Pigeon portraits take off
25th November 2018
Clevedon Salerooms are no strangers to selling the works of Bristol Artist Andrew Beer (1862-1954). His portraits of prized pigeons turn up regularly and have in recent years started to reach new heights in terms of value. Always bearing charming titles, one of this pair titled ‘Special Prize given by H Burt Esq for Best Old Bird Average, Won by H.Attwood Excelsior H.S. 1906’.
The highest prices are usually reserved for group portraits that feature two or sometimes three birds on a single canvas. This pair of individual portraits measuring 29cm x 39cm dated 1906 certainly ruffled a few feathers as the gavel fell at £5,000.
It will only be a matter of time before more of Andrew Beers pigeons find their way to Clevedon Salerooms for a brief rest, before heading off to their new home.
When Irish Eyes are Smiling - Bristol Loyalists folio sells well at Clevedon Salerooms
Clevedon Salerooms held another successful fortnightly sale of Antiques and Collectables at the Kenn Road Auction Centre on Thursday 1st October, the first of three this month. Of both local and Irish interest was a Victorian folio of ‘Addresses of Irish Loyalists resident in Bristol and Neighbourhood 1889’. This was competed for by online bidders on both sides of the Irish Sea, with an Irish buyer securing it as a multiple-estimate £310.