For Fellows and Fieldings sake: antiques auction previews

There’s two auctions coming up in the next few day.

Fellows in the Jewellery Quarter have a varied Antiques and Interiors sale on Monday 23rd May –  Fieldings in Stourbridge have their Fine Art and Antiques sale tomorrow, Saturday 21st May 2016.  Earlier today I had a mooch at both viewings (Fieldings have an evening viewing on Friday – today)

The most striking thing when you walk into Fellowes is this huge picture. As one person said in the viewing today: “it’s certainly a talking point”:

Waiting of christ on the cross against a flaming red background

ARR Peter Howson, (b.1958) Crucifixion

It’s big in every way.  Nearly 8 feet high and with a guide price of £40,000.00 to £60,000.00 Lot 776 is certainly the centrepiece of the sale.  Described as

ARR Peter Howson, (b.1958) Crucifixion, an epic representation of Christ on the Cross surrounded by flames and a red sky Oil on canvas, signed lower left 94.5″ x 71″, (240cm x 180cm) Flowers Gallery label verso Provenance: Exhibited in 2013 at the St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art, Glasgow, where it was hung in the same location as its precursor, Salvador Dali’s ‘St. John of the Cross’.

Normally the pictures don’t do much for me – but they’re some strong images for sale at this auction.  This photo by  Frank Worth of Marilyn Monroe (set £200 – £300 “Marilyn Monroe and Ralph Edwards at the 1952 Hollywood Entertainers’ Baseball Game, 1952” – Lot 675) is one of a number of images by the photographer:


and there’s also a subtle pair of paintings, by Gregory Davies:


One thing I do enjoy about auctions at Fellows is Stephen Whittaker, or more to the point his voice.  The MD rattles rapidly through the lots but with a firm, authoritative yet soothing tone. I’m sure it loosens wallets.   The sale starts at 10 am on Monday.

Today was my first trip to Fielding’s.  From the outside an industrial unit just off the ring road in Stourbridge. On the inside spacious, well laid out with plenty of room to browse, a logic to the way items are displayed, plenty of seating for the auction and a subtle waft of tea and cake.

The sale starts at 10am on Saturday and you can view until 8pm this evening (Friday May 20th).

Again plenty of interesting pictures, but the one thing that I quite fancied was a box:

Shop Display Box

Shop Display Box

Lot 664 (£150 to £200) is described as:

A late 19th to early 20th Century walnut two drawer advertising sewing cabinet, the top and back with gilt stencilled lettering with the name ‘J P Coates Ltd Sewing Cotton’, on plinth base, width 55.5cm

The drawers are one above the other on the opposite side from this image.  More on J&P Coates here.

One final thing aroused my curiosity – an old bored out tree trunk, which it turns out was once part of London’s water supply.. and is listed at £100 to £150

Old London Water Pipe

Old London Water Pipe



A section of ancient bored elm waterpipe, bearing a plaque ‘A portion of London’s waterpipe, discovered when laying Callender’s cables in the West-End, 1899’, with riveted copper strap mounts, height 65cm.


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