Paul Sandby, Windsor Castle from the Thames with figures in the foreground, estimate £40,000 – 60,000
A charming and important early nineteenth century view of Windsor Castle by the master of the genre, Paul Sandby, is one of the major lots at Bonhams sale of selected contents of Hooton Pagnell Hall in London on 1 December.  It is estimated at £40,000 – 60,000.
Windsor Castle from the Thames with figures in the foreground was painted in 1802 and bears a striking resemblance to Sandby’s picture in the collection of Her Majesty the Queen, Windsor Castle from the Eton Shore.  The view from the Thames, however, has some wonderful enlivening human touches; a group of working horses, the young family with their scampering dog, the laden barge and the horse-drawn cart that has been driven into the river to receive its cargo. Sandby provides a snapshot of Georgian life against the backdrop of the awe-inspiring castle with all the historic connotations it would have held for 18th century antiquarians.
In a long, fruitful career, Sandby (1730 – 1809) travelled the length and breadth of England and Wales achieving great success for his watercolour depictions of the architectural heritage of the land.
Bonhams Director of Old Master Paintings, Andrew McKenzie said: “Windsor Castle was a favourite theme for Paul Sandby and his Windsor views were in much demand – the famous botanist and antiquarian, Joseph Banks, owned at least 70 of them. It is entirely in keeping with the importance of Hooton Pagnell Hall that its owners should have acquired such a serene and elegant example of Sandby’s work.”
Hooton Pagnell Hall
Hooton Pagnell Hall, parts of which date from the 13th century, has been home to the Warde family for more than 300 years. Successive generations have added to the contents and the house is a fascinating reflection of changing taste and fashion over the centuries. The current owner, Mark Warde-Norbury, has now decided to sell a selection of objects. As he explained to the arts journalist Philippa Stockley writing in Bonhams Magazine, “We have five grand pianos and six grandfather clocks.  We have to clear some things out in order to move forward.”



A dozen veteran cars head to Bonhams 101 New Bond Street headquarters, ready for the annual London to Brighton Run Sale. Now entering its 12th year, the auction offers an incredible selection of veteran motor cars, this year starring the 1903 Clement Model AC4R Four-Cylinder Rear-Entrance Tonneau, estimated at £400,000-500,000.

Tim Schofield, Bonhams UK Head of Motor Cars, said: “We’ve got a wonderful selection of exciting veteran cars at this year’s auction, including two vehicles – an 1899 Panhard-Levassor Type M2E 4hp Two-Seater, estimated at £300,000-350,000, and an 1899 Star Benz 3½hp Vis-à-Vis, estimated at £60,000-70,000 – that are over 115-years old. It’s an incredible and unusual sale, transporting visitors back to the golden age of motoring.”
One of the most advanced cars of its day, the Clement has a long known British history, now returning to the UK from American ownership. Its very earliest days were recorded in the programme for the London to Brighton Run in 1934.
The auction also boasts a magnificent 1904 Napier Model D45 12HP Side-Entrance Four-Cylinder Tourer, one of the few Napier models that were assembled in period in America. It has been part of three major international car collections, has four cylinders, a four speed gearbox, carries five passengers, is exceptionally rare and comes with an enviable record of completed Brighton Runs. It is now offered at an estimate of £350,000-400,000.
Further automotive masterpieces from across the century and beyond include a 1904 Columbia Mark XLIII Two-Cylinder Rear-entrance Tonneau, estimated at £90,000-110,000, and what was commonly regarded as America’s premier make of petrol motor car, a 1904 Winton 4¼-Litre 20hp Two-Cylinder Detachable Rear-Entrance Tonneau, estimated at £130,000-160,000.
Held on 30th October at Bonhams flagship showroom on 101 New Bond Street, the annual London to Brighton Run Sale will offer over 100 lots of both veteran motor cars and automobilia.
The Bonhams London to Brighton Sale celebrates the longest-running motoring event in the world; the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. The sale exclusively features pre-1905 cars, each eligible for the Run.
Bonhams sale takes place during ‘London Motor Week’ – a series of events hosted by the world famous Royal Automobile Club which also includes the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, a Literary Festival, Motoring Forum and the Regent Street Motor Show. The first Run took place in 1896, and since then it has taken place almost every year since its 1927 revival.

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Rembrandt in strong demand at @bonhams print sale

Old Master, Prints, Renoir
Etchings by Rembrandt made more than £350,000 at Bonhams Prints and Multiples sale in London last week (14 July).  All 31 prints by the artist in the sale found buyers.
Sixteen works from a distinguished Irish collection were sold for £250,250.  They included The Three Trees, regarded as Rembrandt’s most consummate and acclaimed etching, which was bought for £65,000 and Self Portrait Leaning on a Stone Sill, one of the most splendid of the artist’s thirty-two self-portraits, which sold for £32,500.
Self Portrait Leaning on a Stone Sill, sold for £32,500
Abraham’s Sacrifice from the collection of Liuiba and Ernesto Wolf was sold for £13,750 and, from a different collection, a fine impression of Christ Healing the Sick known as ‘The Hundred Guilder Print’ made £22,500.  The most ambitious and celebrated of Rembrandt’s religious compositions, depicting four episodes from St Matthew’s Gospel, this print was particularly sought after during the artist’s lifetime when impressions changed hands for 100 guilders, earning the work its nickname.
Bonhams Head of Prints, Rupert Worrall said, “Rembrandt’s etchings were enormously popular during his lifetime.  They offered an opportunity to own a work by a famous artist at an affordable price and, of course, they still do.”