Paul Whitfield Collection Performs Well at Mallams’ Country House Sale

Paul Whitfield Collection Performs Well at Mallams’ Country House Sale


Robust bidding at Mallams’ 28 June Cheltenham Country House Sale resulted in total sales of £94,180, just 4% below the high estimate.

A number of items from the art collection of the well-known auctioneer and collector, Paul Whitfield (1942-2018), were included and these accounted for the top three lots in the sale.

The highest achiever was lot 4, a bronze model of a standing male figure dating from the early 20th century.  Measuring 27.5cm high, it had a modest estimate of just £60 - £100 but proved to be very popular with bidders, who pushed the price ever upwards, with the hammer finally falling at £4200 to an online UK bidder.

Selling to the same bidder was lot 8 - a bronze bust of a gentleman, possibly James Whistler, with his head turned slightly to the left. Dating from circa 1900, it had a guide of £80-£120 but eventually went for £3600.

A pair of full length, oil on canvas portraits (lot 43) attributed to George Henry Harlow (1787-1819) also performed well, going to a MallamsLive UK bidder for £3200, almost 7% above the top estimate.

Another item of note was a Chinese, red lacquered cabinet and stand, decorated with gilt pagodas, figures, various flowers, foliage, birds and animals (lot 170), which sold to a UK phone bidder for £3000, double its low estimate. 

A late 17th century Italian School oil painting of Saint Gerome (lot 109) which came to Mallams from a Gloucestershire country home, also attracted bidders’ attention. Measuring 123 x 93cm and displayed in a gilt frame it sailed past its £300 - £500 estimate, with bid of £2200 sealing the deal.

Robin Fisher, Mallams’ Director said “We had a good combination of items from two large estates with interest throughout on an international level.”

Mallams Cheltenham is now inviting entries for its 27 September Country House Sale so if you have any interesting items you are considering selling at auction please email or for a free, informal valuation.

All prices are subject to a 30% buyers' premium (VAT inclusive). 


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