Ending 2016 on a high…
The last sale of 2016 had some interesting items consigned, particularly in the Tribal Art section. Most notably a pair of Anglo-Indian blackwood demilune Console Tables, sourced by our South Wales area valuer Philip Keith. Highly decorative, the pair were fiercely contested for by a telephone and internet bidder, finally selling for considerably over estimate at £2,000. Other results from this section include an impressive large Indian oval mirror and a pair of smaller mirrors selling at £1,700, a Fiji spurred War Club at £430 and a Maori Chief’s Walking Stick at £340.
The highlights of the coin’s section were three very rare Victorian Sovereigns dated 1839 and 1838. With multiple commission bids and numerous bidders in the room, all three flew past estimate, selling for a combined total of £6,000.
The militaria section also performed well, medals showing the strongest results. Four Distinguished Conduct Medals were the stars of the section, selling to a telephone bidder for £2,700.
Amongst the silver lots was an appealing pair of Edwardian classical style candlesticks, which sold to a private collector for £630 and will hopefully add a nice touch to his dining table this Christmas.
While in the Jewellery section a very unusual opal, seed pearl, diamond and enamel ring made double the estimate at £580 and a Georg Jensen brooch, demonstrated pieces by this designer are a very good investment, exceeded its pre-sale estimate of £100-150, with a hammer price of £250.
Finally, the furniture section again highlighted the demand for decorative items as opposed to “brown” furniture, with a pair 18th Century Italian painted Conservatory Benches selling for £1,000. An unusual library desk performed well considering it would require some restoration, selling at £1,400 and the hammer fell at £1,300 for an 18th Century oak Refectory table, again in need of restoration.
The next sale is on the 18th January 2017 and will include a particularly eye catching emerald and diamond cluster ring estimated £3000-3500 and a stunning pair of Diamond earrings in the form of the Royal Engineers Emblem at £600-800, both are sure to create significant pre-sale interest. The sale also has a larger than normal furniture section, including the residual contents of several country houses in South Shropshire and the Welsh Borders.
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