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. 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.

 

2. Six Old Master's Drawings (Titian, Lorrain, Tiepolo, Watteau and Cossiers)

a) Tiziano Vellico, called Titian (Private Sale)
Study of a kneeling figure

black and white chalk, on discoloured blue paper, minor linseed oil stains
10⅛in. x 7⅛in.

Provenance
Probably N. Lanier (an inscription 'Titia [no.]' in an italic hand similar to his).
Thomas Banks (L.2423), and by descent to
Sir Edward J. Poynter (L.874); Sotheby's, 24-25 April 1918, lot 186.
Purchased by the grandfather of the current owner, and thence by descent. 

Literature

D. von Hadeln, 'Titian Drawings', 1927, pl. 37.

H. Tietze and E. Tietze-Conrat, 'The Drawings of the Venetian Painters...', 1944, no. 1935, pl. LXXII.

H.E. Wethey, 'The Complete Paintings of Titian', London, 1969, I, p. 122.

R. Pallucchini, 'Tiziano', Florence, 1969, I, p. 303.

M. Muraro, 'Grafica Tizianesca', in Tiziano e il manierismo europes, Florence, 1978, p. 132, n. 3.

T. Pignatti, Tiziano, Disegni, Florence, 1979, no. 43.

A. Sambo, 'Tiziano davanti ai girdici ecclesiastici', in Tiziano e Venezia, Venice, 1980, pp. 383-393.

G. Knox, Giambattista and Domenico Tiepolo, a study and catalogue raisonné of the chalk drawings, Oxford, 1980, probably no. M262 or M263.

H.E. Wethey,' Titian and his drawings', Princeton, 1987, no. 4.

M.A. Chiari, 'Disegni di Tiziano, Saggio e Memorie di Storia dell'arte', Venice, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, 16, 1988, no. 27, fig. 60.

G. Nepi Sciré, in exhib. cat. 'Titian, Prince of Painters'.

Venice, Palazzo Ducale and Washington, National Gallery of Art, 1990-91, p. 280, under no. 43.

Exhibited
Burlington House, 1930, no. 686.

Guide price: £4,800,000


The following will be sold at auction in July 2016

b) Claude Gellée, le Lorrain 
View of Rome with the Church of S. Trinità dei Monti, a goatherd resting with his flocks in the foreground

with inscription 'auj' and '40-f.t'
black chalk, pen and brown grey-brown ink, a small central section plugged
7½in. x 9¾in.

Provenance
Lord Northwick and by descent;
Sotheby's, London, 5-6 July 1921, lot 31 (£41 to Agnew). 
Purchased by the grandfather of the current owner, and thence by descent. 

Literature
M. Roethlisberger, 'Claude Lorrain, The Paintings', New Haven, 1961, p. 478.
M. Roethlisberger, 'Claude Lorrain, The Drawings', Berkeley and Los Angeles, 1968, no. 1145.

Guide price: £250,000

c) Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

Head of a boy, in a cap, looking up to the left, his left hand to his cheek

red and white chalk, on blue paper
9⅞in. x 8in.

Provenance
Giovanni Domenico Bossi, by descent to
Maria Theresa Karoline Bossi.
Karl Christian Friedrich Beyerlen; H.G. Gutekunst, Stuttgart, 27-28 March 1882.
E. Sack (L.903a).
Anon. sale; Sotheby's, London, 4 May 1938, lot 111.
Purchased by the grandfather of the current owner, and thence by descent. 

Literature
E. Sack, 'G. und D. Tiepolo', Hamburg, 1910, no. 149 (276).

G. Knox, 'Giambattista and Domenico Tiepolo, a study and catalogue raisonné of the chalk drawings', Oxford, 1980, no. M263.

Guide price: £300,000

d) Jean-Antoine Watteau 

Head of a child in a feathered hat, looking to the right

red, black and white chalk, on thickish grey paper
5in. x 4⅛in.

Provenance
Lord Northwick; Sotheby's, London, 5-6 July 1921, lot 48, ill. (£205 to Agnew). 
Purchased by the grandfather of the current owner, and thence by descent.

Literature
K.T. Parker and J. Mathey, 'Antoine Watteau', 1957, no. 697.

P. Rosenberg and L.-A. Prat, 'Antoine Watteau, 1684-1721, Catalogue raisonné des dessins', Milan, 1996, II, no. 449. 

Guide price: £80,000

e) Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

Head of the artist, bust-length, in a cap, looking towards the right

black and white chalk, on grey-blue paper
10⅞in. x 7½in.

Provenance
Giovanni Domenico Bossi, by descent to Maria Theresa Karoline Bossi.
Karl Christian Friedrich Beyerlen; H.G. Gutekunst, Stuttgart, 27-28 March 1882. E. Sack (L.903a).
Anon. sale; Sotheby's, London, 4 May 1938, lot 107 (£85 to Borenius).
Purchased by the grandfather of the current owner, and thence by descent

Literature
E. Sack, 'G. und D. Tiepolo', Hamburg, 1910, no. 160 (11).

G. Knox, 'Giambattista and Domenico Tiepolo, a study and catalogue raisonné of the chalk drawings', Oxford, 1980, no. M274.

Guide price: £60,000

f) Jan Cossiers

Portrait head of a young man, turned to the left

black, red and white chalk, watermark crowned fleur-delys (3), the top corners cut
7¼in. x 6⅞in.

Provenance
J. Richardson, Sen. (L.2183), with characteristic mount.
Lord Northwick; Sotheby's, London, 5-6 July 1921, lot 66 (as Rubens), ill. (£100 to Agnew).
Purchased by the grandfather of the current owner, and thence by descent.

Guide price: £30,000

 

For further details please contact:

Anastasia Tennant
Acquisitions, Exports, Loans and Collections Unit 
Arts Council England
21 Bloomsbury Street
London WC1B 3HF
Direct Line: 020 7268 9553
Email: anastasia.tennant@artscouncil.org.uk