Fine Art, Antiques, Furniture And Clock Sales Kick Off Autumn At Ewbank's

Valentine Daines AuctionEwbank’s, Surrey’s leading auction house, is gearing up for a busy Autumn calendar of sales, kicking off with three days of auctions in late September; ‘Silver, Jewellery and Watches’ on September 20, ‘Fine Art and Antiques’ on September 21, and ‘Furniture and Clocks’ the following day. Entries for all sales are open until September 15.


One of the most valuable lots going under the hammer in the Fine Art sale is a bronze by noted British sculptor Jonathan Kenworthy (born 1943). 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. It carries a pre-sale value of between £6,000 and £10,000, and was bought directly from Kenworthy by the vendor.


It is numbered 7/7, is signed, and was first shown at Coe Kerr Gallery in New York, in December 1979,  and comes with a copy of the gallery catalogue. This was Kenworthy's first one-man show in New York and followed his trip to Afghanistan in 1977. This exhibition contained a collection of bronzes, studies and drawings of Afghan horsemen playing the ancient game of buzkashi.


Kenworthy continues to travel extensively and work at his studio in Surrey. He has a worldwide following, and his work often appears at Sotheby's and Christie's, in New York and London.


A signed oil-on-board by perennially popular Surrey artist Sherree Valentine Daines, of a young boy with a sailing boat, is also available to buy in the Fine Art auction. It measures 29cm by 23cm and carries an estimate of between £3,000 and £5,000. Ewbank’s has sold many works by Valentine Daines in the past few years and they always garner much interest from buyers in the room, as well as those all over the UK and internationally, on the phone and auction sussex surrey hampshire


Another painting of note, is an oil signed by both by American artist John Hauser (1859 - 1913) and Spanish artist Ulpiano entitled ‘A Sioux Retreat’ which has been valued at between £1,000 and £2,000. 


In 1896, Hauser married Minnie Boltz. and in 1901 John and Minnie were adopted by the Sioux nation, who named them in their language with the names meaning “Straight White Shield” and “Bring Us Sweets”, respectively. John and Minnie Hauser 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. When the couple built a home in the Clifton area of Cincinnati in 1904, they named it “Pine Ridge” to reflect their love of and respect for the Sioux.antiques surrey


An unusual late 19th century carved and ebonized wood pair of Blackamoor Tobacco Jars, probably originating from Venice, measuring 18cm, has a pre-sale estimate of between £200 and £300.


Among the most valuable lots on sale on September 22 in the Furniture and Clocks auction, is a Louis XV-style commode, which has an estimate of between £3,000 and £5,000.


The piece is in the style of Jean-Henri Riesener, who was the French royal ébéniste working in Paris, whose work exemplified this neoclassical style. It is marble- topped, and inlaid with Kingwood, tulip wood, purple-heart and marquetry, with gilt metal mounts. It has a single drawer above a cupboard door, enclosing three drawers, and is on cabriole legs. It measures 86cm by 120cm.


racing skiff auctionOne of the more unusual items going under the hammer is the “Edith Irene,” a 23 foot single hull wooden racing skiff, made by EC Boathouses of Windsor. It has been valued at between £1,000 and £2,000 and comes with paperwork including bill of sale, restoration details and previous insurance documents. Photos are also provided by the vendor showing the boat moored and being rowed locally.


A  beautiful 19th century Swiss musical box, playing eight airs on a 33cm cylinder and nine bells, in a rosewood and marquetry inlaid case, has a pre-sale estimate of between £600 and £1,000.


A quarter repeating carriage clock with alarm, in brass Gorge Pagoda case, repeating on two bells, has a guide price of between £400 and £600. It is engraved on the back plate, ‘E. E. Emanuel by Appointment to the Queen, The Hard, Portsea’ and stands 17cm high.antique furniture auction guildford


If you have items to consign for sale, please get in touch with Ewbank’s for advice on the process. Call 01483 223101 or email Alternatively, just call in Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm at the Burnt Common Auction Rooms, just off the A3 near Guildford. There is plenty of parking on site.


Live internet bidding through and Ewbank’s live bidding platform will be available. These platforms give online buyers the opportunity to participate in sales at no extra cost, giving them savings of up to 6% over other commercial live bidding platforms.