Rare finds at Great Western Auctions: Francis Cadell painting, teabowls, and Doctor Who Dalek up for bidding

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Great Western Auctions Fine Art and Antiques will host an auction on March 22 and 23, featuring some unique items up for bidding. One standout piece is a painting by Scottish Colourist Francis Cadell from 1929, anticipated to reach £200,000. This artwork originates from a private collection in Jersey and was previously displayed in the home of Dr Arthur Sinclair at 6 Charlotte Square in Edinburgh. Cadell’s distinctive still life style from the 1920s captures vibrant colors and precise lines, often featuring floral arrangements and studio props like jugs and bowls. According to Anita Manning from Great Western Auctions, Scottish Colourists like Cadell made significant contributions to Modern British art and were known for their still life themes, renowned for their timeless and accessible appeal.

Additionally, a pair of Meissen Kakiemon teabowls and saucers from 1730 linked to Augustus the Strong, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland, will be available. These rare Meissen pieces are part of a collection held in the Japanese Palace and bear a historical inventory number. Auctioneer Ruairi Barefoot explains how Augustus’ passion for porcelain led to the establishment of The Meissen Porcelain Factory, recognized for its quality and beauty, earning the nickname “White Gold.” The cups and saucers are expected to sell for £3,000.

Furthermore, a full-sized Doctor Who Dalek replica is also up for auction, with an estimated price range of £500-£800. Manufactured by This Planet Earth Ltd under BBC license, this replica is a precise 1:1 scale of a Dalek featured in “Remembrance of the Daleks,” a significant episode in the Doctor Who series. The episode follows the Doctor and Ace as they travel back to 1963 to retrieve the Hand of Omega from the Daleks. This auction provides a unique opportunity for fans to own a piece of Doctor Who history.

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