Portrait of Captain John Spring c.1835; Attributed ...

Item Ref
9145

Oil on canvas in the original gilt frame.
The charming small scale portrait has obviously led a very sheltered life; the canvas is still unlined, the frame undamaged and the paint surface is intact, it needed only a light clean after we bought it.
The sitter is Captain John Spring, wearing the uniform of the 63rd (West Suffolk) Regiment of Foot. Spring was an Ensign in the 12th East Suffolk Regiment of Foot in 1829, then promoted to Lieutenant from May, 1833. He exchanged or was transferred into the 63rd at some point between then and 1835, when he is listed as serving in the 9th Foot. He died in 1837.
Another portrait of this officer is in The Imperial War Museum collection.

WILLIAM SALTER (1804 1875) was an English portrait painter of the 19th century. His best known work was a painting of 83 people at a banquet in 1836 organised by the Duke of Wellington to celebrate victory at the Battle of Waterloo. The painting is called The Waterloo Banquet 1836 and today is at Apsley House. Salter was born in 1804 (baptised on 26 December 1804) and educated in Honiton, Devon. He was able to work in James Northcote's studios from 1822. Five years later he went on a Grand Tour to Italy. Unlike other grand tourers Salter took up employment as a professor at Florentine Academy of Fine Arts. Salter taught History Painting until 1833 when he returned to England.
His picture of Socrates before his Judges was painted whilst he was in Italy and is credited with his favourable reception in Florence and Padua.
In 1835, a new church was built in Honiton. Salter paid for and painted an altarpiece called Descent from the Cross for his hometown in 1838.
Salter was a lifelong member of the Florentine Academy and he painted a range of subjects, but he is primarily known for his banquet painting and the related portraits. He, and his patron Lady Burghersh, exhibited at the British Institution and he joined the Society of British Artists in 1846. Salter died at his home in West Kensington on 22 December 1875. He is buried at Kensal Green Cemetery, London.
SIZE:16.5x 14.75 inches framed.
PROVENANCE: Dorset Private Collection for at least 30 years.
£1,985
| $2,643 USD | €2,249 EUR

Delft charger, 18th century.

Item Ref
9149

A very attractive hand-painted Delft charger, probably Bristol c.1760, some typical slight fritting to the rim. As can be seen in Image 3 the plate has been broken and then repaired using rivets; this was a skilled task and shows that at the time of the repair the charger was highly valued.
13.5 inches in diameter.
PROVENANCE: Gloucestershire private collection.
£120
| $160 USD | €136 EUR

Delft charger, 18th century.

Item Ref
9148

A handsome hand-painted Delft charger c.1770, very much influenced by Chinese porcelain patterns. As is common with this material the edges of the plate are chipped and it has been broken in half and glued.
13.5 inches in diameter.
PROVENANCE: Gloucestershire private collection.
£78
| $104 USD | €88 EUR

Dutch Delft charger, 18th century.

Item Ref
9147

A handsome hand-painted Dutch Delft charger c.1770, very much influenced by Chinese porcelain patterns. As is usual with this material the edges of the plate are chipped.
13.5 inches in diameter.
PROVENANCE: Gloucestershire private collection.
£100
| $133 USD | €113 EUR

'The Cardinal'; a pottery bust by John ...

Item Ref
9150

A superb, and rare, artwork by John Fortnum, with a very powerful presence, it is pottery, but simulating charred wood...as if the bust had been rescued from a fire, but had been subject to great heat. It is, in appearance, timeless; it could date from the Italian Renaissance and be of wood, perhaps once painted; it could be, as it is, 33 years old...it moves effortlessly through a 600 year time span. It is a free standing 'trompe l'oeil' in that it hides its true material and presents us with a wide range of perceptions.
This is a very evocative sculpture which can inspire many messages on art, survival, religion, life, apparent damage as enhancement....truly a very thought provoking item, as well as being a glorious sculpture.

Signed and dated '86; this is number 7 of a limited edition of 8. How many others have survived the last 33 years is not known.
"My Sculpture can be seen in some of the wildest landscapes in Britain, from the North Atlantic seascapes of the Orkney Isles to the North York Moors, where I have used the wind, rain, and oxidation as natural elements in Landscape sculpture. In my smaller more intimate sculptures the human body, with its architectural and structural aspects, is an underlying theme. I am fascinated by the alchemy of heat on materials. I enjoy using different materials and experimenting with a wide range of sculptural possibilities." John Fortnum, born 1945.
SIZE: 25.5 inches tall, 20 inches wide, 12 inches deep.
PROVENANCE: London Private Collection.
£845
| $1,125 USD | €957 EUR