Diamonds Sparkle In The New Year
As has been experienced at many January fine art sales in previous years, trade was brisk and buyers, both trade and private were keen to get some normality back into their lives after the festive period.
A good turnout at all three viewing days was encouraging and many returned on the sale day, whilst numerous others left commission bids, booked telephone bids, or opted to bid online via brightwells.com.
The strong jewellery section saw the highest price of the day, when a private buyer parted with £5,000 to secure lot 83, a stunning Art Deco style diamond bracelet. This was followed by £3,800 after a telephone battle for lot 104, a good quality diamond eternity ring. Continuing the diamond trend lot 63, a pair of Chopard diamond set earrings sold for £2200 and lot 85, an opal and diamond pendant realised £1000.
The furniture section also saw many strong results, highlighted by lot 664, a Chesterfield settee, button upholstered in tan leather and fairly well worn, or patinated, which after a long battle with bidders in the room, on the telephone and internet, fell to a buyer in the room at £3500, against a modest £600-800 estimate. The auctioneers appreciated that the Chesterfield was likely to be a popular item and opted to illustrate it on the front cover of the sale catalogue, a move that paid off.
Other upholstered furnishings made some onlookers sit up, when lot 667 a near pair of Howard Victorian occasional chairs, in need of complete re-upholstering sold to one of a number of telephone bidders at £1800, £1000 above the top estimate. Another telephone bidder was the successful purchaser of lot 624, a wing armchair, described as 19th century, although thought by some to be earlier, the hammer falling at £1600, again in need of complete re-upholstering and refurbishing. Lot 558, another pair of chairs with striped upholstery, and in useable condition way exceeded their £100 estimate when selling for £900.
This January sale also included a bi-annual Sporting and Natural History section, with items ranging from plaster frogs and stuffed owls to hawking items and a boar’s tusk cigar cutter. Lot 228 the German silver mounted cigar cutter modelled as a hound’s head created considerable pre-sale interest, and it was no surprise when it topped the section, changing hands for £1850.
Further entries are being accepted for our next two-day sale on the 22nd & 23rd March 2017, if you would like a free valuation either in our saleroom or your home, please contact us on 01568 611122 to make an appointment.