1st May, 2024 10:00

East Anglian, Antiques & Fine Art

  Lot 1086


William Draper (1798-1825) oil on panel - Sudbury Fair, Gregory Street, 54cm x 47.5cm, in gilt frame

William Draper (1798-1825) oil on panel - Sudbury Fair, Gregory Street, 54cm x 47.5cm, in gilt frame

NB: a hand written early 20th history of the paining attached verso stating "...William Draper the artist was born in Sudbury 1798 - died 20 May 1825. He was self taught but his pictures closely resembled those of Wilkie although he had never seen them...Draper was buried in St. Gregory's Churchyard, but no stone marks the spot. Picture was bought by C. G. Grimwood at L. Andrew's sale Jan 23rd 1917". A further note verso states that it was still in the Grimwood collection in the 1950s before passing into the collection of Lord Phillips of Sudbury in the latter half of the 20th century.

Sold for £1,900


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Auction: East Anglian, Antiques & Fine Art, 1st May, 2024


Reeman Dansie’s East Anglian, Antiques and Fine Art sale was a great success, with sustained interest and several exciting moments throughout the three-day sale. Day one began with a single-owner collection of 18th century porcelain figures, where the highlight was a rare 18th century Meissen group, fought over by three phone bidders from Germany and eventually selling for £12,500 (lot 10). Among the other ceramics, a fine pair of Royal Worcester fruit-painted vases made £4500 (lot 211). Silver, jewellery, and watches followed: a 1950s Blancpain diver’s watch sold for £20,000, almost 70 years after the vendor was given the watch by the founder of Blancpain (lot 625).


Day two saw East Anglian Art and other works of art go under the hammer, with good results for single-owner collections of portrait miniatures, antique maps, and Japanese lacquerware. There was also a great deal of interest in the David Thomas Turner collection of fossils, with the top price going to a Jurassic period Plesiosaur paddle (£3900, lot 904). As always, there was strong competition for the East Anglian part of the sale, with works by John Moore of Ipswich and Thomas Smythe selling well. At the more contemporary end of the spectrum, two works by Hugo Grenville made £2500 and £3100 respectively (lots 1139 and 1140), while the highest price of the section was achieved by an oil on canvas by Reginald Brill, which fetched £4100 (lot 1029).


Furniture and rugs were sold on the final day of the sale; garden statuary proved popular, with a range of urns and fountains selling for above estimate, the most noteworthy being a large stone urn removed from Berechurch Hall after the Second World War (lot 1557, £4400). The most eagerly anticipated lot of the day was a superb Chippendale-style mirror, which saw several phone bidders steadily drop out of the race until the hammer fell at £5600 (lot 1460).


We’d like to thank everyone who attended the sale, both online and in the room, and we look forward to welcoming you back to our next Fine Art and Antiques sale in July. Before that, we will be holding a host of other sales, which you can find listed on our website.





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