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Who's that girl?

September 2023

An astounding 100 plus potential bidders are entranced by an early 20th Century portrait of a lady in a hat and spotted scarf which will feature in Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s antiques sale on Thursday, September 14.

The oil on canvas is unsigned, but is similar in style and composition to several portraits, in particular The Spotted Scarf, Anne Estelle Rice c. 1908 by renowned artist John Duncan Fergusson (1871-1961). 

He was regarded as one of the major artists of the Scottish Colourist School. Fourteen of his paintings were given to the University of Stirling when it was founded in 1968. His work continues to remain popular and a permanent exhibition celebrating his art was established in Perth in 1992.

It will be among a number of interesting pieces going under the hammer at the monthly auction at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, next Thursday. The sale starts at 10am and will be followed at 2pm by the quarterly collectors’ sale.

There is much to appeal in both auctions, with a “multi-tasking” piece of Victoriana particularly catching the eye.
This demantoid and pearl starburst, 15ct gold necklace can be converted into a brooch. It is in very good condition for its age and has a pre-sale estimate of £500-£550.

Rather poignantly, with the first anniversary of the death of Queen Elizabeth II approaching there are a couple of items with links to the late monarch.

These include a black and white full-length portrait of Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh. This is signed by the royals and dated 1972. Also included in the lot is an invitation to attend a dinner on board the Royal Yacht Britannia on 15th March 1972; an associated menu card and programme card; and a small quantity of other ephemera. 

Both sales are on view on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 12 and 13, from 9am-4pm and between 9am-10am on September, prior to the start of the auctions.

For more information, please contact the salerooms on 01823 332525.

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