On the 28 March, Thomas Eggar LLP, and Dreweatts auctioneers held a ‘Valuation Day’ at the Pallant House Gallery.
The day proved to be a huge success with over 100 people bringing in a broad range of items from small gold rings to pieces of furniture truly testing the knowledge of the specialists.
Amanda King-Jones, Partner of Thomas Eggar LLP, opened the event with Dreweatts deputy chairman and Antiques Roadshow expert Clive Stewart-Lockhart presenting a brief update on the ‘have and have nots' of the art market.
There were some interesting works by leading British artists of the 20th century including Mary Fedden, her husband, Julian Trevelyan and Henry Moore. Mary Fedden, now in her 90s. continues to paint from her studio in Hammersmith and has a popular demand at auction for her bright and colourful landscapes and still life subjects of fruit and flowers.
Elsewhere, there was a superb Nelson letter, written from on board HMS Victory in October 1803 (almost exactly two years to the day before Trafalgar) to another Admiral in which he sets out his orders for the various ships under the Admiral's command, including blockading the enemy fleet in a port.
From another source came a silver gilt Davidson medal from the Nile campaign inscribed to a member of the crew of HMS Bellerophon. HMS Bellerophon fought at the Battle of the Nile under Captain Henry D'Esterre Darby. She also fought at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, becoming one of the most famous British ships of the Napoleonic Wars. She was in fact the ship on which Napoleon surrendered and where he spent over three weeks without ever landing in England until he boarded Northumberland.
Continuing the historical theme, a Medieval gold posy ring was also discovered, found in the 1950s in a Hampshire garden. The ring possibly dates from the mid 1300s, and Dreweatts is currently researching the ring with the help of the British Museum and the Ashmolean in Oxford to accurately date it and confirm the inscription in the ring which suggests it may have been the property of a 14th century Bishop. Jewellery specialist James Nicholson is looking forward to getting to the bottom of this fascinating story.