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Welcome to Capes Dunn, Manchester's premier auctioneers having been established since 1826. Please click the video to learn a little more about our company and what services we provide. We are Fine Art & Antiques auctioneers who host fortnightly Interiors, Vintage & Modern auctions, and Specialist Antique auctions. We cover many disciplines with details on the 'Departments" page. If you have any enquiries please contact our offices for further details.

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In 2011 Capes Dunn started selling Harry Rutherford's Studio of Works and they have been a staple of the thrice-yearly Northern Artists auctions ever since. On sale at the 10th October Northern Artists auction is an important private collection of works by Rutherford and pictures from the artist's family, together with pictures from the Studio of Works, pictures by other artists from Rutherford's collection and some personal items from his studio.

Estimates fro Rutherford's work at auction start at around £180-250 for a small watercolour. At the June Northern Artists auction Capes Dunn sold a piece with a strong local connection, a pencil drawing 'The Laying of the Foundation Stone for Manchester Central Library, 1930' for £500.

In the forthcoming sale, we will be selling pictures from all aspects of his work including scenes from around the country, portraits of family and friends, scenes from his travels in Europe and Borneo and one drawing from his time at Chatsworth.

Harry Rutherford was born in Denton and attended the Hyde School of Art, continuing his studies at the Manchester School of Art under Pierre Adolphe Valette; L.S. Lowry was among his fellow pupils. In 1925, Rutherford was the first and youngest pupil to enrol in Walter Sickert's new school of art in Manchester. During the 1920s he produced topical cartoons for newpapers, including the Manchester Evening News.

In the 30s and 40s Rutherford presented the BBC programme Caberet Cartoons, in which he drew variety artists as they performed their acts. In the 50s he starred in his own programme for the BBC entitled Sketchbook, a 15 minute programme during which he would sketch 10 scenes, with his own contemporary commentary. In 1957 he went to Borneo, it is believed he was the first British artist to exhibit in the area.

In the late 1950s he returned to Hyde and his studio on Nelson Street and was elected President of MAFA. In his later years, he taught at the Regional College of Art in Manchester.

Forthcoming Sales & Valuation Days

All specialist sales start at 11.00am and 6.30pm for Northern Art

5th March - Interiors, Vintage & Modern at 11.00am
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6th March - Jewellery, Silver, Watches & Gold Coins Auction at 11.00am
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8th March - Valuation Day - 10.30am to 4.00pm

19th March - Interiors, Vintage & Modern at 11.00am
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20th March - Antiquarian & Collectable Books & Affordable Art Auction at 11.00am
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22nd March - Valuation Day - 10.30am to 4.00pm

27th March - Contents of a property in Hale Auction at 11.00am
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Site updated 16th March 2018