John Smart (British, 1742-1811) Joseph Sage (d.1820), wearing red coat, white waistcoat trimmed with gold braid, white lace cravat and stock, his hair powdered and worn en queue with a grey ribbon
Lot 22Y
John Smart
(British, 1742-1811)
Joseph Sage (d.1820), wearing red coat, white waistcoat trimmed with gold braid, white lace cravat and stock, his hair powdered and worn en queue with a grey ribbon
Sold for £8,400 (US$ 13,925) inc. premium
Lot Details
John Smart (British, 1742-1811)
Joseph Sage (d.1820), wearing red coat, white waistcoat trimmed with gold braid, white lace cravat and stock, his hair powdered and worn en queue with a grey ribbon.
Signed on the obverse with initials and dated J.S./ 1780, gold bracelet clasp frame.
Oval, 38mm (1 1/2in) high
Provenance: Mrs Arthur Shakespeare; Sotheby's, 8 June 1987, lot 115
Exhibited: Portrait Miniatures from the Merchiston Collection, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 23 September – 11 December 2005, no.23
Literature: Daphne Foskett; John Smart, the Man and his Miniatures, 1964, Appendix A, p.73
Stephen Lloyd, Exhibition Catalogue, 2005, p.62

Footnotes

  • Joseph Sage, son of John Sage and Elizabeth Beresford, worked as a Moneyer for the Royal Mint for over fifty years. He was Assay Master of the Mint 1779-1820. He married on 5 August 1779 Sarah Shakespear (d.1829), daughter of Alderman John Shakespear (1718-1775), a London ropemaker and Elizabeth Currie. Together they had two sons, Joseph and Richard. The present lot appears to have passed down the male line of the sitter's wife's family before being sold in 1987.
Auction information

This sale is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future sales, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this sale, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories excluding Wine, Coins & Medals and Motor Cars and Motorcycles:

Buyer's Premium Rates
25% on the first £50,000 of the Hammer Price
20% from £50,001 to £1,000,000 the Hammer Price
12% from £1,000,001 of the Hammer Price

VAT at the current rate of 20% will be added to the Buyer's Premium and charges excluding Artists Resale Right.

Payment Notices

Payment in advance: by cash, check with banker's card, credit card, bank draft or traveler's cheque.

Payment at collection: by credit or debit card.

Credit card charges: a surcharge of 2% is applicable when using Mastercard, Visa and overseas debit cards.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licenses please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Lot symbols
Y CITES

Subject to CITES regulations when exporting items outside of the EU, see clause 13.

Similar items
John Smart (British, 1742-1811) Mrs. Sarah Tyssen (1756-1790) née Boddicott, wearing lavender dress, slashed at the sleeve to reveal white, white lace slip visible to her décolleté trimmed with fine green ribbon, a green ribbon bow to her corsage, her hair elaborately upswept and dressed with strands of pearls and a sheer white veil John Smart, A Gentleman, wearing brown coat, white waistcoat and frilled shirt with jewelled pin, his lace-edged cravat tied in a bow John Smart, A Peeress, wearing 'Turkish' style dress, pearl-trimmed white dress embroidered with gold, ermine-trimmed turquoise robes, matching tied waist-sash and veil in her upswept and curled powdered hair John Smart (British, 1742-1811) Miss E. Kent, wearing white dress with gauze fill-in, her hair upswept and dressed with a strand of pearls John Smart (British, 1742-1811) An Officer, wearing red coatee with yellow facings, silver epaulette embroidered with red badge bearing initials GR, white frilled chemise, black stock, his powdered hair worn en queue and tied with a grey ribbon bow (n/a) John Smart (British, 1742/3-1811) An Officer, wearing scarlet coat with blue facings and gold epaulettes, white waistcoat, lace cravat and powdered wig worn en queue with a grey ribbon