Spring Fine Art Sale
Brightwells new formula of holding regular two day sales for higher value antiques is clearly working well and the Spring Fine Art Sale held on 18th and 19th March was a resounding success with some 80% of lots sold for a grand total of £340,000.
Highest price of the sale went to a superb William and Mary marquetry cabinet on stand in the furniture section on day two. This had generated an enormous amount of pre-sale interest, resulting in a hotly contested battle between numerous bidders on the phones and in the saleroom, finally falling for a market significant £35,000, three times the pre-sale estimate. From the same vendor Lot 900, a late 18th Century Dutch walnut marquetry bureau bookcase, was also keenly fought over with numerous commission bids, seven telephone bidders and other interested parties on the internet, eventually selling for £7,800.
A strong trade was seen on both days, one of the highlights of the first day being the keenly contested large pair of Chinese blue and white lidded vases with lotus and scroll decoration, which graced the front of the catalogue. With numerous commission, phone and internet bidders, they comfortably flew beyond estimate, finally falling to a telephone bidder for £10,500.
The clearance rate was very good for the jewellery section, Lot 193 a diamond necklace with 95 graduated brilliant cut stones, sold for £6,500 while Lot 207 a diamond ring of just over 1.5 Carats sold for £5,500. Lot 137 an 18th Century pocket watch engraved Thos Tompion London, one of the eminent makers of the time, sold to a private collector for £2,700 despite damage to the shagreen outer case.
Highlights of the silver section were lot 106 a Victorian silver vinaigrette decorated with York Minster, made in Birmingham in 1841 by Nathaniel Mills, which sold for £1500, whilst a Birks Canadian Sterling silver extensive canteen of cutlery sold over estimate at £2,300. A good assortment of ivory also sold well, a very unusual Japanese Okimono in the form of an intricately carved skull with skeleton and an entwined snake selling for a well-above estimate £1,250.
Day two of the Spring Sale got off to a flying start with the first lot, a small but very choice collection of British Empire stamps with some rare ranges, selling for well over estimate £4,400 . A private collection of maps, principally of Herefordshire & The Marches from the estate of the late EL Jones also attracted a good level of interest, the various lots in the collection realising in excess of £10,000.
The top selling painting of the day, Lot 671 Portrait of a Lady attributed to a Follower of Jacob Huysmans (c.1633-1696) finally going to a local collector for the sum of £6,000 after strong opposition on the telephone and the floor.
Lot 849 a French Art Nouveau display cabinet which was finely carved in relief and signed V Sauvage dated 1895 created enormous pre-sale interest and on the day was contested by four telephone bidders, selling for way above the tempting estimate at £7,000
Lot 868 a Georgian walnut card table circa 1740 with beautiful cabriole legs showed that quality will always be sought after, selling for £2,800 on the internet.
Entries are now being accepted for our next two day sale on the 24th & 25th June, if you would like a free valuation either in our saleroom or your home, please contact us on 01568 611122 to make an appointment.