Arts Council England has received notifications of sale for the following items which have previously been exempted from capital taxation. Please note that the price given is intended as a rough guide only, and does not constitute an offer to sell at this price. The practice of the auction houses is usually to pitch this at their high auction estimate or, sometimes, even higher.

1. Sir Stanley Spencer, R.A. 1891-1959
The Angel, Cookham Churchyard 1934
Oil on canvas
61 by 51cm.; 24 by 20in.

Commissioned by Mrs Corble from the artist
Given by her to Mrs M.G.M. Pryor, 1967
thence by descent

Keith Bell, Stanley Spencer: A Complete Catalogue of the Paintings, Phaidon Press, London, 1993, cat. no.158, illustrated p.431

Sale: Sotheby's Modern and Post War British Art sale, London November 17th 2015

Guide Price: £150,000

2. A group of about 86 pieces of Chinese and Asian ceramics, Chinese jades and works of art from the Pilkington Collection 

The Pilkington Collection contains ceramics from the Tang, Song and Qing dynasties, alongside many examples of Ming Dynasty porcelains. In addition, the collection also features some Qing jade carvings and a group of agate and related snuff bottles. Roger Pilkington was a member of the  Lancashire glass-making family and made his first purchase of Chinese Art around 1958. His Collection was assembled over the next ten years from auction houses and specialist dealers. Many objects in the Collection have illustrious provenance and have come from collectors such as: Edward T. Chow, Kenneth Dingwall, Wilfred Evill, Hershel V. Johnson, George Kolkhorst, Dr. Isaac Newton, Howard Paget, R.H.R. Palmer, Charles Russell, Wu Lai Hsi, Brenda Seligman, Sir John Thompson, The Viceroy of India, and Sir Edward Wakefield.

Sale: Sotheby's Hong Kong in early April 2016

A full listing of all the pieces in the collection and individual guide prices are available on request.

3.John Constable, R.A.
East Bergholt, Suffolk 1776 - 1837 Hampstead
Inscribed on an old label, verso, in the artist's hand: Landscape: Barge passing a Lock / J. Constable R.A. 35 Charlotte St / London
Oil on canvas
139.7 by 122 cm.; 55 by 48 in.

Guide Price: £12,000,000

Sale: Sotheby’s, London, Old Master Paintings Evening Sale, 9 December 2015

The artist's sale, London, Foster's, 15-16 May 1838, lot 76, to Charles Birch for £131.5.0;

His sale, London, Foster's, 15 February 1855, lot 18, to William Holmes, on behalf for W. Orme Foster, for £860;

William Orme Foster (1814-1900), at Stourton Castle, Staffordshire, and later Apley Park, Shropshire;

By descent to his grandson, Major Arthur William Foster (1869-1942);

By descent to their son, Major-General Edward Henry Goulburn (1903-1980), by whom bequeathed to the father of the present owner.

Probably Brussels, Exposition National des Beaux Arts, 1833 (as 'A Barge passing a Lock');

Worcester Institution, 1834, no. 141 (as 'Landscape - a barge passing a Lock on the Stour');

London, Royal Academy, 1848, no. 329;

Birmingham, Society of Artists 1849, no. 77;

Manchester, Art Treasures Exhibition, 1857, no. 298 (lent by W. O. Foster);

Wrexham, Museum and Art gallery, 1876, no. 283 (lent by Mr Foster of Apley);

London, Tate Gallery, Bicentenary Exhibition, 1976, no. 312;

Manchester, City Art Gallery, 2007.

F. Simpson, 'Constables "Lock": A Postscript', in Connoisseur, vol. CCXIX, March 1952, p. 39;

L. Parris, I. Fleming-Williams & C. Shields, Constable: Paintings, Watercolours and Drawings, Tate Gallery bicentenary exhibition catalogue, London 1976, pp. 178-179, cat. no. 312, reproduced;

R. Hoozee, L'Opera completa di Constable, Milan 1979, pp. 132-3, no. 457, reproduced;

G. Reynolds, The Later Paintings and Drawings of John Constable, 2 vols, New Haven and London 1984, text vol., p. 164, no. 25.33. plates vol., reproduced pl. 603.

In mezzotint by David Lucas, 1834

4. Aelbert Cuyp (1620 – 1691)
Herdsmen in an Extensive Landscape, signed ‘A.Cuyp’
Oil on panel
22 x 31 ½ inches

The Cowper Collection
Thence by Descent

Guide Price: £400,000

5. Balthazar Permoser
Pair of German Baroque Ivory Statuettes of Autumn and Winter

Early 18th century
10½ in. and 9½ in. 

Autumn statuette: signed 'BAT:P:INV'; Winter statuette: signed 'B.P.V'. Both are on wooden plinths (the left little finger of Autumn is missing).

Guide price: £800,000 

By the 6th Earl of Harewood who died in 1947, and then by family descent to the current owners 

Hamburg, Museum Fur Kunst und Gewerbe, 'Barockplastik in Nord-desutschland', 1977, nos. 187-8

Washington, The National Gallery of Art, 'The Treasure Houses of Britain', 1985-1986, no. 512

Florence, Museo degli Argenti, 'Diaphanous Passions: Baroque Ivories from the Courts of Europes', 16 July - 3 November 2013


For further details please contact:

Anastasia Tennant
Acquisitions, Exports, Loans and Collections Unit 
Arts Council England
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London WC1B 3HF
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