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SOTHEBY'S CONSULTANT:

For a period of 10 years from 1982, William Montgomery was a director of Sotheby's in London, with responsibility for Ireland. From 1992 - 2015 he represented Sotherby's in Northern Ireland from his office in County Down.

He is now a consultant and travels extensively throughout Ireland. His office provides advice on buying and selling a wide range of works of art at auction. Valuations are free of charge and without obligation.
SOME EXCEPTIONAL SALES:

Listed below are a selection of items sourced by William Montgomery’s office in Northern Ireland

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2D Deep Blue stamp 2D Deep Blue:

Marginal from the left of the sheet with part of the marginal inscription ‘In Wetting the’.
B.P.A. Certificate 1991. An exceptional, unused example.

Estimate: £8,000 to £10,000
Hammer price: £36,000
Auction date: November 2010
 
Carved Marble Fire Surround Carved Marble Fire Surround:

A very fine carved marble chimneypiece / fire surround with ‘Rosso Antico’ relief plaques and micro-mosaic panels. Circa 1778.


Estimate: £80,000 to £120,000
Hammer price: £360,000
Auction date: November 2007
 
Chinese Temple Bell Chinese Temple Bell:

A rare bronze Kangxi Temple Bell, dated 1695. China.


(prices converted from Hong Kong Dollars)
Estimate: £254,471 to £339,295
Hammer price: £863,504
Auction date: March 2007
 
Basil Blackshaw - Dog Basil Blackshaw - Untitled (Dog):

Acrylic on paper. 94 cm x 132 cm



Estimate: £18,000 to £25,000
Hammer price: £66,000
Auction date: September 2006
 
Bontems Bird Cage Bontems Bird Cage:

A porcelain mounted, gilt-brass bird cage with two automaton singing birds. Paris, Circa 1890.


Estimate: £5,000 to £7,000
Hammer price: £12,600
Auction date: September 2005
 
David Bomberg - Racehorses David Bomberg - Racehorses:

Black chalk & wash on paper, measuring 67cm x 42cm. Depicting the moment before a race begins, with the horses and jockeys reduced to tubular forms.

Estimate: £40,000 to £60,000
Hammer price: £100,000
Auction date: November 2004
 
Julian Opie - Kate Moss Julian Opie - Kate Moss:

Acrylic on stretched vinyl.



Estimate: £10,000 to £15,000
Hammer price: £45,000
Auction date: June 2004
 
Clarice Cliff - Latona Bouquet Jug Clarice Cliff - Latona Bouquet Jug:

A painted 'Lotus' jug by Clarice Cliff. 30.5 cm high. Circa 1930.

Bought for a few pounds in a car-boot sale in the Channel Islands.


Hammer price: £6,000
Auction date: June 2004
 
Charles Courtenay Curran - Girl in White Charles Courtenay Curran - Girl in White:

Signed oil on canvas. 9 x 12 inches. This painting was brought into one of the Sotheby's valuation days in Londonderry.



Hammer price: US$ 6,000
Auction date: March 2004 | Sotheby's New York
 
Fabergé letter opener Fabergé letter opener:

A curved silver Fabergé letter opener.



Estimate: £1,000
Hammer price: £3,600
Auction date: May 2002
 
Wemyss - A rare Blue Pig Wemyss - A rare Blue Pig:

Circa 1900, seated on its haunches, glazed in blue with a restored left ear. Impressed Wemyss Ware Rh.&S. 17cm long. Only 3 blue-glazed pigs are known.

Estimate: £800 to £1,200
Hammer price: £8,000
Auction date: August 1994 | Sotheby's Gleneagles
 
George Henry R.A. (1858-1943) - Poinsettia George Henry R.A. (1858-1943) - Poinsettia:

A large portrait, oil on canvas. 60 x 70 inches.



Estimate: £40,000 to £60,000
Hammer price: £82,000
Auction date: September 2000 | Sotheby's Gleneagles
 
Pierre Gole - Marquetry cabinet on stand Pierre Gole - Marquetry cabinet on stand:

A Louis XIV cabinet discovered in County Down in 1990 and sent to London for futher research where it was attributed to Pierre Gole. Bought by the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.


Estimate: £120,000 to £160,000
Hammer price: £330,000
 
Giovanni Caccini - A marble bust of Christ Giovanni Caccini - A marble bust of Christ:

Discovered in County Monaghan in 1988 and extensively researched by the European Sculpture Department in London. Examination of family papers and a visit to Italy revealed its origins to the eminent sculptor Giovanni Caccini.

Estimate: £40,000 to £60,000
Hammer price: £750,000 - a world record!
 
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