Upcoming Highlights - 6th February Sale
Posted On: 16 Jan 2021 by Greg Bateman


Beautiful bronzes and a large collection of Fine Art from a Rutland Estate...

Two impressive collections were consigned to sale with Batemans just prior to Christmas to be included in our 6th February auction

Here's a taste of what's on offer ...


Firstly an impressive collection of Fine Art from the Estate of the Late Geoffrey Pointon, who lived in Uppingham, Rutland. It ranges from traditional landscape scenes to modern abstract works, political statement pieces, and is dominated by the work of a single local artist:

Michael (Mike) R. Hoar ARCA was a British artist born in Evington, Leicester in 1943. He graduated from the Royal College of Art 1964 and worked as a senior Fine Art lecturer at Leicester De Montfort University until 2003, he continued his practice as a professional, international Artist from his studio in South-West France until late into his life. Major Commissions include a set of Sky-scapes produced for Heathrow Terminal 4, and a set of large paintings produced for the P&O cruise-liner 'Arcadia'. He sadly passed away in 2017, eighteen months after the death of his wife Lulu Hancock.

His Saatchi Art profile notes that: “working from the Landscape, Mike Hoar has documented extensively his previous place of residence, Leicestershire. Initially producing small observational paintings on site within the landscape, larger works are created in his studio. This practice he has applied to landscapes / sky-scape / urban-scape throughout Spain, Japan and now France. Analytical and expressionistic drawing, sense of place, vibrancy of colour are but a few words to describe the sometimes abstracted, sometimes representational works created.

'Eastwood Landscape' is a very large oil on canvas, 179 by 179cm (74 by 73 inches), estimated at £5,000-£8,000

The Deceased's collection was formed from a lifelong passion for art, especially paintings, and a long friendship with Mike Hoar, with regular purchases direct from the artist. It includes large impressive pieces of work, valued to sell in the thousands of pounds, down to small sketch studies, prints and archive material, likely to sell for less than £100.

Managing Director & Valuer Greg Bateman said "It is a privilege to be selected by the Executors of Mr Pointon's Estate to handle such an amazing collection of art, especially as it includes such a rich array of local talent. We hope to do Geoffrey proud, helping continue his promotion of Rutland and it's business community."


'Abbey Pumping Station Leicestershire' a large oil on canvas, 116.5 by 147.5cm (46 by 58 inches), estimated at £2,000-£3,000

Geoffrey Pointon was born and educated in Leicester before serving his national service in the RAF Regiment, mostly in Germany. He he best known as being the founder of Pointon York in 1970 which he ran for over forty years, selling the business in 2014 to fellow Sipp provider Curtis Banks, and as being a very well-known figure in the Sipp and Ssas world, with many recalling "his charisma and good humour" which "never failed to make people smile". He was a councillor of the City of London, of which he was also a Freeman, where he spent much of his working life. He was a co-founder of The Biz Club in 2007. This local Rutland organisation provides networking opportunities for business owners with the aim of increasing profitable growth of the smaller business sector; it also develops and encourages communication between politicians and business people. 


'Bridge at Ronda', 86.5 by 69cm: £400-£600      'Billesdon Landscape', 20 by 29cm: £100-£200        'Kip's Flowers', 126 by 100cm: £2,000-£3,000 



The second collection, originally from the North of England, consists of a dozen high quality sculptures, mostly bronze. The Private Vendor has collected sculpture for over forty years, concentrating on acquiring figural bronzes, with 19th and 20th century artists well represented. Having enjoyed them for so many years they have recently relocated and downsized and have decided to reduce the size of their extensive collection. British artists Sir William Read-Dick, Sir Ian Rank-Broadley, and Karin Jonzen all have a showing, together with European sculptors including Vincenzio Gemito and Heirich Carl Baucke.

It is an impressive and dynamic collection that showcases some incredible talent from the last 150 years.

Sir William Reid Dick RA (British, 1878–1961):
‘The Slingboy’ or ‘The Catapult’
A patinated bronze sculpture, on a green marble plinth
signed to base ‘W Reid Dick’, 35.5cm (14 inches) high
Provenance: Private UK Collection

Estimates: £3,000 - £5,000


Vincenzio Gemito (Italian 1852-1929):
both titled 'L'Acquaiolo' (The Water Carrier)
two patinated bronze sculptures, each modelled as a nude boy standing on a water fountain
each signed to base, both 56cm (22 inches) high.
Provenance: Private UK Collection

Estimates: £800 - £1,200 (above left)                                 
£1,000 - £1,500 (above right)  


To enquire about any of these lots please contact us on 01780 766466 or info@batemans.com 

To consign items please contact us on 01780 766466 or valuations@batemans.com and have a look at our SELLING page.