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Paintings are sold for more than £5,000 at Shrewsbury auction

Oil paintings of animals, luxury watches, jewellery and silver were in demand as thousands of pounds was bid at a Shropshire fine art auction house.

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The painting by Samuel Fulton of a Jack Russel and West Highland Terriers in a kennel sold for £6,500.

The top two prices at the fine art, antiques and jewellery auction, held by Halls Fine Art in Shrewsbury, went to paintings by Samuel Fulton (1855-1941) and Edgar Hunt (1876-1953).

The auctioneers were barking up the right tree with Fulton’s oil painting of a Jack Russell Terrier and a West Highland Terrier in a kennel, which sold for £6,500 while Hunt’s oil on board of chickens, pigeons and rabbits found a new home for £5,500.

Another animal painting, by Edwin Douglas (1848-1914), titled ‘Roused’ and showing two dogs pawing at the stable door, sold for £2,300.

Luxury watches sold included an Omega Speedmaster gentleman’s stainless steel chronograph wristwatch at £4,000 and an Omega Constellation gentleman's 18 carat gold, diamond set bracelet at £3,600.

Stars of the jewellery section were a tanzanite and diamond pendant on a nine carat gold chain at £3,600, a diamond set stylised knot bracelet, attributed to Verdura and donated to the Salvation Army, at £2,700, an 18 carat gold sapphire and diamond stylised buckle bracelet set with an EMKA watch at £2,400 and a single stone diamond pendant suspended on 18 carat white gold chain at £2,200.

A pair of 1807 George III Paul Storr entree dishes and covers topped the silver section at £2,700 while a large and rare Mason's Ironstone 'Neapolitan' ewer, circa 1815-20 and painted by Samuel Bourne sold for £1,650 in the ceramics section.

A large, private collection of H&R Daniel porcelain and earthenware, owned by the late Michael Berthoud from Bridgnorth, sold for £12,000.

Maryanne Lineker-Mobberley, Halls Fine Art’s silver and jewellery specialist, said: “The market remains strong for animal paintings by recognised artists.

"Our top selling lot by Samuel Fulton was particularly charming and Edgar Hunt always has a good following.

“As a rural county auction house we are ideally suited to selling quality paintings of animals and country landscapes."

A tanzanite and diamond pendant on a nine carat gold chain sold for £3,600

“The market for luxury watches, jewellery and silver by good names is also buoyant and we are keen to expand these departments.”

Halls Fine Art has a busy schedule during October, with two live and two timed, online auctions.

The live auctions are pictures, ceramics, collectables and modern design on October 4 and silver, jewellery and watches on October 25.

The timed auctions are a single owner collection of paintings belonging to the late Mr Magdi Obeid, which runs from September 29 until October 17 and modern and contemporary art from October 13 to 31.

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