Brisk Bidding for bronze Elephant
The 1300 lot auction at Brightwells on the 20th April attracted a great deal of viewers, the sale was an eclectic mix, including dolls, fashion, toys, and garden statuary. As has often been the case in recent years, both in London and the Provinces, it is regularly the Oriental items that supply the leading prices and sometimes produce pleasant surprises.
Featured alone on the front cover of sales catalogue was a beautifully modelled bronze elephant, from an elderly Bristol vendor, with local business connections. Realistically estimated at £800-1200, it was admired and adored by many and the hammer finally fell at £1700 to a local private lady collector. More of a surprise, were three Chinese celadon jade carvings, which were modestly estimated at £300-500, but after fierce competition from online and telephone bidders they eventually sold at £3100 to a commission bidder.
Once again rings proved the most popular jewellery pieces. Lot 150 a substantial diamond cluster ring by Van Cleef and Arpels sold to a commission bidder for £3000 and a diamond cocktail ring was bought in the room for £1200. Emeralds were in demand, lot 127 an emerald and diamond three stone ring made £2000 and a magnificent 7ct emerald and diamond cluster ring found a buyer at £5250. Possibly the most surprising piece, was an extremely unusual French opal, ruby and diamond ring, lot 153. This quadrupled estimate selling to a determined buyer in the room for £1050.
A pleasing result amongst the metalware saw six 18th century brass cylindrical measures engraved “The Borough of Bewdley”, from quarter gill to imperial quart fetch £1750. Consigned by a Worcestershire vendor, there were several absentee bids up to about £500, but a battle on the telephone between two avid collectors, saw the price sail way above expectations.
Brown furniture generally is still out of vogue, but a few pieces defied this theory by well exceeding expectations. Most notably an early 19th century mahogany bookcase, with finely figured timber and elegant proportions, saw two internet bidders battle it out to £1700. A large Worcestershire farmhouse was the former home of an impressive 18th century dresser, which was no longer required when the younger generation took the reins. By no means a small item, it would not fit into a modern bungalow, measuring in excess of 9ft, it was sold just above expectations to a local buyer for £1600. Smaller pieces are generally more commercial, and this was borne out when an 18th Century burr walnut table top cabinet, just 19 inches wide it sold to a local collector for £1450
Highlight amongst the textiles saw a long Kashmir Patka, once owned by Lucy Rabagliati, wife of Major D.S Rabagliati, an associate of Laurence of Arabia realise £1000.
Entries are now being accepted for our next two day sale on the 27th & 28th July, if you would like a free valuation either in our saleroom or your home, please contact us on 01568 611122 to make an appointment.