8/10/2018 Welsh Art, Latest News, Welsh Furniture
Peter Francis are holding a Welsh themed valuation day at their Carmarthen saleroom on October 19. The auctioneers have a strong track record selling the work of a plethora of Welsh artists and artisans and are hopeful of meeting members of the public with similar pieces for valuation or sale.
Peter Francis point in particular to the burgeoning market for pictures by 20th century Welsh artists: the Ruabon, Denbighshire artist Will Roberts (1907-2000), Valerie Ganz (1936-2015), known for her paintings of South Wales coal miners, Aneurin Jones (1930-2017), whose paintings often dwell on the old ways of life in the Wales countryside, and of course the palette knife landscapes of John Kyffin Williams (1918-2006).
From an earlier generation is the Llandeilo born, Newlyn school artist Carey Morris (1882-1968) whose atmospheric oil of a young girl drawing water from an interior cottage well, entitled Cornish Peath, 1905 sold in the saleroom for £2900 in March 2017.
Specialists from Peter Francis are also hopeful of seeing works by some of the region’s most talented artisans and craftsmen: porcelain from the Swansea and Nantgarw factories, the Arts and Crafts wares of the Ewenny pottery or locally-made quilts, samplers and woven wooden rugs.
Characterful Welsh oak and vernacular pieces continue to perform well in an otherwise difficult market for antique furniture. The primitive style is particularly popular: recent successes include a 19th century primitive, comb-backed, fireside elbow chair, principally constructed in ash and sycamore and bearing some traces of original black stain which pushed the hammer to £2400, while a three-legged early 19th century ash and elm low elbow chair sold at £850 and a rustic 18th century stick-backed chair that took £950 despite extensive damage and repair.
In March the year the firm took a remarkable £5500 for a mid 18th century longcase clock made by a farmer and self-taught clock maker from Llanfair Caereinion. Samuel Roberts, who lived at Pant y Tanws Farm in Llanfair, is recorded as having died in 1800. This 30-hour clock with a single hand would not have been a great time-keeper but it oozed charm: its pediment shaped as two birds in profile.
It’s not just traditional Welsh antiques that command substantial sums in the market. A sale of Wines and Spirits held in November 2016 was topped at £7300 by a bottle of Royal Welsh Whisky from the short-lived Welsh Whiskey Distillery that operated in Frongoch, Bala from 1889 until 1910. The owner's father had purchased the whisky for £5 a bottle in the late 1960s.
Pictured here is a 19th century primitive, comb-backed, fireside elbow chair, 108cm high which sold at £2400. Peter Francis auctioneers welcome members of the public with similar items to their Carmarthen saleroom on October 19. Specialists will be available to offer sales and valuation advice.
To make an appointment contact T: 01267 233456 , E: email@example.com or come along on the day.
House Visits also available.
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