Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Sale Highlights

Sale highlights from our Fine Art and Antique Sale on Wednesday 7th March 2012.

The most spectacular performer in our spring sale was Lot 28, a small Lalique green satin glass frog seated in a shallow circular bowl which fetched an impressive £14500! Auctioneer Giles Hodges said “Ribbit! Ribbit!”

Lot 54 was another rare item, an early 17th century lantern clock which hadn’t been altered like many of its type so was even more appealing to the buyers.

It sold for £6500 to a telephone bidder.

Lot 55, a pair of Fairyland Lustre vases by Daisy Makeig Jones, also stirred up a flurry of interest from the bidders before selling for £3600.

Building on our recent successful sales of musical instruments, this sale had a couple of guitars that sold very well: A Gretsch 6120AM which fetched £1100, and an acoustic guitar by Jose Ramirez which sold for £1400.

Jewellery and watches were popular, with Lot 293, a platinum radiant cut diamond solitaire ring, selling for £11000,

Lot 314 a Cartier gentleman’s watch selling for £640, Lot 353 a gentleman’s gold Rolex watch selling for £520 and Lot 389 a gentleman’s Rolex Oyster Perpetual watch selling for £650.

One particularly charming lot was The Good Child’s Cabinet, a miniature library of 15 children’s toy books with titles such as “Fairy Tales of Mother Goose” and “A History of Flowers”.

The cabinet generated a large amount of interest from telephone and internet bidders before selling in the room for £2700.

Lot 553, a set of three watercolours of Valetta by Carmello Bonello proved popular, selling for £850, and Lot 539, Barnaby Rudge and the Raven by William Hunt, sold for £420.

Furniture went well, with local favourite, Robert “Mouseman” Thompson items fetching £1300 for a dining table, £2100 for a sideboard and £2400 for a set of four chairs,

while Lot 591, a 19th century camphorwood campaign chest, sold for £1000,

and Lot 606, an oak longcase clock with 8 day movement by Cuthbert Darnton, sold for £2200.

The most interesting local items were a collection Durham Quilts including one that sold for £300.

We are now accepting entries for our next Antique & Fine Art Sale on 13th June.