Summer Fine Art Sale Report
Despite the soring temperatures on viewing and sale days, hundreds of clients entered the air-conditioned purpose-built sale room at Easters Court to inspect the over 700 lots and watch them come under the auctioneer’s hammer.
Thanks to Brightwells Online Bidding platform the sale continued to be an international affair, with buyers bidding from countries across the globe, including: China, USA, Germany, France & Spain. By the close of the second day approx. 75% of the lots had found new homes, with many excellent prices achieved.
The star lot in the jewellery section was an impressive Edwardian diamond necklace which converts to a tiara for that extra special occasion. The vendor was delighted when this piece doubled estimate with the hammer falling at £9,000, she later told the auctioneer this would help a lot with the purchase of a new car.
Butterscotch amber continues to hold its value, with two separate bead necklaces each making £1,300. An unusual carved turquoise and diamond brooch was contested on the phone and internet but exceeded expectation of £300-400 by selling in the room for £1,000.
As anticipated prior to the sale an outstanding collection of early pair cased verge pocket watches created much interest at our Summer sale. The top price of £1,650 for a watch by J. Knibb was secured by a bidder in the room, while another by Charles Goode sold for £1,400.
Strong trade was seen for Silver and the section achieved an impressive clearance rate. Top lot of the section fell to a Chinese silver three-piece Tea Service, which was purchased by a bidder in the room for £1,450. An unusual electroplated novelty Aeroplane Smoker’s Set was bought on the telephone for £740 and an impressive Sheffield plated oval Monteith with ram’s head handles sold at £420.
Amongst the oil paintings two by the artist Victoria Crowe OBE RSA (b.1945) were particularly sought after. The first titled ‘Cottage with Bonfire’ had originally been exhibited in 2009 at The Fine Art Society. London and on the day it realised £3,800. Another oil painting by the same artist was titled ‘Assembly’ and incorporated various Renaissance Images and motifs. Originally exhibited at The Thackeray Gallery, London in 1999, it sold for £3,200.
A number of Nineteenth century watercolours by T.S. Boys, David Cox and others) attracted considerable interest. The group was led by a small landscape study by John Linnell depicting anglers by a river, which sold to a telephone buyer for £2,200. A collection of eighteenth and nineteenth century John Speed and Christopher Saxton maps (many of Welsh interest) sold for a double estimate £2,400, whilst a print of local interest a John Piper colour screen-print of Stokesay Castle, near Ludlow sold for £1,800.
It was the more unusual items that performed strongly in the metalware section. Two model stationary engines were fiercely competed for and flew past top estimates, the first a stationary engine with vertical boiler by Cheddar Models made £650, while a Beam engine by Stuart Models with horizontal boiler sold at £680. A pair of Limoges enamel Panels of St Francois and companion and two Limoges enamel Saucer Dishes decorated 'Caesar' and cherub were two surprises in the section, with both exceeding top estimate by some margin. There were several bidders on the book and in the room, with the hammer finally falling for the panels at £900 & the saucer dishes at £2,100.
As usual we had a good selection of longcase and bracket clock and top seller went to an impressive 19th Century Bracket Clock, bought on the telephone for a healthy £2,000.
Many of the Furniture lots also exceeded expectation, highlighting that fine quality furniture is still highly sought after. Featured on the catalogue cover, the highest price went to a fine Napoleon III ebonised, gilt metal mounted pietra dura cabinet, consigned from a local farm, the hammer fell to a bidder in the room at a pleasing £7,200. Other notable results include; a pair of large 7ft Baroque style giltwood columns which sold to a telephone bidder for £1,650, an 18th century Thames Valley Windsor Armchair at £1,550 and a decorative bombe Commode of small proportions sold for £800. Good battles were seen on the telephone for an antique pine Tavern Table selling for £740 and a pair of late but attractive Georgian style Elbow Chairs at £1,050.
Entries are now being accepted for our next two-day sale which falls on the 13th & 14th November 2019. If you would like a free valuation, either in our saleroom or your home, please contact us on 01568 611122 to make an appointment.