Monday, 16 July 2012

Summer Sale Highlights

Our summer sale held on Wednesday 13th July was a huge success with many top lots.

Lot 32, A Burmantofts Faience Anglo Persian vase by Louis Kramer decorated with fish did not actually sell during the auction itself but quickly became the subject of a fiercely contested bidding battle after the sale, finishing with a selling price of £3400 which comfortably exceeded its upper estimate.

Lot 45 and 46 were real gems - two pairs of early twentieth century Art Nouveau ceramic tiles - which attracted a huge amount of interest on the internet and phones before selling in the room for £1000 and £1450 each.

Model enthusiasts were rewarded with two treasures, Lot 99, a part scratch built 7 1/4 inch gauge LNER Class B1 locomotive with detailed drawings which sold for £2100

and Lot 166, a shipyard model of the Silver Elm which sold for £3300.

A rare Beckwith of London pneumatic air rifle with cylindrical barrel and leather clad stock, complete with its pump, sold well at £1550

and Lot 109, a German Luftwaffe officer's dagger fetched £300.

We had a large collection of musical instruments in this auction with 15 violins, 2 cellos - one of which sold for £1500, a banjo, a squeeze box

and a Steinway piano which sold for £2400.

A silver four piece tea service fetched £610

and Lot 315, a gentleman's Rolex Oyster Perpetual "Date Just" chronometer sold for £1000, showing that these classic items are still selling well at auction.

We had some interesting Masonic items in the sale including Lot 426, a silver Masonic Lodge presentation set which reach £1550

and Lot 139, a collection bowl, gavels and ceremonial swords which sold for £150.

There was an eclectic range of artwork with pieces such as Lot 474, a half portrait of a lady attributed to Alan Lowndes which sold for £600 contrasting sharply with the ultra-modern Lucie Bennett Red Felt Tip Girl which sold for £490.

Lot 528 was an example of good quality early twentieth century furniture, an oak triple door wardrobe with carved acorns, that sold for £800;

and lot 562 was an ornate 20th century walnut Italian decorative centre table with acanthus carved edge, with heavily carved winged female supports with lion paw feet and a heavily pierced carved stretcher, the legs each ending in an open mouthed lion.  It generated a good amount of interest and sold for £1700.

We are now accepting entries for our next Fine Art and Antique Auction to be held on Wednesday 26th September 2012.