11th Nov, 2023 9:30 GMT/BST

British, European & Sporting Art

  Lot 1059


John Nost Sartorius (1759-1828)
Gimcrack with jockey up, wearing the colours of Richard Grosvenor, 1st Earl Grosvenor
Signed, oil on canvas, 62cm by 73.5cm

Sold for £2,800
Estimated at £4,000 - £6,000


In fully restored condition. Stiffly relined (possibly laid down?), cleaned and revarnished. The surface of the painting has been flattened and the paint is thin in places as a result of the restoration process. Retouches to upper left hand corner. Areas of consistant minor retouching and refilling to old flaked paint, including along upper left hand side edge, above the horizon left hand side, upper right hand corner, the sky above the horizon right hand side, the rider's left hand side jodphur and down through his left hand side boot and stirrup, etc. Likely old damage and repair with associated retouching within the foreground approximatley 1-2cm to the left of the horse's front right leg. This mostly takes a linear and regular formation with less prominant retouches in the general vicinty. This restoration has deteriorated and is mostly visible to the naked eye. Further retouches/strenghening to the lower part of the horse's right hand side front leg immediately above the hoof and at the animal's fetlock, in addition to further retouches and strengthening within a similar area and to the animal's back right hand side lower leg and to other parts of the same leg. Some further sporadic retouches elsewhere within the body of the animal and lower edge approximatley 10cm from far right hand side corner. Varying sized, essentially stable craquelure throughout. Relatively light surface dirt and discoloured varnish. For more information please contact the department.

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Auction: British, European & Sporting Art, 11th Nov, 2023

On the Kentish Downs by Algernon Cecil Newton is one of the highlights of the British, European and Sporting Art Sale on 11th November. On offer with an estimate of £8,000-12,000 (plus buyer’s premium), the picture is a fine example of Newton’s quiet yet poetic landscapes.

Further highlights include Eugene Galien-Laloue’s Paris, Winter Fruit Stalls of 1910, and “The Engagement Ring” by Arthur Claude Cooke, which was exhibited in the Royal Academy in 1901. Also of note in the sale is Lady Electra Being Led by a Groom by Lionel Edwards.

The sale will also include a Private Collection of works by Myles Birkett Foster and George Weatherill, and the last remaining paintings from the T.B. & R. Jordan Collection of Staithes Artists.


Sunday 5 November - Friday 10 November 11am-4pm, and morning of sale from 8am. 

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