Fine Art And Antique Sale Successes At Ewbanks
Estimate-busting results for both Fine Art Auction and charity sale ‘Art On A Ukulele’

Fine Art Sussex AuctionEwbank’s, Surrey’s leading auction-house, recently saw great success in two key sales on the same day, Fine Arts and Antiques, and a special charity auction, ‘Art On A Ukulele’, to raise money for The Hepatitis C Trust.

Day two of the quarterly Fine Art and Antiques sale was well-attended at the Burnt Common auction-room, just outside Guildford on the A3, with many bidders also taking part on the phone and online.

Highlight lots from the Fine Arts sale included an oil-on-canvas by American artist John Hauser, entitled ‘A Sioux Retreat’. The painting sold for £8,890 to an online buyer in Ireland, against a conservative estimate of between £1,000 and £2,000. The Sioux were one of Hauser’s favourite subjects, he and his wife were adopted by the Sioux nation, and spent considerable time on the Pine Ridge reservation, where they camped in a tent on the Sioux lands for six months a year between 1901 and 1905.

A bronze sculpture by noted British sculptor Jonathan Kenworthy sold for £6,350 to a buyer in the room. The statue, measuring 28cm high, is from the series ‘Horsemen of the Hindu Kush’ and depicts an Afghan rider greeting the president of a game in traditional style.

A signed oil-on-board by perennially popular Surrey artist Sherree Valentine Daines, of a young boy with a model sailing boat, sold for £3,446 to a bidder on the phone. Ewbank’s has sold many works by Valentine Daines in the past few years and they always garner much interest.

SImilarly, interest in Royal signatures is always high and there is an insatiable appetite for all things British in the Far East, as was proved by the £2,794 spent by a Chinese buyer online, for a pair of signed portrait photographs from 1957 of HM Queen Elizabeth II and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, in formal dress and uniform. Another lot of note were six 19th century Meissen porcelain cabinet plates, which sold for £3,672 to an online bidder from New York.

Ewbank’s next Fine Arts sale will take place on November 30, with Contemporary Art on sale on October 26, and the team is accepting consignments for both of these auctions now.

The second sale success for Ewbank’s on September 21 took place at a gallery in London, and saw 28 ukuleles, specially decorated by luminary artists, going under the hammer in aid of the The Hepatitis C Trust. Many sold for more far more than the pre-sale estimates, and in total the auction raised more than £30,000 for this worthy cause.

Top-selling lots included a kala concert ukulele, entitled ‘You Can Ukulele Tattoo’ strikingly painted by famed album cover artist George Underwood, which sold for £6,096. Underwood is a lifelong friend of David Bowie and responsible for Bowie’s differently coloured eyes as a result of a fight while they were at school together. Underwood’s art work features on the cover the first T Rex album and later David Bowie’s Hunky Dory and Ziggy Stardust album covers, cementing his position as a leading creative art illustrator.  

A boat paddle concert ukulele painted in oils by renowned Spanish artist Ramiro Fernandez Saus, sold for £5,080 to a bidder on the phone. Saus decorated his instrument with a fantastical scene featuring tigers, monkeys, parrots and sailors travelling to unexplored lands.

A tenor boat paddle ukulele painted by Mick Rooney, entitled ‘The Matelot’s Tale’ had a final hammer price of £3,810. Royal Academy member Rooney was heavily involved in the original concept of the ‘Art On A Ukulele’ project, and works closely with The Hepatitis C Trust.

Ewbank’s will be auctioneers for Art On A Postcard, a secret auction on November 16, also in support of The Hepatitis C Trust. Last year, this event raised £75,000 from the sale of 450 postcard-sized artworks from artists including Sir Peter Blake, Damien Hirst, Harland Miller, Gavin Turk, and Rachel Howard; there will be a similarly impressive list this time.
 
But there is an interesting and unusual twist to this sale; no-one knows which artist has submitted which piece of art-work before they are sold. All the submitting artists are professionals, and all the artwork is framed with the artist’s details hidden from view, so potential buyers have no idea who the creator of each piece is.

The challenge for the buyer is can they spot the work of the big-name artist and pick up a bargain? Alternatively, you can back your own judgement and buy the work/s that you really like without knowing the works provenance or being influenced by the artist’s reputation.

Viewing for Art On A Postcard will take place on 14 November at Unit Gallery in Covent Garden, London. Lots are online now for bidding.

All proceeds from Art On A Ukulele and Art On A Postcard go towards The Hepatitis C Trust’s campaign to eliminate the virus as a major public health concern by 2030, and Ewbank’s will be waiving usual vendor’s commission.

If you have any contemporary or fine art, or any other antiques and collectables, to consign for sale, please get in touch with Ewbank’s for advice on the process. Call 01483 223101 or email valuations@ewbankauctions.co.uk. Alternatively, just call in Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm at the Burnt Common Auction Rooms, just off the A3 near Guildford. Valuers are always on duty and there is plenty of parking on site.
 
Live internet bidding through www.theauctionroom.com and Ewbank’s live bidding platform will be available. These platforms give online buyers the opportunity to participate remotely in sales at no extra cost, giving them savings of up to 6% over other commercial live bidding platforms.