PG & RJ PYLE, HATHERLEIGH
Everyone attending a sale dreams of securing some rare discovery.
And that dream might just be a reality at the forthcoming PG and RJ Pyle annual winter Fine Art and Antiques Auction.
Tucked amongst the 650 lots – that include a cart, coffee pots and christening tankard – could be a Constable.
The sale takes place at The Bridge Auction Rooms, Hatherleigh on Saturday, November 10 at 11am and auctioneer Philip Pyle believes a country landscape could possibly be the work of the Old Master.
"I cannot prove that it is or isn't by Constable – but it is worth a gamble," says Philip.
The painting is of a rural lane. On the reverse is a hand-written label in ink which states: "Country lane leading to a corn field in Suffolk painted by John Constable RA. The property of Mrs E Bricknell."
"Everybody goes to an auction looking for a bargain. Occasionally there is what people in the trade call a 'sleeper' – an undiscovered work that only one person might recognise its worth," says Philip.
"I believe it is possible this is a Constable. It is well worth the gamble. It has a low guide price of £300 to £500 – but it might be worth thousands."
The auction has 250 oil paintings and watercolours featuring some 50 that are of Dartmoor and general Westcountry scenes.
There are three scenes from Frederick John Widgery – Westmill Tor near Okehampton, Lee Bay, Lynton and a meandering Dartmoor river valley each with a guide of £800-£1,000,
RD Sherrin is represented by nine watercolours including views of Bedruthan Steps in Cornwall, Torbay's Thatcher Rock, Chagford and Oke Tor. All carry a guide price of £200-£300.
A watercolour signed Arthur Wilkinson Sapley Church, Avon Valley, is a delightful lake scene with punt and cattle and village beyond; 19x28in with a guide £150-£200.
A signed watercolour offering a view of two Devon thatched cottages in summertime with gardens in bloom – A Bit of England – is labelled for an exhibition at Elands Art Gallery, Exeter. Another label at reverse reads "Leyton Forbes circa 1900". This artist was gold medallist to the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, and his drawings were purchased by Her Majesty The Queen. His works were also sold at Olds Central Art Gallery in Newquay and Elands Art Gallery in Exeter. It measures 10in by 14in and has a guide of £150-£200.
There is some splendid silverwear from two country house collections – including a George III 16in-diameter solid silver salver with a London 1772 hallmark which is expected to fetch £2,000-£2,500.
A pair of Victorian Cafe au Lait pots, with a crest of a bird decoration, were made in Sheffield in 1897 by famous London firm Mappin Bros. Weighing 25oz they expect £400-£500. Another attractive piece is a christening tankard. Profusely embossed with flowers and scroll feet, it was made by John Evans II, London 1848, and has a guide of £200-£250.
Standing 28in high is an attractive four-wheel antique miniature cart on original spoke wheels all in good order and with a guide of £130-£150.
A pair of 25in-tall Crown Derby urns, highly decorative in blues and reds, has a guide of £700-£800.
A Queen Anne chest of drawers on bracket feet in early walnut with a tiger veneer has a guide price of £400-£500.
Finally, three fine pine Victorian kitchen dressers, all sourced from the Hatherleigh area, have guides of between £200 and £400.