Indian cricketer Bhupinder Singh (1891-1938) was captain of the Indian cricket team which toured England in 1911 and the 1932 Test tour, playing 27 first-class cricket matches between 1915-37. He was Maharaja of Patiala (1900-38) and these miniatures were passed down by descent before selling at Catherine Southon on September 14.
The early 20th century enamel portrait with an ornate silver-gilt frame marked for Birmingham 1926 (above top) sold at £4000 against an estimate of £400-600 and the watercolour on card with a silver gilt setting and pearl surround (below) sold for £3000 against an estimate of £100-200 (plus 24% buyers premium inc VAT).
This portrait of a young boy by artist John Smart (1741-1811) is signed 1761, so would have been painted early in his career before he travelled to India where he had important commissions. Offered at £100-150, it was hammered down at £2400 (plus 30% buyer’s premium inc VAT) at Elmwood’s on October 26.
This early 19th century portrait miniature on ivory, depicting a gentleman with white cravat and blue coat, is estimated at £150-250 at Reeman Dansie of Colchester on November 9. It is registered with APHA.
These enamel portraits of Mr and Mrs William Horsley (English composer and organist William Horsley) are by artist John Haslem (1808-84) and signed, inscribed and dated 1855/6 to the reverse. In gilt gesso frames (with some damage), the pair are offered with an estimate of £1500-2500 at Tennants of Leyburn, North Yorkshire, on November 12.
Haslem joined the Derby porcelain factory as an apprentice painter at the age of 14 and moved to London in 1835 as a pupil of ET Parris. He was later patronised by Queen Victoria, the Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Sussex and other members of the royal family.
This 1805 watercolour on paper offers a quarter-length profile of a Napoleonic Prussian officer, Lieutenant George Klincke, No 2 Leib- Husaren von Rudorff. He wears a mirliton with a feather plume, a blue pelisse with silver buttons and frogging, and a dolman with a black collar.
Lt Kilncke died around two years after this picture was completed, but his regiment would serve on the Coalition side during the 1815 campaign. The picture is offered by Armoury St James for £1850.
This 18th century oval portrait miniature on ivory in a gold frame has a central plaited hair panel to the reverse and is estimated at £2000-3000 at Special Auction Services on November 10. It is registered with APHA.
German artist Friedrich Johann Gottlieb Lieder (1780-1859). was appointed court painter to Friedrich Wilhelm III in 1816 and became a member of the Vienna Academy eight years later. This portrait miniature on ivory of a gentleman by is an early work, dated 1808, before his appointment as court painter. It is estimated at £400-800 at Roseberys in West Norwood, south London, on November 16 and is registered with APHA.
A group of miniatures is coming to Stuttgart auction house Nagel this month from collector Siegfried Claßen. Miniatures fascinated the Cologne collector from his childhood and he acquired many of the pieces from international galleries and auction houses such as Lempertz, Albrecht Neuhaus and Seegert. According to Nagel, the collection is “probably one of the most important that has been offered on the German auction market for a long time”.
Among the lots is this miniature of Fedinand VII, King of Spain. The c.1800 gouache on ivory is estimated at €600- 1000 on November 16-17.
Among the dealers specialising in portrait miniatures is Wigs on the Green, launched by Cynthia Cunningham in 2000. The firm also offers silhouettes and other portraits, selling online and from fairs. Among the highlights in its stock at the moment is this wistful depiction of a Miss Athill by George Hargreaves (1797-1870), who specialised in portrait miniatures. It is priced at £1300.