients unable or not wishing to attend our sale we are happy to accept absentee bids. Absentee bids can either be left in person with our office team, phoned or emailed to us. We simply require lot numbers and descriptions and the maximum bid which you wish to leave. Absentee bids are then transferred to our auction pages and the auctioneer will bid on your behalf. If the lot can be purchased at a lower price than your maximum bid our auctioneers will always endeavour to work in your interest to purchase the lot for you as cheaply as other bids will allow. If the same bid is left by two people on a lot we will precedence to the bidder who leaves the bid first. 

We are happy to provide condition reports for online and absentee bidders and to supply additional photographs on any lot. We ask that condition report requests are submitted at least 24 hours prior to the sale. (Whilst every care is taken to give an accurate condition report, we accept no responsibility for any omissions or errors in our reports. It is the buyer’s responsibility to view the lots and satisfy themselves as to their condition.)


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We are happy to accept phone bids for our Fine Art and Collectors’ sales. Phone bids may be arranged in person with our office team, by phone or by email. We simply require the lot number and details of the lots which you wish to bid on and contact phone number / numbers. Our phone bidders will call in advance of your chosen lot / lots and bid on your behalf during the sale.
Telephone bids must be booked by 4pm the day before the sale but can be arranged earlier, we have limited lines and certain lots can be over-subscribed for phone bidding, in such instances we conduct a first come, first served basis and we encourage clients to book well in advance or risk being disappointed.

Auction: Antiques & Fine Art, 14th Feb, 2024


Reeman Dansie’s first Fine Art & Antiques auction of the year was a great success; a new house record for online bidders was made, with over 1800 people registered for the three-day sale, alongside our regular room bidders. Notable lots of day one included a William de Morgan ruby lustre charger with a stylised fish design (lot 22, £5842). In the silver section, a Japanese silver and mixed metal vase sold for above its estimate to a phone bidder for £4700 (lot 384). Watches and jewellery were as popular as ever, with highlights including a rare Rolex gold concealed 20 dollar coin watch (lot 700, £6350).


Paintings featured strongly amongst the top selling lots on day two of the sale, with one of the highlights being an early abstract work by British artist Trevor Bell (lot 1144, £7874). A captivating portrait of a woman by Rowley Smart sold for above estimate at £7874 (lot 1209), its Bloomsbury style attracting a great deal of interest. The highest price of the day was set by a bronze sculpture by Louis Barye, which sold to a continental bidder for £17,780 (lot 966).


The David Smith collection attracted the interest it undoubtedly deserved on day three of the sale. While three Lucy Harwood pictures all sold well, there were strong prices set for vernacular and painted furniture, including £3175 for David’s oak four-poster bed (lot 1749), and £2159 for an 18th century Swedish cupboard (lot 1501).


We’d like to thank everyone who attended the auction and bid online. Our next Fine Art & Antiques sale will be in April, and will feature an East Anglian Art section. We invite entries from now until 8th April. See how to sell with us below. 



Friday 9th February 1pm until 5pm

Saturday 10th February 9am until 1pm

Monday 12th February 9am until 6pm 

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