October 2013 Sale Report

 

TWO DAY’S OF SURPRISES


 

Auctions allow the market to find its true level. However one auction can differ considerably from another, take for instance Lot 119, a small oriental red ground terracotta teapot, hexagonal in form with moulded prunus blossom detail. A tiny pot which could be held within the palm of a child’s hand and estimated at £30-£40. This had been purchased elsewhere recently as a part lot, i.e several other pieces were included and the buyer really only wanted one piece from the collection, paying a very nominal price for it. The pot, in which he had no interest, was re-entered here. The internet did its job, enquiries started to arrive some days before the sale and several phone lines were booked , but it still appeared to be a minor lot. The sale commenced, the bidding started at about £100, the room took it to around £800 when the phone lines took charge. The bids rose and the internet took it still further but a determined buyer in the room kept going against a phone bidder from Malta. The battle was won and lost – the room bidder took home his prize at £6,000.

 

More surprises followed on the second day’s sale. Furniture has been more difficult to sell in recent times, however unusual items still command remarkable prices. Such was the case of the 19th century carved mahogany Irish hall table which had lived for many years in a local property and was just being used as a hall table. Quite provincial in many aspects, i.e. with good carving but poor quality back legs, an estimate for the table of £600-£800 seemed reasonable. Once again interest was shown from both Irish and English buyers and at the point of sale it appeared that it might make as much as £5,000. Not so however; all phone lines battled away until the fight continued between one phone and one buyer in the room, the hammer fell at £37,800 and the table remains in this country.

 

The remaining sale seemed mundane but was a virtual sell out including a majolica games dish at £640, an oriental ginger jar at £1,100, a pair of Chinese vases £1,000, a 9ct gold Benson half hunter pocket watch and chairs £750, three Georgian silver tankards £1,100. An Adams Revolver and accessories circa 1850 made £840, an English school painting of a barn interior £950, a portrait of Rear Admiral John Walcot £650, a large Japanese panel on velvet showing cockerels £650 and an 18th century portrait of Baron Wyndham of Finglass, £2,200. A painted pine dresser base achieved £850 and an old English oak side/serving table £1,600.

 

The next sale on November 12th/13th will include several good clearances from the district including a very rare 18th century Chinese Hong bowl and other Chinese rarities.

 

LOT 1451 sold for £37,800

 

 

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