Friday, 8 October 2010

Local items under the hammer

A number of items of local interest were also for auction this month with Sunderland lustre ware continuing to sell well.

We had a wide selection of fine examples including this collection of five jugs which sold for £380;

this “frog mug”,

with its cheeky resident frog

which sold for £210;

Lot 91 A miniature purple lustre cream jug

'Ladies all I pray make free, and tell me how you like your tea' which sold for £280;

and Lot 138, A Sunderland purple lustre jug "Success to the Coal Trade" with "High Level Bridge Newcastle upon Tyne".

which sold for £250.

Sunderland also featured on a Victorian etched glass rumer dated 1845 which sold for £160.


A large private collection of Maling pottery was up for sale at this auction, including Lot 109

A Maling vase "Anemone grey" which reached a hammer price of £130.

Two albums of local postcards were well received with Lot 188,
an album of postcards of Sunderland and South Shields reaching £160;

and an album of cards of Darlington and Durham selling for £130.

Three Tom McGuinness limited edition prints proved popular:

“Paymote Day”
sold for £100;

“Time to go” sold for £110;

and “The Allotments Easington” sold for £200.

Paintings of Northumberland’s castles are always popular at auction, with this unsigned oil on canvas“View of Warkworth Castle” fetching £180.

Do you have a piece of local history or art hiding in the back of a cupboard?  If so, why not bring it along to one of our free Open Valuation sessions on Friday 22nd October or Friday 5th November between 2-4pm?

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

A Regency Revival?

The highlight of Boldon Auction Galleries’ Fine Art and Antique Sale on 22nd September 2010 was definitely this Regency rosewood breakfront Chiffonier, Lot 374,

which generated eager bidding on all 4 telephone lines, through online bidding and in the saleroom before rocketing up to £8000.

Other items of furniture were also very popular with a Shapland and Petter Arts and Crafts oak hall stand with an embossed copper frieze bearing the inscription 'Fair Weather After You' and aneroid barometer dial selling for £1050.

and this beautiful Victorian ebonised fold-over card table selling for £320.

Famous furniture maker “Mousey” Thompson was also represented in the sale – but by two smaller examples of work which sold for £260 and £180 respectively.

The large private collection of USA WWII military propaganda posters generated a lot of interest with auctioneer Tom Robson featuring on the front page of one of the local newspapers.  They sold well with two particularly good lots, Lot 195 fetching £250

and Lot 207 selling for £150.

The star of the ceramics was Lot 38, a Clarice Cliff Bizarre “Kew” patterned vase

Which sold for £900.

Lot 71 was also a hit with this Beswick hunting set trotting out of the saleroom with a hammer price of £480.

Collectors of militaria had a number of lots to keep them interested including a German WWI Picklehaub which sold for £200,

three German WWII daggers which sold for £230,

and a flintlock pistol and smaller pistol which sold for £400.

The jewellery and silverware section also did well. Lot 233,

an 18ct white gold bracelet fetched £720, and Lot 271, a silver four piece coffee set sold for £400.

We are now accepting entries for our next Fine Art and Antique Sale which will be held on Wednesday 15th December 2010.