Francis S Smitheman 1927 - 2016, English 20th Century Oil on Canvas 'The Battle of the Nile 1798' signed lower left Smitheman. 60 x 90cm approx.
Vendor was a personal friend of Frances Smitheman and purchased all of his paintings directly from his studio. This painting was personally painted for the vendor. Along with this picture there is a vast and detailed description with personal hand written sketches to the vendor explaining how he will paint this picture. His works are to be found in many private collections, on board ships and in museums. His later career included lecturing at graduate level and a number of years designing for the theatre. Smitheman's work is notable for the series of paintings he has undertaken on a number of themes including Sea Battles, the Port of London, Arctic Exploration, Working Ports and Epic Voyages. Much travelled he consulted curators, ships' captains, and marine archaeologists gathering evidence in order to create genuine 'history paintings'. Working with ships' trusts and museums he re-created many of the world's greatest historic ships in their legendary settings. His work has now travelled world wide, not only as finished paintings but also on a series of postage stamps. Eleven countries (Ascension Island, Nauru, British India Ocean Territory, Tristan da Cunha, Gibraltar, Kiribati, Bahamas, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, St.Helena and Jamaica) marked 200 years since the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 by issuing commemorative stamps incorporating detail from Smitheman's painting "Victory leading the line at the Battle of Trafalgar". The British fleet under Horatio Nelson defeated the combined fleets of France and Spain, blocking their attempt to clear the way for Napoleon's projected invasion of Britain. An unique feature of the stamps is that the wooden hull and spars in the image actually contain tiny quantities of wood from the original Victory. Ironically the stamps were printed by a specialist French company.
Michael James Smith. Modern British. Oil on Canvas of a wooded landscape with rowing boats. Signed lower left, 55 x 65 cm approx.
A Superb Regency/William 1Vth style Mahogany and Veneered Partners Desk by Maitland & Smith, London, with highly tooled and embossed leather top, carved lions leg supports and brass mounts. 200 x 91 x 77h cms. Knee room 62w x 64h cms.
A heavy 18ct gold Magnifying Glass with horses head and Ivorine handle.L 17 cms.
A good original pair of Georgian Mahogany Irish Brass bound Plate Buckets of superb quality. D 37 x H 40 cms approx.
A large Terracotta ground very fine handwoven Indian Runner with traditional floral medallion design surrounded with a rich border. Extremely fine woven. 900cm long x 77cm approx.
The Tullamaine Hounds by Rupert Till.
A Fantastic five piece Sculpture of four hounds running across a field chasing a stag and one breaking cover from a ditch. Lead Hound H66 x D27 x W130cm approx.
A superb quality life size cast Bronze group, consisting of a Stag, Doe and Fawn.
A most fantastic Mahogany Dining Room Suite in the Georgian style consisting of a Mahogany and cross banded twin pillar Dining Table, a set of ten highly carved chairs and a four door breakfront bookcase from Harrod's of London.
This suite was personally made by Harrods cabinet makers for the vendor at a cost of in excess of £47,000. Size of the Table 275 cms fully extended x 122 x 77 cms. Bookcase 255w x 46d x 220 high cms